Igor Delanoë (France/Russia) holds a PhD in modern and contemporary history from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice. His PhD deals with Russia’s interests and presence in the wider Mediterranean region since the end of the 18th century. Currently, Igor’s primary areas of research interest focus on Russian defense and security issues, Russian interests in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East, and the geopolitics of Russia and post-Soviet space. During his post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University (JFK School of Government and the Ukrainian Research Institute), he expanded his field of study to include US interests and security issues in the wider Black Sea area. Igor is currently a Research Affiliate at the Ukrainian Research Institute of Harvard University. He also blogs for the Russian International Affairs Council.
Areas of Expertise: Russian Foreign and Security Policies; Black Sea and Mediterranean Security; Maritime History.
Agapi Kandylaki (Greece) is an Associate Professor in Social Work and Multiculturalism in the Department of Social Administration and Political Sciences at the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. Her research interests are on minorities (Muslim and Roma) in Greece and the EU, namely social inclusion policies in education in particular as well as gender issues and child protection (preventing and tackling abuse and exploitation]. She has written on “Human Rights Social Work“ Comparative social work and globalization”. She has recently published a book on “Social work in a multicultural environment”, in Greek, and has published articles on immigration policies and minorities’ inclusion. She is currently working on a research project on “ The economic crisis in Greece through the views of the Muslim minority in Thrace”. During the period between October 2011 and January 2012 she was research fellow at the LSE, the Hellenic Observatory and since October 2014 she has been a non-resident research fellow at the University of Applied Social Sciences in Basel Switzerland and a research associate at the CIES.
Areas of Expertise: Social work, Multiculturalism, Social inclusion policies for the minorities.
Annedith (Aninne) Schneider (USA) holds an PhD from Cornell University. Her doctoral research, which concerned national and community identity in accounts of the Algerian War, was supported by a four-year Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. She also earned a BA magna cum laude in Comparative Literature from Yale University. She has been based in Turkey since 1997, including sixteen years as a faculty member in the Cultural Studies Program at Sabancı University. Her research since 2009 has concerned migration and culture, focusing on integration and belonging among the descendants of Turkish immigrants in France, as seen through their own theater, music and literature. Her research argues that such creative work provides a more nuanced account of integration, which in turn can lead to more nuanced policy. Her research on immigration from Turkey has been supported by grants from TUBITAK and the German National Ministry of Education and Research. Her forthcoming book, Turkish Immigration, Art and Narratives of Home in France (Manchester University Press) argues for a cultural approach and a new language to evaluate the ‘success’ of immigrants and their descendants. She has published numerous articles in international journals and books and served as a referee for international journals and grant programs.
Areas of Expertise: Migration and culture; Turkish immigration to Europe; European identity; immigrant belonging; home and hospitality in cultural work; gender studies.
Ali Ercan Özgür
Ali Ercan Ozgur (Turkey) holds a PhD from Marmara University on the “Development Agencies in Turkey under the auspices of EU”. He also holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Marmara University and an MSc in Governance and Development Management degree from the University of Birmingham. Ali Ercan is currently the founder and Managing Director of IDEMA International Development Partners and the Secretary General of the Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey (CSR Turkey). He previously served as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Turkey while he also possesses wide civil society experience with stints, inter alia, at the Habitat Governance and Development Center; the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV); and the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV). He is also a British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholar; a Marshall Memorial Fellow of German Marshall Fund of the United States; and a Black Sea Young Reformer.
Areas of Expertise: Sustainable Development; Regional Development; Local Governments and Cities; Corporate Social Responsibility; Social Entrepreneurship, NGOs and Civil Society.
Dimitris Xenakis (Greece) is Assistant Professor of International Politics at the University of Crete. He holds a PhD from the University of Exeter. His doctoral thesis was awarded the European Studies Prize by the Hellenic University Association for European Studies. He has served as Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Policy Unit at the Hellenic Centre for European Studies, Athens; Vice-Chairman of the Centre for Security Studies, Athens; and Member of the Scientific Board at the Defense Analyses Institute. He is a member of various international research networks, as well as, a referee for academic journals. His publications include, The emerging Euro-Mediterranean system (with D. Chryssochoou, MUP, 2001); The Politics of Order Building in Europe and the Mediterranean (DAI, 2004); Global Europe? International Dimensions of the EU (co-ed with M. Tsinisizelis in Greek, Sideris, 2006); European Polity: The Art of Synarchy (co-ed with D. Chryssochoou et.al in Greek, Savalas, 2010); and Guidelines in the Study of International Relations (co-ed with K. Lavdas and D. Chryssochoou in Greek, Sideris, 2010), as well as articles in journals, such as, Mediterranean Quarterly, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Perceptions and the Review of International Affairs.
Areas of Expertise: Mediterranean Politics and Security; Greek foreign Policy; EU external relations.