Alumni Profile: Ellen Moser
I am a Franco-Brit who studied German and History at undergraduate level at the University of Warwick. During my time there I was a member of the Model United Nations Society, and this sparked my desire to pursue studies in International Relations and security at a post-graduate level. I therefore decided to do the MSc in Global Cooperation and Security. Having long been interested in drone warfare and issues surrounding increased automation in weapons technology, my dissertation focused on the likelihood of a potential ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and sought to apply arms control theory to autonomous weapons.
What aspects of the course did you enjoy?
What attracted me to this course in particular was the fact that it balances theory with practice, which makes it quite unique compared to other courses which focus nearly exclusively on a theoretical approach. I particularly enjoyed the sessions in Mark Webber’s module ‘Global Cooperation and Security’ which were led by experts in the field (such as NATO or the EU), as these offered invaluable insights into how diplomacy operates at an international level. The five day training course in ‘Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation’ was not only incredibly enjoyable but offered invaluable training in mediation skills, allowing us to put the theoretical knowledge from previous modules into practice. Finally the opportunity to undertake a placement with the ICCS in parallel to my studies was also incredibly useful.
What are you doing now?
Immediately after my Master’s degree I stayed on at the ICCS for nine months working as a Research Associate on a project looking into European attitudes into armed drones. In October I will be starting a five-month traineeship with the European Commission, working in the Cooperation Planning & Support Directorate of the European Defence Agency.
How has the degree helped in your career so far?
I believe that the combination of academic and practical training that this degree offers will have set me apart from other candidates. My knowledge of NATO, security and armaments matters which I gained over the course of my year at Birmingham was also particularly attractive to my future supervisor at the EDA.
Where do you hope to be in five years' time?
I hope to be working as a policy officer on matters of international security at an international agency such as NATO or the EU.