Editorial Board members:
Dr. Tracey German
Dr. Robin van der Hout
(Europa-Institut, University of Saarland, Germany)
Dr. Andrew Liaropoulos
for European and American Studies, Greece)
Dr. Martin Malek
(National Defence Academy, Austria)
Dr. Jason Strakes
(Army Research Reachback Center East, United States)
Dr. Cory Welt
(George Washington University, United States)
Editorial Board members:
Dr. Tracey German
is a lecturer in Defence Studies at the Joint Services Command and Staff
College, King’s College London. Her current research interests include security
in the Caucasus region, the impact of the Chechen conflict and energy security
in the former Soviet states. Recent publications include the co-authored
Securing Europe: Western Interventions towards a New Security Community
(forthcoming) and Russia’s Chechen War (Routledge, 2003), as well as
articles in journals such as European Security, Central Asian Survey, Vestnik
Review of International Affairs and
Dr. Robin van der Hout
is a lawyer at Kapellmann and Partner in Brussels and a lecturer at the
Europa-Institut Saarbrücken/Germany. As a lawyer he advises on all aspects of EU
Law, in particular EU Competition Law and International Trade Law, including
litigation matters. He has written several articles and books on the topic.
Robin van der Hout received his law degree in 1999 from the University of
Saarland, a special degree in European law in 2003 and a “Dr. iur.” in 2006. He
is a member of the Brussels and the Saarbrücken Bar and he is also a member of
the German Lawyers Association. Robin van der Hout speaks fluently German,
English, French and Dutch.
is a Senior Analyst at the Research Institute for European and American Studies
(RIEAS) in Greece. He
earned his Master Degree in Intelligence & Strategic Studies at Aberystwyth
University, UK, in 2002 and his Doctorate Diploma at Swansea University, UK, in
2006. His research interests include international security, intelligence,
strategy, foreign policy analysis and military reforms. He has published
articles in Journal of Military History, Journal of International
Security Affairs and
Review of International Affairs.
fluently English and German.
Dr. Martin Malek
is a (civilian) researcher at the Institute for Peace Support and Conflict
Management of the National Defense Academy (Vienna) since 1997.
internships in research institutes in Germany, Russia, Ukraine and the U.S.
Areas of expertise: State failing theories, theories of ethnic conflicts,
security and military policy in the Commonwealth of Independent States
(especially Russia, Ukraine, South Caucasus).
Author of two books and some 250 publications in thirteen countries. He speaks
fluently English and Russian.
Dr. Jason E. Strakes
is a Greater Middle East analyst at the U.S. Army
Iraq/Afghanistan Research Reachback Center, United States. He completed
his M.A. and Ph.D. in international studies and political science at
the School of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University,
USA. His research interests include foreign policy analysis, defense
and security policy, Central Eurasia, and the international relations
of developing and former Soviet states. He has published articles and
coauthored chapters on these topics in various journals and edited
volumes. Dr. Strakes currently serves also as executive secretary of
the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES).
Dr. Cory Welt is Associate Director
and Professorial Lecturer at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian
Studies (IERES) at The George Washington University’sElliott School of
International Affairs. Previously, he was associate director and director of the
Eurasian Strategy Project at Georgetown University, and deputy director and
fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and
International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Welt is a specialist of
Eurasian politics, conflict, and security and, in particular, Georgia and the
Caucasus. Dr. Welt received his Ph.D. in political science from MIT and his MA
and BA from Stanford University.He has published articles in journals including Europe-Asia
Studies, Demokratizatsiya, and The Nonproliferation Review, and
contributed book chapters to Democracy and Authoritarianism in the
Postcommunist World (Bunce, McFaul, Stoner-Weiss, eds., Cambridge University
Press) and America and the World in the Age of Terror (Benjamin, ed.,
is an experienced analyst of the politics, security and economics of the Caspian region. He holds a postgraduate degree in War Studies from King's College London, with a focus on Eurasia. He has substantial experience of media and public speaking.
holds a M.Sc. in European Studies with
Translation from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, and a B.A. in
International Studies from Portland State University. Previously, he was a
translator for the Groupe de
sociologie politique européenne at
Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, France, and taught English in France
and in China. His research interests include the EU’s external relations and
political trends in the Caucasus and Central Asia. He is currently a fellow at
the Caucasus Research Resource Center in Tbilisi.
is a Research Associate at KornFerry International in Frankfurt am Main,
Germany. He is focusing on executive search and HR consulting for domestic and
international financial services companies. Prior to that he worked as auditor
at KPMG Germany and Azerbaijan. In addition to that he accomplished number
of internships within investment banking and private equity industry in Germany
and Japan. He received his Diploma Degree in Economics and Business
Administration from Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany, and BS in
International Business from Western University in Baku, Azerbaijan. He speaks
fluently English, German, Russian and Turkish.
is a researcher and a PhD student at the European University Institute, Florence
since 2008. She has graduated in Political Science and International Relations
(2005) from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey) and has a MA in Peace and
Conflict Research (2007) from Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden). Her overall
interests lay in nationalism, peace building, peace-keeping, conflict
resolution, third party mediation, migration, transnationalism and diaspora
studies. Her other research interests also include civil wars, failed states and
ethnic minorities; particularly the armed conflicts in Eurasia and South Asia.
She has several articles published on the issues of "Diasporas as peacemakers",
"Political violence in Sri Lanka", and "Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora"; and finally
a book on the "Third party mediation in Nagorno Karabakh". Bahar Baser is fluent
in Turkish, English, Italian and French.
Jan Künzl holds a diploma (MA equiv.) in Political
Science/International Relations. He studied at the University of Potsdam
(Germany) and the Université de Montpellier (France). He worked as an intern for
a consulting agency in Cairo, Egypt, and for the CRIA. His book “Islamisten-
Terroristen oder Reformer? Die ägyptische Muslimbruderschaft und die
palästinensische Hamas“ was published in 2008 in Berlin. Künzl’s current
research interests include Islamism, security policy in the Middle East and the
Caucasus region and state failure. He speaks fluently German, English and French
and has a good command of Spanish and intermediate skills in Arabic.
Elchin Mammadov is a MA (in European Studies)
student at the University of Flensburg in Germany and University of Southern
Denmark. He has graduated in International Relations from Azerbaijan State
Economic University. His research interests include self determination and
territorial integrity conceptions in international law and ethnic conflicts in
Europe. He is creator of a number of web sites. He is fluent in English and
Turkish and has intermediate skills in German.
is currently a PhD student at the University of Michigan (USA). Previously, he
was an associate research fellow with the Chisinau-based Institute for
Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) “Viitorul”, a leading Moldovan
non-governmental think tank. He holds an MA degree in International Affairs,
specializing in international security policy, from the School of International
and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York. His research interests
include unconventional warfare, indirect aggression, democratic transition, and
the Russian foreign and security policy in the post-Soviet area. He writes
analytic and popular articles for Romanian, Russian, and English-language