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IDEAS is proud to bring together leading scholars and practitioners of foreign policy and diplomacy from around the world.

In IDEAS we certainly hope we have something worthwhile to offer a global public hungry for analysis rather than soundbites, open debate rather than cheap posturing.

IDEAS Director Professor Christopher Coker




Professor Chris Alden is Director of LSE IDEAS.

Rohan Mukherjee

Dr Rohan Mukherjee is Deputy Director of LSE IDEAS



Dr Emilia Knight is the Centre Manager of LSE IDEAS.
Email: e.knight@lse.ac.uk


Professional Services Staff

Stuart Austin

Stuart Austin is Project Coordinator of the Central and South East Europe Programme (CSEEP)
Email: s.j.austin@lse.ac.uk


Indira Endaya is the Publications Designer at LSE IDEAS.
Email: i.endaya@lse.ac.uk


Mireia Franch is the Finance Manager for LSE IDEAS.
Email: m.franch@lse.ac.uk

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Oliver Gill is Programmes Head at LSE IDEAS
Email: o.gill@lse.ac.uk


Marta Kozielska manages the LSE IDEAS Alumni Network and the Women in Diplomacy Project.
Email: m.m.kozielska@lse.ac.uk

Daniel Hurst

Daniel Hurst is the Communications Officer at LSE IDEAS.
Telephone: 020 7955 6101
Email: d.hurst1@lse.ac.uk

Dave Sutton

Dave Sutton is the Events Manager at LSE IDEAS.
Email: d.c.sutton@lse.ac.uk

Mathilde Marini

Matilde Marini is Programmes Coordinator at LSE IDEAS
Email: m.marini1@lse.ac.uk


Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy


Dr Aaron McKeil is a Academic Director, Programme Convenor and Course Tutor on the Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy programme at LSE IDEAS.
Email: a.mckeil@lse.ac.uk

Saniya Kulkarni

Saniya Kulkarni is the Programme Manager for the Executive MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy Programme.

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Yuseong Choi is Programme Assistant for the Executive MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy Programme.



Hugh Sandeman is a Professor in Practice and Head of Practitioners for the Executive MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy Programme.



Central and South-East Europe Programme

Radu Albu-Comănescu, Author at Visegrad Insight

Radu Albu Comănescu is co-ordinator of the Central and South-East Europe Programme Desk at Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Stuart Austin

Stuart Austin is Programme Manager of the Central and South-East Europe Programme.


China Foresight

Lukas Fiala

Lukas Fiala is Head of the China Foresight Project.
Email: l.d.fiala@lse.ac.uk


Conflict and Civicness Research Group

Professor Mary Kaldor

Professor Mary Kaldor is the Executive Director of the Conflict and Civicness Research Group.


Alice Bryant

Alice Bryant is the Programme Manager for the Conflict and Civicness Research Group.

Luke Cooper

Dr Luke Cooper is the Director of PeaceRep Ukraine Programme.

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Dr Matthew Sterling Benson is the Sudans Research Director at the Conflict and Civicness Research Group 

Rim Turkmani

Dr Rim Turkmani is Syria Research Director at the Conflict and Civicness Research Group.

Dr Nisar Majid is Somalia Research Director at the Conflict and Civicness Research Group.


Khalif Abdirahman is Somalia Research Director at the Conflict and Civicness Research Group.



Dr Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic is Senior Research Fellow at the Conflict and Civicness Research Group



Digital IR in the Information Age

Kenddrick Chan

Kenddrick Chan is the Head of the Digital IR Project, and Research Associate at LSE IDEAS.

Chris Alden

Professor Chris Alden is advisor to the Digital IR Project. He is Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International Relations at the LSE.

Zulfikar Rakhmat

Dr Zulfikar Rakhmat is a Digital IR Project Associate.

Fang Long Shih

Dr Fang-Long Shih is a Digital IR Project Associate



LSE Global Economic Governance Commission

Stephen Paduano 2021

Stephen Paduano is Research Director of the LSE Global Economic Governance Commission.

Rohan Mukherjee

Dr Rohan Mukherjee is Executive Director of the LSE Global Economic Governance Commission.


Global South Unit


Professor Chris Alden is Co-Director of the Global South Unit and Professor in International Relations at LSE.


Professor Alvaro Mendez is Co-Director of the Global South Unit and Senior Research Fellow at LSE.


Global Strategies

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Peter Jones is Project Head of Global Strategies


Nations and Nationalism Journal

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Seeta Persaud is Managing Editor of the Journal Nations and Nationalism.


Peace and Security

Luc Brunet

Dr Luc-André Brunet is Co-Director of the Peace and Security Project, Acting Director of the Cold War Studies Project and a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS.
Email: l.brunet@lse.ac.uk


Dr Eirini Karamouzi is Co-Director of the Peace and Security Project and a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS.


Professors Without Borders

Prowibo Tessy

Tessy Antony de Nassau is Co-Founder of Professors Without Borders and Director of Logistics.

Prowibo Caroline

Dr Caroline Varin is Co-Founder of Professors Without Borders and Programs Director.

Prowibo Majeks

Majeks Walker is Co-Founder of Professors Without Borders and Director of Operations.


Space Policy


Dr Dimitrios Stroikos is Head of LSE IDEAS Space Policy. He is also Editor-In-Chief of Space Policy: An International Journal. He is an LSE Fellow at the Department of International Relations.


Sustainable Banking Initiative


Professor Alvaro Mendez is Project Coordinator and a Senior Researcher at the Sustainable Banking Initiative.

Francisco Javier Forcadell

Francisco Javier Forcadell is Senior Researcher at the Sustainable Banking Initiative.


United Nations at LSE


Women in Diplomacy


Karen Smith is Head of the Department of International Relations at LSE.


Marta Kozielska manages the LSE IDEAS Alumni Network and the Women in Diplomacy Project.


Senior Associates



Professor Alvaro Mendez is the Co-Director of the Global South Unit, based at LSE IDEAS and the Department of International Relations at LSE. He is an expert in foreign policy analysis, international development, US foreign policy, Chinese foreign policy and the foreign policy of Latin American states.

Leon Hartwell

Dr Leon Hartwell is senior associate at LSE IDEAS and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington DC. His research interests include conflict resolution, genocide, transitional justice, diplomacy, democracy, and the Western Balkans. Previously, Hartwell was the 2022 Sotirov Fellow at LSE IDEAS and CEPA’s Acting Director of the Transatlantic Leadership Program and a Title VIII Fellow.



IDEAS Associates are experts in fields related to our projects and provide external assistance for our work.

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Dr Mohammed Abdel-Haq is a Professor in Banking and a Director of the Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton. He is also Executive Director of the Centre for Opposition Studies. Mohammed also has a wealth of practical experience from a long career in banking in major financial institutions. He was a Member of the UK Government Task Force for Islamic Finance. Mohammed is the co-author of a book on Islamic finance and has written articles on various issues related to public life.


Rosa Balfour is director of Carnegie Europe. Her fields of expertise include European politics, institutions, and foreign and security policy. Balfour is also a member of the steering committee of Women in International Security Brussels (WIIS-Brussels). Prior to joining Carnegie Europe, Balfour was a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She was also director of the Europe in the World program at the European Policy Centre in Brussels and has worked as a researcher in Rome and London.

Eric Beckett Weaver

Eric Beckett Weaver (DPhil, Oxon) is a historian teaching comparative politics at the University of Debrecen. His work is concerned with the politics, social movements, and modern history of Southeast and Central Europe.

Professor Iain Begg

Iain Begg is a Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE European Institute. His main research work is on the political economy of European integration and EU economic governance. He has directed and participated in a series of research projects on different facets of EU policy and his current projects include studies on the governance of EU economic and social policy, the EU's Europe 2020 strategy, evaluation of EU cohesion policy and reform of the EU budget.

Linda Benrais

Linda Benräis is Adjunct Professor of Comparative Law and Mediation at ESSEC Business School and Director of ESSEC's IRENÉ programmes "Governance and Conflict Resolution". She coordinates international and European programmes related to governance, human rights, and international mediation. She has 18 years of experience as an EU legal consultant and trainer in international legal cooperation, legal and judicial reforms, international mediation and other ADR in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and South-East Asia.


Mats Berdal is Professor of Security and Development in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, where he is also the Programme Director for the MA in Conflict, Security and Development and Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Research Programme (CSDRG). He joined Department of War Studies, King’s College London in 2003, having previously been Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London from 2000 to 2003.

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Bill Bikales is an economist whose work focuses on economic and social development in China and Mongolia, in each of which he has served at senior advisory positions, including six years as economic advisor to the Mongolian Prime Minister’s Office and a recent stint as the Lead Economist in the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in China, in addition to earlier senior posts in China for UNICEF and UNDP.  He has also held long-term positions in Ukraine and the Philippines, were he served for three years as Southeast Asia Principal Economist at the Asian Development Bank.  He is currently working on a multisectoral assessment of Post-Communist Mongolia’s transition to a market economy and continuing his research into fresh perspectives on China’s poverty alleviation achievements and challenges.

Sumantra Bose

Sumantra Bose is a Professor of International and Comparative Politics at LSE. Bose is the author of seven books - of which the latest, Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism - has been published worldwide by Cambridge University Press in 2018. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University.

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Chris Brown is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at LSE. An LSE graduate (BSc (Econ) International Relations, 1968), he returned to the Department of International Relations at the School as Professor in 1998 and ‘retired’ in 2014. He held the Chair of Politics at Southampton University from 1994 -98, and before that was a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on international political theory.

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John Breuilly is Emeritus Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity at LSE. His academic interests are in interdisciplinary study of nationalism and the history of modern Europe, especially that of Germany. He was until recently President of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), and is one of the editors of ASEN’s journal Nation and Nationalism (N&N).

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Javier Carbonell is the Seminar Series Chair of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) and the editor of LSE Eurocrisis Blog. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh and he completed an MSc in International Relations at the LSE. He is also a member of the Global Populist Parties Dataset (LSE Systemic Risk Centre) and the New Nationalism Project (University of Toronto) research groups.

Kenddrick Chan

Kenddrick Chan is an Associate at LSE IDEAS. His research focuses on the intersection of technology, nationalism, and international relations. His written work has appeared in various academic and industry outlets such as the University of Oxford, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, PwC, and others. He is also an editor at the Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism journal and a Young Leader with the Pacific Forum.


Arjun Chawla is a Research Associate at The Risk Advisory Group's Asia practice in Hong Kong. Previously, he worked with the South Asia Programme at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, and Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, in Mumbai. He co-authored a chapter in 'Democracy Under Threat' published by Oxford University Press India in 2017. Currently, he writes on geopolitics and geo-economics with a focus on South Asia. He holds a master's degree with distinction in international relations from The London School of Economics and Political Science.


Mark van Dorp is a senior consultant specializing in sustainable economic development in fragile and conflict-affected settings. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of Private Sector Development, Value Chain Analysis, responsible business, ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues, human security, conflict and peace building. His main focus is to understand and improve policies and practices of businesses and investors to contribute to responsible and peaceful development in fragile settings. Mark has worked with research centres, NGOs, businesses, governments and multilateral institutions, including the World Bank/IFC, UNDP and IOM. He currently works on the Human Security Business Partnership program of LSE IDEAS and is also the director of Bureau Van Dorp, a Dutch consultancy firm. Mark holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Amsterdam.

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Guy de Jonquières is a Senior Fellow at European Centre for International Political Economy. He was previously working as a special correspondent and as an intern at The Financial Times and as international business editor and world trade editor. In 2001, Guy de Jonquières received the BP/European University Institute prize for essay on transatlantic economic relations, and in 2007 he was awarded as the opinion writer of the year by the Society of Publishers in Asia.

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Charles Dunst is an associate with The Asia Group's Research and Analytics practice, analyzing political and economic developments across the Indo-Pacific. He is also a contributing editor of American Purpose, Francis Fukuyama's magazine. Mr. Dunst regularly publishes in the media and has written opinion articles for outlets like The New York TimesThe Atlantic, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2018 and 2019, he was a foreign correspondent in Cambodia, reporting for The New York TimesThe AtlanticForeign Policy, and the Los Angeles Times on topics including U.S. deportations to Cambodia and Vietnam, China's growing influence in the region, and Myanmar's foreign policy. Mr. Dunst holds an MSc with distinction in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA with honors in world politics from Hamilton College.


Jonathan Fenby has written eighteen books, eight of them on China, most recently 'Will China Dominate the 21st Century?'. He is a founding partner and China Director of the emerging markets research service, Trusted Sources serving global financial institutions and companies.

Valentina Finckenstein

Valentina Finckenstein is a Program Manager and Research Associate at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Beirut, Lebanon. Her work focuses mainly on MENA security and geopolitics, resources and EU-MENA relations. Previously, she was a research associate for LSE IDEAS and worked for the Vice-President of the European Parliament Alexander Lambsdorff. She holds an MSc in International Relations from LSE.

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Jennifer Gaskell (née Welch) is an experienced researcher, facilitator and peacebuilding practitioner with expertise in international institutions, the Syrian, Burundi and Eastern African contexts and field experience in Cyprus, Burundi and the Somali region. She has over 13 years’ professional experience in communications and multi-stakeholder change processes across a range of sectors. She is the co-founder of Build Up, a social enterprise working to amplify citizen participation in peacebuilding through technology, arts and research.

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Gidon Gautel is currently an Analyst in the space industry. Previously, he was the Project Coordinator of China Foresight and Project Manager of the Economic Diplomacy Commission at LSE IDEAS. Gidon holds a BSc in Government and Economics with first class honours from LSE, and an MSc in Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management with distinction from Imperial College Business School. His interests include the interplay between US-China relations and technological development, with a particular focus on space.

Daphne Halikiopoulou

Daphne Halikiopoulou is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Reading. She is interested in party politics and voting behaviour with a focus on the far right, populism and nationalism in Europe. She is the author of The Golden Dawn’s ‘Nationalist Solution’: explaining the rise of the far right in Greece (with Sofia Vasilopoulou) and numerous articles on European far right parties. She is joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nations and Nationalism and co-editor of the Springer book series in Electoral Politics. She gained her PhD from LSE.


Andrew Hammond was a Government Special Adviser when the UK last held the Presidency of the EU. He has since worked for consultancy firms advising or organisations in the public, private, and third sectors on strategy and performance, including navigating complex political and economic landscapes that impact operations, reputation, policy and investments.



Tanya Harmer is Associate Professor at LSE's Department of International History. Dr Harmer obtained her BA at the University of Leeds before moving to LSE to obtain a MA and PhD in International History for which she was awarded an AHRC scholarship. She has held visiting teaching positions at Columbia University in New York (2012-13) and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2010, 2013).


Julia Himmrich is an expert on European foreign and security policy, particularly in regards to EU post-conflict policy in the Western Balkans and the foreign policy dimension of migration. She has held research positions in think tanks, including as Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral Fellow at LSE IDEAS, and taught at LSE and King’s College London. She holds a PhD from the LSE International Relations Department. Her areas of expertise are: politics of independence and secession, the Western Balkans (Kosovo-Serbia conflict), German foreign policy, EU foreign and defence policy, and international migration policy.

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John Hutchinson is Visiting Senior Fellow in the Government department.  He is currently Vice-President of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism and Co-Editor-in Chief of Nations and Nationalism. He has authored and edited eleven books in the field of nationalism, most recently Nationalism and War, published by Oxford University Press in 2017. His current project is the ‘Herderian explosion' that explores the contours the contemporary resurgence of religio-political movements outside the West in resistance to secular nationalism.

Valur Ingimundarson

Valur Ingimundarson is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Iceland. His current research focuses on the return of geopolitics in the North and the resurgence of nationalism and populism in Europe.

Michael Innes

Michael Innes is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of Politics, SOAS. His research  focuses broadly on Cold War and international history, with special interests in East and Southeast Asia, international security, comparative institutions and the geopolitics of information. Michael's first book, Streets Without Joy: A Political History of Sanctuary and War, 1959-2009 (2020), is an investigation of wartime sanctuary discourses in American foreign policy. 

Eric Kaufmann

Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London. His work focuses on majority ethnicity and national populism in the West. He is a Vice-President of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), and one of the editors of ASEN’s journal Nation and Nationalism (N&N).

David Landon Cole

David Landon Cole is the Coordinator of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN). He is currently completing a PhD in Politics at the University of York, looking at opposition to the radical right. Prior to returning to university, he had a career in defence and aerospace and was previously Vice-President of the Atlantic Treaty Association.

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Jean-Marie Frentz is Executive Director of the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office for the Gulf based in Abu Dhabi. A career diplomat, he was posted as Deputy Head of Mission of the Luxembourg Embassy to the UK, co-accredited to Iceland and the IMO. Prior to that, he worked on MENA and European economic affairs in the capital, for the EBRD in London and also served with the EU in Syria and the UN in Palestine and Niger. He has a strong research interest in the role of small states in international relations. Jean-Marie holds an MSc from LSE, an MA from SOAS and an engineering degree from Strasbourg. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

George Magnus

George Magnus is Research Associate at the China Centre, Oxford University, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. George was the Chief Economist, and then Senior Economic Adviser at UBS Investment Bank from 1995-2016. He had previously worked as the Chief Economist at SG Warburg (1987-1995), and before that at Laurie Milbank/Chase Securities, Bank of America and Lloyds Bank. George’s book Red Flags: why Xi’s China is in Jeopardy was published in 2018 by Yale University Press.

Slobodan Markovich

Slobodan G. Markovich is a Full Professor and Head of the Centre for British Studies at the University of Belgrade. His current research focuses on the application of the theory of the unconscious to the analysis of contemporary political relations and on writing on the history of European pessimism. He obtained his BA in History at the University of Belgrade, MPhil in Historical Studies at the University of Cambridge, and PhD in Political Anthropology at the University of Belgrade.


Benjamin Martill is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. He was previously a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Dahrendorf Forum, a joint initiative between LSE and the Hertie School in Berlin.

Janne Haaland Matlary

Janne Haaland Matlary is a Professor of International Politics at the University of Oslo, specialising in energy policy, security policy, strategy, and political risk. She served as State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway from 1997 to 2000. 

Michaela Muscat Spaak

Dr Michaela Muscat Spaak is Malta's alternate Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization. During Malta's Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2017, she was responsible for coordinating the external maritime policy negotiations at the IMO. Michaela is committed to improving gender equality in maritime diplomacy. She is one of the cofounders and coordinators of IMOGEN, a forum for IMO delegates to coordinated policies aimed at achieving gender equality. In March 2021, Michaela led the launch of IMOGEN’s first-of-its-kind mentorship programme, matching female students with an interest in maritime diplomacy with Ambassadors and diplomats from 25 countries. In 2017 Michaela was appointed member of the Malta - UK Business taskforce and is currently the programme adviser at the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, co-host of the 2021 CHOGM Business Forum in Rwanda.

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Cristian Nitoiu is an expert on EU and Russian foreign policy, EU-Russia relations, Eastern Europe, international relations, the European public sphere or international political communication. He is currently a Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University London. He has held research positions at Aston University, Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe (Natolin campus, ENP Chair).

Jose Javier Olivas Osuna

Jose Javier Olivas Osuna leads an interdisciplinary comparative project on populism and secessionism (ICPPS) at the National Distance Education University (UNED) in Madrid. He is developing new multidimensional tools to measure the demand- and supply-sides of populism and studying the interaction between populism, nationalism, and borders. His research interests also include Brexit, responses to COVID19 and civil-military relations. Jose Javier has also done public policy consulting work for the EU and other international organisation. He holds PhD in Government (LSE), an MSc in Public Policy and Administration (LSE). He previously completed University degrees in Economics and Business (ETEA, University of Córdoba), Market Research (ETEA) and European Studies (EDHEC, Lille).


Tim Oliver focuses his research on transatlantic relations, European geopolitics, British-European relations, British government and politics, and the UK’s foreign, security and defence policies. He was awarded a PhD in International Relations from LSE. Tim is Senior Lecturer for the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University. He has also taught at LSE, UCL and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Stephen Paduano

Stephen Paduano is the Executive Director of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission and an associate at LSE IDEAS. He received a B.A. with Honours from Stanford University and an MSc with Distinction from the London School of Economics, where he was awarded the Fred Halliday Prize. He is currently pursuing a PhD at LSE on U.S. and Chinese foreign and economic policy in sub-Saharan Africa, for which he was also awarded the Michael Leifer Scholarship. He has written about these issues—British and African current events—for The Atlantic, The Economist, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, and NPR, and he has done TV and radio appearances for CNN, Sky News, and others.

Jacob Parakilas

Jacob Parakilas is an author, consultant and analyst working on US foreign policy and international security. His current research focuses on the effectiveness of US security assistance to fragile states and how such assistance fits into wider American security strategies. He is an advisor to the Simulation Centre at Chatham House. He was Deputy Head of the US programme at Chatham House from 2014 to 2019.

James Rogers

James Rogers is Assistant Professor in War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark and a Visiting Research Fellow at Stanford University (2019/2020). He is a member of the Centre for War Studies and the Danish Institute of Advanced Study. His research focuses on drone warfare, contemporary security policy, and the history of warfare. James has previously been a Visiting Fellow of the Department of International Security Studies, Yale University, The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, Yale University, the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, and Associate Lecturer in International Politics at the University of York.

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Stefano Ruzza is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Turin. He is also a co-founder of T.wai - Torino World Affairs Institute, with responsibility over the “Violence and Security” research program. His research interests focus on conflict transformation (with a focus on Myanmar and Uganda), non-state armed actors in international relations and on private military and security companies. He lectures regularly in advanced educational programs of the Italian Army, is responsible for the Italian translation of the world-renown SIPRI Yearbook Summary, and directs the summer school 'Engaging Conflict'.

Zhand Shakibi

Zhand Shakibi is a Visiting Professor in Russian Studies at the University of Tehran. His research focuses on modern Iranian history. He was previously at LSE as a Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the Department of Government.

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Antonio Varsori is Professor of History of International Relations at the Department of Law, Political Science and International Studies at the University of Padua. He is member of the committee for the publication of the Italian Diplomatic Documents at the Italian Foreign Ministry. He is the chairman of the Liaison Committee of Historians of Contemporary Europe at the European Commission and a member of the Academic Council of the European Space Agency History Project. He has been member and chairman of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Advisory Panel on Human and Societal Dynamics. He has written numerous monographs, articles, edited volumes and book chapters on International Relations and Italian and European history. 


Vuk Vuksanovic is a senior researcher at the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and since April 2020 an associate of LSE IDEAS. He received his PhD in international relations at the LSE. He has published widely on modern foreign and security policy issues, primarily on the great power politics in the Balkans and wider Eurasia, for media and policy outlets in the UK, the US and the EU. He is on Twitter @v_vuksanovic.

Michael John Williams

Michael John Williams is Director of the International Relations Programme at New York University and Editor-in-Chief of the journal International Politics. His research at IDEAS focuses on the strategic role of Britain post-Brexit and the relationship between the UK and the US. He was previously Head of the Transatlantic Security Program at RUSI and Reader in International Relations at the University of London. Educated at the universities of Delaware, Hamburg, Bayreuth, Bath, Berlin, and Moscow, he earned his doctorate at The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Geoffrey Yu

Geoffrey Yu was formerly Chief Investment Office for UBS Wealth Management UK. He led a team dedicated to asset allocation and investment recommendations for UBS clients based in the UK and beyond. Previously, Geoffrey spent a decade as a currency strategist with UBS in London and Zurich. As an established analyst and commentator on foreign exchange markets and developments in China, he is widely quoted in the financial press and regularly serves as a guest host on Bloomberg Television and CNBC. Brought up in the UK and China, Geoffrey holds a double BA from Carleton College in the USA and an MSc in Finance from LSE.


Dr Yu Jie (Cherry) is Senior Research Fellow on China in the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House. She speaks and writes frequently at major media outlets such as BBC and Financial Times, and regularly briefs senior policy practitioners from the G7 member governments, the UK Cabinet Office and the Silk Road Fund in Beijing, as well as major FTSE 100 corporates. Yu Jie has testified at the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and International Trade Committee. She was previously Head of China Foresight at LSE IDEAS. Prior to LSE, she was a management consultant, specializing in Chinese state-owned enterprises investments in Europe and Chinese market entry strategies for European conglomerates at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Dr Yu has been recognized as a 'Leading Woman' of the London School of Economics for her contribution in teaching and engaging the debates on China’s foreign affairs.

Dimitri Zabelin

Dimitri Zabelin is an Associate at LSE IDEAS. He earned his bachelors and master's degrees in political economy at the University of California, Berkeley. During this time, he also received additional training at LSE and became a member of the UC Consortium network where he was asked to present his work on Eastern European extremism at Harvard. He then transferred his expertise to the world of foreign exchange where he authored hundreds of reports on optimizing trading strategies for geopolitical risks. Mr Zabelin has appeared in numerous publications and media outlets including BBC News, The Diplomat, Forbes and many others that have translated his work in Asia, Latin America and Europe. He currently works as a Policy Analyst at the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. His position is focused on working with governments and stakeholders from the private sector to develop a globally-interoperable system of data exchanges.

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Vlad Zigarov is Programme Associate for the Central and South-East Europe Programme. He holds an MSc in International History from LSE and an MA from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL. He previously studied Philosophy, History and International Affairs at the University of Bucharest and worked in a number of state and private organisations in Romania and the UK.


Dr David Patrick Houghton is Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. His teaching interests are in foreign policy analysis, decision making, internaional relations and the American presidency. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.  

Prof Heng

Yee-Kuang Heng is Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo. After completing his BSc (First Class Hons) and PhD in International Relations at the LSE, he held faculty posts lecturing at Trinity College Dublin; the University of St Andrews, and the National University of Singapore. He was also Senior Academic Visitor at Cambridge University’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, and Expert Affiliate with the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for Public Understanding of Risk. Current research interests include the UK futures ecosystem and existential risks; Britain’s defence cooperation agreements and military exercises with Japan, and more broadly the UK-Japan strategic partnership in the Indo-Pacific “tilt”.

Giorgio Giannakopolous

Georgios Giannakopoulos is a lecturer in Modern History at City, University of London. He is a member of the executive committees of the Greek Politics Specialist Group and the Society of Modern Greek Studies (UK). His research focuses on the international history and politics of Southeastern Europe since the late nineteenth century. He is currently finishing a book on British internationalism and national questions in Southeastern Europe and is working on a new project on the history of interventions in Modern Greece.

Joao Marques De

Joao Marques De Almeida has been with Hakluyt since January 2013, as an executive and a senior adviser. Most of Joao’s work is focused on the European Union, on Europe in general, on emerging markets, especially Brazil, other Latin American countries and Africa, mostly Angola and Mozambique, and on global geopolitics. At Hakluyt, Joao advises investment funds, from sovereign wealth funds and pension funds to hedge funds and private equity firms, on the clash between political, regulatory and economic risks and investment strategies.  

Prior to joining Hakluyt, Joao spent almost seven years as political adviser to the president of the European Commission. Joao focused in particular on the sectors of energy, finance, transportation, digital and agro-business. Joao also led the unit on foreign policy at the Bureau of European Policy Advisers, the strategic planning office of the President of the European Commission. 

Before moving to Brussels, Joao worked between 2000 and 2006 for the Portuguese government, at the National Defence Institute, first as a research fellow and then, between 2004 and 2006, as the Institute’s Director.  

Joao has a PhD in International Relations and Political Science from the London School of Economics. 

Andrew Bowen

Dr Andrew Bowen is a Senior Advisor to Rothschild & Co and a Senior Counsellor to Palantir Technologies. Andrew has advised and partnered with a number of family offices, funds, institutions, and impactful companies in the U.S. and in EMEA.

Andrew held fellowships at the American Enterprise Institute, the Wilson Center, the Center for National Interest in Washington D.C. and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Rice University.

Senior Fellows

IDEAS Senior Fellows are internationally renowned academics who have worked with LSE IDEAS. Our Senior Fellows include holders of the Engelsberg Chair in History and International Affairs and the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs.


Anne Applebaum held the Philippe Roman Chair for the 2012/13 academic year. She is a Washington Post columnist and a Pulitzer-Prize winning historian. She is also Professor of Practice at LSE's Institute of Global Affairs where she runs Arena, a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda.


Michael Burleigh held the Engelsberg Chair for 2019/20. He is a leading historian who focuses primarily on Nazi Germany. He is the author of The Third Reich: a new history, which won the 2001 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction; Moral CombatBlood and Rage; and Earthly Powers. His most recent book is The Best of Times, the Worst of Times. He has also won a British Film Institute Award for Archival Achievement and a New York Film and Television Festival Award Bronze Medal.

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Barry Buzan is a Professor Emeritus at the Department for International Relations at LSE. Professor Buzan is also honorary professor at Copenhagen and Jilin Universities.

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Matthew Connelly was the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2014-2015 academic year. He is a Professor in the Department of History at Columbia University. He works in international and global history.


Michael Cox is Founding Director of LSE IDEAS. He was appointed to a Chair at the LSE in 2002. He helped establish the Cold War Studies Centre at LSE in 2004 with Arne Westad, and later they were both Founding Directors of LSE IDEAS in 2008. Professor Cox has lectured to universities world-wide as well as to several government bodies and many private companies. He is currently visiting professor at the Catholic University in Milan. He is the author, editor and co-editor of over 30 books. His most recent work includes a centennial edition of J. M. Keynes’s, ‘The Economic Consequences of the Peace (Palgrave, 2019), a collection of his own essays ‘Agonies of Empire: American Power from Clinton to Biden (Bristol University Press, 2022), ‘Afghanistan: Long War to Forgotten Peace (LSE Press, 2022) and Ukraine: Russia’s War and the Future of Global Order ( LSE Press, 2023).

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Niall Ferguson was the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2010-2011 academic year. Professor Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.


Ramachandra Guha held the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2011-2012 academic year. Dr Guha is a historian and biographer and has taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford.

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Chen Jian held the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2008-09 academic year. Professor Jian is the Hu Shih Professor of History and China-US Relations emeritus at Cornell University. His specialties include modern Chinese history, history of Chinese-American relations, and Cold War international history.

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Paul Kennedy was the inaugural holder of the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2007-08 academic year. Professor Kennedy is one of the world's most well-known international historians, whose books include The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers  (1987) and Preparing for the Twenty-First Century (1993).


Gilles Kepel held the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2009-10 academic year. Professor Kepel is best known for his books on the Middle East and North Africa, and for his work on Islamism, including Islamism in Europe.

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Dominic Lieven is a research professor at Cambridge University and his work focuses on Russian history. He was previously Head of the International History Department at LSE.

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Margot Light is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at The London School of Economics and Political Science and Director of the Human Rights Programme in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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Ian Morris held the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2015-16 academic year. He is the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor in Classics and Professor in History in the Department of Classics at Stanford University.

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Danny Quah was a Professor in the Department of Economics at LSE and in his later years at the School, he was also Director of LSE's Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre. He is currently Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics and Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the University of Singapore.

Svetozar Rajak

Svetozar Rajak is an Associate Professor at the LSE Department of International History. He was a Founding Academic Director of LSE IDEAS, Head of the Southern Europe International Affairs Programme and Head of the Balkan Initiative. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Cold War History.

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Timothy Snyder held the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2013-14 academic year. Professor Snyder is currently Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and specialises in the political history of central and eastern Europe as well as the Holocaust.

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Arne Westad was a Founding Director of LSE IDEAS. He is the Engelsberg Chair for the 2020/21 academic year. Professor Westad lectures widely on China's foreign affairs, on Western interventions in Africa and Asia, and on foreign policy strategy.


Dr David Patrick Houghton is Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. His research interests comprise foreign policy analysis, decision making and political psychology. He gained his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh before becoming a lecturer in international relations at the University of Essex. He laterly became Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies at Kings College London before moving to his current position. He has published a number of books and articles including in Foreign Policy Analysis and the Journal of Cold War Studies.


Visiting Professors

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Gordon Barrass, CMG is a Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS, where he specialises on strategy, assessments and perceptions. After more than 20 years in the British Diplomatic Service he served as Chief of the Assessments Staff in the Cabinet Office. He then spent nearly a decade helping PwC expand its business in China’s rapidly growing financial services sector.

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Paul Cornish has held senior/professorial appointments in UK research institutes and universities: Chatham House; the UK Defence Academy; the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College London; the RAND Corporation (Europe); and the Universities of Cambridge, Bath and Exeter. His work covers international security, national strategy, cyber security, arms control, the ethics of armed force, and civil-military relations. He has published widely on national strategy, international security, cyber security and cyber governance. His most recent book is 2020: World of War and he is editor of the Oxford Handbook of Cyber Security.


General Sir James Everard KCB CBE is a senior British military leader who was Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (NATO) in his final appointment before leaving the Army in 2020.  He joined the 17th/21st Lancers in 1983, spending his early years in the Army with tank units in the British Army of the Rhine.  He then commanded The Queen’s Royal Lancers, the 20th Armoured Brigade and the 3rd Division, and served as the Assistant Chief of the General Staff. His final two appointments prior to becoming NATO DSACEUR were as Deputy Chief of Defence Staff for Military Strategy and Operation (UK MOD), and Commander UK Field Army.  During his time at NATO, he focused on the Alliance’s Crisis Response System, the NATO Readiness Initiative, the adapted-NATO Response Force, Hybrid / New Generation Warfare, 21st Century Deterrence, Joint Action and the evolution to Multi Domain Battle. 

Enrique Garcia

Enrique Garcia is a Visiting of Professor in Practice at LSE IDEAS. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board at the LSE Global South Unit. Enrique was President and CEO of CAF – Development Bank of Latin America for 26 years, and held managerial positions at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In  Bolivia, he was the Minister of Planning and Coordination and member of the Board of the Central Bank. He is Chairman of the Council of International Relations for Latin America (RIAL) and the Trust for the Americas as well as member of several Boards internationally. He is a ranking member of the Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences, has been professor at the Universidad Mayor de San Andres and Católica in Bolivia, Visiting Fellow in the Latin American Centre at Oxford University, Visiting Professor at the University of São Paulo (USP) and Beijing Normal University. He is the author of publications on development issues and multilateralism in international journals and books.


Dr John Hughes, CBE is Professor in Practice at LSE IDEAS. John was a British career diplomat for 35 years serving mainly in the Americas, together with secondments to the Cabinet Office, BAE Systems, and Shell. His final postings were as Ambassador to Venezuela and then to Argentina and Paraguay. In retirement he has been Chair of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, Chair of Canning House, a Robin Humphreys Research Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, London University, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE. He is a member of the LSE IDEAS Advisory Board and is Chair of the British Argentine Chamber of Commerce.


Lutfey Siddiqi is an Adjunct Professor at National University of Singapore and a Visiting Professor in Practice at LSE IDEAS. Previously Global Head of Emerging Markets for Foreign Exchange, Rates & Credit at UBS Investment bank and Managing Director at Barclays bank. World Economic Forum: Young Global Leader (2012), Global Futures Council (2014-2018). Advisory boards: LSE Systemic Risk Centre, Centre for Governance (Singapore); CFA Future of Finance, Bretton Woods Committee.

Maximilian Terhalle

Professor Maximilian Terhalle is a Visiting Professor in Practice at LSE IDEAS. Earlier in 2021, he completed an IISS Adelphi Paper on “The Responsibility to Defend: Re-thinking Germany’s Strategic Culture” (with B. Giegerich). Following the German federal election in September 2021, Maximilian will adopt the Adelphi Paper as his starting point to further elaborate on the geopolitical state of European security in the transatlantic context, within which China’s strategic power has undoubtedly figured as the most impactful, yet least understood, external factor. During his two-year stint at LSE IDEAS, he will continue to consult to senior conservative MPs in Berlin. In 2019-20, Maximilian served as a Senior Adviser for Strategic Affairs to the UK’s Ministry of Defence. His spell at the MoD presents only the most recent, yet integral, part of a series of almost 12 years which he has spent abroad doing policy work, conducting research and teaching in the US, China, the UK and Egypt since 2000. Maximilian has written some 50 commentaries for Foreign Policy, RUSI, The National Interest, POLITICO, Survival and Middle East Policy as well as for theFrankurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Zuercher Zeitung, DIE WELT, Tagesspiegel and the Financial Times in pursuit of this goalAs an academic, he has published 14 peer-reviewed journal articles, amongst others, in Security Studies, Review of International Studies, International Studies Perspectives, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen and SIRIUS as well as 6 peer-reviewed books, including “The Transition of Global Order” which focuses on the US-China rivalry (2015, pb. 2017) and “Strategy as Vocation”  (2020). Maximilian has also contributed more than 20 articles and book chapters to other publications. 

Linda Yueh

Professor Linda Yueh CBE was Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS and Chair of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission. She also serves on the Advisory Board of LSE IDEAS and on the Policy Committee of the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE. She is Fellow in Economics, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford and Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School. She was an Adviser to the UK Board of Trade and a member of the Independent Review Panel on Ring-fencing and Proprietary Trading of the UK Government. Professor Yueh is the Editor of the Routledge Series on Economic Growth and Development and the author of numerous books, including China’s Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower and The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today.

Laurie Bristow

Sir Laurie Bristow, appointed President of Hughes Hall, Cambridge in 2022, was a British diplomat for 32 years.  He was Ambassador to Afghanistan during the fall of the Republic to the Taliban in 2021,  the UK’s Ambassador to Russia from 2016 to 2020, and Deputy Ambassador to Russia from 2007 to 2010.  He was Ambassador to Azerbaijan from 2004 to 2007.  Sir Laurie regularly writes and comments on Russia and national and international security issues. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, and a Senior Associate Fellow of the European Leadership Network.

Paul Tucker

Sir Paul Tucker is Visiting Professor in Practice. He is a research fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, and author of Global Discord (Princeton University Press, 2022) and Unelected Power (PUP, 2018). His other activities include being a senior fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University; president of the UK’s National Institute for Economic and Social Research; research fellow at UCL’s political science department; a director at Swiss Re; and a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation. He was a central banker for over thirty years at the Bank of England and Basel, where he was a member of the steering committee of the G20 Financial Stability Board, leading its work on resolving too-big-to-fail firms without taxpayer bailouts, chaired the Committee for Payment and Settlement Systems, and was a member of the board of the Bank for International Settlements. He chaired the Systemic Risk Council from 2016 to mid-2021.

Visiting Senior Fellows


General Sir Richard Barrons served as Commander Joint Forces Command, one of the six ‘Chiefs of Staff” leading the UK Armed Forces until April 2016. His military career includes leadership from Captain to General on military operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

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Peter Jones CMG served in the British Diplomatic Service for over thirty years, retiring from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in 2021. Peter was Chief Operating Officer and Director-General from 2017 to 2020, and prior to that Director for Defence and International Security from 2014 to 2017. Peter served in four UK diplomatic missions overseas: the UK Delegation to the Conventional Arms Control Negotiations in Vienna, British Embassies Bonn and Rome, and British High Commission Accra, where he was British High Commissioner to Ghana and non-resident British Ambassador to Togo and Burkina Faso from 2011 to 2014.

Peter was appointed Visiting Senior Fellow and Head of Global Strategies at LSE IDEAS in 2023. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), where he chairs RUSI’s European Security Advisory Group. He is a Trustee and Board member of MAG International, a UK-based global landmine clearance and armed violence reduction charity, and Chair of the British Italian Society.

Alexander Evans

Professor Alexander Evans OBE FRHistS is a Professor in Practice in Public Policy at the LSE. A British diplomat, he has worked as an advisor to the Prime Minister in 10 Downing Street, Strategy Director in the Cabinet Office, and Director Cyber in the Foreign Office. He led the UN Security Council expert mission on Daesh, Al Qaida and the Taiban and has been British Deputy and Acting High Commissioner to India and (briefly) to Pakistan. He served in the U.S. government as a senior adviser to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. He was formerly a senior fellow at Yale, a Gwilym Gibbon fellow at Nuffield College Oxford and Henry Kissinger Chair at the Library of Congress.


Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid is a Honorary and Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE. His work is focused on Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) regional politics and economy. As chairman of CARI Asean Research and Advocacy and of Asean Business Advisory Council Malaysia (from 2014 to 2023), he has been at the forefront of thought and practical business leadership for more effective regional integration. He was the founding chairman of the Malaysian Securities Commission and, over the past 50 years, has served in both the public and private sectors, and worked in academia, as a journalist, in banking, as regulator and corporate leader.

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Gideon Rachman is the chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times, where he authors a weekly column on foreign affairs and feature articles. Before joining the Financial Times in 2006, he was a senior editor and correspondent for The Economist and BBC World Service presenter. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in Washington, Brussels, and Bangkok, and is the author of Zero-Sum World and Easternization  which was launched at the LSE in 2017. 


Hugh Sandeman was an international banker for 30 years based in New York, Tokyo, London, and Frankfurt, and for the past decade has focused on India. He was previously Tokyo correspondent, international business editor and New York correspondent of The Economist.


Dr Leslie Vinjamuri is Head of the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House, and Dean of the Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, Chatham House. She was Director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice and a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations at SOAS, University of London. Leslie was also Chair of the International Relations Speaker Series at SOAS. Her research areas include transatlantic relations, US foreign policy, the politics of international intervention, human rights and justice, and UN Security Council Diplomacy.

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Peter Watkins is a Visiting Professor, King's College London; an Associate Fellow, Chatham House; and a Non-Resident Fellow with the Atlantic Council. He was formerly the Director General Strategy & International (2017-18) and Director General Security Policy (2014-17) in the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). In these roles, he was responsible for strategic policy & planning; the Defence dimension of the UK's cross-government response to Russia; defence relations with NATO, the EU and with key bilateral allies; and defence policy aspects of cyber, space and novel technologies.  Previous roles included Director General of the Defence Academy (2011-14) and Director of Operational Policy (2008-11).  Among earlier assignments, he was Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary (2001-03) and Counsellor (Defence & Aerospace), British Embassy Bonn/Berlin (1996-2000).  He was a Visiting Fellow, Harvard University (2006-07). 


Visiting Fellows

Dr Luc-André Brunet

Dr Luc-André Brunet is the Acting Director of the Cold War Studies Project, Co-Director of the Peace and Security Project, and a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS.


Sérgio Chichava is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social and Economic Studies (IESE) in Mozambique, where he leads a research programme on rising powers and development. His current work focuses on the international dimensions of the crisis in Cabo Delgado. Chichava has lectured in political sociology and Mozambican politics at Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo and has held fellowships at Oxford University and the LSE. He holds a PhD in political science from Bordeaux University, focusing on African politics.  


Dr Eirini Karamouzi is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History at the University of Sheffield and Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS. She is the author of Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979The Second Enlargement and co-editor of the volume Balkans in the Cold War. She is co-director of the Cultures of the Cold War network, Editor in Cold War History Journal and Book Review Editor in Journal of Contemporary history. She works on the history of European integration, Modern Greece and currently runs as PI a Max Batley peace studies funded project on peace movements in Southern Europe during the Euromissile crisis. She tweets @EiriniKaramouzi.

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Nicholas Kitchen is Director of the multi-disciplinary Centre for the study of Global Power Competition (CGPC) and Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Surrey. He teaches on IDEAS’ Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy. Nick was previously Executive Director of the LSE Diplomacy Commission. His research interests lie in the relationship between power, ideas, and strategy in international relations, with a particular focus on the role of great powers. 


Effie G. H. Pedaliu is a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS and has held posts at LSE, KCL and UWE. She is the author of Britain, Italy and the Origins of the Cold War and co-editor of Britain in Global Affairs, Volume II, From Churchill to Blair. The main themes of her work include American and British Cold War policy and strategy, European and Mediterranean security politics, and Human Rights in Southern Europe.

saqib qureshi

Dr Saqib Qureshi has written for The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Independent and 1828; and authored Reconstructing Strategy: Dancing with the God of Objectivity and the Amazon bestseller from 2020 The Broken Contract. He completed his academic studies at LSE with his undergraduate degree and PhD in International Relations. Saqib was also the Associate Producer for the feature length film ‘Rahm’ in 2016 and has worked at McKinsey & Co and HSBC Investment Bank, and for governments in Dubai, London and Washington DC. He is the founder and CEO of Building Capital Inc, one of Canada’s leading developers of student housing.

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Dr Buğra Süsler is Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS. He is a Lecturer in International Organisations and International Conflict and Cooperation at University College London Political Science Department and Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS. His research focuses on Turkish foreign policy, emerging powers, and international conflict and cooperation. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the LSE. He is the author of Turkey, the EU, and the Middle East: Foreign Policy Cooperation and the Arab Uprisings (Routledge, 2020).

If you're interested in joining LSE IDEAS as a Visiting Fellow, find out how to apply here.

Jinnah Visiting Fellow

We are pleased to host the Jinnah Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS, thanks to generous funding from Dr Saqib Qureshi, the Canadian Jaffari Muslim Foundation and other donors. The goal of the Fellowship is to spark meaningful conversations about Pakistan and its place in the world. Click here for more information about the Fellowship.

2023 Fellow

Saadia Zahoor

Dr. Saadia Zahoor is an international law expert. She has worked as a policy expert at the Strategic Policy Planning Cell and assisted the Office of the National Security Adviser on matters related to international law and non-traditional security. Earlier, she worked at the ICRC as a Legal Consultant, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan as an Assistant Legal Adviser and as an Assistant Professor at Bahria University, Islamabad. She has also taught at the International Islamic University, Islamabad. She received her LLB (Hons), LLM (International Law), and PhD (Law) from International Islamic University. She has attended the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations at The Hague Academy of International Law, Netherland. She holds a diploma in Investor State Arbitration from the College of Law, American University, Washington. She also attended the Singapore International Arbitration Academy 2022 and earned her Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster Certification from Harvard University.


2022 Fellow

Seema Khan

Dr Seema Khan previously spent more than 20 years working across public administration, management, and implementation within the Pakistani government and Australian universities. She will undertake research into Pakistan’s approach towards the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

2021 Fellow

moonis ahmar

Dr Moonis Ahmar is former Dean Faculty of Social Sciences and Meritorious Professor at the Department of International Relations, University of Karachi. He was also Chairman of the Department of International Relations at the University of Karachi and is Director of the Programme on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.

His field of specialization is conflict and security studies, focusing on the South and the Central Asian regions. Dr Ahmar has 36 years of academic experience in Pakistan and in different foreign universities and research think tanks. He is the author of three books, four monographs and has edited 15 books on different themes in international relations.


Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellow

LSE IDEAS is pleased to host the Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellowship thanks to the generous endowment by Mrs Mladena Sotirov. Sotirov fellows study Bulgaria and the Balkan region, working to to understand its recent history, international affairs, the challenges it faces today and the prospects of tomorrow.

2023/24 Sotirov Fellow


Ivan Lidarev

Dr Ivan Lidarev is a foreign policy analyst and expert on Asian security and the international relations of China and India. In 2021 he obtained his PhD in International Relations and Political Science from King’s College London with a dissertation on the China-India territorial dispute. Ivan served as advisor at Bulgaria’s National Assembly (2014-2017), Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom (2018-2019), and Associate Features Editor of E-International Relations (2015-2016). He has participated in various leadership and training programmes, including as Young Leader (2016, 2017) at the GLOBSEC Forum, MERICS Young European China Talent (2018) at Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), and New Security Leader (2021) at the Warsaw Security Forum.

Ivan received his MA in International Affairs, with a concentration in Asia, from Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA), George Washington University, and BA in History, Asian Studies, and Global and International Studies from Bard College. He also studied at Shanghai’s Fudan University.

He boasts rich thinktank experience, having served as Visiting Fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague (IIR) in 2022 and at New Delhi’s Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in 2017, among other institutions.

2022/23 Sotirov Fellow



Dr Aleksandra Peeva is a research fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin and a consultant with the World Bank.  

Ms. Peeva previously earned a PhD in economics from the German Institute for Economic Research and Humboldt University, learnt to teach students as a lecturer at the Free University Berlin, examined the fiscal aspects of economic stimulus measures at home and abroad while interning with the German Federal Ministry of Finance and the German Agency for International Cooperation and convinced herself of the need for society’s support of culture as an intern with the Film Society of Lincoln Center. She also profited from the diversity of opinions and backgrounds at the Berlin Social Science Center and the International Monetary Fund while on visiting research fellowships there. 

 2021/22 Sotirov Fellow

Leon Hartwell

Dr Leon Hartwell is the 2022 Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Democratic Resilience and Transatlantic Leadership programs at the Center of European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington D.C.  His research interests include conflict resolution, genocide, transitional justice, diplomacy, democracy, and the Western Balkans. Hartwell will undertake research into domestic and foreign policy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the potential policy options available to the US, UK and EU in bringing about an end to the country’s ‘post-war paralysis’. He is on Twitter @LeonHartwell.

2020/21 Sotirov Fellow


Vuk Vuksanović is a political scientist from Serbia who specialises in international affairs, with Master degrees from the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Belgrade and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Vuksanović brings a wealth of experience and expertise to LSE IDEAS from academia, the private sector and government. He worked for two years at the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Sector for Security Policy, Belgrade, and as an analyst and consultant for several policy think tanks providing political and geopolitical risk assessments pertaining to the regional markets of the Balkans, the Middle East and the post-Soviet space.

Vuk is currently completing his PhD research at LSE in international relations. His PhD deals with the Serbian balancing act between Russia and the West between 2008 and 2020, and he will use this Fellowship to focus on the growing Sino-Serbian partnership.

2019 Sotirov Fellow

Bogdan Zawadewicz is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany. In his doctoral work he investigates the role of symbolic political cleavages in shaping separatists' strategies in Bosnia & Hercegovina and Ukraine. He has worked as a research associate at Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) in Regensburg, Germany where he was a member of the research group "Frozen and Unfrozen Conflicts". He holds a Master's Degree in Political Science (University of Warsaw, Institute of Political Science). His research interests include the Balkans, Post-Soviet Space, separatism, conflict studies, field theory (Pierre Bourdieu), world-systems analysis. 

2018 Sotirov Fellow

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Asya Metodieva is a PhD Candidate at Central European University (CEU), Budapest. Her research is on foreign fighter mobilization in post-violent societies with a focus on the Western Balkans. Her dissertation investigates the construction of martial social identity within different fighter mobilization streams from the region contributing to two ongoing conflicts: Syria and Eastern Ukraine. Asya has been a teaching assistant for the Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism and Public Management classes at School of Public Policy, CEU. She holds MA in International Public Policy from CEU and MA in International Relations and Security Studies from Sofia University 'St. Kliment Ohridski'. Previously, Asya worked as a journalist for the Bulgarian National Television (BNT).

2017 Sotirov Fellow

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Roumiana Preshlenova is Associate Professor at the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia. She is also lecturer in Southeast European Studies, Faculty of History of Sofia University 'St. Kliment Ohridski'.


Stonex PhD Scholar


Mariah Thornton is a MPhil/PhD student at the Department of International Relations and a researcher at LSE IDEAS. She is the Stonex Scholar. Her research focuses on China’s foreign policy and strategy toward Taiwan, cross-Strait relations, as well as Taiwan in digital IR.


JU/LSE IDEAS Visiting Fellow

2021/22 Visiting Fellow

Marcin Fatalski

Dr Marcin Fatalski graduated from the Faculty of History at the Jagiellonian University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Jagiellonian University and works there at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora. His research focuses on the modern history of international relations, US foreign policy, and nation-building/state-building policy. He has lectured at, among others, Radboud University Nijmegen, the University of Barcelona, Roma Tre University, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Budapest, and the University of Veliko Tarnovo. He has conducted research in the Central Archives of Modern Records (Archiwum Akt Nowych), the Polish Institute of International Relations, and the Library of the John F. Kennedy Institute in Berlin.


Visiting Research Students

If you're interested in joining LSE IDEAS as a Visiting Research Student, find out how to apply here.