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Dr Vincent Boulanin

Senior Researcher

Dr Vincent Boulanin

Vincent Boulanin

Dr Vincent Boulanin is a Senior Researcher at SIPRI. He joined SIPRI in 2014, where he works on issues related to the production, use and control of emerging military and security technologies, notably autonomous weapon systems and cyber-security technologies. He received his PhD in Political Science from École des Hautes en Sciences Sociales in Paris in October 2014. His dissertation looked at the diversification of the European arms industry into the security realm. His other research interests include the impact of military and security technologies on the practice of security and military professionals and the social construction of threats and risks.

Subject expertise

Autonomous weapons systems; artificial intelligence and robotics; arms production; defence industry; cybersecurity and surveillance technologies; securitization theory and risk governance; and international political sociology

Regional expertise

Europe, especially France and Sweden

French, English, Swedish
External publications
  • Boulanin, V., Regulating military AI will be difficult. Here’s a way forward, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (March 2021)
  • Boulanin, V., 'Mapping the Development of Autonomy in the Military Sphere', Paper presented during the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons Informal Meeting of Experts on lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems. Published in Robin Geiß, Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, Technology, Definitions, Ethics, Law and Security, (Federal Foreign Office of Germany: Berlin, 2016)
  • Boulanin, V. and Ogilvie White, T., 'Cyber Threats and Nuclear Dangers', CNND Policy Brief no 17 (November 2014).
  • Boulanin, V. and Bellais, R., "Toward a High-Tech Limes on the Edges of Europe? Managing the External Borders of the European Union", in Elisabeth Vallet (eds.), Fences, Wall, Borders: State of Insecurity, (Ashgate: 2014)