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The high quality of the programme rests above all on its participating faculty. Ceris has developed an extensive network of contacts with renowned scholars drawn from leading academic and research institutions and with key experts from international organisations. This pooling of resources provides a high-profile professorial corps which few institutions could provide on their own. Every year, the programme is supported by thirty experts from such academic institutions as the London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE, the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Kings College, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, The Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies Geneva, American Universities such as Johns Hopkins, UCLA or Harvard.

 

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Lecturers who have taken part in the programme in the past include :  Pascal Boniface (Institut des Relations Internationales & Stratégiques - IRIS, Paris); Jean-Marie Bouissou (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris - Ceri); Robert Bradnock (King's College, London); Michael Cox (London School of Economics & Political Science - LSE); Robert Cooper (Director for External Politico-Military Affairs to the Secretary General of the European Union Council); Christopher Clapham (Cambridge University); Tim Dunne (University of Exeter); Daniel Dormoy (Université Paris Sud-11); Mohamed-Reza Djalili (Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales - HEI, Geneva); Guy Olivier Faure (Université René Descartes-Paris V Sorbonne); Peter Ferdinand (University of Warwick); Amelia Hadfield (University of Kent); Michel Foucher (Observatoire Européen de Géopolitique, Lyons); Christian Franck (Université Catholique de Louvain - UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve); Christian Freres (Universitad Complutense, Madrid); Rohan Gunaratna (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore); Anastasia Nesvetailova (University of London City); Panayotis Ifestos (Pantheion University, Athens); George Joffe (Cambridge University); Margot Light (London School of Economics & Political Science - LSE); Henri Menudier (Université de  Paris III Sorbonne);  Jorg Monar (University of Sussex); Philippe Moreau-Defarges (Institut Francais des Relations Internationales - IFRI, Paris); Howard Nicholas (Institute for Social Studies, Den Haag); Paul Okojie (Manchester Metropolitan University); Ronen Palan (University of Sussex); Alex Pravda (Oxford University);  Nicola Phillips (University of Manchester); Jochen Prantl (University of Oxford); Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway College, University of London); Sven Biscop (Royal Institute of International Relations & Collège d'Europe); Ted Whiteside (NATO); Stephan Keukeleire (Institute for International & European Policy - KU Leuven); Reinhard Betzuege (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany - Brussels); Guibourg Delamotte (National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations - Paris); Wynn Rees (University of Leicester);  Neil Robinson (University of Limerick); Jacques Rupnik (Insitut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris - Ceri & Harvard University); Richard Sakwa (University of Kent); William Schabas (University of Galway); Jan Aart Scholte (University of Warwick); Jamie Shea (Nato); Philippa Sherrington (University of Warwick); Karen Smith (London School of Economics & Political Science - LSE); David Travers (University of Lancaster); Daniel Turp (Université du Québec, Montréal); William Zartman ((Johns Hopkins University, Washington); Charles Zorgbibe (Université de Paris I Sorbonne).

 

Professor George Joffe is among the leading analysts of Islamic studies. He is Research Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at Cambridge University, as well as a lecturer in International relations at the Center M. Phill. He specializes in Palestinian issues and on political developments in Algeria and Morocco, and he’s most recent research focuses on the subject of the connections between migrant communities and trans/national violence in Europe. He is the Director of Studies at the Royal Institute for International Affairs in London and a visiting professor at Kings College, London University. He was previously the deputy-director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. M. Joffe is also the author of several books among which: Jordan in transition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002), The Politics of Governing: a comparative introduction (co-author, CQ Press, 2006), Perspectives on migration: the Euro-Mediterranean partnership (Routledge, 1999).

Professor Laurence Whitehead is an Official Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford University, and Senior Fellow of the College. During 2005/6 he served as Acting Warden of the College. In March 2011 he takes up a one-year post as Senior Proctor of the University. His most recent books are Latin America: A New Interpretation, (Palgrave, 2006), second revised updated edition 2010. Laurence Whitehead, Democratization: Theory and Experience (OUP, 2002). His most recent edited publication is The Obama Administration and the Americas: Shifting the Balance (Brookings Press, 2010 ) which he produced jointly with Abraham F. Lowenthal and Theodore J. Piccone. Among recent articles there is “Losing ‘the Force’? The Dark Side of democratization after Iraq“ in Democratization, April 2009 and “The Crash of “08” in the Journal of Democracy, January 2010 and “International dimensions of Political Change in the MENA Region”, Journal of Democracy 2010) and is co-editor with John Crabtree Unresolved Tensions: Bolivia Past and Present (Pittsburgh U.P. 2008) and (jointly with Marcelo Bergman) Citizen Security in Latin America (Notre Dame U.P. 2009). He is editor of an Oxford University Press series, ‘Studies in Democratization’ and President of the Conseil Scientifique of the Institut des Ameriques in Paris, and belongs to the steering committee of the Red Eurolatinoamericano de Gobernabilidad para el Desarrollo.


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.

Professor Michael Cox is Emeritus in the Department of International Relations of the London School of Economics and guest professor at CERIS, since the early nineties. He is the author, editor and co-editor of over twenty books including: US Foreign policy and democracy promotion: from Theodore Roosevelt to Barak Obama (Routledge, 2013 - with Timothy Lynch and Nicolas Bouchet); The Rise and Fall of the American Empire (John Wiley & sons, 2012); Us Foreign policy (Oxford University Press, 2012 - with Doug Stokes). Professor Cox has spoken worldwide over the last twenty years to senior executives, business people, military and intelligence personnel and government organizations in Brussels, Beijing, Paris, Canberra, London, Rome, Madrid, Washington, Boston and New York. He has spoken on a range of contemporary global issues, with a special focus on US foreign policy, the state of Transatlantic relationship, the role of the United States in the international economy, the rise of Asia and the longer term problems facing the European Union.

From 1985 to 1986 Pierre Vimont worked at the EastWest Institute in New York. Then he moved back to Europe to become the Second Councillor at the Permanent Representation of France at the European Community in Brussels, from 1986 to 1990. He subsequently became chief of staff to the minister delegate of European affairs from 1990 to 1993. He was the director for development and of scientific, technical, and educational cooperation (1993-1996) and subsequently the adjunct general director of cultural, scientific, and technical relations (1996-1997), and the director of European cooperation (1997-1999). From 1999 to 2002 he was the ambassador and permanent representative of France at the European Union in Brussels. From 2002 to 2007 he was the chief of staff for three French Foreign Ministers. French President Nicolas Sarkozy appointed him to the position of Ambassador to the United States on 1 August 2007. On 25 October 2010, he was selected by the European Union's (EU) High Representative to be the first Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service, which began operation on 1 December 2010.

Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova is Director of City Political Economy Research Centre-CITYPERC. She has been appointed as member of the economic advisory panel of Jeremy Corbyn, an anti-austerity team with the aim of drafting an alternative economic program to post crisis austerity. She is a research specialist in International Political Economy. Her areas of interest cover finance and financial crises, globalisation and governance and her current research focuses on the themes of global financial fragility and crises, the formation of financial and monetary policies, and the process of capitalist evolution in Russia and other FSU countries. She currently teaches at the School of Social Sciences of the City University in London at undergraduate and PG level. She is a former lecturer at the Centre for Global Political Economy of the University of Sussex. Professor Nesvetailova is the author of Fragile Finance: Debt, Speculation and Crisis in the Age of Global Credit (Palgrave, 2007) and Financial Alchemy in Crisis: The Great Liquidity Illusion (Pluto, 2010). She is a co-editor of Global Finance in the New Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), International Political Economy: A Reader (Sage, 2007), and author of academic and media articles on finance and political economy. Video Link : Global Financial Crisis: Why does it happen again & again? (CERIS Interview)

Franklin Dehousse has been Professor in several universities (Universities of Liège and Strasbourg, College of Europe, Higher Royal Institute of Defense, University Montesquieu of Bordeaux, Collège Michel Servet of the Universities of Paris, faculties Notre-Dame de la Paix in Namur). He was a consultant to the European Commission from 1990 to 2003 on matters relating to the WTO and the information society. He was the Special Representative of the Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs (1995-1999) and Director of European Studies of the Royal Institute of International Relations (1998 to 2003). He was also an assessor at the Legislation Section of the Council of State, and a member of the Internet Observatory (2001-2003). He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Belgacom SA (1994-2003). He has been a judge at the Tribunal of the European Union since 7 October 2003. Freklin Dehousse has published numerous articles and monographs. He has also published numerous commentaries in the press, both national and international. In a completely different way, he also realized the scenarios of several comic books.

Professor Jacques Rupnik is a former adviser of Vaclav Havel, he is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies and Research, Sciences Po, Paris. He’s fields of research are democratic transition in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, European integration (the enlargement of the EU and neighborhood policies) and nationalism, the demise of federal States and the building of the Nation-States in Eastern Europe. He is a visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges) since 1999 where he gives lectures about the EU and its neighbors. He previously held (and still holds) several top academic positions such as executive director of the International Commission for the Balkans and member of the Independent International Commission on Kosovo. He is a prolific author and we cite among he’s books : Les banlieues de l'Europe. Les politiques de voisinage de l’Union européenne (Presses de Sciences Po, 2007), L'Europe des Vingt-Cinq. 25 cartes pour un jeu complexe (with Christian Lequesne, Autrement, 2004), Les Européens face à l'élargissement. Perceptions, acteurs, enjeux (Presses de Sciences Po, 2004). Since 2007 he is an adviser at the European Commission. Until 2010 Professor Jacques Rupnik is a Lecturer in Harvard University.

Mr. 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 was the Director of the Brussels Overseas Study Programme of the American University and held the Chair of Transatlantic Programme of the Royal Holloway College at the University of London.

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.


Mr. Ted Whiteside is currently Secretary of the North Atlantic Council, and Director of the NATO Ministerial and Summit Task Force in Brussels. Before taking up his current duties he held the position of Director of the NATO Weapons of Mass Destruction Centre. Mr. Whiteside is responsible for providing the critical link between the private office of the Secretary General and the Delegations of NATO, as well as for coordinating the long term work program of the Council of NATO. He was awarded a Medal by the Governor General of Canada for the negotiations conducted with the Federal Republic of Germany. He is a Graduate of the NATO Defense College, did postgraduate studies in International Politics in Brussels, and holds an M.A. from the University of Montréal and a B.A. from York University.


Mr. Robert Cooper is the author of The Post-Modern State (2002), and implicitly of the doctrine of “new liberal imperialism” that influenced Tony Blair’s thoughts, he is a Senior British diplomat and a former Director-General at the Council of the EU. Mr. Cooper joined the Diplomatic service of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1970. He worked mainly at the British embassies of Bonn and Tokyo before being nominated as Head of the Policy Planning Staff. Afterwards he was promoted to the position of Deputy Secretary for Defence and Overseas Affairs. Before entering the Council of the EU he was the UK’s Special Representative in Afghanistan. Cooper is currently a member of the steering committee in charge of drafting Catherine Ashton’s proposals for the structure of EU’s European External Action Service.

 

Ms. Juliette Bird has been the head of NATO's Counter Terrorism section, within the Emerging Security Challenges Division, since September 2011. In the course of a 20 year career in the UK foreign service Dr. Bird specialized in global threats including proliferation, financial crime and, most extensively, terrorism. She served in the UK's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and was then seconded to NATO to set up an equivalent body for the Alliance.


Professor Daniel Large, a specialist on the politics of the global south, has joined the founding faculty of CEU’s School of Public Policy (SPP), becoming the seventh resident professor. Large previously served as research director of the Africa-Asia Centre, Royal African Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), as research associate with the South African Institute of International Affairs, and as visiting researcher at the Danish Institute of International Studies. He is currently a visiting lecturer at the Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques, Brussels.His teaching and research focuses on the relationship between China and Africa and secondly on relations between India and Africa.

Barbara Hogenboom is Associate Professor of Political Science. For her doctoral research Mexico and the NAFTA Environment Debate. The Transnational Politics of Economic Integration she received the award for the Best Dutch Political Science Dissertation of the year 1998.

She is the coordinator of ENGOV the collaborative research project ‘Environmental Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean: Developing Frameworks for Sustainable and Equitable Natural Resource Use', funded by the European Commission (FP7). 


She is review editor of the European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, member of the editorial board of the Journal of Developing Societies, and member of the editorial board of the CEDLA Latin America Studies (CLAS) book Series published by Berghahn Books. Research interests: Her main fields of interest are contemporary politics and the governance of development, studied from the angle of international political economy. Her research is on the political dimensions of Latin America’s development policies and practices; environmental conflicts and governance; effects of economic and political globalization and regionalization; and the role of social movements and corporate actors.

The theme of her current research is ‘The Politics of Natural Resource Extraction in Latin America’. This research concerns the interaction between developments in global commodity markets, local resistance against resource extraction, and political decisions on two central extractive sectors: energy and mining. In particular, Barbara Hogenboom studies the implications of the policies of progressive regimes, expanding resource extraction and China’s growing influence for (the politics of) sustainable and equitable development in Latin America.

Professor Simon Petermann is an honorary professor at the University of Liège (ULG) and the Free University of Brussels (ULB). He has been President of the department of political sciences at the ULG and is at present Vice President of the International Academy of Geopolitics (Paris, France). He is a lecturer at the Royal Higher Institute for Defence in Belgium. A specialist on international issues, terrorism and its conflicts, he has been a guest professor in numerous European universities, in the United States, Brazil and Russia. He has also been special advisor on the Middle East to the Royal Institute for International Relations - Egmont (IRRI). He arranges training programmes, for magistrates and government officials of the federal police service and the agents of state security in Belgium, in the fields of international relations and geopolitics. He is currently an expert for tribunals on questions related to Islam. The author of several reports on the Guantanamo detention centre for the parliamentary assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), he has visited the site on three occasions. He was a long standing observer for the European Union for the Palestinian elections of 20th January, 1996, and, more recently political advisor to the Gaza strip EUBAM (European Union Border Assistance Mission) (2008). He has also carried out missions in various eastern European countries and in the ex-Yugoslavia for the Council of Europe.

Professor Neil Robinson is a Senior lecturer in Politics at the University of Limerick, where he is the course Director of the Bachelor in Politics and International Relations. He is a specialist in the fields of Russian and post-communist politics, particularly the political economy of post-communism and post-communist state building. He is the author of Ideology and the collapse of the Soviet system. He is equally the editor or co-editor of Institutions and political change in Russia, (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000), Reforging the weakest link: global political economy and post-Soviet change in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004), (Aidan Hehir) State-building. Theory and practice, (London and New York: Routledge, 2007), and (with Todd Landman), The Sage handbook of comparative politics, (London: Sage, 2009). M. Robinson taught previously at the Universities of York and Essex. He is the author of articles in several journals including Soviet Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Political Studies, The Journal of Communist Studies and Transitional Politics, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Demokratizatsiay, Review of International Political Economy.

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). M. Djalili is a member of the European Consortium for Political Research, of the editing committee of Nouveaux Mondes, and a correspondent to the journal La lettre d’Asie centrale.

Professor Guy Olivier Faure is an expert in the field of International Negotiation. He is a Professor of Sociology at the Sorbonne University, Paris V, Department of Social Sciences. He is also a visiting professor in a significant number of Universities all over the world. He lectured in various countries in Europe, in the US, in China and Latin America. His works have been received very well by the public and have been translated in nine languages. M. Faure is the author, co-author and editor of a dozen of books and over 50 articles, including: Negotiating with terrorists: strategy tactics and politics (Taylor & Francis Group, 2010, co authored by William Zartman), La Negociation: regards sur sa diversité (Publibook, 2005), How people negotiate: resolving disputes in different cultures (Springer, 2003), etc. Moreover, he is a member of the editorial board of three major international journals: Negotiation Journal (Harvard, Cambridge); Group Decision and Negotiation (New York); International Negotiation (Washington).

Professor Peter Ferdinand has taught at the University of Warwick for more than three decades. He is a Reader in Politics and International Studies and a former British Academy Research Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. He’s researches focus on mainly three fields: theories and processes of democratization, the political economy of development and international relations in the Asia-Pacific region and the political and economic transition of the former communist states in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He is the author of several books among which we name: Introduction to Politics (Oxford University Press, 2009), Enterprise and Welfare Reform in Communist Asia (ed. with Martin Gainsborough, Cass, 2003), Hong Kong in Transition: One Country, Two Systems (ed. with Robert Ash, Brian Hook and Robin Porter, Routledge Curzon, 2003). Also he is the former Head of the Asia-Pacific Programme of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and former Chair of PAIS (one of the largest and most dynamic departments of politics and international studies in the UK).

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.

His Excellency Reinhard Bettzuege is a visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, he is also the former German Ambassador to Belgium. He started his diplomatic career at the German Embassy in Lisbon, subsequently holding different positions at the German Embassies of London and Belgrade. Ambassador Bettzuege was Deputy Spokesperson, later Head of the Public Information Department of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as Press and PR Adviser to Foreign Ministers Genscher and Kinkel. In 1995 he was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to NATO. Five years later he was moved to the position of Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Germany to the OSCE in Vienna. Reinhard Bettzuege has taught in many academic institutions including at the DSE (German Foundation for Development Policy Berlin) and at the Foreign Office of the Diplomatic Academy in Berlin, the Andrassy University in Budapest, and the Columbia and New York Universities in the US.


Professor Klaus Dodds is a visiting fellow at St Cross College, Oxford specializing in geopolitics. His research focuses on the media and the international governance of the Antarctic and the Arctic. He is currently the Director of the Politics & Environment Research Group (PERG). He edits the Geographical Journal and is a member of several other scientific journals like Geography Compass, Geopolitics and Polar Record. Professor Dodds has authored five books among which we mention: Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2007), Global Geopolitics: A Critical Introduction (Pearson Education, 2005) and Pink Ice: Britain and the South Atlantic Empire (I B Tauris, 2002). He is equally the laureate of the Philip Leverhulme Prize on behalf of his achievements in the fields of geopolitics and human geography.

Professor Ronen Palan is an expert on off-shore finance, he is a Professor in International Political Economy at the University of Birmingham. His areas of research cover international political economy, evolutionary political economy, state theory, sociology and human geography. He has a particular interest in state theory and in the changing nature of the state and modes of governance in the contemporary globalised economy, not only in the case of powerful states but also in the smallest states in the world, the tax havens. His publications concern the changing nature of the state in the age of globalization: Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works (Cornell University Press, 2010), Paradis Fiscaux (La Découvrte, 2006), The Imagined Economies of Globalisation (Sage, 2004). He is the founding editor and current member of the board of trustees of the Review of International Political Economy and a visiting professor at several Universities including the Central European University, Budapest, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, York University, Toronto, ULB, Brussels, Ceris, Brussels and CEPREMAP, Paris.

Mr. Colin Scicluna is currently member of Cabinet of the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations at European Commission. He has been Permanent Representative of Malta to the OSCE since 2012. During his career he has served in various capacities, among them: Political Advisor to the European Union (EU) Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process (2011-12); Advisor, Policy Unit of the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU on Mediterranean and Middle East issues (2006-10); First Counsellor, Deputy Permanent Representative, Mission of Malta to the UN, New York (2004-06); Senior Legal Officer, Directorate for Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Valletta (2003-04); Negotiations Co-ordinator, EU Negotiations Secretariat, Office of the Prime Minister, Valletta (2000-03) and Counsellor, Mission of Malta to the EU, Brussels (1999-2000).

Professor Sven Biscop is a Senior Research fellow at the Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels and a visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. His main area of interest is the foreign, security and defence policy of the European Union. He holds the position of Director at the Egmont Institute of Belgium for the Security and Global Governance Programme. Professor Biscop previously taught at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), the University of Liège (ULG), and has been a visiting professor at Renmin University in Beijing and Carleton University in Ottawa. His recent publications focus on the European Security Strategy, on which he has published several books: Euro-Mediterranean Security: A Search for Partnership (Ashgate, 2003), The European Security Strategy – A Global Agenda for Positive Power (Ashgate, 2005) and The EU and the European Security Strategy – Forging a Global Europe (Routledge, 2007, co-edited with Jan Joel Andersson). Dr. Biscop is the editor of Studia Diplomatica and the Egmont Papers and is a member of the editorial board of the Internationale Spectator and European Security.

Professor Yoko Kawato obtained a PhD in Political Science at the University of Washington in March 2010. She also holds a Master in the same University of Political Science and a BA in International Relations with honors from Brown University. His area of ​​expertise includes security in Asia, alliance politics and civil-military relations. His doctoral research focused on US military bases and challenges they raise in Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, focusing especially on the normative arguments of the protesters and their impact on vis-à-vis policy bases. She is currently working on a book manuscript on the subject for the collection Studies in Asian Security published by Stanford University Press, with the support of East West Center. She has published book chapters on non-profit organizations in Japan and relations between the state and civil society.

Remco Breuker is Professor of Korean Studies at Leiden University. He has published extensively on Korean and Northeast Asian history and is a frequent commentator in the print media, on TV and on the radio about Korean affairs. He is the author of Forging the Truth: Creative Deception and National Identity in Medieval Korea (East Asian History 35, 2008) and Establishing a Pluralist Society in Medieval Korea, 918-1170: History, Ideology and Identity in the Koryŏ Dynasty (Brill, 2010). He has also published several translations of modern South Korean literature into Dutch. Breuker is the founder of Leiden Initiative on Northern Korea, a platform that seeks to study northern and North Korea in its historical and linguistic context. Professor Remco dr. Breuker is the director of the Modern East Asia Research Centre - MEARC.

Dr Luca Tardelli is the Executive Programme Convener of the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy. Dr Tardelli holds a PhD in International Relations from LSE. His dissertation examined the role played by political elite ties in shaping US military interventions in internal conflicts and revolutions. Dr Tardelli graduated in International Relations from the University of Bologna (Forli Campus). He holds a MA in War Studies from King's College London and a MSc in International Relations from LSE. Before joining IDEAS, he worked at the Middle East Division of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as a research assistant at the University of Bologna, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and jointly for the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). At IDEAS, Dr Tardelli teaches on the executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy and is also responsible for the organisation of the programme.

Professor Rico Isaacs is a Reader in Politics. He holds an MSc in Russian and Post Soviet Studies from the London School of Economics & Political Science - LSE and a PhD in Politics from Oxford Brookes University. He joined the department in September 2009 and has previously taught at Sheffield Hallam University. His research specialization focuses on the comparative political sociology of authoritarianism in the post-Soviet space. It explores the dynamics and relationship between the agency and structures of post-Soviet authoritarianism, state-building and nation-building. His research also explores how the post-Soviet experience, especially in the Central Asian region, informs theories and concepts pertaining to authoritarianism, institutionalism, democratization and nation-building. This focus is developed through an analysis of the politics and society of the Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and addresses three particular areas: 1) the relationship between, and the development of, informal and formal institutions (parties, elections, judiciary, clans, factions and patrimonial politics), 2) the processes and dynamics of post-Soviet nation-building, especially through the cultural production and reception of different nation-building discourses and narratives and 3) the response of domestic political actors to the modernizing and democratizing efforts of international agents such as the EU and the OSCE.

 

Professor Henri Ménudier is a specialist of Germany and a political analyst, Head of the University Center of Asnières. After receiving his PhD he became Professor of Political Sciences at the University Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle. His publications include: Kriegsende 1945: Befreiung oder Niederlage für die Deutschen?(with Günter Gehl, Bertuch, 2006), La Vie politique en Allemagne fédérale (with Alfred Grosser, Armand Colin, 1970), Das Weimarer Dreieck: die französisch-deutsch-polnischen Beziehungen als Motor der Europäischen Integration (with Ludger Kühnhardt and Janusz Reiter, Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung, 2000). He is also a former Director of the International Bureau of Connection and Documentation and an editor of the journal Documents.


Dr Stefano Pagliari's research concentrates on the field of international political economy, and in particular on the political economy of financial regulation. He has written on a number of issues related to the politics of the international monetary and financial system, such as financial industry lobbying, regulatory capture, EU-US financial diplomacy, and international financial institutions. His work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals including International Organization, Review of International Political Economy, New Political Economy, Journal of European Integration. Before joining City University London in July 2013, Dr Pagliari was a Fellow in International Political Economy in the International Relations Department at the London School of Economics, as well as a Visiting Scholar at Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University.

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). M. Nicholas publishes also in Development and Change, the revue of the ISS and is a contributor to several national and international journals, his comments concerning mainly the status and future evolutions of the Sri Lankan economy.

 

Former Ceris Lecturers

Professor Margot Light is an expert on post-Soviet politics whose research centers on east-west relations, Soviet, CIS and Russian defence, foreign and domestic policy, and eastern European foreign relations. She is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the Department of International Relations of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also the co-editor of the Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics and a regular commentator and featured expert in radio and TV broadcasts. Professor Light has published widely, her references including: Putin's Russia and the Enlarged Europe (with R. Allison and S. White) (Blackwell: 2006), 'Enlargement and the new outsiders' (with S. White and I. McAllister), Journal of Common Market Studies 40.1 (2002), 'The export of democracy', in K. E. Smith and M. Light (eds.), Ethics and Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2001), pp. 75-91.

Professor Tim Dunne is a British scholar educated at Oxford in International Relations. He’s areas of interest are human rights, Britain’s foreign policy, the changing dynamics of world order after 9/11, and global responsibility for the protection of human rights. At the moment he is a Research Director at the University of Queensland but before taking this position he was a professor of International Relations at the University of Exeter, UK. M. Dunne has published several books, we name only he’s last ones: International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity (with Milja Kurki, Steve Smith eds., Oxford University Press, 2010), Foreign Policy: Theories, Actors, Cases (with Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield eds., Oxford University Press, 2008), Worlds in Collision: Terror and the Future of Global Order (with Ken Booth eds., Palgrave-Macmillan, 2002). He also served as editor for well-known academic journals: Review of International Studies, the International Journal of Human Rights, and he currently is editor of the European Journal of International Relations.

Professor Andrew Hurrell is Montague Burton Professor of International Relations and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford University, since 2007. He was previously a Faculty Fellow in International Relations at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is Director of the Centre for International Studies at the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Oxford. Previously, Hurrell taught at Johns Hopkins University center in Bologna, and at Christ Church, Oxford. Hurrell is an expert on Brazil and has authored a large number of works on Latin American politics. He is a leading theorist of the 'International Society' approach pioneered at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Oxford by Hedley Bull, and has published widely on a vast range of international issues, from the United Nations and humanitarian intervention to international law. His current research project involves comparing the policies and outlooks of emerging regional powers such as Brazil and India, asking what their role in the shifting world order is likely to be. Recent publications include: (co-editor with Ngaire Woods), Inequality, Globalization and World Politics (Oxford University Press, 1999); Hedley Bull on International Society (Macmillan 2000); and (co-editor with Rosemary Foot and John Gaddis), Order and Justice in International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2003), On Global Order (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Professor Rohan Gunaratna is a well-known international terrorism expert, he is the Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is a Member of the Steering Committee of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow both at Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy's Jebsen Centre for Counter Terrorism Studies and the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, Oklahoma. He was the head of the specialist team that built the UN Database on al Qaeda, Taliban and their Entities. His recognized expertise lead him to be the instructor of law enforcement personnel, the intelligence community, and the military including GIGN, CTSO, D88, US NAVY SEALS, Swiss Federal Police, NYPD, and the Australian Federal Police. M. Gunaratna is the author of a dozen books including Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror (Columbia University Press, 2002), an international bestseller. Also he is the lead author of Jane’s Counter Terrorism, a handbook for counter terrorism practitioners.

Professor Christopher Clapham is a specialist in African Studies, particularly interested by Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa, but also by Liberia and Sierra Leone. He has a vast teaching experience that he acquired as a lecturer at the Universities of Addis Abba (1966-1967), Manchester (1968-1971) and Lancaster (1989-2002). He currently teaches at the Center of African Studies of the University of Cambridge. His main publications are: Africa and the International System (Cambridge University Press, 2002), African Guerrillas (James Currey, 1998), Transformation and Continuity in Revolutionary Ethiopia (Cambridge University Press, 1988), Third World Politics (Croom Helm,1985), ... etc...

Since 1988 he is the editor of the Journal of Modern African Studies published by Cambridge University Press

 

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. M. 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 David Travers is a lecture in Lancaster University. Professor David Travers is a specializes in the study of international institutions, and especially the peacekeeping role of the United Nations. He has acted as Specialist Adviser to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons, on United Nations affairs, and is Convenor of the United Nations working group of the British International Studies Association.

Professor Jean-Marie Bouissou is a specialist of contemporary Japan, he gives particular attention to the economic, political, social and international developments of Japan after the Second World War, to the political economy of the Japanese crisis (1990-2007) and also to the Japanese influence on cultural globalization through its most popular cultural products (Manga). He is a professor at several universities in France among which Sciences Po Paris, University of Rennes and University of Paris 10. He is also a supervisor of the education activities of the European Training Programme Japan. He’s most recent books are: "Le Japon contemporain"(2007), "Après la crise...Les économies asiatiques à la croisée des chemins"(2003) and "Quand les sumos apprennent à danser, la fin du modèle japonais"(2003). Also he is a member of the editorial boards of The Pacific Review, The Open Political Science Journal and Critique internationale and a founding member of the Association Franco-Japonaise de Science Politique, and of the Manga Network.

Professor Nicola Phillips is a Lecturer in International Political Economy at the University of Warwick and then as Hallsworth Research Fellow at the Manchester University. In 2006 she was promoted Professor and together with Professor John O'Neill she founded the Political Economy Institute where she currently holds the chair of Political Economy. Dr Phillip’s research focuses on the global political economy and the political economy of development. On these subjects she has published widely as author and editor: Development. (Polity Press, 2010), The Southern Cone Model: The Political Economy of Regional Capitalist Development in Latin America. (Routledge, 2004), Migration in the Global Political Economy (ed., International Political Economy Yearbook series, Lynne Rienner, 2011), International Political Economy: Debating the Past, Present and Future (Routledge, 2010). She is the Editor-in-Chief of the New Political Economy and has served on the editorial boards of various other journals. She is also a former co-editor of the Lynne Rienner International Political Economy Yearbook series, and she holds or held visiting positions at institutions in the UK, Europe and Latin America.

Professor Jochen Prandtl is a Senior Research Fellow in International Relations, at the Nuffield College, University of Oxford, he is a prolific author and brilliant researcher. His areas of interest cover international security (institutions), theories of global governance, risk and conflict management, as well as conflict transformation. He is a former International Fellow at the Waseda University in Tokyo, a former consultant at the UN Department of Political Affairs and was Project Coordinator for the International Research Programme on the Northern Dimension of the CFSP. Prior to his academic career, Jochen Prantl worked in financial services with Allianz SE. Currently he co-edits Studies in International Institutional Dynamics, a recently launched book series with Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. Also Prantl is the coordinator of a major ESRC-funded three-year project entitled ‘Whither Multilateralism? International Security Institutions and Informal Groups of States’. In 2007 he was awarded the Zvi Meitar/Vice-Chancellor Oxford University Research Prize in the Social Sciences.

Cédric Dupont is Professor of Political Science and Director of Executive Education at the Graduate Institute of International & Development 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.

Professor Stephan Keukeleire is professor in the Institute for International and European Policy (IIEP) in the University of Leuven (KUL). He is  Jean Monnet Professor in European Integration & Foreign Policy, Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges), Stephan Keukeleire's research focuses on foreign policy analysis in general, and on the foreign policy of the European Union in particular. Within the former, he researches structural foreign policy & traditional foreign policy; structural conflict prevention; foreign policy, human security & societal security; foreign policy & globalization & theoretical approaches towards foreign policy. Within the latter, he analyzes the common foreign & security policy (CFSP) of the EU, European Security & Defense Policy (ESDP/CESDP), EU foreign policy & the first pillar (European Community), EU structural policy & structural conflict prevention, flexibility, directorates & contact groups, and explanations for and deconstructions of EU foreign policy.

Professor Guibourg Delamotte is a recognised expert in Asian and Japanese affairs, and a Fellow Researcher and speaker at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations in Paris. She is also a Fellow Researcher at the Asia Centre and at the Centre de recherche sur le Japon, as well as an Adjunct Fellow at the Temple University Japan. Her main area of interest is Japan and its geopolitical and security issues. Professor Delamotte has an extensive bibliography on Japan, starting with her PhD thesis : Déterminants de la politique de défense et jeux politiques japonais. She has published and co-authored several books including La Politique de défense du Japon (Presse Universitaire de France, 2010), The Constraints to Japan’s National Security : Political and Normative Dimensions (Global Oriental, 2010), Globalization’s impact on threat perception and defence postures in Northeast Asia (Routledge 2009). She is the co-director of La Géopolitique de l’Asie (SEDES, 2007). She has also edited and written several academic reviews on the politics of Japan. Her PhD Thesis has been awarded the Shibusawa-Claudel award in 2008.

Professor Alex Pravda is a Lecturer in Russian and East European Politics, Faculty Fellow, at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, since 1989. His expertise covers the fields of Russian foreign policy, Russian politics, and Soviet politics and foreign policy. He is the former Director of the Soviet foreign policy programme at the think-thank, Chatham House and a former visiting associate Professor at Stanford University. In 1988 he was a specialist adviser in the Foreign Affairs Select Committee at the House of the Commons. He has an extensive broadcast experience and has published extensively on his area of expertise: Leading Russia: Putin in Perspective. Essays in Honour of Archie Brown (Oxford University Press, 2005), Democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe: international and transnational factors (co-editor, Oxford University Press, 2001), Developments in Russian Politics (co-editor, Macmillan, 2001), "Putin's Foreign Policy after 11 September: Radical or Revolutionary?" in G. Gorodetsky (ed.), Russia between East and West. Russian Foreign Policy on the Threshold of the Tweny-First Century, ( Cass, 2003, pp. 39-57).

Professor Richard Sawka is a Lecturer of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent. His research interest include the democratic development in Russia, the nature of postcommunism and the global challenges facing the former communist countries. On these subjects he published several books, we only cite his latest: The Quality of Freedom: Khodorkovsky, Putin and the Yukos Affair (Oxford University Press, 2009), Russian Politics and Society (Routledge, 2008, 4th edition), Putin: Russia’s Choice (Routledge, 2007, 2nd edition) and The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, 1917-1991 (Routledge, 1999). M. Sawka is also an Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, a member of the Advisory Boards of the Institute of Law and Public Policy in Moscow, chair of the Advisory Board of the Eurasian Political Studies Network and, since September 2002, a member of Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.

Professor William A. Schabas is a Lecturer of Human Rights law at the National University of Ireland, where he also manages the Irish Center of Human Rights. He is President of the Irish Branch of the International Law Association, and, since 2009, President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. Professor Schabas is the author of twenty-one books and more than 250 academic articles that develop, in all or in part, the subject of international human rights law. We cite: Introduction to the International Criminal Court (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Genocide in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2009), The Abolition of the Death Penalty in International Law (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003), International Human Rights and Canadian Law (Toronto, Carswell, 2007). He has often participated in human right missions on behalf of non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International (International Secretariat), the International Federation of Human Rights, and the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development to Rwanda, Burundi, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Cambodia and Guyana.

Professor Jan Aart Scholte is a Lecturer at PAIS (Politics and International Studies) and a Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) at the University of Warwick. Previously he worked at the University of Sussex, Brighton and the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. His areas of interest are the democratic governance of a globalised world, civil society and global governance, and world-historical-sociological perspectives on social change. He published some 100 articles and several books including: Globalization: A Critical Introduction (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005), International Relations of Social Change (Open University Press, 1993). Also he completed a policy report on IMF Relations with Member Countries: The Civil Society Dimension for the Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund for the year 2009. M. Scholte serves on the advisory boards of various institutes and programmes in global(isation) and regional(isation) studies around the world. He is also a former editor of the journal Global Governance (2005-9). He currently is the coordinator of the major international project 'Building Global Democracy'.

Professor Jörg Monar is an EU specialist, he is the Director of Studies at the European Political and Administrative Studies Department of the Collège d’Europe, Bruges. He is a Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges and Natolin) since 1991 and a visiting Professor at the European Interdisciplinary Studies Department in Natolin (Warsaw) and in several other Universities around the world. M. Monar holds the EU Marie Curie Chair of Excellence on EU internal security governance at the Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg and is Director of the SECURINT project. He published books and articles on the Maastricht and Amsterdam Treaties, the New Transatlantic Agenda and EU Justice and Home Affairs: La réalisation de l'espace de liberté, de sécurité et de justice: Les États membres à l'épreuve (École Nationale d'Administration, 2009), Justice and Home Affairs in the European Union (Macmillan, 2002), etc . He is a member of the governing bodies of several academic organisations, including the IEP (Berlin), the EARF (Tübingen) and the Federal Trust (London). He is also a specialist adviser to the House of Lords since 1999 and editor of the European Foreign Affairs Review. He participates in training programmes for national government officials.

 

Professor Philippe Moreau Defarges is a French political analyst, specialist of international issues, geopolitics, European construction and globalisation. He is a Professor at the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas and at the Institute of political studies of Paris. M. Defarges is Minister Plenipotentiary as well as counselor in Foreign Affairs. He also holds the position of researcher at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), and is co-director of the RAMSES report. Among his main publications we name: Relations internationales (Seuil, 2007), Introduction à la géopolitique (Seuil, 2005), Dictionary of Geopolitics (Armand Colin, 2002), L’ordre mondial (Armand Colin, 2003).

Professor Philippa Sherrington is a FDTL Project Director and Lecturer at the University of Warwick. Her research areas are the institutional dynamics of the EU, in particular the inter-institutional dialogues between the Council of the EU and the European Parliament. Also she is interested in the idea generation and think tanks who work on the EU, and the UK's tense relationship with the EU. Among her books we cite: Understanding European Union Governance and Public Policy, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), The Council of Ministers: political authority in the European Union (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2000). She is also a contributor to the British Journal of Politics and International Relations. In 2003 she was awarded the Warwick award for Teaching Excellence, having been nominated by students and colleagues. Professor Shea is an accredited member of the Higher Education Academy, and is a Member of the Reference Group for the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP).

Professor Karen E Smith is a Reader in International Relations and the Director of the European Foreign Policy Unit at the London School Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on European Union foreign policy, EU-UN relations, human rights and foreign policy. We cite among her publications: ‘The European Union at the Human Rights Council: speaking with one voice but having little influence’, Journal of European public policy, 17 (2), (pp. 224-241, 2010), ‘The EU in the world: future research agendas.’ In: Egan, Michelle and Nugent, Neill and Paterson, William E., (eds.) Research agendas in EU studies: stalking the elephant (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), ‘EU foreign policy and Asia.’ In: Balme, Richard and Bridges, Brian, (eds.) Europe-Asia relations: building multilateralisms (Palgrave, 2008), European Union foreign policy in a changing world (Polity Press, 2008). She is a former Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute of Florence and a former editor and free-lance journalist. In 2007 Dr Smith was awarded the Anna Lindh award for excellence in research on European foreign and security policy.

Professor Daniel Turp is a Canadian Lecturer and politician. Currently holding the position of Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Montréal, M. Turp has served as MP of the Party Quebecois at the National Assembly of Quebec. He is also the vice-president and president of the Political Commission of the Quebecois Party and a member of its National Executive Council. He was also a visiting Professor at the University of Paris X, ULB (Brussels), University of Geneva, University Paris XI (Paris-Sud) as well as at the International Institute of Human Rights of Strasbourg. Among his publications we cite: The Right to Choose: Essays of Québec's Right to Self-Determination,(Thémis, 2001), La régulation juridique des espaces économiques : interactions GATT/OMC, Union européenne et ALÉNA (with T., Debart, J. Schmidt and V. Nabhan, Centre Jaques-Cartier, 1996), Droit international, canadien et québécois des droits et libertés : notes et documents (with W. Schabas, Yvon Blais, 1998). His areas of research are Public International Law, International and Constitutional Law of the Fundamental Rights and Advanced Constitutional Law.

Professor William Zartman is Emeritus Professor at the Johns Hopkins University. He is an expert in conflict resolution and negotiation, crisis management, developing nations and diplomacy for the areas of Africa, Northern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East. He previously served for more than 20 years as the Jacob Blaustein Professor of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and is also the former director of SAIS Conflict Management and African Studies programs. M. Zartman was a consultant to the U.S. Department of State and the president of the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies and of the Middle East Studies Association and the American Institute for Maghreb Studies. He also acquired membership in the International Steering Committee of Processes of International Negotiations Program based in Europe. He is the author of several books among which we cite: Understanding Life in the Borderlands: Boundaries in Depth and in Motion (University of Georgia Press, 2010), Imbalance of Power: U.S. Hegemony and International Order (Lynne Rienner, 2009), Diplomacy Games: Formal Models and International Negotiations, co-editor (Springer, 2007), Negotiation and Conflict Management: Essays on Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2007).

Professor Charles Zorgbibe is a French jurist and historian specializing in International Relations who taught at the University Paris-I-Pantheonn-Sorbonne. He is a former Rector of the Academy of Aix de Marseille and a former Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Paris-I. M. Zorgbibe is the author of many essays of International Law and Foreign policy, among which a History of the European Union (Albin Michel, 2005), a Political and Constitutional History of France (Ellipses, 2002), a History of NATO (Complexe, 2002) and several biographies including the ones of Mirabeau (Fallois, 2008) and Metternich (Fallois, 2009). He also published a first tome of Paix et guerres en Afrique in 2009 (ed. François Bourin). He is the president of the International Politics Center at Sorbonne and a former head of the Foundation for Defence Studies. He also conducted several reports on the future of the EU and of the UN for the French Ministry of Defense.

Professor Pascal Boniface is a political analyst specializing in the domains of international relations, nuclear deterrence and disarmament, European Security, French International Policy and Sport in the International Relations. He is a permanent Professor (maître des conferences) at the “Institut d’Etudes européennes” in the University of Paris-8 where he teaches International Relations. He is the author of over forty books and is a frequent contributor to national and international publications on geopolitics as well as to various national news papers. Boniface is also director of the quarterly journal “La revue internationale et stratégique” since 1991 and editor of the yearbook “L’Année stratégique” (Strategic Yearbook) since 1985. In parallel with he’s teaching activities he is the founding Director of IRIS (Institute for International and Strategic Relations) and gives consultations to the French Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs on strategic issues.

Professor Daniel Dormoy chairs the Scientific Board of CERIS. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University Paris-Sud 11 where he teaches International and European Law and is incumbent of the Chaire Jean-Monnet. He’s researches cover mainly humanitarian international law, law of war and law of international organizations. Among he’s published works we name: Réfugiés, immigration clandestine et centres de rétention des immigrés clandestins en droit international (Bruylant, 2008) Perspectives humanitaires entre conflits, droit(s) et action (Editions Bruylant, 2002) and Génocide(s) (Editions Bruylant, 1999). Professor Dormoy is also a member of the Administrative Council of the University Paris-Sud 11 and president of the College d'études internationales and of the Francophone Network of international law (RFDI). He is part of the Reading Committee of the Revue quebequoise de droit international and of the Scientific Board of the Revue belge de droit international.

Professor Robert W Bradnock is a specialist in South Asia whose researches cover various aspects of geopolitics and development, including regional co-operation and the geopolitics of environmental change in South Asia. He began his teaching career at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London in 1968. Thirty three years later he joined the King’s College where he is currently a Senior Lecturer in Geography. He published several books among which we cite: The Routledge Atlas of South Asian Affairs (Taylor and Francis, 2010), South Asia in a Globalising World, (London, Pearson/DARG; edited with G. O. Williams, 2002) and India's Foreign Policy since 1971, (Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House,1990). M. Bradknock is a regular broadcaster at the BBC and at American and European radio and TV networks, covering South Asian current affairs.

Professor Michel Foucher is a French diplomat and an expert in geopolitics he is also a Professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. Interested by issues of state and borders and the position of Europe in the world, M. Foucher published widely on these subjects. He’s latest publications are: L’Europe et l’avenir du monde (Odile Jacobs, 2009), L’Europe entre géopolitiques et géographies (Armand Colin, CNED, SEDES, 2009), Nouveaux (dés)équilibres mondiaux (La Documentation Française, 2009), Géopolitique de la Turquie (L’Histoire, 2009). He previously taught at the University Lumière Lyon II, at the Institute of political studies of Lyon and at the Collège d’Europe in Warsaw. He is also a former French ambassador to Latvia and the former head of the Analysis and Forecast Center at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is currently a member of the French Foreign Affairs Council.

Professor Christian Franck is the former president of the Institute of European studies of the UCL (Catholic University of Louvain). He is Professor of Political Science at the UCL and a visiting Professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, at the University Alcala of Henares, at the Institute of political studies of Katowice, at the University of Bratislava and at the University Hassan II of Casablanca. He’s main interests are the European policy of Belgium, EU’s institutional dynamics and the external policy of the EU. He is a former adviser to the Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation and External Trade and the current Head of the French Chair at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He publishes annually a chronicle of the political, economic and social evolution of Belgium at the Documentation Française editions. Among he’s publications we name: Union Européenne: Dynamiques d’union politique, de légitimation et d’identité dans le contexte constitutionnel (Bryulant, 2006), Une constitution pour un projet et des valeurs (Bryulant, 2004).

Professor Christian Freres is an Associate Researcher at the Complutense Institute of International Studies (ICEI) in Madrid in the domain of development and cooperation. He’s areas of study are Latin America and the Caribbean and he’s main subjects of research are the EU’s development policy, Spanish aid policy in Latin America and European-Latin American relations. As a specialist in international relations and development policy he gives consultations to various organizations, including the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation. He’s most recent publications include: An overview of the Linkages Between Spain’s Regions and Cuba (Focal, 2005). Encuentros y desencuentros entre Europa y América Latina (Madrid, Catarata, 2004). Towards Improving the Poverty Impact of the GSP in Latin America (Working Paper ICEI WP 02/2004), ¿De las declaraciones a la asociación birregional? Análisis y perspectivas de las cumbres entre la Unión Europea y América Latina y el Caribe, (Nueva Sociedad, Caracas, 2004).