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Michael Miner specialises in government coursework at Harvard University. His research interests include twentieth century diplomatic history, international security, organisational theory, and area studies in East Asia and the Persian Gulf. He has written for or been quoted by several publications and think tanks including the Wall Street Journal, the National Interest, Brookings, and Real Clear World. Mr. Miner has been a non-resident fellow with Pacific Forum of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and conducted research supported by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. Mr. Miner is also a member of the US-German Next Generation Network at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and Senior Fellow with the Human Security Centre in London. Previously he served as an executive at an international consultancy based in Washington and Boston. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, a member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and a recent addition to the Fulbright Specialist Program in the United States Department of State.

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Contact: michael.miner@hscentre.org; @civisrepublica



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Dr Rowan Allport is a Senior Fellow who leads the HSC’s Security and Defence team. Rowan holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in Conflict, Governance and Development from the University of York, as well as a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Hull. Specialising in strategic analysis and international security, Rowan’s primary areas of interest lie in the defence issues in and around the NATO region, interstate conflict and US foreign policy discourse. He is also the lead author of HSC’s Fire and Ice: A New Maritime Strategy for NATO’s Northern Flank report. Rowan’s publication credits include articles and commentary in The Diplomat, The Hill, DefenseOne, RealClearDefense, The Strategist, UK Defence Journal, Politics.co.uk and The National Interest.

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Contact: rowan.allport@hscentre.org


Simon Schofield is the Deputy Leader of the HSC’s Security and Defence division. Simon is a Conservative activist with extensive experience working both in Parliament for an MP and also as a political adviser in local government, having graduated with First Class Honours in British Politics and Legislative Studies at the University of Hull. A veteran campaigner, Simon has been a part of several successful campaign teams including Matthew Grove’s successful bid for Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner. His main research interests lie in the fields of national security, intelligence and counterterrorism, having carried out research into drone attacks and targeted killing as counterterrorism policies and completing a dissertation on nuclear terrorism.

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Contact: simon.schofield@hscentre.org; @spscho

Davis Florick is a Senior Fellow in the HSC Security and Defence division, a Special Assistant to the United States Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and a James A. Kelly non-resident fellow with the Pacific Forum. He has completed his Executive MBA at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, holds a master’s in East-West Studies at Creighton University, and will be starting his PhD in International Relations at George Mason University in Fall, 2018. His foreign relations areas of concentration include East Asia and the former Warsaw Pact and Soviet Union. Davis has been published in International Affairs Forum, the World Business Institute, and the International Affairs Review, The Diplomat and RealClearDefense. He was also a member of the 2015 Nuclear Scholars Initiative with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Contact: davis.florick@hscentre.org


Sarah De Geest is a Senior Fellow in the Policy Unit. She holds two Masters of law with distinction from KULeuven and the School of Oriental and African Studies. During her postgraduate studies she studied in Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom. During this period, her main area of interest was the study of the rule of law and constitutionalism. While at SOAS she expanded her expertise into the broader area of politics, security, and international relations with a particular focus on China and the Asia- Pacific. These interests led her to intern remotely for the Political-Military Center at the Hudson Institute in Washington D.C.. She also contributed to a research project on political influences in the Chinese Judiciary at the London School of Economics.

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Contact: sarah.degeest@hscentre.org


Irena Baboi is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, researching the future of European Union involvement in the Western Balkans. She also obtained both of her previous degrees from the same university, having completed an MA in Politics and Central and East European Studies and an MSc in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Irena’s previous work experience includes internships with AKE Intelligence Group in London, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and United Nations Information Centre in her hometown of Bucharest, Romania, fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support, freelance writing and editing for Oxford University Press. She has also been a volunteer with the British Red Cross since 2013. Irena’s research interests include human rights, peacebuilding and statebuilding, conflict prevention, management and resolution, transitional justice, and post-conflict development.

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