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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Laura Hanning Scarborough is a Senior Fellow, who leads the HSC’s Environment and Energy division. Laura was trained as a lawyer and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge. She has worked at a senior political and executive level as a board member, programme director, climate finance expert and UN negotiator. The head of the Lithuanian delegation 2009-2010 in the UN climate process, and adviser to the government during the EU Presidency in 2013, Laura served as the vice chair of the UN Adaptation Fund board and the chair of the projects and programmes committee for three years. Laura specialises in energy, climate change and security related issues in Eastern Europe.
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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. In addition to his work for the HSC, he is currently a public affairs specialist at the London-based Whitehouse Consultancy, and has in the past held positions with The Henry Jackson Society and Future Foreign Policy think-tanks. 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 The Two Per Cent Solution: an Alternative Strategic Defence and Security Review report.
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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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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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