The Military Advisor [fr]
Colonel Nicolas Coussière joined the military academy in 1988 and had a junior officer career in combat engineering, which took him to Bosnia and Albania. He graduated from the Engineer Officer Advanced Course of the US Army School of Engineers in Fort Leonard Wood (Missouri).
Following his selection for War College, he went through two years of academic training. He first took the MA in “Diplomacy and law of international organizations” in Paris-Jean Monnet University, then he participated in the International Training Course at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, before he attended War College in Paris in 2002-2003.
The next two years saw him teaching tactics at the Staff Academy in Compiègne. His next assignment brought him to a deployable Force headquarters, in the planning section. As such, he participated in the development and conduct of the EU operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which included a period in Kinshasa. He also was committed in Yemen during this assignment.
In 2007, he was posted to SHAPE in Belgium, dealing with NATO’s deployable forces, and especially the NATO Response Force.
In 2010, he served as the deputy leader of the Office of non-proliferation and disarmament of the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy of the Ministry of Defence in Paris.
In the summer of 2015, he assumed the position of military advisor to the Ambassador, Permanent representative of France to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.
The Colonel Nicolas Coussière is married and he is the father of three children.