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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.
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.
Annelies Pauwels is an Associate Analyst at the EUISS where she focuses on the external dimension of EU justice and home affairs. Her research covers counter-terrorism, counter-radicalisation and migration. Prior to joining the EUISS, she worked at the UN on crime prevention and criminal justice. Annelies holds an MA in Intercultural Mediation with a specialisation in Arabic and Russian and an LLM in International Criminal Law.
Stanislav Secrieru deals with subjects such as Russian domestic and foreign policy, energy politics and issues concerning the North Caucasus. His other research interests include EU-Russia relations, the European Neighbourhood Policy, the Eastern Partnership, the Black Sea Region, as well as Sino-Russian relations. He holds a PhD from the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (Bucharest).