Current CIS fellows

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Dr Sulaiman T. Al-Abduljader

Returning to Silk Road: Economic and Financial Implications on Developed and Emerging Markets

Dr Sulaiman is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of International Studies (CIS) at the London School of Economics and an Assistant Professor of Finance at Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST). His current research focus is on alternative investments, sustainable development and financial economics with emphasis on emerging and frontier markets. Dr Sulaiman is currently investigating the implications of the recent One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative on various developed and emerging economies. Dr Sulaiman is also studying the impact of development finance institutions and sovereign wealth funds on driving responsible investing practices.    

Dr Sulaiman founded the Gulf Financial Centre, the first non-profit applied financial centre in the Middle East and Chairs the Board of Trustees of RAWAJ Institute, an independent think tank aimed at the intellectual contribution through evidence-based research and policies towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) in emerging economies. He was also appointed member of the Appeals committee at the National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprise Development, a 6 billion USD fund aimed at fostering entrepreneurship in Kuwait. Furthermore, he established the local affiliate of the World Green Building Council in 2013 and became a founding member of the Middle East and North Africa Network.  In the professional arena, Dr Sulaiman served as the Vice Chairman of Aqar Real Estate Investment Company, an 80 million USD company listed in Kuwait Stock Exchange, Board member of Al Mal Investment Company, a 100 million USD financial services company and head of its internal audit committee and a member of the FTSE Coast Index series advisory committee.  He was an advisor to the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), Public Authority of Sports, and member of the National Sports Privatization Committee and a board member of Kuwait Olympic Committee.

He was featured in various publications such as the Financial Times, Global Investor Magazine, and the Hedge Fund Journal and appeared on CNBC. Dr Sulaiman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA (Finance and Real Estate) from the University of Hartford, USA, and a PhD in Financial Economics from Latrobe University, Australia where he received the Outstanding Thesis Award in 2009. 

Email: Al-abduljader.s@gust.edu.kw

LinkedIn: kw.linkedin.com/in/sjader



Dr Martin J Bayly

Imagining New Worlds: Empire and Knowledge in the Learned Societies of Colonia India, 1873-1955

Martin J. Bayly is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Relations Department at LSE, where he has taught International Relations since 2014. Having joined the Department as an LSE Fellow his latest research project, funded by the British Academy, will be hosted by the Centre for International Studies for the duration of 2016-2019.

His research interests concern empire and International Relations in South Asia, with a particular emphasis on knowledge and expertise as a product of the colonial encounter. His first book, Taming the Imperial Imagination, published by Cambridge University Press in 2016, provides a new history of Anglo-Afghan relations in the nineteenth century showing how the British Empire in India sought to understand and control its peripheries through the use of colonial knowledge. Beginning with the disorganised exploits of nineteenth century explorers and ending with the cold strategic logic of the militarised ‘scientific frontier’, the book shows how this evolving body of knowledge informed policy choices and cast Afghanistan in a separate legal and normative universe.

His latest research proposes a global, intellectual, and institutional history of modern South Asian international thought as a product European and non-European dialogues of knowledge in the learned societies of colonial India. Concentrating on the Asiatic Society of Bengal, the United Services Institution, and the Indian Council on World Affairs, the research will examine these institutions as sites of a global encounter between mobile elites from both regions. The project seeks to offer new avenues for the study of international thought in the non-west, and to give new insights into the origins of International Relations as a global project of colonial modernity.

Prior to joining LSE Martin taught at King’s College London, where he also completed his PhD in International Relations. He holds an MPhil in International Relations from St Antony’s College, Oxford University, and a BA with First Class Honours in Politics from the University of NewcastleUpon-Tyne.

Email: m.j.bayly@lse.ac.uk
Website: lse.academia.edu/MartinBayly
Facebook: facebook.com/martinjbayly



Dr Christer H. Pursiainen

Bringing Psychology Back into Foreign Policy Analysis. 

Dr Christer Pursiainen is full and permanent Professor of Societal Safety and Environment at the Department of Engineering and Safety, Faculty of Science and Technology, Arctic University of Norway (UiT), in Tromsø, Norway. He is also Adjunct Professor (docent) of International Relations at the University of Helsinki and holds a doctorate in Political Science from the same university.

Previously, Pursiainen has worked in leading management and research positions in such institutions as the European Commission DG Joint Research Centre, JRC, Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen  (Italy, Ispra), Council of the Baltic Sea States, CBSS (Sweden, Stockholm); Nordregio, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (Sweden, Stockholm); Russian-European Centre for Economic Policy, RECEP (Russian Federation, Moscow); Aleksanteri Institute - Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Helsinki; and Finnish Institute of International Affairs, UPI-FIIA (Finland, Helsinki).

His publications consist of about one hundred scholarly publications, including sixteen authored or (co)edited books, on a variety of themes such as societal security, crisis management, critical infrastructure protection and resilience, international relations theory, foreign policy analysis, regional cooperation and integration, comparative politics, state-society relations, and Soviet/Russia's history and politics, published in different countries and in several languages. His most recent book is The Crisis Management Cycle, published by Routledge in 2017. He has also published one fiction novel, based on apocryphal biblical texts, and two popular-historical biographies. He currently working on a co-authored book: Bringing psychology back in to foreign policy analysis. 

Email: christer.h.pursiainen@uit.no
Website: www.christerpursiainen.com




Dr. Daniel Ritter

The Outcomes of Revolutions: Pathway to Democracy?

Daniel Ritter is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University. His primary research interests are revolutions and social movements, and, in particular, the international contexts in which domestic contentious politics play out.

His first book, The Iron Cage of Liberalism: International Politics and Unarmed Revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa (Oxford University Press, 2015), sought to explain why some nonviolent revolutionary movements are able to oust dictators while similar movements elsewhere either falter or degenerate into violent conflict. By pointing to the normative contradictions inherent in the relationship between a Western democracy and non-Western autocracy, he shows that the latter’s embrace of liberal discourses eventually constitute a major threat to its survival when faced with a nonviolent popular challenge.

Prior to joining Stockholm University in 2016, Daniel spent two years at the University of Nottingham as an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations. He has also held postdoctoral positions at Stockholm University and the European University Institute in Florence. Daniel earned his PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2010. He is currently finalising a co-authored book on social movement and civil wars.

Email: daniel.ritter@sociology.su.se



Dr. Agah Hazir 

Dr Agah Hazir is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Van Yuzuncu Yil University, Turkey. His research interests focus on comparative politics, religion-state relations and transnational Islam. His regional expertise is on Iran and Turkey. 

Previously, Agah has worked at the Middle East Technical University, Turkey as a research assistant and received his PhD degree in International Relations from the same university in 2015. He has also held visiting researcher positions in University of Teheran, Iran, University of St Andrews, and Univeristy of Birmingham, UK. His current research focuses on Turkish and Iranian states as transnational religious actors and explores how their affiliated religious institutions operate in the UK. 




May Darwich

Dr May Darwich

May Darwich is Assistant Professor in International Relations of the Middle East in the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) at Durham University, in the United Kingdom. She hold a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Edinburgh (2015), an MA in International Politics from SciencePo Bordeaux (2010), and a BA in Political Science from Cairo University (2009). She was a Research Fellow at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, within the IDCAR-Network ‘The International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes’ (2014-2016).

Her research attempts to bring Middle East cases to debates within IR theory while surmounting the challenge to the study of state behaviour in the Middle East through theoretical lenses. Her research has appeared in internationally renowned journals, namely Foreign Policy Analysis, the Journal of Global Security StudiesDemocratizationMediterranean PoliticsGlobal Discourse and in volumes on the international relations of the Middle East. Her current research projects focus on regional military interventions in the Middle East, with a particular focus on the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen since 2015, the diffusion of sectarianism in not so sectarian societies in the Middle East, and the concept of 'shame' in international relations and its impact on state identity formation.

Email: may.darwich@durham.ac.uk

Website: https://www.dur.ac.uk/research/directory/staff/?mode=staff&id=14528


Dr Viviane Dittrich

Dr Viviane Dittrich is Deputy Director of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy. She is also Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London. Previously, she has been Visiting Researcher at iCourts (Centre of Excellence for International Courts), University of Copenhagen.

Dr Dittrich has broad teaching and research experience and has published on the notion of legacy and legacy building at the international criminal tribunals. Drawing on extensive field research, her work comparatively investigates the ICTY, ICTR, SCSL, ECCC, ICC and IMT (Nuremberg). Her research interests lie at the intersections of politics and international law, focusing on international organizations, international criminal law and the politics of memory. After studies in France, England and the United States (Wellesley College) she received an MSc in International Relations from the LSE and a Master's degree from Sciences Po Paris. She holds a PhD from the LSE.

Email: v.dittrich@lse.ac.uk


Dr Dennis R. Schmidt

Dennis is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of International Studies (CIS) at the London School of Economics and a Lecturer in International Relations at Swansea University. His research focuses on the politics and ethics of international law,concentrating on the role of law and institutions in a changing global order, international law on the use of force, and international criminal justice. He is also working on German Foreign Policy. He is a regular media commentator on global affairs and international legal issues.

Dennis' research has been published in edited books and journals such as International Theory and the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law. His first monograph - Order, Ethics, and the Constitution of International Society - is currently under review at Cambridge University Press. His PhD thesis on the concept of normative hierarchy in International Law was shortlisted for the Michael Nicholson Prize for the best doctoral thesis in International Studies, and he was awarded the 2015 ISA’s prize for the best paper in International Law.

Prior to joining Swansea, Dennis was a Post-Doctoral Research and Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Political Science and a Research Fellow in International Relations at the School of Government and International Affairs in Durham, where he earned his doctorate. In 2015, he was a visiting scholar at George Washington University.

Email: d.r.schmidt@swansea.ac.uk
Twitter: @DennisRSchmidt


Dr Ashley Thomas Lenihan 

Dr Ashley Thomas Lenihan is the Head of Policy & Engagement at the British Academy of Management, a Senior Poliy Advisor at the Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations in the United States. Her primary research focuses on the relationship between foreign direct investment and national security from an international relations perspective.

Selected publications in this area in clude her book Balancing Power without Weapons: State Intervention into Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and 'Sovereign Wealth Funds and the Acquisition of Power' (New Political Economy, 2014). She is currently working on a project examining national security and foreign direct investment in articifical intelligence research.

Dr Lenihan's secondary research looks at the relationship between research and the policymaking process. Selected co-edited books in this area include Sustaining Natural Resrouces in a Changing Environment (Routledge, 2018) and International and Interdisciplinary Insights into Evidence and Policy (Routledge, 2016). Ashley was previously a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Law, Science & Global Security at Georgetown University, and began her career as an investment banking analyst (focused on Aerospace and Defense M&A) with Credit Suisse First Boston in london. She received her Ph.D. in Government, and her B.S. in Foreign Service, from Georgetown University. 

Email: a.lenihan@lse.ac.uk