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Associate Analysts

Guy Banim

Guy Banim as an Associate Analyst with the EUISS and a member of the Council for Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific (CSCAP) Study Group on Preventive Diplomacy. He is a dialogue process design and mediation expert, and is currently preparing a set of case studies on successful cases of preventive diplomacy in the Asian Regional Forum region. Guy holds a Master’s degree in Conflict and Sustainable Peace from KU Leuven and has completed training in multi-track mediation required for certification by the German Federal Association for Mediation (Bundesverband Mediation).

Alice Ekman

Alice Ekman is a research fellow at IFRI dealing with China and also teaches at Sciences Po in Paris. She was formerly a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University (Beijing) and at the National Taiwan Normal University (Taipei). She has worked as a research officer at the embassy of France in China, and as a consultant in a Paris-based strategy firm. She specialises in China’s domestic and foreign policy, and holds an MA from the London School of Economics and a PhD from Sciences Po. She is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Daniel Fiott

Daniel Fiott is Security and Defence Editor at the EUISS. Since 2012 he has served as a researcher at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). He specialises in defence and defence-industrial matters. He holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and is finalising his PhD.

Sabina Kajnč Lange

Sabina Kajnč Lange specialises in EU decision-making and inter-institutional relations. Since 2009, she has worked at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht. She also teaches at the University of Maastricht and at the University of Ljubljana. She holds a MA in European Studies from the Free University in Berlin and a PhD in international relations from the University of Ljubljana. At the EUISS, she is involved in the activities related to the ‘Global Strategy’.

Laura Kokko

Laura Kokko coordinates the research project 'African Futures' at the EUISS. Before joining the EUISS, Laura worked in the fields of security sector reform and arms control in Africa at the UN, NGOs and research organisations. She has field experience in Africa from Burundi, Liberia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Sudan and Togo. Laura holds Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Helsinki and Master’s degree in Conflict and Security Studies from Sciences Po Paris.

Michal Makocki

Michal Makocki is a former Senior Visiting Academic Fellow at Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin. He is an EU civil servant (currently on sabbatical leave) and has worked as a policy analyst at the Strategy Unit in the Directorate for Trade at the European Commission. Prior to that, he was part of the European External Action Service and was posted at the EU Delegation to China. He holds four graduate degrees in Economics, International Relations, European Studies and Psychology.

Anaïs Marin

Anaïs Marin is Assistant Professor and Marie Curie Fellow with Collegium Civitas, Warsaw. She is currently completing her habilitation thesis on the foreign policies of authoritarian regimes in post-Soviet Eurasia. Previously she worked as Belarus Desk Officer with the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. An expert in Russian and border studies, she holds her PhD from Sciences Po Paris. She has lectured political sciences, limology and Russian studies in various universities. She also took part in several election observation missions with the OSCE/ODIHR. As a Senior Associate Fellow at the EUISS, she covers Eastern Partnership (EaP) and Central Asian countries.

Erica Moret

Erica Moret is Senior Researcher on the Programme for the Study of International Governance at Geneva’s Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She holds a DPhil (PhD) and MSc from the University of Oxford. She is the chair of the Geneva International Sanctions Network, member of the United Nations Targeted Sanctions Research Team, and member of the EU Consortium on nuclear non-proliferation. Her wider work encompasses European Union foreign, security and defence policy, international security, rising powers, and negotiating behaviour. At EUISS, her work centres on questions of global governance and sanctions.

Zoran Nechev

Zoran Nechev specialises in EU-Western Balkans relations and the external dimensions of EU justice and home affairs. Since 2014, he has been an academic guest at the Center for International and Comparative Studies, ETH Zürich, examining the effects of the EU's conditionality policy on rule of law in the Western Balkans. He also heads the Center for EU Integration at the Institute for Democracy 'Societas Civilis', Skopje. He is a Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung KAS Macedonia PhD Fellow. At the EUISS, he is a Senior Associate Fellow involved in activities relating to the EU Global Strategy, as well as justice and home affairs in the Western Balkans.

Lorena Ruano

Lorena Ruano has been a Professor of International Relations at CIDE in Mexico City since 2003. She graduated from El Colegio de México, and obtained her MPhil and DPhil from Oxford University. Her research has focused on European integration and relations between Europe and Latin America. She is currently undertaking a sabbatical year as a Visiting Researcher at El Colegio de México. At the EUISS, she deals with EU-LAC relations.

Nicolò Russo Perez

Nicolò Russo Perez is the Coordinator of International Affairs at the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation in Torino, Italy. He is in charge of several grant-making and operational activities promoted by the foundation in the field of international relations. A Council Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), he also serves on the Scientific Board of NATO Defense College Foundation in Rome and is a member of the Strategic Reflection Group on European affairs. Previously, he worked at the European Commission, and at the International Labor Organisation (ILO). At the EUISS, he is a Senior Associate Fellow working on the EU Global Strategy implementation and outreach.

Gerald Stang

Gerald Stang holds BSc and MSc degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He specialises in non-traditional security issues, climate and energy politics, democratic transitions and foresight in international relations. 

Zoe Stanley-Lockman

Zoe Stanley-Lockman is the Defence Data Research Assistant at the EUISS. She focuses on defence-industrial issues, arms exports and military capability development. Her research on defence industries covers defence innovation in the West and nascent defence industrial development around the globe. Prior to joining the EUISS, her experience included working on export controls with the US government and consulting for defence contractors. Zoe holds a Master’s degree in International Security with a concentration on Defence Economics from Sciences Po Paris and a Bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University. 

Francesco Strazzari

Francesco Strazzari is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Pisa-based Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies and adjunct research professor at NUPI (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs). He specialises in African and European security, with a focus on armed conflicts. He has published extensively on extra-legal governance, organised crime and terrorism. At the EUISS, he works on the project 'African Futures'.

Florian Trauner

Florian Trauner is a research professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and also teaches at the College of Europe, Natolin Campus. He specialises in justice and home affairs (both internal and external dimensions) and EU-Western Balkans relations. Among his recent publications are ‘Policy change in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: how EU institutions matter’ and ‘Asylum policy: the EU’s ‘crises’ and the looming policy regime failure’. At the EUISS, he is involved in activities relating to the Global Strategy.