Our expertise in foreign policy runs deep and wide. We work on some of the most challenging conflicts and crises today, be it conflict diplomacy in Europe's Eastern neighbourhood, mediating peace in the South Caucasus, state-building in the Balkans, or post-conflict stabilisation in Afghanistan. We have worked for the UN, EU, NATO, OSCE, armied forces, foreign ministries, think tanks, research institutes and media.
At times, we may be working on issues that limit the extent to which we can engage. But even then we might be able to point you in the right direction. Get in touch to find out.
Our Senior Fellows are:
Nicu Popescu is a senior analyst with the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris. He has previoulsy worked for the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Centre for European Policy Studies. He has also worked as an adviser to the Prime Minister of Moldova. Nicu holds a PhD from the Central European University and has written a book on the EU and the post-Soviet conflicts. His analyses and Op-Eds appear regularly in leading publications.
Expertise: EU foreign policy, EU accession, EU-Russia relations, status conflicts, conflict resolution and crisis management.
Mark Fawcett has more than twenty years of experience in political affairs and policy work. He has most recently worked as an adviser to the OSCE Secretary General in Vienna. He has previously worked for the OSCE Secretariat, the OSCE Mission in Croatia, the EUSR for the South Caucasus, and the EUMM in former Yugoslavia. A graduate of Sandhurst military academy, Mark has served as a British Army Officer and held positions in the UN Peacekeeping Missions in Cyprus and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Expertise: OSCE, EU, UN, post-conflict stabilisation, conflict-prevention, mediation and facilitation, management and coordination, teaching, persuasive communication, speech writing, drafting and editing.
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Fredrik Wesslau is Director of the Wider Europe Programme at ECFR. He has worked for the UN, EU, and OSCE on conflicts such as Iraq, Georgia, Kosovo, Nagorno-Karabach, and Sudan/South Sudan. Most recently he headed a team of European counter-piracy experts off the coast of Somalia. He has masters degrees from Columbia University (SIPA) and Sciences Po Paris and a bachelors degree in international relations from LSE. He is the author of The Political Adviser's Handbook and has previously worked for the International Herald Tribune.
Expertise: Peace negotiations, post-conflict stabilisation and statebuilding, conflict resolution and mediation, UN Peacekeeping, CFSP and CSDP, European security, and counter-piracy.
Björn Kühne currently works as Chief of Cabinet to the EUSR for the South Caucasus and crisis in Georgia. He has worked as Chief of Staff of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia, Head of Cabinet and Senior Political Adviser with the Stability Pact. He also has experience working with the OSCE and ODIHR in the Balkans, notably with the OSCE Presence in Albania and various election observation missions. Björn holds a masters degree in political science and a bachelors degree in international relations.
Expertise: EU, CFSP and CSDP, OSCE, Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, conflict resolution, post-conflict stabilisation, mediation and facilitation, and management of political processes.
Anna Stoyanova works as an adviser to the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes. She has previously worked for the UN in Afghanistan, Somalia, and Tadjikistan, as well as NATO HQ in Brussels, and the OSCE Mission in Kosovo. Her experinces include supporting elections in Kosovo and Afghanistan. She has previously worked as a journalist in Bulgaria. She holds a Master's Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York.
Expertise: UN Political and Integrated Missions, UN Peacekeeping Operations, NATO, multilateral military operations, international security policy, peacemaking, democratisation, and elections.
Saskia Marsh specialises in conflict transformation and socio-political risk management in fragile states. She is an Associate Director of Strategia Worldwide and an advisor to the EIP. Most recently, Saskia advised several companies working in the natural resource sector on their government and community engagement strategies. Before that, she worked for the UN in Gaza. She began her career in Kosovo, where she ran a country-wide education programme for the OSCE. Saskia holds a BSc in International Relations from the LSE and an MBA from IMD Business School.
Expertise: Post-conflict stabilisation, peacekeeping, crisis management, anti-radicalisation, conflict resolution, operational effectiveness, the role of natural resources in conflicts