The People

Biographies

Board

Our Board members advise and steer the organisation,
notably through thematic Working Groups (WG).

FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Hugo MEIJER

CNRS Research Fellow - Sciences Po, Center for International Studies (CERI).

RESEARCH THEMES

International Relations,
Foreign Policy Analysis,
Security Studies, 
Alliances.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Oxford University Press,
International Security, International Affairs, Journal of Strategic Studies, Survival (inter alia).

TREASURER

Marie ROBIN

Postdoctoral Fellow - Centre Thucydide, Université Panthéon-Assas.

RESEARCH THEMES

Revenge in international relations, Strategic use of emotions,
Evolution of conflictuality,
Ethics of war.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Review of International Studies, Annuaire français de relations internationales.

SECRETARY-GENERAL

Silvia D’AMATO

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) - Leiden University.

RESEARCH THEMES

Terrorism,
Political Violence and War,
Peace and Justice.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

European Security,
International Studies Review,
Critical Studies on Terrorism (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Avinash PALIWAL

Associate Professor of International Relations - SOAS University of London.

RESEARCH THEMES

International Relations,
South Asia,
Security,
Migration,
Foreign Policy Analysis.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Oxford University Press,
International Studies Quarterly,
Journal of Global Security Studies (inter alia)
.

BOARD MEMBER

Marco WYSS

FRHistS, FHEA. Professor of International History and Security at Lancaster University, Research Fellow at the University of the Free State.

RESEARCH THEMES

Cold War,
African and European defence, Neutrality.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Oxford University Press, Brill, 
Cooperation and Conflict, 
Journal of Cold War Studies (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Eliza GHEORGHE

Assistant Professor of International Relations Department - Bilkent University

RESEARCH THEMES

International Relations Theory, International Security,
Nuclear Politics.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

 The Chinese Journal Of International Politics,
International Security,
International History Review
(inter alia). 

BOARD MEMBER

Flavia GASBARRI

Teaching Fellow in International History and co-Chair of the Africa Research Group - King's College London.

RESEARCH THEMES

Cold War in the Third World,
Post-Cold War US foreign policy,
US-Africa relations,
Southern Africa,
Horn of Africa,
African Great Lakes region,
Rwandan genocide.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Cornell University Press,
Cold War History
The International History Review (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Mauro GILLI

Senior Researcher in Military Technology and International Security - Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich.

RESEARCH THEMES

Security studies,
Military innovations,
Political economy of national security,
Asymmetric war.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

International Security,
Security Studies,
Social Science Quarterly (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Marina HENKE

Professor of International Relations - Hertie School in Berlin and Northwestern University in Chicago.

RESEARCH THEMES

Intervention decision-making,
Nuclear security,
U.S. and European Grand Strategy.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

International Security,
Security Studies,
International Studies Quarterly,
Journal of Strategic Studies (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Stephanie HOFMANN

Professor and Joint Chair in International Relations - European University Institute.

RESEARCH THEMES

International relations,
International organisations,
International and regional security,
Global ordering,
Political parties.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Journal of Common Market Studies, International Affairs, 
Journal of European Public Policy
(inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Nicolas BLAREL

Associate Professor of International Relations and Director of Studies at the Institute of Political Science.

RESEARCH THEMES

Foreign Policy Analysis,
Politics of migration governance,
International politics of South Asia. 

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Oxford University Press,
Bristol University Press,
European Political Science,
European Journal of International Relations,
Foreign Policy Analysis (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Antonio CALCARA

Post-doctoral Researcher FWO -  University of Antwerp

RESEARCH THEMES

European Security and Defence,
Defence Industry,
Political Economy.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Security Studies,
International Security,
Small Wars and Insurgencies,
European Security (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Alisa KERSCHBAUM

Research Grant Advisor - University of Amsterdam

RESEARCH THEMES

Global affairs, International Peace & Security,
Environmental security

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law



BOARD MEMBER

Chiara RUFFA

Professor of Political Science - Sciences Po, Center for International Studies (CERI).

RESEARCH THEMES

Multilateralism on the ground, Peacekeeping,
Civil-military relations,
Political sociology,
Fieldwork.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

European Journal of International Relations,
Security Studies, 
The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

(inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Tim SWEIJS

Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands’ War Studies Research Centre, Director of Research at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies.

RESEARCH THEMES

Warfare (past, present, future),
Strategy,
Coercion,
Deterrence,
Emerging technologies

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Routledge,
Asser-Springer,
Palgrave Macmillan (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Olivier SCHMITT

Director of Research and Studies - French Institute of Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN), on secondment from the Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark.

RESEARCH THEMES

Multilateral military cooperation, Comparative defence policies,
Arms control,
Military transformation,
Strategic narratives,
Influence and propaganda,
Far-right ideologies.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Brookings Institution Press, 
Georgetown University Press, 
Presses de Sciences Po, 
Presses Universitaires de France, International Politics,
International Affairs (inter alia).

BOARD MEMBER

Sarka Kolmasova

Deputy Head - Department of International Relations and European Studies, Metropolitan University Prague.

RESEARCH THEMES

Norms,
Military Interventions,
Responsibility to Protect,
Human Rights in International Politics.

PUBLICATION OUTLETS

Globalizations,
Cambridge Review of International Affairs,
Politics & Gender
(inter alia).

Support Team

At the heart of the organisation, our Support Team ensures the Initiative and its events run smoothly. In addition to our permanent staff, we also welcome interns in a rolling basis. To send your application, use the contact form on the main page.

TECHNOLOGY
COORDINATOR

Arthur PB LAUDRAIN

Arthur is responsible for most of the online logistics of the organisation, from this website to the membership system, as well as the newsletter. He is a DPhil candidate in Cybersecurity at Wolfson College, Oxford. Arthur has been with us since 2017.

EVENTS
COORDINATOR

John NT HELFERICH

John is your first point of contact. He is in charge of our email communications, and ensures smooth coordination between chairs and panel members, among other things. He is a DPhil candidate in International Relations at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. John joined the Initiative in 2018.

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Eugenio SANCHEZ

Eugenio assists with the development of our communication strategy and the logistics of our events. He is a PhD candidate in International Relations at Sciences Po Paris. Eugenio joined the Initiative in 2023.



















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