Nova Daban will soon complete his MA in Global Diplomacy: Middle East and North Africa from SOAS, University of London and has an undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations. He previously worked in the Kurdistan Regional Government in Erbil and has interned at Quilliam International, where he has contributed to the online journal. Nova’s research interests include the Middle East as a whole, with special focus on Iraq, Syria, Turkey and the greater Kurdistan region. He also has a focus on Islamism and religious radicalisation (namely in Britain and the Middle East), British current affairs, culture war, identity politics, conflict resolution, extremism and international security.
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Oliver Hegglin has a dual Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Anthropology from Washington College and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Between and during degrees he completed internships with diplomatic representations and the United Nations, and worked for an international NGO. As a Specialist Officer in the Swiss Armed Forces he recently returned from serving with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali after having been on mission with the Kosovo Force. His research interests include peacekeeping, the Arctic and Swiss and global security issues.
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Hamish Cruickshank has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Edinburgh and recently completed a master’s degree with distinction at the University of Amsterdam where he specialised in Russian and Eastern European Affairs. He produced his master’s thesis on Russia’s Arctic turn and examined the transforming security dynamics of the High North. Hamish has a strong interest in international relations and security studies and has conducted considerable research on Russian foreign policy, Eurasian geopolitics and Arctic security.
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Marta Luzes recently completed her MA in International Development at the University of Warwick having written her dissertation on the topic of education and development, stressing the potential that critical pedagogy and a participatory approach in educational policies could have for the future of development. Her research interests also include the power of discourse narratives in the development field, gender challenges in the developing world and poverty alleviation strategies. Marta holds a BsC in Economics from the NOVA Business School of Economics, in Lisbon. She has previously interned for the World Fair Trade Organisation and for the UK based NGO Ibba School of South Sudan.
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