Steering Committee

anatol_lievenProfessor Anatol Lieven’s last position was as chair of international relations and terrorism studies in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. He is also a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC. His areas of expertise include Islamist terrorism and insurgency; contemporary warfare; US and Western strategy; the countries of the former Soviet Union; and the Greater Middle East, especially Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. His latest book, Pakistan: A Hard Country was published in April 2011 by Penguin in the UK and Public Affairs in the US. From 2000-2007. Anatol Lieven worked in Washington DC first as a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and then as a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation. During this period he wrote Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’s Role in the World (co-authored with John Hulsman, published in September 2006 by Pantheon). Anatol Lieven holds a BA in history (double first) and a PhD in political science from the University of Cambridge.


Sonia AlonsoDr. Sonia Alonso is an Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Prior to joining the faculty she was a Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center in Berlin (WZB) for ten years, where she also taught post-graduate courses at Humboldt University. Between 1998 and 2004 she did teaching and research in the Universities of Salamanca, Carlos III de Madrid, Oxford (St. Antony’s College), and London (Royal Holloway College). She is the author of two books. The first, Élites y masas: un análisis de la Perestroika y las huelgas mineras (Elites and Masses: An Analysis of Perestroika and the Miners’ Strikes), published by the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas; and Challenging the State: Devolution and the Battle for Partisan Credibility, published by Oxford University Press. She has also co-edited a volume titled The Future of Representative Democracy, published by Cambridge University Press. In addition to these publications she has authored numerous articles on democratization, party competition and ethnic conflict in Western and Eastern Europe in Party Politics, European Journal of Political Research, Southern European Society and Politics, Comparative European Politics, Regional and Federal Studies, REIS, RECP, REP. She regularly publishes posts in EUROPP LSE , Agenda Pública and InfoLibre


Rory MillerRory Miller is a native of Dublin, Ireland. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BA, History, 1993), and King's College London (MA War Studies, 1994, PhD, 1998). In 1999 he joined the faculty of the War Studies Department at King's College London and became one of the founding academics within the independent Middle East & Mediterranean Studies Program. In 2009, he became director. His research and teaching focuses on external intervention (EU, US, China, Japan) in the contemporary Middle East; the international history of the Middle East; the politics of small states in the international system; comparative peace processes; political and economic development of regional groupings (EU, GCC, ASEAN); Ireland & the Middle East; private sector development and conflict resolution; and British Middle East policy. He is the author or editor of 8 books including, most recently Britain, Palestine and Empire: The Mandate Years (Ashgate: 2010) and Inglorious Disarray: Europe, Israel and the Palestinians since 1967 (Columbia University Press: 2011 ). He has also published extensively in scholarly and policy journals including Diplomacy & Statecraft, Foreign Affairs, Irish Studies in International Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies, the Journal of Contemporary History, Science & Diplomacy, and the Journal of Contemporary European Studies.


MusunduPhoebe Musandu is a scholar of African history. She has research interests in African politics, mass media and women’s history. Her last major research project resulted in a book titled Pressing Interests: The Agenda and Influence of a Colonial East African Newspaper Sector (Montreal: McGill University Press, 2018). The book examines the establishment and influence of various secular newspapers in East Africa between 1899 and the 1960s. In addition, as Georgetown University’s Centre for International and Regional Studies faculty fellow for 2018-2019, Musandu will launch work on another media history monograph which will focus on the politico-economic undercurrents of various East African newspapers in the post-colonial era. While studying newspapers, she has also developed an interest in the histories of other forms of mass media as well as African commercial history which she intends to cultivate in the long-term. Phoebe obtained her doctoral degree from the University of California Los Angeles' Department of History.