Van den Bosch
Coordinator / Editor
Dr. Jeroen Van den Bosch specialized in Slavonic studies, IR (on EU foreign policy), Comp. Pol. (dictatorships) covering Sub Saharan Africa, Eurasia and (recently) the Indo-Pacific. His editorial experience started in 2012 when he worked as editor-in-chief of the Pol. Sci. journal: R/evolutions: Global Trends & Regional Issues, as (developmental and) topic editor for the European Handbook of Central Asian Studies (2021, 600 pages, 20+ authors) and for a handbook on Indo-Pacific Studies (forthcoming 2023).
Nune Srapyan graduated with a BA from Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Bryusov, Armenia, at the faculty of Russian language and literature and foreign languages, in 2008. She obtained her MA in Linguistics, Comparative typology at the same University in 2010. After working at Yerevan Northern University as an International project coordinator (2011-2015), she ended up doing a PhD at AMU in 2015. Currently she is a senior PhD student at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology. The topic of research is ‘Old Armenian prints preserved in Polish libraries.’
Aleksandra Monkos (Ph.D.) focuses on development cooperation, democracy aid, civil society, NGOs, and media in Central and Eastern Europe (mainly Ukraine, Belarus, Poland). Aleksandra was a visiting scholar in the Institute of Journalism at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in Ukraine (2017-2019) and in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University in Sweden (2017). Her articles have been published in such journals as: Europe-Asia Studies, Journal of International Relations & Development, Cambridge Review of International Affairs. Besides conducting academic research, she works as a practitioner for an NGO debunking fake news and countering disinformation.
Jacek Raubo (Ph.D.) is an analyst dealing with security and defense issues. He is also an academic lecturer specializing in national security who is working at Adam Mickiewicz University. Jacek Raubo is besides a commentator on international affairs and in the field of security and defense, present in Polish and foreign media. His specialization is military security of modern states, with the role and significance of contemporary military alliances. Jacek Raubo is working on a modern approach to border security issues. His articles and scientific works cover the specificity of actions under the verge of war, including hybrid actions. He is a specialist in issues of activity of intelligence services.((
WP TEam Leader
Fabienne Bossuyt is Associate Professor at and co-coordinator of the Ghent Institute for International and European Studies (GIES) at the Department of Political Science at Ghent University. She is a senior lecturer in the MA programme in EU Studies and the MA Programme in Global Studies. In addition, she is co-director of the Russia Platform of Ghent University. She is also a Professorial Fellow at UNU-CRIS, and is active as an affiliated researcher of EUCAM. Her main area of expertise is the EU’s relations with Central Asia. Her most recent research projects focus on various aspects of the EU’s relations with and policies towards Central Asia and other post-Soviet countries, including development policy and human rights promotion.
WP Team Leader
Nathan Vandeputte is a PhD Researcher and teaching assistant at the Ghent Institute for International and European Studies. His research concerns EU democracy support in Uganda, whereby he approaches ‘democracy’ from a decentered, radical democratic theoretical perspective. Specifically, he engages with the question: how to conceptualize ‘the political’ when rejuvenating EU democracy support? Prior to starting his PhD, Nathan obtained his Master degree in EU studies at Ghent University in 2016 (summa cum laude).
Ken Godfrey is the Executive Director of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) and has led the organisation since 2015. Prior to joining EPD, he worked as an Electoral Advisor for the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste. He has also worked for the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan, at the European Parliament and as an external consultant for the European Commission. He holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics in Comparative Democratisation. Ken has also worked in Argentina, Canada, China, Senegal and the United Kingdom.
Ruth-Marie Henckes is the Advocacy and Communications Coordinator for the European Partnership for Democracy. She has advocated on the European Council Conclusions on Democracy, the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, the Digital Services Act, the European Democracy Action Plan, and the EU Regulation on Online Political Advertising, amongst others. Ruth also conducts research into the different sectors of democracy support, democracy policy, digitization, and civic space. Before starting at the European Partnership for Democracy, Ruth was a trainee at the European External Action Service’s Democracy and Election Observation unit and studied international politics with a focus on democracy in sub-Saharan Africa at the Leiden University and Leuven University.
Leon Hemkemeyer is Programmes Coordinator at the European Partnership for Democracy. He has been with EPD since February 2016, working on a range of projects supporting democracy and human rights worldwide. Prior to this, he collected working experience at the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre and Democracy Reporting International (DRI). He studied political science in the United States, Egypt and Germany and earned a master’s degree at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2015. He is currently enrolled in a part-time master programme focused on evaluation.
Ellen Leafstedt is Programmes Assistant at the European Partnership for Democracy, where she supports EPD’s global democracy programming. Prior to joining EPD, she completed a Master of Philosophy in Russian and East European Studies at Oxford University, where her research focused on protest and legitimacy in former Soviet authoritarian regimes. During her studies she was online editor and research assistant for the “Europe’s Stories” project at the European Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, and previously gained work experience at the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
Christine Hackenesch is Senior Researcher and Coordinator of the Africa Group at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). Her research focuses on EU external relations, Sino-African relations and the domestic politics of African authoritarian regimes.
Dr. Julia Leininger, PhD University of Heidelberg, heads the department “Transformation of political (dis-)order” at the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn. Her comparative research focuses on explaining democratization, social cohesion, international democracy support and protection as well as governing the SDGs. Integrating social sciences and future scenarios is one of her academic passions. Julia translates her academic research into policy advice and has engaged in impact measurement of the governance programs in Africa. She is member of the advisory board of International IDEA and board member of the Foundation for Peace and Development. Her research is published in academic outlets such as Democratization, Nature Climate Change and Third World Quarterly. Julia teaches at Universities Heidelberg and Duisburg-Essen.
Niels Keijzer is a senior researcher based at the DIE. He holds a PhD from Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands) based on a doctoral dissertation on the European Union’s development policy. His research and advisory work focuses on European development cooperation, external evaluations, aid and development effectiveness, policy coherence for development and financing for development.
Daniela Irrera (PhD in International Relations, University of Catania) is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania and Visiting Professor of Political Violence and Terrorism at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. She currently serves as UNICT Erasmus Coordinator, ECPR Executive Committee, President of the European Peace Research Association (EuPRA), Chair of the ECPR Standing Group on International Relations, associate editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies, co-editor of the Springer Boook series on Non-state actors in International Relations. She has served as Secretary General of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP) and member of the ISA Governing Council. She has been Visiting Scholar at several Universities in Europe, US and Asia and awarded several grants, including Fulbright, Marie Curie, DAAD.
Marcello Carammia is a Senior Researcher at the University of Catania. His research focuses on the comparative analysis of institutions and public policies, with special interest in the interaction between migration dynamics, politics, and policy. Between 2015 and 2019 he was a Senior Researcher at the European Asylum Support Office (EASO – the EU Asylum Agency), where he was responsible for the Agency’s Research programme on the push and pull factors of asylum-related migration. Previously (2011-2015) he was a Lecturer and then a Senior Lecturer in comparative European politics at the University of Malta. He is a founding co-director of the Italian Agendas Project and the EU Agendas Project. He has been a Visiting Fellow, Visiting Scholar or Visiting Researcher at the Universities of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zaragoza, Sheffield, and Louvain-la-Neuve. His articles appeared in such journals as European Union Politics, the International Migration Review, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Policy Studies Journal, and South European Society and Politics.
Stefania Panebianco, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Catania and Holder of the Jean Monnet Chair EUMedEA. Teaches Mediterranean Politics and Institutions of Global Trade at the University of Catania; Migration Politics in the Mediterranean at LUISS-Rome. Visiting at IBEI, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 2019 and 2022. Co-editor of Global Affairs. Published in Third World Quarterly, International Politics, Geopolitics, Contemporary Italian Politics, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, The International Spectator. Authored monographic books (Giuffré, EGEA, CASS) and edited books (Palgrave, Rubbettino, Frank Cass). Researcher of the PROTECT H2020 research project. Main research interests: EU and democracy promotion in the MENA area, EU-MENA relations, migration in the Mediterranean, EU foreign policies. In the last 10 years she served for SISP, ECPR-SGIR, EISA, and is one of the EISA founding members. She has recently co-edited the Special Issue for International Politics ‘Shifting Borders of European (In)Securities: Human Security, Border (In)Security and Mobility in Security’ (2022).
Danilo Di Mauro
Danilo Di Mauro is Assistant profesor in Political Science at the University of Catania, former Marie Curie Fellow at the EUI (florence), post-doc fellow at the Unitelma Sapienza (University of Rome) and the University of Siena. Among my interests: Democracy, EU studies and public opinion.
Bernardo Teles Fazendeiro is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Coimbra (FEUC) and a researcher of the Centre of Social Studies (CES) of the same university. He specialises in interpretivist International Relations and the contemporary international politics of the former Soviet space. He has published in Post-Soviet Affairs, International Affairs, Review of International Studies, amongst others.
Maria Raquel Freire
Maria Raquel Freire is Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra and researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, of the same University. She is the Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence PRONE at the University of Coimbra. She is also Visiting Professor in the Post-Graduate Programme in International Relations, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Her research interests focus on peace studies, particularly peacekeeping and peacebuilding; foreign policy, international security, European Union, Russia and the post-Soviet space. She has published extensively on these topics.
Sarah da Mota
Sarah da Mota holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Coimbra, where she has been a visiting professor since 2019. Specialising in Security Studies, with a transatlantic and European emphasis, her research focuses on the analysis of security policies and discourses, in particular in the context of: counter-terrorism; liberal interventionism and state-building missions (Afghanistan, Kosovo, Libya); EU foreign and security policy; and also new security challenges, such as unconventional and hybrid threats related to the use of technology, cybersecurity and the politics of space. She authored NATO, Civilisation and Individuals. The unconscious dimension of international security (2018, Palgrave Macmillan), and published on critical security theories and the use of drones in the counter-terrorist context.
Teresa Almeida Cravo is an Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Faculty of Economics and a Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, both at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Department of Politics and International Studies. Teresa has been an Academic Visitor at the African Studies Centre of the University of Oxford, at the University of Westminster, at the University of Monash (Melbourne), and at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In the last few years, she has been the head of the International Relations Department at FEUC, as well as the coordinator of the undergraduate degree in International Relations, the Master programme in International Relations – Peace, Security and Development Studies, and the Master programme in International Relations. She was also the co-coordinator of the PhD Programme “Democracy in the XXIst Century”. Her research interests include critical perspectives on peace and violence, security, development, global interventionism and foreign policy, particularly within the Lusophone context, as well as poststructuralism and discourse analysis.
Prof. Natasha Lindstaedt (Comp. Pol. and IR), published over 5 books on dictatorship, (incl. textbooks). She is currently editor for Elgar Publishing, and was in 2018 for a special issue on authoritarian regimes for the journal Politics and Governance. Beside a global approach, she works on the Middle East and Latin America.
Fatima El Issawi
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Erica Frantz is Associate Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. She studies authoritarian politics, with a focus on democratization, conflict, and development. She is particularly interested in the security and policy implications of autocratic rule. Dr. Frantz has written extensively on the politics of contemporary authoritarianism, shedding light on the strategies today’s autocrats pursue to maintain their rule and the ways in which they adapt their survival toolkit to thrive.
She has published seven books on these themes, in addition to a wide array of journal articles, policy reports, and op-ed pieces. Two of her most recent books include Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018), and How Dictatorships Work (co-authored, Cambridge University Press, 2018).
Slavomír Horák is an Associate Professor at the Department of Russian and East European Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. His research covers political, social and economic issues in the former USSR, with a focus on Central Asia. He conducts a systematic research on Turkmenistan’s domestic issues, especially informal politics and state- and nation-building. Author of several books on Central Asian and Afghanistan politics as well as numerous articles.
Michal Kubát is a Professor of Political Science at the Institute of International Studies of the Faculty of Social Science, Charles University. He studied Political Science at the Charles University in Prague. In 2005 he obtained a doctoral degree in Area Studies. Four years later he became an Associate Professor and in 2019 full professor of Political Science. Apart from teaching at his alma mater, Michal Kubát has been also a lecturer at the New York University in Prague. He has also taught at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow where he spent part of his studies. Michal Kubát has published several monographs in Czech, English, Polish and German. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and the recipient of multiple grants. In his research, Michal Kubát focuses on comparative politics (especially democratic and non-democratic regimes) and the political systems of Central Europe, especially Czech Republic and Poland.
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Vincenc Kopeček is an Associate Professor of Political Geography at the Department of Human Geography, University of Ostrava, Czechia. He is a Deputy Head of the Department and a head of a research unit “Centre for Political and Cultural Geography”. In his research he focuses on ethnic minorities, de facto states, political regimes, and informal politics in the Post-Soviet area, the South Caucasus in particular. He has published in Europe-Asia Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, and Caucasus Survey, and he is also a co-editor (with Tomáš Hoch) of De Facto States in Eurasia (Routledge 2020). A single-authored monograph Ethnic Minorities in the South Caucasus: Ethnicity, Community, Informality is to be published by Routledge in 2022.
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An interdisciplinary political geographer with educational, professional and empirical experience from Asia and Europe, dealing with modern political geography, critical geopolitics and the geo-economics of the emergent Asian powers in the context of transition processes and development in Indo-Pacific Asia.
Kateřina Ženková Rudincová
She holds a Ph.D. in Political and Cultural Geography. In her research, she is dealing with international relations, politics, conflicts, and human rights in the Horn of Africa focusing on the political developments in de facto state Somaliland and South Sudan in particular. In this context, she conducted research at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa in the years 2010, 2011, and 2015. She has published in peer-reviewed journals as Bulletin of Geography: Socio-Economic Series, Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society, or AUC Geographica. She is an author of chapters in books published in LIT Verlag, Routledge, and Springer.
Tomáš Hoch studied Political and Cultural Geography at the Department of Human Geography and Regional Development, University of Ostrava, Czechia, where he is currently working as an assistant professor. His research focuses on nationalism, separatism, conflict transformation, and nation-building processes inside of post-Soviet de facto states. His recent publications include articles in Europe-Asia Studies, Soviet and Post-Soviet Review and the Problems of Post-Communism. He is the co-editor of the monograph De facto states in Eurasia (with Vincenc Kopeček, Routledge, 2020).
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Ziga Vodovnik, PhD, is Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His scholarship resides at the intersection of political theory, democracy, social movements and political participation/inclusion. He has held teaching and/or research positions at Boston University, Harvard University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Washington, Hawaiʿi Pacific University and, most recently, University of Hawai’i – Manoa.
Faris Kočan, PhD, is a Researcher and Teaching Assistant at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences. In his research, he tackles questions regarding ontological security and securitisation of identities in the context of Europeanisation, focusing on the case of Republika Srpska. In the past, Faris Kočan has worked in a H2020 project RePAST – Revisiting the Past, Anticipating the Future, where he was focusing on the troubled past of Bosnia–Herzegovina within the field of arts and culture, history, media, politics and European integration.
Ana Bojinović Fenko is Professor in International Relations at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences. She lectures on Academic Writing, Foreing Policy, European Union as a Global Actor and International Regionalism at all levels of university prgrammes of International Relations and European Studies. Her research interests include Regionalism studies, (comparative) Analysis of Foreign Policy and European Union External Action. She has mostly published articles on regionalism in the Mediterranean and on foreign policy of Slovenia and EU in Western Balkans and in the Mediterranean. She published in many edited books, recently with Faris Kočan on Slovenia and Great Powers (A New Eastern Question?: Great Powers and the Post-Yugoslav States, eds. Keil & Stahl, Columbia University Press, 2021) and 2 Chapters in the edited book on Challenges and Barriers to the European Union Expansion to the Balkan Region (ed. Ferreira Costa, IGI Global, 2021) with Jure Požgan (EU Enlargement policy towards Western Balkans – Solidarity Check) and with Jure Požgan and Faris Kočan (From a star pupil towards a troubling role model for the Western Balkans: influence of domestic factors on de-Europeanization of Slovenia during EU crises).
Petra Roter holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, she is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, and a National Director for the joint Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation. She is a former President of the Advisory Committee under the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. She teaches courses, among others, on International Protection of Human Rights, International Protection of Minorities (graduate), International Conflict Management (graduate). Her research interests include the functioning of international institutions and the role of international norms, particularly in the field of diversity management through minority rights, and human rights in general. As an independent expert on minority rights, she regularly co-operated with the Council of Europe, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues.
Jure Požgan, PhD, is a researcher at the Centre for International Relations and a teaching assistant at the Chair of International Relations, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences. His research interests lie primarily in the field of external relations and foreign policy of the EU with a special focus on analysing the role of the EU as a global actor in areas of development, trade and post-conflict reconstruction. He is currently involved in the COST Action ENTER project that focuses on analysing the EU foreign policy experiences in times of unprecedented turbulences that put key achievements of the European integration project at risk.
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University of Nigeria
J. Tochukwu Omenma is Senior Lecturer/Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of African Studies/Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria, and holds a doctorate degree in Comparative Politics at the same University. Dr. Omenma was an awardee of GES Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and his primary areas of research include party politics, elections, regime change and democratic conslidation, as well as conflict and counterterrorism, with bias on local defense forces as a response to violent extremism. Currently, he is researching on counter-insurgency approach from the local defense non-state actors in Nigeria. Dr. Omenma has published widely in peer refereed journals, and participated in several international conferences as well as consulted for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
University of the PHilippines Diliman
Nassef Manabilang Adiong is the founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) in 2012, PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization) in 2015, and DSRN (Decolonial Studies Research Network) in 2019. He works on interdisciplinary research between Islam and International Relations and explores research studies on the Bangsamoro society. Presently, he is the Director of the Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) of the Bangsamoro Parliament and ranked as Associate Professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies of the University of the Philippines Diliman.
Ariel González Levaggi
Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina
Dr. Ariel González Levaggi has a PhD in International Relations and Political Science from Koç University (Turkey). He is an Associate Professor at the Political Science and International Relations Department at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (UCA) and a Consulting Member at the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI).. His academic research focuses on regional security and international relations of Latin America. He holds a PhD in International Relations and Political Science from Koç University (Turkey). Among his latest works are: “Confrontational and Cooperative Regional Orders: Managing Regional Security in World Politics” (Routledge, 2020) and “Turkey’s changing engagement with the global South (International Affairs, 2021).
Fernando Dominguez Sardou
Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina
Political Scientist (UCA Argentina), PhD student in Political Scientist (Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina). Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics, Latin American and European Politics, Political Science Methodology and Political History (Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina, Universidad del Salvador, Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero and Universidad de Buenos Aires); Associate Researcher (at the Research Institute in Social Sciences –IDICSO/Universidad del Salvador- and at the International Studies Center -Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina-), specialized in political parties, elections and democracy studies. He is a Board Member of the ”Sociedad Argentina de Análisis Político” (SAAP –which serves as the Argentinian Political Science Association-), for the period 2021-2024. He has also worked as an independent consultant, and for NGOs, in political campaigns and electoral administration.
Universidad san andrés
Andrea Oelsner is Associate Professor and Director of the IR and Political Science degrees at the University of San Andrés (Argentina). She has a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She was Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (2003-2004) and Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen (UK) (2004-2018). Her research interests lie in the fields of IR theories, international security and global governance, and in a relatively novel area: international friendship. She has published books, articles, and chapters on these topics.
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