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European Energy Panel

Dr. Jonathan Chanis

Participation format: In-person

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  • Over 25 years of experience in emerging markets and commodities trading and investment
  • Managing Member of New Tide Asset Management

Experience in Energy, Commodities, and Emerging Markets:

  • Citigroup and Caxton associates
  • American International Group (President of several AIG companies, including its Russian investment bank)
  • J. Aron & Co. (acquired by Goldman Sachs)
  • New York Mercantile Exchange

Academic Experience:

  • Taught at multiple institutions, including Columbia University
  • Member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Ph.D. in Political Science, CUNY


Dr. Vassilis (Bill) Kappis

Participation format: In-person

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Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, University of Buckingham:

  • Deputy Director & Senior Lecturer

Visiting Professor at:

  • The War Studies University (Poland)
  • Hellenic School of National Defence (Greece)

Research Interests:

  • Greek-Israeli security cooperation
  • Interstate security crises
  • Geopolitical dynamics of Eastern Mediterranean

Academic Experience:

  • Ph.D. in International Security, University of Sydney
  • Designing training programs for academic and practitioner audiences
  • Presented work at numerous high-profile conferences (Princeton, Oxford, INSS Israel, et al.)

Evelyn Dissanayake

Participation format: Virtual

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  • Member of Board of Directors of INFORM Sri Lanka (Human Rights Research and Documentation Centre)
  • President of the Asian Press Institute
  • Faculty Member, Institute of Development Studies, Sri Lanka

Academic Experience and Research Interests:

  • Robert Bosche Stiftung Fellow
  • Past Visiting Scholar of Columbia University
  • Geopolitics of Eurasia, Environmental Politics
  • Ph.D. Candidate in International Relations and Politics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

European International Trade

Dr. Matias Vernengo

Participation format: In-person

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Full Professor at Bucknell University



  • Senior Research Manager at the Central Bank of Argentina
  • Associate Professor of Economics, University of Utah
  • Assistant Professor, Kalamazoo College & Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Former external consultant to:

  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • International Labor Organization
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
  • United Nations Development Program

Publications & Research Interests:

  • Co-editor, Review of Keynesian Economics
  • Co-editor in chief, New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics
  • 7 edited books, 2 books, and 120+ peer-reviewed journal articles
  • International political economy, history of economic ideas

Dr. Mark Schwartz

Participation format: Virtual

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Professor, Politics Department, University of Virginia and Batten School of Public Policy


  • Subprime Nation: American Power, Global Capital and the Housing Bubble
  • Co-editor, four books on Denmarks' welfare state, employment policy, politics of housing finance, and the global financial crisis.
  • Author of two books on economic development and globalization
  • Author of over 100 articles, chapters, and commentaries

Academic Experience and Fellowships:

  • Taught in Britain, Canada, Denmark, Hungary, Korea, and Norway
  • Co-organized 2013 International Studies Association meeting
  • Recipient of four Fulbright Fellowships, a Mellon fellowship, an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship, and a Bosch fellowship from American Academy Berlin

Ph.D., Cornell University

European Politics Panel

Dr. Gazmend Qorraj

Participation format: Virtual

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EU Projects (Coordinator or Contact Point):

  • Tempus (former)
  • Jean Monnet (former)
  • Erasmus+ (former)
  • Marie Curie actions (current)
  • European Research Council at Horizon 2020 (current)

Dr. Robert Chaouad

Participation format: Virtual

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  • Research Fellow at French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, York College

Research Interests:

  • EU as a global actor
  • European defense
  • Future of the EU

Ph.D. in Political Science, concentration in European Studies


The Human Toll of the War In Ukraine

Dr. Andrei Korobkov

Participation format: Virtual

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Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Russian Studies Minor Director, Middle Tennessee State University


  • Research Fellow at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Institute of International Economic and Political Studies (former)
  • Taught at University of Alabama (former)
  • US co-chair of the working group on migration at the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (former)
  • President of Post-Communist States in IR section of International Studies Association (former)
  • Vice President & Program Chair, Post-Communist States

Publications & Research Interests:

  • Three monographs, numerous articles and book chapters
  • International migration, post-Communist transition, geopolitics

Ph.D. in Economics, Russian Academy of Sciences

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Alabama