Academic Council Members are posts exclusively reserved for academics – enrolled, academically employed or conducting research for a university institution – in any EU member state, EU candidate country, European Neighbourhood Policy area country, Gulf Cooperation Council countries or one of the five Central Asian republics. Academic Council Members determine the guidelines for research and projects to be undertaken by ENC on an annual basis.
ENC Academic Council Member and Jean Monnet Chair at Marin Barleti University in Tirana.
Areas of Expertise: Western Balkans, European Union, democratization, EU enlargement, Europeanization and South-Eastern Europe.
Professional Background: Dr. Dorian Jano is the Jean Monnet Chair at Marin Barleti University. Dr. Jano holds an MA in Eastern European Studies from the University of Bologna and a PhD in Political Studies from the University of Milan. He has been a visiting research fellow at the Institute for European Integration of the Europa-Kolleg in Hamburg and at the Institute for Advanced Study of the Collegium in Budapest. He regularly participates in international conferences and has been published in international peer-reviewed academic journals.
ENC Academic Council Member and Professor of political sciences and international relations, and dean of faculty of Law and Political Sciences at the Université Kasdi Merbah Ouargla in Algeria
Areas of Expertise: State transformations, elections, democratization, and administration
Professional Background: Prof. Dr.Bouhania Goui has been graduated with excellent remark of PhD degree in political sciences at Algiers University with collaboration of Paris University in 2007. Professor Goui has participated in over 100 International and national academic events and conferences in different countries such, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Germany, France, Switzerland and Turkey. He wrote over 40 articles in Arabic and French and 14 books about issues of state transformations, elections, democratization, and administration. He is also conducting many Doctoral and Master Thesis in political sciences, International Relations and Constitutional Law. Professor Goui is well known activist and political analyst in the media and talk shows in Algeria and abroad.
ENC Academic Council Member and Lecturer, Professor of political science and international relations, chairman of the political science department at the University of Lounici Ali – Blida 2 in Algeria
Areas of Expertise: Analysis of geopolitical issues, defense and geo-strategic issues.
Professional Background: Dr. Belhoul Nacim is a former adviser for the Algerian Land Forces (Department of National Defence), for the military Institute for Research and Foresight (Algerian Department of National Defence) and researcher at the National Institute for Comprehensive Strategic Studies. Dr. Belhoul Nacim is in many units member for national and international research and has significantly contributed to the formation of several Algerian research centers. On top of that he is also the director of the University’s (Lounici Ali – Blida 2) magazine “Arab Journal of political and security Studies.”
ENC Academic Council Member and the Head of the Turkish Studies Department at the Institute for Oriental Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia and Assistant Professor at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, American University of Armenia.
Areas of Expertise: Political Islam, Kemalism, Turkish domestic and foreign policy issues, South Caucasian regional security problems.
Professional Background: Dr. Ter-Matevosyan holds postgraduate and graduate degrees from Bergen University (Norway), Lund University (Sweden), Institute of Oriental Studies and Yerevan State University (Armenia). He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, CA, and a Visiting Professor at Duke University, NC. His previous work has been published in Turkish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Insight Turkey, Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, Iran and the Caucasus, Études Arméniennes Contemporaines, Turkish Review, Caucasus Analytical Digest and Contemporary Eurasia. Dr. Ter-Matevosyan authored an award-winning monograph “Islam in the Social and Political Life of Turkey” in 2008 and co-authored “History of Turkish Republic” in 2014.
Alexander A. Markarov
ENC Academic Council Member, Deputy Vice Rector for Scientific Policy and International Cooperation and Head of International Cooperation Office at Yerevan State University (YSU).
Areas of Expertise: Democratisation, executive-legislative relations in Newly Independent States (NIS) and Eastern European countries; electoral laws and electoral processes in NIS and Eastern European countries, studies in political opposition, comparative trends in higher education and Bologna Process ınfluence over educational development in NIS.
Professional Background: Dr. Alexander A. Markarov is responsible for the management and overall responsibility for YSU’s international academic, educational and scientific collaboration, and supervision of the activities of International Relations, Grants, Diaspora and Foreign Students Departments. He is also Member of YSU Academic Council, YSU Rectorate and Rector’s Council and Member of YSU’s strategic planning committee (SPC). Dr. Markarov has a rich volume of publications and awards (2014 Golden medal of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, 2009 YSU Golden Medal for Achievements, 2000 and 2001 Official Citations by the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia).
ENC Academic Council Member and Associate Professor at the Center of European Studies, Yerevan State University in Armenia.
Areas of Expertise: International security studies, small state studies, EU studies, regional integration, Armenian foreign and security policy.
Professional Background: Dr. Galstyan has taught at the Faculty of International Relations at Yerevan State University in Armenia. He has written over 20 articles and book chapters, co-authored 3 manuals and 1 monograph.
ENC Academic Council Member and Professor of the International Relations Department, Belarusian State University in Belarus.
Areas of Expertise: History and contemporary issues of Belarus’ foreign policy, Poland’s contemporary foreign policy, international relations in Eastern Europe in the 21st century, historical policy of Belarus and Poland, Belarusian foreign policy present-day situation, Belarusian activity in international organisations, contemporary political processes in Central and Eastern Europe and in the former Soviet republics.
Professional Background: Prof. Snapkovsky was the first scholar in Belarus to teach at various universities courses on the history of Belarus’ foreign policy, foreign policy of the Republic of Belarus, international organizations, history of the United Nations, and international communication. He is one of the authors of the “Foreign Policy Concept of the Republic of Belarus” that was prepared for the Belarus’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2001. He was the Head of the Department of Inter-ethnic and International Relations, Institute of History, National Academy of Science of Belarus in 1995-2000. He also headed the research themes on Belarusian diplomacy and diaspora in the 20th century. He is a supervisor of the post-graduate students, which are working on the various aspects of Belarus’ foreign policy. Prof. Snapkovsky was recognized by the International Biographic Center in Cambridge as the International Man for the Year of 2000-2001 and was included in different nominations by this center.
ENC Academic Council Member and Head of the Department of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium.
Areas of Expertise: Federalism, ethics of war and secession, conflicts on sovereignty in the Caucasus and the Balkans.
Professional Background: Prof. Coppieters is the Head of the Department of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. He participated as an expert in the International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia (IIFFMCG) in 2009 and coordinated an EU-financed teaching project for the Abkhaz State University between 2012 and 2015. Prof. Coppieters has co-edited the following books: ”Contextualizing Secession: Normative Studies in Comparative Perspective” published by Oxford University Press in 2003, ”Statehood and Security: Georgia After the Rose Revolution” published by MIT Press in 2005 and ”Moral Constraints on War: Principles and Cases (2nd edition)” published by Lexington Books in 2008.
ENC Academic Council Member and Researcher at the GERMAC (Université de Louvain-La-Neuve).
Areas of Expertise: Arab World, Education, Religious minorities.
Professional Background: Dr. Saenz-Diez’s PhD dissertation on Education in Egypt since the 1950s has been published in 2013, “Égypte d’une Révolution à l’autre. Politiques d’enseignements et changements sociaux”, in which she analyses, among other things, the Islamisation of society through Education. In addition to her academic activity, she cooperates with many international medias (newspapers, TV and radio). Previously, Dr. Saenz-Diez has been working in Madrid with the Taller de Estudios Internacionales Mediterráneos (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and in Paris with the Institut Maghre-Europe (Université Paris VIII).
Giulia Prelz Oltramonti
ENC Academic Council Member, teaching and research assistant in Political Science at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and lecturer at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL).
Areas of Expertise: South Caucasus, Political economies of conflict, International relations, Development and humanitarian aid.
Professional Background: Dr. Prelz Oltramonti received her PhD in Political Science from the Université libre de Bruxelles. She defended a thesis on political economies of conflict protraction in Georgia. She is an alumnus of King’s College London (MA Conflict, Security and Development) and University College London (BA European Social and Political Studies). She has also worked in the fields of development (Integration Consortium, DG AIDCO) and political campaigning (Obama for America, Campaign for Change).
ENC Academic Council Member and Founder of the Task Force on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) at Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles.
Areas of Expertise: Union for the Mediterranean region, Neighbourhoods’ energy stakes, successive reforms of the ENP, interests and values of the EU.
Professional Background: Before devoting his time to research and teaching in his current project, Dr. Leray served as Advisor on strategic thinking on foreign policy, defence, security and armament at the European Commission, including as advisor to Jacques Delors.
His educational background includes namely a PhD in Economics Sciences.
ENC Academic Council Member and lecturer at the Department of Political Science at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).
Areas of Expertise: Ethnic tensions, Ukraine, Baltic countries, Nationalism, Nation branding and Consumer citizenship.
Professional Background: Dr. Aleksandra Seliverstova is a researcher and a lecturer at the Department of Political Science at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She received her joint doctoral degree from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Tallinn University in 2017. From 2013 till 2016 she was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute of Governance, Law and Society at Tallinn University (TU). Her research focused on exploration of everyday nationalism and bottom-up nation building through consumer culture in multi-ethnic societies of the former Soviet space. In 2008 she received her MA in Eastern European Studies from Free University Berlin, where her research focused on ethnic conflicts in post-Soviet area. For several years she was engaged in the NGO sector in Ukraine and Germany.
ENC Academic Council Member and Associate Professor at Vesalius College and Senior Associate Researcher at the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).
Areas of Expertise: Media and Europe, Media and Ethnopolitical Conflict, Research and Media Ethics, Public Diplomacy.
Professional Background: Pr. Dr. Georgios Terzis is Associate Professor at Vesalius College and Senior Associate Researcher at the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He did post-doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania on Ethnopolitical Conflict Studies, he received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel, and he studied Journalism and Mass Communication in Greece, UK, USA and The Netherlands. His research focuses on media and security governance, European media governance, Public Diplomacy and Foreign Correspondence. He has been teaching and doing research in journalism and communication departments of many universities for more than 20 years. He has also been involved in several international research projects and networks. He is the founding Chair of the Journalism Studies Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association. He is an editorial board member of four academic journals and has been working as a reviewer for most of the major publishing houses of the communication field, as well as the European Commission and the Council of Europe.
ENC Academic Council Member and Professor at the American University in Cairo and Senior Associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.
Areas of Expertise: Democratization processes in Egypt, tensions between freedom and repression in the Egyptian public space, political movements and civil society in Egypt, contemporary debates in Arab political thought, and human rights and governance in the Arab world.
Professional Background: Prof. Hamzawy studied political science and developmental studies in Cairo, The Hague, and Berlin. He was previously a senior associate in the Middle East program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace between 2005 and 2009. Between 2009 and 2010, he served as the research director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon. He has also served at the faculty at the American University in Cairo, Cairo University, and Stanford University. Prof. Hamzawy is a former member of the People’s Assembly elected in the first Parliamentary elections in Egypt after the January 25, 2011 revolution. He is also a former member of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights. Hamzawy contributes to a weekly op-ed to the Egyptian independent newspaper Shorouk.
ENC Academic Council Member and Professor of International Relations and Political Economy at American University of Cairo (AUC), and Director of the AUC Forum
Areas of Expertise: International relations, political economy in the Arab world
Professional Background: Bahgat Korany is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Honorary Professor at the University of Montreal, Canada. Before joining academia, Korany worked in the United Nations (European Office) from 1970 to 1974 while initiating his academic career, first at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva (1970-74), then at the University of Montreal (1974 to the present). He has been a visiting professor at various universities from Harvard (visiting scholar) to Oxford and Paris. He was the Founding Director of the Inter-University Consortium of Arab Studies, Canada. He is also a founding member of the international organisation of South-South Cooperation (Beijing, April 1983). In addition to media activity and public talks, including at the British Parliament in January 2013, Korany has published 12 books and, contributed chapters to 27 other books. His 2010 book “The Changing Middle East” has been noted by CNN as indicating the “Arab Spring” a year before it happened.
ENC Academic Council Member and Lecturer on Human Security at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) and at the Summer School of the Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po) in Paris and Member of Board of Directors at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies in Afghanistan.
Areas of Expertise: Politics in Tajikistan, Central Asian studies, human rights, radicalization.
Professional Background: Dr. Tadjbaksh holds her PhD in Central Asian Studies from the Columbia University in the US. She was the Consultant for the Implementation of the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia between 2010 and 2012. She was the Director of the CERI Program for Peace and Human Security at the Center for Peace and Human Security in Paris. She has published, authored, translated and edited numerous books including, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Afghanistan and its Region” with Kristian B. Harpviken published by Hurst Publishers and Oxford University Press; “Iran and its Relationship with Afghanistan After the Nuclear Deal” with Mohammed Fazeli published by the Peace Research Institute Oslo.
ENC Academic Council Member and lecturer at International Relations Department and Law Department of Tbilisi State University.
Areas of Expertise: EU Foreign Policy, ethnic conflicts, management of peace processes, migration and border management.
Professional Background: Dr. Samkharadze graduated from the University of Hanover in 2003 with a Master of Arts degree in European Studies. Samkharadze holds a PhD in International Relations. In 2004-2005 he worked as policy analyst in the project administered by RAND Corporation “Strengthening analytical capacity of the National Security Council of Georgia”. Between 2005 and 2009 he served as a national expert at NSC of the EU Special Representative’s Office to the South Caucasus. Since 2010, he works as a Country Manager of South Caucasus Integrated Border Management Programme implemented by the United Nations Development Programme. Furthermore, he has been giving lectures at the International Relations Department of Tbilisi State University in capacity of invited professor since 2009. He speaks Georgian, Russian, English and German.
ENC Academic Council Member and Associate Professor at Tbilisi State University (Georgia)
Areas of Expertise: Foreign policy, security studies, regional studies, post-communist countries.
Professional Background: Dr. Asanishvili earned her PhD in Political Science at Tbilisi State University in 2003. Now she is an Associate Professor at Tbilisi State university (TSU) Faculty of Social and Political sciences, department of International Relations. She is a head of international MA program in Eurasian and Caucasian studies, an interdisciplinary English-language Master’s Program in Social Sciences in TSU. She was awarded several fellowships and grants: Lane Kirkland scholarship by Polish American Freedom Foundation, Marie Curie scholarship, Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus+, Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professional Development Award, Weiser Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies (WCEE) University of Michigan, USA. She was an invited professor in the University of Wroclaw (Poland), Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki (Finland), University of Vilnius (Lithuania), Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania). She is an author of 2 monographs articles about South Caucasus regional security, EU south Caucasian Relations and Russia’s politics in Eurasia.
ENC Academic Council Member and Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social Political Sciences in Tbilisi State University in Georgia.
Areas of Expertise: Security, conflicts, democratization and transformation, ENP, Caucasus, Russia and Georgia.
Professional Background: Dr. David Matsaberidze, holds his PhD in Political Science from Tbilisi State University and had studied Conflict and Nationalism at the Central European University, earning MA in Nationalism and Ethnicity Studies. Since 2013 he is an expert with Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes and was recipient of the Academic Fellowship Programe of the International Higher Education Support Programe, Open Society Foundations in 2008-2014. He is author of around 15 articles and 2 book chapters published with various research and policy institutions in Germany, Austria, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Ukraine and Great Britain.
ENC Academic Council Member and Assistant Professor in International Political Economy at the Department of Mediterranean Studies at the University of the Aegean in Greece and Research Associate at ELIAMEP.
Areas of Expertise: Comparative regionalism, security and development, European Neighborhood and Black Sea politics.
Professional Background: Dr. Manoli is Assistant Professor in International Political Economy at the University of the Aegean and Head of the Programme on East European, Slavic and Eurasian Studies at ELIAMEP. She has been a Visiting Professor at the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh (2016) and a Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. (2010). Besides, she was the Director of Studies and Research at the International Center for Black Sea Studies – ICBSS in Athens between 2005 and 2009. Between 2000-2004, she was the Secretary of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of Black Sea Economic Cooperation in Istanbul. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal Southeast European and Black Sea Studies published by Routledge, Taylor and Francis. She holds an MA and a PhD from the University of Warwick where she studied as an Alexandros A. Onassis scholar. She is the author of The Dynamics of Black Sea Regionalism published by Ashgate in 2013 and editor of the Aftermath of the Ukrainian Crisis published by Routledge in 2016.
ENC Academic Council Member, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam in European studies, Chair of the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (amongst others).
Areas of Expertise: Legal and political dimensions of the EU’s security and foreign policy, EU-Israel relations, Euro-Mediterranean region.
Professional Background: Professor Sharon Pardo has several responsibilities at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and has published widely in his areas of expertise. He is an adjunct fellow at the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE) at University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a board member of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR). Furthermore, he teaches courses on the European integration process, diplomacy and public international law.
Mazen A.S. Al Ougili
ENC Academic Council Member and Professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies at Jordan University.
Areas of Expertise: International relations, comparative politics, Islamic movements, diversity of political culture of the Middle East.
Professional Background: Dr. Al Ougili holds a PhD in Political Science from Boston University in the US. He was the Vice-Dean in Graduate Studies at The World Islamic Sciences & Education University In Amman Jordan. He has published, authored, translated and edited numerous books including, “Political Participation in Arab States: The 11th Jordanian Parliamentary Election of 1989,” published by the Journal of Political Science in 1996, “The Influence of Radicals Religious Political Parties on Israeli Political System,” published by the Journal of Diplomatic Studies in 1998, and “The Determinant of Canadian Foreign Policy toward Middle East,” published by Journal of Diplomatic Studies in 2000.
ENC Academic Council Member and a political scientist and human rights professor at the University of Jordan.
Areas of Expertise: Middle East politics, human rights, conflict management and resolution, the democratization and politics in the Middle East, and Islamic politics.
Professional Background: Dr. Eyadat is the founding chairperson of the Human Rights Department, which later became the Political Development Department, and the founding Dean of the Prince al-Hussein School of International Studies at the University of Jordan. He is currently a visiting scholar at Georgetown University and a Professor of Political Science and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Southern California. Dr. Eyadat has over ten years of experience in researching the democratization of the Middle East within the framework of game theory, and he has formally been trained in comparative and international politics as well as game theory methodology. Through his membership in both governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as international institutions, he has extensively contributed to the analysis and advancement of Middle East politics within a comparative and international framework, working extensively on legislation, policies, and procedures with the Jordanian government and NGOs.
Jamal Al Shalabi
ENC Academic Council Member and Professor of Political Science at the Hashemite University in Jordan.
Areas of Expertise: Political Islam, European-Arabian relations, politics of Jordan.
Professional Background: Prof. Shalabi holds a PhD in Political Science from the Faculty of Law at Paris University Panthéon-Assas. Between 2005 and 2007, he was the Director of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences & Program of International Relations and Strategic Studies at Hashemite University. In 2006, he won UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture in Paris. He is also the member of the International Scientific Journal on Defense Issues in Algeria. Between 2011 and 2013, he was the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Letters at Hashemite University in Jordan. Prof. Shalabi published more than 30 researches and articles in Arab and international scientific journals including; “Jordan: Revolutionaries without a Revolution” by the Arab Institute for Research and Publishing in 2017, ”Globalization and its impact on Media & Education in Jordan” by The Arab Institute for Research and Publishing in 2009.
Hassan A. Barari
ENC Academic Council Member and Professor of International Relations and Middle East politics at the University of Jordan and Qatar University, Visiting professor at Yale University and a professor of Middle East politics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Areas of Expertise: Arab-Israeli conflict and the Middle East peace process, democratization, regional security and Middle Eastern politics.
Professional Background: Hassan A. Barari received his Ph.D. from Durham University in England in September 2000, his MA from Leeds University in England in 1995 and his BA from the University of Jordan in 1992. He is a columnist for the English Jordan Times. He is also a frequent commentator for key Arab and international TV stations. He has written extensively on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the peace process in Arabic and English. He has also contributed numerous scholarly articles to different international journals on regional security; democracy, and radicalism and participated in scores of international conferences throughout Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. Dr. Barari is also served as a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) based in Washington, D.C. for the year 2006-07. From 2001-2006, he was a senior researcher at the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan.
Faisal Odeh Al-Rfouh
ENC Academic Council Member and Fulbright Scholar, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Prince Al-Hussein Bin Abdullah II School of International Studies, University of Jordan
Areas of Expertise: International relations, Middle East & North Africa politics, Middle East peace process, Arab-Israeli relations, Indian subcontinent politics, human rights, democracy and political participation, new world order, culture of peace
Professional Background: Prof. Faisal Odeh Al-Rfouh, a Fulbright Scholar, was the Dean at Prince Al-Hussein Bin Abdullah II School of International Studies, University of Jordan, and the professor for International Relations and former Minister of Social Development, Administrative Development and Culture of Jordan. He was president of The Orient Center for Studies and Cultural Dialogue and chairman of Political Science Department of the University of Jordan for 19 years. He was a visiting professor at Brigham Young University, USA (2000-2001), Eastern Michigan University, USA, (2009-10), York University, Canada (2009), Toronto University, Canada (2010) and McGill University (2013). Prof. Al-Rfouh was awarded at 2002 the “Ambassador for Peace” from the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace.
ENC Academic Council Member, Director of the Institute of Diplomacy of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) in Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan).
Areas of Expertise: Security and politics of the post-Soviet space, foreign policy analysis, diplomatic history of Kazakhstan.
Professional Background: Dr. Anuar Ayazbekov is Director of the Institute of Diplomacy of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Prior to joining the Institute of Diplomacy, Dr. Ayazbekov held positions at Nazarbayev University, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, the Administration of the President of Kazakhstan, and the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies. He also was a visiting research fellow at the John Hopkins University Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and the Japan Institute for International Affairs. Dr. Ayazbekov holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of St.Andrews. His professional interests include Central Asian politics, foreign policy analysis and historiography of Kazakhstan diplomacy.
ENC Academic Council Member and Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies of KIMEP University (Kazakhstan) and the Director of the KIMEP Central Asian Studies Center (CASC).
Areas of Expertise: Central Asian politics and security, Eurasian geopolitics, energy security, Kazakhstan’s foreign policy.
Professional Background: Assoc. Prof. Kassenova holds her PhD in International Cooperation Studies from Nagoya University (Japan). She taught many courses including Fundamentals to International Relations, Comparative Politics, U.S.-Central Asia Relations, Russia-Central Asia Relations, Asian Security: Theory and Practice, and Japan in Global Politics at KIMEP University. Assoc. Prof. Kassenova has many publications including “Kazakhstan’s Policy Toward Afghanistan: Context, Drivers and Outcomes” in “Afghanistan and Its Neighbors After the NATO Withdrawal” (2016) edited by Christian Bleuer.
ENC Academic Council Member and Professor of the Kazakh-German University in Almaty in Kazakhstan.
Areas of Expertise: Logic, methodology and philosophy of science, international security theories, military and political security of the Central Asian countries, weak states’ security.
Professional Background: Prof. Burnashev holds his PhD from the Muminov Institute of Philosophy and Law of the Academy of Science of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Dr. Burnashev has issued around sixty academic publications in Germany, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, South Korea, the USA, and Uzbekistan. He is the co-author of the book “Security in Central Asia: Methodological Frameworks for Analysis (Military Sector of Security)” at the Kazakh-German University in 2006.
Spencer L. Willardson
ENC Academic Council Member and Acting Chair in the Department of Political Science at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.
Areas of Expertise: The sale of arms as a foreign policy tool, and the phenomenon of arms in international relations in general, the issues of security and intelligence and the nexus of security and intelligence in international relations.
Professional Background: Dr. Spencer L Willardson joined the faculty of Nazarbayev University in Fall 2014. He worked previously at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He earned his PhD from the University of Iowa in May 2013. Before earning his PhD, Dr. Willardson spent nine years in the U.S. military. During his career in the military he earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Utah State University, and an M.S. degree in Strategic Intelligence from American Military University. Professor Willardson is currently serving as the Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Dr. Willardson has a number of research interests. He examines the sale of arms as a foreign policy tool, and the phenomenon of arms in international relations in general. He is also interested in issues of security and intelligence and has papers published and under review that look at the nexus of security and intelligence in international relations.
ENC Academic Council Member and Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.
Areas of Expertise: Multilateral institutions, rising powers and security studies, with a regional focus on Eurasia.
Professional Background: Prior to joining NU in the Fall 2015, Dr. Contessi held fellowships at Columbia University (Harriman Institute) and at McGill University (Centre for International Peace and Security Studies) where he also co-chaired the Summer School on Diplomacy, Defence and International Security. His work has been published in Asian Security, Cambridge University Press, China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, Caucasian Review of International Affairs, International Journal, Journal of Eurasian Studies, Oxford University Press, Presses de l’Université du Québec, Problems of Post-Communism, The RUSI Journal, and Security Dialogue. Dr. Contessi has also consulted for various clients, including the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development and with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
ENC Academic Council Member and Assistant Professor at European Studies Department at the American University of Central Asia.
Areas of Expertise: Russian Politics, Multiculturalism and Minority Rights, European Integration and External Relations, and Diaspora Politics.
Professional Background: Görkem Atsungur has been an Assistant Professor at American University of Central Asia since August 2012 where he teaches Modern Europe, European Government Systems, Introduction to European Security, European Integration and External Relations, Extremism and Democracy in Europe, Research Methods, Identity-Nation States and Europeanization, and Multicultural Societies: Religious and Social Conflicts courses. He received his B.A in International Relations from Cyprus International University and his M.A. in European Studies from Istanbul Bilgi University and his MA in Political Science – European Politics from Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. Currently, he continues his Ph.D. studies in the Political Science: International Relations Major and Nationalism Studies Minor programs at the Central European University in Hungary.
ENC Academic Council Member and Associate Professor at the Department of International and Comparative Politics of the American University of Central Asia.
Areas of Expertise: Politics of transition, Post-Soviet politics, democratization and electoral politics in Central Asia, Reforms in education
Professional Background: Dr. Tursunkulova has served as the Vice-President for Academic Affairs of the American University of Central Asia for eight years. She has taught at the Department of International and Comparative Politics since 2000. Along with regular courses, she has offered several experimental courses together with partners from Bard College, USA and other partner universities. In 2016, Dr. Bermet Tursunkulova has been responsible for coordinating the preparation activities for the World Nomad Games II (held in September 2016) and has been a chief fundraiser and liaison between the Secretariat, sponsors, partners and the President’s Administration. Dr. Tursunkulova has published in East European Politics, Central Asian Survey, International Higher Education Journal and other. Dr. Tursunkulova is also a former Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic.
ENC Academic Council Member and Assistant Professor at the Beirut Arab University in Lebanon.
Areas of Expertise: Public international law, human rights, international organizations and international economic law, fighting human trafficking.
Professional Background: Dr. Younes obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Law from La Sagesse University in Lebanon in 2000 as well as her Diploma in “Juriste d’affaires”. She received her PhD in Public Law in 2013 from Jean Moulin University- Lyon 3 in France and her Masters Degree in 2008 from La Sagesse University in Lebanon. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Public International Law and Assistant Dean at the Faculty of Law & Political Sciences. Dr. Younes works as an International trainer and consultant for several international organizations and NGOs including OHCHR, UNDP and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
Bassel F. Salloukh
ENC Academic Council Member and Associate Professor of Political Science at the Lebanese American University, Beirut
Areas of Expertise: Post-conflict power-sharing arrangements, the challenge of re-assembling the political orders and societies of post-uprisings Arab states, geopolitics of the Middle East after the popular uprisings.
Professional Background: Bassel F. Salloukh is author, co-author, and co-editor of a number of books, chapters, and journal articles, including “The Politics of Sectarianism in Postwar Lebanon” (Pluto Press, 2015), “Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World” (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012), “Mapping the Political Landscape: An Introduction to Political Science”, 2nd edition (Nelson Publishers, 2007), and “Persistent Permeability: Regionalism, Localism, and Globalization in the Middle East” (Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2004). Salloukh served as consultant to a number of international and private organizations, and is Senior Nonresident Research Fellow at the Interuniversity Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (ICAMES) in Montréal, Canada. He is a regular contributor to policy journals and on-line academic forums and newspapers, including Foreign Affairs, Washington Post, the Monkey Cage, openDemocracy, Middle East Institute, and The New Arab.
ENC Academic Council Member and is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Associate Chair of the Department of Social Sciences, Director of the Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution (ISJCR) at the Lebanese American University.
Areas of Expertise: Atlantic Council’s Task Force on Religion, Identity, and Counter-Extremism (MEST) and on Baker Center of the Middle East’s Task Force on Political and Electoral Inclusion
Professional Background: Dr. Salamey is the current contributing editor of the London-based The Arab Weekly. Dr. Salamey is the author of “The Decline of Nation-States after the Arab Spring: the Rise of Communitocracy” (Routledge, 2017) and “The Government and Politics of Lebanon” (Routledge, 2014). His research examines the root cause of rising ethnic and sectarian polarization and corresponding proliferation of transnational extremism in the MENA countries. He is a Senior Policy and Program Evaluation consultant for various governments and International Organizations on issues related to Middle East’s sectarian relations, democratic transitions, Islamist movements, public policy, election, rule of law, human rights, power sharing, security, and defense.
Sami E. Baroudi
ENC Academic Council Member and Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Lebanese American University (LAU).
Areas of Expertise: Political economy of postwar Lebanon, Arab reactions to U.S. Middle East policy, Arab intellectuals’ representations of the United States and contemporary Islamist perspectives on international relations.
Professional Background: Sami E. Baroudi joined LAU as an assistant professor of political science in October 1992 and is currently a Full Professor. He played a major role in launching the M.A. in International Affairs Program at LAU and in reviewing the undergraduate programs in Political Science and Political Science – International Affairs. He has published extensively on the political economy of the Middle East, particularly Egypt and Lebanon. Baroudi is currently working on a book-length study tentatively titled: “Contemporary Islamist Perspectives on International Relations: Mainstream Voices from the Sunni and Shia Arab World”. Baroudi is a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES).
ENC Academic Council Member and Assistant Professor in Political Sciences and International Affairs in the Department of Social Sciences and the Associate Director of the Institute of Social Justice and Conflict Resolution (ISJCR)
Areas of Expertise: Power-sharing in divided societies, Euro-Mediterranean migration dynamics and governance, Arab states’ coping mechanisms with forced migration, role of immigrant communities and diasporas in democratization and conflict transformation.
Professional Background: Tamirace Fakhoury has furthermore taught at the summer sessions at the University of California in Berkeley between 2012 and 2016. Fakhoury earned the Jean Monnet fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2010/2011) and the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the German Institute of International and Area Studies in Hamburg, Germany (2014/2015). Fakhoury has published in The International Spectator, The European Foreign Affairs Review, Current History, International Migration, Middle East Journal, and Middle East Policy. She is member of the core coordination team of the Global Migration Policy Associates in Geneva.
ENC Academic Council Member and Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Lebanese American University (LAU).
Areas of Expertise: Conflict resolution, democratization
Professional Background: Makram Ouaiss was Chair of the Department of Social Sciences between 2011 and 2013. Between 2010 and 2011, Ouaiss served as Chief Technical Specialist for the Strengthening Electoral Program in Lebanon with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and advisor to the Minister of Interior and Municipalities on electoral issues. Before joining LAU, Ouaiss was associated with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) where he held the positions of senior advisor for political and electoral processes, deputy director for Central and West Africa and prior to that deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa region. Dr. Ouaiss has conducted parliamentary, political party, civic, election and conflict resolution programs in over 35 countries. Also he has worked at Amnesty International and the United Nations’ Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
ENC Academic Council Member and Senior Lecturer at Free International University of Moldova (ULIM) in the Department of International Relations, Political Science and Journalism in Moldova.
Areas of Expertise: Devolution, geopolitics of borders, Eastern Partnership, Turkey-EU relationship and political Islam in Turkey, devolution phenomenon, specifically on devolution in the Republic of Moldova.
Professional Background: Ms. Patlis received her licentiate diploma and M.A. in International Relations (European Studies) from Free International University of Moldova (ULIM). She teaches courses in International Relations. She is also a researcher at the Institute of History and Political Science (ULIM) and a Ph.D. candidate at the Academy of Sciences of Moldova. She has conducted research and professional development visits in Poland in 2008, 2009 and 2013, Hungary in 2009, in Austria in 2010, in Lithuania in 2010, in Turkey in 2011, in Ukraine in 2012 USA between 2012 and 2013, and in Georgia in 2016. Ms. Patlis was a Carnegie Fellow in the Department of History and Politics and the Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership and Civic Engagement at USFSP in 2012 conducting a research on Devolutionary Trends in Moldova: the Case of Gagauz Yeri. In 2016, Ms. Patlis became a winner of the Carnegie Scholar Publication Program 2016 competition for alumni of the CRFP
Jack Vahram Kalpakian
ENC Academic Council Member and Associate Professor of International Studies at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane
Areas of Expertise: Security Studies, International Political Economy and the Middle East/North Africa
Professional Background: Jack Vahram Kalpakian holds a doctorate in International Studies from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. He specializes in Security Studies, International Political Economy and the Middle East/North Africa as well as the Sudan. Since August 2001, Kalpakian has been teaching at Al Akhawayn University Ifrane, a Moroccan university following the American tertiary education pattern in Morocco. Originally from Sudan, Kalpakian is a native Arabic speaker.
ENC Academic Council and Assistant Professor of International Studies at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of Al Akhawayn University (Morocco).
Areas of Expertise: Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, Radical Islam Algerian politics, Iranian nuclear crisis.
Professional Background: Dr. Djallil Lounnas holds a PhD in Political Science from the Université de Montreal. He was a professor at the School of Governance and Economics (EGE) of Rabat between 2011 and 2012 before joining Al Akhawayn University in 2013. He is a specialist of North African and Middle East security and has conducted extensive filed research on the Jihadist groups in North Africa and in the Sahel. Among his publications are: “The Evolution of the Strategic Environment of Algeria`s Post Arab” in Maghreb Machreck (2015), “Confronting Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in the Sahel : Algeria and the Malian crisis”, Journal of North African Studies (2014), “The Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Drug Trafficking in the Sahel” in Maghreb Machreck (2014), “Algerian Strategy against Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” Politique Etrangere (2013), “The Regional Fallouts of the French Intervention in Mali”, Mediterranean Politics (2013), “China and The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: Between Ambiguities and Interests”, European Journal of East Asian Studies (2011).
ENC Academic Council Member and Professor of International Law at University Abdelmalek ESSAADI, Morocco.
Areas of Expertise: Territories, borders, immigration, cross-border cooperation, development in theoretical and practical dimensions
Professional Background: Prof. Saida Latmani is a member of several research networks involving many countries such as the Arab World, Spain, Portugal, France, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Belgium, Holland, England, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and Senegal. After her law degree from the Marrakech school of Law school in 1991, she continued her Master’s degree in Lyon in the field of defense and international security. After graduation, she enrolled for PhD in public international law relating to the territories and borders. A few years later, she joined the Abdelmalek Essaâdi University in Tangier as a professor of Law where she held numerous positions in administrative and scientific capacity. She participated in the promotion of research and development in the Tanger-Tetouan region. She also organized many scientific and social events in the regional, national and international level.
ENC Academic Council Member and Assistant Professor of EU Security/European External Relations at the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. He is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Natolin and an Associate Research Fellow at the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, College of Europe in Natolin.
Areas of Expertise: Peacebuilding, state-building, security-sector reform, conflict resolution, EU external relations, EU Common Security and Defence Policy, European Neighbourhood Policy, Euro-Mediterranean Relations, Middle East and North Africa politics, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Libya.
Country: The Netherlands
Professional Background: Dr. Bouris holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining the University of Amsterdam, he was a Research Fellow in charge of the southern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy at the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair of the College of Europe in Natalin, Poland and a visiting lecturer in Middle East Politics at Kingston University in the UK. Dr Bouris is the author of “The European Union and Occupied Palestinian Territories: State-building without a State” published by Routledge in 2014 for which he was selected as Routledge Politics and International Relations author of the month for February 2014. He is also the co-editor (with Tobias Schumacher) of “The Revised European Neighbourhood Policy: Continuity and Change in EU Foreign Policy” published by Palgrave in 2017.
Raid M. H. Nairat
ENC Academic Council Member and Assistant Professor at the An-Najah National University in Palestine.
Areas of Expertise: Politics in Palestine, Palestinian issue, elections in Palestine.
Professional Background: Dr. Nairat holds his PhD from the Institute of International Relations in Ukraine. He was the Head of the Political Science Department at the An-Najah National University in Palestine. He has published, authored, translated and edited numerous books including, ‘‘Withdrawal from Gaza and Northern W.B: Response or Maneuover’’ published by the Middle Eastern Studies Journal, ”International Policies toward the Palestinian Cause 2005” published by the Palestinian Strategic Report.
ENC Academic Council Member and Professor of Political Science and Director of Ibrahim Abou loughod institute at Birzeit university.
Areas of Expertise: Political theory
Professional Background: Lourdes Habash, graduated from Birzeit University with a Master in International Studies. She was head of political science department at Birzeit university. Habash holds a PhD in Political theory and Theories. Author with others “Revolutions and the transition to democracy in the Arab region and Eastern Europe: Poland and Egypt model”.
Abdul Rahman Haj Ibrahim
ENC Academic Council Member and Chair of the Political Science Department, Birzeit University (Palestine)
Areas of Expertise: International relations, democratic transitions, transitional justice, international politics of the Middle East and Central Europe
Professional Background: Dr. Haj Ibrahim served as head of the Political Science Department (2004-2005) at al Quds University. He later served as Dean Assistant (2005-06) and followed by Dean of the Art’s Faculty at Al Quds University. In 2008, Dr. Had Ibrahim moved to Birzeit University where he served a lecturer, and later as Chair of the Political Science Department on multiple occasions. His publications include ‘’Revolutions, democratic transitions in the Arab world and Eastern Europe: Poland and Egypt as a model’’ and “Elections in Palestine during the Ottoman era”.
ENC Academic Council Member and the holder of the Chair in European Neighbourhood Policy at College of Europe. He is also an Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Studies (CEI-IUL) at the University Institute of Lisbon.
Areas of Expertise: European Neighbourhood Policy, Euro-Mediterranean relations, Middle East and North Africa politics, and Foreign Policy Analysis.
Professional Background: Prof. Schumacher earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Mainz in 2002 and was awarded several fellowships and grants by, among others, Harvard University, the University of Cambridge and the European Commission. He taught at the European University Institute, the Dublin European Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Munich University, Mainz University, and Ilia State University in Tbilisi. He is the author of some 90 books, book chapters, articles and policy papers on the European Neighbourhood Policy, Euro-Mediterranean relations, Middle East and North Africa politics, and Foreign Policy Analysis.