Expert Profile



Lieutenant General (Retd) Dr. Dennis Gyllensporre
Position(s) Associate Professor in Security Policy and Strategy at the Swedish Defence University and Former Force Commander for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

Lieutenant General (Retd) Dr. Dennis Gyllensporre is a GCSP Associate Fellow and Associate Professor in Security Policy and Strategy at the Swedish Defence University. He completed (02 October 2021) three years of service as the Force Commander for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). He came from a four-year appointment as the Chief of Defence Staff and Head of Special Forces of the Swedish Armed Forces. He was promoted to Lieutenant General in 2014. LTG Gyllensporre has multifaceted credentials in international cooperation as well as an extensive track record in interaction with political entities. This experience spans from operations at tactical level to scientific work in renowned journals. LTG Gyllensporre has served as staff officer in various positions including tours abroad in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Sudan as well as service at the MoD as military advisor in international crisis management. He has served as chief of staff at the Swedish Joint Operations Command and later as head of Doctrine and Concepts Branch at the European Union Military Staff. In 2008 he was deployed to Afghanistan as the Chief of Staff in Regional Command North of the NATO-led operation (ISAF). Subsequently, Gyllensporre has held several positions in the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters including Chief of Staff of the Supreme Commanders staff and Head of Policy and Plans department. He has studied at several military institutions and holds a number of academic degrees including Master of Science in Computer Science (Royal National Institute of Technology, Sweden), Master of Business Administration (Warwick University, United Kingdom), Master of Military Arts and Science (USA Army Command and General Staff College), as well as a PhD in Policy Analysis and Governance (Maastricht University, the Netherlands). He is an author of several books and academic articles on military strategy and security studies, including UN Peacekeeping. He is fluent in English and commands French at working level. Hobbies include long distance running, hiking, travelling and reading. He has three adult children, all master graduates.


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20 May 2022