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Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

CISD Members

Academic Members

Dan Plesch
Director of CISD and Senior Lecturer
Dan Plesch

Applied International Relations, weapons of mass destruction, diplomacy, globalisation and corporate accountability, globalisation and democracy, globalisation and energy, the role of international non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and the Nazis.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4840
  • Email: dp27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4434
  • Office Hours: By appointment
Stephanie Blankenburg
Lecturer in International Economics
Staff Silhouette Growth theory, economic and institutions, history of economic analysis, development in Latin America.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4277
  • Email: sb123@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 264
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am - 1pm

Catriona Drew
Lecturer in International Law
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Public International Law; international legal history (particularly self-determination of peoples), and legal theory

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4482
  • Email: cd4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 533
  • Office Hours: Thurs 3:30 to 5:00
Harald Heubaum
Lecturer in Global Energy and Climate Policy
Harald Haubaum

Energy and climate policy in the EU, US and emerging economies, particularly in South East Asia; climate finance; global and regional energy markets; low-carbon energy technologies; urban resource governance; global public policy

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4362
  • Email: hh15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4431
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Stephen Hopgood
Reader in International Relations
Stephen Hopgood International relations theory; international politics in the twentieth century; theories of the state
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4738
  • Email: sh18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 209
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1pm
Jaana Karhilo
Convenor of General Diplomatic Studies and Practice
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Mark Laffey
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Mark Laffey

International theory; hierarchy and world history; historical sociology; postcolonialism; foreign policy analysis; ideas, culture and ideology.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4744
  • Email: ml23@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 211
  • Office Hours: Mondays 4-6pm & by appointment
Peter Muchlinski
Professor of Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World
Peter Muchlinski The regulation of multinational enterprises, international corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, foreign investment law, WTO law and practice, competition law, international commercial law and development.

Sutha Nadarajah
Lecturer in International Relations
Sutha Nadarajah

International Relations theory, international security; global public policy; North-South relations; civil wars; peace processes; peacebuilding; securitized development; politics of the ‘War on Terror’, international financial regulation.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4464
  • Email: sn22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4435
  • Office Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 4-5pm
  • On Sabbatical:Research leave 2013/14
Rahul Rao
Lecturer in International Security
Rahul Rao International Security; Indian foreign policy; Political Theory; Social Movements; Human Rights
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4534
  • Email: rr18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4432
  • Office Hours: Monday 10am-12pm

J. Simon Rofe
Senior Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Studies, Global Diplomacy Programme Director
J. Simon Rofe

Dr J Simon Rofe is the inaugural director of CISD's Global Diplomacy Masters distance learning programme.  Prior to joining SOAS he was Distance Learning Director at the University of Leicester managing a suite of four International Relations Programmes.

Pallavi Roy
Senior Teaching Fellow
Pallavi Roy

Political economy researcher and PhD candidate with ten years of experience covering policy, infrastructure and metallic commodities as a financial journalist in India. Experience also includes political economy research on south Asia as well as qualitative risk analysis, the latter while working for a business and political risk consultancy in London, as a region specialist.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4464
  • Email: pr16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4435
  • Office Hours: Friday 1-3pm

Leslie Vinjamuri
Member
Leslie Vinjamuri

International Organisation; International Politics of International and Transitional Justice; Religion, Human Rights and International Relations Theory; International Diplomacy and the Use of Force; International Diplomacy and Transitional States.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4758
  • Email: lv@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 213
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2, 2013/14
Thomas Weiss
Research Professor
Thomas Weiss

Prof Thomas G. Weiss joined the Centre in 2012 as Research Professor working with Dr Plesch on their project looking at the implications of the alliance of United Nations during WW2 and prior to the UN Charter for Twenty First Century policy.


Research Associates

Richard Al-Qaq
Research Associate
Richard Al Qaq

Richard Kareem Al-Qaq holds a PhD in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Between 2002 and 2007, Dr. Al-Qaq taught post-graduate International Politics at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

John Ashton CBE
Professorial Research Associate
John Ashton

John Ashton is an independent commentator and adviser on the politics of climate change. He is also well known for the role he has played in climate diplomacy.


Kerry Brown
Research Associate
Kerry Brown Kerry Brown is Senior Fellow at Chatham House on the Asia Programme and a Research Associate of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS.
Martin Butcher
Research Associate
Martin Butcher

Martin Butcher is a policy advisor on arms and conflict for Oxfam.


Isabel Hilton OBE
Research Associate
Isabel Hilton

Isabel Hilton is a London based writer and broadcaster. She is founder and editor of chinadialogue, an independent, non-profit organization based in London, Beijing and San Francisco.

Zidane Meriboute
Research Associate
Zidane Meriboute

Currently, Zidane holds the position of Senior Consultant within the ICRC Unit in charge of the contacts with the religious leaders in Africa.

His research interests are: Islamism, Sufism and Evangelism in Africa; The nature of modern Islamic States.


Dimi Reider
Research Associate
Dimi Reider

Dimi Reider is an Israeli journalist whose work has appeared, among other venues, in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Haaretz and The Guardian. Dimi is a co-founder of +972 Magazine and a Visiting Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. His translation of Yehouda Shenhav's "Beyond the Two States Solution" was published by Polity Press in 2012.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Paul Schulte
Research Associate
Paul Schulte

Paul Schulte is a nonresident senior associate in the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program and at Carnegie Europe, as well as being a Research Associate in the Disarmament and Globalisation Program at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.


Peter Slinn
Research Associate
Peter Slinn

Currently, Peter is Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame (London Law Centre), and joint General Editor of the Law Reports of the Commonwealth, (Butterworths LexisNexis) the 100th volume of which was published in 2009. He is Vice-President of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association, Chair of the Editorial Board of the Commonwealth Judicial Journal and a member of the executive committee of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association.


Tutors

Hila Amit
Tutor
Hila Amit
Pritish Behuria
Tutor
Pritish Behuria

Rwanda, Elite Bargain/Political Setllement, Business-State Relationship, Developmental State, Political Economy of Privatization, Political Economy of the Great Lakes, Diversification, Coffee, Tea, Mining, Global Commodity Chains


Ashley Cox
Tutor
Staff Silhouette

Ashley Cox has recently completed his PhD viva at the University of Leicester studying the Wilsonian influences on conflicts in American history.

Filippo Dionigi
Tutor
Filippo Dionigi

Fergus Green
Tutor
Fergus Green
Steve Itugbu
Tutor
Steve Itugbu

Steve Itugbu obtained his PhD in Politics and International Studies from the SOAS, University of London. Preceding his doctoral studies, he had served as an aide to Nigeria's former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.


Vino Kanapathipillai
Tutor
Vino Kanapathipillai

International security, multinational enterprises, international public policy, international political economy, global governance.

Feja Lesniewska
Tutor
Feja Lesniewska

Currently Feja is finalising her PhD on International Law and Forests. She holds an MA in International Legal Studies (Distinction) from SOAS and MSC in Human Ecology from the University of Edinburgh.

  • Email: fl7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Law - 226, CISD - 4433
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Neil McDonald
Tutor
Staff Silhouette

Neil studied international law at Glasgow University (LLB), Harvard Law School (LLM) and the European University Institute, Florence (LLM).  He qualified to practice law in the US (New York) and England & Wales, and has experience of legal practice after working for two large City law firms.  He now works at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and has recent experience of diplomatic service in Africa.  Neil has been associated with CISD since 2004.

Najia Mukhtar
Tutor
Najia Mukhtar

As a PhD candidate here at SOAS, she focuses on Muslim societies in South Asia, including issues of religious extremism, sectarianism and countervailing forces.


Andrea Saldarriaga
Tutor
Andrea Saldarriaga

Andrea Saldarriaga is a civil law and international lawyer with extensive experience in investment law, international arbitration and social sustainability.  As an associate with various law firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Andrea spent several years working closely with corporations in laying out their business strategies, structuring and overseeing their complex transactions and defending their interests in commercial and investment arbitrations She also participated in pro bono cases dealing with human rights.

Arash Sedighi
Tutor
Arash Sedighi

Owen Taylor
Owen Taylor
Miša Zgonec-Rozeij
Tutor
Misa Zgonec-Rozej

Dr. Miša Zgonec-Rožej is currently an associate fellow in international law at Chatham House. She was formerly an associate legal officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, a law clerk at the International Court of Justice, and a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana.


Administrative Staff

Luke Dillon
Centre Manager
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4830
  • Email: ld17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4437
  • Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8.30am-5.30pm
Rohit Gupta
Research and Events Administrator
Rohit Gupta
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4895
  • Email: rg35@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4436
  • Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm