Dr. Alexey Muraviev


Dr. Muraviev is Head of the Department of Social Sciences and Security Studies at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He is a Coordinator of the International   Relations and National Security programs and the founder and Director of the Strategic Flashlight forum on national security and strategy at Curtin.

Alexey is a multi award-winning strategic affairs analyst and a Senior Lecturer in National Security and International Relations at Curtin. He has published widely on matters of national and international security.

In 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts has nominated Dr Muraviev as an “expert of international standing”.

He advises members of state and federal government on foreign policy and national security matters and is frequently interviewed by state, national and international media. Alexey is a regular international and strategic affairs commentator on Sky News Australia.

Andrzej Talaga


He is a Director for Strategy of Warsaw Enterprise Institute, a think tank of the Entrepreneurs and Employers Association (ZPP). He appears on radio, TV, printed press, and electronic media outlets on numeral occasions commenting on issues of defence, security, international and national politics.
He authored several articles, analyses, reports and memorandums in the fields of defence, security and foreign policy. He provides his expertise advising defence companies – including Polish branches of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Responsibilities: government relations, external communication.

Åsa Malmström Rognes


Dr. Åsa Malmström Rognes,Research Fellow
Department of Economic History,Uppsala University.

Research interests:

East Asian economic development
Family business
Financial systems

Current research projects:

Family Business Groups in Southeast Asia



MBE – Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (2012) for services to Journalism and the Anglican Church.

Background: Missionary family from Northern Province. Grew sweet potatoes to pay for four years of secondary education. Missed going to university for failing Math exam. Math – decimal and fraction - was introduced in Grades 4 and 5 of primary school which I missed while fighting for my life in hospital. After leaving high school, I entered Public Service in 1972 as Trainee Government Information Officer.

1973: Attended Australian School of Pacific Administration, Sydney, Australia. After a short course back in PNG at the University of Papua New Guinea, I was admitted to do undergraduate studies. But tragedy struck again when my parents retired. It forced me to give up university education by continuing to work to support two sibling sisters to receive secondary education.

1976: Attended International Training Institute, Sydney, Australia and spent six months working with mainstream media in Australia.

1979: Appointed Deputy Director Government Information.

1982: Information function abolished. Left Public Service in protest despite being offered Director of State Protocol position in the prime minister’s Department.

Before coming to the Post Courier in 1997, I worked with OK Tedi Mining company, Credit Union, Second Secretary Ministry of Culture & Tourism, National Capital District Commission (Municipal Authority – Port Moresby), First Secretary, Ministry of Works & Supply, Opposition Leader’s office , Second Secretary, Ministry of Provincial Affairs & Local Level Government. Ran unsuccessfully for parliament.

Career highlights

  • Represented PNG at the 15th Plenary Session of the South Pacific Commission, Noumea, New Caledonia, 1978
  • Member of PNG delegation, First State Visit to Singapore, 1978.
  • Leader of PNG delegation, culture and trade promotion to Europe 1978
  • Leader of PNG delegation, culture and trade promotion to Europe 1978
  • Represented PNG at Rehabilitation International conference, Macau 1981
  • Represented Pacific, WHO Mental Health Encounter for Journalists to South Asia, 2000
  • Australian International Media Visitor of the Year, 2005.
  • Member of world journalist team touring Taiwan, 2018.


Features, books and magazines. Attached to special projects, Digital & Supplements. Job title: Specialist Writer

Benoit Hardy-Chartrand


Benoit Hardy-Chartrand is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Canada’s premier international affairs think tank. Benoit joined the Global Security & Politics Program in April 2014. In this role, he is providing research for CIGI’s work on Asia-Pacific security. Prior to joining CIGI, Benoit was an associate researcher at the Raoul-Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies and a junior fellow at United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo, in addition to conducting research at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS). He was also a researcher at UNU’s Institute for Sustainability and Peace and the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association. Benoit has a B.A. in Political Science from Université de Montréal, and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Université du Québec à Montréal. He also studied international relations at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Benoit’s research focuses on East Asian geopolitical and security issues. His work has appeared in numerous publications, and he appears frequently in Canadian and foreign media.

Ben Shane Lim

Brian Lee Crowley


Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI), Canada’s only truly national public policy think tank based in Ottawa. He came to the role from the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), where he was founding president.

From 2006-08 Crowley was the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist with the federal Department of Finance. He has also headed the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), and has taught politics, economics and philosophy at various universities in Canada and Europe.

Crowley has published numerous books, and is a frequent commentator on political and economic issues across all media. He holds degrees from McGill and the London School of Economics, including a doctorate in political economy from the latter.

Recent Books

  • The Canadian Century: Moving out of America's shadow (co-authored with Jason Clemens and Neils Veldhuis), 2010
  • Fearful Symmetry: The fall and rise of Canada's founding values, 2009


Chris Green MP – Member of Parliament for Bolton West


Chris was born in Northern Ireland and settled in Liverpool when his father left the army. He moved to Manchester to work in the Mass Spectrometry industry which he worked in for nearly twenty years before being elected as the Member of Parliament for Bolton West in May 2015.

Chris has previously been elected on to the Science and Technology Select Committee and served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department for Transport. He is currently Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Medical Research, an area of focus that he intends to use to promote the innovative industry, securing high-tech jobs in Britain and the North West.

With the Northern Powerhouse and Devolution to Greater Manchester, Chris’ priorities are to ensure that Bolton West receives a fair share of the investment, prosperity and jobs growth. Ensuring that our economy is rebalanced between the North and South and between industrial and service sectors.

Dr. Claude Meyer


Sciences Po, Paris

Present functions

  • Senior Adviser, Center for Asian Studies, IFRI
  • Associate Professor, Sciences Po, Paris
  • Senior Research Fellow, G.E.M. Sciences Po (linked to the Brookings Institution)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee, Europe-Asia Program, Sciences Po

Research and professorship abroad

  • Visiting Professor at Keio University, Tokyo (2008 and 2010)
  • Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York (2005) and at Chinese University, Hong Kong (2006 and 2007)

Main research areas

  • Economic, political and strategic relations between Japan , China and India
  • Japanese and Chinese finance, financial integration of Asia

Recent Academic Work (Books)

  • La Chine, banquier du monde, Fayard, 2014 (translations under way, nominated for the Turgot Prize in Economics to be awarded in March 2015 by the French Finance Minister)
  • Chine ou Japon : quel leader pour l’Asie ? (China or Japan  : which leader for Asia ?), Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, février 2010 (Chinese, Japanese and English translations herebelow)
  • 金融危機後のアジア――リーダーになるのは、中国か日本か ? (Which leader for Asia after the financial crisis, China or Japan ?), Tokyo, Jiji Press Publications, October 2010
  • 谁是亚洲领袖:中国还是日本?Shui shi ya zhou ling xiu: zhong guo hai shi ri ben? (Which leader for Asia, China or Japan ?), Beijing, SSAP, January 2011
  • China or Japan  : which will lead Asia ?, London, Hurst and Co. & New York, Columbia Universithy Press (forthcoming 2011)
  • « The Rivalry China-Japan » in Franck Baldwin (ed.), The Possible Futures for Japan, New York University Press, forthcoming 2015

Recent Academic Work (Articles and op-eds)

  • « L'empire du Milieu, première puissance économique mondiale... Vraiment ? », Le Monde, 31 janvier 2015
  • « La Chine, banquier du monde », Etudes, novembre 2014
  • « La Chine, puissance financière mondiale ? » Politique internationale, printemps 2014
  • « La Chine, superpuissance financière ? », Le Monde chinois, Editions Choiseul, printemps 2014
  • « Dongfeng-PSA: un accord gagnant-gagnant ? », Le Monde, 20 février 2014
  • « Japon : la cure de jouvence d'Abe ») in N° spécial Alternatives Internationales/CERI, Hors-série n°14, « Quel monde en 2014 ? », janvier 2014


Dane Rowlands


Professor Dane Rowlands is the Director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. His research interests focus on international finance and financial institutions, international economics, development finance, migration, and peacekeeping. His most recent book (with Graham Bird) is titled The International Monetary Fund: Distinguishing Reality from Rhetoric. He is currently working on projects examining the growth effects of IMF programs, and charitable donations to natural disasters. He teaches courses on the economics of conflict, international financial policy and institutions, and quantitative methods.

Danial bin Norjidi

Senior reporter of Borneo Bulletin (Brunei)

website (Borneo Bulletin)


  • Covered the Asean Summits in Cambodia in 2012, as well as both summits in Brunei (2013)
  • Selected as the Borneo Bulletin’s energy reporter, taking on the responsibilities of all energy-related news as well as supplements and features
  • Worked closely with the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office, dealing personally with the Minister
  • Also worked closely with Brunei Shell Petroleum, covering a wide variety of their local endeavours, including green debates, award and scholarship presentations, the BSJV vendor forum and more
  • Sent by Shell to Qatar to visit their assets, primarily their Pearl GTL site
  • Went to BSP’s Ampa 9 asset to write features on their people there, with a particular focus on how they go about their duties during Ramadhan.
  • Sent by Brunei Shell Petroleum to cover the Shell Innovation Summit in Kuala Lumpur
  • Covered the Delhi Dialogue between Asean and India in New Delhi
  • Provided news coverage of CommunicAsia 2014 in Singapore on the invitation of AITI
  • Handled news coverage for the Corporate Social Responsibility Forum in Manila, Philippines

Dashdorj Bayarkhuu


Dashdorj Bayarkhuu (born May 4, 1956) is a Mongolian research professor, columnist & writer and former Ambassador of Mongolia to Egypt. Prior to his nomination to the ambassadorial position, Bayarkhuu worked in media, defense, diplomatic and educational sectors. After his tenure as Ambassador in Cairo, Bayarkhuu returned to academic field as a Visiting Professor of International Politics and Contracted Researcher.

During his tenure in Egypt, he also acted as Concurrent Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to State of Kuwait in 2009, First Concurrent Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2009–2014, Concurrent Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Islamic Republic of Iran in 2012–2015 and was responsible of serving at 14 countries in Middle East. He summarized incidents of Arab Spring that took place in the Middle East and published two books, the first ever publication about Arabian history in Mongolian.

After returning from Cairo, he was invited as guest professor to many institutes and schools where he delivered presentations about diplomatic studies and Arabian spring. In 2013–2014, he worked as Chief Editor of Britannica's Edition on the Foreign Policy of Mongolia at NEPKO Publishing in Ulaanbaatar. He is the author and biographer of the book “Jambyn Batmunkh”.

Dmitri V. Trenin, Ph.D.


Dmitri V. Trenin, Ph.D., is Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center (since 2008) and a Senior Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Before joining Carnegie in 1994 he served in the Soviet and Russian army. Col. Trenin’s postings included Iraq (with the military assistance group, 1975-76), Germany (liaison with the Western powers in Berlin, 1978-83), and Switzerland (INF and START talks, 1985-91). For several years, Trenin taught area studies at the Defense University in Moscow from which he graduated in 1977. He was also a senior fellow at NATO Defense College (1993) and, upon retirement from the military, a visiting professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (1993-1994). From 1994-1997, Trenin was also a senior research fellow at the Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences.

At Carnegie, Dmitri Trenin chairs the Foreign and Security Policy Program. Trenin is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London; of the Russian International Affairs Council; and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Military Science. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the Finnish Institute for International Affairs and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Moscow School of Political Studies. A frequent commentator for the world news media, from The New York Times to The Moscow Times to Beijing’s Global Times, he serves on the editorial boards of The Washington Quarterly, International Politics, Pro et Contra, Insight Turkey and Baltic Course.

Published Works

He is the author of several books, including Unconditional Peace: 21st Century Euro-Atlantic as a Security Community (Russian, 2013): Post-Imperium: A Eurasian Story (English,2011; Russian and Japanese editions, 2012); Solo Voyage (essays on Russia’s foreign policy, 2009), Getting Russia Right (English, 2007), Central Asia. The Views from Washington, Moscow and Beijing (English, 2007, co-authored); Integration and Indentity. Russia as a New West (Russian, 2006); Gestrandete Weltmacht (German, 2005); Russia’s Restless Frontier. The Chechnya Factor in Post-Soviet Russia (English, co-authored, 2004), The End of Eurasia: Russia on the Border Between Geopolitics and Globalization (English, two printings, 2002 and 2001), A Strategy for Stable Peace. Toward a Euro-Atlantic Security Community (English, co-authored, 2002), Russia’s China Problem (English and Russian, 1998), Baltic Chance: The Baltic States, Russia and the West in the Emerging Greater Europe (English and Russian, 1997).

Among the books Trenin edited are The Russian Military. Power and Policy (English, 2004), Ambivalent Neighbors: The NATO and EU Enlargement and the Price of Membership (English, 2003); Russia and the Main Security Institutions in Europe: Entering the 21st Century (Russian, 2000); Kosovo: International Aspects (Russian, 1999); Commonwealth and Security in Eurasia (English and Russian, 1998).


Elena Atanassova-Cornelis


Dr. Elena Atanassova-Cornelis is Lecturer in East Asian Politics at the Université Catholique de Louvain and the University of Antwerp, both in Belgium.

Her research interests and expertise include the foreign and security policies of Japan and China in East Asia, US regional strategy in East Asia, cross-Taiwan Strait relations, and regional security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. Recent articles have been published in Pacific Focus: Inha Journal of International Studies, East

Enkhtsag ENEREL
Энхцагийн Энэрэл

Mongolian journalist (Монголын сэтгүүлч.)

Work experience

  • From September 2017 : Journalist and host of “Junction” political and social talk show, NTV
  • From April 2016 : Host of “Liberal women” program, NTV
  • 2007 – 2017 : Head of the Political and International News Department, “Daily News” newspaper
  • 1999 – July 2017 : Reporter, “Daily News” newspaper
  • 1998 – 1999 : Reporter, “Ardyn Erkh” newspaperReporter


  • Doctoral course student, University of Humanities
  • 2004 – 2006 : Master of Journalism, University of Humanities
  • 1995 – 1999 : Bachelor’s degree, University of Humanities
  • 1985 – 1995 : Secondary school

Participated in a language training and leadership program in USA and Australia

Ажилласан байдал

  • 2017 оны есдүгээр сараас “NTV” телевизийн улс төр, нийгмийн ярилцлагын “Огтлолцол” нэвтрүүлгийн сэтгүүлч, хөтлөгч.
  • 2016 оны дөрөвдүгээр сараас “NTV” телевизийн “Чөлөөт эмэгтэйчүүд” нэвтрүүлгийн хөтлөгч.
  • 2007 – 2017 оны долдугаар сар хүртэл “Өдрийн сонин”-ын Улс төр, гадаад мэдээллийн албаны дарга
  • 1999 – 2017 хүртэл “Өдрийн сонин”-д сурвалжлагч
  • 1998 – 1999 : онд Төрийн хэвлэл “Ардын эрх” сонины сурвалжлагч


  • ХИС-д сэтгүүлзүйн докторант
  • 2004 – 2006 : онд ХИС-д сэтгүүлзүйн магистр
  • 1995 – 1999 : онд ХИС-д сэтгүүлч, орчуулагч
  • 1985 – 1995 : онд арван жилийн сургууль

Мөн АНУ, Австрали улсад хэлний сургалт, манлайллын хөтөлбөрт хамрагдаж байв.


Francoise Morechand

Fraser Cameron


Dr. Fraser Cameron (19 March 1947) is a former European Commission advisor and well known policy analyst and commentator on EU and international affairs.

He is Director of the EU-Asia Centre, an Adjunct Professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and Senior Advisor to the European Policy Centre (EPC). He is an advisor to the BBC and to the UK government’s Higher Education Panel on Europe.

Dr Cameron was educated at the Universities of St Andrews (MA) and Cambridge (PhD). He was a Research Fellow at the University of Hamburg (1973-74) and a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Kent (1974-75).

From 1975 89, he was a member of the British Diplomatic Service serving mainly in Germany, and covering economic, political and press affairs. He joined the European Commission in 1990, as an advisor in external relations, and was closely involved in a range of policies including the common foreign and security policy (CFSP), enlargement, transatlantic relations, the Balkans, Asia and global governance. He was Political Counsellor in the EU delegation in Washington DC from 1999-2001.

Dr Cameron has lectured widely to business, academic and media audiences around the world. He has been a visiting professor at several universities and is the author of several books and articles on the EU and external relations.


  • An Introduction to European Foreign Policy, The Future of Europe and US Foreign Policy after the Cold War (published by Routledge).

Frederic Grare


  • Oct. 2015 - Present : Carnegie Europe, non-resident Senior Associate
  • Aug. 2012 - Oct.2015 : Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington D.C.
    Senior Associate and Director of the South Asia program
  • Oct. 2008 - Aug. 2012 : Directorate for Strategic Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Paris
    Head of the Asia division
  • Consultancies for
    Directorate of Strategic Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Paris
    International Crisis Group, Brussels
    World Economic Forum, Geneva
    Centre for Analysis and Forecasting, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paris
    Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Bern
    United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva


ABC News, BBC World, CNN International, RFE, CBC Newsworld, ABC Australia, Deutsche Welle, BBC, VOA, Reuters TV, Globo International, Dawn TV, CTV News, KCBS radio, BECTN Russian State TV & Radio, Radio New Zealand, NPR, CTV (Canada), CNBC,WBBR Bloomberg Radio, Al Jazeera, Radio Free Asia, France 24, France Inter.


  • Books and reports

  • Reforming the Intelligence Agencies in Pakistan’s Transitional Democracy, Washington DC, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2009.
    Rethinking Western Strategies Toward Pakistan: An Action Agenda for the United States and Europe, Washington D.C., Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2007.
    India, China, Russia: intricacies of an Asian triangle, with Gilles Boquérat (eds), New Delhi, India Research Press, 2003.
    Beyond the Rhetoric: The Economics of India’s Look East Policy, with A. Mattoo (eds), New Delhi, Manohar, 2003.
    Pakistan and the Afghan conflict, 1979-1985 : at the turn of the Cold War, Karachi, Oxford University Press, 2003. (translated and augmented from : Le Pakistan face au conflit afghan, Paris, l’Harmattan, 1997)

  • Articles and book chapters

  • India-Pakistan Relations: Does Modi Matter?, The Washington Quarterly, Winter 2015. Civil Military Relations in Afghanistan: The French Experience, in William Maley and Susan Schmeidl, Reconstructing Afghanistan: Civil-Military Relations, Experiences in Comparative Perspectives, London, Routledge, 2015
    After Modi’s Big Win: Can India and Pakistan Enhance Relations, The National Interest, August 11, 2014
    Beyond the Great Game: Towards a National Political Process in Afghanistan Post 2014 (with William Maley and Amitabh Mattoo), Chanakya Papers, The Australia-India Institute, May 2014.
    Situation Report: Pakistan, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, April 9, 2014.
    The India-Australia Strategic Relationship: Defining Realistic Expectations, The Carnegie Papers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, March 2014.
    Afghanistan Post 2014: Scenarios and Consequences, German-Marshall Fund of the United States, Foundation for Strategic Research (Paris), February 4, 2014.
    The Year of the Voter in South Asia, (with Milan Vaishnav), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, December 16, 2013.
    Pakistan’s Elections and Foreign Policy, International Affairs, Vol. 89, Number 4, July 2013.
    Balochistan: The State versus the Nation, The Carnegie Papers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, April 2013.



Helmut Michelis


Editor for security affairs, political news edition, “Rheinische Post” daily Newspaper, Duesseldorf (Germany)

Work Exp-erience

  • Political and local editor of “Westdeutsche Zeitung” daily newspaper, Duesseldorf,Krefeld, Moenchengladbach (1976 - 1996)
  • Editor-in-chief “Pfaelzischer Merkur”, Zweibruecken (1997 – 1999)
  • Managing editor local issues Lower-Rhine-Area, “Rheinische Post” (1999 – 2006)


  • “German Contingent SFOR in Bosnia” (1997).
  • “Glück ab” – 40 Jahre Luftlandebrigade Saarland“ (1998).
  • “Adler und Schwert” (Eagle and Sword), History of Division Special Operations(2008) ... etc.


  • The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany,honour-crosses of German Bundeswehr (gold and silver medal) paratrooper-badge, NATO-Mission-Medal, Medal of Honour from the Town of Moenchengladbach, several military badges etc.

Heng Yee Kuang


Dr. Heng graduated with a B.Sc. (First Class Honours) and PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the United Kingdom, where he studied on a British Government research scholarship. He then moved on to hold faculty positions as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Political Science at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (2004-2007) and Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (2007-2011), where he was also Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV). Dr. Heng's research interests include security risks in the age of globalization; Singapore's experience of managing global risks as a global city; 'soft' power strategies in the Asia-Pacific, especially Japan and Singapore; Great Power Politics especially Japanese security and defence policies; strategic studies and the evolution of strategic cultures.

Formerly a Visiting Scholar at Waseda University (2010) in Japan, he has been invited to speak, amongst others, at King's College London, Chatham House and Ditchley Park in Britain; New York University in the US; the Vancouver conference of the NATO Defence College; the National Defence University in Helsinki, Finland; the Danish Institute for Military Studies in Copenhagen; the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College and the Singapore Armed Forces Joint Intelligence School in Singapore. Dr. Heng also has extensive research interests in Japan, having given talks at the University of Tokyo; Waseda University; Aoyama Gakuin University; the National Defence Academy in Yokosuka; the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Centre; the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Staff College; and the National Institute for Defence Studies. Dr. Heng contributed advice on risk case development for the World Economic Forum's Global Risks 2013 report, served on the Royal Irish Academy's Committee for the Study of International Affairs (2005-2007) and was an elected Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, UK (2012).

Latest book



James Der Derian


James Der Derian is Michael Hintze Chair of International Security Studies and Director of the Centre for International Security Studies. HIs research and teaching interests are in international security, information technology, international theory, and documentary film.

He is author most recently of Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network (Routledge, 2nd ed., 2009) and Critical Practices in International Theory (Routledge, 2009), and co-editor with Costas Constantinou of Sustainable Diplomacies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). He has produced three film documentaries with Udris Film, Virtual Y2K, After 9/11, and most recently, Human Terrain, which won the Audience Award at the 2009 Festival dei Popoli in Florence and has been an official selection at numerous international film festivals. His most recent documentary, Project Z: The Final Global Event (co-produced with Phillip Gara), premiered at the 2012 DOK Leipzig Film Festival.

He is also author of On Diplomacy: A Genealogy of Western Estrangement and Antidiplomacy: Spies, Terror, Speed, and War; editor of International Theory: Critical Investigations and The Virilio Reader; and co-editor with Michael Shapiro of International/Intertextual Relations: Postmodern Readings of World Politics. His articles on international relations have appeared in the Review of International Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, International Affairs, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Harvard International Review, Millennium, Alternatives, Cultural Values, and Samtiden. His articles on war, technology, and the media have appeared in the New York Times, Nation, Washington Quarterly, Global Agenda, and Wired.

Der Derian recieved a Joint First Class Honours in Political Science and History at McGill University and M.Phil. and D.Phil. in international relations at Oxford Univeristy where he was a Rhodes Scholar.



Editor at Die Zeit, Business Section

Jay L Batongbacal


Jay L Batongbacal is a lawyer from the Philippines with the degrees of Master of Marine Management and Doctor in the Science of Law, both from Dalhousie University in Canada, supported by the Marine Scholarship Program of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and as an inaugural Scholar of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. From 1991 to 1996 he served as Head of the Secretariat of the Government Negotiating Panel with the Military Rebels and then Executive Director of the National Amnesty Commission. Since 1997, he has done diverse work in maritime affairs, including community based fisheries management, coastal resource management, marine environment protection, maritime boundaries, high seas fishing, offshore energy, seafaring, and shipping. He was legal advisor to the Philippine delegation that successfully pursued the Philippines’ claim to a continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in the Benham Rise Region before the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. He is also among the List of Experts on Marine Scientific Research for purposes of Special Arbitration under Annex VIII of the UNCLOS. He completed post-doctoral research on the US maritime security policy and the South China Sea disputes under the auspices of the US-ASEAN Fulbright Initiative Visiting Scholar Program. He most recently assisted the Philippines in securing the International Maritime Organization’s designation of the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park in the Sulu Sea as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area. He is regularly consulted for his independent views on maritime policy issues by government officials, diplomatic personnel, the press, and members of the academe. Presently, he is an Associate Professor and serves as an Associate Dean for Research & Development at the University of the Philippines College of Law, and is concurrently Director of the Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea of the U.P. Law Center.

Jeffrey Wilson


Dr Jeffrey Wilson is the Research Director at the Perth USAsia Centre. He provides leadership and strategic direction in developing the Centre’s research program across its publications, policy and dialogue activities.


Dr Wilson specialises in the regional economic integration of the Indo-Pacific. He has particular expertise in the politics of trade agreements, regional economic institutions, and Australia’s economic ties with Asia. He has been featured in local and international media outlets, contributed to a range of track two dialogues between Australia and key regional partners, and supported policy development through consultancy, publication and advisory work.


A political scientist by training, Dr Wilson’s research has been recognised as a recipient of the University of Sydney Medal (2006) and the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award (Murdoch, 2015). He was the inaugural winner of the Australian Institute of International Affairs’ Boyer Prize (2012) for his work on the politics of China-Australia mining investment. He holds a Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences (Honours) from the University of Sydney, and a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University.

Jon Schweitzer


Jon Schweitzer is the National Director of Public Affairs for AJC. He previously worked at the Chicago Regional Office of AJC, October 2009-January 2014, as Assistant Director for Communications, handling international relations and government relations, and for a period in 2013 was Acting Director. Before that he served as Deputy Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Jon attended Loyola University Chicago where he graduated with a degree in Advertising, Public Relations, and Political Science.

June Teufel Dreyer


JUNE TEUFEL DREYER is Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, where she teaches courses on China, U.S. defense policy, and international relations. She has also lectured to, and taught a course for, National Security Agency analysts.

Formerly senior Far East specialist at the Library of Congress, she has also served as Asia policy advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and as commissioner of the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission established by the U.S. Congress. Dr Dreyer's most recent book is China's Political System: Modernization and Tradition, ninth edition. A partially-completed manuscript on Sino-Japanese relations is under contract from Oxford University Press.

Published Works <Recent Publications>

Books (sole authored)

  • China's Political System: Modernization and Tradition.
  • 9st edition: Paragon House (US rights) Macmillan (world rights), 2015 (in press)

Books (edited)

  • Contemporary Tibet: Politics, Development, and Society in a Disputed Region. M.E. Sharpe Armonk, N.Y., 2006 (with Barry Sautman). Author of one chapter, "Economic
  • Development in Tibet Under the People's Republic of China," and co-author, with Barry Sautman, of introductory chapter, "The Tibet Question in Contemporary Perspective."

Chapters and Journal Articles

  • "The PLA in 2014: Military Advances Presage More Confrontation," Oxford Analytica, January 2014.
  • "China and the Ukraine," Foreign Policy Research Institute e-note, March 2014.
  • "A New Cold War?" Oxford Analytica, April 2014.
  • "Trouble in Fishing Waters," Foreign Policy Research Institute e-note, May 2014.




  • Chief executive of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) since 2000, one of the leading independent European think tanks. Published some books and numerous articles in newspapers, specialised magazines and journals on general European public policy, and specific financial regulation and supervision matters. Latest book ‘The Great Financial Plumbing, From Northern Rock to Banking Union’, Rowman and Littlefield, 2015
  • Regular speaker in hearings for national and international institutions (EU Commission, European Parliament and related), at international conferences and in briefings for executives;
  • Rapporteur for many CEPS task forces, chaired by senior European officials and business leaders (with Helmut Schlesinger, Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Jose-Maria Roldan, Thomas Huertas)
  • Directs the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) and the European Credit Research Institute (ECRI), both operated by CEPS
  • Independent director of BME (Bolsas y Mercados Espanoles), the listed company that manages the Spanish securities markets (since 2006); Member of the Euribor Steering Committee, European Money Markets Institute (EMMI) (2013 – present); Non-executive director of Lannoo Uitgeverij Group
  • Karel Lannoo holds a baccalaureate in philosophy (1984) and an MA in modern history (1985) from the University of Leuven, Belgium and obtained a postgraduate in European studies (Centre d’Etudes européennes, CEE) from the University of Nancy, France (1986). Before joining CEPS, he worked for STUC (students’ cultural centre), did a stage in the EU Commission (spokesmen service), was employed by an Italian agro-food company (Ferruzzi) and a professional association, and was also active as free-lance journalist

Klint Alexander


Dr. Klint Alexander is Senior Lecturer of Political Science & Law at Vanderbilt University and a Member of the Global Business Team at Baker, Donelson in Nashville


Luis Vicente León


Luis Vicente León is an economist and alumnus of UCAB- Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela. He obtained his Master´s Degree in Engineering Management from Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas. Mr. León has completed several specializations such as: Industrial Analysis, Escuela de Organización Industrial Madrid (Madrid, Spain, 1994); Industrial Economy, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1995); Management of Marketing Communications and Consumer Behaviour, Manchester Business School (Manchester, England, 2000); and International Commerce and Special Zones from the Ministry of Commerce of Taiwan.

He is currently a professor of politics (Analysis of Political Environments) at Venezuela’s IESA-Institute for Superior Education in Administration; and professor of Industrial Economy at the UCAB-Andrés Bello Catholic University. Since 1994 he is acting president of Datanalisis and Co-director of Tendencias Digitales. He was president of CAVEDIV (Caracas). He gives international conferences for several companies and institutions. Mr. León is also a member of the board of directors for the following organizations: Corporación Grupo Químico, Gold´s Gym; Tendencias Digitales. He is also member of the Founding Council of UCAB-Andrés Bello Catholic University.

Lee Seok Hwai

Leonídio Paulo Ferreira

Present Posts

Diário de Notícias: Deputy Director, Deputy Editor in Chief

Past Posts

  • 1992-2001 : Diário de Notícias: Journalist of International Politics
  • 2001-2002 : Diário de Notícias: Deputy Editor of International Politics Desk
  • 2002-2007 : Deputy Head of News
  • 2007-2010 : Diário de Notícias: Head of News
  • 2010-2014 : Diário de Notícias: Deputy Director, Deputy Editor in Chief
  • 2014-2016 : Diário de Notícias: Head of News for the Weekend Edition
  • 2016- : Diário de Notícias: Deputy Director, Deputy Editor in Chief


1999-2007 : Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal: Journalism department teacher

Luis Simón




Dr. Luis Simón joined the IES in October 2010. He is also a co-founder and senior editor of the online magazine European Geostrategy. Since February 2012, Luis has been providing advise on strategic affairs to the Office of the Spanish Minister of Defense. Between September 2012 and April 2013 he has been a Visiting Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (Columbia University).

At the IES, Luis is a member of the 'Foreign and Security Policy' research cluster. He leads a Masters course on 'European Foreign Policy' and coordinates the University of Southern California (USC) Brussels Program 'Contemporary Issues in European Security'.

Current research projects include the evolution of U.S. force posture and defense strategy and its impact upon transatlantic relations; changing geostrategic dynamics in Asia and their implications for Europe. Other research interests include NATO, the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy and the security and defence policies of Britain, France and Germany.

Luis holds a PhD from Royal Holloway College (University of London) and a Masters degree from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University (2012-2013), the Royal United Services Institute (2009-2010), the EU Institute for Security Studies (2009), the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR), Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Johns Hopkins University (2008), the European Policy Centre (2008) and the Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique (2008).

In 2008/09 Luis Simón was a fellow of the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Program of the VolkswagenStiftung, Germany, the Compagnia di San Paolo, Turin and the Rijksbanken Jubilaeumsfond, Stockholm.


  • Geopolitical Change, Grand Strategy and European Security: The EU-NATO Conundrum in Perspective (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Peer-reviewed articles.

  • “Back to Basics and Out of Area: Towards a Multipurpose NATO”, RUSI Journal , Vol. 159 No. 3 (June/July 2014), pp. 14-19.
  • (with Daniel Fiott) “Europe After the U.S. Pivot”, Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs, Vol. 58, No. 3 (Summer 2014), pp. 411-428.
  • “Reaching Beyond the Indo-Pacific”, Comparative Strategy, Vol. 32, No. 4 (2013), 331-353.
  • "Setting the Tone: The 2013 French Defence White Paper and the Future of European Defence", RUSI Journal 158:4 (2013), 38-44.
  • “The Spider in Europe’s Web? French Grand Strategy from Iraq to Libya”, Geopolitics 18:2(2013), 403-434.


Mahmoud Mohamed Hussein ABDELWAHED

Dr. Marek Madej


Dr. Madej is Deputy Director of Faculty of Political Science and International Affairs, University of Warsaw. He also has professional experiences as Expert on international security and foreign policy in the Chancellery of the President of Poland (2012-2013) and Research Fellow in Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) (2006-2010). His research interests are NATO and other European security institutions (in part. EU/CSDP), contemporary armed conflicts, terrorism and other asymmetric threats. Authored several reports and analyses, and also appears on media commenting on international security issues.

Márton Ugrósdy


Mr. Ugrósdy is the director of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest, Hungary, where he covers topics including transatlantic issues, NATO, US policy in Central Europe, energy security, and UK domestic and foreign policy. In addition to regularly appearing in the national media to provide expert analysis on US affairs, US foreign policy, and UK-EU relations, he also participates in international conferences, such as GLOBSEC 2015, GMF Voice of the Flank, CEPA Forum 2017, Halifax International Security Forum 2017 and others.

He has also served as the editor-in-chief of Kitekintő.hu, and was a HAESF fellow for the Center for Strategic & International Studies New European Democracies Project.

Mr. Ugrósdy has a PhD in political science from Corvinus University of Budapest, and has previously earned degrees at Eötvös Loránd University and Mathias Corvinus University.

Mitchell T. Maki, Ph.D.


Mitchell T. Maki, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized leader in the Japanese American community and one of the leading scholars of the Japanese American redress movement. He is the lead author of the award-winning book, Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress, a detailed case study of the passage of the 1988 Civil Liberties Act. He has served on the Board of Governors and Scholarly Advisory Councils of the Japanese American National Museum and Go For Broke National Education Center. He is a sought-after presenter on issues ranging from the Japanese American Redress movement to contemporary community issues.

Dr. Michael Paul


  • Since 2007 Senior Fellow, SWP
  • Since 1996 Project Director, Armed Forces Dialogue
  • 1995 – 2007 Head of Research Secretariat, SWP
  • 1990 – 1994 Chief of Staff, Bavarian Parliament
  • 1988 Adjunct Research Fellow, CSIA, Harvard University
  • 1986–1990 Research Fellow, SWP Ebenhausen

Areas of Expertise

Afghanistan, China, Indo-Pacific, Russian Federation, Ukraine, United States, Arms control, Defence and security policy / Armed forces, Maritime security, Nato

Mikael Weissmann



Dr. Mikael Weissmann is an Associate Professor (docent) at the Swedish Defence University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. He is a member of CSCAP-EU and the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC).

Previously he has been working at, among others, the Swedish Defence Research Agency, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and Copenhagen-, Uppsala- and Stockholm University.

He has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick (UK) and Peking-, Renmin-, and China Foreign Affairs University (China).

Weissmann received his PhD in Peace and Development Research from the University of Gothenburg (2009) and he is a docent in War Studies at the Swedish Defence University (2016). He also holds a M.Soc.Sci. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University (2003), and a BA in International Relations and Economics from the University of Queensland, Australia (2000).

Weissmann’s most recent publications include Sanctions and North Korea (Washington Quarterly), a special issue on China’s Maritime Embroilments (Asian Survey), the South China Sea (Asian Survey & Asian Perspective), Sino-Russian Relations (FOI), the Belt and Road Initative (ETNC & UI), Chinese Foreign Policy (JCIR), Global Shadow Wars (Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict), military tactical thinking (KKrVA Proceedings & Journal) and a monograph on the East Asian Peace (Palgrave).

Besides the Swedish Defence University, Weissmann has been teaching at Stockholm-, Uppsala-, Gothenburg- and Södertörn University and at Renmin-, Peking- and China Foreign Affairs University in China.

Mohammed Abdul-Jabbar Shabout


Director General of Iraqi Media Network


Mohammed Abdul-Jabbar Shabout was in the political opposition in Saddam’s Regime, he had to leave Iraq in 1976 to Kuwait, he stayed there for 8 years then he finnaly reached Britain after travelling to Syria and Lebanon.
After Saddam’s fall, he returned to Iraq, formed the Democratic Islamic Trend, and ran the elections, he didn’t win a seat and again he left Iraq to Kuwait in 2006.


  • Establishing the Islamic Successor Newspaper (opposition newspaper) in 1985.
  • Establishing the Conference Newspaper (opposition newspapers) in London.
  • Establishing Islam and Democracy Magazine in Iraq.
  • Establishing the Weekly Magazine in Lebanon and Iraq.
  • Editor in Chief of Al-Sabah Newspaper.


  • Soceity, Islam and Democracy, Future of Democracy in Iraq, Islamic Civilized Project, Renewing Islamic Thinking and Integration of Human


Voluntary work

Murat Yetkin


Yetkin began his career as a journalist and writer in 1981 and after working in a number of news and professional magazines joined the BBC World Service operation in Ankara in 1987. After working for a number of international news organizations, including Deutsche Welle and AFP, he joined the domestic press as the diplomacy and defence editor of what was then the Turkish Daily News in 1992.

Yetkin subsequently joined the founding team of Turkey’s first round-the-clock news channel, NTV in 1996, established its Ankara office and assumed its political Editor and Ankara Bureau Chief position also producing and anchoring a weekly foreign policy show. He returned to print journalism in 2000 as the Ankara Bureau Chief of daily Sabah and then in 2001 as Ankara Bureau Chief of daily Radikal, where he also wrote regular columns on current affairs, mainly addressing politics, diplomacy, security, and the economy. Yetkin frequently appears on leading Turkish news channels, to comment on current affairs, political, diplomatic and security matters. He worked as the Editor-in-Chief and the chief columnist of Hürriyet Daily News between May 2011 and October 2018 to work as independent writer and consultant on foreign policy and political/strategic analysis and forecast.

Yetkin is the author of six published books on Turkey’s international relations: “Active Policy in the Ring of Fire: Turkey in the Triangle of the Balkans, the Caucasus and the Middle East” (1992); "Turkey in the Waiting Room of the European Union” (2002); "The Motion: The True Story of the Iraq Crisis” (2004); “The Book of Intrigues for the Curious" (2017); “The Book of Spies for the Curious” (2108) and the “Kurdish Trap – Öcalan from Damascus to Imrali” (2019), all in Turkish.

A graduate of the mechanical engineering department at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Yetkin is an Eisenhower Fellow and a member of the Georgetown University Leadership Seminar Group.

Born in 1959, he is married with one daughter.


Nicholas Fang

Executive director,Singapore Institute of International Affairs


Nicholas Fang graduated from Oxford University with a Masters in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
He joined Singapore’s oldest think tank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, in 2010. He is currently executive director of the institute, which was ranked top local think tank, and among the best in Asia and the Pacific in the past five years.

Nicholas started his working life as a journalist, and spent nine years at Singapore’s national daily newspaper, The Straits Times. There he reported on financial and sports news, and also wrote lifestyle columns and special reports on a diverse range of topics, rising to the post of Senior Correspondent.

He then spent two years as business desk editor at national broadcaster Mediacorp’s regional news channel - Channel NewsAsia. During this time, he oversaw local and business news coverage, and also presented various key bulletins, including the 2009 Singapore Budget Special. He was most recently deputy chief editor of Singapore news at Mediacorp.

He was appointed Nominated Member of Parliament in February 2012, and served a two-and-a-half-year term where he focused on issues pertaining to international affairs, media, defense and security, and sports. He currently sits on the boards of Singapore humanitarian non-government organisation Mercy Relief, and non-profit social innovation organisation Social Innovation Park. He is also a member of the advisory committee of the national youth volunteerism institution Youth Corps Singapore. He also chairs the MINDEF expert panel for strategic communications

A former national athlete, Nicholas has represented Singapore in fencing and triathlon. He hosted the International Olympic Committee meeting in Singapore in 2005, and was Team Singapore’s Chef de Mission at the 2015 South-east Asian Games hosted in Singapore. He founded Black Dot Pte Ltd, a strategic consultancy that offers public relations, media, sponsorship and marketing consultancy services focusing on the sports sector to help develop the sporting industry and talents in Singapore and the region.

Neera Tanden


The President of the Center for American Progress. Glen S. Fukushima is a Senior Fellow at the Center. Brian Harding is the Director for East and Southeast Asia for the National Security and International Policy team at the Center.


Oliver Stuenkel


Oliver Stuenkel is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in São Paulo, where he coordinates the São Paulo branch of the School of History and Social Science and the executive program in International Relations. He is also a non-resident Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin and a columnist for EL PAÍS and Americas Quarterly.


Patrick Leblond


Associate Professor
Public and International Affairs
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Ottawa

Research Description

Global Economic Governance
International and Comparative Political Economy
International Finance
International Trade
North American and European Economic Integration
Business-Government Relations


Owing to his training and experience in business, economics and international relations, Patrick Leblond's expertise concerns questions relating to global economic governance and international and comparative political economy, more specifically those that deal with international finance, international economic integration as well as business-government relations. His regional expertise focuses on Europe and North America. Before joining the University of Ottawa in 2008, Patrick was assistant professor of international business at HEC Montréal and director of the Réseau économie internationale (REI) at the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales de l'Université de Montréal (CERIUM). He was also visiting scholar at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP). Before embarking on his academic career, Patrick worked in accounting and auditing for Ernst & Young (he holds the title of Chartered Accountant) as well as in corporate finance and strategy consulting for Arthur Andersen & Co. and SECOR Consulting.

Paulo Mateus António Uache


NAME: Paulo Mateus António
FILIATION: Mateus António Uache and Angelina Agostinho
BIRTHDAY: 9th May 1976
NATURALNESS: Inhassoro - Inhambane

ADRESS: Instituto Superior de Relações Internacionais, Bairro Zimpeto, Q88. Rua Grande Maputo, Maputo, Mozambique

CONTACTS: E-mail: pwache2000@yahoo.com.br mobile: +258826956660


PhD in International Politics
Master of Arts in Diplomatic Studies
Bachelor (Honours) in International Relations and Diplomacy


  • 1983-1984 - (1st and 2nd levels) Primary Instruction, at the elementary school of Nkondedzi, Tete.
  • 1986-1989 - (2nd to 5th levels) Primary Instruction, at the elementary school 3rd Congress, Tete.
  • 1990-1991 - (6th and 7th levels) Primary Instruction of the 2nd Degree, Secondary School, Tete;
  • 1992-1995 - (8th and 10th levels) Secondary Instruction, at the Secondary School, Tete.
  • 1996-1997 - (11st and 12nd levels) at Cristo Rei Seminar, Matola
  • 1998 - Preparation to university level, Cristo Rei Seminar, Matola;


Mr. Ranil Jayawardena, M.P.


Ranil Jayawardena was first elected the Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire in May 2015 and re-elected in June 2017 – with the strongest Conservative majority in the country both times. He was previously a local Councillor, serving as Deputy Leader of The Borough of Basingstoke and Deane until his election to Parliament.

After his election in 2015, Ranil was quickly elected by fellow MPs to the Home Affairs Committee and, following the decision of the British people to leave the European Union, he was elected to the International Trade Committee too, where his continued focus is getting the best deal for British consumers and making the case for free trade.

Following the 2017 election, given the importance of trade to the future prosperity of our Kingdom, he only sought re-election to the International Trade Committee. Additionally, he was appointed as one of the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys and to the House of Commons’ Procedure Committee. Closer to home, Ranil serves as Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight also.

Ranil attended local schools in Hampshire, before the London School of Economics and, more recently, the Royal College of Defence Studies. His commercial experience involved working for one of Britain’s biggest financial institutions—Lloyds Banking Group plc—in the City of London. In his spare time, Ranil likes watching cricket, tennis and rugby. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the RSA. He lives in Bramley, in the north of his constituency, with his wife Alison and two little daughters—Daisy and Violet.

Prof. dr. Rob de Wijk (Robert de Wijk)


Rob de Wijk is the founder and non-executive director of the Hague Center for Strategic Studies. He studied Contemporary History and International Relations in Groningen, and wrote his PhD dissertation on NATO’s “Flexibility in Response” strategy at the Political Science Department of Leiden University. Mr. De Wijk started his career in 1977 as a freelance journalist and later became lecturer in International Relations at Leiden University’s Political Science Department. He also worked at the Ministry of Defense, where he was instrumental in the restructuring of the Dutch armed forces in the early nineties. Other positions he held, include director of the Clingendael Security and Conflict Programme and Professor in the field of International Relations at the Royal Netherlands Military Academy. Currently, he is not only the director of HCSS, but also Professor of International Relations at Leiden University, chairman of the National Security Think Tank (Denktank Nationale Veiligheid) and columnist of the national daily Trouw.

Ross Thomson Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South


Ross Thomson is an Aberdonian born and raised. He was educated at Balmedie Primary School, Bridge of Don Academy and graduated in 2009 from the University of Aberdeen a First Class MA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations.

Ross worked in retail and finance until in 2012 when he was elected to represent the Hazlehead/ Ashley/ Queen’s Cross ward on Aberdeen City Council. During Ross' time as a councillor, he led the way on delivering the Third Don Crossing, thereby taking forward a plan for over 2,000 new affordable homes. He also helped to strengthen Aberdeen’s links with Japan and lobbied to improve broadband across Aberdeen.

In June 2013 Ross was chosen as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate in the Aberdeen Donside by-election. He used this opportunity to campaign for improved infrastructure and a fairer share of funding for the City of Aberdeen. He consequently went on to stand in the 2015 General Election in Aberdeen South and in the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary elections in Aberdeen South and North Kincardine where he achieved a 19.4% swing and was elected to the Scottish Parliament via the regional list.

During Ross' time at the Scottish Parliament, he was selected to serve on the Education and Skills Committee and as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party’s spokesman on Higher Education, Further Education, Science and Technology. Ross became a spokesman for the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 EU Referendum as one of the few pro-Brexit Members of the Scottish Parliament.

On 8th June 2017, Ross became the Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South, beating the incumbent Callum McCaig, with 18,746 votes (42.1%) which was a 19.3% swing and a majority of 4,752. Since his election as MP for Aberdeen South Ross has been elected to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, is a member of the Knife Crime APPG and the Oil and Gas APPG. Ross has championed animal welfare campaigns such as banning electric dog shock collars, reforming pet theft legislation and Lucy’s Law.

Rubens Barbosa

Ruth Beatrice Henig

Full Name (Full Title)

Ruth Beatrice Henig (The Baroness Henig CBE)


Bedford College, London (BA history 1965);
Lancaster University (PhD history 1978)


1968-2002 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University
1995-1997 Head of History Department, Lancaster University
1997-2000 Dean of Arts and Humanities, Lancaster University
1981-2005 County Councillor, Lancashire County Council
2004- Member of House of Lords (2012 - External Affairs Committee)


Bridge, fell-walking, gardening, wine

Countries of interest

Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand

Ryan Scoville


Ryan Scoville is Assistant Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School.


Supuck Saengkrajang


Supuck Saengkrajang joined Dailynews, second largest Thai newspaper in Thailand, since March 2014 as an International News correspondent. She covers global issues in general, with special interest on some areas such as security, development, international affairs, environmental issues, human rights, humanitarian situations, etc.

Sandra Tarte

SANDRA TARTE is Associate Professor and Head of the School of Government, Development and International Affairs, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of the South Pacific. SANDRA specializes in the international politics of the Pacific islands region. Her publications include Japan’s Aid Diplomacy and the Pacific Islands (1998) and the New Pacific Diplomacy (2015), co-edited with Greg Fry. She has consulted for the South Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency, the South Pacific Regional Environment Program, the International Development Centre, Tokyo, and Greenpeace Pacific. Sandra grew up in Fiji and studied at the University of Tokyo, Australian National University and University of Melbourne.


Books and Monographs

  • 2015 The New Pacific Diplomacy (co-editor with Greg Fry), Australian National University Press, Canberra.
  • 2015 ‘No Ordinary Election: The Fiji General Election of 2014’, (co-editor with Vijay Naidu), Journal of Pacific Studies, Vol.35, No.2.Special Issue, University of the South Pacific.

Articles in Refereed Journals and Publications

  • 2017 ‘The Changing Paradigm of Pacific Regional Politics’, The Roundtable: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Vol.106, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1080/00358533.2017.1296709.
  • 2014 ‘Regionalism and Changing Regional Order in the Pacific Islands’, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, Vol.1, No.2, pp.312-324.

Chapters in Books

  • 2015 ‘A New Pacific Regional Voice? The Pacific Islands Development Forum’, The New Pacific Diplomacy, Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte (Eds), ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 79-88.
  • 2010 ‘Fiji islands: Security Challenges and Defense Policy issues’, Asia Pacific Countries Security Outlook and Implications for the Defense Sector, National Institute for Defense Studies Joint Research Series No.5, Tokyo, pp.67-84.
  • 2010 ‘Fiji’s Look North Strategy and the Role of China’, in Terence Wesley-Smith and Edgar A. Porter (Eds), China in Oceania: Reshaping the Pacific?, Berghahn Books. NY, pp.118-132.

Saroj Bhattarai

Siti Khairuniza Dato Ja'afar

Suharso Monoarfa


-Ph.D candidate on Politic & Economy, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia
-Faculty of Planology ITB, Bandung (1978)
-Academy of Geology & Mining, Bandung (1973)


Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) United Indonesia Cabinet II (2009 - 2011)
Legislative: Member of the House of Representative from the United Development Party (PPP) (2004 - 2009)

Stephen Saideman


Professor Stephen M. Saideman is the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University. His research interests focus on the causes and consequences of intervention into intra-state conflicts. His latest book, Adapting in the Dust: Learning Lessons from Canada’s War in Afghanistan, comes out in early 2016. His current research focus is on the role of legislatures in democratic civil-military relations. He teaches courses on Contemporary International Security, Civil-Military Relations and US Foreign and Defence Policy.



Tamrat Gebregiorgis


Managing editor of Independent News & Media Plc, publisher and distributor of the English business weekly “Fortune”.

A regular contributor to an international index on corruption, transparency and government accountability released annually by Global Integrity, a Washington D.C. based non-profit organization. His contribution is on the “Reporter’s Note”; a section where selected journalists work on a researched and fully documented investigative stories exposing corruption and lack of accountability of governments in their respective country of presence.

T.V. Ramachandran


T.V. Ramachandran, a.k.a. “TV”, is one of the forerunners of digital network and mobile communications in India with 50-year-long experience. TV currently heads India’s Broadband India Forum and provides consultancy in ICT fields as an independent consultant.
TV was the very first CEO of one of the earliest cellular ventures in India, Sterling Cellular (predecessor of Vodafone India), and led the establishment and successful launch of the largest Indian cellular network of the time.
TV also functioned as the first Director-General of the Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) and championed the voice of the Indian mobile industry from a professional point of view. After COAI, TV joined Vodafone India and played a critical role as Resident Director of Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations, setting up one of the most effective regulatory teams in the industry in India.
TV regularly publishes articles and commentaries in India’s leading newspapers and professional journals on telecom and infrastructure. TV’s views render substantive impacts on government policies as well, and he was invited to sit on the High Level Government Forum for 5G Development by 2020 in India in recognition of his efforts.

Tedo Japaridze (PhD),
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary


E-mail: tedo.japaridze@gmail.com
Place/date of birth: Tbilisi, September 18, 1946

Positions of Responsibility

2018 – Currently: Vice-Chairman, International Relations, “Anaklia Development Consortium” (ACD)

2016 – 2018: Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Georgia

2012-2016: Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Georgia, Kutaisi

2011: Co-President of the Energy Security Centre, Azerbaijan, Baku

2008-2011: Alternate Director General, International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS), Greece, Athens

2006-2008: Secretary General, the Black Sea Economic Cooperation organization (BSEC), Turkey, Istanbul

2006-2007: Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, USA, Washington

2005-2006: President, US-Caucasus Institute, Tbilisi, Georgia

2003-2004: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia

2002-2003: National Security Advisor to the President, Secretary of the National Security Council, Tbilisi, Georgia

1994-2002: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to USA, Canada and Mexico, USA, Washington

1992-1994: Advisor to the President on foreign policy and national security issues. Tbilisi, Georgia

1992: First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia

1991: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia; Head of Department of Political Analysis and Foresight, MFA

1989-1990: First Deputy Chairman of UNESCO Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Georgia


1977 to 1989: PhD, Senior Researcher, Institute of USA and Canada Studies, the USSR Research Academy of Sciences, Moscow

1974 -1977: MA, USSR Scientific Academy, Institute of USA and Canada, Moscow

1972-1974: Tbilisi State University laboratory of Foreign Languages, Tbilisi

1968-1972: Tbilisi State University, Faculty in Roman-Germanic Languages and Literature, Tbilisi
Languages: English, Russian, Spanish


Uktam Nasirov


Head of Project, Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from University of Westminster.
Main research areas – international relations, globalization, regional security.
Participated in the work of international conferences, seminars and other events organized by authoritative research institutions of Tajikistan, Russia, China, Great Britain, France and the United States.



Ulises Granados obtained his BA on International Relations (Honors) at the National University UNAM in Mexico, MA in Asian and Africa Studies, field China, at El Colegio de Mexico, and PhD in History at the University of Tokyo. Having worked as full-time professor at the University of Tokyo, he is currently Associate Professor and Coordinator of Asian Studies Program at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico ITAM in Mexico City. He has extensively written for academic journals and media in Mexico and abroad.


Von Christian Gottschalk



Wycliffe Muga


Weekend Editor/Columnist of The Star Publications, Nairobi, Kenya.

Mr. Muga is currently the Weekend Editor, as well as a columnist for The Star (Kenyan newspaper); he has been a regular contributor for the past ten years of a “Letter from Africa” for the BBC World Service (Business Daily); and is also a specialist ‘long-form’ writer and interviewer for The East African Flyer (East African regional magazine) under the title Contributing Editor (Science and Technology).

Previously he was a columnist of the monthly magazines, Nairobi-based Diplomat East Africa magazine, and Daily Nation newspaper, and the London-based African Business magazine.

Among the awards he has won is the Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards 2011; and he has also been a finalist for this award several times both in print for magazine and newspaper articles and for his work with the BBC World Service.

In addition, he is also a previous winner (2004/5) of the Peter Jenkins Awards for East African Conservation Journalism.

In 2006, he was listed by the Financial Times in its ‘World’s most influential media commentators’ feature as Kenya’s most influential newspaper columnist.

In the same year, 2006, he was admitted as a Fellow of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to study science journalism at MIT and Harvard University.

Other fellowships include being a Media Fellow of the Property and Environment Research Centre (PERC)

- in Bozeman,Montana, and a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers (ILCW)


Xavier Pasco



Directeur de la Fondation pour la recherche stratégique depuis le 4 octobre 2016, Xavier Pasco y coordonne les recherches concernant Espace, haute technologie et sécurité. Il est plus particulièrement chargé du suivi des affaires spatiales américaines civiles et militaires et de la stratégie internationale des États-Unis dans les domaines de l’espace (civil et militaire) de haute technologie.

Il est également chargé d’études sur les futurs programmes nationaux et européens dans le domaine spatial, aussi bien dans le domaine civil que dans le domaine de la défense et de la sécurité. A ce titre, il est l’auteur de nombreux rapports d’étude sur les activités spatiales civiles et militaires effectués pour le compte des organismes publics nationaux et européens. Xavier Pasco a été membre de nombreux groupes de travail de niveau ministériel et interministériel. Il vient également d’être rapporteur pour le rapport « Une ambition spatiale pour l’Europe » publié par le Centre d’analyse stratégique).

Il a participé à plusieurs projets liés à « l’action préparatoire à de la recherche de sécurité » lancée par la Commission Européenne en 2004, et dans le cadre des 6ème et 7ème Programme Cadre de recherche et développement européen (2007-2013). Dans ce cadre, il a coordonné pour la période 2010-2011 l’activité européenne de recherche transverse « Conditions for Space Policy and Related Action Plan Consolidation in Europe » soutenue par l’Agence Exécutive de recherche de l’Union Européenne.

Il a également coordonné des travaux européens sur la politique des données applicable au futur système européen de surveillance de l’espace dans le cadre d’une étude réalisée pour l’Agence Spatiale Européenne (ASE). Il a également coordonné (2011-2012) l’étude sur le futur segment sol européen pour l’observation de la terre à des fins de défense et de sécurité au profit de l’Agence européenne de défense (AED).

Expérience professionnelle

Xavier Pasco est Maître de Recherche à la Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (depuis 1994).

Il a été Maître de conférences à l’Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris et professeur associé en science politique à l’Université de Marne-la-Vallée.

Il a également été chargé de recherche au CREST-Ecole Polytechnique entre 1989 et 1994.

Autres activités permanentes

Xavier Pasco est Associate Research Fellow au Space Policy Institute à l’Université George Washington (Washington D.C., États-Unis) depuis 1994.

il est rédacteur en chef pour l’Europe de la revue trimestrielle internationale « Space Policy » (Elsevier Science).

Il est expert au Conseil économique et social européen et membre de l’Académie Internationale d’Astronautique.


Xavier Pasco est docteur en science politique, (Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne).


Xavier Pasco est l’auteur de plusieurs ouvrages dont l’un publié en 1997 sur la politique spatiale américaine (La politique spatiale des États-Unis, 1958-1997, Technologie, Intérêt national et débat public, Paris, L’Harmattan, 300 p., 1997) et de nombreuses publications sur ces différents thèmes. En particulier, il a publié A European Approach to Space Security à l’American Academy of Arts and Science (Cambridge, Ma) et a été le co-auteur en 2011 (en collaboration avec F. Heisbourg) de, Espace Militaire, l’Europe entre en coopération et souveraineté, Editions Choiseul, Paris. Il a également collaboré à la réédition de « L'espace, nouveau territoire, Atlas des satellites et des politiques spatiales » (sous la direction de Fernand Verger), Paris, Éditions Belin, 2002 dont une version mise à jour a été publiée chez Cambridge University Press : « The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Space » en 2003.


Youssef Cherif


Youssef Cherif is a Tunis-based political analyst, head of the Columbia Global Centers|Tunis and member of several working groups with think tanks such as Carnegie, ISPI, etc. He was previously the Al-Maidan Libya Project manager at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) and an expert affiliated to the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies (ITES). He regularly comments and writes on North African affairs for international media outlets including CNN, Al Jazeera English, BBC, France 24, etc., and think-tanks such as the Atlantic Council, DGAP, IEMed, etc.

Yuko Iida


Member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society. She has been covering manuallabor and craftwork in her travels around Japan and overseas for 25 years. Her lifework has been to photograph indigenous natural surroundings and the culture connected to it in the islands of Oceania and the Pacific Rim, Asia and Europe. She is the author of Fiji no Maho(The Magic of Fiji) (Chihaya-shobo), and has held numerous exhibitions.