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Dr Alexandre Vautravers
Position(s) Associate Fellow at the GCSP, Editor-in-Chief of the Swiss Military Review (RMS+), Scientific Director of the Centre d'Histoire et de Prospective Militaires (CHPM) in Pully
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Dr Alexandre Vautravers is an Associate Fellow within the Global Fellowship Initiative of the GCSP. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the Swiss Military Review (RMS+) since it celebrated its 150th anniversary of uninterrupted publication in 2006. He is also Scientific Director of the Centre d'Histoire et de Prospective Militaires (CHPM) in Pully.

In 2023, he was head of risk management and deputy to the Department of Defense’s head of crisis management. Colonel of the General Staff, he is also Deputy Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Swiss Armed Forces’ Military-Strategic Staff (MSS).

A former battalion commander, deputy commander of the 1st Mechanized Brigade and experienced in peace support missions, he will command from June 2024 the 51st SWISSCOY contingent, deployed in Kosovo, where he will also be the commander of NATO’s Joint Logistics Support Group (battalion).

Between 2015 and 2019, he was in charge of strategic and security issues for the Government of the Canton of Geneva, including homeland and civil security, the reform of police and civil protection, the organization of several international conferences, COVID/pandemic management, the response to the Ukrainian crisis and the management of refugees, as well as planning for possible energy crisis or shortages.

Alexandre Vautravers created and coordinated the CAS/MAS program in Global Security and Conflict Resolution at the University of Geneva, after teaching at several universities in Accra, Beijing, London, Oxford and Teheran. From 2006 to 2013, he was the head of the International Relations Department at the American University of Geneva.

A Doctor in Contemporary History and Economic Sciences, his areas of research and publication are international relations and security issues, the evolution of armed conflict, the evolution of technology and the arms industry. He has also published widely on humanitarian affairs. He is a regular contributor to the media, both in Switzerland and abroad.