Research team

  • Dr Jürgen Haacke ( is overall project leader and responsible for the case studies on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Asian Regional Forum (ARF). The transnational challenges covered in his research include cross-border terrorism, threats to regional maritime security, insurgencies involving cross-border refugee flows, and small weapons trafficking.
  • Dr Paul Williams (, senior lecturer, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham, is project leader on Africa and directly responsible for the cases studies concerning the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU). The transnational challenges explored in Paul's research include warlord insurgencies, 'grave circumstances', refugee crises, threats to environmental security (particularly to water security), and HIV/AIDS.
  • Dr Thomas Jaye ( is post-doctoral researcher, University of Birmingham, appointed January 2005 for one year. He focuses on the responses to transnational challenges by the Southern African Development Community (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU). In relation to ECOWAS Thomas covers the following three transnational challenges: human trafficking, small arms proliferation, and warlord insurgencies.
  • Daniela Passolt Olimpio ( is a research officer of the project, based at the London School of Economics. Since March 2005, Daniela has been researching on Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) responses to transnational security challenges. This involves academic and elite interviews in the six member states of the SCO. In addition, she produces a report, co-organises and participates in a workshop that is to take place in Beijing in the Spring of 2006, and assists in the dissemination of the research findings.