Roland Dannreuther is Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor of International Relations at the University of Westminster. He was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations. He joined the University of Westminster in 2009 from the University of Edinburgh where he was professor of International Relations. His research interests include security studies, energy security, the regional politics of Russia and the Middle East, and the role of historical sociology in International Relations. Recent publications include Energy Security (Polity, 2017); Global Resources: Conflict and Cooperation (2013) (co-edited with Wojciech Ostrowski); International Security: the Contemporary Agenda (2013); China, Oil and Global Politics (2011) (co-authored with Philip Andrews-Speed); and Russia and Islam: State, Society and Radicalism (2010) (co-edited with Luke March).

Marcin Kaczmarski is a Senior Research Fellow at the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme, Finnish Institute of International Affairs. He is the author of Russia-China relations in the post-crisis international order (Routledge 2015). His current research focuses on great-power regionalism with special reference to Russia's Eurasian Economic Union and China's New Silk Road, on which topic he published recently in International Affairs (2017) and Europe-Asia Studies (2017).

Anna-Sophie Maass is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Natolin, Warsaw. Previously she worked as a Senior Academic Assistant in the European Interdisciplinary Studies Department at the College of Europe in Natolin and as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair. Her research expertise is in EU-Russia relations and the EU’s relations with Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine. Her most recent book is EU-Russia Relations, 1999-2015. From Courtship to Confrontation (Routledge 2017). She earned her Ph.D. degree in Politics/International Relations from La Trobe University in Melbourne. 

Neil MacFarlane is Lester B. Pearson Professor of International Relations at Oxford, and was head of Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations from 2005 to 2010. His research interests include issues surrounding security, sovereignty, intervention, self-determination, and international order. His current work addresses Russian foreign and security policy, the development of the former Soviet space, and the international relations of the Caucasus. He has published in journals such as World Politics, International Security, International Affairs, Survival, Security Studies, The International Journal, and Contemporary Politics. He was a trustee of the University of Oxford and is the chair of the Board of the Center for Social Sciences in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is the secretary of the international board of the Georgian National Science Foundation and holds a doctorate honoris causa from Tbilisi State University.

Kimberly Marten is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University, and the Director of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at Columbia’s Harriman Institute. In March 2017 the Council on Foreign Relations published her special report, Reducing Tensions between Russia and NATO. She has written four books, most recently Warlords: Strong-Arm Brokers in Weak States (Cornell, 2012). Her first book, Engaging the Enemy: Organization Theory and Soviet Military Innovation (Princeton, 1993) won the Marshall Shulman Prize. She has written academic articles for Armed Forces and Society, International Peacekeeping, International Security, the Journal of Intervention and State-Building, the Journal of Slavic Military Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, and Problems of Post-Communism, and her policy articles have appeared in Fortune, The Washington Quarterly, ForeignAffairs.com, the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, and the Huffington Post, among others. She is a frequent media commentator, and appeared on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. She earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard and Ph.D. at Stanford. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.