Balkan Devlen got his B.Sc. in International Relations from Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Missouri - Columbia in 2007. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations and the Director of African Strategic Research Center (EKOAF) in Izmir University of Economics, Turkey. He is currently a visiting Associate Professor in University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He was a Levin Institute Fellow in 2011 and he is a 2012 - 2013 Black Sea Young Reformers Fellow. His research interests are at the intersection of IR Theory, International Security, and Foreign Policy Analysis. He is currently working on two projects. The first one is on the microfoundations of international order. Using operational code analysis and moral foundations theory, the project focuses on the statespeople and how they envision and create international orders. The second project explores the nexus between strategic culture and grand strategies of regional powers.
Dr. Aram Terzyan is an Assistant Professor at the faculty of International Relations of Yerevan State University, where he covers several courses on Conflict Management, Energy Security, Political Culture, etc. He concurrently holds a position of a researcher in a research group on Armenia’s and Georgia’s foreign policies within the Academic Swiss Caucasian Net (ASCN). His expertise includes international security, democracy promotion, international development, geopolitics of the South Caucasus. Dr. Terzyan has extensive experience in academic, policy-oriented research. Previously he has held positions of an analyst at the Centre for strategic studies (YSU) (2012), Black Sea Link fellow at New Europe College (in cooperation with Berlin Institute for Advanced Study) (2012), visiting fellow at Charles University in Prague (2013) and short-term fellow at European University Institute (2013). He has published widely on energy geopolitics of the South Caucasus, economic, political and normative dimensions of the EU’s regional policy, as well as on challenges of small states’ foreign policies. Mr. Terzyan holds a PhD in Political Science from YSU and Institute for National Strategic Studies (Ministry of Defence of RA).
Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". Teaches BA and MA level courses on International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, Security Studies. Graduated Political Science at Sofia University and International Relations at Manchester University. Participated in “Academic fellowship program” of HESP / OSI and “Jean Monnet Programme" of the European Commission, Member of the Bulgarian Association of Political Science and BECSA. Coordinator and participant in a number of international academic projects. Main research interests are in Theory of International Relations and European political integration.
Ruxandra IVAN is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Sciences, University of Bucharest, where she teaches International politics, Theories of International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, and EU policies, and researcher at the Romanian Diplomatic Institute. She has a PhD in Political Science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, with a dissertation on the Romanian foreign policy after the fall of communism. She is the author of La politique étrangère roumaine, 1991-2006 (Editions de l'Université de Bruxelles, 2009) and the editor of New Regionalism or No Regionalism? Emerging Regionalism in the Black Sea Area (Ashgate, 2012). Her research interests cover topics such as Romanian foreign policies, Black Sea geopolitics, or postmodern approaches to IR.
Yulia Nikitina is Associate Professor of World Politics and Research Fellow at the Center for the Post-Soviet Studies at the Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO). She is a specialist of security politics in Eurasia with a focus on regional organizations. She is the author of the book “CSTO and SCO: models of security regionalism” (Navona, 2009, in Russian) and of the handbook Introduction to “World Politics and International Relations” (Aspect-Press, 2009, in Russian). She has written several articles on CSTO and SCO and co-authored the INSOR report CSTO: responsible security (2011). Dr. Nikitina is a Black Sea Young Reformer Fellow 2013
Yevgeniya Gaber holds a position of Assistant Professor in Turkish Studies at OdessaNational I.I. Mechnikov University, Ukraine. She got her M.A. in International Relations fromOdessa National University in 2007 and PhD in Political Sciences from Kyiv NationalT. Shevchenko University in 2014. She has been a participant of numerous internationalprograms focused on security studies, peace research, Black Sea regional politics and Turkishforeign policy, including those of PRIO Institute (Norway), ICBSS (Greece), Security Academyof the International Relations Council (Turkey), Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs(Slovakia), SETA Foundation (U.S.), and is a 2012-2013 Black Sea Young Reformers Fellow.
Her research interests cover a wide range of topics on Turkey’s foreign policy and securityagenda, though more specifically she concentrates on the recent transformations of the Turkishregional politics. The list of her publications include articles on Turkish foreign policy in theacademic journals of Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania and Sweden, as well as chapters inseveral books including “Turkey in Modern Era: Search for a New Identity” (2011), “Social andPolitical Transformations in the Middle East: Understanding the Current State of Play” (2012),“Blue Black Sea: New Dimensions of History, Security, Strategy, Energy and Economy” (2013)and “Change and Adaptation in Turkish Foreign Policy” (2014).
Dr. Hanna Shelest is a Senior Researcher at the National Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Ukraine and Head of the Board of the NGO “Promotion of Intercultural Cooperation”. She has a PhD in International Relations from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. In 2014 Dr. Shelest served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome.
Her main research interests are conflicts resolution, security and cooperation, especially in the Wider Black Sea Region and the Middle East, foreign policy of Ukraine. She has more than 50 academic and more than 100 articles in media published in Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Georgia, Sweden, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Switzerland, the USA, the UK and Romania. She has a past experience as a journalist, PR consultant for the government and business, and as a lecturer in International Relations for different Universities.
Dr. Shelest is a Rotary Peace Fellow 2010, Black Sea Young Reformer 2011, John Smith Fellow 2012 and Women in Public Service Project Alumna 2013. She was recognized as “40 under 40 Ukrainian Emerging Leader 2013” by the US-Ukraine Foundation.