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Ian Armstrong is a GRI Senior Analyst and Researcher at Wikistrat. He previously assisted in research at Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Scottish Parliament, and Hudson Institute. His work has focused on international security issues. Ian’s research has been presented at multiple conferences, and his analysis has been published at International Policy Digest and Second Line of Defense.

 

Dr. Ante Batovic is a GRI Senior Analyst and was previously a lecturer in International History at the University of Zadar where he specialised in Cold War and East European history. Ante was also a visiting fellow at the LSE IDEAS centre and the fellow of the Robert Schuman Foundation in the European Parliament. He holds a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the University of Zadar.

 

Lili Bayer is an analyst focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. She has written extensively on the crisis in Ukraine, as well as Russian foreign policy and Central European politics. Lili holds a master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

 

Dr. Monica Baumgarten de Bolle holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. She is a former IMF Economist (2000-2005), a Professor of Macroeconomics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (2006-Present), a Director at the Institute for Economic Policy Studies IEPE/Casa das Garças, a think tank based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2010-2014) , and a Global Fellow at the Brazil Institute | Wilson Center.

 

Håvard Bergo is a GRI Editor and Senior Analyst and a foreign policy expert who works in Kampala for LPC Consult International, a consulting company that specializes on developing projects in East Africa and Mozambique. He has previously worked with the United Nations in Bangkok and as a project manager for a research project in Montreal. Håvard graduated with an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE).

 

Qingzhen Chen is a GRI Senior Analyst and a research analyst for an international information company. Her research focuses on China and the Asia Pacific. Previously she was a market researcher for PwC. She has gained regional knowledge from internships with the UNDP, China Policy, and the Royal United Services Institute. She holds a BA in Politics and East European Studies and an MSc in Security Studies from University College London.

 

Jose Luengo-Cabrera currently works at the EU Institute for Security Studies. He has previously worked for the European External Action Service, International Crisis Group and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. The views expressed on this site are Mr. Luengo-Cabrera’s and do not reflect those of the EUISS or any previous institutional affiliations.

 

Brian Daigle is a GRI Senior Analyst and an energy and Latin America researcher at a political consulting firm in Washington, D.C. He is a London School of Economics (LSE) graduate in political science and political economy, where he focused on trade and transatlantic relations. Brian received his dual BA in political science and history at the University of California-San Diego.

 

Roger Yu Du works for a strategic advisory group that provides services to investors focused on Asia. He holds a master’s in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and received his BA in International Relations from Fudan University in China, with a focus on East Asian affairs.

 

Riccardo Dugulin is an analyst at Drum Cussac, a global business risk consultancy. He specializes in supporting international organizations and large corporations operating in emerging markets by providing them with critical risk management intelligence. He has expertise on the Near East, the Gulf, North Africa and Continental Europe. Riccardo gained field experience in the Middle East having worked for leading think tanks in Dubai and Beirut. He holds a Bachelors in Middle Eastern Studies and a Masters in International Affairs, both from the Sciences Po – Paris.

 

Daniele Ermito is a London-based analyst. He is also a GRI analyst and regular contributor for the Foreign Policy Association, where he writes mostly on the Koreas ‘blog. His areas of research include Northeast Asia security, Japanese politics and Chinese foreign policy. He holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Bologna and a MSc in Asian Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

 

Dr. Daniel Friedheim has taught international politics for more than a decade. He earned his PhD in political science from Yale University, has consulted for the World Bank and the US Agency for International Development, and was a Foreign Service Officer with the US Dept. of State. His research focuses on democracy, globalization and foreign policy with a regional focus on both Latin America and Post-Soviet Europe. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese and German.

 

Dr. Ernesto Gallo has lectured in several British universities and is currently based at the Kaplan International College London and The Open University. He has published in English and Italian on international relations and political theory. He received his PhD from the University of Turin.

 

Christian Hellwig is a Manager of Corporate Communications, Reputation & Public Affairs. He also works as a freelance political consultant and public policy analyst. Christian holds a MSc in International Relations from London School of Economics & Political Science and a first class honours BA from a leading German university in Governance & Public Policy.

 

Nicolas Jenny specialises in European and Asian political risk analysis. He has lived extensively throughout the region and speaks English, French and Mandarin. He holds a double master’s from Sciences Po Paris and Fudan University and a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol.

 

Jofi Joseph is an experienced national security professional who has served in senior level positions on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch, with a particular focus on WMD proliferation and homeland security issues. He worked on U.S. policy toward Iran’s nuclear program and participated in P5+1 negotiations with Iran as a White House National Security Council staffer from 2011 to 2013.

 

Aaron Johnson serves as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Darton State College. He holds a M.A. in Economics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is a regular contributor on economic analysis for local Fox and NBC news affiliates in Albany, GA.

 

Dr. Lawrence Katzenstein is a GRI Senior Analyst and Business Development Strategist. He has taught at the University of New Orleans and the University of Minnesota. Through an affiliation with the Humphrey Institute he was one of the trainers for the initial Chinese WTO delegation. He has been an exchange professor at the Consolidated Universities of Shandong Province and an embedded social scientist with the U.S. Army in Iraq. He earned a B.A. in political science from CCNY and an M.A. and Ph.D in political science from Rutgers University.

 

Alexey Kobylyanskiy currently works for a leading Russian mining company. He previously worked for the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank. He also has experience working for Russian regional government bodies and as an international election observer during the 2010 presidential elections in Ukraine. Alexey holds an MA in International Political Economy from Fordham University and an MA in International Relations from St. Petersburg State University, Russia.

 

Dr. Panos Koliastasis holds a PhD in Political Science from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). His thesis analyses the communication strategies applied by recent Greek prime ministers to preserve or even increase their popularity throughout their tenure. During the past years, coinciding with the eruption of the financial crisis in Greece, he served as a communication advisor to consecutive Greek governments until the elections of January 2015, employed for the analysis of opinion polls and formulation of communication strategy.

 

Jonathan Lang is a Principal at Key Global Advisory, a geo-political and macro-economic risk consultancy and previously worked for both Deloitte Consulting and the White House. As a contributing analyst for GRI, Mr. Lang writes on issues concerning monetary policy, trade, international energy markets, and trans-Atlantic relations. He holds a Masters in European Political Economics from the London School of Economics, an MBA from Duke University, and a Bachelors in Government from Georgetown University.

 

Dr. Robert Ledger is an analyst specializing in European politics. He has a PhD from Queen Mary University London in political science, and an MA in International Relations from Brunel University. He has worked in Brussels and Berlin for the European Stability Initiative – a think tank – on EU enlargement and human rights issues.

 

Daniel Lemaitre is a GRI Senior Analyst. He currently works for the Carter Center’s Americas Program. Previously, he has worked in policy research centered on Latin American markets in both the public and private sector. Daniel also has experience working in political communications at the British Parliament and the District Office of U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. He holds an MSc in Comparative Political Economy from the London School of Economics.

 

Jeremy Luedi is the GRI Web Editor and a Senior Analyst, and has worked for both NGOs and political parties in Canada. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree with an Honours Specialization in Political Science, Major in History, Minor in Transitional Justice & Post-Conflict Reconstruction from the University of Western Ontario. He speaks German, spent 17 years in Zurich, Switzerland, and currently resides in Ottawa. Jeremy’s work has been republished and quoted by Business Insider, Nasdaq, Time Magazine, Nikkei Business, Greenpeace, and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, among others.

 

Yesenia Lugo is a contract analyst supporting the Federal Government and Department of Defense in the Washington, D.C. metro area. She has written and worked on global governance and international financial institutions (IFIs) for a Washington, D.C. NGO. Yesenia holds a Masters in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, where she specialized in economic development and international security.

 

Iain MacGillivray is a GRI Commissioning Editor and an Independent Political Risk Analyst who focuses on Australian, European, and Middle Eastern Politics. He has worked as a Senior Academic Tutor in Middle Eastern Politics at the University of Melbourne and has been a freelance journalist for many years. Iain currently holds a Masters of International Relations from the Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne and is currently undertaking a Masters of Middle East Studies at Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Ankara, Turkey.

 

Jeff Moore is a GRI Analyst and senior political reporter for North State Journal.  Jeff started his career as an intra-day equity trader, trading through the extreme news-driven volatility of the 2008 financial crisis, before becoming an economic policy advisor in the North Carolina Office of Governor and N.C. Department of Commerce. He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Madeleine Moreau is the GRI Senior Commissioning Editor and a Senior Analyst currently based in Beirut, Lebanon. She specializes in investment risk and opportunity in the Middle East and has previously lived in Jordan and Morocco. Her work and insight have appeared in several leading publications, including Business Insider, TechCrunch, Oilprice.com, The Atlantic Council, Yahoo News and OZY. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Arabic from Middlebury College.

 

Kira Munk works as a Senior Analyst at a company in the Washington, DC area. She writes about topics related to terrorism and counterterrorism, human rights, and the impacts of social and political developments in the MENA. She holds a Master’s degree in Terrorism, Security & Society from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and previously lived in the MENA region for several years.

 

Priscila Quaini has worked for the Ministry of External Relations and Ministry of Finance in Brazil as well as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Brasilia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Brasilia and a master’s degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics.

 

Luke Rodeheffer is a GRI Senior Analyst and a cyberthreat researcher at Flashpoint in New York City. He holds an MA from Stanford University, where he was a FLAS Fellow for Turkish. Luke was previously a Fulbright Fellow in Ukraine and a research assistant at Koç University in Istanbul.

 

Margaux Schreurs is a GRI Senior Analyst and lives in Beijing, where she works as an editor at a Beijing-based magazine and website, and writes on a freelance basis for a wide range of publications throughout the world, mainly focusing on East and Southeast Asian current affairs. She is a London School of Economics and Political Science MSc graduate.

 

Robert Shines is a GRI Editor and Senior Analyst. He is also a Foreign Policy Analyst with the Foreign Policy Association and works as a Geopolitical Analyst with Wikistrat, a crowdsourced geopolitical consultancy.  Additionally, he is a Writer for Geopoliticalmonitor Intelligence Corporation, an international intelligence publication. Having previously consulted in Ukraine, his area of focus is U.S.-Russia relations.  He received his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with a focus on U.S.-China relations.

 

Steven Slezak is on the faculty at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, where he teaches finance and strategy.  He taught financial management and financial mathematics at the Johns Hopkins University MBA program. He holds a degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA in Finance from JHU.

 

Chris Solomon is the GRI Guest Post Editor and a Senior Analyst. He has supported several US government-funded international development programs in the Middle East and Africa throughout his professional career.  Christopher holds a master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Mikala Sorensen is a GRI Editor and Senior Analyst. She also works as an Economist with regional expertise in Europe. She holds a first class honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of York and a Masters in Economics from the University of Copenhagen. Having interned at the Danish OECD-delegation in Paris and currently working at the Danish Ministry of Finance, she specialises in politics and macroeconomics.

 

Karl Sorri is a GRI Editor and Senior Analyst. Karl has gained global experience working at the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin, the Political/Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, and as a freelance journalist for the Langley Intelligence Group Network. Karl holds an MA in Politics from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

 

Dr. Laura Southgate is a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. She has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and an MA in International Relations and Security and a BA in Law and Politics from the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the international relations and security of Southeast Asia.

 

Ahmed Abou Taleb is a Business Intelligence Analyst for a multinational financial advisory services company. He received his graduate education in Business & International Commerce in Egypt and France. He obtained a master’s degree in Comparative Politics from the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Aix) in France.

James Tunningley is a GRI Associate Analyst. He currently works for the British Government and is the Director of the Young China Watchers in London. He previously held positions at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) and the China-Britain Business Council. He is on the Young Leaders Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum, a Fellow at the Royal Asiatic Society and a Junior Member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford.

 

Antonio Timoner Salvá works as a senior economist at IHS Banking Risk Service in London. Prior to joining IHS, Antonio worked as an associate analyst at Taylor-DeJongh, an investment banking firm based in Washington, DC, and as senior engineer at ACS, an infrastructure group in Spain. Antonio holds an MA in International Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a BSc in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia in Barcelona.

 

Marius Toime is a project finance partner in Berwin Leighton Paisner’s Singapore office. With over a decade of international experience in the Asia Pacific region, Marius has a deep and proven track record representing clients on cross-border projects in the natural resources, infrastructure and shipping sectors. Marius is recognised as a leading lawyer in all the major legal directories including Chambers Asia 2015, Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 and IFLR1000 (2013 edition).

 

Klisman Murati writes and represents GRI in the world news media. He has contributed to our understanding of terrorism, security, corruption, NATO, macroeconomics, sovereign credit risk, outer space, and energy, in places like Brazil, Cuba, Russia, EMEA region, and China. He has also represented GRI with Al Jazeera Arabic, BBC Radio, IG Group and is regularly quoted in other global publications as well as being referenced by academics and the EU Commission. He holds an honours degree in Human Rights & Social Anthropology, a Masters in Security Studies from the University College London and diplomas from Transparency International and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Outer Space Security.
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