Founder & Director
Edoardo Camilli is the founder and director of the International Security Observer. He is also CEO and Co-Founder of Hozint – Horizon Intelligence, a global risk and travel security solution provider. His research activities focus on intelligence, insurgency, organised crime and national security policies. Edoardo holds a Master in International Relations and a second level Master in Intelligence and Security. Edoardo is alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and European Young Leader Under 40 (EYL40). He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian.
Djan Sauerborn is editor at the International Security Observer. Djan was born in London. After spending his childhood in Boston, USA and Burkina Faso he moved to Germany and is now based in Berlin. He is currently the assistant director of “Active International Consulting”. He has a dual Masters Degree in Political Science and Anthropology from Heidelberg University, Germany. Previously Djan was a senior researcher and policy advisor for a think tank in Brussels. Furthermore he is a contributor for the Human Interest Publication “ZERO Magazine”. He is a German and English native speaker and is also fluent in French.
Alejandro Gamboa is an editor at the International Security Observer and head of the Security Studies Division. Alejandro works as a researcher and analyst at a private security firm in the Washington DC area. His work helps private and public sector clients keep abreast of the threats they face in high-risk regions of the world. Born in the Seattle area, Alejandro received his BA from the University of Washington, majoring in International Studies with a specialization in ethnic conflict and nationalist movements. He obtained his MA in International Relations at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies, where he wrote his thesis on the use of preventive violence by states to mitigate some of the most salient national security threats of the post-Cold War era. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Matteo Quattrocchi is contributor at the International Security Observer. Matteo holds an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC and a Master’s Degree in European and International Law from LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, Italy. Matteo is currently a Junior Researcher at the European Institute for Asian Studies, a former Research Assistant at the International Crisis Group, and has previous working and teaching experiences at the Georgetown University Law Center, Physicians for Human Rights and the University of Rome – La Sapienza. To date, his contributions have been published by the Center for International Maritime Security and the Research Institute for European and American Studies. He is fluent in Italian and English and proficient in French.
Theodore Bachrach is co-editor at the International Security Observer. Theodore is an avid follower of Foreign Affairs and UK – US politics. He holds a first class degree in International Relations and has work experience in UK Parliament in addition to working abroad in the fields of international development and human rights. He currently works at a not-for-profit organisation in London reflecting his desire to make a difference at home as well as abroad. He is English native speaker and after learning German for five years and Mandarin for two he can barely scrape by with both.
Social media manager
Blaise Ortiz is social media manager at the International Security Observer. Blaise is also COO and co-founder at Hozint – Horizon Intelligence. His research activities focus on the mining sector, social media and Latin America. Blaise holds a Master degree in Geopolitics from Paris-Est University and a second level Master degree in International Relations from the University of Brussels (ULB) where he focused his research on the private intelligence sector. For the ISO, Blaise is responsible for the Security Advisor and social media policy. He is a French native speaker and he is fluent in Spanish and English.
Agnieszka Joanna Stolarczyk
Agnieszka Joanna Stolarczyk is contributor at the International Security Observer. Agnieszka is UNV Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). In 2014 she did a five-month internship as Security Analyst with the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Centre (ESISC) in Brussels. Before, she was Policy Analyst in the Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce, located in the province of Alberta, Canada. Between 2012 and 2014, she was involved in the UNV Online with an NGO established in Abuja, Nigeria, called Noble Missions for Change Initiative. She holds a M.A. in Political Science and in Spanish Philology from the University of Silesia in Poland as well as a post-graduate Interuniversity Master degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Diplomatic School in Madrid, Spain. In 2005, she participated in ERASMUS Programme at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Grenada, Spain. Her main interests are focused on international security, international relations and EU foreign affairs. In ISO she has covered the issues related to conflicts over energy resources. She is fluent in Polish, English and Spanish.
Alessandra Pezzati is contributor at the International Security Observer. Alessandra is collaborating with the office of an Italian MEP in Brussels. Before working at the European Parliament, she was a trainee in the European Commission Delegation in Ankara, where she completed her Master thesis on Turkey and its negotiations process to join the European Union. Alessandra’s interests lie with social and political developments of Turkey and other Mediterranean countries. She holds a Master degree in International Affairs and History of the European Integration. She is fluent in English, French and Italian native speaker.
Alessandro Boncio is guest contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Mr. Boncio is Carabinieri OR9 and he is currently a counter-terrorism lecturer for the Carabinieri Corps. He was deployed in several international mission in the Middle East, the Balkans and Africa as an intelligence analyst and CT consultant. He is currently a student in Sciences of Mediterranean and Islamic countries languages, history and cultures at Naples “l’Orientale” University. Mr. Boncio is a member of the EENeT (European Expert Network on Terrorism Issues) as analyst of the foreign fighters phenomenon.
Alessandro Casarotti is contributor at the International Security Observer. Alessandro holds the MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development at School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where he specialized in Terrorism, Spoilers and Warlords in post-conflict context. Previously, he was awarded the MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy at University of Trieste and the BA in International Economics (European Union curricula) at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano. He gained experience with an internship at Political and Security Committee of European Union and Terrorism Prevention Unit of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. He writes as freelance for several webmagazine. He is Italian native speaker, fluent in English and French, working knowledge of German and Spanish, elementary in Russian.
Animesh Roul is contributor at the International Security Observer. Animesh is a Security and Strategic affair analyst, presently serving as the Executive Director of Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict, a New Delhi-based Policy research think tank. He is also involved with independent research organizations and media houses in India and abroad. He holds a Master of Philosophy degree from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has a master’s degree in Modern Indian History and specializes in Counterterrorism, Armed conflict and issues relating to Arms Control and Proliferations in South Asia.
Anna Lavizzari is contributor at the International Security Observer. Anna holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Geneva and a MA in International Conflict and Security from the University of Kent in Brussels, where she will start a PhD program in September 2013. Her research interests include political Islam, Salafism, and foreign and security policies in the MENA region. She gained experience as a Research Assistant at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs focusing on the security policy within the Mediterranean and North Africa region. She is fluent in Italian, English, French and Spanish.
Astrid is a contributor to the International Security Observer. Currently employed with the UN section of the military policy division at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports Astrid worked with various UN entities in Africa and the United States. During her internships at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs in NY and the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa Astrid specialized in particular on issues related to disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control. Further research interests include women, peace and security and human rights. Astrid holds an MSc with Distinction in International Relations from the University of Bristol and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communcation Studies.
Athina Bata is contributor at the International Security Observer. Athina is a recent graduate of the Master 2 in International Relations and Security Policy at the University of Toulouse in France, and she also holds a bachelor degree in International and European Studies at the University of Piraeus in Greece. Her research activities focus on international security and defence, conflict prevention and crisis management, the European “Petersberg tasks”, whereas she has profound knowledge of the crisis in Middle East- especially the Arab Spring and the nuclear Iran. Within the framework of her Master thesis she has further deepened her research in the European military industry and aerospace and in the Common Security and Defence Policy pillar. She speaks English, French and Greek.
Caitlin McFall is a contributor for the International Security Observer. She is a 2012 graduate from the University of Oregon, where she attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Political Science. Her concentration focused on Counter Terrorism in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Whilst in school she wrote for the international school newspaper, the “Yallah” where she developed her enthusiasm for research and analytical work. After graduating Caitlin worked for the United Nations Refugee Agency assisting with the promotion and awareness for refugees from Syria, Mali and South Sudan. She recently relocated to Washington DC and works for a Brokerage Firm. Caitlin has a strong interest in the understanding of terrorism and its effect on international security. She is a native English speaker and proficient in Italian.
Charlotte Langridge is contributor at the International Security Observer. Charlotte is a researcher at Wikistrat and is completing an MSc in International Relations at the University of Bristol. She also holds a Bachelors degree in Criminology and Sociology from Cardiff University. Her research focuses on ethnic conflict, framing in academia and government policy, foreign policy, democracy and liberalism, and business strategy within developing countries. Her specific areas of interest are Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans. Charlotte is a native English speaker.
Claudia Nocente is contributor at the International Security Observer. Claudia is a Research Associate for the European Geopolitical Forum (EGF) in Brussels and the Head of the Diplomatic Affairs Department of Model NATO Youth Summit (MoNYS) 2013. She was born in Italy and received her BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Padua (Italy) in 2009, and her MA from the University of Kent in Brussels in International Conflict Analysis in 2011. She has a genuine academic and professional interest in MENA countries and has recently co-authored a chapter on counter-insurgency policies and strategies in the Global South for a forthcoming publication (The Rise of the Global South: Philosophical, Geopolitical and Economic Trends of the 21st Century, World Scientific Publishing Company). She is fluent in Italian, English, and Spanish and is currently approaching Classic Arabic.
Clint Richards is contributor for the International Security Observer (ISO). Clint is a Risk Management and Geopolitical consultant based out of Tokyo. He analyzes the intersections of geography, politics, energy, security, and economics, and how they influence countries, companies, and markets. His regional areas of expertise are East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has worked and traveled throughout East Asia and has five years of experience as an intelligence professional analyzing risk at STRATFOR, Wikistrat, Enquirisk, and as a private consultant. He holds an M.A. in International Relations as well as two B.A.’s in Anthropology and International Studies from Texas State University. He is a native English speaker with a limited working proficiency of Japanese.
Dave Korkoian is contributor at the International Security Observer. Dave is Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Blue Star Strategies, an interdisciplinary government affairs firm based in Washington DC. His practice focuses on expanding trade and investment in the transit/transportation infrastructure, energy, and communications sectors, as well as supporting democratic movements around the world. He holds a Masters in Political Management from the George Washington University, and is accredited as a LEED Green Associate by the Green Building Certification Institute.
Disha Kheterpal is a contributor to the International Security Observer. Disha is an economist based out of India, currently working in Mumbai at the Economic Research Department of State Bank of India. She works on macro-economic analysis of India and other countries. Prior to this she worked as an economist in New Delhi at TAC Economics, a leading European Macroeconomic and Financial Research Consultancy, where she worked on emerging market economies’ country risk. She holds a Masters of Economics from Centre of Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University. She is fluent in English and Hindi.
Elias Langvad is contributor at the International Security Observer. Elias holds a BA in Political Science from Stockholm University and is currently finishing his MSc in International Security, Intelligence, and Strategic Studies at the University of Glasgow. He is currently working at Horizon Intelligence as a security risk analyst for the Europe and CIS regions. He primarily writes about Central and Eastern Europe security, including terrorism, energy, and Russian foreign policy. He is a native Swedish speaker, fluent in English, with an elementary knowledge of Russian.
Eric M. Tope
Eric M. Tope is contributor at the International Security Observer. Eric holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Political Science with a focus on International Relations from Arizona State University, where he completed his master’s thesis, “Collective Action in Counterinsurgency”. He primarily writes on Middle Eastern security affairs including: terrorism, counterinsurgency and American foreign policy in the region. His work has also appeared in Counterterrorist Trends, Analysis and Foreign Policy Journal, Small Wars Journal and Think South Asia. Eric is a native English speaker, but is conversational in Spanish and Classical Arabic.
Palestine / Canada
Fadi Elhusseini is a contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Elhusseini is a Political and Media Counselor in Turkey. He is an associate research fellow (ESRC) at the Institute for Middle East Studies-Canada and a doctoral candidate at the University of Sunderland in Britain. His articles have appeared in scores of newspapers, magazines and websites, including the Washington Institute, Foreign Policy Association, Middle East Monitor and others. Elhusseini is Arabic native speaker and he is fluent in English, and proficient in French and Italian, with basic knowledge of Turkish.
Georgios K. Barzoukas
Georgios K. Barzoukas is contributor at the International Security Observer. Georgios completed his undergraduate studies at The London School of Economics, served as a Sergeant-Squad Leader in the Greek Special Forces, before returning to London to complete a Masters in the Department of War Studies at King’s College. He is currently working as a MENA geopolitcal forecast analyst for Horizon Intelligence, a Political Risk Consulting Firm. Georgios also works for a Peacebuilding NGO based in the International Dispute Resolution Center in London, assisting in the organisation’s projects in Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania and C.A.R. He is fluent in Greek, English, French and Spanish.
Strategic communication analyst
Giuseppe Fiore is a strategic communication analyst at the International Security Observer. Giuseppe works as an EU affairs freelance consultant. He has carried out in-depth research and implemented lobbying campaigns for various clients in financial services and security issues. Giuseppe gained experience in Brussels assisting the Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU, where he was involved in the activities of the Committee for Civilian Crisis Management (CIVCOM) and those of the Political and Security Committee (PSC). Moreover his practice focuses on conflict in the Middle East, cyber-security and NATO. Giuseppe holds a Master in International Relations and a post graduate Master in Intelligence and Security Studies. In addition, he holds a Masters in Diplomacy from SIOI. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian.
Jasper Bergink is contributor at the International Security Observer. Jasper graduated with honour in Law and Politics of International Security at VU University Amsterdam. After his graduation, Jasper worked as a consultant for OCMC European Affairs, specialising in Justice & Home Affairs, and undertook a traineeship with the European Commission, DG Home Affairs. At present, he works on Financial Services for Kreab Gavin Anderson in Brussels. He is also volunteering with TEDxAmsterdam and TEDxBrussels as a blogger and communications assistant. His personal interests include security, European Affairs, languages, Gross National Happiness and street art. He speaks Dutch, English, Italian, French and German.
Jhelum Bagchi is contributor at the International Security Observer. Jhelum holds a Masters Degree in Energy and Oil Policy from New York University. She is deeply interested in energy politics and development around the world, focusing particularly on oil producing countries. She holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and writes for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Bengali, and basic French.
Jonathon Cini is contributor at the International Security Observer. Jonathon is an employee at the World Economic Forum. Previously he worked at the Peace and Security Institute and was a contributor for Wikistrat on geo political issues in the Asia Pacific and European regions. In addition, he has articles published in Thomson Reuters, the Diplomatic Courier, International Security Observer and Business Review.Jonathon is a native English speaker and is fluent in German.
Kai Fürstenberg is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Kai studied political science at Uppsala University, Sweden (Bachelor’s degree) and political science of South Asia and South Asian History at Heidelberg University (Magister Artium). He is currently pursuing a PhD in political science at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg. Kai Fürstenberg is a research fellow at the South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), Brussels and a former adviser to the Research Forum for Public Safety, Berlin. Additionally he is a founding member of the upcoming think tank Foundation for Applied Political Science of South Asia (APSA), in Heidelberg. He speaks German (native language) and English (fluent).
Kirthi Jayakumar is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Kirthi is a Lawyer, specialized in Public International Law and Human Rights, operating out of India. She has worked as a UN Volunteer, specializing in Human Rights research in pertinence to issues in Africa, India and Central Asia and the Middle East.
Kristin Durant is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Kristin was elected President of the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA) in November 2011. Prior to this, she has been Political Vice President of Denmark’s largest student union, Djøf Students, as well as Vice President of YATA Denmark. Kristin is currently based in Brussels working at the Secretariat of the Atlantic Treaty Association. She simultaneously works as P.A. for a Danish entrepreneur and political consultant, and is studying Public Administration and Global Studies at Roskilde University. Kristin has a background in International Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School and Niels Brock Business College.
Laurie Mincieli is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Laurie is a program assistant in the International Peace and Security program at Carnegie Corporation of New York. She holds an M.A in International Relations from New York University, and focuses her research on international crisis management and conflict prevention with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. She is a native English speaker, and is proficient in Spanish.
Leonardo Colucci is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Leonardo works in Brussels as an EU affairs consultant and is an Associate Director for programming at the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy association. Leonardo has a background on international security issues. He worked at the UN HQ in New York in 2008 with the Italian permanent mission and in 2010 with the EU delegation, both times dealing with UN Security Council activities with a focus on the African region. Among his professional experiences he also worked at Centre for European Policy Studies and Procter&Gamble. He currently collaborates with the Italian think tank Centro Studi Internazionali. Leonardo is Italian and holds a master degree in International Relations from Università degli Studi Roma Tre, he also studied at Université Paris-Nord and University of Helsinki. He is an Italian native speaker and is fluent in English and French.
Maia Dimitrova is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Maia is a contributing analyst for Wikistrat. The focus of her work is economic and political risk analysis; international security, geopolitics, international relations, and US foreign policy. Ms. Dimitrova earned her M.A. at Sofia University, Bulgaria, and her M.S. in Global Affairs at New York University. During the course of her academic training, she completed a graduate specialization at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and a post-graduate specialization at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. She is fluent in French, English, Russian, Czech, and Bulgarian. She lives in New York.
Maitreya Buddha Samantaray
Maitreya Buddha Samantaray is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Maitreya is an Asia intelligence analyst with US-based iJET Intelligent Risk System (www.ijet.com). He has worked for several globally renowned risk management companies. Prior to venturing into corporate security profession, he was a journalist with the Indian Express in India’s Jammu and Kashmir.
Marco Giulio Barone
Marco Giulio Barone is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Marco Giulio is Contributing Analyst and subject matter expert at Wikistrat, Counter-Terrorism and East Asia divisions. He is also project leader and columnist at “Il Caffè Geopolitico”, an Italian online journal about geopolitics. His research and analysis activities focus on counter-terrorism, geopolitics, East Asian and MENA countries defence and security matters. Marco Giulio holds a Master in International Science from the University of Torino. He is fluent in Italian and English, working knowledge of French, elementary in Spanish and Arabic.
Germany / Italy
Matteo Scianna is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Matteo is a MA candidate for the Dual Degree in International and World History at Columbia University and London School of Economics. He focuses on the development of Military and Strategic thought in Europe since the 1700s, on the period of the World Wars and order, civilians and irregularity in warfare. Besides his historical studies, he is also working on the European Common Security and Defense Policy, the future of NATO and the changing role and structure of the Bundeswehr. Matteo is German and Italian mother tongue. He speaks also English, French and reading skills in Dutch and he is currently learning Russian.
Lebanon / France
Matthieu Karam is a contributor to the International Security Observer (ISO). He is a web journalist at the French-speaking Lebanese newspaper L’Orient-Le Jour in Beirut. Karam holds a Master‘s degree from the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po, with a focus on Intelligence and the Middle East, and a BA in Political and Administrative Sciences from Université Saint Joseph (USJ) in Beirut. He has interned at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where he worked on the Syrian crisis focusing on grassroots movements and military brigades. He also interned for several Lebanese ministries and participated in the launch of a Lebanese observatory of international conflicts in the Arab world. Karam is a native French and Arabic speaker, fluent in English, with an elementary knowledge of German.
Miha Hribernik is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Miha is an associate of the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) in Brussels, and the institute’s former research coordinator. His other duties include contributing analysis for the geopolitical consultancy Wikistrat and working as a freelance writer. To date, his contributions have been published by the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and Atlantic Voices, and will soon begin appearing in Slovenia’s largest daily newspaper, Delo. His research and analysis primarily cover the foreign and security policy of Japan, as well as maritime security with an emphasis on counter-piracy information sharing networks. Miha is a native Slovenian speaker and is fluent in English. He also speaks German, Serbian, Croatian, and is trying to learn Japanese.
Nabegh Al Sabbagh
Nabegh Al Sabbagh is a guest contributor to the International Security Observer. He is currently a Master’s degree student at New York University, focusing on Energy Policy. His graduate thesis is on the effect of the Iranian nuclear deal on energy markets in the Middle East. Other research interests focus on Middle Eastern geopolitics, nuclear energy and proliferation. Nabegh is currently interning at Oman Oil Exploration and Production, and has a background in corporate banking. He is fluent in Arabic, English and Italian.
Nicholas Borroz is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Nicholas is an independent analyst of energy geopolitics with an emphasis on oil and gas transportation infrastructure. He works for a DC-based risk consultancy and has three years’ experiencing working for the US government in international affairs where he focused on development, energy, and macroeconomics. Nicholas is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies. He is English native speaker and speaks Spanish, Arabic, Thai, and Italian.
Nick Grinstead is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Nick has spent the last several years immersing himself in the language, culture, and politics of the MENA region, primarily in Syria and Lebanon. He has a B.A. from The George Washington University, one of the premier International Relations institutions in the United States, and a M.A. from The American University in Beirut. Nick has previously worked for Stratfor Intelligence, applying his knowledge of the MENA region to create high-quality geopolitical risk analysis. He speaks English, Levantine Arabic, intermediate Swedish and basic Spanish and French. He currently resides in Sweden and enjoys a good club sandwich.
Obaid Ul-Hassan is a contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Obaid holds a Bachelors degree in Arabic & Business Communication, comprising a one year exchange at the University of Damascus, Higher Institute of Languages. He is pursuing an M.Sc. in International Security and Law at the University of Southern Denmark, also completing a one semester exchange at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs. Obaid is a former Junior Researcher at the European Institute for Asian Studies, and a former project coordinator at the Danish Atlantic Treaty Association. Obaid is Danish native speaker and he is fluent in English and Urdu, and proficient in Arabic and German.
Oliver Gilbert is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Oliver is an American foreign policy analyst with over seven years of international research experience gained from working in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Oliver holds a B.A. in International Relations from George Washington University and an M.A. in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University. For the past year, Oliver has worked in Chiang Mai, Thailand researching the impacts of transnational oil and gas pipelines in Myanmar. Oliver is a native English speaker and is conversational in Thai.
Peter Kelly is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Peter is a student at the University of Bristol, studying a Masters in International Security. He holds a Degree in Philosophy and Politics from Durham University. His research has included the ethics of violence, foreign policy and the governance of security. Peter’s work has focused on conflict in the Middle East but has also involved the politics of the European Union and NATO. He also produces a conflict analysis blog at conflictandnews.blogspot.com. He is a native speaker of English and French.
Riccardo Dugulin is a contributor at the International Security Observer. Riccardo is an analyst at Drum Cussac, a global business risk consultancy. He specializes in supporting international organizations and large corporations operating in high threat areas by providing them with critical risk management intelligence. His regions of expertise are the Near East, the Gulf, North Africa and Continental Europe. He previously worked as project manager for a French medical assistance company. He gained field experience in the Middle East having worked for leading think tanks in Dubai and Beirut. Riccardo holds a Master in International Affairs from the Sciences Po – Paris and a Bachelor in Middle Eastern Studies from the same university. He is bilingual in Italian and French, fluent in English, he has a working knowledge of Spanish and an elementary knowledge of Arabic and Russian.
Rina Soloveitchik is a contributor at the International Security Observer. Rina holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She previously lived and worked as a journalist in Ukraine and Russia. Currently she works as a researcher for the Eurasia Program of a major international organization and as a freelance journalist.
Rishika Chauhan is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Rishika is an MPhil student in diplomacy and disarmament at the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She holds a Master’s degree in Politics with a specialization in International Relations and Bachelor’s in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University. Additionally, she has worked with the Indian Express and is currently with the Observer’s Research Foundation, Delhi. She is fluent in Hindi and English.
Roberta Nadine Rosania Gerevasi
Ecuador / Italy
Roberta Nadine Rosania Gerevasi is contributor at the International Security Observer. Roberta holds a BA in International Relations, and has recently completed a MSc. in Security Studies at University College London. For more than two years she was a researcher (distant collaboration) for a private think tank initiative based in Liberia, and she is currently working, for the second time, at the Italian Embassy in Quito, Ecuador. Having dedicated her professional experiences and education to the quantitative understanding of security issues, she specialized herself in civil war, insurgency and terrorism in Middle Eastern, South Asian, North African and Latin American countries. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian, with basic knowledge of French.
Roeland Hemsteede is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). As an Africanist by training, Roeland’s primary interests lie with security issues and conflicts in Africa. Issues relating to states that were formerly part of the Soviet Union is also a region he likes to explore. For the International Security Observer he will focus on issues with a particular African character. Roeland holds a bachelor degree in Communication systems, a masters degree in African studies and is now taking a research master in African Studies at Leiden University. He is fluent in English and Dutch mother tongue.
Rosa Rosanelli is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Rosa is a graduate student of the Master 2 Space Law and telecommunications at Paris Sud University. She gained significant experience in the field of juridical, political and strategic aspects of space activities within the framework of a Istituto Affari Internazionali-Finmeccanica scolarship and an Internship at the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna. Her research activities include space for security and defence; European policy; telecommunications regulaton and export control. For the ISO, she is responsible for leading the research group on Defence & Aerospace. Rosa holds a Master in International Relations at Sapienza University of Rome. She speaks Italian, English, French, Russian and German.
Satgin Hamrah is a contributor for the International Security Observer. Satgin Hamrah earned a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California and a Masters of International Relations degree from Boston University. She is currently at Tufts University and taking short courses at the Naval Postgraduate School & the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Satgin is also an Editor-at-Large at E-International Relations, an Associate Editor at the Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy and is writing a book on the Iran-Iraq War.
India / United Kingdom
Shreya Das is a contributor at the International Security Observer. She holds a BSc in International Relations and History from the London School of Economics, and will return to LSE for an MSc in the History of International Relations. Shreya is currently an Events Intern at the European Council on Foreign Relations, previously working as Project Manager at the European Institute for Asian Studies, where she published a paper on the Sino-Indian border dispute. She is a native English speaker, with advanced proficiency in Spanish and conversational in French, Hindi, and Bengali.
Stavros I. Drakoularakos
Stavros I. Drakoularakos is a contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Stavros is a PhD Candidate at the Panteion University of Athens, where he is currently writing his thesis on Turkey, Israel and the Arab World. He holds a BA from the National University of Athens and a Masters in International and European Relations from the University Paris I – Panthéon – Sorbonne. He worked as a Research Expert for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and is a Research Associate at the Centre for Mediterranean, Middle East and Islamic Studies (CEMMIS). He is a Greek, French and English native speaker and has a working knowledge of German.
Valentina Catese holds a M.Sc. in Asia and Mediterranean Africa Economics and Law at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy. Her research activities gravitate around the MENA region, with a special emphasis on its international relations and its bilateral relations with the EU, as well as the History of petroleum in the Gulf area. She is Italian native speaker, fluent in English and French, proficient in Arabic.
Veronika Horvath is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). Veronika works as a research assistant at RAND Europe. She has an academic background in Art History, International Relations and European Affairs. Before joining RAND Europe, Veronika was a trainee at DG Competition of the European Commission. Veronika’s interests lie with European politics, competition, trade policy, EU-Asia relations, culture and society. She is Hungarian native speaker and is fluent in English, French and Italian. She has also good knowledge of German and a basic knowledge of Korean.
William Hudec is contributor at the International Security Observer (ISO). William is a Research Assistant at the Center for Transatlantic Relations. He is a recent graduate of International Relations and International Economics at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a concentration in European Studies. Previously, he has worked with U.S. Department of State at its Mission to the European Union in Brussels, the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, and the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development in Bologna, Italy.