Sascha Simon is an exchange student from the University of Konstanz where he completed his studies in Politics & Public Administration in 2019/20. He is now continuing to study a double-degree master programme at Gothenburg University (in cooperation with the University of Konstanz) in 2021/22. While studying at BSIA in Waterloo, Sascha continues his role as EU Careers Ambassador online, as well as remotely interning with the NATO ACT Innovation Hub based in Norfolk, USA.
Due to the pandemic, he paused his master studies to instead work as a Trainee at the European Defence Agency in Brussels, Belgium for the duration of the entire academic year of 2020/21. There, he primarily worked on a technology foresight project and the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy. Before that, he was an intern at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s office in New Delhi, India during the winter semester break in 2020.
Sascha graduated with a Bachelor degree in International Relations from Malmö University in 2019. His bachelor thesis focused on lethal autonomous weapon systems, specifically on how incentive structures to acquire them differ between democracies and autocracies, the advantages and hurdles in their adaptation by militaries and how their use is likely to transform conflict conduct. As part of his bachelor studies, he spent a semester each at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan in 2018. He also conducted an internship with the NGO Dandelion Africa in Nakuru, Kenya during the summer semester break in 2017.
Sascha hopes to take advantage of BSIA-provided access to researchers specializing in AI-related issues at CIGI, UW and BSIA itself. Together with the graduate fellowship at BSIA on the topic of “Global Governance of AI”, they are meant to lay the research foundation for his upcoming master thesis on the military use of AI, that he will write (building on his bachelor thesis) upon returning to Sweden.