Beyond the Horizon International Strategic Studies Group is a non-partisan, independent, and non-profit think tank.

Beyond the Horizon International Strategic Studies Group (ISSG) is a non-partisan, independent, and non-profit think & do tank. The mission of Beyond the Horizon ISSG is to promote global peace and security by empowering decision and policy-makers with knowledge and advocating paths to prevent, mitigate or end crises and conflicts.

Beyond the Horizon ISSG is unique in its focus on realistic policies and in-depth analyses to offer comprehensive solutions on topics related to international politics and security, peace and conflict studies.

As an independent voice, Beyond the Horizon ISSG aims to translate applied and policy-oriented research in its focus areas into a language that is understandable, reliable and accessible for a wide audience.

To enhance our response to the global challenges, Beyond the Horizon ISSG keeps a watchful eye on the globe (Horizon Weekly) and countries in crisis (Crisis Watch) to bring the issues related to its focus areas and deadly conflicts to the attention of not only security professionals but also to the general public.

Based on its expertise areas, Beyond the Horizon ISSG also provides training and consultancy services in defence and security. Group’s vision is to be recognized as a centre of excellence for the delivery of vocational, professional and skill development qualifications to learners and clients across the globe.

Beyond the Horizon ISSG collaborates globally with selected partners and networks to work on projects in its research areas.

Research Areas


  • AI-Powered Trusted Applications
  • Hybrid Intelligence-Based Decision Support Systems
  • Intelligent Automation in Business & Geopolitics Nexus
  • Cybersecurity


  • Great power politics
  • Emerging trends shaping global peace and security
  • Energy security
  • International organizations (NATO, EU, UN, OSCE, IMO, SCO, etc.)


  • Migration and security nexus
  • Preventing and countering radicalisation and violent extremism
  • Social inclusion & integration
  • Countering terrorism
  • Conflict prevention and peace building


  • Political warfare
  • Hybrid warfare
  • Modern air & space power
  • Modern sea power and maritime security

Main Activities

In order to close the gap between knowledge and practice, the Group:

– Provides strategic insights and policy solutions to help policy-makers, planners and practitioners in defence and security circles via training, advice, and assistance,

– Collaborates globally with selected partners and networks to do funded projects (both theoretical and applied),
– Serves as a forum for debates on its areas of interest by organising roundtable meetings, seminars, symposiums, panels, conferences and summits.


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The authors and Beyond the Horizon are not to be held responsible for misuse, reuse, recycled and cited and/or uncited copies of the content by others.

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Giorgi Bianisvili

Editorial Board Member

Steven Blockmans, Prof

Senior Lecturer

Christopher Coker, Prof

Senior Lecturer

Samet Coban

Research Fellow

Robert M. Cutler, PhD

Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow

Felipe Pathé Duarte, Prof

Editorial Board Member

Aziz Erdogan, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

Hall Gardner, Prof

Senior Lecturer

Tim Ibu

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Kate Jackson

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Gabriel Johnson, Assoc. Prof

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C.M. Jonker, Prof

Senior Lecturer

Christian Kaunert, Prof

Senior Lecturer

Muqtedar Khan, Prof

Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow

Veysel Kocaman

Senior Data Scientist

Michel Liegeois, Prof

Editorial Board Member

David Strachan-Morris, PhD

Editorial Board Member

Samantha North

Editorial Board Member

Salvin Paul, Assoc. Prof

Editorial Board Member

Sarah Perret, Assoc. Prof

Editorial Board Member

Mohammad Salman, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

Ardian Shajkovci, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Olena Snigyr, Ph.D.

Non-Resident Research Fellow

Anne Speckhard, Assoc.Prof.

Senior Lecturer

Onur Sultan

Research Fellow

Hasan Suzen

Chief Executive Officer

Tanguy Struye de Swielande, Prof

Editorial Board Member

Julien Theron, Phd

Editorial Board Member

Çlirim TOCI, Phd

Editorial Board Member

Dorina Torje

Business Intelligence Analyst

Žiga Turk, Prof

Senior Lecturer

Salih Tutun

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Rodrigo Alvarez Valdes, Prof

Editorial Board Member

Fatih Yilmaz

Research Fellow

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