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.

Leanne Iorio - President

Leanne Iorio (leanne.iorio@politics.ox.ac.uk) is currently a DPhil student in International Relations at Linacre College. Her thesis research focuses on how military alliances plan and implement their strategic vision, using a case study of NATO and its primary military powers (the US, the UK, and France) from 1989-1991. Prior to coming to Oxford, Leanne obtained an MA in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, and an MA in International Security from Sciences Po Paris. During her time at Sciences Po, Leanne also worked with the RAND Corporation in Washington DC, where she focused on wargaming, NATO, and defense and deterrence in the Baltics.

Ualan Campbell-Smith - Vice President

Ualan Campbell-Smith (Ualan.campbell-smith@gtc.ox.ac.uk) is studying an MSc in Social Science of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute. His research interests are in cybersecurity, disinformation and emerging technologies. He graduated from Durham University with a degree in Politics and International Relations.

Kate Guy - Secretary

Kate Guy (oussg.secretary@gmail.com) is a DPhil student in International Relations (Wolfson College), where she researches the intersection of climate change, national security, and global governance. At Oxford, Kate also works as a research assistant to the Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, and is a manager of the Oxford School of Climate Change. Before coming to Oxford, Kate worked in U.S. politics and international environmental policy, with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, the U.S. Department of State, the White House, and various think tanks and non-profits. She earned both her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University, and was raised in Minnesota.

Federico Bonomi - Treasurer

Federico Bonomi (federico.bonomi@sant.ox.ac.uk) is a MPhil student in European Politics and Society at St Antony's College. His main interest is European integration and its implications in the field of politics, economics, and defence cooperation. Before coming to Oxford, he graduated in political sciences at the University of Pavia.

Sawsène Nejjar - Development Director

Sawsène Nejjar (sawsene.nejjar@stcatz.ox.ac.uk) is a DPhil candidate in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. Prior to coming to Oxford, she completed her Master’s in North African and Middle Eastern Studies from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane where she researched the use of 'Islamic discourse' to improve women’s legal rights in Morocco. Sawsène’s interests include counterterrorism and de-radicalisation approaches in the Maghreb and Europe as they relate to international security and public policy. She is fluent in Maghrebi Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, French, English and is proficient at various levels in Tamazight, Spanish and Portuguese.

Arthur PB Laudrain - IT Officer

Arthur P.B. Laudrain (@APB_Laudrain) is a Rotary Global Scholar for Peace and a doctoral researcher in cybersecurity at Wolfson College. His current interests relate to norms of behaviour, defence policies and assessing states’ military cyber capabilities. He joined in 2019 the French Strategic Research Institute (IRSEM, Paris) as a Visiting Research Fellow and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS, London) as a Research Assistant. Arthur was educated at Université de Montréal (BSc), King’s College London (MA) and Universiteit Leiden (LLM).