Beer, Siegfried

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Siegfried Beer

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Born in Scheibbs (Lower Austria), studied History and English and American Studies at the University of Vienna, as well as at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA. He also taken part in numerous professor exchanges at universities around the world, most notable being those as Schumpeter Research Professor at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA (academic year 1996/97) and as Botstiber Visiting Professor at Columbia University in New York City (2007). Habilitation in Modern and Contemporary History.

Research Focus: International Relations in the 19th and 20th century, Anglo-American History since 1776, Intelligence in the 20th century, Austria in the 20th century.

Moll, Martin

Univ.-Doz. Dr. Martin Moll

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Born 1961 in Graz, undertook History and German Studies at the University of Graz. Graduated in 1987, habilitated for Modern and Contemporary History (19th and 20th Centuries) in 2003.

Research Focus: History of National Socialism and the Second World War, specifically Propaganda and German Occupation Policy, 20th century Scandinavian History as well as the History of Austro-Hungary in the First World War.

Traussnig, Florian

Dr. Florian Traussnig

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Born 1979 in Klagenfurt and trained as a clerk. Studied History and Italian at the Universities of Graz and Bologna and wrote his doctoral thesis on Austrian exiles in US propaganda institutions of World War II.

Research Focus: US Propaganda and Austrian-Exile Research related to World War II.

Fürst, Johanna

Johanna Fürst BA AKC

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Born 1993 in Graz. Studied War Studies & History at King’s College London and graduated in July 2015 with a First Class Degree. Further studies in Germany and the United States. Currently working in London and about to take up an MA in Intelligence & Security Studies in autumn 2016.

Zisser, Wolfgang

Wolfgang Zisser

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Born 1991 in Bruck an der Mur, studying English and History at the University of Graz since 2010.

Research Focus: International Relations, Security Studies and Unconventional Warfare with focus on South-Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Plauder, Oliver

Mag. Oliver Plauder

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Born in Graz, studied History and Media Sciences at the University of Graz. Various research stays in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Currently working on his dissertation on intelligence services in Northern Ireland.

Research Focus: Intelligence and Terrorism, Networks of Irish-American Support for the IRA.

Schliefsteiner, Paul

MMag. Paul Schliefsteiner

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Born 1986 in Graz. Studied History, Philosophy and Law at the University of Graz as well as International Security Studies at the University of the Bundeswehr Munich and the George C. Marshall Centre in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Previously guest researcher at the Institute for Peace Preservation and Conflict Research at the Defence Academy of the Austrian Armed Forces in Vienna.

Bare, Duncan

Duncan Bare MA

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Born 1988. Since April 2013 Bachelor of Arts and since June 2015 Master of Arts following  submission of the thesis titled “Hungarian Affairs of the US-Office of Strategic Services in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations from June 1944 until September 1945”. Currently, Research Associate and PhD Candidate at the University of Regensburg, Department of Political Science, Chair for Comparative Politics in Central and Eastern Europe.

Research Focus: Eastern European Studies, Non-state armed groups as well as the historical development of the American Intelligence Services.


Dr. Thomas Riegler

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Born 1977 in Amstetten (Lower Austria), studied History and Political Science at the University of Vienna and the University of Edinburgh. Disseration: “Terrorism. 9/11 in context: Actors, structures, trends” – published 2009 under the title: “Terrorism: Actors, structures, trends”. Further publications: “In the crosshairs: Austria and Near Eastern Terrorism 1973-1985” (2010) and “Days of terror: The OPEC-hostage taking 1975 and the beginnings of modern terrorism” (2015). Member of the Editorial Board of “Perspectives on Terrorism” (PT).

Research focus: Terrorism, Intelligence Studies, Military History, Austrian Contemporary History, Film Studies.


Mag. Erika Gossler

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Born in St. Pölten, lived in Ireland and England from 1977 to 1979. Studied English, History and Linguistics in Graz. Trained as a mediator. Board member of the association “proNachbar” and the European Neighbourhood Watch Association (EUNWA).

Research Focus: Body Language and Communications.

Stoehs, Jeremy

Mag. Jeremy Stöhs

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Born 1985, in 2005 joined the Austrian Federal Police, until 2010 in active line of duty, 2009-2015 studied History and English/American Studies at the Universities of Graz, St. Petersburg, FL and Marburg an der Lahn. Author of „The Decline of European Naval Forces: Challenges to Sea Power in an Age of Fiscal Austerity and Political Uncertainty”. Currently defense analyst at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK).

Research Focus: Military and Naval History, International Relations, US and European Defense Policy.

Lackner, Robert

Dr. Robert Lackner

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Born 1984. Studied History, German and English at the University of Graz and the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Work experience with UNODC, the European Commission and an international advisory firm in Vienna as well as concert organizer and corporate relations manager.

Research Focus: Terrorism and Subversion in the Middle East, Anglo-American History, Resistance and Exile Studies as well as Cultural History.