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Academic Board

The overall supervision of the program is ensured by the Academic Board. The Board provides coherence to the program; selects the applicants, organizes the follow up, the final assessment of the students; assigns the supervisors and grants the diplomas to be awarded to the participants.

The Academic Board is composed by Prof. Marc Bossuyt (University of Antwerp); Prof. Theodore Trefon (Royal Museum for Central Africa - Tervueren); Prof. Christian Olsson (Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB, Director of REPI); Prof. Tanguy Struye de Swielande (Université Catholique de Louvain - UCL, Director of CECRI); Prof. Howard Nicholas (Erasmus University - Rotterdam, ISS - Den Haag); Prof. Cédric Dupont (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva); Nicholas Williams (NATO); Prof. Fawaz A. Gerges (London School of Economics & Political Science - LSE, Director of LSE Middle East Centre); Prof. Bertrand Badie (Sciences Po Paris) and Prof. Joao Guimaraes (Erasmus University - Rotterdam, ISS - Den Haag).

As far as the supervision of the coursework is concerned, the Board is assisted by a core faculty staff of thesis supervisors and examiners composed by Prof. Robert Anciaux (Free University of Brussels - ULB); Dr. Dorothée Vandamme (Université Catholique de Louvain - UCL, CECRI); Prof. Mohammad-Reza Djalili (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva); Prof. Andrew Fischer (International Institute of Social Studies – ISS, Den Haag); Prof. Amelia Hadfield (Canterbury Christ Church University); ); Prof. Paul Okojie (Manchester Metropolitan University); Dr Jamie Shea (NATO); Prof. Cahsai Berhané (ACP, UN Training Centre, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Sorbonne-Paris).

Professor Marc Bossuyt is the President of the Academic & Scientific Board of CERIS (since 2016). He is " docteur en droit " of the University of Ghent and " docteur ès sciences politiques " of the University of Geneva. He is a specialist in the field of international law and human rights. He has consecutively performed the following functions: Human Rights Officer at the United Nations (1975-1977); member (1981-1985, 1992-1999, 2004-2006) and president (2006) of the UN Sub-Commission on the Protection and the Promotion of Human Rights; representative of Belgium (1986-1991) and president (1989) of the UN Commission on Human Rights; member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (2000-2003; 2014-); Commissioner General for refugees and stateless persons (1987-1997); member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (since 2004). Professor Marc Bossuyt is also Emeritus Professor of the University of Antwerp (since 2007) and Emeritus President of the Constitutional Court of Belgium (since 2014).

Fawaz A. Gerges is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and political Science - LSE, and holder of the Emirates Professorship in Contemporary Middle East Studies. He was also the inaugural Director of the LSE Middle East Centre from 2010 until 2013. Professor Fawaz A. Gerges’ most recent books include Contentious Politics in the Middle East: Popular Resistance and Marginalised Activism beyond the Arab Uprisings (Palgrave Macmillan, September 2015); The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution in the Arab World (Cambridge University Press, January 2014) and Obama and the Middle East: The End of America's Moment? (Palgrave Macmillan, September 2013). On the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 , Oxford University Press released Professor Fawaz A. Gerges’ book, The Rise and Fall of Al Qaeda.

Bertrand Badie is a Professor of International Relations at Sciences Po Paris and former vice-president of Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). He is one of the most renowned French specialists in international relations. He has published more than 25 books, which have been translated into many languages. Professor Badie is one of the general editors of The International Encyclopedia of Political Science. He is also a member of the advisory board of several journals: European Review of International Studies (Chairman), International Journal of Human Rights, Journal of International Relations and Development, Contemporary Politics, Brazilian Journal of Strategy and International Relations, Etudes Internationales, Indian Journal of Law and International Affairs. Professor Badie has taught in many universities around the world: Universities of Lausanne, Geneva, Tunis, Rabat, Fès, Porto-Alegre, Bologna,…

Professor Joao Guimaraes is Senior Lecturer in Regional Planning at the Institute of Social Studies (The Hague), he is a Social and Regional Policy Expert. He is co-author of Buenas prácticas en la cooperación para el desarrollo. Rendición de cuentas y transparencia (Los Libros de La Catarata, 2008), Por Fin, La Pobreza? Informe de País - Nicaragua (Research Report for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, 2008) and 'Las Estrategias de Reducción de la Pobreza: Un Apunte Crítico', in E. Echart, L. Miguel Puerto and J. Angel Sotillo (eds) Globalización, Pobreza y Desarrollo: Los Retos de la Cooperación Internacional, (Los Libros de La Catarata, 2005, pp.313-332), etc. He is a visiting teacher at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand.

Nicholas Williams is currently the Head of the Operations Section within the Operations Division of the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. In November 2009, he completed two and a half years in Afghanistan working with ISAF, first as political adviser to ISAF forces in the south, based in Kandahar, and latterly as Deputy NATO Senior Representative in Kabul. He has worked extensively in conflict and post conflict countries, both Iraq and the Balkans. From 2000-03 he was attached to the policy directorate of the French Ministry of Defence where he was responsible for developing NATO-EU relations and Franco-British defence cooperation. From 1997-99 he was Assistant Director for Counter-terrorism in the British Ministry of Defence. Before that, he had filled a series of policy and public communications posts in London and in NATO, including as speech writer to three NATO Secretary Generals. Mr. Williams is by profession a British career defence official. In 2005, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for having negotiated the first post-Saddam provincial Council in Basra and, in 2007, he was awarded the Queen's Medal for his distinguished services in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Professor Christian Olsson is Lecturer in International Relations at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), affiliated to its REPI research unit. He is associate editor of French journal of international political sociology Cultures & Conflits. Drawing in particular on (critical) security studies and sociological approaches, his research focuses on the colonial genealogies of contemporary military doctrine, the historical sociology of security practices and the role of private military companies in recent overseas military interventions, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq where he has carried out field-research. His recent publications include: ‘“Legitimate Violence” in the Prose of Counterinsurgency: An Impossible Necessity?’ (Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, May 2013).

Professor Theodore Trefon is the Vice President of the Academic & Scientific Board of CERIS (since 2016). He is the Director of the Belgian Reference Centre for Expertise for Central Africa E-CA — CRE-AC) and heads the Contemporary History Section of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium. He teaches at ERAIFT “Ecole Régionale Post-Universitaire d’Aménagement et de Gestion Intégrés des Forêts et Territoires tropicaux” at the University of Kinshasa. His area of expertise coves DR Congo and he focuses on the issues of state-society relations, forest-city links, urban anthropology and environmental governance. He is also a Research Coordinator for the Forest-City Interface dimension of APFT. Among his published books we cite: Parcours administratifs dans un Etat en faillite: Récits de Lubumbashi (RDC), Les Cahiers de l’Institut Africain/L’Harmattan (with B. Ngoy) and Re-inventing Order in the Congo: How people respond to state failure in Kinshasa, (ZED Books, 2004).

Professor David Fouquet is the Vice President of the Executive Board of CERIS (since 2016). He had a long career as a journalist covering foreign, security and economic relations for leading publications, such as The Washington Post, Newsweek and Janes Defence Weekly in Washington, London and Brussels. He then became a consultant for major international companies, lecturer and writer concentrating on European-Asian relations since the mid-1990s. He has been involved in EU-sponsored international projects, lectured and participated in conferences throughout Asia and Europe. He has written and contributed to books on NATO and Asia and written and presented papers on various subjects revolving around EU-Asia relations and China’s foreign and security relations and policy. Professor David Fouqyet is the director of the Asia-Europe Project. He also collaborates with a number of European and Asian think tanks, universities and media organisations.

Tanguy Struye de Swielande is professor in International relations at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) and at the Royal Military Academy, where he teachs Geopolitics, International Relations Théories and Foreign Policy Analysis. He also coordinates the Baillet Latour Chair "European Union-China". Since september 2016, he is the Director of the "Centre d'Etude des Crises et des Conflits Internationaux" - CECRI. Professor Tanguy Struye de Swielande is the founder of "Genesys Network for Geopolitical Studies" and he is the co-founder of the "Réseau Multidisciplinaire d'Etudes Stratégiques". He also research fellow at "Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations". His area of expertise : great power's relations, geopolitics, geoeconomy, foreign policy analysis, international relations, security and defense policy, new actors in international relations.

Professor Howard Nicholas is a Sri Lankan economist and social scientist, Senior Lecturer in Economics at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. His areas of interest are non-neoclassical economics, capacity building for economics related policy and business decision making. Among his publications we cite: Macroeconomic dynamics of the Surinamese economy (Teaching case study, Lim A Po Institute, Suriname, 2009), ‘Inflation in Sri Lanka: Ideology vs reality’ (chapter contribution in felicitation volume for Prof. W.D. Lakshman. University of Colombo) ', in W.M. Wimalaratne (ed) The Economics of Professor W.D. Lakshman, (University of Colombo, 2008), “World Economic Crisis, Deflation, Recession, and the Coming Shift in the Balance of Global Economic Power” (Paper presented at Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Colombo, Sri Lanka, October, 2008).



Professor Amelia Hadfield is a Lecturer in European International Relations. She pursued doctoral studies and graduate teaching at the University of Kent Brussels and Vesalius College, as well as extra-academic work in various European institutions. Amelia has taught courses on IR theory, philosophy and methodology, Britain and Europe, European foreign policy, foreign policy analysis, and identity. At the University of Kent, Amelia is the Director of the MA in International Relations. Further afield, Amelia has served as associate fellow with Chatham House, CEPS (Brussels) and the Pan-European Institute (Finland), and taught European foreign policy at Sciences Po Lille in 2008. Amelia is presently the founding Director of Kent’s Energy Analysis Group, serves on the Editorial Board of The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs and is the UACES Secretary for 2008-10. Amelia’s current areas of research include European foreign policy, and the role of identity in foreign policy formation.

Professor Cahsai Berhané is a specialist of ACP-EU relations (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) from the first Lomé Convention in 1975 to the present. He is actively involved in discussions about the future of ACP-EU relations, beyond 2020. In fact, not only did he write extensively on the subject, but he has also first-hand experience in working at the ACP Secretariat, first as an Expert and then as Chief Advisor to the Secretary General of the ACP Group. As an African, Dr. Berhané has also published extensively on African affairs, mainly within the framework of the African Union and African relations with the world, and especially with Europe. In addition, Dr. Berhané has acquired expertise in relations between Africa and China. Dr. Berhané is a visiting lecturer to the United Nations Training Centre in Turin, Italy, and the University of Sorbonne in Paris, France.

Cédric Dupont is Professor of Political Science and Director of Executive Education at the Graduate Institute of International & Strategic Studies (IHEID) in Geneva. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the Berkeley Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center (BASC) at the University of California at Berkeley and an Associate Editor for Europe of the journal Business and Politics. He is a specialist in international political economy with a focus on trade and monetary integration processes and related governance issues. He also specialises in the analysis of strategic interactions between actors (with use of game theory). His ongoing research projects focus on the one hand on the institutional design of pan-regional integration groupings (such as APEC and FTAA), and on the other hand on the working of the WTO as a political system, with specific analysis of the questions of legitimacy and efficiency. He also leads a collaborative project with NGOs in Geneva and Oxford University to advance research & policy dialogue on trade, global economic governance & developing countries.

Dr. Jamie Patrick Shea is the Director of Policy Planning at NATO, he is also a Lecturer at the Collège d’Europe, Bruges since 2006. His position within the Private Office of the Secretary General of NATO gives him the responsibility of advising and assisting the Secretary General, senior NATO management, and the North Atlantic Council in addressing strategic issues facing the Alliance. M. Shea held different positions within the North Atlantic Alliance including Director of Information and Press and, during the Kosovo conflict, Spokesman of NATO and Deputy Director of Information and Press. He is a regular lecturer and conference speaker on NATO and European security affairs and on public diplomacy and political communication and lobbying. He has also given lectures at the Brussels School of International Studies, at the University of Kent, at the American University in Washington DC, at the Michigan State University and at the University of Antwerp. Shea held the Chair of Transatlantic Programme of the Royal Holloway College at the University of London.


Professor Paul Okojie is a specialist in Africa and Pan-Africanism. He is Senior Lecturer in Law at the Manchester Metropolitan University where he co-ordinates the School of Law exchange programs in Eastern Europe. He is a campaigner for human rights and fundamental freedoms and has worked with minority groups in the UK. He has published on policing and refugee issues.

Professor Okojie is a member of the International Governing Council of the Centre for Democracy and Development and an Equality Officer at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He also acted as an adviser to the Louise Da-Cocodia Education Trust.

Professor Andrew Fisher is a Senior Lecturer in Population and Social Policy at the Institute of Social Studies - the Hague where he teaches on issues of population, poverty and social policy in Staff Group IV of ISS (Rural Development, Environment and Population) and on development economics in the ISS general course and in the International Political Economy of Development core course. He is also the current convenor of the Poverty specialisation at ISS. As an interdisciplinary development economist, M. Fisher is interested in marginalised and/or disadvantaged peoples, his research including issues of poverty, inequality, social exclusion, disadvantage, discrimination, and social conflict, and how these are affected by various patterns of economic growth, modes of social policy provisioning, and aid. He also works on the macroeconomic repercussions of aid and on the history of economic development thought, with a particular focus on structuralist, post-keynesian and institutionalist approaches in development economics.


Professor Robert Anciaux is a professor at the Free University of Brussels (ULB), Islamologist, historian and sociologist, political scientist and expert on the history of religions in the Middle East.

Dr. Robert Anciaux is Director of Research at the "Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales & Stratégiques" (CERIS) and "L'Institut d'études des religions et de la laïcité" (IERL). He was European observer for the Palestinian elections from November 1995 to January 1996 and for elections in Burundi in 2010.

Professor Mohammad-Reza Djalili is a political analyst focusing on the Middle-East and Central Asia. He’s academic career started at the University of Teheran where he was appointed as Professor in 1970. A decade later he was teaching at the University Paris II and later he became an associate professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He’s books concentrate mainly of the subject of Iran - Histoire de l'Iran contemporain (La Découverte, 2010, co-authored by Thierry Kellner), L'Iran de A à Z (André Versaille éditeur, 2010), Géopolitique de l'Iran (Complexe, 2005), but he also published on the subject of Central Asia - Géopolitique de la nouvelle Asie centrale. De la fin de l'URSS à l'après-11 septembre (Puf, 2001-2003 co-authored by Thierry Kellner), and the region of Caucasus - Le Caucase postsoviétque : la transition dans le conflit (Bruylant, 1995).