Emily Couch is a Staff Intern at the Kennan Institute. She recently completed a double Master’s degree in Russian & East European Studies at University College London and the Higher School of Economics (Moscow). She has just returned from a year living in Russia where, in addition to her degree, she interned with independent Russian pollster, The Levada Center. Her articles have been published by news outlets including The Moscow Times and The Calvert Journal.
Scarlett Cornelissen is Professor of International Relations at the University of Stellenbosch. She holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow and postgraduate and Bachelor’s degrees from Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. She has been Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and Leibniz Professor at Leipzig University.
Maria Sole Continiello Neri è una ricercatrice specializzata in Diritto Internazionale Umanitario e Diritti umani. Dopo aver conseguito il Ph.D in 'Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability' presso la Scuola Superiore di Studi sant’Anna (Pisa), attualmente lavora come Lecturer di International Human Rights Law e Post-Doctoral Research Fellow presso la Higher School of Economics di Mosca. Recentemente, sta portando avanti un progetto di ricerca sulle potenzialità ed i limiti delle intelligenze artificali alla luce del diritto internazionale dell’ambiente e dei diritti umani.
Alvin Y.H. Cheung is a J.S.D. Candidate at New York University School of Law and a Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar at NYU’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute. His doctoral project, “Abusive Legalism,” addresses the systematic abuse of sub-constitutional legal norms and institutions by authoritarian regimes. He holds degrees from NYU (LL.M. in International Legal Studies, 2014) and Cambridge (M.A. 2011), and has worked in Hong Kong as a barrister and as a lecturer in Law & Public Affairs at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Yunnan Chen is a Senior Research Officer in the Development and Public Finance programme at the Overseas Development Institute in London. Her research interests centre around development finance, particularly in the infrastructure and energy sectors, and Chinese development finance overseas. She is a PhD Candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and has conducted extensive field research on China-Africa economic engagement.
Chiara Cervasio is a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), the University of Birmingham and a Nuclear Policy Analyst at the British American Security Information Council (BASIC).
Chiara has a background in Political Science, International Relations, and International Security. Before completing her BSc in 2014 at the University of Pisa, she has worked as an intern at the European University Institute, Fiesole (FI). She then obtained her MSc in 2017 from the University of Bologna, specialising in Politics of Contemporary Asia.
Chiara A. Cascino was Research Assistant at the ISPI's MENA Center. She holds a BA in Modern Languages (English, Spanish and Arabic) from the University of Palermo and a MA in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. She is also concluding a Master’s Degree in Economics and Institutions of Islamic Countries at the School of Government of the LUISS University, Rome. Her research interests focus on the history, institutions and society of Middle East and North Africa and the trends of contemporary Islam.