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Brooks Tigner, Editor & Chief Policy Analyst

E-mail: bt@securityeurope.info

Brooks Tigner is SECURITY EUROPE’s editor and chief policy analyst. He is the founder of the company and its flagship publication, SECURITY EUROPE, and a frequent moderator and lecturer on the EU security policy circuit.

Based in the Belgian capital, Brooks has analysed and reported on European security and defence issues for more than 25 years – from the post-Cold War’s impact on NATO to the EU’s burgeoning role in security and defence. He started SECURITY EUROPE in January 2007 to coincide with the launch of the EU’s security research programme and its ever-widening capability goals in civil security.

He also regularly contributes to Jane’s Defence Weekly as its EU/NATO Affairs analyst, which affords a clear perspective on the increasing policy and technology linkages between the domains of civil security and defence.

A native English-speaker with dual Belgian-US nationality, Brooks is fluent in French, claims a passing knowledge of Spanish, and has two tri-lingual children who converse in Dutch when they don’t want their father to know anything.


Patrick Stephenson, Deputy Editor and Webmaster

E-mail: ps@securityeurope.info

Patrick is Deputy Editor and Webmaster at SECURITY EUROPE. From 2011 to early 2015, he was a speechwriter for the NATO Secretary General. In total, he worked for NATO or NATO institutions for some ten years, including a stint as an editor for The NATO Review, NATO’s flagship publication on transatlantic security issues. Before joining Security Europe, he wrote freelance articles and blogs for Foreign Policy magazine, the US Atlantic Council, Europe’s World magazine, NATO Review magazine and the Huffington Post. He also teaches the occasional course in political science or economics at the University of Maryland in Europe.

Patrick graduated with a BA in the Humanities from Yale. Later, he received an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a second MA in International Economics and European Studies from the Bologna campus of John Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He’s pretty good at French and Spanish, and dreams of someday recovering his mostly forgotten Italian.


Teri Schultz, Senior Policy Analyst

E-mail: ts@securityeurope.info

Teri is a senior policy analyst at SECURITY EUROPE with decades of experience covering European, U.S. and transatlantic issues. After receiving her degree in journalism from New Mexico State University, she moved to Helsinki where she covered the Soviet Union, its demise and the resumption of Baltic independence for international radio broadcasters and CNN International.

She also anchored and reported international and Finnish news, hosting her own radio shows on the English service of the Finnish Broadcasting Company, while also getting a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Helsinki. She then returned to the U.S. in 1997 to work for Reuters television and other news outlets before moving to Brussels in 2006 to cover the EU and NATO for National Public Radio and CBS radio, which she continues to do in addition to her analyses for SECURITY EUROPE. A native English speaker, Teri also speaks French and Finnish.

Julian Hale, Senior Policy Analyst

E-mail: jh@securityeurope.info

Julian Hale is Senior Policy Analyst. He has been writing and reporting about EU news policies for about seven years. For the last four years, he has been reporting about EU and NATO defence issues for Defense news.

He has considerable experience of EU justice subject areas from rapporteuring activities and has been working on home affairs/security issues for around two years.

He likes to play pretty well any sport involving a ball and speaks French, Spanish, Italian and German but still very little Flemish.

Sophie Donoghue, Freelance Analyst

E-mail: sd@seceur.info

Sophie Donoghue was deputy editor and responsible for media partnerships at SECURITY EUROPE, Sophie is now based in London where she does freelance analysis for the newsletter and is pursuing a post-graduate degree in risk analysis and other aspect of crisis management and disaster response.

Sophie graduated from Trinity College in Ireland with a degree in European Studies. She speaks English, French and German.

Robert Draper, Business Development Director

E-mail: rd@securityeurope.info

Robert is director of business development at SECURITY EUROPE and closely follows export control issues. Specialised in trans-Atlantic security and marketing, Robert’s career spans more than 35 years, with positions in aerospace engineering, flight operations, program management, sales and product support.

He has spent roughly half of his career in the US, based in Seattle and Washington DC, and the remainder in overseas postings in the Middle East, London, Toronto, Paris and now, permanently, in Brussels.

Formerly a president of the Paris-based Association of US & European Aerospace industries, Robert currently leads the American Defense Industries Forum in Brussels. He earned an honors degree in aeronautical engineering from the UK’s University of Nottingham and holds a US commercial pilot certificate.

A native English speaker, Robert is fluent in French, speaks some Spanish and German, and is a dual national of the UK and US.