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Dr Jean-Marc Rickli


Global Risk and Resilience Cluster Leader, in the Emerging Security Challenges Programme



Dr. Jean-Marc Rickli is the head of global risk and resilience at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also a research fellow at King’s College London and a non-resident fellow in modern warfare and security at TRENDS Research and Advisory in Abu Dhabi. He is a senior advisor for the AI (Artificial Intelligence) Initiative at the Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School and an expert on autonomous weapons systems for the United Nations. He is also the co-chair of the NATO Partnership for Peace Consortium on Emerging Security Challenges Working Group.

Prior to these appointments, Dr. Rickli was an assistant professor at the Department of Defence Studies of King’s College London and at the Joint Command and Staff College in Doha. He was also an assistant professor at the Institute for International and Civil Security at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi.  Dr. Rickli received his PhD and MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, UK, where he was also a Berrow scholar at Lincoln College.

His forthcoming book that will be published by Georgetown University Press in early 2019 and co-written with Dr. Andreas Krieg is entitled Surrogate Warfare: The Transformation of War in the Twenty-first Century. He has also co-edited with Rasmus Gjedsso Bertelsen and Noori, Neema Transnational Knowledge Relations for Building Knowledge-Based Societies and Economies in the Gulf. Berlin : Gerlach Press 2017 and with Khalid Almezaini, The Small Gulf State: Foreign and Security Policies before and after the Arab Spring, Routledge 2016.

Among his latest articles are

“International Governance and The Malicious Uses of Artificial Intelligence”, Swissfuture Review, 2018

“The Impact of Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence on Strategic Stability”, UN Special, July-August 2018, pp. 32-33, or co-written with Andreas Krieg,

"Surrogate Warfare, The Art of War in the 21st Century?" Journal of Defense Studies, January 2018, pp. 1-18: