Faculty

Programme Director:

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

 

Full-time Vesalius College Faculty:

Dr. Tongfi Kim
(BA Doshisha University; MA Kyoto University; PhD Ohio State University)
Assistant Professor of International Affairs at Vesalius College
Specialty: Alliance theory and policy practice in the Asia-Pacific

Dr. Sarah Léonard
(BA Université Catholique de Louvain; MA University of Leeds; PhD University
of Wales, Aberystwyth)
Associate Dean for Research, Head and Assistant Professor of International Affairs at Vesalius College
Specialty: EU Counter-terrorism, critical security studies and contemporary challenges

Dr. Joachim Koops
(BA University of Oxford; MA University of Turku; LPC University of Oxford;
PhD University of Kiel)
Dean and Research Professor of European Foreign and Security Policy at Vesalius College
Specialty: United Nations peacekeeping, EU crisis management and diplomacy, inter-organizational relations in security governance

Dr. Maria Martin de Almagro
(MA University of Michigan, MA College of Europe; PhD Université Libre de Bruxelles, PhD LUISS Guido Carli)
Assistant Professor of International Affairs at Vesalius College
Specialty: Global ethics, gender and peacebuilding, feminist theories of IR
and history of genocide

Dr. Svitlana Kobzar
(BA Alma College; MPhil Cambridge University; PhD Cambridge University)
Assistant Professor of International Affairs at Vesalius College; Programme Officer East, European Endowment for Democracy
Specialty: State- and nation-building in the post-Soviet region, national dentity and foreign policy, Ukraine’s security sector and good governance reforms in Eastern Europe

Dr. Dario Cristiani
(BA & MA University of Naples; PhD King’s College London)
Assistant Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Executive Course in Global Risk Analysis and Crisis Management (GRACM) at Vesalius College
Specialty: Intersection of political risk analysis, geopolitics of the Middle East and Mediterranean, terrorism and counter-terrorism and history of international relations

Dr. Olesya Tkacheva
(BA City University of New York; MA & PhD University of Michigan Ann Arbor)
Assistant Professor of International Affairs
Specialty: Russian foreign policy, quantitative and qualitative research methods
Vesalius College Adjunct Faculty

Mr. Thomas Renard
(MA George Washington University; PhD Candidate at Ghent University)
Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Vesalius College; Senior Research
Fellow at EGMONT-Royal Institute of International Relations
Specialty: Terrorism and counter-terrorism, the multipolarisation of international affairs 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 Sorbonne; MALD The Fletcher School at Tufts University; PhD The Fletcher School at Tufts University)
Adjunct Profess of International Affairs at Vesalius College; Director of the Peace and Security Committee at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Specialty: Intersection of strategic studies, US foreign policy, and the Middle East

Mr. Jordan Becker
(Major in the US Army; BA Georgetown University; MA Sciences Po;
MA Columbia University; PhD Candidate at King’s College London)
Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Vesalius College; Defence Policy Advisor at the US Mission to NATO, Brussels; former Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the US Military Academy at Westpoint and served as a Commander of Special Forces in Iraq
Specialty: Intersection of geostrategy, NATO, transatlantic cooperation and US foreign policy

Mr. Serge Stroobants
(Major in the Royal Military Academy; MA Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3)
Adjunct Profess of International Affairs and Course Leader of Honours Class at Vesalius College; Resident representative of the Institute for Economics of Peace
Specialty: Terrorism and counter-terrorism studies, military approaches to security, transatlantic relations and EU foreign policy

Mr. Koen Troch
(Major in the Royal Military Academy; MA KU Leuven)
Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Vesalius College
Specilaty: Military approaches to security as well as grand strategy

 

Vesalius College Associated Part-Time Faculty

 

Dr. Jolyon Howorth
(BA University of Manchester; PhD University of Reading)
Jean Monnet Professor ad Personam at Yale University; Emeritus Professor of European Studies, University of Bath; Member of Vesalius College’s European Peace & Security Studies Academic Advisory Council since 2012
Specialty: EU foreign, security and defence policies, grand strategy, transatlantic relations and military affairs

Dr. Richard Caplan
(MA & PhD University of London)
Professor of International Relations and Official Fellow of Linacre College at the University of Oxford; Member of Vesalius College’s European Peace & Security Studies Academic Advisory Council since 2012
Specialty: International organisations and conflict management

Dr. Sven Biscop
(MA & PhD University of Ghent)
Director of the Europe in the World programme at the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels; Professor in the Ghent Institute for International Studies (GIIS) at Ghent University; Member of Vesalius College’s European Peace & Security Studies Academic Advisory Council since 2012 Specialty: Strategies of the European Union, NATO and their member states

Dr. Ulrich Schneckener
(PhD Bremen University)
Professor of International Relations and Peace & Conflict Studies, University of Osnabrück; 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
Specialty: International conflict management, fragile states, state- and peacebuilding, the role of non-state armed actors

Dr. Samir Puri
(BA Warwick University; MA King’s College London; PhD Cambridge University)Lecturer in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London
Specialty: Theory and practise in international security affairs, counter-terrorism strategy and policy support