Iris Abraham is a Senior Fellow in the Peace and Security Section, where she specializes in the MENA & Gulf region, EU-Middle East Diplomacy and the role of media in global conflict and conflict prevention. She is currently also the Head of International Relations and Strategic Partnerships at Euronews in Brussels. Iris specializes in political and conflict analysis, policy advice, electoral assistance, dialogue and reconciliation, identity politics, media and conflict, as well as on UN multidimensional peacekeeping. Her regional focus is on Middle East/Arab World issues and on Political Islam. She furthermore maintains a strong interest in EU-UN cooperation on peacekeeping and EU-Middle East diplomacy. Iris studied European and Comparative Law and the University of Maastricht and holds a MA in Conflict Resolution and International Negotiations, Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilizations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Joy Alemazung is a Senior Fellow 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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Dr. Barbot is Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods in the Department of Psychology at Pace University, NYC campus, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Yale University, Child Study Center. He is an Associate Editor of APA’s Division 10 Journal, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, as well as Associate Editor of Wiley’s thematic journal, New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. His background is in both Developmental and Individual Differences Psychology (Ph.D., 2008, Paris Descartes University). His research focuses on creativity assessment as well as the study of creativity development in adolescence in relation to psychosocial (self and identity) development in the general community, as well as special needs youth including adolescents with externalizing and delinquency-related behaviors. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and special issues on these topics. Dr. Barbot’s research was funded by the Spencer Foundation, the American Psychological Foundation and the Imagination Institute (John Templeton Foundation).
Dr. Annamarie Bindenagel Šehović is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at GGI’s Peace & Security Section as well as the European Center for Global Education, where she coordinates the blended learning course (with Georgetown University and Vesalius College) on Transatlantic Approaches to Global Peace, Security and Diplomacy. Her research and expertise focuses on human security and global insecurities, with particular emphases on health security, non-citizen rights, and security in Africa. Dr. Šehović is also a Research Fellow at PAIS at the University of Warwick and Associate Fellow at the Potsdam Center for Policy and Management (PCPM). In the winter term (2017/2018) she was Acting Professor, Chair of International Relations at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Previously, she was lecturer in international relations at the University of Erfurt, Germany, and at the Willy-Brandt-School of Public Policy. She is a Key Consultant at In on Africa (IOA), based in South Africa, and the founder of Bindenagel Consulting, cc in South Africa.
Eitan Buchalter is Director of the Forward Studies and Innovation section, where he focuses on global approaches for nurturing innovation processes within education, science research and political organizations. He has extensive work experience devising and implementing enterprising projects for a wide variety of clients, including the Tate Modern and The Science Museum in London. Eitan has designed and tested a systematic approach for nurturing innovation processes within primary, secondary and higher education that has been praised by the Department for Education (UK) and National Innovation Council (India). Most recently, Eitan has completed groundbreaking research into innovation processes in science and is currently working on a book in order to disseminate his findings. A key outcome from Eitan's study has been to advise the British Treasury on how best to fund academic science. He has also devised and delivered courses on how organisations can develop and sustain a culture of innovation. Eitan holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Anthropology from University College London.
Clara is a Resident Fellow at the European Centre for Global Education where she works on co-creating, monitoring and evaluating training courses for aspiring leaders in the public policy, advocacy, business, civil society and higher education sectors. With a background in teaching, higher education management and NGOs, she aims at designing programmes that enable participant learners to respond critically and ethically to global challenges. She is also a PhD Researcher at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University. Her thesis focuses on the evaluation of strategies to counter human trafficking and labour exploitation in Europe. In her free time, she is a UN Volunteer for the ILO (International Labour Organization) where she assists with the development and implementation of programmes to fight child labour in African supply chains. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), Clara holds an MPhil in Psychology from the University of Manchester (UK) as well as an M.A. and a B.A. from the University of Bologna (Italy).
Arthur de Liedekerke is currently working at the Computer Emergency Response Team for the EU institutions, bodies and agencies (CERT-EU), on policy and external affairs in the field of cyber security. He previously worked in the European Parliament, successively advising two MEPs on foreign affairs and security issues. He has collaborated with a number of corporate and strategic intelligence companies, based out of New York and Brussels, and his opinion pieces have been featured in outlets such as Politico, The Diplomat, New Eastern Europe etc. He holds two masters – in geopolitics and international relations – from King’s College London and the University of Maastricht.
Namie Di Razza is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow in the Peace and Security Section of the Global Governance Institute. She is also a Senior Fellow at the International Peace Institute (IPI) in New York, where she heads the Protection of Civilians Program of the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations. Prior to joining IPI, Namie worked for the United Nations peacekeeping missions in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She was also a consultant on protection of civilians for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the French Ministry of Defense, and a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to her experience with the UN, Namie worked on protection issues with OXFAM and human rights NGOs in France. Namie holds a PhD in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris. Her doctoral thesis on “Protection of Civilians by UN Peacekeeping Operations” focused on the case of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She also has two Master’s degrees, in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris, and in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Paris II.
Dr. Alfonso García Figueroa is a Senior Fellow in the Global Justice Section. He is also Professor in Legal Philosophy of the Faculty of Law at Toledo, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. His research interests include Jurisprudence, Human Rights and legal reasoning. Alfonso has taught theory of legal argumentation to judges and decision makers at several Constitutional and Supreme Courts as well as at Advanced Research Centres from Europe and Latin America. He regularly works as an ethics consultant and reviewer for the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission. Prof. García Figueroa is the author of the following books: Principios y positivismo jurídico (Madrid, 1998); La argumentación en el Derecho (with Marina Gascón, Lima, 20052), Star Trek y los derechos humanos (with Robert Alexy, Madrid 2007); Interpretación conforme con la Constitución (México, 2010), Criaturas de la moralidad. (Madrid, 2009), Pleitos divinos (Lima, 2013) and Praxis. Una introducción a la moral, la política y el Derecho (Barcelona, 2017).
Prof. Dr. Horst Fischer is Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Global Governance Institute since 2019. He is Professor at the Leiden University Law Faculty in the Netherlands and Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York. Dr Fischer is the Associate Director Economic Cooperation European with the Entrepreneurs CEA-PME (Confédération Européenne des Associations de Petites et Moyennes Entreprises) in Brussels, Belgium. He is a Senior Member of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Vesalius College/ULB in Brussels. From 1997 to 2016 Prof. Fischer was the Director of the GIZ Representation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) in Brussels. Besides international law issues, since 2016 Dr. Fischer is specifically working on the agenda 2030 including the development of a shared value business environment, human rights challenges, and effective multilateralism for sustainable development. Since 1984 Prof. Fischer has regularly given advice to international and non-governmental organizations as director of the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict at Ruhr-Universität (Bochum/Germany). He worked with the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Amnesty International, the Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and other bodies. He also advised German national ministries as well as national ministries in the European Union, the European Commission and the European Parliament on humanitarian law, human rights, international criminal law, development and international security issues. Prof. Fischer had been a member of the Board of the German Red Cross in 2009 – 2011 and has served as adviser for international affairs for both the German Red Cross and the Netherlands Red Cross from 1994 to 2007. He was Chairman of the Berghof Peace Foundation Board in Berlin (1999 – 2012). Prof. Fischer has been regularly teaching on international law, international politics, United Nations law, the European Union, human rights and development issues in ten EU member states, Switzerland, the United States, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Argentina invited by ministries, international organisations, civil society organisations or academic institutions. He received several governmental and NGO awards for his humanitarian, human rights and international cooperation activities. Horst Fischer has acted as responsible editor of several renowned international law publications since1989. His academic work has focused on international humanitarian law, international criminal law, human rights law, disaster response law, the United Nations, the European Union, sustainable development, the external action of the European Union and questions related to the functioning of international institutions including the maintenance of international peace and security.
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.
Richard Higgott is Senior Fellow in Global Governance. He is a Research Professor at the Institute of European Studies and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Diplomacy at Vesalius College at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel working on an EU Horizon 2020 research project on Cultural and Science Diplomacy. He is Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Warwick where he was Foundation Director of the ESRC Centre for Globalisation and Regionalisation. He has also held full professorial level appointments at the University of Manchester and the Australian National University where he was also Director of Graduate Studies for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. A former Fulbright and Hallsworth Fellow, he has been president of the Australasian Political Science Association and a Vice President of the USA International Studies Association. Author/editor of some 20 volumes and 120 peer reviewed articles has also been the editor of three peer reviewed journals; Australian Journal of International Affairs, Global Governance and The Pacific Review.
Georg-Sebastian Holzer is a Senior Expert in the Peace and Security Section at the Global Governance Institute where he focuses on state-building and governance in post-conflict areas. He is currently a Security Sector Advisor in Brussels and previously worked over two years as a security-political advisor for the German Development Cooperation GIZ in Afghanistan. Sebastian has a background as a research assistant and security analyst focusing on political Islam and the intersection of formal and informal powers in the Horn of Africa, among others as a Consultant on Somalia for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. He holds an MA in International Economics and Conflict Management from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC.
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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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Dimitris is a Senior Fellow 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.
Prof. Joachim Koops (BA, LPC Oxon, MSc Turku, PhD Kiel) is a Board Member of the Global Governance Institute. From 2010 to 2018, he was the Founding Director of GGI, having co-founded the Institute with Christof Tatschl, Benedikt Franke and Michal Skwarczynski. He is currently Professor of Security Studies and Scientific Director of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University. From 2014 to 2018, Joachim was Dean of Vesalius College of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where he devised, led and implemented an ambitious reform process turning the College from a Liberal Arts College to an interdisciplinary undergraduate, graduate and executive school of global affairs. His expertise includes European and Global Diplomacy, UN, EU and NATO approaches to peacekeeping, peacebuilding 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 as well as in the future of global education, academic reform and ‘turnaround’ and innovative teaching. 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
Tony Long is a Senior Fellow in the Environment and Sustainable Development section at the Global Governance Institute. Tony joined the Institute in 2015 after a 40-year career in the environmental NGO movement, including director-level positions with the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). He founded the WWF European Policy Office in Brussels in 1989 and headed it for 25 years. He has been influential in shaping global conservation priorities through his involvement in numerous boards and advisory groups, including for 10 years as a member of the Dow Chemical Company’s sustainability external advisory council. Tony has been awarded senior fellowship positions or scholarships by inter alia the Harkness Fellowship of the Commonwealth Fund of New York, the Congressional Fellowship of the American Political Science Association, the United States Information Agency, the German Marshall Fund travel and campus fellowship programmes and the 21st Century Trust. He has held research or teaching positions at the Labaratoire d’Econométrie at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and served for six years as Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He is the author of several publications on the theme of environmental public affairs. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA) and a member of the Club of Rome Brussels chapter. Contact: email@example.com
Patrick Low is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Global Governance Institute. He is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches on trade policy and climate change and trade. He is a Fellow of the Asia Global Institute at the University of Hong Kong and in 2016-17 he was Director of the AsiaGlobal Fellows Programme. He worked at the WTO Secretariat from 1995-2013, where he served as WTO Chief Economist from 1997 to 2013. He was also Chief of Staff to Director-General Mike Moore from 1999 to 2001. He served as an Adjunct Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva from 2003-2013. Low taught and researched at El Colegio de México in Mexico City, from 1987 to 1990. Between 1990 and 1994 he worked as a senior economist in the World Bank’s research complex. He was with the GATT Secretariat from 1980-1987. Low holds a PhD in Economics and has published widely on trade and trade policy issues.
Stuart MacDonald, FRSA is a senior consultant at SYM Consulting, who operates mainly from London and Brussels. SYM aims to advance theoretical and practical understanding of transnational influence, bridging public policy, academia, practice and business, from diplomats to non-state actors. They advise policy-makers, institutions, and strategists through research, professional development and strategy development in culture and education in foreign policy. They also work closely with academic and practice partners to develop innovative learning experiences that build participants’ professional skills and enhance the professionalisation of practice. Specific areas of expertise and interest include international cultural relations, digital influence, global trends in soft power, the development of the evidence base and the measurement of impact and results. Previously, Stuart founded and served as Executive Director of the Centre for Cultural Relations, University of Edinburgh from 2012-16. Before that he worked for a US State Department funded NGO in Tunisia, in the aftermath of the revolution. Before that, he worked as a Senior Civil Servant in the UK Civil Service, advising Ministers and Departments on a wide range of policy areas, including international relations, EU Structural Funds, cultural and educational policy, research and evaluation, senior staff training, and the digitisation of Government services.
Ralph Mamiya is a Non-Resident Fellow in the Peace and Security Section of the Global Governance Institute as well as a Non-Resident Adviser of the International Peace Institute (IPI) in New York. He has twelve years of experience in working for the United Nations in protection of civilian matters, including seven years in the Protection of Civilians team of the UN DPKO. From 2015 – 2018, he was the Team Leader of the Protection of Civilians Team of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). In this function, he oversaw policy development on the protection of civilians in UN peacekeeping (in particular the DPKO Policy for the Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping 2015), including policy planning on protection, guidance and training development, support to peacekeeping missions, and engagement with Member States and guided policy development on a range of UN military and humanitarian guidance, including the DPKO Comprehensive Protection of Civilians training package, UN Infantry Battalion Manual, and Protection Cluster guidance on the civilian and humanitarian character of IDP camps and settlements. In addition, Ralph was involved in the policy development of Lessons learned on Protection of Civilians Sites in South Sudan (Security Council request) (2015), the Secretary-General’s Special Investigation in South Sudan (Cammaert report) (2016), the NATO Policy on the Protection of Civilians (2016), the Secretary-General’s Special Investigation in Central African Republic (Amoussou report) (2017) and the Secretary-General’s Independent Review of the UN Interim Stabilization Force in Abyei, Sudan (2018). Key publications include: Protection of Civilians (co-edited with Willmot, Sheeran and Weller), Oxford University Press, 2016; Engaging with Non-State Armed Groups to Protect Civilians: A Pragmatic Approach for UN Peace Operations, International Peace Institute (October 2018), The Primacy of Politics and the Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping Operations, International Peace Institute (May 2018), “The Protection of Civilians in Security Council Practice”, in The Oxford Handbook on the Use of Force in International Law, Oxford Univ. Press (with H. Wilmot, edited by Marc Weller, March, 2015).
Peter McKiernan is Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Global Governance Institute. He is Professor of Management of the University of Strathclyde, Distinguished Professor of Management at Vesalius College, VUB; APS Bank Chair at the University of Malta and Adjunct Professor at the UNDA, Australia. Previously, he has held full professorial positions at the Universities of Warwick, St Andrews and Murdoch – where he was Sir Walter Murdoch Chair of Management and Dean of the School of Strategy and Governance. He has been President of the British Academy of Management (BAM) and of the European Academy of Management (EURAM), where he co-founded the journal - European Management Review. In addition, he holds seven international Fellowships and he is an inaugural Companion of the Association of Business Schools (UK). In 2013, he won the CEEMAN "Institutional Champion of the Year" prize and in 2015, BAM honoured him with their Richard Whipp Life Time Achievement Award. His research has appeared in top journals in the US and in Europe and it has won several journal and conference prizes. He is an expert in foresight and scenario planning.
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.
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.
Dr. Alexandra Novosseloff is a Senior Expert at the Peace and Security Section. She is currently a research associate at the Centre Thucydide, University of Paris-Panthéon-Assas. Her area of expertise lies in the field of international organizations and peacekeeping - with particular emphasis on the relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations. She has held research positions at the International Peace Institute, the UNESCO and at the Institute for Security Studies of the Western European Union. Dr. Novosseloff holds a PhD in political science from the University of Paris-Panthéon-Assas. She is a member of the Francophone Research Network on Peace Operations at the University of Montréal and of the Association of Internationalists.
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Ejeviome Eloho Otobo is currently a Senior Expert both in the Peace and Security Section and the Global Economic Policy Section. Previously, he held the position of director and deputy head of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, where he also acted as Assistant Secretary-General from February-August 2009. Before joining PBSO, he served in various departments of the United Nations, including the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa; UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs; and the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He joined the United Nations after a distinguished career in the diplomatic service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. During the course of his diplomatic career, he served on the Policy Planning Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, represented Nigeria in several countries, and participated in various bilateral political and multilateral economic negotiations. In recognition of his contribution to Nigeria’s diplomacy and foreign policy, he was appointed ambassador-in-situ. He is widely published and has written on a wide range of issues, including peacebuilding, public service reforms, institutional development, governance, regulatory policy and management, and international trade. He co-edited African Development in the 21st Century: Adebayo Adedeji’s Theories and Contributions (2015) and authored Consolidating Peace in Africa: The Role of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (2015). Otobo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and a Master degree in Public Administration (with international political economy as area of policy concentration) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
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Silviu Piros is the Founding Director of the European Centre for Global Education. His research focuses on the education – diplomacy nexus, evaluating the European Union’s emerging role as a diplomatic actor in global higher education. His expertise lies in higher education capacity-building, digital transformation in academia, and blended learning instructional design. To date he has been involved in a large number of EU funded projects in the field of higher education, including ERASMUS+, Jean Monnet and TEMPUS. Silviu has designed and implemented several Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Jean Monnet Chair programmes. An advocate of active learning, Silviu is since 2017 Faculty Advisor for the EuroSim Model European Union organised by the Transatlantic Consortium for European Union Studies and Simulations (TACEUSS). He co-organises the biennial European Conference on Teaching and Learning Politics, International Relations and European Studies (EuroTLC) and is a Steering Committee member of the ECPR’s Teaching and Learning Politics (TLP) Standing Group. Silviu is a doctoral researcher in Education Diplomacy (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), holds an LL. B and BPhil (University of Bucharest) and a MSc. in European Integration (Vrije Universiteit Brussel).
Andrew Reddie is Non-Resident Fellow in the Peace & Security Section. His research interests include institutional design and international security policy concerning nuclear technology, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Andrew is a Ph.D. candidate in the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley. He currently serves as a researcher for the Nuclear Policy Working Group, Complexity Science and Nuclear Security Group, Department of Nuclear Engineering, and Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. He is also an affiliated researcher at the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity at the UC Berkeley School of Information and the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium and as a research intern at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL). He holds an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University as well as an M.A. and a B.A. (hons.) from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, he served as Managing Editor at the Canadian International Council and as an Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC.
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.
Christian E. Rieck is a Senior Fellow 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.
Silke Rusch is a Senior Fellow in the Peace and Security Section. She served until recently as deputy head of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Section in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York. Her area of expertise is UN peacekeeping, in particular political processes, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration and negotiations with armed groups. She has held positions with the United Nations in the Central African Republic, Geneva, Libya and Sudan and with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. Ms Rusch holds a Masters in Political Sciences from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), a Maîtrise en droits from the Universite de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), an LL.M. from the University of Cologne and has studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
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
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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Col Christof Tatschl is a Director of GGI and a Senior Expert in the Peace and Security Section. His focal points are Cyber Defence, International Institutions and their interactions, Security Sector Reform, Disarmament, Information Operation. He is the Deputy Head of the Cyber Defence Division in the Austrian MOD, he was the Chief of Staff and Military Counsellor at the Austrian Military Representation to the EU and NATO, focusing on arms control and Security Sector Reform. He has served as the Chief of Staff of the Multinational Standby High Readiness Brigade for United Nations Operations (SHIRBRIG). Col Tatschl holds an MA degree in Politics, Security and Strategy from the University of Vienna, is a graduate of the Austrian General Staff course and the US Army Command and General Staff Officers Course.
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.
Steve Utterwulghe is a Senior Expert in GGI's Global Economy section with particular expertise in sustainable business and economic development. Steve Utterwulghe is also a Senior Private Sector Development Specialist with the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank Group. He serves as the WBG Global Lead for Public-Private Dialogue (PPD). He advises governments and the private sector globally on designing and implementing structured multi-stakeholder engagement mechanisms that ensure sustainable development policy reforms, at the national, sub-national (growth poles, cities, clusters) and sectoral level (agribusiness, extractives, etc.). He is also a Senior Expert, Global Economy, at the Brussels-based Global Governance Institute. Over the last 20 years, Steve has developed a global expertise in the field of fragility and conflict. He has lived and worked in war-torn countries such as Angola and Sudan, designed and led programs in most fragile and conflict-affected states across the globe, including Yemen, Central African Republic, Myanmar, Somalia, Pakistan, Colombia, Afghanistan, Mali, DRC, Haiti, South Sudan. He worked at the United Nations in Geneva (UN/WTO) and in Sudan for the UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General; at the European Commission in Brussels (DEVCO); and as Vice-President of International Development at Search for Common Ground, the world’s largest non-profit organization working in the field of fragility, conflict, development and sustainable business, which operates in 35 countries with a staff of 750. He was also an Advisor to the Australian Government's Agency for International Development. Steve's work has been published extensively, including in academic journals (Oxford University Press), policy and news magazines, and European and African newspapers. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics, a joint MA from Tilburg University (The Netherlands) and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), and a Graduate Certificate from Cambridge University. He has lived in 8 countries and speaks French, English and Portuguese fluently.
Dr. Niels van Willigen is a Senior Fellow 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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Sophie Vériter is a graduate student at the University of Oxford, where she is reading for an MPhil in Politics (European Politics and Society). Her research focuses on the European Union's strategic communication in its foreign policy towards the East. She also works as a research assistant for the Dahrendorf Programme at the European Studies Centre and as an editor for St Antony’s International Review. Sophie graduated with a BA in International Affairs, Summa Cum Laude, from Vesalius College in Brussels. Afterwards, she worked for two years as a consultant for the EU’s public diplomacy programme in the Eastern Partnership countries. In addition, Sophie produced a strategic analysis of the European aerospace, defence and security sectors for the Royal Military Academy in Brussels.
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Charis Xirouchakis is Senior Fellow at the Global Economy section. In his 36-year long career with the EU Council, the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee), the EIB (European Investment Bank) and Citibank, among others, he has acquired experience spanning the Committee of Member States’ Ambassadors to the EU (COREPER), Development policy, R&D policy, finance and, more recently, communication. In his latter capacity he was invited to lecture extensively on EU issues in Brussels and abroad. He was regular speaker at Westminster Explained Seminars, London, and has lectured in Canada (University of Victoria - Uvic), France (Paris I), Italy (Tor Vergata, Rome), Germany (Freiburg University), Latvia (Riga University and Baltic Forum), Lithuania (Micolas Romeris University), Malta, Cyprus etc. He was regular speaker at TAIEX (Commission program for Balkan countries) and taught at IES (Institute of European Studies) and Advocacy Europe in Brussels. He was advisor during the 2003 EU Greek Presidency and taught at the National Public Administration School in Athens. As keynote speaker he addressed the Compostella Group of Universities (Pezs, Hungary) and EMUNI Conference (Portoroz, Slovenia). Charis is a trained economist and holds degrees from Manchester University (MA Econ), Amsterdam University (Diploma European Integration, Drs) and Athens University (BA Econ). He has taken an outspoken stance on EU issues and has published in magazines and newspapers (inter alia ‘The Bridge’ – Industry and Parliament Trust, London). He has authored “Communicating European Integration” in Tom Spencer (ed.) “Everything Flows” (Brussels, 2005). His interests include history, theology and comics.