Asli Aydıntaşbaş

Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: English, Turkish, conversational French
Areas of Expertise: Turkey and Turkish politics, the Kurdish issue (in Turkey and Iraq), democracy, media freedoms

Tareq Baconi

Visiting Fellow
Languages: Arabic, English, conversational French
Areas of Expertise: Oil and gas sectors in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Julien Barnes-Dacey

Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: English, Arabic, French
Areas of Expertise: Middle East, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq

Adam Baron

Visiting Fellow
Languages: English (native), Arabic (conversational)
Areas of Expertise: Yemen, Arabian peninsula, War on Terror

Piotr Buras

Head of ECFR Warsaw office
Languages: Polish, German, English
Areas of Expertise: Germany's EU and foreign policy, Poland in the EU, EU politics

Ruth Citrin

Programme Director
Languages: English, Arabic and Hebrew
Areas of Expertise: Middle East, Syria and Lebanon

Susi Dennison

Director of European Power programme
Languages: English and French
Areas of Expertise: Areas of expertise: European foreign and security policy strategy; politics, political movements and cohesion within the EU; Flexible Union, European refugee and migration policy; human rights, democracy and justice.

Jérôme Doyon

Associate Fellow
Languages: French, English, Chinese
Areas of Expertise: Chinese Domestic politics, Party system, Chinese Foreign Policy

Mathieu Duchâtel

Senior Policy Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia and China Programme
Languages: English, French, Chinese, basic Japanese
Areas of Expertise: North East Asia, Chinese foreign policy, Asian maritime security, Korean peninsula, Taiwan and cross-strait relations

Sebastian Dullien

Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: English and German
Areas of Expertise: European integration, Financial market regulation

Anthony Dworkin

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

Fatim-Zohra El Malki

Visiting Fellow
Languages: Arabic, Farsi, English, French, Spanish
Areas of Expertise: Counter-terrorism, law and institution-making in the Maghreb

Silvia Francescon

Head of ECFR Rome Office
Languages: Italian and English
Areas of Expertise: International relations, global governance, G8 and G20, environment and development

Ulrike Esther Franke

Policy Fellow
Languages: French, English, German
Areas of Expertise: German Foreign and Defence Policy, UAVs/Drones, Revolutions in Military Affairs, Military Technology

Mark Galeotti

Visiting Fellow
Languages: English, Italian, Russian, French
Areas of Expertise: Russian security, Russian politics, Organised and transnational crime, Intelligence

Konstanty Gebert

Associate Fellow
Languages: Polish, English
Areas of Expertise: Polish politics

Ellie Geranmayeh

Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: English, Persian
Areas of Expertise: Europe-Iran relations, Iran nuclear deal and associated sanctions policy, Iranian foreign and domestic policy, Iran-Saudi relations

François Godement

Director of the Asia and China Programme, Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: French, English, Mandarin
Areas of Expertise: Chinese and East Asian strategic and international affairs, issues of integration and conflicts

Richard Gowan

Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: English
Areas of Expertise: the United Nations system, European Security and Defence Policy, Africa, Western Balkans

Gustav Gressel

Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: German and English (fluent), Spanish and Polish (conversational)
Areas of Expertise: Eastern Europe, Russia, armed conflict and military affairs, defence policy, missile defence, missile proliferation

Josef Janning

Head of ECFR Berlin Office and Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: English, German
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.

Jana Kobzova

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

Agatha Kratz

Agatha Kratz

Associate Fellow
Languages: French, English, Mandarin and German
Areas of Expertise: China’s economy and politics, Chinese foreign investments

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil

Head of the Paris office and Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: French, English, Spanish
Areas of Expertise: Security crisis management, Multilateralism and United Nations, European Foreign Policy, Transatlantic Relations, Human Rights, International law and justice, Middle East and North Africa, French foreign policy.

Francisco de Borja Lasheras

Head of ECFR Madrid Office & Policy Fellow
Languages: Spanish, English, French, German, conversational Serbo-Croat & basic Russian
Areas of Expertise: Multilateral diplomacy, European foreign and security policy, Spanish foreign policy, EU enlargement in the Western Balkans, Ukraine, nation-building

Andrew Lebovich

Visiting Fellow
Languages: English, French, Arabic
Areas of Expertise: Religion, politics, and society in North Africa, the Sahara, and the Sahel

Mark Leonard

Languages: English, French, German
Areas of Expertise: Geo-politics and Geo-economics, China, EU-Russia relations, transatlantic relations, EU institutions, Public diplomacy and nation branding, UK foreign policy

Kadri Liik

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

Hugh Lovatt

Policy Fellow and Israel/Palestine Project Coordinator
Languages: Arabic, French, Dutch, Spanish
Areas of Expertise: Middle-East, Israel/Palestine, Mashreq region; conflict prevention/resolution; Islamic societies; identity politics

Almut Möller

Head of ECFR Berlin Office and Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: English, French, German
Areas of Expertise: European integration & reform, European Foreign and Security Policy, Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy (South), Germany in Europe, Britain in Europe.

Jeremy Shapiro

Research Director
Languages: English
Areas of Expertise: Transatlantic relations, US foreign policy

Stefan Soesanto

Cybersecurity & Defence Fellow
Languages: English, German, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean
Areas of Expertise: Cybersecurity, Cybercrime, Cyberwarfare, Integrated Air and Missile Defence, Defence policies in East Asia, NATO force posture

Angela Stanzel

Policy Fellow and editor of China Analysis
Languages: German, English, Mandarin
Areas of Expertise: China’s history, politics and economics, East and South Asia’s foreign and security policy

Volker Stanzel

Senior Advisor to the Asia & China programme and Council Member
Languages: German, English, Chinese and Japanese
Areas of Expertise: International affairs and security policy; German foreign policy; Japanese history, politics and economics, Chinese history, politics and economics; EU relations with East Asia.

Vessela Tcherneva

Senior Director for Programmes and Head of ECFR Sofia Office
Languages: Bulgarian, English, German, Russian
Areas of Expertise: Foreign and Security policy, Transatlantic Relations, Regional Studies, EU enlargement, Balkans and the Black Sea region

Mattia Toaldo

Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: English, French, Italian
Areas of Expertise: Libya, Middle East Peace process, Israeli and Palestinian politics, Migrations, EU policy in the southern Mediterranean

Stefano M. Torelli

Visiting Fellow
Languages: English, Italian, Arabic, French
Areas of Expertise: North Africa, Tunisia, Jihadism, Migrations, Kurdish issue

José Ignacio Torreblanca

Senior Adviser to ECFR Madrid Office
Languages: Spanish, English
Areas of Expertise: Populism and euroscepticism in Europe, Common Foreign Security and Defence Policy, EU domestic politics and institutional reforms

Abigaël Vasselier

Programme Coordinator and Policy Fellow
Languages: French, English, Chinese and basic Spanish

Fredrik Wesslau

Director of the Wider Europe Programme
Languages: Swedish, English, French
Areas of Expertise: European foreign policy, conflict and crisis management, state-building, counter-piracy, South Caucasus, and Western Balkans

Andrew Wilson

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

Nick Witney

Senior Policy Fellow
Languages: English, French, Arabic
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

Guney Yildiz

Visiting Fellow
Languages: English, Turkish, Kurdish, conversational Arabic (Syrian dialect)
Areas of Expertise: Syria, Turkey and the Kurds in the region

ECFR Associate Researchers



Arnold Kammel, Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy


Simon Desplanque, Louvain University

Simon Desplanque is a PhD candidate at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium). His main research areas are the relations between culture and International Relations as well as US foreign policy from an historical perspective. He is also interested in Belgian foreign policy.


Marin Lessenski, Open Society Institute


Luka Oreskovic, Freelance researcher and advisor, associate fellow Harvard 


Hüseyin Silman, European Union Coordination Centre

Hüseyin Silman has been, since 2007, senior expert on EU matters at the European Union Coordination Centre, which functions under the Prime Minister’s Office of the northern part of Cyprus. His main task is to coordinate horizontally all EU harmonization activities with a view to ensuring smooth integration of the Turkish Cypriot society into the EU, in case of a settlement in Cyprus. Hüseyin received his BA in Political Science and Public Administration from Bilkent University in Ankara, and holds a MSc in European Politics from Birkbeck, University of London. Since 2014, he has been working with the ECFR as an associate researcher.

Czech Republic    

Vladimir Bartovic, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy


Christine Nissen, Danish Institute for International Studies

Christine Nissen is a Research Fellow at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) in Copenhagen. Her main areas of research are international crisis management, wider European security, EU security and defence cooperation, and the interplay between EU and national foreign and security policies, in particularly in the case of Denmark. She has been working with ECFR as an associate researcher since 2014.


Viljar Veebel, Estonian National Defence College


Tuomas Iso-Markku, Finnish Institute for International Affairs


Martin Quencez, German Marshall Fund of the United States in Paris

Martin Quencez currently serves as a fellow and senior program officer at GMF’s Paris office. His work includes research on transatlantic security and defense cooperation, U.S. and French foreign policy, on which he regularly writes articles for the French and transatlantic press. He also teaches transatlantic relations at the Euro-American campus of SciencesPo, and is an associate researcher for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Prior to joining GMF, he worked for the Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi, where he focused on French and Indian strategic thinking.


Sarah Wohlfeld, German Council on Foreign Relations

Sarah Wohlfeld works as Research Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations’ (DGAP) Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies. She is in charge of a project supporting think tanks in the Western Balkans and mainly deals with EU enlargement policies and European integration. Sarah Wohlfeld holds an MA in sociology, political science, and media sciences from the University of Trier. She also studied international relations and social sciences at the Charles University in Prague.

George Tzogopoulos, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy


Zsuzsanna VéghResearch Fellow, European University Viadrina

Zsuzsanna Végh is an associate researcher at ECFR and a research fellow at the Comparative Politics Chair of the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt(Oder). Previously, she worked at the Center for European Neighborhood Studies of the Central European University (2012-2017) and at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs (2009-2013). Her research interests include Hungarian EU and foreign policy, Central European cooperations including Visegrad, the EU’s relations with its Eastern neighborhood, and the radical right in Central Europe.


Andrew Gilmore, Institute of International and European Affairs

Andrew Gilmore is Deputy Director of Research at the Institute of International and European Affairs, in Dublin, Ireland. In his role at the IIEA, he is responsible for coordinating the work of the IIEA's UK project group, with oversight over the Institute's extensive Brexit events and publications programme. He also oversees the IIEA's Foreign Policy, Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy research and event programmes. He is the author or co-author of several books, articles and policy briefs for the IIEA and other organisations.


Giovanni Fedele, Independent researcher

Giovanni Fedele is a young Foreign Policy professional, possessing  an expertise in EU Foreign Policy, with a particular focus on CFSP/CSDP. He holds a MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of Europe, Natolin Campus, with a specialization on the EU as a Global Actor. Giovanni has a relevant international experience, having worked in the past at the EEAS as well as at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Professional Officer for the 2017 Italian Presidency of the G7. He serves as Associate Researcher since 2015.


Ilvia Bruġe, Latvian Institute of Foreign Affairs

Ilvija Bruge is a Researcher at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. She holds a BA in Political Science and MA in IR from Riga Stradins University, as well as an MSc in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh. She is currently in her 3rd year of PhD studies. She is a co-editor and author of several articles and books, and has worked as a research analyst for a UK-based political risk advisory and as a national expert for international research projects.


Laurynas Jonavicius, Vilnius University


Jonathan Ponchon, University of Luxembourg

Jonathan Ponchon has a background in journalism and European Governance and is a freelance researcher affiliated to the University of Luxembourg. He is also a freelance journalist working among others for the German public radio channel WDR.


Daniel Mainwaring, Global Policy Researcher

Daniel Mainwaring is an international foreign policy advisor and researcher based in Malta. He has a Master’s in Global Policy Studies from the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Among other recent positions, he has been an advisor to the Maltese Ministry for Foreign Affairs and a researcher for the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. His primary research interests are human smuggling and irregular migration policy.


Niels van Willigen, Leiden University

Niels van Willigen is an associate professor of international relations in the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University. His professional fields of interest include; theories of international relations, foreign policy analysis, security studies (more in particular peace operations, arms control and European security) and international law. His teaching includes introductory BSc courses on international politics and international organizations and advanced MSc courses about issues related to international security and foreign policy making.


Adam Balcer, University of Warsaw


Lívia Franco, Catholic University of Portugal

Lívia Franco is Professor and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Political Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal (IEP-UCP). Her areas of interest include contemporary international politics, security and defense issues, and democracy studies. Lívia Franco earned her PhD in Political Science at IEP-UCP and her MA in International Relations from Leuven University. She was a PhD student at Boston College and a visiting scholar at Brown University, as well as the recipient of FCT, FLAD and Fulbright Scholarships. Lívia Franco is a frequent commentator on International Affairs at Portuguese media.


Robin-Ivan Capar, Researcher and Advisor


Teodor Gyelnik, European Institute of Cross-border Studies

Teodor Gyelnik works as a research fellow at the European Institute of Cross-Border Studies within the domain of border studies and cross-border cooperation. He received his PhD degree in European Studies and Politics from Comenius University in Bratislava. In his dissertation he looked at the European Union from post-colonial and post-structural perspectives. Teodor holds a master’s degree in European Studies and International Relations from Comenius University in Bratislava, and a Bachelor in European Studies from Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra. Teodor has worked with the European Council on Foreign Relations since 2012 and is an Associate Researcher since 2016.


Marko Lovec, University of Ljubljana

Marko Lovec is a Research Fellow and Assistant Professor in IR at the Faculty of Social Science, University of Ljubljana. He specializes in European politics and politics of the European Union. He has been Associate Researcher at ECFR since the beginning of 2016.


Álvaro Imbernón, ESADEgeo, Nebrija University

Álvaro Imbernón is a Spanish political scientist particularly focused on EU affairs and foreign policy. Currently he works as a partner in the political risk firm quantio and teaches EU & Global Affairs at Nebrija University. Since 2014 Álvaro has served as a national researcher for ECFR. In the past he has worked as a consultant in Belgium, Myanmar and Japan and has collaborated with the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations University, the OSCE and think tanks such as ESADEgeo, FEPS or WEF.


Bjorn Fägersten, Swedish Institute for International Affairs

Björn Fägersten is Senior Research Fellow and Director of UI's Europe Programme. He conducts research on European integration, security policy, intelligence, international institutions and political risk. Current projects involve Geopolitical consequences of Brexit, intelligence cooperation within international security institutions, and the concept of political risk in public and private sectors.


Andrew Stark, University of Cambridge

Andrew Stark is a PhD candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, successfully defending his doctoral thesis in September 2017, and holds a professional degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. He has held positions with the European Parliament, United Nations Development Program, and as an independent consultant. He is an Associate Researcher with ECFR since August 2017.


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