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European Parliamentary Elections: What’s at stake? - 30 Apr 14

In an increasingly troubled time for the European Union, Sir Menzies Campbell, Stuart Wheeler, Mark Leonard, Prof Maurice Fraser, Dr Sara Hagemann and John Peet discuss the upcoming European parliamentary elections, and how their outcome will affect the EU and Britain's role in it. 

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ECFR's foreign policy experts

Below you will find short profiles of our foreign policy experts, including details of their specialisations. Journalists are encouraged to contact;analysts directly using the following formulation: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Fatima Ayub, Associate Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise: electoral and security sector reform, conflict analysis, Islamist movements, human rights, women rights, civil society development
Languages: English, French, Persian

Julien Barnes-Dacey, Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise: Middle East, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq
Languages: English, Arabic, French

Dimitar Bechev, Head of Sofia Office, Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise: EU enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, the politics of wider South East Europe (post-communist Balkans, Greece, Turkey), EU-Russia relations, Euro-Mediterranean relations.
Languages: Bulgarian, English, Russian, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, Macedonian, Modern Greek; some French, Spanish and Italian; basic Turkish and German

Myriam Benraad, Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise: Middle East politics, Iraq, political economy of the Arab and Muslim world, authoritarianism and post-authoritarianism, transitional justice and reconciliation, Islamist movements, French, European, and US foreign policy, emerging powers in the Middle East
Languages: French, English, Arabic, German

Olaf Boehnke, Head of ECFR Berlin

Areas of expertise: European Foreign Policy, EU enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Turkey, The Western Balkans, Middle East
Languages:German, English

Piotr Buras, Head of ECFR Warsaw Office

Areas of expertise: Germany's EU and foreign policy, Poland in the EU, EU politics
Languages: Polish, German, English

Susi Dennison, Senior Policy Fellow
Areas of expertise: Human rights, democracy and justice; EU relations with North Africa, European Global Strategy; Scorecard
Languages: English and French

Sebastian Dullien, Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise: European integration, Financial market regulation
Languages: German, English

Anthony Dworkin, Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise: Human rights, democracy, justice, North Africa (especially Egypt and Tunisia), war crimes, drones and counterterrorism, US foreign policy
Languages: English, conversational French

Issandr El Amrani, Visiting Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme

Areas of expertise: Middle East, Egypt, Morocco
Languages: Arabic, English, French

Silvia Francescon, Head of Rome Office

Areas of expertise: International relations, global governance, G8 and G20, environment and development
Languages: Italian and English

Konstanty Gebert, Associate Fellow

Areas of expertise: European history and politics, Poland, International relations
Languages: Polish, English

François Godement, Head of Asia and China Programme, Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise: Chinese and East Asian strategic and international affairs, issues of integration and conflicts
Languages: French, English, Mandarin

Richard Gowan, Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise: the United Nations system, European Security and Defence Policy, Africa, Western Balkans
Language: English

Andrew Hammond, Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise: Islamist movements, human rights issues, Arab media, and cultural affairs in Egypt and the Gulf
Languages: Arabic, Farsi, French, English

Joseph Janning, Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise European integration, EU reform, European Foreign and Security Policy, EU enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Europe in the World, Global Governance, German Foreign and Security Policy, Transatlantic Relations, Europe/Asia. 
Languages: English, German

Parag Khanna, Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Languages: English, German, Hindi, French, Spanish, and basic Arabic

Thomas Klau, Head of Paris Office

Areas of expertise: EU integration and institutions, Franco-German relations, EU-US relations, the world economy
Languages: French, German, English, some Italian and Dutch

Jana Kobzova, Associate Policy Fellow, Wider Europe

Areas of Expertise: EU relations with Eastern Europe and Russia, democratisation in the post-Soviet states, Belarus, Central Asia
Languages: Slovak, English, Russian, conversational French and German

Thomas König, Programme Coordinator, China

Areas of Expertise: EU-China Relations, Multilateral Diplomacy
Languages: German, English, French, Chinese and conversational Japanese

Alexander Kouttab, Visiting Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise: Israel/Palestine, Middle East, conflict analysis/resolution, governance, public policy and strategy studies, hydro-diplomacy
Languages: English, conversational Arabic

Hans Kundnani, Research Director

Expertise: Germany and German foreign policy
Languages: English and German (fluent), French

Alba Lamberti, Programmes Director

Areas of expertise: EU institutional reform, EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)
Languages: Italian, English, French

Francisco de Borja Lasheras, Policy Fellow & Associate Director of the Madrid Office

Areas of Expertise: Multilateral diplomacy, European foreign and security policy, Spanish foreign policy, EU enlargement in the Western Balkans, nation-building
Languages: Spanish, English, French and basic Serbo-Croat

Mark Leonard, Director

Areas of expertise: European foreign policy, China, EU-Russia relations, transatlantic relations, EU institutions, Public diplomacy and nation branding, UK foreign policy
Languages: English, French, German

Daniel Levy, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme

Areas of expertise: Middle East, National Security
Languages: English, Hebrew

Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise:Russian domestic and foreign policy, relations between Russia and the West, the Baltic Sea area, Eastern Europe
Languages:English, Russian, Estonian

Hugh Lovatt, Middle East Peace Process Project Officer

Areas of expertise:Middle-East, Israel/Palestine, Mashreq region; conflict prevention/resolution; Islamic societies; identity politics
Languages:Arabic, French, Dutch, Spanish

Stefan Meister, Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise: German-Russian relations, Russian foreign and security policy, EU-Russia relations, Russian energy, economic, and education policy, Eastern Partnership especially in the South Caucasus and Ukraine, energy policy in the Caspian Region and Russian relations with the post-Soviet countries
Languages: German, English, Russian, (Polish)

Dick Oosting, CEO

Areas of expertise:European Affairs, human rights, transitional justice
Languages:English, Dutch, German

Sophia Pugsley, Programme Coordinator Wider Europe

Areas of expertise: EU relations with Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Russia; Russian foreign policy; unrecognised states and conflict analysis; humanitarian affairs
Languages: English, French, Italian, Russian, conversational Polish

Angela Stanzel, Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise: China’s history, politics and economics, East and South Asia’s foreign and security policy
Languages: German, English, Mandarin

Rachel Tausenfreund, Editor

Areas of expertise: German foreign policy, international trade, transatlantic relations
Languages: English, German, French (basic)

Vessela Tcherneva, Programmes Director

Areas of expertise: Foreign and Security policy, Transatlantic Relations, Regional Studies, EU enlargement, Balkans and the Black See region
Languages: Bulgarian, English, German, Russian

Mattia Toaldo, Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise: Middle East Peace process, Israeli and Palestinian politics, Libya, European Neighborhood policy
Languages: English, French, Italian

José-Ignacio Torreblanca, Senior Policy Fellow, Head of Madrid office

Areas of expertise:EU enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, EU institutional reforms, EU Foreign Security and Defence Policy
Languages:Spanish, English

Nicholas Walton, Communications Director

Areas of expertise:New media & communications, former Yugoslavia, the former Soviet Union and nationalism & conflict
Languages:Basic German and Spanish

Andrew Wilson, Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise:Ukraine, comparative politics of democratisation in the post-Soviet states, political technology
Languages:Russian, Ukrainian, some Belarusian, conversational French

Nick Witney, Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise:International relations, International Security Policy, the European Security and Defence Policy, military capabilities development, defence equipment cooperation, research and industry, the Middle East and North Africa, the Middle East Peace Process
Languages:English, French, Arabic

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