Thomas Abeling is an Analyst in the Environment & Sustainable Development Section. Mr. Abeling specializes in environmental and security policy, international environmental cooperation as well as in conservation and conflict. Specific research interests include transboundary biodiversity conservation, environmental conflict prevention and global environmental politics. He has worked for the United Nations Environment Programme in Brussels, the Aspen Institute in Berlin and the German Federal Ministry of Transport in Bonn. Mr. Abeling holds a B.A. in Political and Administrative Science and an M.A. in International Administration and Conflict Management from the University of Konstanz. He has studied political science, international relations and environmental studies at the University of Konstanz, the Institut d’études politiques in Paris and at York University in Toronto.
Dr. Joy Alemazung is a Senior Analyst in the Peace and Security Section focusing on state transformation and on good governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is also a Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences, School of International Business in Bremen, Germany. He is the Managing Editor of the Global Applied Sociology Journal, a Fellow of the African Good Governance Network at DAAD, and a reviewer for the African Journal of Political Science and International Relations. He has published amongst others, on the impact of the financial crisis on the reforms in sub-Saharan Africa, and on the African Political System. Dr. Alemazung holds an MA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and a PhD in Political Science on the States Constitution, Political Transformation and Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa from the University of Kiel, Germany. His upcoming monograph"State Constitutions and Governments without Essence in Post-Independence Africa: Governance along a Failure-Successful Continuum with Illustrations from Benin, Cameroon and the DRC" will be published in early 2013.
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Eamon Aloyo is a Senior Analyst in the Global Justice section. He focuses on a range of issues at the intersection of international relations and political philosophy, such as the responsibility to protect (R2P), mass atrocity prevention, just war theory, human rights, and global justice. Eamon is assistant professor in international relations at Leiden University where he teaches in the MAIR program. In 2011, Eamon received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was given the Thomas Jefferson Award. His publications appear, or will be published, in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Ethics & International Affairs, Global Constitutionalism, Global Responsibility to Protect, Global Society, and International Theory. His work has received support from The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and George Washington University. Eamon was previously a senior researcher at The Hague Institute for Global Justice and he his affiliated with the European Center for the Responsibility to Protect, and the Canadian Center for the Responsibility to Protect. He have enjoyed teaching courses on human rights, political theory, international relations, comparative politics, just war theory, and environmental politics. You can read more about his work at www.eamonaloyo.com.
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Melanie Ashton is a Senior Analyst in the Environment and Sustainable Development Section. As a consultant, Melanie advises United Nations organisations and programmes, donors and developing country governments on environmental policy related to chemicals. With expertise in the fields of chemicals management, water, project management, project design, and communications, Melanies work is focused on Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries. She has extensive field experience in China, the South Pacific and in Africa. She also holds the position of thematic expert on chemicals, ozone and international organisations at the International Institute for Sustainable Development's (IISD) Reporting Services division, reporting on, and analysing treaty negotiations. Melanie holds a BSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and an MSc in Environment and Development Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, the UK.
Prof. Dr. Graeme Auld is a Senior Analyst in the Environment and Sustainable Development section. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, Canada, and consults for the International Institute for Sustainable Developments (IISD) Reporting Service. He specializes in the impact of social and environmental certification in the agriculture, forest and fisheries sectors. He has collaborated on research on the involvement of firms in corporate social responsibility and on the forms of private governance. Prof. Dr. Auld holds a Bachelor degree in Forest Resource Management from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Science from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Governance from Yale University.
Eleanor Barbrow is an intern in the Peace and Security Section. Eleanor attends Hawaii Pacific University, of Honolulu Hawaii, in persuit of an International Studies BA, with a concentration in International Relations and Security. Her research interests reside in creating sustainable and comprehensive foreign policy towards the BRIC nations, notably Russia and China.
Laura Bullon-Cassis is an Analyst in the Environment & Sustainable Development and in the Economic Policy sections. Ms Bullon-Cassis' research interests include in global governance, systemic risk and sustainability. She has related work experience in Belgium, Switzerland, Japan and the United Kingdom, where she held internships at the United Nations University, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and POLIS. Ms Bullon-Cassis also worked at The Global Journal and participated in the EU-Russia Security Dialogue hosted by the LSE Global Governance. As such, she was published in The Global Journal, authored a number of UNCTAD publications and her MSc thesis (awarded with distinction) is currently under review for publication. Laura Bullon-Cassis holds a BSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics and is currently working towards an MSc in Global Politics in the same institution.
Fernando Cavalcante is Senior Analyst in the Peace and Security Section, leading its research and advice project on peacebuilding. He is currently based as Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK. In the past, he held positions at the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations in New York, at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and at the University of Coimbra. His research interests revolve around the areas of peacekeeping, peacebuilding, statebuilding, post-armed conflict reconstruction and international development, especially in armed conflict and post-armed conflict situations. His regional expertise includes West and Central Africa, as well as Haiti. Over the years, he has received several grants and awards to carry out research in both academic and policy-oriented settings. He has also taught and published on international organisations, theories of International Relations and Brazilian foreign policy. Fernando holds a Bachelor in International Relations from the University of Brasília, Brazil, and is currently finishing a PhD in International Politics and Conflict Resolution at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His thesis addresses the UN evolving approach to peacebuilding in conceptual, institutional and programmatic terms, having the Peacebuilding Commission as case study.
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Tom Chatfield is a Senior Expert in GGI's Forward Studies and Innovation Section. Tom is an author, broadcaster and academic, with a special interest in education and technology. The author of five books exploring digital culture - most recently "How to Thrive in the Digital Age" (Pan Macmillan) and "Netymology" (Quercus) - his work has appeared in over 20 territories and languages. Tom is interested in improving our understanding and experiences of technology, with a particular focus on education and behaviour change. Past collaborators include Google, the BBC and Channel 4 Education. He speaks and broadcasts around the world on technology, the arts and education. Appearances include TED Global and the Cannes Lions Festival; authors@gogle; the House of Commons; and venues ranging from the Sydney Opera house to the Googleplex. Tom holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford and guest lectures at universities in the UK and Europe. He's also an associate edutor at Prospect Magazine, faculty member at London's School of Life and a past guest faculty member at the Said Business School, Oxford. In his spare time, he plays jazz piano and drinks too much coffee.
Nadia Creve Coeur is an intern in the Peace and Security Section. Nadia is a B.A. candidate in International affairs and political science with a concentration in international politics at the George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs. Her research interests include radicalization in terrorism, counter terrorism strategy, and gender based violence. Most notably she has experience interning with the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office in the special victim's unit. In addition to her intern experience, Nadia has conducted independent research on Western indigenous radicalization at the School for International Training.
Dario Cristiani is a Senior Analyst in the Peace and Security Section, with a particular focus on the Middle East and Mediterranean. Mr Cristiani is currently a PhD candidate in Middle East & Mediterranean Studies at King's College, University of London and a freelance analyst and consultant on political and economic risk in the Mediterranean and Central Asia. He is a regular contributor to Jamestown Foundation, World Politics Review and many others. Previously, he was a teaching fellow in political science and comparative politics, focusing on transitions and democratization in the Middle East and former Soviet Union, and an e-learning tutor in Mediterranean studies at the University of Naples "L'Orientale" in Italy. He worked also as a political analyst with the Power and Interest News Report (PINR) from 2006 to 2008. Mr Cristiani holds an MA (magna cum laude) in International Politics and Economy and a BA in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Naples "L'Orientale". He also studied at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt Oder and the Istanbul Kültür University, Turkey.
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Arthur is currently working in the European Parliament. He has contributed to and written for a number of online and print media including the Polish Institute of International Affairs, The Diplomat, Politico Europe, Euractiv. He is a graduate of King's College London and Maastricht University where he studied geopolitics and international relations.
Dustin Dehez is a Senior Analyst in the Peace and Security Section. He is a lecturer in International Relations at the Free University Berlin and a Senior Fellow at the Düsseldorf Institute for Foreign and Security Policy. His research focus is on civil-military relations in Sub-Sahara Africa and the Middle East, security sector reform, state failure, conflict resolution and terrorism. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Economics in Prague and a member of the Personal Staff of the Chief Economist of Deutsche Bank Group and a member of the Royal African Society. Mr Dehez holds a BA in Modern History from the University of Durham.
William Duncan is an analyst in the Forward Studies and Innovation section. He has completed the MSc Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford, and holds a BSc in Mathematics and a BA in International Studies and Music from Baker University. His research interests include the role of multilevel governance and international institutions in the provision of welfare/societal development, innovation in development, education reform, and social entrepreneurship. William is interested in exploring leadership within NGOs as well as social entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships as a means of empowering and addressing the social needs of marginalized communities. Since his undergraduate career, William has been involved in conceiving and leading numerous socially minded organizations and enterprises, including One Woman a Year, an NGO which works to promote education reform in Afghanistan by establishing a scholarship fund for women to attend university; The Green Tara, a social enterprise which provides employment opportunities to disenfranchised individuals; and SESI Hubs International, which aims to organize university campus groups to promote social entrepreneurship and initiate projects.
Verena Feiersinger is an intern in the Peace and Security Section. Verena is a second year student in International Affairs at the Vesalius College. Her main research interests include peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions. She is also interested in researching the interconnection between sustainable development, environmental degradation, peacebuilding missions and worldwide conflicts.
Benedikt Franke is currently helping to organize the next Munich Security Conference. Before that he worked for the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Benedikt has published widely on international affairs, particularly with respect to peace and security issues in Africa. Dr. Franke holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has been a post-doctoral fellow at Oxford University.
Tomas Furlong is a Senior Analyst in the Global Justice Section, and an Associate in the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in London. Mr. Furlong's work focuses on all areas of public and private international law in both domestic and international courts. He has a particular interest in the regulation of corporations for the human rights consequences of their international activities, and has provided extensive pro bono advice to the Special Advisor on Business and Human Rights at Amnesty's International Secretariat. Mr. Furlong has previously worked pro bono for a women's rights NGO in Kathmandu, Nepal, and raised money by trekking to the Everest base camp and cycling from Land's End in Cornwall to John O'Groats in Scotland. Mr. Furlong read Jurisprudence as an undergraduate, and the BCL as a graduate, at Merton College, Oxford. After graduation he taught contract and public international law to undergraduates as a lecturer at Merton College. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Lincolns Inn in November 2009. He is a member of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the LCIA YIAG, Lawyers for Liberty and Amnesty International.
Ryan Godfrey is an Analyst in the Environment and Sustainable Development Section. He has worked as an economist and researcher at several academic and professional organizations including The Bank of Nova Scotia's Scotia Economics, the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and The Conference Board of Canada. Mr. Godfrey's expertise is primarily in economics, environment and health care policy. In this regard, he has written about health system strategy and design, forest protection in developing countries, and the fiscal impacts of environmental instruments. Ryan is also investigating the implications of governments delegating powers to independent bodies, and whether this can increase the adoption of evidence in public policy. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Management from McGill University and an Master of Economics from the University of Edinburgh.
Mathias Holvoet is a Senior Analyst in the Global Justice Section. Mathias is currently also a Doctoral Researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Institute for European Studies. He's a member of the Research Group 'Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism'. His main research interests lie in the field of International and European Criminal Law, International and European Human Rights Law and International and European Migration Law. Mathias held various internships in the field International and European Criminal Justice. In 2009, he interned for the International Criminal Justice Program of the NGO No Peace Without Justice. Subsequently, he was an intern for the Belgian Desk at Eurojust. Lastly, he conducted an internship at the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Mathias graduated from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2008 and studied at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in the framework of an Erasmus exchange (2007). He holds an additional 'Master Complémentaire en Droit International Public' from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2008-2009).
Hubertus Jürgenliemk is Senior Analyst at the Peace and Security Section of the Global Governance Institute. His research focuses on European Security and Defence Policy, EU cooperation with NATO and the United Nations, civilian crisis management and European security governance. Hubertus has work experience with the United Nations Democracy Fund, the UNDP Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative, the German Federal Ministry of Economics, the Public Affairs Division of the OECD and a private sector consultancy firm. He holds a BA from the University of Konstanz and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, where he is currently completing his PhD in International Relations. Hubertus can be reached at hjuergenliemk[at]globalgovernance.eu.
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Arianna Khatchadourian is an Analyst with the Environment & Sustainable Development Section. Her areas of research include EU renewable energy policy, energy governance and hydrocarbon resource extraction in the Arctic. She is coordinating the Open Source Intelligence and Cyber Security Seminar Series, and assisting the Executive Course on Global Risk Analysis & Crisis Management (GRACM). Arianna holds a Masters degree in Environmental Law & Sustainable Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, and a BA from the University of York, UK.
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Lena Kilee is a Senior Analyst both in the Peace & Security and Global Justice Sections. She is currently a McCloy Scholar and 2013 Master of Public Administration Candidate at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Lena is a trained lawyer from Germany with a focus on international and european public law and international humanitarian law. Before joining the academic arena again, she was deputy head of the anti-corruption unit at the European Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) and worked as a rule of law advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Interior in Kabul. She served on secondment from the German Federal Ministry of the Interior where she had been responsible for substantive and technical support of programs aimed at rebuilding police forces in post-conflict countries and strengthening law enforcement capacity. Before joining GGI, Lena worked for different foundations and NGOs in Berlin, Brussels and Beijing. Prior to her studies, she spent a year as a volunteer in a community school in Mathare Slum/Nairobi
Philipp Knodel is a Senior Analyst in the Forward Studies and Innovation Unit, where he focuses on Higher Education in Europe and Social Networks Analysis. He currently works at the Collaborative Research Center 597 Transformation of the State, Bremen. As part of the research team of Prof. Dr. Kerstin Martens he advised the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Office of the former Federal President. He teaches courses on Education Policy, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Social Movements at the University of Bremen. Mr Knodel studied Political Science and Sociology at the Universities of Augsburg and Bremen. He is finishing his Ph.D on Higher Education Policy in Europe as Fellow at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences.
Dimitris is a Senior Expert in the Forward Studies and Innovation section where he focuses on implementing innovation processes within education and industry. Dimitris has over 11 years experience in project/programme management for the European Commission. He has lead teams within the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission at the Erasmus Mundus and External Cooperation unit as well as the Socrates, Leonardo and Youth Technical Assistance Office (that provided programme management services to the European Commission) in the Education and Training department. Through his personal interests and extensive professional experience, Dimitris has gained significant experience in programme management aspects and insights into EU policies and programmes. Dimitris studied German language and literature at the universities of Athens in Greece and Würzburg in Germany and also holds a postgraduate degree in European Studies (MES) from the technical university of Aachen in Germany.
Andreas S. Kolb is a Senior Analyst in the Global Justice Section. He studied law in Hamburg, Toronto and Vancouver and completed his LL.M. at the University of British Columbia (UBC) with a thesis on the responsibility to protect in international law. Andreas gained work experience during internships with various international law firms and was a teaching assistant at UBC as well as at Bucerius Law School. His published work focuses on different aspects of public international law. He has been a lecturer in teaching projects on European and comparative constitutional law for university students in Sarajevo as well as on international and European law for high-schools students in Hamburg. Andreas is currently a doctoral student at Bucerius Law School, an alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation and a legal trainee in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
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Prof. Joachim Koops (BA, LPC Oxon, MSc Turku, PhD Kiel) is the Founding Director of the Global Governance Institute. He is also the Dean of Vesalius College, Free University of Brussels (VUB) , Research Professor at the VUB's Institute for European Studies and Course Director of the Executive Course in Global Risk Analysis & Crisis Management (GRACM). His expertise includes European and Global Diplomacy, EU-GCC Relations, UN, EU and NATO approaches to peacekeeping, peace building and global security governance, cooperation and rivalry between international organizations and rapid reaction approaches to crisis management. In addition, he maintains a strong interest in 'Global Ethics' issues in the field of peace and security. Joachim is a co-founder of the Centre for European and Global Diplomacy (CEGD, to be launched in Spring 2015). Previously, Joachim served as the Lessons Learned Advisor for the Standby High Readiness Brigade for United Nations Operations (SHIRBRIG), and in 2012 as Advisor to the Head of the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security (UNLOPS), Brussels as well as to the Head of the Partnership Unit of the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations, New York. He is also a member of the Ethics Review Committee of the European Commission. Recent and forthcoming publications include 'The European Union as a Diplomatic Actor' (co-edited with Gjovalin Macaj, Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), The Responsibility to Protect and the Third Pillar: Legitimacy and Operationalization (co-edited with Daniel Fiott, Palgrave, 2014) The Oxford Handbook of U.N. Peacekeeping Operations (co-edited with Norrie MacQueen, Thierry Tardy and Paul D. Williams, Oxford University Press, 2015) and The European Union as an Integrative Power (2011).
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- Europe's Return to UN peacekeeping
- European Peace & Security Studies Certificate (EPSS)
- Command & Control in Peacekeeping: A Comparative Analysis of UN, EU and NATO Approaches
- Spring Lecture Series 2012: The International Criminal Court’s Second Decade: Quo Vadis?
- Promoting Deeper EU-GCC Relations in Global Governance
- INFOCORE: (IN)Forming Conflict Prevention, Response and Resolution: The Role of Media in Conflict
Masa Lekic is an Analyst in the Peace and Security section where she focuses on the Western Balkans. She worked for TRIALOG for which she co-authored a report on civil society engagement in Montenegro. She has also held various internships at the European Parliament. Masa Lekic holds a BA in International Affairs from Vesalius College, Free University of Brussels (VUB), and is currently completing her MA in International Studies at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna.
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Marina Lynch is an Analyst in the Peace and Security Section, focusing on the United Nations, gender issues (such as UNSCR1325), and migration. Marina worked for RAND Europe and has been a guest lecturer in Brussels. Marina has a BA (Summa Cum Laude) in International Affairs and Communications from Vesalius College, Brussels and an MSc (with Merit) in Migration, Mobility, and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.
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María Maldonado is an intern in the Peace and Security Section. She is studying Global Communication with a minor in European Peace and Security Studies at Vesalius College. Her interests include the trends in terrorism, crisis management, peace building and the involvement of media in security issues.
Medlir Mema (Ph.D. Political Science, George Washington University) is an Analyst at the Global Justice Section. He is also a Senior Associate Researcher at the Institute for European Studies - VUB. He wrote his dissertation on the role of the civil society in the drafting of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Medlir's research attempts to provide an answer to the broader questions of whether, how, and under what conditions advocacy networks shape international institutions and state behavior. He is currently working on an examination of the role of the international community in the creation of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, as well as the political and legal implications of doing so. From 2010 to 2011, Medlir joined the International Law Center at the Swedish National Defense College as a guest scholar. Previous to that, from 2007-2010, Medlir worked as a Graduate Research Fellow at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian studies in Washington DC. In 2006, Medlir earned an MA in European Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University—School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), during which time he also worked as Editor-in-Chief of the Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs and as a Research Assistant at the Center for Transatlantic Relations. Medlir has also participated in a number of professional seminars including the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research at Syracuse University and the Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research at the George Washington University. He is also the author of several papers which he has presented at various academic conferences.
Morana Miljanovic is an Analyst in Global Justice section. She has work experience with the Directorate for Representation before the European Court of Human Rights and other European Courts at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia. Morana studied law at the University of Zagreb and focused particularly on international law, the system of the United Nations and Human Rights. She is an alumna of the Georgetown University School for Continuing Studies.
Benjamin Mols is an Analyst in the Peace and Security Section and the Environmental Section. Mr Mols has work experience in Kosovo and Macedonia, where he focussed, inter alia, on EU-OSCE relations, and Eastern Europe/Western Balkans issues. As such, he published several articles, and collaborated with various institutes, including the Macedonian research centre Analytica MK, and the Bosnian ACIPS Centre. Another clear topic of his interest is the linkage between environmental issues, human rights and international security. Benjamin Mols holds a European Joint MA in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe from the University of Sarajevo and the University of Bologna, as well as an MA in History (Contemporary and Environmental) and an MA in European Law (CFSP) from Ghent University. He is also the secretary of the United Nations Association Belgium Flanders, and as Belgian Reserve Officer a Human Factor Analyst for the Info. Ops. Gp.
Molly is an Analyst in the Cyber Governance unit, leading its research on cyber security and researching related civil liberty issues such as privacy and transparency. Her professional and academic experience spans the USA and Europe, focusing on public policy and discourse. She studied Political Science and Communication at Marquette University, Vesalius College and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and received her MA in Policy and Governance from the VUB and BA in Political Communication from Vesalius, graduating magna cum laude in both programs. After working as a journalist in the USA, she has held various positions at PR and policy consultancies in Brussels. Her research focuses on ICT, security and defense policies, specializing in cyber space and cyber security, in particular the approaches of the USA, EU and China. Molly currently works as a Policy and Research Analyst, examining the current strategies in cyber security policy and discourse and the implications of global governance.
Jakob Riiskjær Nygård is an Analyst in the Environment & Sustainable Development Section. Mr. Nygård is a trainee in the European Parliament within the S&D group, working with the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). Jakob has done research at the University of Copenhagen and the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, UC Berkeley. His research interests include the linkages between international relations, political economy and climate change - and specifically those surrounding energy security and green growth. Jakob Riiskjær Nygård holds a B.Sc. in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen and is working towards his M.Sc. in Political Science at the University of Copenhagen.
Elias B. Okwara is an Analyst at the Peace and Security Section, with a continuing academic background in International Area Studies and Business Administration at Drexel University, Philadelphia. He is currently attached to Vice-President of the European Parliament (EP) Libor Roučeks cabinet. Mr. Okwara previously served Anneli Jäätteenmäki, former Prime Minister of Finland, where among other efforts, he was involved in the development of a report on setting up an EU rapid response capability that was adopted by the EP Plenary in December, 2010. He worked at international law firm Duane Morris LLP and has had training at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. Recently, Mr. Okwara's paper "Cohabiting State Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect" was pre-selected to the Education Without Borders 2011 Conference in Dubai.
Prof. Dr. Michael F. Palo is a Senior Analyst in the Peace & Security Section. He is also an Associate Professor of History at Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He received a BA in History (1966) and an MA in History (1969) from Queens College of the City University of New York and a Ph. D. in History (1978) from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) and has taught at Vesalius since 1990. His fields of interest are the history of international relations, conflict and security studies, and the history of Belgium in World War I. His latest publications include 'The Question of Neutrality and Belgium's Security Dilemma during the First World War: The Search for a Politically Acceptable Solution'. Prof. Dr. Palo is currently preparing an inter-disciplinary textbook on History and International Relations.
Marie Popp is a Senior Analyst in the Forward Studies and Innovation Unit, where she advises on innovation in education policy. She has work experience with several research institutes, including the Collaborative Research Centre 597 Transformation of the State in Bremen, GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies and Centre for Globalisation and Governance in Hamburg. Beside her studies Mrs Popp is involved in the development of innovative education projects. She currently coordinates a campaign to foster civil engagment in education. Mrs Popp studied Political Science, Spanish and Education at the University of Hamburg. She is completing her Ph.D. on the internationalization of education policy. She holds a fellowship of Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom and Liberty.
Ruben Reike is a Senior Analyst in the Global Governance Institute’s Peace & Security Section, focusing on questions relating to the “responsibility to protect” principle (R2P). Ruben is a doctoral student in International Relations at the University of Oxford. His doctoral project seeks to clarify the preventive dimension of the R2P, i.e. the prevention of mass atrocity crimes. He has an M.A in International Studies from the University of Queensland (Australia) and a B.A from the Universities of Bielefeld and Münster. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies, Ruben worked for Amnesty International Germany on refugee and “war on terror” issues with a regional focus on Europe and Central Asia. He has also worked with the New York-based NGO Global Action to Prevent War on disarmament and mass atrocity prevention issues, and is a member of Global Action’s working group on a UN Emergency Peace Service.
Dr. Pelin Sekerler Richiardi is a Senior Analyst at the Environment & Sustainable Development as well as at the Economic Policy sections. She is also a Research Assistant at the International Institute for Labour Studies of the International Labour Organization (ILO). She is currently working on country- level analyses focusing on the impact of employment policies on social welfare. Her expertise covers the fields of welfare economics, public economics, history of economic thought and labour economics. She worked as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France, and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Sekerler Richiardi holds a PhD in economics obtained jointly from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University of Lausanne.
Christian E. Rieck is a Senior Analyst in the Peace and Security Section at the Global Governance Institute, with an emphasis on Emerging Powers and the BRICS. He works on the international relations of Regional Powers, regional power dynamics and their role in regional integration mechanisms. His area focus is mostly Latin America, especially but not exclusively Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil. He is a lecturer in contemporary history and international relations in Berlin, as well as a regular contributor to the Annual Register in London. Before, he held positions at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies GIGA in Hamburg and at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin, and was a Carlo Schmid Fellow to the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean CEPAL in Mexico City. Mr Rieck studied law and economics at the Universities of Bayreuth and Seville, before specializing in International Public and European Union Law at Humboldt-University Berlin and at the European University Institute, Florence. He holds a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford.
Tim René Salomon is a Senior Analyst at the Global Justice section of GGI, where he focuses on maritime security, law of the sea and maritime law, international criminal and international trade law. He studied in Hamburg and Kiel in Germany as well as in Wellington, New Zealand, and is an Associate of the International Max Planck Research School on Maritime Affairs. In addition, he is a research fellow in the project network Piracy and Maritime Terrorism as a Challenge for Maritime Trade Security (PiraT) (http://www.maritimesecurity.eu) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and integrated in the Federal Government's Security Research Programme on Civil Security and Securing Commodity Chains (http://www.sicherheitsforschungsprogramm.de). Mr. Salomon is currently completing a PhD at the Bucerius Law School, Hamburg in the field of international criminal law, human rights and international law of the sea.
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Daniel Sheffer is an Analyst in the Peace and Security section. Mr Sheffer has work experience in Ethiopia and South Africa, where he dealt with the Peace and Security Architecture as well as several institutions and initatives of the African Union as an intern and consultant for the German Development Cooperation (GTZ). His research deals with analyzing issues of concern in the fields of international development as well as peace and security through the lens of cultural and religious particularities. Daniel Sheffer holds a MA degree in International Conflict Analysis of the University of Kent in Canterbury, as well as a BA degree in comparative cultural and religious science from the Philipps University of Marburg, Germany
Jan-Peter Siedlarek is a Senior Analyst in the Economic Policy Section and a Economics Researcher at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. His research interests include game theory, social networks, regulation and political economy. Prior to taking his position at the EUI he worked as a consultant in the European Competition Policy and Antitrust Practice of NERA Economic Consulting in London, advising international clients in mergers and acquisitions and wider competition policy matters. His experience includes cases in a variety of industries including retail, raw materials, telecommunications and consumer goods. Mr Siedlarek was educated at Oxford University and holds BA Hons Degree in Economics and Management as well as an MPhil in Economics. In addition he holds a Postgraduate Diploma in European Community Competition Law from Kings College London and an MRes from the European University Institute where he is currently conducting his PhD research.
Chloë Smythe is a Senior Analyst in the Global Justice Section. She is currently also a trainee lawyer at Nottingham Law Centre which provides disadvantaged communities with legal advice and representation in debt, welfare rights, employment and housing. She is also a researcher for an immigration, asylum and human rights law firm. Chloë read International Law at the University of Leicester and National University of Singapore and was Called to the Bar (Middle Temple) as a Queen Mother Scholar. She completed her LL.M at the University of Toronto as a Commonwealth Scholar with a dissertation on the use of force in respect of Iran's nuclear activities. Until recently, Chloë acted as Deputy Chief Executive of the Civil Justice Council; the civil justice think tank and watchdog of England and Wales. Prior to this, she gained legal and human rights experience in London, Toronto, Malawi and Sierra Leone.
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Dr. Matthew Sommerville is a Senior Analyst in the Environment and Sustainable Development Section. He currently consults for the International Institute for Sustainable Development's (IISD) Reporting Services, where he is a team leader and thematic expert on climate change, agriculture and food security, and on scientific monitoring. He also consults for international clients on enabling institutions for launching an effective mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and the role of land tenure and property rights security in climate change adaptation and mitigation activities. Dr. Sommerville holds a BA from Middlebury College, MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a PhD on Payments for Environmental Services from Imperial College London
Jaan Soone is a Senior Analyst in the Environment and Sustainable Development section and is a member of the GGI research cluster on the Diplomatic Capacity of Small EU states. He has worked as a parliamentary assistant and economic policy adviser at the office of a Member of European Parliament and at the Ministry of the Environment of Estonia, and has completed a traineeship at the European Commission. Mr Soone holds an M.Econ.Sc in European Economic and Public Affairs from the University College Dublin, focusing on environmental economics and environmental policy. He also holds an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.
Dr. Cristina Stefan (formerly Cristina Badescu) is a Senior Analyst in the Peace and Security Section, focusing on international security and the responsibility to protect. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Canadian Center for the Responsibility to Protect. Cristina taught International Relations and transitional justice at the University of Toronto and Western University, and at the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice at University of Toronto. She also worked in the private sector, as a research associate at The Strategic Counsel, a public opinion research firm in Toronto. Previously, Cristina was a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The City University of New York, and a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. Cristina’s research focuses on the evolution and consequences of international norms and institutions, and spans the topics of international security, global institutional responsibility, the use of force, R2P, human rights, transitional justice, and peace and conflict studies. Her publications include, amongst others, a monograph entitled Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: Security and Human Rights. Cristina holds a Ph.D. in Political Science/International Relations (2007) from Western University (formerly the University of Western Ontario), Canada, an M.A. in Political Science/International Relations (2002) from Western University, and a B.A. in international economic relations (2001) from The Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania.
Gita Syahrani is a Senior Analyst in the Environment and Sustainable Development section. She is a Jakarta based lawyer and senior associate for DNC Advocate at Work, where worked on banking & finance, capital market and merger & acquisition transactions before initiating the firm's climate change and emission trading practices. Her research focus includes, but is not limited to, the Clean Development Mechanism and carbon markets, demand-side management of energy usage, renewable energy development and financing of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Ms. Syahrani holds an LL.M on Climate Change & Energy at the Center of Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, UK and a B.A. in International Law & Environmental Law from University of Padjajaran, Indonesia. She is also active as one of the founders of the Tunas Nusa Foundation in Indonesia, which develops early education and eco-education programs encouraging shifts towards a green society.
Giulia Tercovich is GGI's Senior Analyst in the Peace and Security Section. Giulia’s expertise is in European Union Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management. She has worked for the European External Action Service in the Crisis Response and Operational Coordination Department, for the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security and for the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU, assisting the delegate to the Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (CivCom). Giulia holds a Master degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Trieste (Gorizia) and is currently Erasmus Mundus Fellow in the GEM PhD School in Globalization, the EU and Multilateralism, University of Warwick (UK) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and Senior Analyst in the Peace and Security Section of the Global Governance Institute. Giulia can be contacted at gtercovich[at]globalgovernance.eu
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- Assessing the EU's Joint Communication on the Comprehensive Approach
- GGI Commentary: EU-CELAC partnership: make it real, make it political
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Dr. Dominik Tolksdorf is Senior Analyst in the Peace and Security Section, focusing on the Western Balkans and the post-Soviet states. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science at Vesalius College, Free University of Brussels (VUB) He held various positions at major European think tanks such as the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels and the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) in Munich. In 2008, he worked as a guest researcher at the EU Police Mission (EUPM) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dr. Tolksdorf holds a B.A. in Political Science, Contemporary History and American Studies and an M.Sc. in European Politics, Law and Economics and a PhD from the University of Munich on the European Union's Policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Dr. Hana Umezawa is an Analyst in the Peace and Security Section. Her research interests include: global and regional international organisations (with a particular interest in the governance of security and humanitarian questions); regions and regional organisations; EU-ASEAN cooperation; Japanese foreign policy in the context of global governance. She is currently a visiting researcher at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Brugge, Belgium. Her previous posts included Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) and Researcher at the Embassy of Japan in Sweden, where she served as Advisor regarding the Swedish EU Presidency in 2009. Hana holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent, UK.
Dr. Niels van Willigen is a Senior Analyst in the Peace & Security Section, focusing on international security and evaluating the impact of international diplomacy. He is also an Assistant Professor of international relations in the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University. Dr. van Willigen completed his dissertation on the international administrations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. His professional fields of interest include; theories of international relations, foreign policy analysis, security studies (more in particular peace operations, arms control and European security) and international law. Dr. van Willigen's teaching includes courses on theories and issues of international politics, on international arms control and on statebuilding.
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Ziggy Vandebriel is senior analyst in the Peace and Security section. He holds a BA on International Affairs from Vesalius College in Brussels, with a special focus on European Peace and Security Studies (in cooperation with the Belgian Royal Military School) and a MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. In conjunction with his work at the GGI, Ziggy is an assistant for a member of the Belgian Federal Parliament, working in the areas of Defense, Environment and Privacy. Ziggy Vandebriel has published work on the Responsibility to Protect in relation to Climate Change Security and currently focuses his research on the relation between transparency, national security and deliberative democracy as well as the position of whistleblowers.
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Madison Zachrich-Lehew is an Analyst in the Peace and Security section. Her interests and focus are peacebuilding in post-Gaddafi Libya and the EU’s role and contributions to peacekeeping. Madison is currently completing her BA in International Studies and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.