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The ECCRI Welcomes New Co-Director

The European Cyber Conflict Research Initiative (ECCRI) welcomes James Shires as new co-director of the organization. He will take on the leadership of the organization with Max Smeets, current director of ECCRI.

James is currently a senior research fellow in cyber policy at Chatham House. He was previously an Assistant Professor in Cybersecurity Governance, University of Leiden. He speaks regularly and has published extensively on cybersecurity and global politics, including his book ‘The Politics Of Cybersecurity In The Middle East’ (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2021). James is a co-founder and trustee of ECCRI, and as the co-director he is committed to advancing the organization’s growth.

“James’s transition to co-director at ECCRI is truly exciting. His track record and dedication suggest that he will bring a lot of energy and expertise to the initiative,” Tim Stevens at King’s College London notes.

According to Myriam Dunn Cavelty at ETH Zurich, “The collaboration between James and Max is a testament to ECCRI’s commitment to excellence and forward-thinking leadership.”