Jean Pascal Zanders is an independent researcher/consultant on disarmament and security questions. He heads The Trench, a research initiative dedicated to the future of disarmament. He is also a member of the Pugwash Council 12th Quinquennium (2013–2018) and a Senior Research Associate with the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique in Paris, France.
He was a Senior Research Fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EU-ISS) from June 2008 until May 2013. His research areas covered armament, disarmament and non-proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons, as well as space policy. He was Director of the Geneva-based BioWeapons Prevention Project (BWPP) from April 2003 until May 2008 and Project Leader of the Chemical and Biological Warfare Project at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) from October 1996 until August 2003. He holds Masters Degrees in Germanic Philology-Linguistics (1980) and Political Sciences (1992) and a PhD Degree in Political Sciences (1996) from the Free University of Brussels.
He is currently researching the internal dynamics of a terrorist or criminal entity seeking to acquire a chemical or biological weapons capability, the meaning of disarmament in the current security context, and running a project on the longer-term future of the Chemical and Biological and Toxin Weapons Conventions. He also participates in working groups studying opportunities for non-conventional weapon disarmament in the Middle East. He has participated as an expert to the EU Delegations in the BTWC and CWC meetings between since 2010.