Oxford University Strategic Studies Group

Oxford University Strategic Studies Group


Executive Committee

Professor Peter Wilson - Senior Member

Mr 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.

Andrew Payne - President

Andrew Payne (andrew.payne@merton.ox.ac.uk) is a DPhil student in International Relations at Merton College. His research examines the impact of electoral politics on U.S. foreign policy decision-making. He is currently completing case studies of American strategy in Vietnam (1963-73) and Iraq (2003-11). The project is an extension of his MPhil thesis, also completed at Oxford. Prior to this, Andrew read History at Queens’ College, Cambridge, before a stint working in London.

Megan Musilli - Vice President

Megan Musilli (megan.musilli@stcatz.ox.ac.uk) is currently completing her second degree at Oxford, a Masters of Public Policy. Prior to this, she completed an MSc in Medical Anthropology where she focused on the unique challenges faced by pregnant servicewomen and female military spouses. Prior to coming to Oxford, Megan graduated with a degree in mathematics from the United States Naval Academy, where she was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. Following Oxford, Megan will complete her medical degree at the University of California, San Diego and will become a military physician. Megan is particularly interested in the strategic use of military medicine for both humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

Edward Howell - Secretary

Edward H.K. Howell (edward.howell@politics.ox.ac.uk) is currently an M.Phil. candidate in International Relations. Having graduated with a double first in Geography from Brasenose College, Edward’s research interests have focused predominantly on the Korean Peninsula, in particular in the negotiations of South Korean and Chinese-Korean migrants to the West. More recently, Edward is focusing on issues of regime survival in North Korea, involving the plight of North Korean defectors in escaping, yet maintaining ties to, their homeland.

Tilman Graff - Treasurer

Tilman Graff (tilman.graff@sant.ox.ac.uk) is a current MPhil. student in Economics at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Holding each a Bachelor’s degree from both LMU Munich and Technical University Munich, his research has focussed on identifying economic patterns behind the demise of the Weimar Republic. He is interested in the determinants of democratic instability and societal failure from both econometric, as well as game theoretic perspectives. 

Adam Zibak - Development Director 

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 linguist 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.

Freddie Barr-Smith - IT Officer

Freddie Barr-Smith (freddie.barr-smith@kelllogg.ox.ac.uk)is an MSc Student in Software and Systems Security at Kellogg College, Oxford. He graduated with a BSc in  Computer Science and Management from Nottingham University. His academic interests lie mainly in computer security, particularly regarding Exploits, Intrusion Detection, Malware Analysis, Network Forensics and theory of Cyberwarfare.