Oskar Galeev's Visiting Fellowship
31 May 2024

Oskar Galeev's Visiting Fellowship

Visiting Fellowship Program

In February, Oskar Galeev joined us for a Visiting Fellowship at The Hague Program on International Cyber Security at Leiden University's The Hague Campus. We sat down with him to hear about his fellowship experience.

Why were you interested in coming here?

I have long been drawn to the Hague Program for its focus on international governance of emerging technologies. This visiting fellowship presented a unique opportunity to engage with Leiden faculty and policymakers in The Hague, also providing an excellent base for conducting interviews, archival work or field research in nearby centers of cybersecurity research networks like Brussels. I knew that the Program brings together a global team of scholars and practitioners with a wide expertise on cyber norms, cyber conflict and emerging security risks, making it a perfect intellectual environment for kickstarting or finishing a research project.

What did you work on during the fellowship?

During my 3-week fellowship, I focused on the evolution of cybersecurity risks of geolocation, from the emergence of satellite navigation technology and the first cases of IP-based attribution to today's geolocation data trading. In those 3 weeks, I engaged in data collection, literature review, and interactions with the faculty of The Hague program, the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, and its Intelligence and Security Group. The access to Leiden's library resources and the daily feedback from other researchers in the cybersecurity program were particularly invaluable. By the end of my stay, I presented initial findings and the paper draft at a faculty seminar, which not only allowed me to receive critical feedback, but also significantly shaped the direction and scope of my paper.

What's next for you?

I am now preparing the product of this Visiting Fellowship, an article on geolocation and intelligence, for publication, while continuing my dissertation monograph at the Alperovitch Institute for Cybersecurity Studies and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. This winter fellowship was a truly enriching experience, giving me perspective on differing conceptual cybersecurity frameworks across academic institutions in Europe and in the US. And I definitely plan to stay connected with The Hague Program work and its team in the future.

Are you also interested to join our Visiting Fellowship Program? Applications for Fall 2024 have closed, but applications for a Spring 2025 stay are welcomed until 30 November 2024. Check out the Fellowships section for more information and the application process.