24 June 2009
Holger Briel, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Nicosia (Lefkosia), Cyprus and Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Learning and Management, New Delhi. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, US; an MA from the University of Michigan, US and a BA from the University of Tübingen, Germany. His research interests include (Trans-)Cultural Studies, Political Communication and Strategy and Visual Media. His most recent publication is Glocal Media and the Balkans (2009). Earlier books include the texts Culture and Society: A Glossary (2002) and Adorno und Derrida, oder wo liegt das Ende der Moderne? (1993).
Leopold von Carlowitz, Ph.D., is Senior Researcher with the Center for International Peace Operations in Berlin. He is a German lawyer and wrote his doctoral dissertation on the progressive development of international property rights law. He also holds an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. Previous work assignments included researching at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (2002-2006) and serving as Head of the Property Verification and Claims Unit with the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (1999-2001). He also counseled in international proceedings before the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and published various articles on international peacekeeping, post-conflict rule of law and reconciliation, international adjudication and human rights practice.
Chaglar Alkan (Ph.D. cand.) is British Cypriot academic researching syncretistic religions at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) , University of London. Alkan is also journalist and editor for Turkish Cypriot weekly newspaper Toplum Postasi (Community Post) in London, where he writes the weekly editorial and a political commentary on Cyprus. With a background in history, culture and politics and a strong passion for Cyprus, Alkan is a regular contributor to the Cyprus Mail and the co-founder and joint-coordinator of the UK's only inter-communal lobby group Cypriots 4 Cyprus.
Mihajlo Delic, M.Phil. in Peace and Conflict Resolution, Dept of Political Science, University of Tromso, Norway is working on his thesis proposal, University of California at Berkley. He olds a BA in International Business (USA). Graduated also in Corporate Social Responsibility at the World Bank Institute, Washington. His research interests include: Socio-Economic Influences on Political Tolerance, Conflict Resolution, Transitional Justice, Influence of Sport and Education on Youths, Pursuit of Human Rights, Role of Peace Education in Intractable Conflicts and Divided Societies. Delic has played professional basketball in Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Morocco, Norway, Philippines, Slovenia USA, Serbia. He founded the Sports Humanitarian Organization "PLAY" (http://www.icametoplay.org) in Serbia which aims at employing sports and education as an universal instrument for social change. He is fluent in English, Serbo-Croat and Scandinavian languages. Currently based in Novi Sad, north Serbia.
Aleksandar Fatić, Ph.D., is Research Professor in International Security at the Institute of International Politics and Economics (IIPE) in Belgrade and Director of the Centre for Secuity Studies, a think-tank that for the past eight years has served as the principal training provider for the Serbian Government in anti-corruption and anti-organised crime methodology, focusing on the medium-to-senior ranking law-enforcement and justice professionals. He was a Lecturer in International Relations at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Charles University, Prague, Lecturer in Political Science at the Anglo-American College, Prague, and Senior Lecturer in European Studies at the University of South Australia. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Security Review, the journal published by the Centre for Security Studies (www.cbs-css-org). In 2006-2007 he was the IIPE Director, prior to taking up a short stint as Ambassador at the Directorate for Europe, Serbian Ministry of the Interior. He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles, including Crime and Social Control in Central-Eastern Europe, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, the UK, 2007 and editorship of Security in South-Eastern Europe, The Management Centre, Belgrade, 2008. In 2005-07 he was Editor-in-Chief of The Review of International Affairs, the foreign affairs quarterly published by the IIPE.
Giorgio Franceschini, (Ph.D. cand.) is a Research Associate at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). He works on nuclear arms control and disarmament. His current research topics include the EU strategy against weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and WMD terrorism, the international campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons ("Global Zero") and the impact of the "nuclear renaissance" on international peace and security. He lectures at the Technical University of Darmstadt (TUD), Germany, on political and technical aspects of nuclear proliferation. He is also a member of the Task Force "Non-Proliferation and Sensitive Technologies" at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP), Berlin and of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) in Sanremo, Italy.
Dimitrios Koumparoulis, Ph.D. holds the position of Professor of
Economics, UGSM-Monarch Business School. He has served
at the OSE’s Economic Department, the National Bank of Greece (Business
Loans), the Central Bank of Greece (Economic Research Division) and the
Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences (Department of
Public Administration – Economic Sector). Dr. Koumparoulis is also Professor of Economics, Universidad Azteca de Chalco, Mexico. Since 2003 he has been permanent member of the Greek Economic Chamber. Dr. Koumparoulis holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Univesidad Azteca in
Mexico, a Master of Science in Economics from the Athens University of
Economics and Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economic and Regional
Development from Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences, Athens.
Niklas Keller (Ph.D. cand.) is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in Psychology at the University of Bamberg, Germany. In 2005-2006 he worked as a Research Assistant under Dr. Leventis at the Peace & Governance Programme, United Nations University, Headquarters Tokyo. Subsequently, he staffed the Research Team of the Berlin-based think tank 'Atlantic Community'. He is now a pre-doctoral Research Fellow at the Adaptive Behaviour and Cognition Research Group of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin.
Frederic Labarre (BA cum laude Political Science, Ottawa 1998, MA Peace Studies, Bradford 2000) is a Ph.D. candidate in War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada. He has worked in domestic and international postings. He was policy advisor to the Estonian Defence Ministry (2000-2001), international liaison officer at the Royal Military College of Canada (2001-2004), ADL Chair at NATO Defense College (2004-2007). Currently he is Head of the Department of Political and Strategic Studies at the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia (2008-2009). He has published on terrorism, military reform, military education, Russian and eastern European security issues.
Rafael Leal-Arcas, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches international economic law and the external relations law of the European Union (EU), and is also Deputy Director of Graduate Studies. Rafael is the author of more than 40 publications on international trade law and EU law, the most recent of which is his book Theory and Practice of EC External Trade Law and Policy, (Cameron May, London 2008; 606 pages). Dr Leal-Arcas has acted as a consultant to the World Trade Organization's legal affairs division, has served in the U.S. Court of International Trade, and has clerked at the European Court of Justice as well as the Court of First Instance of the European Communities.
Guido Lenzi, Amb. (ret.) Born in 1941 in Bucarest, he joined the Foreign Service in 1964. His professional life has taken him successively to Algeria, Switzerland, London and Moscow, before embarking for over twenty years in multilateral diplomatic tasks, as head of the NATO Desk at the Foreign Ministry, Minister at the Italian Mission to the UN, Director of the WEU (now EU) Institute of Security Studies in Paris and finally as Permanent Representative to the OSCE in Vienna. He has also served as Diplomatic Advisor to Italian Ministers of Defence, Foreign Affairs and Interior. Guido Lenzi has extensively published articles on foreign policy issues and researched on East-West relations, multilateralism, national and international institution-building, and European integration issues.
Selma Lomigora, B.A., is a final year student at the School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She plans to continue her advanced education in International Relations. During this final year at the university, Selma has shown great interest in the political future of her country. She conducted various researches and attended workshops in project design. She has been a member of the Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales AIESEC. In 2006 she was the Organizational Committee President (OCP). She has been working as an English translator/interpreter for various international organizations conducting research in Bosnia and Herzegovina for media and newspaper agencies in Europe. Apart from her native Bosnian she is fluent in English and Spanish.
William Mallinson, Ph.D., lectures in British history, culture and literature at the Ionian University. He is a former member of HM Diplomatic Service, where he served in the British Embassy at The Hague. After working as European Public Affairs Manager for ITT head office in Brussels, he completed a PhD on Dutch foreign policy and German rearmament at the LSE (London). His academic publications are numerous, including Public Lies and Private Truths: An Anatomy of Public Relations (Cassell, London) and Portrait of an Ambassador: the Life, Times and Writings of Themistocles Chrysanthopoulos (Athens, 1998). His most recent book is Cyprus: a Modern History, published in Greek and English (London and Athens, 2005), released as an updated paperback in 2009. His next, Cyprus: Diplomatic History and the Clash of Theories and International Relations, is due to be published in 2010, in English and Greek, by I.B. Tauris and Estia respectively. In 2010, IB Tauris is also publishing his From Neutrality to Commitment: Dutch Foreign Policy 1948 to 1954. In 2010, the British Journal of Contemporary History will publish his article Cyprus, Britain the US and Turkey: Submissive Criticism or Critical Submission? The University of Minnesota, US is planning to publish his Partition through Foreign Aggression: The case of Turkey in Cyprus. Dr Mallinson is an expert on Anglo-Greek-US relations and European defence policy.
+Oscar Marchisio was born on 6 May 1950 and died on August 7, 2009. He held a Master’s in Philosophy (University of Genova). Established and directed Fuzzy Net S.A.S., a Bologna business consultancy with a Beijing branch(www.fuzzynet.com). Taught at the Faculty of Economics, University of Urbino, Italy. Throughout his life, Oscar had been a hyperactive researcher, sociologist, business consultant. He undertook various studies commissioned by the Italian Trade Union CGIL. He conceptualized and organized regional projects concerning food, culture and environmental landscape (www.land-scape.it). Late Oscar had also been a prolific writer: a wide range of titles on topics ranging from the economy to sociology and from studies on China to romance stories go to his credit. Based in Bologna he led the “Socialmente” (www.socialmente.name) publishing house and the “Il Provinciale Net” (www.ilprovinciale.net) online journal. The ISF deeply regrets his sudden and unexpected death at such an early stage of our cooperation.
Vasko Naumovski, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, Faculty of International Relations, Politics & European Studies, New York University Skopje. He also holds LLB, LLM degrees in International and EU Law from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, (fY) Republic of Macedonia, and an MA in European Studies from the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University of Bonn, Germany. In 2007 he was elected President of the Institute for European and International Studies, a Skopje based think-tank. He worked for the US National Democratic Institute, the Parliament, the Ministry of Justice and the UNDP Office in his native country. Naumovski is a regular columnist in "Nova Makedonija", the oldest national daily newspaper.
Arto Nokkala, Ph.D., is a freelance researcher and an Adjunct Professor of the Department of Strategic and Defence Studies, Finnish National Defence University. Formerly, he worked in the Finnish Defence Forces for 25 years, and after that at the University of Tampere, Finland. He is Doctor of Social Sciences (International Relations, University of Lapland, Finland). His current research interests include the changing role of the military in a broad international security, northern European security and Finland’s foreign, security and military policies. His recent study focuses on Russia in the Finnish defence establishment institutional discourse.
Andrestinos Papadopoulos, Ph.D., Amb. (ret.) studied in Athens, Geneva, Hague and London, Literature, Political Science, Law and International Relations. He has written ten books and over 300 articles dealing with international law, international relations and the Cyprus question. He started his career as assistant to a University Professor in Athens and then continued as journalist accredited to the UN in Geneva, before joining in 1967 the Diplomatic Service of Cyprus. On secondment from his government he served for five years as Assistant Director in the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and then as Ambassador in various countries. As Political Director of the Foreign Ministry, he prepared the Political Declaration of the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement of 1988 in Lefkosia and represented Cyprus in more than 120 international conferences. His chairmanship of the Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe was considered by Parliamentary Assembly as a contribution of value to the cooperation and dialogue of the two organs, and as such was highly praised.
Zoran Ristic, M.A., in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies, King’s College, University of London, is currently working on the political economy of war and conflict. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Management and Economics (State University of New York, SUNY). His research interests include: political economy of war and conflict, policy formulation, Balkan and Middle East history, US/Russian strategic interests in the Balkans and the Middle East and pipeline politics.
Shahriar Mahmoud Sharei, M.Sc., is a Dubai-based international businessman. He holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science. He completed a LLM in International Law in Brussels (2010). He is the Vice Chairman of the Democratic World Federalists (DWF), and a Member of the Council of the World Federalists Movement (WFM).
Zenon Stavrinides, Ph.D., was born in Cyprus and studied in the Universities of London, Cambridge and Leeds. Over a period of more than 30 years he taught Philosophy and Political Theory in a number of British universities and has also pursued full- or part-time journalism with the BBC and a number of newspapers. He currently teaches in the School of Politics and International Studies in the University of Leeds. He is a founding member and General Secretary of the Association for Cypriot, Greek and Turkish Affairs, a UK-based organisation which promotes the dissemination of knowledge and understanding of social, political and economic developments in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey. He authored "The Cyprus Conflict: National Identity and Statehood" (2nd edition, 1999) and a number of scholarly papers.
Yuri Stoyanov, Ph.D., (Combined Historical Studies, Warburg
Institute, University of London) is Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. Currently based at the Department of Near and Middle East, School of
Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is also Senior Associate Fellow, Albright Institute
of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem. He was Director of the Kenyon
Institute, Jerusalem (formerly the British School of Archaeology) 2006-08. Dr Stoyanov lectured and published widely on various
facets of the interaction between Judaism, Christianity and Islam and their
significance for certain far-reaching contemporary religio-political attitudes
and developments. Author of The
Hidden Tradition in Europe (Penguin, London, 1994), The Other God (Yale UP, London & New York, 2000), Defenders
and Enemies of the True Cross (Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Vienna
- forthcoming) as well as
assistant editor of Christian Dualist Heresies
in the Byzantine World c.650-c.1450 (Manchester UP, Manchester & New
York, 1998). Since 2000 he has worked on a
number of research projects (supported by British and Italian academic
institutions and involving wide-ranging field work) focused on the status of
religious sites and cultural/archaeological reserve areas in the Balkans, the
Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and Central Asia. During his tenure in
Jerusalem he organized several international workshops on the current legal
regulations of holy sites and cultural heritage in the Holy Land and the Near
East. He is involved in the preparation of similar initiatives concerning the
historic heritage sites in Cyprus.