The Global Eye – Friends


  1. Jonathan Adelman is a full professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He received all of his degrees from B.A. to PhD. at Columbia University in Russian and Chinese studies. He has written or edited 12 books. He also has authored over 100 op-eds, published by Huffington Post, among others. He has been an honorary professor at both Peking University and People’s University in Beijing. Professor Adelman has taught at a number of universities, including Hebrew University and University of Haifa in Israel. The U.S. State Department has sent Professor Adelman on speaking tours to 19 countries, including China, Russia, Turkey, England, Argentina and Chile. He has spent eight years working on Defense Department contracts for Science Applications International Corporation. Professor Adelman spent 3 years working for the Israeli Foreign Ministry in a successful effort to gain diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. In addition to teaching, he is currently working on another book and is the President of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. Dr. Adelman is a regular contributor to Voice of America, in discussions of events in Russia, China and the Middle East. (
  2. Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness. He is the author of the new book Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, which focuses on the federal government’s failure to respond effectively to competitive challenges on issues such as trade, currency, worker retraining programs, education, and infrastructure. In addition, Alden is the director of the CFR Renewing America publication series and coauthor of a recent CFR Discussion Paper “A Winning Trade Policy for the United States.” (
  3. Ivan Aleshkovskiy, Ph.D. (Economics), is Associate Professor, Deputy Dean Faculty of Global Studies Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. In 2004 he graduated with honors from the Faculty of Economics of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 2006 he defended with honors his master’s thesis. In 2007 he was awarded the degree of PhD in Economics (“Determinants of Internal Migration in the Russian Federation”). He hold an internship at the University of Kaiserslautern, University of Mainz, J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany). His research interests focus on population studies, international migration, migration policy, urbanization, globalization. He is the author and co-author of about 180 publications. The main of them: Global Studies. Encyclopedic Dictionary (2014); Nonlinear Dynamics of Global Processes (2014); City in the Context of Global Processes (2011); International Migration and HIV in Russia (2008); Internal Migration in Russia (2007); Determinants of Internal Migration (2005); Urban Economics (2005). Ivan Aleshkovskiy is a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Consortium “Global Studies”; Member of Editorial Board of the scientific journal “Global studies and Geopolitics Bulletin”; Member of the Academic Council of the Faculty of Global Studies Lomonosov Moscow State University; Member of the Russian Council of Youth Intellectual Competitions.
  4. M Niaz Asadullah is Professor of Development Economics at the University of Malaya, Malaysia, where he additionally served as the Deputy Director of the Centre for Poverty and Development Studies (CPDS) from 2014 to 2016. He holds a doctorate in economics from University of Oxford. Previously he held research/visiting appointments at the Universities of Oxford, Reading, Manchester and Kent (UK) and the Research and Evaluation Division (RED) of BRAC (Bangladesh). At present, he’s also a Fellow of the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Review College, the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). His research relates to education, poverty, inequality, labor market, and gender issues in South & East Asia. Country experience includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan & Vietnam. His work has been published in academic journals such as Australian Economic Review, Applied Economics, Bulletin of Economic Research, Cambridge Journal of Economics, China Economic Review, Comparative Education Review, Economics of Education Review, Economic and Political Weekly, International Journal of Educational Development, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Economic Psychology, Oxford Development Studies, PLoS One and World Development. His policy commentaries have appeared in the Project Syndicate, the Bangkok Post (Thailand), D+C Development and Cooperation (Germany), the Diplomat (Japan), Open Democracy (UK), the Huffington Post, the Edge (Malaysia), the Korea Herald, the Hindu (India), the Daily Star (Bangladesh), the Straits Times (Singapore) and and the New Straits Times (Malaysia). For further details, see
  5. Ben Ascione is a research scholar at the Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University. He is Japan and Korea editor at East Asia Forum ( and a research associate of the Japan Center for International Exchange in Tokyo. His doctoral thesis investigates the influence of domestic politics on Japanese foreign and security policy. In 2016 he was the inaugural Australia-Japan National Parliamentary Program Fellow working in the offices of Keizo Takemi (Member of the House of Councillors) and Motohisa Furukawa (Member of the House of Representatives).
  6. Matthias Bauer is Senior Economist at ECIPE. His areas of research include international trade, the economics of digital markets and the digital economy, European Single Market integration, European fiscal affairs and capital market policy. Matthias studied business administration at the University of Hull, UK, and economics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. He received his Ph.D. degree after joining the Bundesbank graduate programme on the ‘Foundations of Global Financial Markets and Financial Stability’. Before joining ECIPE, Matthias was the Coordinator of International Political Economy at the international cooperation division of Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Berlin. Previously, Matthias held positions at DekaBank, UBS, Mercedes-Benz China, and worked as a start-up and business development consultant.
  7. Dimitar Bechev is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. He is also a research fellow at the Center of Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the director of the European Policy Institute, a think-tank based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Dr. Bechev has published extensively, in both academic and policy format, on EU foreign relations, the politics of Turkey and the Balkans, Russian foreign policy, and energy security. His book Rival Power, published by Yale University Press in 2017, explores Russia’s role in Southeast Europe (Balkans, Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey). He has held research and teaching positions at Oxford and Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo as well as visiting fellowships at Harvard and the London School of Economics. From 2010 to 2014, he was the head of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) office in Sofia.
    Dr. Bechev is a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera Online,Oxford AnalyticaPOLITICO, and EUObserver. His quotes have appeared in leading newspapers such as the Financial Times, the Economist, theWall Street Journal, and the New York Times. He holds a DPhil in international relations from the University of Oxford.
  8. Benedicte Berner teaches on Media, Democracy and Development at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris (Sciences Po) and is Chair of Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), the major Swedish NGO for Human Rights with a focus on freedom of expression, rule of law and non-discrimination. Benedicte is also Associate to the Davis Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University where she from 2007 to 2013. She previously worked with the European Institute for the Media in Dusseldorf on issues related to freedom of expression, leading media monitoring missions for the European Commission during the post war elections in the Balkans and in transitional countries of the former Soviet Union.  The media situation in Russia, the CIS and in the Balkans as well as the question of how to effectively support development of independent media and the rule of law in these regions has been a major focus in her work. In 1997, she helped establish the Gerd Bucerius Award for Professional Journalism in Eastern and Central Europe, and was member of the jury until 2002. The Award created by “Die Zeit“ foundation and the Norwegian foundation “ Fritt Ord “ (Free Word), is one of the most important prizes for journalists working under censorship or in difficult conditions in these regions.
  9. John Blaxland is a Professor in International Security and Intelligence Studies, Director ANU Southeast Asia Institute, and Head at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU. He holds a PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MA in History from ANU, a BA (Hons) from UNSW and is a graduate of the Royal Thai Army Command and Staff College and the Royal Military Colllege, Duntroon (Blamey Scholar). He is a former Director Joint Intelligence Operations (J2), at Headquarters Joint Operations Command and was Australia’s Defence Attaché to Thailand and Burma/Myanmar.  He is a member of the ANU Academic Board as well as the Australian Army Journal editorial board and also an occasional commentator in the media. His books include The Secret Cold War:The Official History of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 1975-1989 (Allen & Unwin 2016), East Timor Intervention (MUP, 2015), The Protest Years (A&U, 2015), The Australian Army From Whitlam to Howard (CUP, 2014), Strategic Cousins (MQUP, 2006), Revisiting Counterinsurgency (LWSC, 2006), Information era Manoeuvre (LWSC, 2002), Signals (RASigs, 1999) and Organising an Army (SDSC, 1989). In 2014 he was awarded a Minerva Research Initiative grant for a project entitled “Thailand’s Military, the USA and China: Understanding how the Thai Military Perceives The Great Powers and Implications For the US Rebalance”. (
  10. Mathew Burrows serves as director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI). SFI works with a broad range of partners, including the U.S. Government, other governments, businesses, NGOs and foundations on analysing trends and possible scenarios and their broad implications.  Burrows recently authored a report sponsored by Zurich Insurance Group on “Reducing the Risks From Rapid Demographic Change,” and a joint report with the Moscow-based Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) on the “Global System on the Brink: Pathways Toward a New Normal” Burrows’ recent book is entitled The Future Declassified: Megatrends that Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action (Palgrave/Macmillan, published in 2014).  In August 2013 he retired from a 28-year career in the CIA and State Department, the last ten being spent at the National Intelligence Council (NIC), the premier analytic unit in the US Intelligence Community.  In 2007, he was appointed Counselor which is the number three position in the NIC and was responsible for managing a staff of senior analysts and production technicians who guide and shepherd all NIC products from inception to dissemination. He was the principal drafter for the NIC publication Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, which received widespread praise in the international media. He also drafted two earlier editions of the report.  Burrows joined the CIA in 1986, serving as analyst for the Directorate of Intelligence (DI), covering Western Europe, including the development of European institutions such as the European Union. From 1998 to 1999 he was the first holder of the Intelligence Community Fellowship and served at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Other previous positions included assignments as special assistant to the US UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke (1999-2001) and deputy national security advisor to US Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill (2001-02). He received a BA in American and European history in 1976 from Wesleyan University and a PhD in European history from the University of Cambridge in 1983.
  11. Giorgio Cafiero is the CEO of Gulf State Analytics, a Washington DC-based geopolitical risk consultancy that specializes in the Arabian Peninsula. He contributes articles and briefs to various think tanks such as the Atlantic Council, Middle East Institute, and Middle East Policy Council. Cafiero is frequently cited by al-Jazeera, CNN, Bloomberg, al-Arabiya, and Gulf Daily News. He is an Adjunct Fellow at the Washington, DC-based American Security Project. In 2011, Cafiero earned an M.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego
  12. Alvin A. Camba is a Doctoral Candidate in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and a non-resident fellow at the Stratbase ADR Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ADRI). He uses mixed-methods approaches to derive the determinants of [Chinese] foreign direct investment, the dynamics of elite competition, and the political-economic effects on developing world. He has been awarded the Terence K. Hopkins Best Graduate Student Paper Award (honorable mention) from the American Sociological Association (ASA), the Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Publication Research Award (honorable mention) from the Critical Realism Research Network, and the pre-Dissertation fellowship from the Southeast Asian Research Group (SEAREG). Some of his works have appeared in Journal of Agrarian Change, Palgrave Communications, Extractive Industries and Society, Everyday Political Economy of Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press), and New Directions in the Study of China and Africa (Routledge).
  13. James C. Capretta is a resident fellow and holds the Milton Friedman Chair at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies health care, entitlement, and US fiscal policy, as well as global trends in aging, health, and retirement programs. Mr. Capretta spent more than 16 years in public service before joining AEI. As an associate director at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2004, he was responsible for all health care, Social Security, welfare, labor and education issues. His articles have appeared in numerous publications including The Wall Street JournalNational Affairs, and The Weekly Standard.  His recent reports include “Improving Health and Health Care: An Agenda for Reform” (AEI, 2015), and “Increasing the Effectiveness and Sustainability of the Nation’s Entitlement Programs” (AEI, 2016).  Mr. Capretta has an M.A. in public policy studies from Duke University and a B.A. in government from the University of Notre Dame.
  14. Rafael Castro holds degrees in Economics and Political Science from Yale and Hebrew University.  A native of Italy, Rafael speaks seven languages, has lived in Jerusalem and has worked in the development aid sector for the West Bank. Rafael contributes articles on Middle Eastern politics and Judaism to YNET, the English edition of Yediot Achronot; Israel’s most popular daily newspaper, and to The Times of Israel. In addition Rafael has collaborated with the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, one of the most prestigious think-tanks in the Middle East.
  15. Mauro Ceruti is an Italian philosopher. He is one of the pioneers and developers of Complex Systems Theories, Methods and Epistemologies, and of the trans-disciplinary research line usually called “Complex Thinking”, which aims at the innovation of the paradigms of (scientific) rationality. After studying Philosophy at the University of Milan (Italy) with Ludovico Geymonat, Ceruti worked at the University of Geneva, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, and at the Genetic Epistemology International Centre founded by Jean Piaget. Here he defined a research program in Evolutionary Epistemology that draws on contemporary theories of biological evolution, history of ideas and genetic psychology. Between 1986 and 1993, Ceruti started to work with Edgar Morin at the CETSAP (Research Center in Transdisciplinary Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Politics) in Paris, developing and expanding his Evolutionary Epistemology project to create a new trans-disciplinary research program, dedicated to structure an Anthropology and Epistemology of Complex Systems, as well as a Complex Anthropology and Epistemology. Since 1994 Ceruti has been Professor in the domain of Epistemology and Philosophy of Science in different Italian universities: the University of Parma, the Polytechnic of Milan, the University of Palermo, the Bicocca University of Milan, the University of Bergamo (where he founded the Research Center on Complex Systems CERCO, as well as a Doctoral School in Anthropology and Epistemology of Complex Systems), and the IULM University of Milan. Ceruti authored more than 300 writings, which have been published in Italian, English, French, German, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Turkish.
  16. Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University. Earning his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, Pavin is the author of numerous book, including “A Plastic Nation: The Curse of Thainess in Thai-Burmese Relations” and “Reinventing Thailand: Thaksin and His Foreign Policy”. He is also the chief editor of an onlone journal “Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia”, in which all articles are translates into Japanese, Thai, Bahasa and Vietnamese (
  17. Priya Chacko is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Adelaide where she teaches courses and supervises research on foreign policy and South Asian politics. She previously held appointments at the University of the Witwatersrand and Victoria University of Wellington. She is the author of Indian Foreign Policy: The politics of postcolonial identity from 1947 to 2004 (Routledge, 2012) and the editor of New Regional Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific (Routledge, 2016). She has also published numerous articles in journals such as Modern Asian Studies, European Journal of International Relations and Journal of Contemporary Asia. She is an Associate Editor for South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region as well as South Asia Regional Editor for Asian Studies Review.  Her current research projects focus on the economics-security nexus in India, the United States and China and the intersection of populism, neoliberalism and nationalism in India.
  18. Gautam Chikermane is a Vice President at ORF. His area of research is international and Indian economic policy. A Jeffersen Fellow at the East-West Center, Gautam has written three books: Tunnel of Varanavat (Rupa, 2016), The Disrupter: Arvind Kejriwal and the Audacious Rise of the Aam Aadmi (Rupa, 2014) and Five Decades of Decay (Rupa, 1997).
  19. Pieter Cleppe is the Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe (Open Europe Brussels VZW). He is a frequent contributor to the broadcast and print media across Europe, frequently discussing EU reform, the refugee crisis and the eurocrisis. A trained lawyer, Pieter previously practiced law in Belgium, and has worked as a cabinet advisor and speechwriter to the Belgian State Secretary for Administrative Reform. Pieter also previously worked as an analyst at the Belgium’s Itinera Institute, which he helped to found. He received his legal training at the Catholic University of Leuven, and also studied law and economics at the universities of Hamburg, Bologna and Vienna. Pieter is fluent in Dutch, English and French. He also speaks German and intermediate Italian.
  20. Jaime de Melo is Professor Emeritus from the University of Geneva where he taught from 1989 to 2012. Currently, Jaime is Scientific Director at FERDI, researcher at IGC, academic Advisor at the Geneva Business School and a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institute. He is also a CEPR fellow and a member of EU-GDN and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Luca d’Agliano Center. He was an economist at USAID. From 1980 to 1993, he held various positions in the Research Department at the World Bank and was Division chief of the Trade Policy division (1991-93). Jaime has taught at Université d’Auvergne, at the Université of Aix-Marseille, at Georgetown University and at the Joint Vienna Institute (1998-2003 and 2008-2010).  Jaime has advised governments and consulted with the AfDB, the EC, the IMF, USAID, the World Bank, and participated in several projects with the LSE.  A founding member of the World Trade Institute, where he taught from 2000 to 2006, he also served on its Board from 2000 to 2006. He has advised on several WTO litigations. From 2005 to 2010 he was editor-in-chief of the World Bank Economic Review. Jaime’s research interests are in the areas of Trade Policies, Migration, the Environment, Regionalism, macroeconomic policies of developing and applied general equilibrium modeling. Jaime holds degrees in Political Science at the Maxwell School (Bachelors from Syracuse University, 1968, in international relations at (M.A from Johns Hopkins SAIS, 1970), and a Phd in economics from John Hopkins University (1975).

  21. Donatella Di Cesare is professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy of the Sapienza University of Rome and of Philosophical Hermeneutics at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. She has been visiting professor in several European, American and Canadian universities. Exponent with Giorgio Agamben and Roberto Esposito of the “Italian Thought”, Donatella Di Cesare has worked on different forms of violence. Her most recent books are: Utopia of Understanding. Between Babel and Auschwitz (Albany: Suny Press, 2012); Gadamer. A Philosophical Portrait (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013); Heidegger and the Jews. On the «Black Notebooks», (forthercoming Cambridge: Polity Press, 2018 – German: Heidegger, die Juden die Shoah, Klosterman, Frankfurt 2015); Torture, (forthercoming Cambridge: Polity Press, 2018); Terror and Modernity, (forthercoming Cambridge: Polity Press, 2019).
  22. James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, and co-host of the New Books in Middle Eastern Studies podcast. James is the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog, a book with the same title as well as Comparative Political Transitions between Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa, co-authored with Dr. Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario,  Shifting Sands, Essays on Sports and Politics in the Middle East and North Africaand the forthcoming China and the Middle East: Venturing into the Maelstrom
  23. Jeremy Douglas is the Regional Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for Southeast Asia and the Pacific overseeing and managing operations and strategy from Myanmar to the Pacific in the areas of the rule of law, non-traditional security threats, law enforcement, criminal justice and drug-related supply and health issues. He is also the UNODC liaison to China, Korea, Japan and Mongolia and to regional organisations including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS). Prior to his appointment as Regional Representative SEAP, he was the UNODC Representative in Pakistan from September 2009 – April 2013. Between 2007 and 2009 Mr. Douglas was based in UNODC Headquarters in Vienna Austria as Manager of UNODC’s Global SMART Programme which assists states to develop a evidence base for effective policy and operational responses to synthetic drugs and precursors. Prior to his time in UNODC HQ Mr. Douglas was a Regional Project Coordinator for UNODC in East Asia, managing a project covering ASEAN states and China. Mr. Douglas has also worked with the United Nations in New York, the Management Board Secretariat of the Government of Ontario in Canada, and in the Caribbean. Mr. Douglas is a graduate of the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and Bishop’s University in Canada.
  24. William Echikson, longtime Brussels-based journalist and public affairs veteran, heads the CEPS Digital Forum. For most of the past decade, Mr. Echikson has specialized in providing communications and policy support to technology companies and public authorities on Internet policy issues in Europe. He worked for six and a half years at Google, during which he worked on many of the search giant’s most difficult issues, ranging from the launch of the Chrome browser, the fight over Google Books and the battle over the  Right to be Forgotten. Before Google, Mr. Echikson served  for three decades as a foreign correspondent in Europe for a series of US publications including the Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and BusinessWeek.  From 2001 until 2007, he managed the Brussels bureau for Dow Jones as bureau chief. William also has written, directed and produced for television documentaries for BBC and America’s Public Broadcasting Service, including a one hour film “Rough Waters of Freedom” on the challenges of independence in the Baltic. He has published four books of narrative nonfiction, Lighting the Night about on the collapse of communism in Central Europe, Burgundy Stars about the rise of three star Michelin Guide chef, Noble Rot about  the social struggles in the Bordeaux wine region, and finally, Shooting for Tiger,  a book about his oldest son’s junior golf career. An American and Belgian citizen, Mr. Echikson graduated from Yale College with a Magna Cum Laude degree in history.
  25. John Edwards completed in 2016 a term as a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute, an Adjunct Professor with the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy at Curtin University, and an economic consultant. He is a member of the board of CEDA, and was a member of the board of the Workplace Relations Agency. Prior to joining the RBA Board he headed economic planning and development for the Kingdom of Bahrain. From 1997 to 2009 Dr Edwards was Chief Economist for Australia and New Zealand for the global financial group, HSBC. Earlier he had been a principal economic adviser to Treasurer and then Prime Minister, Paul Keating. He has conducted inquiries into trade policy and industrial relations for the Australian government, and was seconded to the Australian Treasury in the lead-up to the 2009 global crisis. Earlier in his career he was a journalist in Canberra, Sydney and Washington for the Australian Financial Review and The Sydney Morning Herald. He has published a number of books, including the best selling biography KeatingThe Inside Story (Viking/Penguin 1996). His most recent publication is Beyond the Boom (Penguin Special/Lowy Institute June 2014). He holds a doctorate in economics from George Washington University. His economic analysis and commentaries have appeared in the Financial Times, the Australian Financial ReviewThe Australian, the Nikkei Asian Review and The Washington Post.
  26. Dina Esfandiary is a CSSS Fellow in the War Studies department at King’s College London, and a non-resident Adjunct Fellow in the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Middle East Programme in Washington DC.
  27. Franco Farinelli thaught geography and advanced political geography  in Geneva, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Berkeley universities, and in Paris at Sorbonne and Ecole Normale Superieure.  Currently he is the director of the Department of  Philosophy  and Communication Studies of Bologna University , and President of the Association of Italian Geographers (AGeI).
  28.  Ali Fathollah-Nejad is an independent scholar based in Doha and Berlin, with a focus on Iran, West Asia and North Africa, the post-unipolar world order as well as right-wing populism in the West. Currently, he is a Visting Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. Also, he is an Associate Fellow with the Middle East and North Africa Program of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) – acting as the latter’s in-house Iran expert – as well as an Associate with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Iran Project. He regularly teaches at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics. Ali earned his PhD in International Relations from the Department of Development Studies of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, with a thesis on Iran’s international relations in the 2010s amidst an evolving new world order. His almost 100 analytical pieces in English, German and French have been translated into a dozen languages. A frequent speaker at political forums and academic conferences, he regularly contributes to international media outlets in English, German or French. Ali is fluent in German, French, English and Persian.
  29. Andreas B. Forsby is a researcher, PhD, at the Danish Institute for International Studies, where he is a specialist in Asian security. He has written his dissertation on Chinese identity and grand strategy in the 21st century.
  30. Franco Frattini is an Italian Magistrate, appointed State Prosecutor on 1981. On 1986 he is appointed by public competition Administrative magistrate. Today he is Justice and Chamber President to the Italian Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’Etat). He served twice as Former Italian Foreign Minister (2002-2004 and 2008-2011), and as Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security (2004-2008). Previously, he had served as Secretary-General of the Prime Minister’s Office (1994), President of the Parliamentary Committee for Intelligence and Security Services and State Secrets (1996), Minister for Civil Service and for the Coordination of Information and Security Services (2001-2002), and Member of the Prime Minister Commission for the Constitutional reforms (2013 – 2014). From 2011 to 2013 Franco Frattini is President of the De Gasperi Foundation. Today he is President of the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI – UN Association of Italy), a non-profit organization of internationalist character, working under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Special Advisor to the Serbian Government for the EU integration process, and President of the High Court of Sport Justice (CONI). He is apponted “Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic”, and “Commander of the Legion of honour” by the President of France. In 2011 Frattini receives the Golden neck-chain of the Olympic Order, the highest honour of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The award was a recognition of his personal commitment and of Italy’s efforts to have the IOC awarded Observer status at the United Nations. Franco Frattini is also decorated with the “order of Friendship”, a State decoration of the Russian Federation.
  31. Diana Galeeva is a PhD Candidate at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. Her PhD research focuses on theories of power, IR theory, small states, political islam and GCC politics. She was an intern at the the President of Tatarstan’s office – Department of corporation and Religious organizations (2012), Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Tatarstan, legal department (2011), and the Ministry of justice (2010). Diana received her M.A. in International Relations from Exeter university in the UK, and earned a degree in Governmental Law from Kazan Federal University (KFU). She speaks English, Russian, Tatar and studies Arabic and Turkish. She can be contacted on and @diana_galeeva.
  32. Alicia García Herrero is a Senior Fellow at European think-tank BRUEGEL. She is also the Chief Economist for Asia Pacific at Natixis and non-resident Research Fellow at Madrid-based political think tank Real Instituto Elcano. She is currently Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and member of the advisory board of Berlin-based China think-tank MERICS. Finally, Alicia is advisor to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s research arm (HKIMR) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as well as a member of the board of the Hong Kong Forum and co-founder of Bright Hong Kong. In previous years, Alicia held the following positions: Chief Economist for Emerging Markets at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Member of the Asian Research Program at the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), Head of the International Economy Division of the Bank of Spain, Member of the Counsel to the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, Head of Emerging Economies at the Research Department at Banco Santander, and Economist
    at the International Monetary Fund. In addition, Alicia has always combines her professional career with academia, having served as visiting Professor for John Hopkins University, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai and Carlos III University in Madrid. Alicia holds a PhD in Economics from George Washington University and has published extensively in refereed journals and books (see her publications in ResearchGate or Google Scholar). Alicia is also very active in international media (Bloomberg and CNBC among others) as well as social media (Twitter, LinkedIn and Weibo). As recognition of her leadership
    thoughts, Alicia was included in the TOP Voices in Economy and Finance by LinkedIn in 2017 and #6 Top Social Media leader by Refinitiv in 2020.
  33. Gamal Gasim, associate professor of Middle East Studies and Political Science at Grand Valley State University, earned his PhD in political science from Texas Tech. Before Grand Valley, he taught at Texas Tech, University of Wisconsin-Madison during the summers of 2006 and 2007, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Beloit College during the summers of 2008 and 2009 respectively. His research interests include comparative politics, Middle East politics, Islamic civilization, Islamic political parties and Muslim Americans. He has contributed articles to Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Politics & Religion, Electoral Studies, the Journal of Political Science Education, the Journal of Islamic Perspective and Culture, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics and other journals. He also writes for Al Jazeera English, the Arab Daily News, Huffington Post, and Yemen Times.
  34. Jayati Ghosh is Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  She was born in 1955 and educated at Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Cambridge, England where she obtained her Ph.D. in 1983. She has a wide range of research interests, including globalisation, international trade and finance, employment patterns in developing countries, macroeconomic policy, issues related to gender and development, and the implications of recent growth in China and India. She has authored and/or edited a dozen books and more than 160 scholarly articles. Recent books include Demonetisation Decoded: A critique of India’s monetary experiment (with CP Chandrasekhar and Prabhat Patnaik, Routledge 2017), the Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development (co-edited with Erik Reinert and Rainer Kattel, Edward Elgar 2016) and the edited volumes India and the International Economy, (Oxford University Press 2015), Industrialization of China and India: The impacts on the world economy, (co-edited with Nobuharu Yokokawa and Robert E. Rowthorn, Routledge 2013), After Crisis: Adjustment, recovery and fragility in East Asia (co-edited with C. P. Chandrasekhar, Tulika Books, New Delhi 2009), Never done and poorly paid: Women’s work in globalising India (Women Unlimited, New Delhi 2008),  Work and well being in the age of finance (Tulika Books, New Delhi), The market that failed: Neoliberal economic reforms in India (Leftword Books, New Delhi). Since 2002 she has been the Executive Secretary of International Development Economics Associates (IDEAS), an international network of heterodox development economists ( She is Founding Trustee of the Economic Research Foundation (
  35. Sourabh Gupta is a senior Asia-Pacific international relations policy specialist at the Institute for China-America Studies in Washington, D.C. He has over 15 years of Washington, D.C.-based experience in a think-tank and political risk research and advisory capacity. His areas of specialization include: analysis of key major power relationships in the Asia-Pacific region (China-U.S, China-Japan, China-India, U.S.-Japan, U.S.-India, Japan-India relations); political, security, and economic risk evaluation of key states in the Asia-Pacific region; territorial disputes and maritime law-related developments in the Asia-Pacific region; and analysis of developments in Asian economic regionalism, and World Trade Organization and Asia-Pacific-related trade policy, politics and negotiations. He is a member of the United States Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (USCSCAP) and was a 2012 East Asia Forum Distinguished Fellow. Prior to joining ICAS, he was a Senior Research Associate at Samuels International Associates, Inc, a diversified international consulting firm specializing in government relations, business, and trade and investment matters. He holds master’s degrees in international security studies and international relations from Georgetown University and Syracuse University, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mumbai.
  36. Vedi Hadiz is Professor of Asian Studies and Deputy Director, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne. He was previously Professor of Asian Societies and Politics at Murdoch University’s Asia Research Centre and Director of its Indonesia Research Programme. An Indonesian national, he was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in 2010-2014. Professor Hadiz received his PhD at Murdoch University in 1996 where he was Research Fellow until he went to the National University of Singapore in 2000. At NUS, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology until returning to Murdoch in 2010. His research interests revolve around political sociology and political economy issues, especially those related to the contradictions of development in Indonesia and Southeast Asia more broadly, and more recently, in the Middle East. Professor Hadiz’s latest book is entitled Islamic Populism in Indonesia and the Middle East (Cambridge University Press 2016). His other books include Localising Power in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: A Southeast Asia Perspective (Stanford University Press 2010), Workers and the State in New Order Indonesia (Routledge 1997) and (with Richard Robison) Reorganising Power in Indonesia: The Politics of Oligarchy in an Age of Markets (RoutledgeCurzon 2004,), as well as the co-edited Between Dissent and Power: The Transformation of Islamic Politics in the Middle East and Asia (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) and the edited Empire and Neoliberalism in Asia (Routledge 2004). His articles have appeared in such journals as Development and Change, New Political Economy, Democratization, Journal of Development Studies, Pacific Review, Pacific Affairs, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Critical Asian Studies, Indonesia, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies and Historical Materialism. Professor Hadiz has been a visiting scholar in the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in France, the International Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands, the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies in the University of Kyoto, the Department of Sociology in the Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi, and the Department of Sociology in the University of Indonesia, where he is also an Adjunct Professor.  He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
  37. Hassan Hakimian is the Director of the London Middle East Institute and a Reader in Economics at SOAS, University of London. He has published widely on Middle Eastern economies with a special focus on Iran as well as on human resources and labour markets in the MENA region. He is the author of Labour Transfer and Economic Development (1990) and co-editor of The State and Global Change (2000), and Trade Policy and Economic Integration in MENA (co-edited with Jeff Nugent, 2003).  His most recent book (co-edited with Parvin Alizadeh) is entitled Iran and the Global Economy: Petro Populism, Islam and Economic Sanctions (Routledge, 2014). His current research is focused on inclusive growth in the MENA region. Dr Hakimian is a Founding member and currently the President of the International Iranian Economic Association (IEA) and a Research Fellow and member of the Advisory Committee of the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Cairo. He is the Founder and Series Editor for the “Routledge Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa,” which he launched in 2003.

  38. Michael Heazle is an Associate Professor with the Griffith Asia Institute (GAI) and Griffith University’s School of Government and International Relations where he teaches international relations and politics. From 1992 to 2000, Dr Heazle was a regular contributor to the Far Eastern Economic Review, and wrote for a number of other domestic and international media. Dr Heazle has researched and published in the areas of energy, human, and environmental security; policy making and the treatment of specialist advice; China-Japan relations; and Northeast Asia security. His works include a collection of books and edited volumes with several university presses and publishers (University of Washington Press, Cambridge University Press, Earthscan/Routledge, Edward Elgar) and numerous articles in various peer reviewed journals including Marine PolicyEnvironmental Science and Policy, Intelligence and National SecurityThe Pacific Review, and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. His latest book is Regional Primacy in East Asia: China’s Rise and Australia-Japan-US Trilateral Relations (co-edited with Andrew O’Neil; Edward Elgar, in press). Dr Heazle also convenes the annual 1.5 Track Australia-Japan Dialogue for GAI, which he co-founded in 2011
  39. John Hemmings is the Director of the Asia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has a PhD in international relations at the London School of Economics, where he focused on security issues in the Asia Pacific region. He is a CSCAP-EU committee member and was the UK Secretariat for the UK-Japan 21st Century Group in 2013 and 2015. In 2012, Dr Hemmings carried out a research project in Kabul and Parwan Province on South Korea’s contributions to security in Afghanistan. The completed research was included as a chapter in a book for the Council of Foreign Relations. Between 2007 and 2011, Dr Hemmings was a research analyst in the Asia Programme of the Royal United Services Institute, a defence think tank in Whitehall, where he focused on foreign and security policies in the Asia Pacific. Dr. Hemmings has given briefings to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to US Forces Korea, to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK, and taken part in future challenges workshops at the Cabinet Office. He has authored a number of book chapters, academic journals, and newspaper articles commenting on Asia, contributing the Telegraphthe Diplomatthe lowy Interpreter, and the National Interest.

  40. Yasheng Huang is a professor of international management at Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is in charge of MIT Sloan’s global partnership programs and its action learning initiatives. He holds International Program Professorship in Chinese Economy and Business and has held special-term professorships at School of Management at Fudan University, School of Management  Xian Jiaotong University, School of  Public Administration at Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and an honorary professorship at Hunan University. His previous appointments include faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard University. He is currently involved in research projects in three broad areas: 1) research on economic development in China, 2) collaboration with researchers at Tsinghua University to create a complete database on historical technological inventions in China and 3) as a co-investigator in a multidisciplinary research team at MIT on “A Systematic Approach to Addressing Nontraditional Adulteration of FDA-Regulated Food and Drug Products and Ingredients Emanating from the Global Supply Chain” (supported by FDA, 2013-2016) and as a co-principal investigator in “Food Safety in China: A Systematic Risk Management Approach” (supported by Walmart Foundation, 2016-). He has published numerous articles in academic journals and in media. He has also published 11 books. At MIT Sloan School, Professor Huang founded and runs China Lab and India Lab, which provide low-cost consulting services to small and medium entrepreneurs in China and India. He also runs a program in Yunnan province in China to train small and medium women entrepreneurs (funded by Goldman Sachs Foundation). In 2010, he was named by National Asia Research Program as one of the most outstanding scholars in the United States conducting research on issues of policy importance to the United States. He has held or received prestigious fellowships such as National Fellowship at Stanford University and Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Fellowship. He is a fellow at the Center for China in the World Economy at Tsinghua University, a research fellow at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, a fellow at William Davidson Institute at Michigan Business School, and a World Economic Forum Fellow. He has served as a consultant at World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and OECD and is serving on a number of advisory and corporate boards of non-profit and for-profit organizations
  41. Kwei-Bo Huang has been Vice Dean at College of International Affairs, National Chengchi University (NCCU, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China -ROC) since August 2017 and Associate Professor of Diplomacy at NCCU since February 2007, as well as Secretary-Generalof the Taiwan-based Association of Foreign Relations (AFR) since June 2013. He was the founding director of International Master’s Program in International Studies (IMPIS) at NCCU. He was a vice president of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD), and an adviser to the Mainland Affairs Council, the ROC Executive Yuan. Between 2009 and 2011, he was on public service leave to work at the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Research and Planning Committee. Besides, he was a Fulbright visiting scholar at School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University in fall 2008, and a visiting fellow at Center for East Asian Policy Studies at Brookings Institution in spring 2012. His research interests include conflict management, public diplomacy, US foreign policy and decision-making toward the Asia Pacific, as well as ASEAN security. He earned his master’s degree from Political Science Department, the George Washington University, and his doctorate from Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
  42. Leonid M. Issaev earned his PhD in 2014 from the Institute for African Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is currently a senior lecturer at the Department for Political Science at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. He is the Deputy Chair of the Laboratory for Sociopolitical Destabilization Risk Monitoring at the National Research University Higher School of Economics and senior research fellow at the Institute for African Studies at the Center for Civilization and Regional Studies, which is part of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Russian Political Sciences Association (RPSA) and the Russian Sociological Society. He is also an expert on the Middle East and Northern Africa at the “Valdai” Club and the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). Together with Askar Akayev, Andrey Korotaev and Sergey Malkov, he is a manager at the Russian Academy of Sciences program “The Mathematical Modeling of Global and Regional Dynamics Within the Context of the Modernization of Science and Education”. He teaches courses in Islamic political philosophy and political systems and political processes in the Arab world.
  43. Harsha Kakar (India) was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery in Jun 1979 and superannuated in Mar 2015 as a Major General. During his military service, he held a variety of appointments in every part of the country including J and K and the North East. He was the head of department in strategic studies at the College of Defence Management, where he wrote extensively on futuristic planning and enhancing joint operations. He also served as part of the United Nations peace keeping operations in Mozambique. In addition to training courses in India he attended the National Security Studies Course at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He is the first officer from India to attend this course. Post his superannuation, he has settled in Lucknow where he extensively writes for a few newspapers, magazines and online newsletters. He is also a security analyst on India Today TV, Aaj Tak, DD UP and other small channels. His articles span a wide spectrum covering international relations, strategic threats (both military and non-military with emphasis on South Asia), defence planning and capacity building, national security and politico-military cooperation. He blogs at
  44. Lorenzo Kamel teaches History of Colonial and Post-Colonial Spaces at the University of Bologna and is a Senior Fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), where he serves as scientific director of the New-Med Research Network, director of IAI Books and Research Studies series, and IAI scientific coordinator of MENARA (horizon2020 project). He was a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher at the University of Freiburg’s Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), and a Postdoc Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) for 2 years. He published 8 books and about 30 academic articles on Mediterranean or Middle Eastern affairs and won the “Palestine Book Award” 2016 (academic section) and the “International Giuseppe Sciacca Award” 2010.
  45. Binoy Kampmark is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He is also contributing editor to Counterpunch.
  46. John Kane is Professor in the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Australia. He works and teaches in the fields of political theory, political leadership and US foreign policy. He has four times been Visiting Professor to Yale University and is the author of The Politics of Moral Capital (Cambridge UP, 2001) and Between Virtue and Power: The Persistent Moral Dilemma of US Foreign Policy (YUP, 2008) and co-author (with H. Patapan) of The Democratic Leader (OUP, 2012). Co-edited books include Dissident Democrats: The Challenge of Democratic Leadership in Asia (Palgrave, 2008), Dispersed Democratic Leadership (OUP, 2009) and Political Legitimacy in Asia (Palgrave, 2011), Good Democratic Leadership: On Prudence and Judgment in Modern Democracies (OUP, 2014), and Political Legitimacy, Science and Political Authority (Routledge, 2016).
  47. Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein is an Associate Scholar with FPRI, focusing primarily on the Korean Peninsula and East Asian region. He is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he researches the history of surveillance and social control in North Korea, and a co-editor of North Korean Economy Watch. He publishes regularly on Korean affairs in publications such as IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review and The Diplomat, and has previously worked as a journalist, and has been a special advisor to the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation.
  48. Tristan Kenderdine is research director at Future Risk, working on trade, industry and agricultural policy across China, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. He has worked extensively on confidential commissioned research projects on macroeconomics, political risk and economic geography in China, Southeast Asia and Central Asia including as Junior Expert for the European Commission. Tristan worked in Beijing for research and advisory China Policy for three years with work covering China’s agricultural and metals commodities markets; cross-border e-commerce, international maritime law and polar policy, fiscal policy and agricultural finance. He has worked for major governments in Europe and corporate clients in Australia, North America, Singapore, and Russia. Tristan has taught public policy at the Australian National University and Dalian Maritime University and has delivered presentations to Peking University, Australian Treasury, Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia, McKinsey Financial and BBC World News.
  49. Reinhard Krumm, born in Hamburg, Germany, got his MA in Russian History from the University of Hamburg, and his PhD from Regensburg University, where he is a lecturer on Russian History since 2007. He holds an honoree professorship from the department of Political Science at Moscow State University. From 1991 to 1998 he worked as a journalist in the former Soviet Union, being the Moscow correspondent of Der Spiegel magazine from 1996 to 1998.
    He then joined the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, serving as the Head of the Regional Central Asian office in Tashkent/Uzbekistan from 2003 to 2007, as the Head of the Russian office in Moscow from 2007 to 2012 and from 2012 to 2016 as the Head of the Department of Central and Eastern Europe, Berlin. Currently he heads the Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe, Vienna. Among his publications are “Constructing Identities in Europe – German and Russian Perspectives” together with Sergey Medvedev and Hans-Henning Schröder. His latest publications are on “Europe´s Security Governance and Transatlantic Relations” and “For a Balanced Peace”.
  50. A. Vinod Kumar is Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), and a Visiting Faculty at the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies (IFPS), University of Calcutta, Kolkata. His research interests include nuclear policy issues (including non-proliferation, nuclear energy and deterrence), missile defence and India’s relations with the great powers. Kumar’s first book titled India and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime – The Perennial Outlier was published by the Cambridge University Press in April 2014. He has written extensively in acclaimed Indian and international publications. Kumar was earlier a journalist with stints in print and audio-visual media platforms and have spearheaded pioneering endeavours in mass communications. He has been a private broadcaster as well as a first generation online journalist and was part of many web ventures, including as Executive Editor of South Asia Monitor – a media diplomacy platform. Kumar was earlier a Fellow at the Indian Pugwash Society. His ongoing study is on the implications of missile defence for nuclear deterrence. Concurrently, he is also spearheading an archival mining effort to trace India’s nuclear and foreign policy history.
  51. Desmond Lachman is a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He joined AEI after serving as a managing director and chief emerging market economic strategist at Salomon Smith Barney. He previously served as deputy director in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Policy Development and Review Department and was active in staff formulation of IMF policies. Mr. Lachman has written extensively on the global economic crisis, the U.S. housing market bust, the U.S. dollar, and the strains in the euro area. At AEI, Mr. Lachman is focused on the global macroeconomy, global currency issues, and the multilateral lending agencies.
  52. Peter Layton is a Visiting Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University.  His background includes an extensive defence experience including teaching grand strategy at the Eisenhower College, US National Defence University. For his work at the Pentagon, he was awarded the US Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Public Service Medal.  He has a doctorate from the University of New South Wales on grand strategy and undertook a Fellowship at the European University Institute.  His research interests include grand strategy, national security policies particularly as relates to middle powers, defence force structure concepts and armed non-state actors. He contributes regularly to the public policy debate on defence and foreign policy issues
  53. Michael Leach is a Professor in Politics and International Relations, and Chair of the Department of Education and Social Sciences at the Swinburne University of Technology.. He teaches in Comparative Politics, and the Politics of the Pacific. His research interests include nation-building in the Asia-Pacific, the politics of Timor-Leste, the Politics of Melanesian & Pacific nations, and comparative immigration and asylum policy. Michael is also an Australian legal practitioner, and officer of the Supreme Court of Victoria. He has previously taught in politics at Deakin University, at the University of Queensland, and South Thames College in London.
  54. Martin Lemberg-Pedersen is Assistant Professor at Global Refugee Studies, Aalborg University. His current postdoctoral work, funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark, conducts a critical analysis of slavery and migration control during Danish and European colonial imperialism and compares this with current Western displacement politics. Previously, between 2013-2016 Lemberg-Pedersen did a Post Doc at the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies, University of Copenhagen, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, where he analyzed EU, Greek and Turkish refugee policies, their issue linkages, conditionalities and consequences. This allowed him to offer many analyses of the European crisis in displacement and refugee management, which reached Western headlines in 2015. He also still does research on Turkish border control and migration management. Between 2009-2012, Lemberg-Pedersen was a PhD Fellow in Philosophy, University of Copenhagen, and in his dissertation he used political philosophy, sociology and political economy to examine European border externalization policies to North Africa, and Libya in particular. In 2010, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), Oxford University. Lemberg-Pedersen has also been an external researcher for both the Danish Refugee Council and the Danish Red Cross, and for the European Commission´s Migration Policy Index (MIPEX) and the European Website on Integration (EWSI)
  55. Noëlle Lenoir focuses her practice on competition law, public business law and economic regulations – both at the national level and at the European level. She also has solid experience in data protection law, covering a wide scope of areas in this respect such as data breach prevention and incident response, government and internal investigations, cross-border data transfer and e-discovery, controllers’ and processors’ liability, global compliance and risk management, privacy policies and EU data counseling, consumer protection and class action litigation defense as well as advertising and internet marketing. She also advises on confidential business information and misappropriation of trade secrets as well as on matters in relation with the blocking statute. She served as French Minister of European Affairs from 2002 to 2004. She was also the first woman and the youngest person ever to have served on the French Constitutional Court and has been a member of the Conseil d’Etat (France’s highest court in administrative and tax matters) since 1984. (
  56. Allan J. Lichtman is Distinguished Professor of History at American University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lichtman has authored or co-authored nine books, and hundreds of scholarly and popular articles. His latest book is The Case for Impeachment (Dey Street books, 2017), was an independent book store best seller, an bestseller in several academic categories, and a Newsweek, best new book release. Dr. Lichtman’s book FDR and the Jews (Harvard, 2013, with Richard Breitman), won the National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish History. It was a 2013 New York Times editor’s choice, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History. His book, White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement (Grove/Atlantic 2008), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in non-fiction. The Teaching Company produced his video lectures on Great Presidents as part of their “Great Courses” series. Dr. Lichtman is the co-developer of the Keys system that has successfully predicted the outcome of every presidential election since 1984. In September 2016, he defied the conventional wisdom to predict the election of Donald Trump. Dr. Lichtman has served as an expert witness in more than 90 federal civil rights cases, including recent landmark cases challenging restrictive voting laws in North Carolina and Texas. As an expert for the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Dr. Lichtman discovered that the outcome of the 2000 presidential election turned on the vast disparity in rates at which officials rejected ballots cast by blacks and whites in Florida.
  57. Yaroslav Lissovolik is the Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club. Yaroslav Lissovolik worked in the International Monetary Fund, in Washington, where he was Advisor to the Executive Director for the Russian Federation (2001–2004). In 2004 he joined Deutsche Bank as Chief Economist and became Head of Company Research in Russia in 2009, and then a member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank in Russia in 2011. In 2015-2018 Yaroslav Lissovolik was Chief Economist and subsequently Managing Director of Research and Member of the Management Board at the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB). Since 2018 he has been Senior Managing Director — Head of Research at Sberbank Investment Research (CIB). Besides, Yaroslav Lissovolik is a member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (CFDP), Bretton Woods Committee and the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). Member of the Global Advisory Council, National Academy of Belt and Road Green Development, China. In 2012 Yaroslav Lissovolik became a member of the Government Expert Council. He has published books on the Russia’s entry to the WTO and Russia’s integration into the world economy, as well as numerous articles and papers on economic and policy issues.
  58. Chiara Lovotti is ISPI Assistant Research Fellow in the Mediterranean and Middle East Program (ArabTrans Programme). She holds a Bachelor Degree in Foreign Languages and International Relations from the Catholic University of Milan, a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) and a Master in Middle Eastern Studies from the Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations of Milan. Before joining ISPI she worked as Research Assistant in the department of Development Studies at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve. Her research interests focus on social dynamics and political transformations in the MENA region
  59. Kristina M. L. Acri née Lybecker is an Associate Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics and Business at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. She received her Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Kristina’s research analyzes the difficulties of strengthening intellectual property rights protection in developing countries, specifically in the context of the pharmaceutical and environmental technology industries.  Recent publications have also addressed alternatives to the existing patent system, the balance between pharmaceutical patent protection and access to essential medicines, and the markets for jointly produced goods such as blood and blood products, and the role of international trade agreements in incentivizing innovation. Kristina has testified in more than a dozen states on the economics of pharmaceutical counterfeiting. In 2016 she was awarded the Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship by the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. She has also worked with the US Food and Drug Administration, Reconnaissance International, PhRMA, the National Peace Foundation, the OECD, the Fraser Institute, and the World Bank, on issues of innovation, international trade, and corruption.
  60. Warwick J. McKibbin,AO is a Vice Chancellor’s Chair in Public Policy and is Director of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU). He is also an ANU Public Policy Fellow; a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences; a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia and Pacific Policy Society; a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C (where he is co-Director of the Climate and Energy Economics Project).  He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2016 “For Distinguished Service to Education as an Economist, Particularly in the Area of Global Climate Policy, and to Financial Institutions and International Organizations” and the Centenary medal in 2003 “For Service to Australian Society through Economic Policy and Tertiary Education”.  Professor McKibbin is internationally renowned for his contributions to global economic modeling and the theory of monetary policy and has published more than 200 peer reviewed academic papers and 5 books as well as being a regular commentator in the popular press. He served on the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 2001 to 2011 and worked at the Reserve Bank from 1975 to 1991. He regularly advises International Institutions, Central Banks, governments and corporations across a range of developed and emerging economies
  61. Maurizio Melani is Extraordinary Professor of International Relations at the Link Campus University. He has been Director General in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to Iraq, to the Political and Security Committee of  the European Union and to Ethiopia, Board Member of the Italian Trade Agency. He has written books on international political and economic governance and geopolitics of energy, as well as essays and articles mainly on regional crisis, Middle East, Africa, European integration, trade and investment promotion. He is in the governance of several profit and non- profit organisations
  62. Mira Milosevich-Juristi is Senior Fellow at the Elcano Royal Institute for Russia and Eurasia  and Associate Professor of History of International Relations at the IE University.  She has PhD in European Studies (University Complutense, Madrid) and degree in Sociology and Political Science (University of Belgrade). She has authored three books: ‘Breve historia de la Revolución Rusa‘, 2017 (A short history of The Russian revolution(5 editions)) and of two books on Serbian regime of Slobodan Milosevic  and its role in Yugoslav wars with special focus on  Kosovo (‘Los tristes y los héroes: Historias de nacionalistas serbios’ (2000), and ‘El trigo de la guerra: Nacionalismo y violencia en Kosovo’ (2001)). Her areas of research are Russia, Eurasia, Eastern Europe and the Balkans, with focus on security and defense policy, political history, the processes of transition to democracy in post-communist countries, and their relationship with the EU, USA and NATO.
  63. Vanessa Newby is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU currently based in Lebanon.  She is author of the forthcoming book Keeping the Peace in South Lebanon: Credibility and Local Cooperation with Syracuse University Press (2018).  She has a PhD in International Relations from Griffith University and her research interests include international security, peacebuilding, and the politics of religion.  She has been researching the Middle East since 2007 and can speak, read and write Arabic. Vanessa has published in several international peer-reviewed journals such as International Peacekeeping, Contemporary Politics and Third World Quarterly.
  64. Luise Noring is a program director and assistant professor at Copenhagen Business School. She is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and an expert in sustainable urbanization at the European Commission. In addition, she runs her own enterprise as an independent researcher. Noring has extensive experience in implementing large-scale international initiatives related to sustainable urbanization, urban infrastructure and governance, and other urban challenges. She helps lead the Urban Challenge Programme, an EU-funded initiative engaging six cities across Europe: Copenhagen, Denmark; Hamburg, Germany; Helsinki; Riga, Latvia; Rome; and Edinburgh, Scotland. She currently works with approximately 30 partners across the world on projects centered on cities, with focuses including local municipalities, market leaders within urban sustainability, innovative start-ups, civic organizations, and research organizations. In 2015, Luise began working with the Brookings Project on 21st Century City Governance, a collaboration of the Brookings Centennial Scholar Initiative and the Global Economy and Development program, which aims to deepen our understanding of the norms, institutions, and networks essential to successful city governance. Within the project, Noring’s work focuses on capturing and scaling best practices in U.S. and European cities in urban governance and finance innovations. Since 2014, Noring has served as an expert in sustainable urbanization for the European Commission. In 2015, she was one of 12 experts who drafted policy recommendations for the European Parliament on ‘Nature-based Solutions and Re-Naturing Cities’. Previously, Noring ran the European Union-funded project, ‘Green Innovation in Cities’, in which she collaborated with scholars at Copenhagen Business School, the University of Copenhagen, and the Technical University of Denmark. In 2015, this program was recognized as one of the most innovative higher education programs by the Danish Ministry of Education. Noring has a Master in Supply Chain Management and a Ph.D. in Supply Chain Partnerships, from Copenhagen Business School. Since her early career and studies, she has focused on partnerships, including public-private partnerships, business-to-business partnerships, and innovative partnerships. Her experience includes a three-year research initiative into transactional costs in business-to-business partnerships, including those between IBM, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever. Noring has extensive experience with living and working internationally, including time spent in Argentina (four years), France (four years), UK (three years), Switzerland (two years) and Germany (two years). In addition, she spent two long stays in United States (nine months) and Spain (four months). She speaks several languages, including English, ‘Scandinavian’, French, German, and Spanish. For further information, please visit;
  65. Shruti Pandalai is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, primarily working on issues closely related to India’s national security and foreign policy. Attached with the Centre for Military Affairs, she has worked on projects requiring research and recommendations for the National Security Council Secretariat, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs. India’s strategic thought and practice, its military history – the wars of 1962 and 1965 and their impact on contemporary foreign policy, emerging challenges to national security and forecasting and scenario projection are some of the themes she has worked on at IDSA. She has also published widely on the subject of Media and National Security, looking at the larger issues of strategic communication in diplomacy and conflict resolution in India. Previously, Shruti was a broadcast journalist, a News Anchor and Senior Correspondent with a leading national English news network specialising in international affairs. She contributes columns/op-eds/blogs to leading national and international publications on matters of national security, foreign policy and on the media.She has most recently been honoured with the IDSA President’s Award 2015 for her research paper on India’s 1965 War with Pakistan and how it shaped the geopolitics of South Asia.She is part of many emerging leaders fora including the New America Foundation’s South Asia 2020 initiative, the Global Young Leaders Programme “The Asian Forum of Global Governance 2017” organised jointly by the ZEIT-StiftungEbelin und GerdBucerius, Germany and the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, and was also among the first batch of Raisina Young Fellows participating in the MEA-ORF annual Raisina Dialogue 2017. She is an alumna of St Xavier’s College Calcutta, The Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, and The Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS, University of London.
  66. Ugo Panizza is Professor of Economics and Pictet Chair at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. He is also the Director of the Institute’s Centre on Finance and Development, and a CEPR Research Fellow. Prior to joining the Institute, Ugo was the Chief of the Debt and Finance Analysis Unit at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank and was an assistant professor of economics at the American University of Beirut and the University of Turin. His research interests include international finance, sovereign debt, banking, and political economy. He is a former member of the executive committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and an editor of the Association’s journal Economia. He is also a member of the editoria board of The World Bank Economic Review, the Review of Development Finance, the Journal of Economic Systems, and the Review of Economics and Institutions. He holds a PhD in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University and a Laurea from the University of Turin.
  67. Luke Patey is a senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies and Lead Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford. He is author of The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan (Hurst/Harper Collins, 2014), short-listed for the Africa-Asia Book Prize, and has written for the Financial Times, The GuardianThe Hindu, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy.
  68. Eleonore Pauwels is the Director of the AI Lab with the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Wilson Center. She is a writer and international science policy expert, who specializes in the governance and democratization of converging technologies. Leading the AI Lab, Pauwels analyzes and compares how transformative technologies, such as artificial intelligence and genome-editing, raise new opportunities and challenges for health, security, economics and governance in different geo-political contexts. She analyzes the promises and perils that will likely arise with the development of AI civil and military technologies, the Internet of Living Things and future networks of intelligent and connected bio-labs. With the AI Lab, Pauwels aims to build a collective intelligence platform to sustain global engagement and assessment on what responsible innovation means for AI and our digital economies in the context of the fourth industrial revolution. Pauwels regularly testifies before U.S. and European authorities including the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of State, NAS, NIH, NCI, FDA, the National Intelligence Council, the European Commission and the UN. But she is also well-versed in communicating complex and novel scientific developments for lay audiences (her TEDxCERN on CRISPR) and her writing has been featured in media outlets such as Nature, The New York Times, The Guardian, Scientific American, Le Monde, Slate and The World Economic Forum. Outside of the Wilson Center, Pauwels is an aspiring social entrepreneur interested in democratizing science and technology, in particular AI, genomics and biology, for underserved populations in the USA and globally. She helps cultivating an Open Health Design ecosystem – built around maker spaces and community bio labs – where inventors from all ages share ideas, protocols and know-how to harness genomics technologies and build affordable medical devices tailored to the needs of citizens in underserved communities. Pauwels collaborates with players on the biology and open science frontier to encourage citizen participation in new health technologies. By the same token, her research also focuses on structural changes in the economy driven by sharing platforms, new business models, and financing systems such as crowdfunding and the gig economy for health.

  69. Eugenio Proto is Professor of Economics the University of Bristol and Research Fellow at IZA, CESifo and CAGE (Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy). He earned the PhD in Economics at ECARES, Université libre de Bruxelles in 2004. His research interests are in behavioural economics, experimental economics and development economics. He published in leading general economic journals like Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics and Economic Journal and in several top field economic journals. Homepage:; twitter @eugenioproto.  He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in August 2014.
  70. Adil Rasheed joined IDSA as Research Fellow in August 2016. Before that, he was a researcher and political commentator in various international think tanks and media organizations for over 17 years, both in the United Arab Emirates and India. He was Senior Research Fellow at the United Services Institution of India (USI) for two years from 2014 to 2016, where he still holds the honorary title of Distinguished Fellow. He was Researcher at the UAE’s premier think tank The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) for eight years (2006-14), where, in addition to research and publishing several papers and articles, he interviewed many distinguished international leaders such as former US Secretary of State Leon Panetta, former Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Mahathir Mohamed, Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, the first Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC in Iraq Hans Blix, former NATO Chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, etc. Dr. Rasheed is the author of the book ISIS: Race to Armageddon (2015), which explored the so-called Islamic State’s origins, ideology, vision, mission, organization, administration, military strengths and weaknesses, warfare, global outreach, recruitment and the international response to the challenge it poses. The book also covered the implications for India’s security as regards the growing malicious influence of this jihadist group. The first book on the subject from India, it has been a huge draw internationally and is currently available on Amazon and Kindle. Dr. Rashid has also co-edited the book Indian Ocean Region: Emerging Strategic Cooperation, Competition and Conflict Scenarios. Published by the USI in 2015, this book focuses on growing India-China competition in the quest for strategic control of the world’s third largest ocean, emerging scenarios and recommendations for India’s maritime policies. Dr. Rashid is also the author ofthe seminal research paper ‘Countering the Threat of Radicalization: Theories, Programme and Challenges’ published in the Journal of Defense Studies (April-May 2016).
  71. José-Daniel Reyes is a Senior Economist at the Macroeconomics, Trade, and Investment Global Practice of The World Bank Group. He has more than 10 years of research and professional experience, working on issues of international trade, foreign direct investment, and globalization. His recent policy work focuses on firm-level responses to regulatory reforms aimed at improving the investment climate in developing countries. Daniel has experience leading policy dialogue in Latin-America, Africa, and Asia. Prior to joining The World Bank Group, he worked for the Inter-American Development Bank and for the Colombian government conducting macro monitoring in Latin-American countries. Daniel holds a PhD and MA in Economics from Georgetown University.
  72. James Robinson. As institute director of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, James Robinson is guiding the Institute’s research agenda, engaging the international academic and practitioner community through The Pearson Global Forum, and setting the curriculum for the next generation of leaders and scholars. A prominent political scientist and economist, Robinson has conducted influential research in the field of political and economic development and the factors that are the root causes of conflict. His work explores the underlying relationship between poverty and the institutions of a society and how institutions emerge out of political conflicts. Drawing insights from game theory and global history, he employs rigorous statistical analysis and case studies to identify the political foundations of economic development and growth. His work has deepened the understanding of political institutions throughout the world. Robinson has a particular interest in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is widely recognized as the co-author of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, with Daron Acemoglu, the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at MIT. Translated into 32 languages since its publication in 2012, the book offers a unique historic exploration of why some countries have flourished economically while others have fallen into poverty. He has also written and coauthored numerous books and articles, including the acclaimed Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (also with Acemoglu). Currently an academic adviser to the World Bank’s 2017 World Development Report on Governance, Robinson served on the board of the Global Development Network from January 2009 to December 2011, and on the Swedish Development Policy Council, a committee advising the Swedish Foreign Minister on Sweden’s international development policy, from 2007 to 2010.  Robinson received his PhD from Yale University, his MA from the University of Warwick, and his BSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously, he was the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government at Harvard University and a faculty associate at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
  73. Rajorshi Roy is a Research Analyst at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. His areas of research and analysis cover the foreign, security and domestic policies of Russia and the Central Asian countries, and the grand strategy of great powers. He has written extensively and contributes regularly to the public policy debate on these themes. He has completed his doctoral thesis from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The thesis explores the role of Russia’s Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALWs) industry in shaping the domestic and the external discourse of the country. Prior to joining IDSA, Rajorshi worked with the Central Information Commission (CIC), New Delhi and the United Nations Aids Programme (UNAIDS). He is an alumni of the prestigious St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi (DU). He can be reached at
  74. Peter Rough is a fellow at Hudson Institute in Washington D.C. where he writes and comments on U.S. foreign policy toward Europe and the Middle East. Currently, he is leading two in-depth studies: one that examines Iran’s challenge to the American-led regional order in the Middle East and another that investigates the future of Europe and transatlantic relations. While at the Institute, he has been named a next generation leader at Atlantik-Brücke, the Center for New American Security, and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. He has also helped edit Hudson’s journal, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology. Prior to joining Hudson Institute, Rough collaborated with Leila Fawaz on a social history of World War I in the Middle East, A Land of Aching Hearts, published by Harvard University Press in fall 2014. A former Associate Director in the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives, he also served as Director of Research in the Office of George W. Bush, assisting the former President with his memoir, Decision Points. Rough has completed stints as a Policy Analyst at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he served also as staff briefer to Administrator Henrietta Fore, and as an advisor to U.S. Army Special Operations Command, where he analyzed Unconventional Warfare doctrine for the Commanding General’s Strategic Initiatives Group. In 2012, he was responsible for U.S.-Russia bilateral relations as a member of the Romney for President Russia Working Group. In 2016, he served as a member of the Rubio for President Middle East Working Group.  Rough began his career at the Republican National Committee specializing in political research. A proud native of Des Moines, Iowa, he holds a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from The George Washington University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he was a Cabot Corporation Scholar. He is a native German speaker.
  75. Michael Rubin is a former Pentagon official whose major research areas are the Middle East, Turkey, Iran and diplomacy. Rubin instructs senior military officers deploying to the Middle East and Afghanistan on regional politics, and teaches classes regarding Iran, terrorism, and Arab politics on board deploying U.S. aircraft carriers. Rubin has lived in post-revolution Iran, Yemen, both pre- and post-war Iraq, and spent time with the Taliban before 9/11. His newest book, Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes examines a half century of U.S. diplomacy with rogue regimes and terrorist groups.
  76. Larbi Sadiki received his academic training at Sydney University and at the Australian National University where he read for a PhD on Islamist movements’ notions of democracy. The resulting doctoral thesis and a longitudinal-type research still in progress on the same issue are to be published in 2017 a book on Islamist conceptions of democracy with special reference to Islamists in Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan.  He is the editor of the series Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government, and author of The Search for Arab Democracy (2004), Rethinking Arab Democratization (2009, 2011), co-author of Europe and Tunisia (2010). These are followed by edited texts such as the Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring (2015), and Democratic Transition in the Middle East (2013). He is currently editing the Routledge Handbook of Middle East Politics (2018). He is author of prescient articles such as ‘Popular Uprisings and Arab Democratization’, published 11 years before the Arab Spring (IJMES2000), and ‘The Search for Citizenship in Ben Ali’s Tunisia: Democracy versus Unity’ (Political Studies, 2002). His forthcoming books include Hamas and DemocracyHezbollah and DemocracyTunisia’s Revolution:Peoplehood& Democracy,and, and Salon Democracy. He is guest editor of the recent issue (Volume 20, Issue No. 5, 2015) of the Journal of North African Studies, in which he tackles the question of ‘democratic knowledge’ in the Arab world. His research was previously funded by British Academy and Leverhulme in UK. He is the Lead Principal Investigator of a 3-year Qatar National Research Foundation-funded NPRP (cycle 9) project ‘transitions of Islam and democracy’. He is professor of Arab democratization at Qatar University.
  77. Niranjan Sahoo is Senior Fellow with Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi and South Asia expert for the Carnegie Rising Democracies Network (RDN), Washington, D.C. A former ASIA Fellow and Sir Ratan Tata Awardee, Dr. Sahoo has years of expertise on governance, democracy, campaign finance, human rights, migration, peace, and conflict studies. Homepage:
  78. David Satter is the author of four books on Russia and the director of a documentary film. A former Moscow correspondent of the Financial Times of London (1976-82), he has followed Russian events for more than four decades. In May, 2013, he became an adviser to RadioLiberty and in September, 2013, he was accredited as a Radio Liberty correspondent in Moscow.Three months later, he was expelled from Russia becoming the first U.S. correspondent to be expelled since the Cold War. David Satter is a fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute and the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. His most recent book is The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep: Russias Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin, which was published in 2016. His first book was Age of Delirium: the Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union, which was published in 1996. The film he made on the basis of this book, “Age of Delirium,” won the 2013 Van Gogh Grand Jury Prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival. In addition to Age of Delirium, David Satter has written two other books about Russia, Darkness at Dawn: the Rise of the Russian Criminal State (2003) and It Was a Long Time Ago and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past (2011).Hisbooks have been translated into eight languages. David Satter began his career in 1972 as a police reporter for the Chicago Tribune. In 1976, he became Moscow correspondent of the Financial Times. He worked in Moscow for six years. He then became a special correspondent on Soviet affairs for The Wall Street Journal, contributing frequently to the paper’s editorial page. He has been a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and a visiting professor at the University of Illinois. He also teaches a course on Russian politics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced Academic Programs. David Satter continues to write on Russia and the former Soviet Union for the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. His articles and op-ed pieces have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The National Interest, National Review,, The Daily Beast, National Review Online, The New Republic, The New York Sun, The New York Review of Books, ReaderDigest and The Washington Times. He is frequently interviewed in both Russian and English by Radio Liberty, the Voice of America and the BBC and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, C-Span, the Charlie Rose Show and other television programs. David Satter was born in Chicago in 1947 and graduated from the University of Chicago and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and earned a M.Litt degree in political philosophy.
  79. Adfer Shah is a New Delhi-based Sociologist and columnist at various reputed international and national media groups. Being an academic he has more than fifty publications besides hundreds of conceptual articles to his credit. He has been writing on South Asia’s socio-political realities at Eurasia Review since 2012, where he is Special Correspondent for South Asia Affairs and Associate Editor for South Asia since 2014. His first book on Kashmir-Yearning for Peace (ISSN: 978-3-659-55971-6) was published in Germany in December 2016.Reach him at
  80. Wu Shang Su is a Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. He is attached to the Military Studies Programme at the school’s constituent unit, the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS). He has also taught at the command and staff college, officer cadet school levels at SAFTI Military Institute, and RSIS graduate programme. Shang Su completed his doctoral studies in International Relations at University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2012. He is the author of The Defence Capabilities of Small States: Singapore and Taiwan’s Responses to Strategic Desperation (London: Palgrave, 2016). His research specialities include military modernisation, Taiwan issues, railway and international relations. Shang Su’s articles, commentaries and op-eds have been published in Defence Studies, Naval War College Review, Global Change, Peace & Security, the Diplomat, East Asia Forum, and the National Interest, amongst others.
  81. Nina Shea has worked as a lawyer specifically focusing on religious freedom in American foreign policy for thirty years. Joining the Hudson Institute as a Senior Fellow in 2006, she has led the Center for Religious Freedom, which she founded in 1986. Ms. Shea served as a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent federal agency, for thirteen years until 2012, and has been appointed to represent the United States on UN human rights bodies by both Republican and Democratic administrations. She has co-authored three recent books on contemporary issues of religious persecution  (The Persecution and Genocide of Christians in the Middle East: Prevention, Prohibition, and Prosecution, Anglico Press, 2017; Persecuted, HarperCollins, 2013; and, Silenced, Oxford University Press, 2011), and authored four studies on violent teachings in official Saudi education materials, making her an authority on the subject. Her writings have been featured in Foreign Affairs, National Review, American Interest, FoxNews,Wall Street Journal and theWashington Post. Her first client was then-detained Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov. She was a leading advocate in the movements to pass the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.She played a leading role in a successful campaign for U.S. government recognition of genocide by ISIS against religious minorities in the Middle East. Ms. Shea received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College, and is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law. She is married with three children.
  82. Francesco Sisci  is an Italian sinologist, author and columnist. Currently he is a senior researcher at China’s People’s University and contributes to several journals and think tanks on geopolitical issues. In 2016, he was granted the first interview to the Pope on China. The interview has received widespread coverage in the Chinese press, for the first time in the history of the Chinese Communist Party. He was a contributor for Il Sole 24 ore and for Asia Times with the column Sinograph and a frequent commentator on international affairs for CCTV and Phoenix TV
  83. Scott Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Prior to joining CFR, Snyder was a senior associate in the international relations program of The Asia Foundation, where he founded and directed the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy. He was also a senior associate at Pacific Forum CSIS. Snyder has worked as an Asia specialist in the research and studies program of the U.S. Institute of Peace and as acting director of Asia Society’s contemporary affairs program. Snyder has authored numerous book chapters on aspects of Korean politics and is the author of The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States (with Brad Glosserman, 2015), China’s Rise and the Two Koreas: Politics, Economics, Security (2009), and Negotiating on the Edge: North Korean Negotiating Behavior (1999). Snyder is the co-editor of North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economy, and Society (Rowman and Littlefield, October 2012), and Paved With Good Intentions: The NGO Experience in North Korea (co-editor, 2003). His most recent book is South Korea at the Crossroads: Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Powers. Snyder received a BA from Rice University and an MA from the regional studies East Asia program at Harvard University.
  84. Dick Startz is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and professor emeritus at the University of Washington (where he served as department chair and as a divisional dean). Professor Startz has published empirical work on a wide range of topics as well as making a number of contributions to econometric methodology. His work in education has seen two main outlets. The first is his book, Profit of Education (Praeger 2010), which builds the economic case for higher teacher salaries. The second main outlet blogging about education at the Brookings Institution Brown Center Chalkboardand his blog, which has been described as “Freakonomics for the economics of schooling.” The roughly 500 posts are split between original, short data-driven analyses of topics in the economics of education and reviews of research findings from the academic literature. In addition to his work on the economics of education, Professor Startz is the coauthor of a macroeconomics text which has been translated into 8 languages, several books on personal computing, and many academic journal articles. More information can be found at
  85. Kabir Taneja is an Associate Fellow with Strategic Studies programme at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. His research focuses on India’s relations with West Asia/Middle East, specifically looking at the domestic political dynamics, terrorism, non-state militant actors and the general security paradigm of the region. He is also the curator of the ‘Tracking ISIS Influence in India’ project, part of a year long study on studying the influence of the so-called Islamic State in the South Asian region.  Kabir has written extensively in The New York TimesThe HinduSuddeutsche ZeitungThe Huffington PostPoliticoQuartzThe Wire, among others.
  86. Ramesh Thakur is Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University. He was formerly Senior Vice Rector of the United Nations University (and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations). Educated in India and Canada, he has held fulltime academic appointments in Fiji, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia and been a consultant to the Australian, New Zealand and Norwegian governments on arms control, disarmament and international security issues. Professor Thakur was a Commissioner and one of the principal authors of The Responsibility to Protect and Principal Writer of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s second reform report; a Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Foundation Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario; and is presently Co-Convenor of the Asia–Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (, a 90-strong nuclear policy advocacy group that includes several former prime ministers, foreign and defence minister, foreign secretaries, military chiefs and United Nations under-secretaries-general from Asia–Pacific. His recent books include Global Governance and the UN: An Unfinished Journey (Indiana University Press); The Group of Twenty (G20) (Routledge); The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy (Oxford University Press); Nuclear Weapons and International Security: Selected Essays (Routledge); and The United Nations, Peace and Security: From Collective Security to the Responsibility to Protect, 2nd Ed. (Cambridge University Press).
  87. Jacqui True is Professor of International Relations and Director of Monash University’s Centre for Gender, Peace and Security. She is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and a Global Fellow, Peace Research Institute (PRIO), Oslo. She received her PhD from York University, Toronto, Canada and has held academic positions at Michigan State University, the University of Southern California, and the University of Auckland. Her current research is focused on understanding the political economy of violence against women and the patterns of systemic sexual and gender-based violence in Asia Pacific. She leads the three-year ARC Linkage project (2017-2020) with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on women’s participation after conflict and the implementation of the gender provisions of peace agreements Her book, The Political Economy of Violence Against Women (Oxford, 2012) won the American Political Science Association’s 2012 biennial prize for the best book in human rights, the British International Studies Association International Political Economy book prize in 2013, and the 2015 biennial Australian Political Science Association’s Carole Pateman book prize for gender and politics. She recently edited the volume Scandalous Economics: The Politics of Gender and Financial Crises (Oxford, 2016) with Aida Hozić and is co-editor with Sara Davies of the Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and Security (forthcoming 2018).
  88. Matías Vernengo is Full Professor at Bucknell University. He was formerly Senior Research Manager at the Central Bank of Argentina (BCRA), Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Utah, and Assistant Professor at Kalamazoo College and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He is currently a visiting professor at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM), and was before at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon and the Université Paris 13. He has been an external consultant to several United Nations organizations like the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and has five edited books, one book and around fifty articles published in scientific peer reviewed journals. He specializes in macroeconomic issues for developing countries, in particular Latin America, international political economy and the history of economic ideas. He is also the co-editor of the Review of Keynesian Economics (ROKE)
  89. Hugh White is Professor of Strategic Studies in the School of International, Political & Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. He is a regular columnist for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. From 2001 to 2004 Professor White was the first Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). Before that he had served as an intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments, as a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald, as a senior adviser on the staffs of Defence Minister Kim Beazley and Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and as a senior official in the Department of Defence, where from 1995 to 2000 he was Deputy Secretary for Strategy and Intelligence.
  90. Eckart Woertz is senior research fellow at CIDOB, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, scientific advisor to the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po in Paris and teaches at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). Formerly he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, director of economic studies at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai and worked for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates. He is author of Oil for Food (Oxford University Press 2013) and editor of GCC Financial Markets (Gerlach Press 2012). Articles of him have been published in Food Policy, Food Security, International Development Policy, the International Journal of Water Resources Development, Third World Quarterly, Global Environment, Globalizations, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, The Handbook of Oil Politics and other edited volumes. He has been a commentator to media outlets like BBC, Der Spiegel and Al Arabiya and has contributed to various policy papers. He is on the editorial boards of Food Security and the Journal of Arabian Studies and holds a PhD in economics from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg.
  91. K. Yhome is a Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. His research interests include India’s regional diplomacy, regionalism and sub-regionalism in South and Southeast Asia, the Bay of Bengal region and China’s southwest provinces. Of late, his research has focused on India’s regional approach in the context of the Act East policy and the evolving geopolitics in India’s sub-regions. (
  92. Paolo Zanenga. Engineer, graduated “cum laude”, he has always deemed the mission of his discipline to study the impact of technology and knowledge on organizations and on society.Starting with the management revolution at the end of the ‘80s, the work of Paolo Zanenga and his group was praised by Peter Drucker in HBR (1990) as “…the most exciting and innovative work in management today…even what might be called a new economic philosophy…”. His innovative activities continued collaborating with international excellence centers. He is president of the PDMA Southern Europe Affiliate. As the leader of strategic projects of transformation with Governments, institutions and companies such as CibaDelphiFinmeccanicaNestléGeneral ElectricImpregiloIna/AssitaliaPharmacia & UpjohnPoste Italiane and Telecom Italia, he focuses on the design of experimental platforms and environments to accelerate knowledge convergence and connections. Teacher, lecturer, and book writer (Le Reti di Diotima is the seminal book originating the Diotima Society), he is faculty member in academies worldwide.