openSecurity Advisory Board
Director of the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (Noref) in Oslo and contributor to El Pais (Madrid), La Vanguardia (Barcelona), and other international media. Previously he was Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, in New York, and director of the Peace, Security and Human Rights section of the Spanish think-tank FRIDE. He is editor, author and contributor of several books including a chapter in Megacities. The Politics of Urban Exclusion and Violence in the Global South ↑ eds, Kees Koonings and Dirk Kruijt, Zed Books, 2009.
Rosemary Bechler, openDemocracy Editor
Rosemary co-founded Peaceworkers UK in 2006, a training project now part of International Alert, and is on the International Alert Board of Trustees.
A fellow of the Conflict Research Unit, which is part of the Clingendael Institute of International Relations in The Hague. Having worked as a journalist and newspaper editor in Argentina, France and Spain for over a decade, he now specialises in the study of fragile states, the effects of inequality and the emergence of organized crime.
Alex de Waal
Executive director, World Peace Foundation, and research professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Publications include Darfur: A New History of a Long War, co-authored with Julie Flint (2008).
Associate professor in ethno-politics, University of Exeter; co-director of the European Muslim Research Centre. Publications include Myths and Memories of the Easter Rising: Cultural and Political Nationalism in Ireland, Irish Academic Press (2006).
Peter Wall distinguished professor, University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Publications include The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine (2004) and the forthcoming The Everywhere War.
Professor of global governance and director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics. Publications include The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon: Human Security and the Rules of War and Peace (2010) and New and old wars: Organized violence in a global era (2006). Columnist for openDemocracy
Lecturer in international relations at the London School of Economics; convenor of the British International Studies Association’s working group on international relations and historical sociology. Publications include Negotiated Revolutions: The Czech Republic, South Africa and Chile (2005) and The Global 1989: Continuity and Change in World Politics (2010).
Lecturer on collective violence, University of St Andrews; principal investigator of the European Study of Youth Mobilisation. Publications include Ethnic Conflict: Communal Violence as Expressions of Identity (2010).
Research officer of Oxford Research Group’s Sustainable Security programme. Previously co-ordinator of the International Security Research Department at Chatham House.
Lecturer in international studies, Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Previously worked as the US representative to the secretariat, World Peace Council (1985-1990).
Director of the Sustainable Security Programme at Oxford Research Group. Previously head of research at International Alert
Director, Middle East Human Security Programme, Oxford Research Group; convenor and founder, Middle East Policy Initiative Forum. Publications include Making Terrorism History co-authored with Scilla Elworthy (2005).
Professor of peace studies, University of Bradford. Publications include Global Security and the War on Terror: Elite Power and the Illusion of Control (2008) and Why We’re Losing the War on Terror (2008). Columnist for openDemocracy.
Hanne Eggen Røislien
Senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies. Worked as reports officer for the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Baghdad in 2003. Publications includeBosettere på hellig grunn: En reise blant jødiske nybyggere [On Holy Ground: A Journey Among the Jewish Settlers of the Middle East] (2006).
Secretary general, International Alert. Previously director of the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo from 1993 to 2001, and chair of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Chair of the Advisory Group of the UN Peacebuilding Fund in 2010-11.
Senior researcher at the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies in Oslo and founding member of the Center for American Progress’ Just Jobs Network. Publishes and advises on the law and economics of violence and conflict.
Deputy director, Istituto Affari Internazionali. Publications include: Turkey’s European Future (2011, NYU Press), The EU Civil Society and Conflict (Routledge 2011) and The EU and Conflict Resolution (Routledge 2007).
Lecturer in criminology, Birkbeck College, London. Previously research fellow, Centre for Sociological Research on Law and Penal Institutions, Paris. Publications include ‘Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Greece: International Comparative Perspectives. (2011) (co-edited with L. K. Cheliotis).