Margaux Repellin

Margaux Repellin

Margaux Repellin

Lecturer; Visiting Scholar, ISCS

Part-time Faculty


1957 E St. NW, Office #605T Washington, D.C. 20052

Margaux Repellin is a Visiting Scholar/Researcher-Professor in the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies (ISCS). She is a Ph.D candidate at the UCL in Brussels. Her research focuses on the effect of leadership on the resilience of terrorist organizations, and her dissertation focuses on the leadership typologies that better attract and mobilize recruits than others by violent organizations, through the 22 years’ case of al-Qaeda and ISIS.

She will teach as Adjunct Professor in Research Methods in International Affairs as well as Lecturer and Teaching Assistant in Security Policy Analysis at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs (3 classes). This will be in parallel of her work at the Institute and her Ph.D (final year).

She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from The Fletcher School/Tufts University and a Master’s degree in Political science from the Université Catholique de Louvain. She has taught to Master’s degree students in Political science, with a focus on Security/Defense area. 

She has been working for over 15 years in the public and private sector, including 10 years in leadership, advisory and senior management, at key level positions within media/industry, public administrations, and in corporate government relations. Her previous area included policy, government, Artificial Intelligence, and Cybersecurity. She has been studying for almost 10 years, with a strong focus on Foreign Affairs/Geopolitics and Emerging Security Challenges (Terrorism/Counterterrorism, Technology, etc.), in various countries such as France, Germany, Belgium and the United States. 

She has also passed certificates in 8 languages, which is critical for her research, and has won scholarships and three awards throughout her studies and research.

Foreign affairs, Security, Defense and Technology: politics/diplomacy, public policy, geopolitics, emerging security threats (Terrorism, Counterterrorism, Disinformation, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Digitalization, etc.).

The leadership typologies that better attract and mobilize recruits than others by violent organizations.

  • PhD candidate in Political science;
  • 2 Master’s degrees: International Relations, Tufts University/Fletcher-Medford, and Political science, UCL-Brussels;
  • 1 Bachelor: Language, Literature, Foreign Civilization, in German (with an exchange with the RWTH in Aachen (Polytechnic)), URCA-Reims;
  • 4 Academic Certificates:
    • Cyber Risk Management, Tufts University/Fletcher-Medford;
    • Geopolitical Analysis of Major Powers, UCL-Brussels;
    • Conflict Analysis and International Relations, UCL-Brussels;
    • Terrorism/Counterterrorism, Georgetown University-edX-DC.
  • 2 extra courses:
    • European security (NATO/EU), Johns Hopkins University-DC;
    • Gender (analysis of ethnic, racial, social problems that cause civil unrest in a geographic area), George Mason University-DC.
  • Research Methods in International Affairs
  • Security Policy Analysis

A few examples of major publications and research:

  • The leadership typologies that better mobilize recruits than others by violent organizations: Michel Liegeois. 2023. UCL.
  • The effect of leadership on the resilience of terrorist organizations. Supervisor: Michel Liegeois. 2022. UCL.
  • Cyber Risk Management plan for NATO and its member states, to protect the organization’s critical information/crown jewels against emerging security challenges. Supervisor: Josephine Wolff. 2020. Tufts/Fletcher.
  • Ukraine conflictRussia’s reasons, success, shortcomings and challenges regarding the initial goals. Supervisor: Richard Shultz. 2020. Tufts/Fletcher.
  • What were the international and domestic crisis responses to 9/11? How Did the Surge Shape the Iraq Counterinsurgency? What capabilities must be synchronized and what are the problems inherent with achieving such synchronization in Afghanistan and Iraq? Professor: Richard Shultz. 2019. Tufts/Fletcher.
  • The European Union's Policy towards the Eastern Partnership: goals, shortcomings and challenges. Supervisor: Tanguy de Wilde d’Estmael. 2018. UCL.