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Laura Bruun

Research Assistant

Laura Bruun

Laura Bruun

Laura Bruun is a Research Assistant working on emerging military and security technologies. Her focus is on how emerging military technology, notably autonomous weapon systems, affects compliance with - and interpretation of - International Humanitarian Law. She has a background in both Middle Eastern Studies and International Security and Law and wrote her thesis on remote warfare’s implications for protection of civilians by analysing the US’ targeting cycle in its aerial campaign against ISIS.

Before joining SIPRI, Laura worked with Airwars in London, where she monitored and assessed civilian casualty reports from US and Russian airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Laura has previously lived in both Egypt and Jordan, working with human rights issues in the MENA-region. 

Subject expertise

Remote warfare, International Humanitarian Law, modern military trends, autonomous weapon systems, asymmetric warfare and international security.

Regional expertise

The Middle East (and Global)

Danish, English, Arabic

BA Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Copenhagen; MA International Security and Law, University of Southern Denmark