Experts & Staff

Stefan Soesanto

Cybersecurity & Defence Fellow

Languages: English, German, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean
Areas of Expertise: Cybersecurity, Cybercrime, Cyberwarfare, Integrated Air and Missile Defence, Defence policies in East Asia, NATO force posture

Stefan Soesanto joined ECFR as a Cybersecurity & Defence Fellow in mid-2016. Before joining ECFR, he served as a Research Assistant at RAND Europe's Brussels office specializing in cybersecurity and defence issues. During his time at RAND he co-authored a report for the LIBE Committee in the European Parliament on ‘Cybersecurity in the European Union and Beyond: Exploring Threats and Policy Responses,’ a 'Good Practice Guide on Vulnerability Disclosure’ for the European Network Information Security Agency (ENISA), and assisted in the RAND project on ‘Investing in Cybersecurity’ for the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice. Stefan also worked as a Global Progressive Forum Trainee in the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament.

Prior to his pivot back to Europe, Stefan was a research intern at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies (Korea) while concurrently working as a remote analyst for the Hudson Institute (USA). He is also a Young Leader and a James A. Kelly Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS (USA) with expertise in integrated air and missile defence, as well as cyber- and electronic warfare. His fellowship paper was published in April 2016 and titled: ‘US Missile Defense in the Age of Everything: From BMDS to IAMD.’

Stefan holds an MA from Yonsei University (South Korea) with a focus on security policies, international law, and humanitarian assistance, and a BA from the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) in political science and Japanese. Among others his writings have been published in the NATO Review, DefenseOne, RealClearDefense, The National Interest, The Diplomat, the Straits Times, the South China Morning Post, the JoongAng Ilbo, and the Hill.  


The Diplomat, "South Korea Needs a New North Korea Strategy" March 9, 2017
El Pais, "No todos los ataques son ciberataques" Oct 2, 2016
Europe's World, "Due Diligence and the futility of creating norms in cyberspace" August 29, 2016

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