Oxford University Strategic Studies Group

Oxford University Strategic Studies Group is the oldest student society focusing on international affairs at the University of Oxford. OUSSG is dedicated to hosting speakers on issues of defence, security and foreign policy.


Executive Committee

Professor Peter Wilson - Senior Member

Prof Peter Wilson , BA (Hons), PhD, FRHistS has served as senior member of the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group since 2017 . His research focuses on military history, particularly War in seventeenth to nineteenth century world history, the social,  cultural,  political or military history of German-speaking Europe and European history from 1500-1800. He has a long and distinguished history of lecturing in History and is currently the Chichele Professor of the History of War and has been a fellow of All Souls since 2015.

Adam Zibak - President

Adam Zibak (adam.zibak@keble.ox.ac.uk) is currently a DPhil student in Cyber Security at Keble College. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Adam completed the MSc in IT Law and Management from King’s College London. During his time at King’s, Adam also worked as an open-source intelligence researcher and Arabic language consultant for the International Centre for Security Analysis. Adam’s primary research interest is cyber security information sharing and threat intelligence, with an emphasis on evaluating the efficacy of current information and intelligence sharing efforts.

Emily Feldman - Vice President

Emily Feldman is an MPhil student studying International Relations at Trinity College. Her thesis research focuses on the motivations of women from the West joining terrorist organizations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Prior to coming to Oxford, Emily worked in Washington DC at a non-profit organization seeking to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the Americans and the MENA region. She also has experience working in conflict resolution and in public affairs and diplomacy at the US Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs. In 2015, Emily graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a minor in Arabic.

Lucy Ford - Secretary

Lucy Ford (lucinda.ford@magd.ox.ac.uk) is currently completing her second degree at Oxford, a Master’s of Public Policy. Prior to this, she completed a MSc in Environmental Change and Management where she focused on post-disaster re-electrification policy in the Caribbean. Prior to coming to Oxford, Lucy graduated with a degree in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, where she commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy, specifically in the Nuclear Submarine Community. Following Oxford, Lucy will attend Nuclear Power School in Charleston, South Carolina before being assigned for Sea Duty. Lucy is particularly interested in the strategic implications of climate change and energy security as they relate to national security and State strength.

Jan Tattenberg - Treasurer

Jan Tattenberg (jan.tattenberg@new.ox.ac.uk) is a DPhil student in History at New College. His research examines the reception of aspects of Prussian military history in post-war West-German military and political thought. More generally, he is interested in the historically conditioned utility of organised violence as reflected in the history and theory of war, and has worked on aspects of this primarily in 19th and 20th century Germany. He also has an active interest in the history of European conservatism.

Tomasso De Zan - Development Director

Tommaso De Zan is a DPhil student in Cyber Security at Linacre College. Previously, he was an Associate Fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies and a Researcher at the International Affairs Institute in Rome. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations - with a concentration in international security - from the University of Bologna and was an exchange student at the University of Denver and the Université catholique de Louvain. His research interests lie at the intersection between international security, technology and public policy and he is currently investigating how countries can mitigate the cyber security skills shortage for his DPhil.

Freddie Barr-Smith - IT Officer

Freddie Barr-Smith (freddie.barr-smith@cybersecurity.ox.ac.uk) is a DPhil student in Cybersecurity at Keble College. His academic interests lie mainly in computer security, particularly regarding Exploits, Intrusion Detection, Malware Analysis, Network Forensics and theory of Cyberwarfare.