Dr. Jeremy Garlick recently received a Ph.D in political science from Palacký University Olomouc, writing a doctoral dissertation on how to understand the future of China. In total, Dr. Garlick has accumulated 14 years of teaching at universities and colleges of higher education in China, South Korea, Britain and the Czech Republic. He now works as a lecturer in International Relations at the Jan Masaryk Centre for International studies.
Dr. Evangelos Fanoulis is a postdoctoral researcher at the Metropolitan University Prague. Previously, he was a lecturer in Politics at the University of Leicester, where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on EU politics and European integration. His main area of research is EU common security and defence policymaking. Dr. Fanoulis held an academic position at the University of Essex and has practical experience working within the European Commission and European External Action Service as well.
Nona Mikhelidze is a Senior Fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Italy. She holds a M.A. in Regionalism: Central Asia and Caucasian Studies from the Humboldt University Berlin (HU) and was awarded with the Volkswagen Foundation Scholarship as a Research Fellow at HU. She holds also M.A. and B.A. degrees in International Relations from the Tbilisi State University. Since 2013 she is a PhD student in Political Science at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. Currently she is scientific coordinator of the project Azerbaijan, Caucasus and the EU: Towards Close Cooperation?. Her research interests include the European Neighbourhood Policy and conflict resolution in the South Caucasus, the Wider Black Sea and regional cooperation, Turkey and Caspian Region, and Russian foreign policy in the ex-Soviet space.
Ida Manton is a trainer and researcher in the field of negotiations. She currently teaches International Negotiations, Diplomacy and Contemporary practice at various Diplomatic Academies, Institutes, Organizations and Universities throughout Europe. She has trained diplomats, government officials, business people and students in international negotiation processes, mediation and conflict resolution. Her professional engagement includes mainly work in International Organizations (Peace Corps, NATO, OSCE) in the fields of languages, culture, democratization, minority rights, public relations, local governance and decentralization. In her over 15 years of professional experience, she has conducted lectures and presentations on variety of topics: international negotiations, diplomacy, public relations, cross-cultural intertwining, literature, community development, human rights, effective communication, various OSCE-related topics etc.