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CHAPELAN, Alexis
Alexis CHAPELAN is a grad student at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest. He has a master’s degree from Paris - Ecole des Hautes Etudes de Sciences Sociales. The subject of his thesis is Ultra-conservative Christian Europe. His fields of interest are related to the far-right policy, populism and Conservative Europe. His doctoral thesis coordinated by professor, PHD Florin Turcanu, deals with cultural wars and contemporary populism (chapelan.alexis@fspub.unibuc.ro).
Alexis CHAPELAN is a grad student at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest. He has a master’s degree from Paris - Ecole des Hautes Etudes de Sciences Sociales. The subject of his thesis is Ultra-conservative Christian Europe. His fields of interest are related to the far-right policy, populism and Conservative Europe. His doctoral thesis coordinated by professor, PHD Florin Turcanu, deals with cultural wars and contemporary populism (chapelan.alexis@fspub.unibuc.ro).
Ambassador Professor CHICAN, Dumitru
Ambassador Professor Dumitru CHICAN graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages - University of Bucharest and majored in Arabic. He has a post-graduate degree in Arabic from the University of Cairo - Egypt. He was an Arabic interpreter, diplomat and an advisor on the Middle East. He is an associate professor, a published author in this field, the founder of the Arab-Romanian Friendship League, a regional expert for the Geostrategic Pulse magazine as well as an editor for the Romanian press agency “RADOR” (Radio Orient/Radio Observer).
Ambassador Professor Dumitru CHICAN graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages - University of Bucharest and majored in Arabic. He has a post-graduate degree in Arabic from the University of Cairo - Egypt. He was an Arabic interpreter, diplomat and an advisor on the Middle East. He is an associate professor, a published author in this field, the founder of the Arab-Romanian Friendship League, a regional expert for the Geostrategic Pulse magazine as well as an editor for the Romanian press agency “RADOR” (Radio Orient/Radio Observer).
COSTEA, Vladimir-Adrian
Vladimir-Adrian Costea is a grad student at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, under the supervision of prof. PHD Georgeta Ghebrea. (e-mail: costea.vladimir-adrian@fspub.unibuc.ro). He has published articles on clemency and the state of occupancy of Romanian prisons in magazines such as Studia. Romanian Political Science Review, Revista
de drept constituțional (Constitutional Law Magazine), Revista Română de Sociologie (The Romanian Sociology Magazine) and Revista Polis (Polis Magazine).
Vladimir-Adrian Costea is a grad student at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, under the supervision of prof. PHD Georgeta Ghebrea. (e-mail: costea.vladimir-adrian@fspub.unibuc.ro). He has published articles on clemency and the state of occupancy of Romanian prisons in magazines such as Studia. Romanian Political Science Review, Revista
de drept constituțional (Constitutional Law Magazine), Revista Română de Sociologie (The Romanian Sociology Magazine) and Revista Polis (Polis Magazine).
COSTESCU, Dinu
FOUAD, Lamia
Dr. GÜNGÖR, Uğur
Dr. Güngör served in ISAF mission in Afghanistan in 2010-2011. He served as International Relations advisor of the Chief of Turkish General Staff during 2008-2011. He was the Chief of Staff of the Centre of Excellence Defence against Terrorism (COEDAT) during the years 2012-2014. In 2014-2015, he served as the political advisor of Turkish Army Commander. He retired from the Turkish Army in 2015 as Senior Colonel.
He is currently an Associate Professor of International Relations in Başkent University and Director of the School of Foreign Languages.
He teaches at Başkent University, Military Academy Partnership for Peace Training Centre, Centre of Excellence Defence against Terrorism and the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Diplomatic Academy.
He is married with two children.
Dr. Güngör served in ISAF mission in Afghanistan in 2010-2011. He served as International Relations advisor of the Chief of Turkish General Staff during 2008-2011. He was the Chief of Staff of the Centre of Excellence Defence against Terrorism (COEDAT) during the years 2012-2014. In 2014-2015, he served as the political advisor of Turkish Army Commander. He retired from the Turkish Army in 2015 as Senior Colonel.
He is currently an Associate Professor of International Relations in Başkent University and Director of the School of Foreign Languages.
He teaches at Başkent University, Military Academy Partnership for Peace Training Centre, Centre of Excellence Defence against Terrorism and the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Diplomatic Academy.
He is married with two children.
Dr. KALKAN KÜÇÜKSOLAK , Övgü
Övgü Kalkan Küçüksolak, has completed her BSc. in International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University and holds a Master’s degree in International and European Relations from Linköpings University (Sweden).
Küçüksolak gained her PhD degree from the National Defense University-Strategic Researches Institute in 2011. Her areas of interest include; strategic studies, geopolitics, security studies and global governance.
Dr. Küçüksolak served at Boğaziçi University-TUSIAD Foreign Policy Forum which ranked amongst the reputable think-thanks in Turkey. She currently lectures both in undergraduate and graduate levels at Yalova University, Department of International Relations.
Övgü Kalkan Küçüksolak, has completed her BSc. in International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University and holds a Master’s degree in International and European Relations from Linköpings University (Sweden).
Küçüksolak gained her PhD degree from the National Defense University-Strategic Researches Institute in 2011. Her areas of interest include; strategic studies, geopolitics, security studies and global governance.
Dr. Küçüksolak served at Boğaziçi University-TUSIAD Foreign Policy Forum which ranked amongst the reputable think-thanks in Turkey. She currently lectures both in undergraduate and graduate levels at Yalova University, Department of International Relations.
Professor Dr. KAUNERT, Christian
Prof. Dr. Christian Kaunert is Chair of Policing and Security, as well as Director of the International Centre for Policing and Security at the University of South Wales. He is also the Leader of the Cognate Research Group on Policing and Security at the University of South Wales. Previously, he served as an Academic Director and Professor at the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a Professor of International Politics, Head of Discipline in Politics, and the Director of the European Institute for Security and Justice, a Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence, at the University of Dundee.
Prof Kaunert has researched and taught in many international universities, and has been awarded with a prestigious Jean Monnet Chair in EU Justice and Home Affairs Policy and EU Counter-Terrorism (2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018). He is currently the Editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies, International Conflict and Cooperation and the Edward Elgar Book Series ‘European Security and Justice Critiques’. He is also on the editorial board of the journal European Politics and Society (EPS) and the Journal of European Integration (JEI).
Prof. Dr. Christian Kaunert is Chair of Policing and Security, as well as Director of the International Centre for Policing and Security at the University of South Wales. He is also the Leader of the Cognate Research Group on Policing and Security at the University of South Wales. Previously, he served as an Academic Director and Professor at the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a Professor of International Politics, Head of Discipline in Politics, and the Director of the European Institute for Security and Justice, a Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence, at the University of Dundee.
Prof Kaunert has researched and taught in many international universities, and has been awarded with a prestigious Jean Monnet Chair in EU Justice and Home Affairs Policy and EU Counter-Terrorism (2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018). He is currently the Editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies, International Conflict and Cooperation and the Edward Elgar Book Series ‘European Security and Justice Critiques’. He is also on the editorial board of the journal European Politics and Society (EPS) and the Journal of European Integration (JEI).
Dr. KOGAN, Eugene
Dr. Kogan is a noted expert in the field of defence technologies. He has held a series of research fellowships at some of Europe’s most renowned research institutes, including Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Auswaertige Politik, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, the Swedish Defence Research Agency, and the Swedish National Defence College. Recently he was attached as Guest Researcher to the Centre for Pacific Asia Studies at Stockholm University and to the Department of International Relations at Middle East Technical University. For the last five years he was employed as Guest Researcher at the Vienna-based International Institute for Liberal Policy.
Dr Kogan is a prolific writer and has presented an extensive series of papers on the following topics:
• Russian military aviation industry;
• Russian aerospace forces;
• Russian arms exports;
• Defence industrial policy in Central and Eastern Europe including Bulgaria and Romania;
• Arms export policy;
• Israeli defence industrial policy and arms export strategy;
• Energy and energy-security in the Euro-Asiatic area;
• Russian-Turkish relations;
• Turkey-NATO relations;
• South Caucasus countries defence and security agenda.
Dr.Kogan currently resides in Tbilisi and works as defence and security expert.
E-mail: eugene1kogan@gmail.com
Dr. Kogan is a noted expert in the field of defence technologies. He has held a series of research fellowships at some of Europe’s most renowned research institutes, including Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Auswaertige Politik, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, the Swedish Defence Research Agency, and the Swedish National Defence College. Recently he was attached as Guest Researcher to the Centre for Pacific Asia Studies at Stockholm University and to the Department of International Relations at Middle East Technical University. For the last five years he was employed as Guest Researcher at the Vienna-based International Institute for Liberal Policy.
Dr Kogan is a prolific writer and has presented an extensive series of papers on the following topics:
• Russian military aviation industry;
• Russian aerospace forces;
• Russian arms exports;
• Defence industrial policy in Central and Eastern Europe including Bulgaria and Romania;
• Arms export policy;
• Israeli defence industrial policy and arms export strategy;
• Energy and energy-security in the Euro-Asiatic area;
• Russian-Turkish relations;
• Turkey-NATO relations;
• South Caucasus countries defence and security agenda.
Dr.Kogan currently resides in Tbilisi and works as defence and security expert.
E-mail: eugene1kogan@gmail.com
Professor LEONARD, Sarah
Prof. Sarah Leonard joined the University of the West of England Bristol as a Professor of International Security in July 2018. Sarah holds a PhD in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, a Master of Arts in Russian and Eurasian Studies from the University of Leeds, as well as an MA in European Studies and a BA in Politics (International Relations) from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). Prior to taking up her post at UWE Bristol, Sarah was a Lecturer in International Security at the University of Salford, a Marie Curie Research Fellow at Sciences Po Paris, a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Dundee and an Associate Professor in International Affairs at Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium). Sarah is interested in international security, counter-terrorism, European integration, as well as migration, asylum and borders issues. Her research interests lie at the intersection between Security Studies and European Studies. She is particularly interested in the study of securitization processes and the development of the European Union’s internal security policies, especially those relating to asylum, migration and borders, as well as counter-terrorism. She is a member of the Social Sciences Research Group and of the Global Security and Human Rights research theme.
Prof. Sarah Leonard joined the University of the West of England Bristol as a Professor of International Security in July 2018. Sarah holds a PhD in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, a Master of Arts in Russian and Eurasian Studies from the University of Leeds, as well as an MA in European Studies and a BA in Politics (International Relations) from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). Prior to taking up her post at UWE Bristol, Sarah was a Lecturer in International Security at the University of Salford, a Marie Curie Research Fellow at Sciences Po Paris, a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Dundee and an Associate Professor in International Affairs at Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium). Sarah is interested in international security, counter-terrorism, European integration, as well as migration, asylum and borders issues. Her research interests lie at the intersection between Security Studies and European Studies. She is particularly interested in the study of securitization processes and the development of the European Union’s internal security policies, especially those relating to asylum, migration and borders, as well as counter-terrorism. She is a member of the Social Sciences Research Group and of the Global Security and Human Rights research theme.
Brigadier General (ret) MÎNDRESCU, Mircea
Brigade General (Ret) PhD Mircea MÎNDRESCU started his military career in 1977 when was admitted at the Military High School in Câmpulung Moldovenesc. Among the educational stages achieved after the High School are the Signals Military Academy, High Military Studies Academy, The Royal Netherlands Military College, Joint Services Command and Staff College in Shirvenham (UK) as well as Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. In 2012 the Defence National University (Romania) awarded him the title of PhD.
The military career of Bg.Gen. MÎNDRESCU included important national defence domains such as operative units and big units (parachute and special operation), military education, military diplomacy, Theatres of Operations, operational, defence and armaments planning as well as international positions. He is a licensed parachutist, alpinist and diver.
Between 2013 and 2016 he was the first Romanian commander of the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre, Lisbon, the first and only NATO military structure that Romania is commanding jointly, with Portugal. His last active military position was as Chief, Strategic Planning Directorate of the Romanian Defence Staff.
Brigade General MÎNDRESCU retired in 2017 after 40 years of military service and is currently the Chair of the Executive Academic Board (EAB) at the European Security and Defence College, after his election in 2017.
Brigade General (Ret) PhD Mircea MÎNDRESCU started his military career in 1977 when was admitted at the Military High School in Câmpulung Moldovenesc. Among the educational stages achieved after the High School are the Signals Military Academy, High Military Studies Academy, The Royal Netherlands Military College, Joint Services Command and Staff College in Shirvenham (UK) as well as Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. In 2012 the Defence National University (Romania) awarded him the title of PhD.
The military career of Bg.Gen. MÎNDRESCU included important national defence domains such as operative units and big units (parachute and special operation), military education, military diplomacy, Theatres of Operations, operational, defence and armaments planning as well as international positions. He is a licensed parachutist, alpinist and diver.
Between 2013 and 2016 he was the first Romanian commander of the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre, Lisbon, the first and only NATO military structure that Romania is commanding jointly, with Portugal. His last active military position was as Chief, Strategic Planning Directorate of the Romanian Defence Staff.
Brigade General MÎNDRESCU retired in 2017 after 40 years of military service and is currently the Chair of the Executive Academic Board (EAB) at the European Security and Defence College, after his election in 2017.
NABOULSI, Maher
Publicitate,
RAEȚCHI, Ovidiu
Ovidiu Raețchi is a writer specialized on the Middle East. He is a history grad student and his thesis covers the Israel-Egyptian peace process (1979). He is also a political science grad student and his second thesis is focused on the evolution of the Muslim Brotherhood from 1928 to date. Mr. Raețchi has a master’s degree in Arabic culture and another in Hebrew civilization. He majored in political sciences and has a post-graduate and security education in Bucharest and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He published six volumes of essays and the history of civilisation: ”EsTeistica” (“EssayThetics”); ”Din Agora” (“Of Agora”); ”Scurt Tratat despre Iubire” (“A Short Treaty on Love”); ”Soldatul Putin și Filosoful Dughin: Civilizația Rusă în Fața unei Noi Erori Imperialiste” (“Private Putin and Dughin the Philosopher: Russian Civilization Facing a New Imperialistic Error”); ”Avangarda Califatului: O Istorie Intelectuală a Jihadismului” (“The Avant-Guarde of the Caliphate: An Intellectual History of the Jihad”); ”Tzahal: O Istorie a Armatei Israeliene” (“The Tzahal: A Short History of the Israeli Armed Forces”).
Ovidiu Raețchi is a writer specialized on the Middle East. He is a history grad student and his thesis covers the Israel-Egyptian peace process (1979). He is also a political science grad student and his second thesis is focused on the evolution of the Muslim Brotherhood from 1928 to date. Mr. Raețchi has a master’s degree in Arabic culture and another in Hebrew civilization. He majored in political sciences and has a post-graduate and security education in Bucharest and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He published six volumes of essays and the history of civilisation: ”EsTeistica” (“EssayThetics”); ”Din Agora” (“Of Agora”); ”Scurt Tratat despre Iubire” (“A Short Treaty on Love”); ”Soldatul Putin și Filosoful Dughin: Civilizația Rusă în Fața unei Noi Erori Imperialiste” (“Private Putin and Dughin the Philosopher: Russian Civilization Facing a New Imperialistic Error”); ”Avangarda Califatului: O Istorie Intelectuală a Jihadismului” (“The Avant-Guarde of the Caliphate: An Intellectual History of the Jihad”); ”Tzahal: O Istorie a Armatei Israeliene” (“The Tzahal: A Short History of the Israeli Armed Forces”).
SALAMEH, Munir
Associate Professor CEng PhD SAVU, Gheorghe
Associate professor at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, at the National Defence University "Carol I", and at the National Intelligence Academy, he teaches Euro-Atlantic Security, Strategic Leadership, Defence Diplomacy, European Union Policy and Decision-Making.
He served in the Romanian Armed Forces until his retirement as a General, in 2017, Gheorghe Savu was the Chief of the Romanian Military Intelligence Directorate and the Director General of the Defence Intelligence General Directorate. Between 2012-2017, he served as Minister Counsellor in the Romanian Permanent Representation to the European Union and as Romanian Military Representative to NATO and EU.
Associate professor at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, at the National Defence University "Carol I", and at the National Intelligence Academy, he teaches Euro-Atlantic Security, Strategic Leadership, Defence Diplomacy, European Union Policy and Decision-Making.
He served in the Romanian Armed Forces until his retirement as a General, in 2017, Gheorghe Savu was the Chief of the Romanian Military Intelligence Directorate and the Director General of the Defence Intelligence General Directorate. Between 2012-2017, he served as Minister Counsellor in the Romanian Permanent Representation to the European Union and as Romanian Military Representative to NATO and EU.
SHAHRESTANI, Reza
SOCOR, Vladimir
Vladimir Socor is a Senior Fellow of the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation and its flagship publication, Eurasia Daily Monitor (1995 to date), where he writes analytical articles on a daily basis. An internationally recognized expert on the former Soviet-ruled countries in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia, he covers Russian and Western policies, focusing on energy, regional security issues, Russian foreign affairs, secessionist conflicts, and NATO policies and programs. Mr. Socor is a frequent speaker at U.S. and European policy conferences and think-tank institutions; as well as a regular guest lecturer at the NATO Defense College and at Harvard University’s National Security Program’s Black Sea Program. He is also a frequent contributor to edited volumes. Mr. Socor was previously an analyst with the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute (1983-1994). He is a Romanian-born citizen of the United States based in Munich, Germany.
Vladimir Socor is a Senior Fellow of the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation and its flagship publication, Eurasia Daily Monitor (1995 to date), where he writes analytical articles on a daily basis. An internationally recognized expert on the former Soviet-ruled countries in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia, he covers Russian and Western policies, focusing on energy, regional security issues, Russian foreign affairs, secessionist conflicts, and NATO policies and programs. Mr. Socor is a frequent speaker at U.S. and European policy conferences and think-tank institutions; as well as a regular guest lecturer at the NATO Defense College and at Harvard University’s National Security Program’s Black Sea Program. He is also a frequent contributor to edited volumes. Mr. Socor was previously an analyst with the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute (1983-1994). He is a Romanian-born citizen of the United States based in Munich, Germany.