Working Groups

Europe-China Relations
Europe-Turkey Relations
Europe-Russia-Ukraine Relations
Europe-Mena Relations
Europe-North America Relations

Europe-China Relations

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Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka, Co-Chair
Genia Kostka is a Professor of Governance of Energy and Infrastructure at the Hertie School of Governance. Her areas of expertise include energy governance, public policy and political economy, with a regional focus on China. Before joining the Hertie School, she was an Assistant Professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and worked for McKinsey & Company. She has a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, an MA with specialisations in International Economics and International Development from SAIS Johns Hopkins University and a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Genia regularly consults for international organizations, such as the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.

Björn Conrad, Co-Chair
Björn Conrad is Associate Vice President for Research at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) and the director of the Reseach Area on Innovation, Environment and Economy. Before joining MERICS, Björn was a Climate Change and Environmental Officer for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), worked at the Global Environment Facility at the World Bank in Washington, DC and was appointed member of the expert committee for formulating a China Strategy for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Björn studied Sinology, Political Science and Economics and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. He works on China’s environmental policy, climate change, energy and technology innovation.

Wiebke Rabe, Research Associate
Wiebke Rabe is Research Associate to Genia Kostka for the Dahrendorf Project and responsible for the working group on ‘Europe-China Relations’. Prior to joining the Hertie School, Wiebke worked with the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) and with the Austrian Embassy in Beijing. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Utrecht (with distinction) and a Bachelor’s degree in European studies from the University of Bremen. Wiebke also studied Chinese language at Peking University and Russian language at the State University of Saint Petersburg. She did field research in northwest China and held a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. In addition to her work for the Dahrendorf Forum, she is pursuing her PhD on Chinese foreign direct investment in Europe’s energy sector.

Dr. Olivia Gippner, Member
Olivia Gippner is a Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow EU-China Relations at LSE IDEAS. Prior to this she worked as a research fellow at the NFG-Research Group on “Asian Perceptions of the EU” and finished her PhD on Chinese Climate Policy and the Role of the European Union.

Dr. Diarmuid Torney, Member
Dr. Diarmuid Torney is a Lecturer in International Relations. He holds an MPhil and DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, as well as BA and MA degrees from University College Dublin. His research focuses on the global politics of climate change and energy, particularly in the European Union, China, India, and the United States. His forthcoming book, European Climate Leadership in Question: Policies toward China and India, will be published in 2015.

Dr. Cherry Yu, Member
Dr Yu Jie (Cherry) is the LSE IDEAS programme coordinator for the East Asia International Affairs Programme She gained her doctorate at the International Relations Department, LSE. Her thesis titles as “Partnership or Partnerships: An Examination on China-EU relations by using China-EU collaboration on climate change and clean energy technology as a case study”. She also gives frequent comments on China’s foreign policy as well as China’s direct investments in Europe in both Chinese and English major media outlets. Prior to LSE IDEAS, she worked as a management consultant and China Desk at London Office of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, GmbH. She worked extensively with leading European conglomerates that either want to set up joint ventures in China or improve the performance of their existing Chinese business units as well as with Chinese State Owned Enterprises. She also teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses at LSE and School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She obtained her MSc in International Relations from the LSE and her BA (Hons) in Politics and International Studies at University of Warwick.

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Europe-Turkey Relations

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Dilek Kurban, Chair
Dilek Kurban is Marie Curie Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and a member of the European Commission’s Network of Independent Experts in the non-discrimination field as the Turkey expert. Prior to joining the Hertie School in October 2014, she spent eighteen months at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin as the Mercator-IPC Research Fellow. Kurban received her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Columbia Law School. Prior to her relocation to Berlin, Kurban was a staff member of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV).

Esra Özyürek, Chair
Dr. Esra Özyürek is an Associate Professor and Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies at the European Institute, London School of Economics. Before joining the LSE she taught at the Anthropology Department of University of California, San Diego. Dr. Özyürek is a political anthropologist who seeks to understand how Islam, Christianity, secularism, and nationalism are dynamically positioned in relation to each other in Turkey and in Europe.

Lisa Haferlach, Research Associate
Lisa Haferlach is Dahrendorf Research Associate to Dilek Kurban and Esra Özyürek for Working Group 2: Europe and Turkey. Before joining the Hertie School, she worked as Project Manager at the Istanbul Policy Center on projects concerning German-Turkish bilateral relations. She gained further experience as Development Director of a Social Enterprise in Eastern Turkey fostering sustainable economic development in the South-Caucasus region. She holds an MA degree from Sabanci University, Istanbul and a BA in social anthropology from Cambridge University, UK. Her assessment of Turkey’s corruption risk for Transparency International’s Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index 2015 is to be published this year.

Fuat Keyman, Member
Fuat Keyman is Director of Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations at Sabancı University. Keyman is a leading Turkish political scientist and an expert on democratization, globalization, international relations, Turkey – EU relations, Turkish foreign policy, and civil society development. He is a member of the Science Academy. He has worked as a member on the Council of Wise People as part of the Peace Process to the Kurdish issue. He also serves on advisory and editorial boards for a number of respected international and national organizations as well as for academic journals.

Günter Seufert, Member
Günter Seufert is a Senior Researcher with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, where he focuses on political developments in Turkey and the Cyprus conflict. At the same time, he is IPC-Mercator Senior Fellow. For several years he was based in Istanbul working as a correspondent for German, Swiss and Austrian newspapers (2001-2004 and 2007-2010). He also taught as Visiting Associate Professor in the Department for Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia (2004-2007). Prior to this he was Researcher and Managing Director of the Istanbul branch of the Beirut based Institute of the German Oriental Society (1996-2001). In 1996, Seufert, who holds a PhD in Sociology, was a post-doc researcher at the University of Lausanne.

Silvia von Steinsdorff, Member
Prof. Dr. Silvia von Steinsdorff is Professor for Comparative Studies of Democracy and the Political Systems of Eastern Europe at the Institute for Social Sciences at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. She holds a PhD and the postdoctoral Habilitation in Political Science from LMU München.

Berna Turam, Visiting Fellow
Berna Turam is Associate Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University. She has an abiding interest in conducting ethnography on state-society interaction, government and the city, urban space and democracy, political Islam and ordinary Muslim people, religion and politics, secularisms, and politics of gender Middle East. She is the author of Between Islam and the State: The Politics of Engagement (Stanford University Press, 2007), and Gaining Freedoms: Claiming Space in Istanbul and Berlin (Stanford University Press, 2015) and the editor of Secular State and Religious Society: Two Forces at Play in Turkey (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Berna Turam received her PhD from McGill University, department of sociology.

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Europe-Russia-Ukraine Relations

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Vladislav ZubokChair
Vladislav Zubok is Chair of the Working Group on EU and Russia and Ukraine Relations. He is Professor of international history, with expertise on the Cold War, the Soviet Union, Stalinism, and Russia’s intellectual history in the 20th century. His most recent books are A Failed Empire: the Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (2007) and Zhivago’s Children: the Last Russian Intelligentsia (2009). His books earned the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Marshall Shulman Prize of the American Association for Advancement of Slavic Studies. Aside from academic work, Professor Zubok organized a number of international archival and educational projects in Russia, Ukraine, and South Caucasus. He held numerous fellowships, including the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Wilson Center in Washington DC, Collegium Budapest, the Free University for Liberal Studies in Rome, the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, and the Hoover Institute at Stanford University.

Cristian Nitoiu, Member
Dr Cristian Nitoiu is a Postdoctoral Fellow in EU-Russia relations and Ukraine at LSE IDEAS. He is an expert on EU and Russian foreign policy, EU-Russia relations, Eastern Europe, international relations, the European public sphere or international political communication. Before coming to LSE he held research positions at Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe (Natolin campus, ENP Chair). His book on ‘EU Foreign Policy Analysis: Democratic Legitimacy, Media, and Climate Change’ will be published in June by Palgrave. He is currently working on a book on EU-Russia relations during Putin’s third term and a project on the European Parliament’s approach towards the post-Soviet space and Russia.

Natalia Telepneva, Research Associate
Natalia Telepneva is a Research Associate for the EU-Russia/Ukraine Working Group, Dahrendorf Project, at LSE IDEAS and teaches in the International History department at the LSE. Dr Telepneva earned her PhD in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2015. Her dissertation, titled “Our Sacred Duty: the Soviet Union, the Liberation Movements in the Portuguese Colonies, and the Cold War, 1961-1975” and supervised by Professor Odd Arne Westad, analyzed Soviet relations with the liberation movements in the former Portuguese colonies during the colonial wars. Natalia Telepneva was awarded with the Maurice Pinto PhD Scholarship for the years 2011-14. She has a MA in International and Global History from Columbia University and the LSE and a BSc in International Relations and History from the LSE.

Liza Ryan, Research Associate
Liza Ryan has been at LSE IDEAS since 2010 as project administrator for the Paulsen Fellowship Programme, bringing early-career historians from Russian regional universities to LSE. She previously worked for many years as a trader and project manager for a private company in the sugar industry and agribusiness sector in Russia. She holds a Master’s degree (with distinction) from Imperial College at Wye in Economics of Rural Change, with focus on transition economies, and BA in Russian and Soviet Studies (UCL SSEES).

James Hughes, Member
Professor James Hughes holds a chair in Comparative Politics at LSE. He is the Convenor of the MSc Conflict Studies, and Director of the Conflict Research Group. His research and publications span the study of political violence and terrorism, democratisation, secession, and national and ethnic conflict. His major studies include critiques of the role of the EU’s conditionality and intervention during enlargement to Eastern Europe, notably in his co-authored book The Myth of Conditionality (Palgrave, 2004), and of the EU’s developing conflict resolution capacity, in his edited book EU Conflict Management (Routledge, 2010).

David CadierMember
David Cadier is a TAPIR/Visiting Senior Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA). Before joining FIIA, he was a Teaching Fellow in International Strategy and Diplomacy at the London School of Economics from 2012 to 2015. He obtained his PhD from Sciences Po in 2012 and held visiting positions at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Centre for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS Johns Hopkins University and the Prague Institute of International Relations. He also had professional experiences at the OSCE Headquarters in Vienna, at the OSCE Mission to Serbia and at the French Embassy to Estonia. He focuses in his work on EU-Russia relations and on the foreign policy of the EU (especially towards the Eastern Neighborhood) and of its member states (especially Poland, Czech Republic and France). He recently co-edited Russia’s Foreign Policy: Ideas, Domestic Politics and External Relations (Palgrave 2015)
Roy AllisonMember
Roy Allison is Professor of Russian and Eurasian International Relations, University of Oxford and a Fellow of St. Antony’s College. He is head of Russian and East European Studies, as well as Director of Research, in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at the university. He was Reader in International Relations, London School of Economics to 2011 and Head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House, during 1993- 2005. He is the author or co-author of five books and the editor or co-editor of five more. His most recent books are Russia, the West and Military Intervention (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Putin’s Russia and the Enlarged Europe (co-authored, Blackwell, 2006).

Alexei MillerMember
Alexey Miller is Professor of History at the European University, St-Petersburg and Visiting Professor, Central European University (Budapest), Department of History. His main areas of research are history of concepts; comparative history of empires; Russian nationalism and empire; memory politics in Central and Eastern Europe. His publications in English include The Romanov Empire and Nationalism. Essays in Methodology of Historical Research. (Budapest-New York, CEUPress, 2008) and The Ukrainian Question. The Russian Empire and Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century. (CEU Press. NY-Budapest, 2003). He is currently working on a book “Memory Politics in Putin’s Russia” to be completed by the end of 2015.

Georgiy KasianovMember
Professor Georgiy Kasianov is Head of the Department of Contemporary History and Politics, at the Institute of Ukrainian History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and Visiting Professor at the Berlin Free University. His main research areas include modern history, the history of ideas, Ukrainian history 19 – 21 centuries, and modern historiography. He has participated in multiple international projects, such as Region, Nation and Beyond. An Interdisciplinary and Transcultural Reconsideration of Ukraine (in progress), in cooperation with St. Gallen University and Occupation and revolution in Ukraine 1918 – 43 1921 (2010), in cooperation with Ludwig Bolzmann Institute (Graz, Austria). Since 2014, he has been President of the International Association of Humanities.

Elena Korosteleva, Member
Elena Korosteleva is Professor of International Politics and Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics. She is co-founder and co-Director of the Global Europe Centre, at the University of Kent, an inter-disciplinary and cross-site (Brussels and Canterbury) centre with the focus on Europe’s international relations. Elena serves as a member of the International Advisory Board for the GLOBSEC and Central European Strategy Council; member and trustee of the executive committees for BASEES and CEELBAS, and a visiting Professor of the College of Europe (Natolin), Armenian and Belarusian State Universities.

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Europe-Mena Relations

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Cilja Harders, Chair
Cilja Harders is the director of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics at the Otto-Suhr Institute for Political Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin. She has extensive research experience in the Middle East with a focus on Egypt dating back to 1992. Cilja Harders has published on transformations and politics “from below”, Arab-European Relations and gender relations. Among her latest publications is a book on “Local Politics and Contemporary Transformations in the Arab World” (2013) with Palgrave.

Cilja Harders is the speaker of “Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe”, a joint post-doc program of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Thyssen-Foundation and the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. She is currently leading a project on the “Challenges and Transformations in the Wake of the Arab Spring” with Cairo University, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, 2012-2015). In 2010 Cilja Harders served as an independent expert in the DG Research SSH Foresight activity on Euro-Mediterranean relations.

The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics is a co-applicant in MERID (Middle East Research and Innovation Dialogue, 2015-2017), funded by the EU. It is also co-applicant and work-package leader in EMNES (Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies) under the EU’s Horizon 2020 framework (2015-2017).

Prof. Claus Offe, Co-Chair
Claus Offe teaches Political Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance. He completed his PhD at the University of Frankfurt and his Habilitation at the University of Konstanz. In Germany, he has held chairs for Political Science and Political Sociology at the Universities of Bielefeld (1975-1989) and Bremen (1989-1995), as well as at the Humboldt-University of Berlin (1995-2005). He has worked as fellow and visiting professor at, among others, the Institutes for Advanced Study in Stanford, Princeton, the Australian National University, Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and the New School University, New York.

Nikolas Scherer, Research Associate
Nikolas Scherer was already involved in the previous Dahrendorf project on ‘Climate Change’ as PhD fellow and research assistant to the working group ‘Europe and the World’. Beyond his involvement in the Dahrendorf project, Nikolas is pursuing a PhD in Governance at the Hertie School exploring the rise of ‘climate insurances’. Before joining the Hertie School and the Dahrendorf project, Nikolas studied International Relations (MA with distinction) at the University of Warwick, UK and Governance & Public Policy (BA) at the University of Passau and Rome (‚La Sapienza’). In 2014 Nikolas was Visiting PhD Student at LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics. In 2010 Nikolas was an intern with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) contributing to its research program on North Africa and the Middle East, and worked as student and teaching assistant at the University of Passau. As member of the European Youth Parliament (EYP), he helped organizing youth conferences to raise awareness for European politics and motivate students to get engaged in European issues.

Ahmed Badawi, Member
Dr Ahmed Badawi is a postdoctoral fellow at the Free University Berlin. Prior, he worked as a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). He held positions as Research Associate at the Institute of Development and Peace (University Duisburg-Essen), the Oxford Research Group, the International Crisis Group and Zentrum Moderner Orient. Prior to leaving Egypt in 1999 he used to work as a journalist and as a community development specialist. He is a trained group facilitator, has an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS (University of London) and a PhD in Political Science from Humboldt University in Berlin

Franziska Brantner, Member
Franziska Brantner has been a Member of the German Bundestag and the Greens group in the Bundestag (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) from Heidelberg since October 2013.  Since December 2013 she is the Spokeswoman for children’s and family policy, since March 2014 the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Civilian Crisis Prevention, Conflict Management and Integrated Action. In addition she is a substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs as well as a substitute member of the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union. Franziska Brantner is a Trustee of Friends of Europe, the
Brussels-based think tank that aims to stimulate new thinking on global and European issues that span political, economic, social and environmental challenges, which is part of the Europe’s World Group.

Annette Jünemann , Member
Annette Jünemann is Professor for Political Science and International Relations at the Helmut-Schmidt University, Hamburg (University of the Armed Forces). Her main areas of research are: international relations, Euro-med relations, democracy promotion and protection as well as gender studies. Among her recent publications are “Der Arabische Frühling. Eine Analyse der Determinanten europäischer Mittelmeerpolitik“ [The Arab Spring. Determinants of European politics in the Mediterranean] (with Julia Simon) (2015) and „Arabellions. Zur Vielfalt von Protest und Revolte im Nahen Osten und Nordafrika. [Arabellions. Varieties of protest and revolts in the MENA region] (ed. with Anja Zorob) (2013).

Annette Jünemann obtained an MA from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich in 1985 and a PhD from the University of Hamburg in 1993. From 1991 – 1999 she was Assistant Professor and from 2000 – 2003 Associate Professor at the University of Kassel, Institute for European Studies. From 1998 – 2000 she was research fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). From 1998 – 2005 Jünemann was Visiting Professor at the Chulangkorn University of Bangkok. From 2001 2003 she was Associate Professor for Political Science at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich.

Fouad Gehad Marei, Member
Fouad Gehad Marei is post-doctoral fellow at the Free University Berlin (Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics) since 2013. He was awarded a PhD in International Relations from Durham University in 2012. Based on extensive fieldwork in Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East, Fouad’s research focuses on state-society relations, political economy of development and political culture in deeply divided and post-conflict societies. His other research interests include authoritarianism, informal networks, and political transformations in the contemporary Middle East. In addition to his academic work, since 2005 he has worked with several NGOs and civil society groups in Egypt and Lebanon. In 2012/2013, he undertook fieldwork in conflict-stricken Syria and authored a number of policy papers examining in-country civilian opposition and local administration structures, and the emerging justice and security sectors in rebel-held areas. Dr. Marei’s working languages are English and Arabic.

Ahmed Abd Rabou, Visiting Fellow
Ahmed Abd Rabou is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Originally from Cairo, he is an assistant professor of comparative politics at both Cairo University and the American University in Cairo (AUC). He spent eight years in Japan, where he obtained his MA from Meiji University and his PhD from Hokkaido University. He wrote his thesis on policy networks and decision-making processes in East Asia, focusing on policy reforms in education and foreign aid.After Egypt’s January 25, 2011 revolution Abd Rabou returned to Cairo, where he initiated a political awareness group called Misr Elbahyea and engaged in initiatives to raise political awareness among Egyptians with a focus on youth, minorities and impoverished groups. He became a figure in the Egyptian media, conducting a series of public talks and analyses on democratization and transitions in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab Spring. He writes a weekly column for the newspapers Elshrouk Daily and Eltahrir Daily and CNN (Arabic version). He also writes articles in English and in Japanese for the Japan Times and Mainichi. Abd Rabou has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals on democratization in Egypt and other Arab nations. He is also known among Egyptian scholars for his specialization in civil-military relations, political Islam and democratization in Egypt, on which he currently focuses his research. He is now completing a book titled A Comparative Study of Civil-Military Relations in Egypt and Turkey, which will be published by the Arab Reform Initiative.

Marie Kortam, Visiting Fellow
Marie Kortam is an associate researcher at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient (IFPO – Beirut) and a member of th Arab Council for Social Sciences. She holds a PhD in Sociology and a Master in Social Sciences applied to Expertise, Research and Innovation from the University of Paris-Diderot. She has a professional Master in Information-Communication and a Master in Social Work from Saint- Joseph’s University in Beirut. Marie received a research grant award of the Arab Reform Initiative 2015/2016 under the theme “Democratic transition: process and actors” for her research project “Terms and forms of engagement of Lebanese to fight Syrian authoritarian regime”, and she was awarded a Research grant of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences in 2014/2016 under the theme “Inequality, Mobility and Development” for her research project “Urban geography of social inequalities in Tripoli-Lebanon”. In 2014 she was invited as a visiting research fellow to the Christian Michelsen Institute in Bergen. From 1999 to 2004 she worked as a social worker in urban deprived area in Tripoli and in UNRWA. Marie focuses her research on “globalized violence” based on diverse fieldwork in Lebanon and France. She developed a comparative research project, examining increasingly segregated spaces, reconfigurations and practices of violence. She is the author of two books and numerous journal articles and book chapters on violence, conflict, inequalities, identities, radicalization process, Palestinian refugees and segregation.

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Europe-North America Relations

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Peter Trubowitz, Chair
Peter Trubowitz is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Director of the US Centre at the LSE. He is the author of four books and edited volumes on world politics and US foreign policy, including Politics and Strategy: Partisan Ambition and American Statecraft (Princeton 2011) and Defining the National Interest: Conflict and Change in American Foreign Policy (Chicago 1998), which won the J. David Greenstone Prize awarded by the American Political Science Association (APSA) in 1999 for the best book in international history and politics. He is currently the President of the APSA’s International History and Politics section. Before joining the LSE, he was Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He has also held visiting positions at Harvard University, Princeton University, Universidad de Chile, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City, and the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), where he was the J. William Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in American Foreign Policy.

Tim Oliver, Member
Tim Oliver is a Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow working with on Europe-North American relations. Tim’s research interests focus on transatlantic relations, European geopolitics, British-European relations, British government and politics, and the UK’s foreign, security and defence policies. He was awarded a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Prior to joining the Dahrendorf Program, Tim has taught at LSE, UCL and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He has worked in the European Parliament and the House of Lords, and he was TAPIR Fellow based in Berlin at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations and the RAND Coporation in Washington DC.  He is currently the chief editor for the ‘Asian Perceptions of the EU’ series run by the NFG Research Group at the Freie Universität Berlin and former convener (and founder) of the BISA British Foreign Policy working group.

Cora Lacatus, Research Associate
Cora Lacatus is the Research Associate of the EU-US working group housed at the LSE as part of the Dahrendorf Symposium Program. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department International Relations, a fellow of the Economic and Social Research Council, and the LSE research assistant of the MAXCAP Project Research Consortium. Her social sciences-based research interests focus on global governance, human rights, and European foreign policy. She holds a PhD in Germanic and European Studies from University of California, Los Angeles (2007) and is the author of the book The (In)visibility Complex: Representing Otherness in Contemporary Sweden (Stockholm University 2008). Before joining the LSE to pursue a second PhD, she taught at University of California Los Angeles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and American University in Washington DC. She has also worked for a number of think tanks and organizations based in London and Washington DC.

Brian M. Burgoon, Member
Brian Burgoon is Professor of International and Comparative Political Economy and the Director of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) at the University of Amsterdam. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and held posts at Brandeis University and Johns Hopkins University SAIS before joining the University of Amsterdam. He is member of the Research Programme on Political Economy and Transnational Governance at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, the Amsterdam Center for Inequality Studies, the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, UvA-VU ACCESS Europe and the Board of Directors at the Dialogue Advisory Group. He has published extensively on the politics of economic globalization, welfare and labor market policies and standards as well as on the influence that economic conditions have on political violence in, among many, journals such as European Journal of Political Economy, Comparative Political Studies, and Journal of European Social Policy.

Rosemary Foot, Member
Professor Rosemary Foot is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. Her research interests cover the international relations of the Asia-Pacific, including US-China relations, human rights, Asian regional institutions, and East Asian regional governance. Author of several books, which include two on US policy during the Korean War published as part of the series “Cornell Studies in Security Affairs”; The Practice of Power (Oxford 1995); Rights Beyond Borders: the global community and the struggle over human rights in China (Oxford 2000); and with Andrew Walter as co-author, China, the United States, and Global Order, (Cambridge 2011). Two recent edited books include China Across the Divide: the domestic and global in politics and society (Oxford 2013), and, with Saadia M Pekkanen and John Ravenhill, The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (Oxford2014). Since 1996, she has been an elected Fellow of the British Academy.

Julia GrayMember
Julia Gray is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in international political economy and international organizations. Her research centers on international economic relations and economic organizations in emerging markets. Specifically, she focuses on international organizations and reputations, and on how and whether states and bureaucracies in international agreements implement their mandates. Her book The Company States Keep: International Economic Organizations and Investor Perceptions in Emerging Markets (Cambridge 2013) was awarded the 2013 Lepgold Book Prize by Georgetown University for the best book published in international relations. In 2013-2014, she was a visiting scholar at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. She is currently working on a second book manuscript on implementation and adaptation in international economic organizations over time.

Lloyd Gruber, Member
Lloyd Gruber is the former Dean of the LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs.  An established expert in international and comparative political economy, he is the author of Ruling the World:  Power Politics and the Rise of Supranational Institutions (Princeton 2000) and various articles and chapters on globalization, international governance, and income inequality.  Before joining the LSE in 2006, he was Associate Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, where he taught courses on US foreign economic policy and international political economy.  Gruber has held visiting positions at the Brookings Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  In addition to his work on globalization and political economy, he is also known for his research on educational reform.

G. John Ikenberry, Member
G. John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also Co-Director of Princeton’s Center for International Security Studies and a Global Eminence Scholar at Kyung Hee University in Korea. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of six books, including Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American System (Princeton 2011) and After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars (Princeton 2001), which won the 2002 Schroeder-Jervis Award presented by the American Political Science Association. He is co-director of the Princeton Project on National Security and has served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff in 1991-92, as a member of an advisory group at the State Department in 2003-04, and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on U.S.-European relations. In 2013-2014 he was the 72nd Eastman Visiting Professor at Balliol College, Oxford.

Mereike Kleine, Member
Mareike Kleine is Associate Professor of EU and International Politics at the London School of Economics’ European Institute. Her research interests include international organization, international political economy, informal and formal governance, the interplay of domestic politics and international institutions, negotiation theories and normative questions of global governance. She is the author of Informal Governance in the European Union – How Governments Make International Organizations Work (Cornell 2013) and numerous articles published in journals such as International Theory, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, and the Review of International Organizations. She completed her Ph.D. in political science at Freie Universität Berlin and has held visiting positions at Princeton University, Harvard University, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, and the University of St. Gallen.

Jeffrey W. Legro, Member
Jeffrey W. Legro is Taylor Professor of Politics and Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of Virginia (UVA). He is the author of four books, including Rethinking the World: Great Power Strategies and International Order (Cornell 2005) and In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11 (Cornell 2011), with Melvyn Leffler. He is co-founder of the Governing America in a Global Era Program at UVA’s Miller Center. He chaired the American Political Science Association (APSA) Task Force on U.S. Standing in the World and is past president of the APSA’s International History and Politics section. He has published extensively on US foreign policy, international cooperation and conflict, China’s future in world politics, international norms and law, military doctrine and strategy, and the sources of foreign policy and national identity. He previously taught at the University of Minnesota and China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. In 2011 he was Fulbright-Nehru Senior Researcher at the Institute for Defense and Strategic Analyses in New Delhi.

James Ashley Morrison, Member
James Ashley Morrison is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He specialises in international political economy and studies the role of ideas and intellectuals in foreign economic policy. He is interested in the ways in which these ideas–and the intellectuals who proffer them–interact with institutions and interests to shape policy. His research utilises both the methods of contemporary social science and historical analysis and has been published, among others, in International Organizations and Journal of the History of Economic Thought. Prior to the position at the LSE, he was an Assistant Professor at Middlebury College (2008-2013) and a fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University (2012-2013). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and an MA in History from Stanford University and is also an alumnus of the University of Chicago and a member of Trinity College at Cambridge University.

John M. Owen, Member
John M. Owen is Ambassador Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics, and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, at the University of Virginia.  He is author of Confronting Political Islam: Six Lessons from the West’s Past (Princeton, 2015), The Clash of Ideas in World Politics: Transnational Networks, States, and Regime Change, 1510-2010 (Princeton, 2010), and of Liberal Peace, Liberal War: American Politics and International Security (Cornell, 1997), and co-editor of Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order (Columbia, 2011).  He has published extensively in academic journals and the media. He holds a PhD from Harvard. From 2011 through 2014 he was Editor-in-Chief of Security Studies.  During 2015-16 he is a visiting scholar at the Free University of Berlin and the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), supported by a Humboldt Research Award.

William C. Wohlforth, Member
William C. Wohlforth is the Daniel Webster Professor of Government at Dartmouth. He is the author or editor of eight books and some 60 articles and book chapters on topics ranging from the Cold War and its end to unipolarity and contemporary U.S. grand strategy. His most recent books are Status and World Order (Cambridge 2014), edited with T.V. Paul and Deborah Larson, and  America Abroad The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century (forthcoming on Oxford), with Stephen Brooks. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and has served as a consultant for the National Intelligence Council and the National Bureau of Asian Research. He has held fellowships at the Institute of Strategic Studies at Yale, the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford, and the Hoover Institution.

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