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List of key speakers with bio

Professor Sven Biscop


Sven Biscop is a senior research fellow at Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations (Brussels) where he focuses on the foreign, security and defence policy of the European Union. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in International Relations at Ghent University (2002) where he subsequently lectured on European security (2003-2007). Professor Biscop has held lectures at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), the Université de Liège (ULG), and has been a visiting professor at Renmin University in Beijing and Carleton University in Ottawa. His recent research and publications have focussed on the European Security Strategy, on which he has published Euro-Mediterranean Security: A Search for Partnership (Ashgate, 2003), The European Security Strategy – A Global Agenda for Positive Power (Ashgate, 2005) and The EU and the European Security Strategy – Forging a Global Europe (Routledge, 2007, co-edited with Jan Joel Andersson.

Dr Stefan Meister


Stefan Meister joined the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in January 2008, as a program officer for the Centre Russia/Eurasia. Meister changed to the Center for Central and Eastern Europe of the Robert Bosch Foundation in the DGAP in July 2010 with the objective to realize a research project on the "Polarization between Russia and the West”, financed by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. He worked as a research assistant and lecturer at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena at the faculty of International Relations (2004-2007) and as a visiting fellow at the Center for International Relations in Warsaw (2003-2004) before. Meister studied Political Science and East European History at Universities in Jena, Leipzig and Nizhniy Novgorod. His Master thesis (2003) was on "Conflict between Center and Periphery in post-soviet Russia” and his Ph.D. thesis (2007) on the "Transformation of the Russian Higher Education System”. Meister worked several times as an elections observer for the OSCE and was responsible for education projects in Russia. His current research focuses on Russian Foreign and Security Policy, Russia’s policy towards post-Soviet Countries, conflict resolution in the South Caucasus, EU-Eastern Partnership policy and EU-Russia relations.

Professor Matteo Fumagalli


Matteo Fumagalli is Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at Central European University, Budapest. His work lies at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations. He has written on the dynamics of ethnic mobilization in the post-Soviet space, with a special focus on Central Asia, social and political activism under authoritarian rule, and alliance politics among non-western actors. He is currently working on institution-building and identity change in partly recognised states, and on processes of radicalization and state fragmentation in the north Caucasus. Recent and forthcoming publications include 'Alignments and Re-Alignments in Central Asia' (International Political Science Review, 2007), 'Framing Ethnic Minority Mobilization in Central Asia: The Cases of Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan' (Europe-Asia Studies, 2007), 'Islamic radicalism and the insecurity dilemma in Central Asia' (in Dannreuther, R. and March, L., eds Russia and Islam, 2010), and State violence and popular resistance in Uzbekistan (Routledge, forthcoming 2011).

Dr David Görömbölyi


Dr David Görömbölyi is a Hungarian diplomat, foreign policy analyst and lecturer. Obtained LLM of Law at the University of Debrecen (Hungary) and MA of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow (Poland). Worked for several Hungarian and international entities like the United Nations or the Parliament of Hungary and teaches Central European Studies at the Budapest Business School. His main fields are CFSP, Security Policy, the European Neighbourhood Policy, the Eastern Partnership and Polish foreign policy. Presently he is the liaison officer of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw, connecting the Hungarian and Polish EU Presidencies.

Ane Tusvik Bonde


Ane Tusvik Bonde is regional manager of the Human Rights House Foundation in Norway, responsible for Eastern Europe and Caucasus. She is currently working together with national human rights organizations to establish and ensure sustainability of Human Rights Houses in Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. In her work for the Human Rights House Foundation, she has been involved in setting up the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders together with local partners. Tusvik Bonde has been Russia coordinator at the Amnesty International Norway (AI) from 2001  2008. She graduated from the University of Oslo as a Political Scientist on a dissertation investigating reforms of the Criminal Procedural Code in the Russian Federation. Her minors are in History and Russian, but she has also studied Human Rights at the Department of Law, University of Oslo, and spent a semester in the Russia Department at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) in London.

Dr. Ekaterina Romanova


 Lecturer at the Moscow State University, Geographical Faculty,

Chair of social-economic geography of foreign countries

Courses: Geographical problems of united Germany and Europe; Integration processes in Europe; Social-economic geography of Europe

Researcher in the Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Science

Department of Germany Studies

Research field: economy and policy of Germany, innovation clusters in Germany, European energy, migration and innovation policy, the interests of the EU in the CIS-area (Russia and New Eastern Europe)


Dr. Javier García Marín


Javier Garcia Marin is assistant professor at the Department of Political science of the University of Granada and Vicedean for Participation. His is also member of the Spanish Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies in Madrid. He has a PhD in Political Science, a degree in Contemporary History by the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Mph in Economy and International Relations and Mph in Security and Defence by UNED. He has been a visiting research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Glasgow University and the Amsterdam School for Communications Research; and visiting at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Bordeaux and the Universidad de Buenos Aires. His is also a collaborator of the Spanish Cooperation Agency. His main research fields are Comparative Politics, Spanish Political System, and Political Communication, where he has several scientific publications.

Dr David J. Galbreath


Dr David J. Galbreath is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. Before coming to Bath, he was lecturer and senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in the Department of Politics and International Relations. He has two research areas. The first focuses on the protection and empowerment of minority rights as a source of security and democratic justice. He has just completed a Leverhulme Trust project entitled, 'The European Minority Rights Regime: Interests, Power and Knowledge' with a resulting research monograph in the Palgrave European Union Politics series in 2011. His second research stream focuses on European security in a broad context from peacekeeping and inter-organisational cooperation to member-state responses to new regional challenges. Dr Galbreath is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Social Science at the University of Aberdeen and a non-resident Senior Research Associate at the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany.  He has worked with the US State Department, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK House of Commons Defence Select Committee. He is the Editor-in-Chief of European Security.

Professor Alpaslan Özerdem


With academic experience of over 15 years in conflict and peace studies, Professor Özerdem possesses the abilities for the development and implementation of strategy and policy making in the areas of humanitarianism and post-conflict reconstruction. Before joining the CPRS, he was at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit of the University of York. With field research experience in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Turkey, Professor Özerdem specializes in the politics of humanitarian interventions, peacekeeping, security sector reform, reintegration of former combatants and post-conflict state building. He has also taken an active role in the initiation and management of several consultancy and commissioned research projects for a wide range of national and international organisations.

Professor Stefan Wolff


Stefan Wolff is Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham. He specialises in the management of contemporary security challenges and has written extensively on ethnic conflict, international conflict management and state-building. Among his 12 books to date are Ethnic Conflict: A Global Perspective (Oxford University Press 2006, 2nd ed. 2007), Institutions for the Management of Ethnopolitical Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe (Council of Europe 2008, with Marc Weller), and Ethnic Conflict: Causes-Consequences-Responses (Polity 2009, with Karl Cordell). Wolff is the founding editor of the journal Ethnopolitics and an associate editor of Civil Wars. He is frequently consulting to governments and international organisations on conflict resolution issues, especially on questions of negotiation strategy and constitutional design. He is currently working in an advisory capacity on the Transnistria conflict in Moldova. Wolff is a graduate of the University of Leipzig, the University of Cambridge, and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Professor Tetyana Malyarenko


Tetyana Malyarenko is professor at the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, Donetsk State University of Management, Ukraine. She holds a Candidate of Science Degree in Economics (Ph.D.) from National University of Economics and Trade and a Doctor of Science Degree in Public Governance from Donetsk State University of Management. Her principle research interests and publications are in the areas of societal and economic aspects of security in transition states, human security and good governance, social conflicts and civil wars.