Dr. Vennesson is professor of political science, chair “Security in Europe”, at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies. http://www.eui.eu/SPS/People/Faculty/CurrentProfessors/bioVennesson.shtml He is on leave from the University Panthéon-Assas, Paris II (France). Professor Vennesson’s research focus is on military power, defense and foreign policies. He has studied the making of Air Forces as institutions, compellence, military doctrines and grand strategies. He is currently working on the influence of globalization on military power, and on the European Union’s strategy and influence in world politics. He recently published European Worldviews: Ideas and the EU in World Politics, EUI Working Papers-RSCAS N° 2007/07; “Case Studies and Process Tracing: Theories and Practices,” in: Donatella della Porta, Michael Keating, eds., Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008 (forthcoming) and “Is There a European Way of War? Role Conceptions, Organizational Frames, and the Utility of Force,” (with Fabian Breuer, Chiara de Franco and Ursula C. Schroeder), Armed Forces and Society, 2009 (forthcoming). Professor Vennesson has served in the French Ministry of Defense from 1999 to 2003 as Director of the Center for social science studies of defense (Centre d’études en sciences sociales de la défense-Secrétariat général pour l’administration) where he was responsible for promoting policy-relevant social science research on defense policy. Professor Vennesson received his MA in Political Science from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and his Ph.D. in political science from Sciences-Po Paris. He was Post-Doctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control, at the Mershon Center, Ohio State University, and research associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, The John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.