Natalia Burlinova is a political scientist and president of the Public Initiative Creative Diplomacy (PICREADI). The NGO focuses on Russia's “soft power” policy and public diplomacy. It also supports civic initiatives to build up the level of trust and understanding between Russia and its partners. Previously, she worked as a program director at The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund. A graduate of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) University, she has been an expert at the Moscow-based Foundation for Historical Outlook and also at the Russian News and Information Agency RIA Novosti, where she was responsible for information coverage of Russia’s foreign policy. In 2010 she defended her PhD thesis on the topic of “NATO in Afghanistan (2003 - 2009): problems of creation and implementation of political strategy”.
The philosopher und political scientist Marek A. Cichocki is research director of the Natolin European Centre and editor-in-chief of the periodical “New Europe. Natolin Review”. He holds a PhD in Philosophy and habilitated in the field of Humanities. From 2007 to 2010, he served as a citizen advisor to the former Polish President Lech Kaczyński and as Sherpa for the negotiations of the Lisbon Treaty (2007). In the years 2000 to 2015, he was associate professor at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences at Warsaw University (expertise in history of political thought and political philosophy). Since 2015, he has been Professor at the Collegium Civitas in Warsaw and visiting professor at the College of Europe Natolin. Furthermore, he is editor in chief of the annual magazine “Teologia Polityczna” as well as author of numerous books, essays and articles, i.a. “Power and Remembrance” (Institute for Political Thought, 2006) and “Europe Kidnapped” (Institute for Political Thought, 2004).
Rebecca Nana Ayebia Clarke is a Ghanaian-born publisher based in the UK. She is a graduate in Women's Studies at the University of Oxford and worked for many years in the Heinemann Publishing House as Submissions Editor for the highly acclaimed African & Caribbean Writers Series including Nobel Prize winning authors. When Heinemann stopped publishing new titles in that section in 2003, she founded Ayebia Clarke Publishing Limited, that specializes on the publication and promotion of African and Caribbean literature. In 2011 she was awarded an Honorary MBE by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the British publishing industry.
Judy Dempsey is a journalist and foreign correspondent. After studying History and Political Science at Trinity College in Dublin, she reported in the 80’s on Central and Eastern Europe for the Financial Times, the Irish times and the Economist on Middle and Eastern Europe. From 1990 on, she was a correspondent for the Financial Times in London, Berlin, Jerusalem and Brussels, before starting to write for the Washington Post in 2004. Currently, she lives in Berlin and works for Carnegie Europe as well as a columnist for the Washington Post. She is the author of the book “Das Phänomen Merkel” (“The Merkel Phenomenon”, edition Körber-Stiftung, 2013).
Udo Di Fabio is a German lawyer and was judge at the Federal Constitutional Court between 1999 and 2001. After his habilitation he was professor in Münster, Trier, Munich and Bonn, where he still teaches public law today. He publishes among other things as a co-editor of the periodical “Archiv des öffentlichen Rechts (Archive of public law)”. In his books “Gewissen, Glaube, Religion: wandelt sich die Religionsfreiheit?” (“Conscience, Believe and Religion: is freedom of faith changing?”, Berlin University Press, 2008), and “Schwankender Westen. Wie sich ein Gesellschaftsmodell neu erfinden muss” (“Volatile West. How a societal model has to reinvent itself”, C.H. Beck Verlag, 2015) he focusses on the difficulty of the separation of religion and state. His legal expertise on the migration crisis commissioned by the Bavarian Federal State Government gained some attention. The expertise concluded that the federal government is bound to control migration effectively and has violated this responsibility intermittently. Di Fabio is chairman of the academic advisory council of the preparation committee for the reformation anniversary in 2017.
François Gemenne is the executive director of the interdisciplinary research programme Politics of the Earth at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris “Sciences Po” (Médialab). A specialist of environmental geopolitics and migration dynamics, he is also a FNRS senior research associate at the University of Liège and at the University of Versailles (CEARC). In addition he lectures on environmental and migration policies in various universities, including Sciences Po (Paris and Grenoble) and the Free University of Brussels. His research deals mostly with environmental and migration governance. He has worked in particular with populations displaced by environmental changes, including natural disasters, and the policies of adaptation to climate change. François Gemenne is also the director of the “Sustainable Development series” at Presses de Sciences Po, a leading French academic publisher, and the president of Ecosphere, a Brussels-based think-tank on environmental issues and human rights. He has published in various journals, including Science and Global Environmental Change, and has authored six books, amongst which “Géopolitique du Climat” (Armand Colin, 2009 & 2015) as well “The Anthropocene and the Global Environmental Crisis” (edited with C. Hamilton and C. Bonneuil, Routledge 2015). He is currently preparing an Atlas of Environmental Migration with D. Ionesco et D. Mokhnacheva (Routledge, 2016).
Katja Gloger is a German journalist and columnist as well as an author with the emphasis on Eastern Europe. She studied Slavistics and Political Science at the University of Hamburg. From 1989 on she was a correspondent first in Moscow later in Washington D.C. for Stern Magazine. Since 2009 she is back in their editorial team in Hamburg and covers international relations, diplomacy and security policy. In many of her books, including her last publication “Putins Welt. Das neue Russland, die Ukraine und der Westen” (“Putin’s world. The new Russia, Ukraine and the West”, Berlin Verlag, 2015), she explores the conflictual relations between Russia and the West.
Ulrich Herbert is a German historian and professor at the Freiburg University. From 1991 until 1995 he was director of the Research Centre for the History of National Socialism in Hamburg. Afterwards he accepted the chair for modern and recent history in Freiburg. In 2001 he published his study “Geschichte der Ausländerpolitik in Deutschland” (“History of the Policy on Foreigners in Germany”, C.H. Beck Verlag); since 2005 he is one of the editors of the source edition “Die Verfolgung und Ermordung der europäischen Juden durch das nationalsozialistische Deutschland 1933-45” (“The Persecution and Assassination of the European Jews by National Socialist Germany 1933-45”). From 2007 to 2013 he was director at the Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) in Freiburg, which he helped to establish. Currently one of his main research areas is the migration history in the 20th century as well as the history of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Yaroslav Hrytsak is a Ukrainian historian and author. He studied History at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and gained his habilitation at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 1996. Currently he is professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, director of the Institute for Historical Research at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, editor in chief of the Journal “Україна модерна” (“Ukraina Moderna”) and (since 2014) co-director of German-Ukrainian Historical Commission. His research focuses on Ukrainian and Eastern European history of the 19th and 20th century and historiography.
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Lamya Kaddor is a German Muslim religion educator, Islamic scholar and author with a Syrian background. She is member of the board of the Liberal Islamischer Bund (Liberal-Islamic Association) and publishes in various media. 2010 she was voted one of the most influential Muslim women in Europe. Her books received multiple awards. Her recent book “Zum Töten bereit – Warum deutsche Jugendliche in den Dschihad ziehen” (“Willing to kill – why German teenagers join the Jihad”, Piper Verlag, 2015) was awarded the prize for “political book” by the Friedrich-Ebert foundation in 2016. Because of her daily work in schools it is her personal concern to keep young people from drifting into Islamism. In February she was awarded with the Integration Prize 2016 of the Apfelbaum Foundation for her “sustainable and successful accomplishments in integration and her effort in dispelling prejudices in the inter-religious dialogue for example between Jews and Muslims”.
Cathrin Kahlweit is a German journalist and publicist. She studied Political Science and Russian in Tübingen, in the USA (University of Orgeon), Göttingen and Moscow. Subsequently she attended the Henri-Nannen-School of Journalism in Hamburg. After freelance collaborations with DIE ZEIT and Bayerisches Fernsehen (Bavarian Television), she publishes for the Süddeutsche Zeitung since 1989. Temporarily appointed as a correspondent for Hessia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, as well as in the editorial team for domestic politics and daily issues at Süddeutsche Zeitung, she returned to cover foreign policy and has been their correspondent for Middle Eastern Europe in Vienna since 2012.
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Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the International Crisis Group’s Board of Trustees and is a member of the advisory council of the ERSTE Foundation and of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). As head of the research project “Russia in Global Dialogue” by the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna, his focus lies in today’s status of democracy. His books in English are “Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest” (UPenn Press, May 2014), “In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders?” (TED Books, 2013), “The Anti-American Century”, co-edited with Alan McPherson, (CEU Press, 2007) and “Shifting Obsessions: Three Essays on the Politics of Anticorruption” (CEU Press, 2004). Krastev is a contributing opinion writer of the International New York Times. He is a co-author with Stephen Holmes of a forthcoming book on Russian politics.
Tina Mendelsohn is a German journalist and television host. She studied Political Science in Berlin and subsequently at the German Journalism School in Munich. She started on television as a reporter of the Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg (East German Broadcasting Brandenburg) and primarily produced documentaries and movies. Since 2001 she is a moderator for “Kulturzeit” of the German television channel 3sat.
Alexey I. Miller is a professor at the Department of History at the European University St. Petersburg and at Central European University in Budapest, and a scholar in the field of politics of remembrance, Russian nationalism and empire. Among his most important works are “The Ukrainian Question. The Russian Empire and Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century” (CEU Press, 2003), “The Romanov Empire and Nationalism” (CEU Press, 2008) and “Russia-Ukraine. How History is being written” (RGGU, 2011). His most recent books are “Nationalizing Empires”, edited with Stefan Berger (CEU Press, 2015), and a monograph “Nation, or the Power of the Myth” (2016).
Pankaj Mishra is an Indian essayist, literal critic and novelist living in India and London. He studied Economy and English Literature and is the author of columns among others for the New York Review of Books, The New Yorker and The Guardian about the Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan and China. In 2014 he received the Leipzig Book Fair Prize for European Understanding for his book “From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia”, where he examines the Asian perspective on the European imperialism of the 20th century and its consequences.
Juan Moreno is a journalist, author and moderator. Born in Spain, he studied Economics in Konstanz, Florence and Cologne. He continued his studies at the the German School of Journalism in Munich. Afterwards, he wrote for Süddeutsche Zeitung und worked as a moderator for WDR und Phoenix. Since 2007, he is a reporter for Der SPIEGEL.
Norman Naimark presently holds the Robert and Florence McDonnell Chair in East European History at Stanford University. He is also senior fellow of the Hoover Institution and of the Institute of International Studies, where he was convener of the “European Forum”. He has served as director of Stanford’s center for Russian and East European Studies (1989-95), chair of its history department (1995-1998), member of the faculty senate and its steering committee (2001-4), director of Stanford’s interdisciplinary programs in international relations and international policy studies, director of Stanford’s Bing overseas studies program, and is presently Fisher Family director of Stanford’s global studies division. As author of numerous scientific publications, he is regarded as an expert for modern Eastern European and Russian history. His current research focuses on the history of genocide in the 20th century and on postwar Soviet policy in Europe.
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Fania Oz-Salzberger is an Isreali historian and writer. She is a professor of history at the University of Haifa and until recently head of Leon Liberman Chair at the Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization. Fania Oz-Salzberger is also director of Paideia, the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden. She held numerous visiting professorships and was a fellow at the Berlin Institute of Advanced Study. There she worked on her book “Israelis in Berlin” (Suhrkamp, 2001), which initially addressed the phenomenon of Israelis living in the German capital and described their difficult relation to the place. Together with Amos Oz, she co-authored “Jews and Words” (Yale University Press, 2012). Her opinion articles, interviews and commentary on politics, culture, and current Israeli and European affairs are recognized in the global media.
Karl Schlögel is a publicist and one of the most renowned experts on Eastern European history in Germany. He is a fellow at the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation in Munich. Until recently he has been professor for Eastern European history at the University of Konstanz and the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). His books have been translated into several languages and primarily address the culture of modernity and municipal history in Eastern Europe, especially Russia, as well as Russian emigration in the 20th century. His most important publications include “Entscheidung in Kiew. Ukrainische Lektionen” (“Decision in Kiev. Lessons from Ukraine”, Carl Hanser Verlag, 2015, coming soon in English); “Archäologie des Kommunismus” (“Archeology of communism”, Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung, 2014); “Petersburg, Laboratorium der Moderne” (“Petersburg. Laboratory of modernity”, Carl Hanser Verlag, 2002) and “Moscow 1937” (Polity Press, 2012). With Irina Scherbakowa, Karl Schlögel co-authored “Der Russland-Reflex - Einsichten in eine Beziehungskrise” in 2015 (The Russian Reflex – Insights in a relationship in crisis”, edition Körber-Stiftung, 2015). The annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation induced him to devote himself once more intensively to Ukrainian history.
Sonja Zekri is a German journalist and author focusing on culture, religion, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Zekri studied History and Slavistics at Bochum University, followed by a degree in Journalism from the Henri-Nannen-School of Journalism in Hamburg. After freelancing for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Stern Magazine and the German television channel ZDF, she became in 2008 a correspondent for Süddeutsche Zeitung in Moscow and later in Kairo. Since 2015 she is – together with Adrian Kreye – editor in chief of the feuilleton section of Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Jürgen Zimmerer is a German historian and African ccience scholar. He studied history, political science and German philology at the University of Regensburg, Oxford and Freiburg. After teaching in Kiel, Coimbra, Essen and Sheffield, he accepted in 2010 the chair for global history (focus on Africa) at the University of Hamburg. His research focuses on colonial history, postcolonial memory as well as comparative genocide research. He is president of the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) and head of the Research Centre Hamburg’s (Post-)Colonial Heritage/Hamburg and Early Globalization.