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Nikola Tomić

Senior Research Analyst/Deputy Project Manager

Role at Trilateral

He currently leads Trilateral’s contribution to the CYBERSPACE project. Key tasks include developing cross-border working groups with Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and the private sector to discuss cybersecurity issues, mapping cybersecurity policy options in Europe and coordinating dissemination and communication activities for the CYBERSPACE project.  


Before joining Trilateral, Nikola coordinated and managed several EU-funded projects on European Union politics and policies, from institutional cooperation and co-design in policymaking to EU security and defence policy and EU crisis management missions. His most recent research has focused on global political justice in the EU’s foreign and security policies, in particular, in international conflict management. In his previous role of European Programme Project Manager, Nikola managed two EU projects in the fields of European craft and design and co-wrote four EU funding applications.  

Nikola previously worked at the University College Dublin as a postdoctoral research fellow on EU foreign and security policies. Relying on qualitative methods and elite interviews, his research analysed EU foreign policy decisions to deploy or not to deploy crisis management missions in Syria and Kosovo and assessed the ethical implications of such decisions. 

 Nikola’s doctoral dissertation investigated the evolution of the EU’s approach to counterpiracy off the coast of Somalia and analysed the decision-making processes to deploy three EU missions to the area. Other research included exploring the role of institutional cooperation in international organisations, in particular, between the EU and NATO in crisis management and defence. Oxford University Press published his textbook on a comparative study of national defence (including cyber-defence) policies in Europe.   

Nikola has authored and co-edited several peer-reviewed journal articles and books and lectured at Loughborough University, Nottingham Trent University, Staffordshire University, University College Dublin and The Military College of the Irish Defence Forces. 

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