J. Peter Burgess is Research Professor at PRIO, the Peace Research Institute at Oslo, Leader of the Security Programme and Editor of the interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal Security Dialogue. He is also Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for European Studies, Brussels. Born in Germany, he was trained in Mechanical Engineering, Comparative Literature, and Philosophy in the U.S., Germany and France. His research and publishing have covered fields such as philosophy, political science, gender, history and cultural studies. His current research focuses on the ethical implications of the changing nature of threat and insecurity, particularly in Europe. He has been an active originator and coordinator of a number of national and international research projects, and has contributed actively to the formation of the European security research policy.