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Associate Analysts


Jakob Bund is an Associate Analyst at the EUISS where he covers security and defence issues. His research has focused on cross-domain deterrence strategies and differences in political culture that inform national negotiating behaviour, in particular on questions of cybersecurity. He previously completed research assignments at various think tanks, including the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Jakob holds an MA in International Economics and Strategic Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and speaks Mandarin.

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).

Isidora Stakić has been working as an EFB Fellow in the EUISS since November 2017, where she is engaged in the 'Balkan Futures' project. Previously, she worked as a researcher at the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy. Isidora holds BA in Political Science from the University of Belgrade and an MA in Human Rights from Roehampton University, London. Isidora’s research interests include: regional relations in the Western Balkans, extremism in Serbia, nationalism, securitisation, human security, gender and security. She is the author of several policy and academic papers on the above topics.