Dr. La Toya Waha is Deputy Director of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Regional Programme Political Dialogue Asia in Singapore. Dr. Waha’s research focus is on the emergence of political violence, the relation between religion, politics and the state as well as suicide as a political tool. She has published on political culture, collective violence as well as political parties in South Asia. Her major publication is her book, Religion and State-Formation in Transitional Societies: Sri Lanka in a Comparative Perspective.
Alberto Rizzi is a Research Assistant at the ISPI Centre for Business Scenarios. He holds a BA in International and European Studies and a MA in International Politics and Regional Dynamics from the University of Milan. He completed an Advanced Master in EU Economic Governance at the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Before joining ISPI, he worked at the Embassy of Italy to Estonia, at the Centre for Business Research of the Italy China Foundation (CeSIF) in Milan, and at the European Army Interoperability Centre (FINABEL) in Brussels.
Nicola Missaglia heads ISPI's Communications and Publishing department. He also is a Research Fellow at ISPI's Asia Centre, in charge of the India Desk. Before joining ISPI, he has served for several years as the Scientific Coordinator and Managing Editor for the international think tank Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a Research Master’s degree in Political Theory and Contemporary History from Sciences Po Paris’ Doctoral School (France) and has extensive experience in managing projects in the MENA region and India.
Shiraz Maher is Senior Associate Research Fellow at ISPI and Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) and a member of the War Studies Department at King’s College London.
Liesl Louw-Vaudran is a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). She is the editor of the ISS’ monthly publication on the African Union Peace and Security Council, the PSC Report, and project leader for Southern Africa. She is also a non-executive board member of In Transformation Initiative, a South African not-for-profit organization focused on peacemaking.
Yang Li Allen is a Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Politics, The New School for Social Research. Prior to The New School, Yang received two MA degrees, one in political science from George Mason University and the other in area studies, focusing on China and East Asia, from Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea). Yang's academic interests relate to the divides between rural and urban China, such as comparisons of governance, policies, and experiences in the countryside and cities.
Matthew Karnitschnig is POLITICO’s chief Europe correspondent, based in Berlin. He joined the publication in 2015 from the Wall Street Journal, where he spent 15 years in a variety of positions as a reporter and editor in the U.S. and Europe.
Antonio Giustozzi is a visiting professor at the Kings College London. He holds a PhD from the LSE (International Relations) and a BA in Contemporary History from the University of Bologna. He was at the Crisis States Research Centre (LSE) until January 2011. He served with UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan) in 2003-4. Currently also affiliated with RUSI.
R. Evan Ellis is a Latin America Research Professor at the US Army War College.