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Davis Florick is a Junior Fellow in the Security and Defence division. He recently completed his master’s in East-West Studies at Creighton University and is a member of the 2015 Nuclear Scholars Initiative with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  His foreign relations areas of concentration include, but are not limited to, East Asia and the former Warsaw Pact and Soviet Union. Davis has recently been interviewed, in print, by “Voice of America” regarding North Korean tunnels under the Demilitarized Zone and, on television, with “Consider This…” where he discussed the recent upheaval in the Ukraine.  Mr. Florick’s international relations expertise has enabled him to be published in International Affairs Forum, the World Business Institute, and the International Affairs Review. Additionally, he has spoken at conferences in Canada, China, Japan, and the United States on a wide range of national and global policy issues.
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Contact: davis.florick@hscentre.org

Lauren Stauffer is a Junior Fellow in the Security and Defence division.  Lauren is currently earning her undergraduate degree from Vassar College where she is a History Major with a focus on U.S. Foreign Policy and a French Minor.  During her junior year, she studied abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  Previously, Lauren has worked at the Roosevelt Institute’s Four Freedoms Center where she helped research and organize the international Women and Girls’ Rising Conference held in September 2014. Lauren’s research interests include human rights, humanitarian intervention, international security, and post-conflict reconciliation.

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Contact: lauren.stauffer@hscentre.org


Andrada Filip is a Junior Fellow at the Human Security Centre. She earned a BA (Hons) in International Politics from the University of Surrey and subsequently read for a postgraduate degree in political science at the University of Vienna. Her Bachelor’s thesis looked at the legacy of colonialism in Africa and her Master’s thesis analysed the viability of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ concept in terms of foreign policy. Andrada has benefited from a considerable amount of diversified work experience on the United Nations system and the phenomenon of migration, having previously worked as an intern for the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Organization for Migration. Furthermore, she is also a long-standing collaborator for the Academic Council on the UN System, Vienna Liaison, having focused particularly on femicide/gender-related killing of women and girls, the situation of women in Afghanistan and the abolition of the death penalty. Andrada currently works as project co-ordinator for WAVE, a European network of NGOs active in the field of violence against women. Her research interests include human rights, conflict resolution strategies, principles of good governance, violence against women, women’s role in peace and security, and international development.

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Contact: andrada.filip@hscentre.org


Laura Cretney is a Junior Fellow at the Human Security Centre and works in the Policy Unit. Her areas of research interest include Middle East (particularly Gulf) security, corruption, counterinsurgency, Islamic extremism and human rights. She has previously worked in development and risk consultancy on MENA focused projects, and is the founder and editor of the political and current affairs blog, Pink Jinn. Laura holds an MSc in Middle East Politics and Arabic from the School of Oriental and African Studies, along with a BA in Politics, Arabic and Spanish from the University of Durham. She has lived in the UK, Spain and Oman, and is currently training as an auditor at KPMG on the Isle of Man.

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Contact: laura.cretney@hscentre.org


Rohullah Yakobi is an Associate Fellow. Born in Afghanistan, he fled from Taliban persecution, aged 12, and lived in Iran and Pakistan before coming to Britain in November 2004. He is passionate about democracy and human rights in his native country and the wider region. Drawing on his often traumatic experiences, Rohullah has written extensively on democracy, human rights and terrorism. He has been a strong proponent of active and responsible citizenship, and hence involved in different political and community organisations. He has read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the Open University. Rohullah is fluent in English, Persian, Pashtu and Hazaragi.

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Contact: rohullah.yakobi@hscentre.org