Participants

Mohaned Al-Hamdi is a Ph.D. Candidate in International Security Studies at Kansas State University. His interest of research is the study the role of military expenditure in politics especially its relationship with regime type, economic growth, and security environment in the Arab World. He focuses on the effect of the military expenditures on the political and economic environment both at domestic and regional levels. He examines the typologies of state-military relations as they are embedded in various regime types in the Middle Eastern context. He explores the relationship between military expenditures, state-military relations, and transition to democracy in the Arab World.
Research Project: Military Spending and Democratization in the Arab World  

Jon Askonas is 1st year DPhil candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford. He is interested in the relationship between knowledge production/transmission and decision-making in large organizations. He has a BS in International Politics from Georgetown SFS and has worked at CFR and the US Embassy in Moscow.

Research Project: Closed Loop: Structural Sources of Epistemic Closure in Large Bureaucracies 

Merve Çalımlı, born in 1986, USA, completed her bachelor studies at Kadir Has University (2008) with a degree in International Relations. She earned her M.A. degree in International Relations from Koç University where she worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant and completed a master's program under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ziya Öniş. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate at Istanbul Bilgi University (Political Science) and at University of Bologna (Global and International Affairs) under the framework of Cotutelle Agreement. Ms. Çalımlı was hosted as a Research Fellow at Fundaçao Getulio Vargas, Sao Paulo in February-March 2016 to conduct interviews and research for her Ph.D. dissertation. 
Research Project: Reconsidering democracy promotion. A comparative analysis of Brazil and Turkey

Brian Carlson is a Ph.D. candidate at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. His dissertation concerns China-Russia relations. He is spending this year at the SAIS Europe campus in Bologna, Italy. In 2013-2014, he conducted research in Moscow with Title VIII funding from the U.S. government. In 2014-2015, he conducted research in Shanghai and Beijing on a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship.

 Research Project: Russia-China relations in the Post-Soviet Era 

Julia Carrillo Lerma is a PhD Candidate at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris – Sciences Po and The New School for Social Research. Her dissertation approaches contemporary Colombian migration through the concept of ‘conflict-generated diaspora’. Currently a Teaching Fellow at Sciences Po, she has also worked at Eugene Lang College, UNESCO, the UN Department of Public Information and the UN Institute for Training and Research. She holds an MPhil in Comparative Politics, an MA in Historical Studies from The New School and an MSc in International Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris.
Research Project: A Colombian “Diaspora”: From Living and Leaving a Conflict to Engaging in Peace-building and the Rewriting of Social Memories of Violence 

Francesca Cerutti is a PhD Candidate at the University of Milan where she also works as Teaching Assistant in History of International Politics (Graduate students) and History of International Relations (Undergraduates). Previously Visiting Scholar at Duke University, she has recently started a fellowship at the Graduate Institute Geneva, Programme for the Study of International Governance (PSIG), where she is working on her final dissertation on Non-proliferation Regimes (Biological Weapons). She has been employed at the premises of the BSL4 Laboratory of Luigi Sacco University Hospital (Milan) for several years, in the framework of the CBRN CoE Initiatives and NATO Science for Peace and Security Projects, both home-based and in South East Asia.
Research Project: CBRN Security Regimes: Measuring Effectiveness and Tracing its determinants  

Davide Ghermandi was born in Bologna in 1983 and joined the Italian Naval Academy in 2004 where he received a Bachelor’s Degree (2007) and a M.Sc. (2009) in “Maritime and Naval Sciences”. In 2013 he earned  an M.A. in “International Studies” at the University of Pisa. As officer specialized in Naval Communications he spent most of his career on board of several Italian warships, participating in both national and NATO operations and exercises. Currently he is on special leave of absence from the Italian Navy to attend the PhD in “Global and International Studies” at the University of Bologna with a research project focused on the correlation between energy security and the use of naval forces.
Research Project: Middle Powers, Energy Security and Naval Forces 

Defne Gonenc is a 3rd year PhD Candidate in International Relations/Political Science in the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. She works as a Teachings Assistant in Sustainability and Development at the same Institute. Her research interests are environmental justice and political economy of developing countries, particularly Turkey and India. She holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. She has completed her BSc in International Relations with a minor in Economics in the Middle East Technical University, as the top scoring student in the faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. She likes wind-surfing, travelling, dancing salsa and playing piano.
Research Project: Litigation on Environmental Protection and Human Rights  

Jessie Hronešová is a DPhil candidate in politics at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, associate researcher at South East European Studies at Oxford. In her work she focuses on compensation for civilian victims of war and veterans in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the past, she worked in the media sector in the Balkans, OSCE in Bosnia and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. She is the author of Everyday Ethno-National Identities of Young People in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2012)and co-editor of The Nexus between Democracy, Collective Identity, and the EU Enlargement (2103).
Research Project: Variation in policy outcomes for victims and veterans across Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Dawid Jarosz. Before completing his second master’s at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, he worked as a professional for over seven years. During that time, he served in managerial and executive roles, working in the field of regional development for public and non-governmental organizations. At the end of this period, he decided to shift his career to the academic track and to return to a scholarly environment. Today, he’s a second year PhD student in International Relations pursuing a minor in International Economy. His research interests are International Political Economy, International Negotiations, Game Theory, Economic Statecraft in Conflict Resolution and Political Behaviour.
Research Project: Economic Tools in International Negotiations 

Moch Faisal Karim is a PhD Candidate at Politics and International Studies (PaIS), University of Warwick with a focus on the role of emerging powers in global governance. He is also 2016 USINDO Sumitro Fellows. Prior to this, he worked as an expert staff for Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, House of Representatives, Republic of Indonesia and a lecturer in International Relations, Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta. From 2012-2013, he was ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership Junior Fellows within Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, Rajaratnam School of International Studies (NTS-RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. 
Research Project: Emerging Democratic Power in Global Governance: the Case of Indonesia 

 Zongyuan (Zoe) Liu a PhD Candidate at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. She specializes in International Political Economy/ Asia-Japan Studies. She is interested in the political economy of international financial markets, Persian Gulf - Asia relations with a special focus on finance, cross-border infrastructure, and energy-related issues. Zoe’s dissertation examines the rising prominence of Sovereign Wealth Funds in global financial markets, paying particular attentions to the behavior of SWFs in non-democratic countries.  Zoe is originally from China, and she speaks English, Chinese, and Japanese. She is also a simultaneous/consecutive translator.
Research Project: Sovereign Wealth Funds as a Tool to Address the Problem of Disembedded Capital Abundance 

Babak Mohammadzadeh is a PhD Candidate in Politics & International Studies at the University of Cambridge. His doctoral dissertation examines how evolving forms of statehood and changing state-society relations interact with the international politics of the Persian Gulf. More broadly, Babak is interested in historical sociology, foreign policy analysis and the politics of authoritarian regimes.Babak holds a BA in Social Sciences from the University College Utrecht and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Prior to his doctoral research, Babak worked as a policy advisor at the Dutch Association of Universities in The Hague.
Research Project: State-Society Relations and Foreign Policy Autonomy in the Persian Gulf 

Jordan Roberts is a PhD student at Duke University specializing in security, peace, and conflict. His research is broadly focused on both domestic and international conflict, and especially the intersection between the two. Specifically, some of his working projects explore how external support affects ongoing domestic armed conflicts, foreign sources of domestic (in)security, and the sources of cooperation and conflict between states. He holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from the University of Utah.
Research Project: Freedom House’s Scarlet Letter: Negative Assessments and Verbal Conflict 

George Yin is a Ph.D. candidate in Government at Harvard. His research interests are international relations theory and security studies. He’s mostly interested in the game theoretic analysis of the roles of beliefs and identities -- e.g. religious extremism and nationalism -- in conflict. More specifically, his works investigate: (1) how actors come to acquire beliefs and identities that drive their foreign policy and; (2) how ideological actors make strategic calculations. To examine some of the empirical implications of my theories, He’s currently building the world's first panel datasets on the Islamic State's activities on twitter (with a collaborator).
 Research ProjectSocial barriers to bargaining in world politics