Samir Altaqi is a Syrian physician and cardiologist. From 1994 to 1998 he was a member of the Syrian parliament, and then director of the Orient Centre for International Studies, which is subordinated to the Syrian Foreign Ministry. Since 2005 he has served as an advisor to the Syrian government on health policy issues. In 2010 he emigrated to Dubai, where he founded the Orient Research Centre, an independent think tank that addresses geopolitical, economic and social issues in the Middle East. Since 2010, Samir Altaqi has commented regularly on developments in Syria for international media.
Shlomo Avineri is Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he directed the Institute for European studies. He graduated at the Hebrew University and at the London School of Economics, and served as Director-General of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the first government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Shlomo Avineri held visiting appointments at Yale, Cornel, University of California, Cardozo School of Law, Australian National University, Oxford and Northwestern University; and has been a Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, both in Washington, D.C., the Institute for World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) in Moscow, and Collegium Budapest. Shlomo Avineri is Recurring Visiting Professor at the Central European University in Budapest. In 1996 he received the Israel Prize, the country's highest civilian decoration. His publications include: “The Social and Political Thought of Karl Marx” (1968), “Hegel's Theory of the Modern State” (1972), “Israel and the Palestinians” (1971), “The Making of Modern Zionism” (1981), “Communitarianism and Individualism” (co-editor with Avner de Shalit, 1992) and “Moses Hess: Prophet of Communism and Zionism” (2004). His most recent book is the intellectual biography “Theodor Herzl and the Foundation of the Jewish State” (2013).
Marian Burchardt is researcher in the research unit Multiple Secularities at the German Science Foundation (DFG) and senior research partner at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI) in Göttingen. He studied Sociology, Political Science and Communication and Media Studies at the Technische Universität Dresden and at the University of Leipzig. Before joining the Max Planck Institute, he was researcher in the project “Multiple Secularities” at the University of Leipzig, and a lecturer in the Department of Development Sociology and African Studies at the University of Bayreuth. He was also a visiting scholar at the New School for Social Research in New York City, the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), the Centre for German and European Studies at the Université de Montreal and the University of Stellenbosch. His research focus is on religious pluralism, comparative sociology of religion, globalisation, multiculturalism, sociological and political theory. Currently, Marian Burchardt is working on a book on religious diversity and the state in immigrant societies.
Patrick Cohrs is a German historian. He completed his doctorate in 2002 at Oxford University. Since then he has taught at numerous prestigious institutions: in 2012, he was appointed associate professor of international history at Yale University where he co-founded Yale’s International History Program. Cohrs is also senior affiliated fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University in Budapest (until summer 2017) and is currently conducting research into the history of the twentieth-century transatlantic order.
Stephan Detjen is a German journalist. After studying law and history in Munich and Aix-en-Provence, Detjen became a lawyer in Munich before becoming an editor with Bayerischer Rundfunk. In 1997, he began work as a correspondent for Deutschlandradio and with ARD Hörfunk at the German Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe. Between 2008 and 2012 he was editor-in-chief of Deutschlandfunk in Cologne. Since then, he has been the chief correspondent for programming in Berlin, and head of the central studios in Berlin and Brussels.
Karen Donfried is President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She studied in Munich and Boston and was a European expert in the research institute of the US Congress. She worked on the planning staff of the US State Department and advised President Obama on European matters. Prior to the White House, Karen Donfried served as the National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Europe on the National Intelligence Council, the intelligence community’s center for strategic thinking. As NIO, she directed and drafted strategic analysis to advance senior policymakers' understanding of Europe.
Orlando Figes is a British historian and Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, as well as a writer known for his works on Russian history, notably “A People's Tragedy“ (1996), “Natasha's Dance” (2002), “The Whisperers” (2007), “Crimea” (2010) and “Just Send Me Word” (2012). “A People's Tragedy” is a study of the Russian Revolution, and combines social and political history with biographical details in a historical narrative. In 2008 the Times Literary Supplement named “A People's Tragedy” as one of the ‘hundred most influential books since the war’. It was awarded the Wolfson History Prize, the WH Smith Literary Award, the NCR Book Award, the Longman-History Today Book Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. “Natasha's Dance” and “The Whisperers” were both short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize, making Figes the only writer to have been short-listed twice for this prize. “The Whisperers” was also short-listed for the Ondaatje Prize, the Prix Médicis, and the Premio Roma. His books have been translated into over thirty languages. Figes serves on the editorial board of the journal Russian History, writes for the international press, broadcasts on television and radio, reviews for the New York Review of Books, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Joschka Fischer The German vice-chancellor and foreign minister between 1998 and 2005 and led the Green Party into their first term in government at both regional (in Hesse) and national level. Between 2006 and 2007, Fischer was a guest professor at Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (US). He is a founding partner of Joschka Fischer and Company.
Maria Fusaro is an Italian historian. She studied history at the Universita' di Venezia Ca' Foscari and obtained her doctorate at the University of Cambridge in 2002. Before joining the University of Exeter where she is now Full Professor, she was assistant professor at the University of Chicago. Her research interest concentrates on the social and economic history of the early modern period, focusing on the history of Europe and the Mediterranean region between the 15th and 18th centuries. She has published on trade networks and their role in the early stages of globalisation, and is now working on the legal underpinnings of international trade between the medieval and modern period.
Constantin Goschler is a German historian and has held the chair of contemporary history at Ruhr University, Bochum since 2006. He is also dean of the Faculty of History. After completing training as a lecturer at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, he worked at the city’s Institute for Contemporary History, and at Humboldt University’s Department of Contemporary History in Berlin. Various trips abroad took him to places such as Prague and Harvard. Goschler has written numerous books on the history of the provision of reparations to people persecuted by the National Socialist regime, including “Schuld und Schulden. Die Politik der Wiedergutmachung für NS-Verfolgte seit 1945“ (Wallstein, 2005).
Christoph Heusgen is a German diplomat. Heusgen studied economics at the University of St. Gallen. After completing his doctorate, which also took him to the Sorbonne in Paris, he joined the German Foreign Service. Between 1999 and 2005, he was director of the EU’s Policy Unit at the General Secretariat of the European Council in Brussels under Javier Solana, the EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy. Since November 2005, he has been minister-director of Germany’s Directorate General 2, which is responsible for foreign policy at the Federal Chancellery. As such, he is also adviser to Chancellor Angela Merkel on foreign and security policy. In Autum 2017, he will become the Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in New York.
Wolfgang Ischinger is a German lawyer and diplomat. After studying law at the universities of Bonn and Geneva, he studied international law and international business relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and at Harvard Law School (both in the US). In 1973, Ischinger became an advisor with the UN Secretary-General’s cabinet in New York. Two years later, he joined the German Foreign Service where he has held numerous leadership positions at home and abroad, including a directorship of the policy planning staff in the Federal Foreign Office, and head of the policy department. In 1998, Ischinger was appointed state secretary. In 2008, the German government asked him to chair the Munich Security Conference. He is also senior professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at Berlin’s Hertie School of Governance.
Cathrin Kahlweit is a journalist and publicist. She studied political science and Russian in Tübingen, and Göttingen (both Germany), and at the University of Oregon (US) and Moscow. She also studied at the Henri-Nannen-School of Journalism in Hamburg. After freelancing for Die Zeit and Bayerischer Fernsehen, in 1989, Kahlweit began writing for Süddeutsche Zeitung. She has been a correspondent for Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, as well as editor for domestic politics and topics of the day. Kahlweit has now returned to the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s foreign affairs desk and, since 2012, has been based in Vienna as the newspaper’s Central Europe correspondent.
Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica is a Latvian politician. She is Parliamentary State Secretary for the European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica is a Member of the Board of the European Movement-Latvia and Caritas, Riga. Previous Positions include: Chairperson at the European Affairs Committee; Member of the Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee in the Latvian parliament and Deputy Chairperson of the Commission of Strategic Analysis Chancellery of the President.
Nina Khrushcheva is Professor of International Affairs at The New School in New York. She is also a Senior Fellow of the World Policy Institute. She studied Russian at Moscow State University and in 1998 she gained her PhD in Comparative Studies at Princeton University. Khrushcheva regularly publishes political analyses and commentaries in international media. She is the author of several books including "Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics" (Yale University Press, 2008) and "The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind" (Tate Publishing, 2014).
Henry Laurens is a French historian. He is a professor and holder of the Chair for the Contemporary Arab World at the Collège de France in Paris. He graduated from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris. From 1981 to 1983 he researched and taught in Damascus and Cairo. In 1989 he wrote a doctoral thesis on the subject "The French Revolution and Islam: History and Meanings of the Egyptian Expedition, 1798-1801" at the Sorbonne in Paris. Henry Laurens's research interests are Franco-Arab relations, Middle East politics, the development of the European idea in the 18th and 19th centuries as well as the history of modern Palestine.
Fyodor Lukyanov is Chairman of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, the oldest Russian NGO providing expertise in foreign policy field, editor-in-chief of the Russia in Global Affairs journal published in Russian and English with participation of Foreign Affairs. As head of Russia in Global Affairs since its founding in 2002, he greatly contributed to making this journal Russia’s most authoritative source of expert opinion on global development issues. He is also research director at the International Valdai Discussion Club and a member of the presidium of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). Fyodor Lukyanov is research professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Mr. Lukyanov worked as a correspondent, commentator and editor for numerous Russian printed and electronic media. Now he is one of the most known commentators of Russian foreign policy worldwide. 2011 he received an award of the Russian government for his contribution to international journalism. Previous positions include: editor, then senior editor at the Department for Broadcasting to Northern Europe of International Radio Moscow (Voice of Russia, 1990–1993); correspondent at the international desk of Segodnya newspaper (1994–1997); editor at the international desk of Vremya MN newspaper (1997–2000); editor at the international desk and deputy Editor-in-Chief of Vremya Novostei newspaper (2000–2002). He graduated from Moscow State University 1991 with degree in German language and literature.
Paweł Machcewicz is a Polish historian. He graduated in 1989 from the University of Warsaw, where he did his PhD at the Institute of History in 1993 and qualified as a professor in Political Theory in 2000 at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His research was supported by, among others, the US Fulbright program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2000-2006 he was a co-founder of the Institute of National Remembrance and its director for research and education. He was responsible for the research on the Jedwabne massacre and editor of two volumes on this subject. In 2008 he was appointed founding director for the Museum for the Second World War in Gdansk, which was opened in 2017. In April 2017 he was recalled from the post of Museum`s director. The Museum for the Second World War has been merged with the newly established Muzeum Westerplatte i Wojny 1939. In May 2015 Machcewicz received the prize of the Universite Libre de Bruxelles – the 2017 International Chair in the History of the Second World War. His many books include “Rebellious Satellite: Poland 1956” (2009) and recently published “Poland`s War on Radio Free Europe, 1950-1989” (2014) in the Cold War Series of the Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Stanford University Press.
Pierre Moscovici has been EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation, and Customs since 2014. He studied economics and political science at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris and the École Nationale d'Administration. Prior to his appointment as EU Commissioner, he served as a French MEP (19941997 and 2002–2007), and as minister-delegate with responsibility for European affairs (1997–2002) in the Lionel Jospin government. Between 2012 and 2014, he was Minister for Economy and Finance in the Jean-Marc Ayrault government. Moscovici has written numerous books about the European idea and integration and on the future of the European Union. Most recently, he published “S'il est minuit en Europe” (Grasset & Fasquelle, 2016).
Matthias Naß is a journalist. Since 2011, he has been an international correspondent for the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit. He also publishes a weekly column on ZEIT Online. Naß studied history, sinology and political science in Göttingen, Honolulu, and Hamburg, and attended the Henri-Nannen-School of Journalism. In 1983, Naß took up a post as political editor at Die Zeit and became deputy head editor of politics in 1990. Between 1998 and 2010, he was Die Zeit’s deputy chief editor. Furthermore, Naß is the academic director of Zeit Akademie, which he co-founded, and he also co-chairs the German-Japanese Forum.
Dietmar Pieper is a German journalist. He studied German, comparative studies and philosophy in Berlin and Austin (US) before attending the Henri-Nannen-School of Journalism in Hamburg. After 1989, Pieper worked as a journalist for Der Spiegel, before accepting a post as editor on the domestic desk. He was also a correspondent in Dresden between 1992 and 1994 and bureau chief in Frankfurt am Main between 1997 and 2001. He was then appointed director of the political desk in Hamburg, and, since 2008, has been responsible for Der Spiegel’s special issues on history, knowledge, biographies and other single-issue editions. In June 2017, he began writing for the newspaper’s foreign affairs desk.
Gwythian Prins is a British historian. As a member of Historians for Britain he supported the winning side in the referendum that led to Britain leaving the EU. After 20 years as a University Lecturer in Politics and a Fellow in History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University he was Alliance Research Professor jointly at Columbia University New York and at the London School of Economics and Political Science and latterly Research Professor at LSE until retirement. He is now Visiting Professor at the Baltic Defence College and Senior Academic Visiting Fellow at L’Ecole Speciale Militaire St Cyr. He has held public positions with NATO as well as within the British Ministry of Defence and as Convenor of the Hartwell Group, continues to advise several governments on climate change and energy policy.
Adam Roberts is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Balliol College, Oxford University. He studied history in Oxford at Magdalen College. Adam Roberts was a Fellow of the British Academy and worked from 2002 to 2008 for the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His research interests include international law, international organisations and the history of ideas in international relations. He also studies resistance movements in authoritarian regimes and countries under foreign domination.
Gwendolyn Sasse is a German political scientist. She studied history, Slavic studies and political science at the University of Hamburg, and political science at the London School of Economics, where she also completed her doctorate. After several professorships, including in comparative political science, in 2016, Sasse became director of the newly-founded Center for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin. Her research is focused on post-communist transformation (particularly in Ukraine) as well as on comparative democracy and authoritarianism.
Wolfgang Schäuble has been German Federal Minister of Finance since 2009. He studied law and economics and gained his doctorate in law in 1971. Since 1972, Schäuble has been a member of the German Bundestag. Between 1981 and 1984, he directed the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag. He was then appointed Federal Minister for Special Tasks/head of the Federal Chancellery before becoming Federal Minister of the Interior between 1989 and 1991. Schäuble has been a member of the CDU’s executive committee since 1989. Between 1991 and 2000, he chaired the parliamentary group of the CDU/CSU in the Bundestag; in 1998 he was appointed chair of the CDU. Since then he has been a member of the CDU’s presidium. In 2002, Schäuble became deputy head of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag with responsibility for foreign, security and European policy. In 2005, he was once again appointed Federal Minister of the Interior and has been Federal Minister of Finance since 2009. Schäuble has published numerous books, including “Und der Zukunft zugewandt“ (Bertelsmann, 1994) and “Scheitert der Westen? Deutschland und die neue Weltordnung“ (Bertelsmann, 2003). Most recently, he published the dialogue “Anders gemeinsam: Im Gespräch mit Ulrich Wickert und Dominique Seux” (Hoffmann and Campe, 2016), together with Michel Sapin, then French Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance.
Sylke Tempel is editor-in-chief of the journal Internationale Politik and the Berlin Policy Journal, both published by the German Council on Foreign Relations. She studied history, political science, and Judaism at Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich. After completing her doctorate on relations between American-Jewish organizations and the Federal Republic of Germany after 1945, she became Middle East correspondent for the newspaper Die Woche and later editor of the Jüdischen Allgemeinen. Since 1994, Tempel has been visiting professor at the Department of German Studies at Stanford University. She has published numerous books, most recently “Israel. Reise durch ein altes, neues Land” (Rowohlt, 2008) and “Freya von Moltke. Ein Leben – ein Jahrhundert“ (Rowohlt, 2011).
Anuschka Tischer is a German historian. She studied history, philosophy, and dogmatics at the University of Bonn, where she completed her doctorate in history in 1998 with a thesis on French diplomacy and the Peace of Westphalia. This was followed by posts as a lecturer at the University of Latvia in Riga (between 2000 and 2002) and as a research assistant at Philipps University of Marburg (2003 to 2011) where she focused on the Early Modern Era. After qualifying as a lecturer with a thesis on Early Modern official justifications for war, she took on professorships in Marburg, and Frankfurt am Main. Since 2012, Tischer has been chair of modern history at Julius Maximilian University in Würzburg.
Harald Welzer is a sociologist and social psychologist, co-founder and director of ‘FUTURZWEI. Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit’ as well as a member of the board of Die offene Gesellschaft. He is also professor for transformation design at the University of Flensburg, permanent guest professor for social psychology at St. Gallen University and a member of the Future Council of Schleswig-Holstein. Selected publications include “Wir sind die Mehrheit. Für eine Offene Gesellschaft“ (Fischer, 2017), “Die smarte Diktatur. Der Angriff auf unsere Freiheit“ (Fischer, 2016), “Autonomie. Eine Verteidigung“ (Fischer, 2015, with Michael Pauen), “Transformationsdesign. Wege in eine zukunftsfähige Moderne“ (oekom, 2014, together with Bernd Sommer), “Selbst denken. Eine Anleitung zum Widerstand“ (Fischer, 2013), “Klimakriege. Wofür im 21. Jahrhundert getötet wird“ (Fischer, 2008). Harald Welzer’s books have been translated into 22 languages.
Andreas Wirsching is a German historian. He studied history and protestant theology in Berlin and Erlangen. In 1988, he received his doctorate from Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. In 1995, he qualified as a lecturer in modern and recent history at the University of Regensburg and he was professor of modern and contemporary history of Western Europe at Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, between 1996 and 1998. He was chair of modern and contemporary history at the University of Augsburg between 1998 and 2011. Since 2011, he has directed the Institute of Contemporary History Munich–Berlin and is chair of modern and contemporary history at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Wirsching’s research interests include comparative German and French history in the twentieth century, the history of the Weimar Republic, communism, fascism and National Socialism, 1918–1945, German and European history since the 1970s, and the history and theory of modernity.