Faculty

Programme Director:

Dr. Jamie Shea (DPhil, Oxford)
Distinguished Professor of Global Security Policy & Practice; Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

Full-time Vesalius College Faculty:

Dr. Tongfi Kim (BA, MA Kyoto University; PhD Ohio State)
Assistant Professor of International Affairs with emphasis on Alliance Theory and Policy Practice in the Asia-Pacific.

Dr. Sarah Leonard (BA UCL; MA Leeds; PhD, Aberystwyth)
Associate Dean for Research and Assistant Professor of European Security
– focus on EU Counter-terrorism, Critical Security Studies and Contemporary Challenges.

Dr. Joachim Koops (BA Oxford; MA Turku; LPC Oxford; PhD Kiel)
Dean of Vesalius College and Research Professor of European Foreign and Security Policy
with focus on United Nations peacekeeping, EU Crisis Management and Diplomacy, Inter-organizational Relations in Security Governance.

Dr. Maria Martin de Almagro (MA in Public Policy, University of Michigan; MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Europe; PhD in Political Science, Université Libre de Bruxelles and in Political Theory – LUISS Guido Carli)
 Assistant Professor of International Affairs with a focus on Global Ethics, Gender and Peacebuilding, Feminist Theories of IR and History of Genocide.

Dr. Svitlana Kobzar (BA Foreign Service, Alma College; MPhil Contemporary European Studies, Cambridge University; PhD International Studies, Cambridge University) is Head of the International Affairs Department with research and teaching focus on State- and nation-building in the post-Soviet region, National identity and foreign policy, Ukraine’s security sector and good governance reforms in Eastern Europe.

Dr. Dario Cristiani (BA in Diplomatic Studies, University of Naples; MA in International Politics and Economy, University of Naples; PhD in Middle East & Mediterranean Studies, King’s College London) is Assistant Professor International Affairs and Director of the Executive Course in Global Risk Analysis and Crisis Management (GRACM). His expertise lies at the intersection of political risk analysis, Geopolitics of the Middle East and Mediterranean, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism and History of International Relations.

Dr. Caterina Carta (BA in Political Science, University of Catania; MA in Political Science, University of Siena; PhD in Comparative and European Politics, University of Siena) is Assistant Professor of International Affairs. Her Teaching and Research interests include Diplomacy, Discourse Analysis, Cultural Diplomacy and EU Foreign Policy.

Dr. Olesya Tkacheva (BA in Economics and Political Science, City University of New York; MA in Political Science, University of Michigan; PhD in Political Science and Public Policy, Michigan) is Assistant Professor of Research Methods. Previously at RAND Corporation and the US State Department, Olesya’s research and teaching focuses on Russian foreign policy as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Vesalius College Adjunct Faculty

Thomas Renard (MA, the George Washington University; PhD Candidate at Ghent University ) Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Vesalius College and a Senior Research Fellow at EGMONT – Royal Institute of International Relations.  His research focuses on terrorism and counter-terrorism, the multipolarisation of international affairs (in all dimensions, from economy to military) and the strategies developed by the European Union to cope with emerging powers, notably the so-called strategic partnerships.

Dr. Ethan Corbin (BA Bowdoin College; MA in Contemporary Middle East Policy, Sorbonne; Master in Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School at Tufts University; PhD in International Relations, The Fletcher School at Tufts University) is Adjunct Profess of International Affairs at Vesalius College and Director of the Peace and Security Committee at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. His research and teaching expertise is at the intersection of Strategic Studies, US Foreign Policy, and the Middle East.

Jordan Becker (Major in the US Army; BA in Foreign Service at Georgetown University; MA in International Affairs, Sciences Po; MA in International Affairs, Columbia University; PhD Candidate at King’s College London) is Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Vesalius College and Defence Policy Advisor at the US Mission to NATO, Brussels. His research and teaching expertise are at the intersection of geostrategy, NATO, transatlantic cooperation and US Foreign Policy. Jordan is a former Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the US Military Academy at Westpoint and served as a Commander of Special Forces in Iraq.

Serge Stroobants (Major in the Royal Military Academy) is Adjunct Professor of International Affairs and Course Leader of Vesalius College’s Honours Class in Security Studies. He is also the resident representative of the Institute for Economics of Peace (which produces, inter alia, the Global Peace Index and Global Terrorism Index). Serge’s teaching and research expertise centres on terrorism and counter-terrorism studies, military approaches to security, transatlantic relations and EU foreign policy.

Koen Troch (Major in the Royal Military Academy, MA KU Leuven) focuses on military approaches to security as well as grand strategy.

Associated Part-time Faculty of the MA in Global Peace, Security and Security Studies

Prof. Jolyon Howorth is Jean Monnet Professor ad Personam at Yale University, Emeritus Professor of European Studies at the University of Bath and has been a member of Vesalius College’s European Peace & Security Studies Academic Advisory Council since 2012. He is one of the foremost experts on EU foreign, security and defence policies, grand strategy, transatlantic relations and military affairs. He has published extensively in the field of European politics and history, especially security and defense policy and transatlantic relations – fifteen books and two hundred and fifty journal articles and book chapters. Recent books include: Security and Defence Policy in the European Union, Palgrave, 2014 (2nd edition); Defending Europe: the EU, NATO and the Quest for European Autonomy, Palgrave, 2003 (edited with John Keeler); European Integration and Defence: the Ultimate Challenge? Paris, WEU-ISS, 2000.  His publications have been translated into ten languages.

Prof. Sven Biscop is the Director of the Europe in the World programme at the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, a Professor in the Ghent Institute for International Studies (GIIS) at Ghent University and since 2012 been a member of Vesalius College’s European Peace & Security Studies Academic Advisory Council. His research and teaching focus on the strategies of the European Union, NATO and their Member States. Recent publications include the European Strategy & Security book series for Routledge; and with Knud Erik Jorgensen he co-edits Global Affairs, the journal of the European International Studies Association (EISA). He is the editor-in-chief of Egmont’s journal Studia Diplomatica and its Egmont Papers, and a member of the editorial board of the journals European Security (UK) and The International Organisations Research Journal (Russia). Sven’s latest book is Peace without Money, War without Americans – Can European Strategy Cope? (Ashgate, 2015).

Prof. Ulrich Schneckener is Professor of International Relations and Peace & Conflict Studies, University of Osnabrück, Germany, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen, Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Foundation for Peace Research. His areas of Research include: International conflict management, fragile states, state- and peacebuilding, the role of non-state armed actors.

Dr. Samir Puri is a Lecturer in the Department of War Studies. He holds a BA in History and Politics from Warwick University, an MA (distinction) in War Studies from King’s College London, and a PhD from Cambridge University. Having worked in government, academia and think tanks, Dr Puri’s capabilities extend across theory and practise in international security affairs. I spent six years working for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2009-15). His assignments included counter-terrorism strategy and policy support to a number of peace processes. In 2014-15 Dr Puri was seconded to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in eastern Ukraine. His duties involved patrolling in the field, and reporting on ceasefire violations and weapons withdrawals in line with the Minsk process.   Dr Puri’s book, Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups, has been published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) as part of its Adelphi series. His first book, Pakistan’s War on Terrorism, was published by Routledge.