IAN J. BRZEZINSKI
Ian Brzezinski is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on Strategy and Security and the Council’s Europe Center. He brings to the Council three decades of experience in U.S. national security matters having served in senior policy positions in the Department of Defense and the U.S. Congress.
Mr. Brzezinski served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy (2001–5). His office formulated, coordinated and executed bilateral and regional engagement strategies and defense guidance with the Joint Staff, Unified Combatant Commands and Department of Defense elements. His lead responsibilities included NATO expansion, Alliance force planning and transformation and NATO operations in the Balkans, the Mediterranean, Afghanistan and Iraq. Key highlights of his tenure include the expansion of NATO membership in 2004, the consolidation and reconfiguration of the Alliance’s command structure, the standing up of the NATO Response Force and the coordination of European military contributions to U.S. and NATO- led operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans.
Mr. Brzezinski served for seven years on Capitol Hill, first as a Legislative Assistant for National Security Affairs to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Bill Roth, (1995–2000) and then as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (2000–1). In these capacities, he drafted and implemented legislative initiatives and strategies concerning U.S. interests in Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia. As the staff coordinator of the Senate NATO Observer Group, he facilitated coordination and communication between the U.S. Senate and the executive branch on NATO enlargement, NATO operations in the Balkans and Alliance force modernization among other issues.
Mr. Brzezinski served as a volunteer in Ukraine (1993-94) where he advised the Ukrainian National Security Council, Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry and Parliament. He served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff in the Department of Defense (1991–93), a Consultant to the Center for Naval Analysis (1991–92) and a Support Analyst/Information Assistant at the National Security Council (1986–7).
For his public service, Ian Brzezinski has been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service; the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gedimas; the Latvian Ministry of Defense Award; the Romanian Medal for National Service, Order of Commander; the Order of Merit, Republic of Poland, Officer Class; and Estonia’s Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, 5th Class.
Mr. Brzezinski worked for five years a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. providing policy and technical support to U.S. combatant commands and foreign clients. Today, he leads the Brzezinski Group, which provides strategic insight and advice to commercial clients.
DAVID FREDERIC CAMROUX
David Frederic Camroux, MCU (Senior Lecturer) in Asian Studies seconded to Sciences Po from the University of Paris 7 since 1998, and a researcher at the CERI since 1990. In East Asia, he is a Visiting Professor at Yonsei University (Seoul),Keio University (Tokyo) and the University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur). His previous positions at Sciences Po, were as Director of Studies at the Centre des hautes études sur l'Afrique et l'Asie modernes (CHEAM), from 1994-1998, and Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Centre from 1998-2004. Prior to this, he held positions at the University of Paris 12 and the University of Paris 8 (St Denis).
He was the founding European Corresponding Editor of The Pacific Review from 1994 till 2008. He is co-editor of the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs David Camroux studied for his first degree at the University of Sydney and for his doctorate at the Sorbonne. He has been an academic advisor and evaluator for EC financed European Studies programmes in Vietnam (2001-2004) and in China (2004-2008) as well as other occasional consultancy activities for the European Commission. He was a board member for the EU-NESCA (Network of European Studies in Asia) FP6 project (2005 - 2009) and is on the advisory board of the EsiA (European Studies in Asia) network established by the Asia-Europe Foundation, Singapore in 2005. His interdisciplinary academic background in history and the social sciences has led to a research approach which draws on both comparative politics and international relations theories and methods.
At the CERI he participates in the research group on International Relations and Migration. He was involved in the EU-funded FP6 research network, GARNET, and coordinates the CERI’s participation in an FP7 project, Mercury. He is a regular commentator on Southeast Asian and Australasian matters for the media. For his academic achievements, he was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes académiques in July 1993 and a Chevalier de l'Ordre des arts et des lettres in May 1997.
Barthélémy Courmont is Senior Research Fellow at IRIS. His fields of studies cover political and strategic issues in North-East Asia, China as a great power, the U.S. foreign policy, nuclear issues and new threats.
He is also Assistant-professor at the History Department at Catholic University in Lille, and Associate-director, security and defense, at the Raoul-Dandurand Chair in strategic and diplomatic studies (UQAM, Montreal).
Chief-editor of the quarterly , he has published about thirty monographs and directed books on geopolitics, appears often in the media, and has conducted various research projects for different organisms, including the French ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs. He also has a blog at www.globalbrief.ca
From 2011-2014, he was Professor of Politics at Hallym University (Chuncheon, Korea), Invited-Professor at UQAM (Montreal, Canada) from 2009-2010, and responsible for an exhibition on Hiroshima and the atomic bomb at the Caen Memorial in 2005 (www.hiroshima-nagasaki.org). Prior to joining IRIS in 2000, he was from 1999-2000 Assistant-research fellow at the French Center on the US (CET) at IFRI.
In parallel to his research activites at IRIS, he has also taught classes since 2001 at Science-po Lille, ESC Rouen, Paris 13 University and IRIS Sup’, and participated to numerous conferences and seminars on his fields, in France and abroad.
Barthélémy Courmont holds a PhD in political science from Paris 7 University (2005), a DESS (Master) defense from Paris 2 University (2000), a Masters degree in international and diplomatic relations from the Institute of High International Studies (1999), and studiedd History until DEA (Master, 1999). He was also visiting student at Columbia University (New York, U.S.) from 1998-1999.
He regularly publishes tourist books for the collection Petit futé, and travel books.
Dominik Mierzejewski is a professor at the Department of Asian Studies at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, chair at Center for Asian Affairs at the University of Lodz (university-based think-tank), main area of research: China foreign policy and role of local governments involvement in China’s foreign policy, studies at the Shanghai International Studies University (1999-2000, 2003-2004), internship in the Heritage Foundation (2003), Jan Karski scholarship by the American Center of Polish Culture (2003), visiting professor in the Chinese Academy of Social Science granted by the Polish Foundation for Science (2010-2011), member of: European International Studies Association, European Association for Chinese Studies (board member 2008-2014), member of Steering Committee - East Asia Net and editorial board member of “Azja-Pacyfik” (yearbook) and “Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia” (Austria/South Korea) and “Sinologia Hispanica”. He publishes two monographs, and dozens of articles published, e.g. in Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States.
JACEK REGINIA ZACHARSKI
Jacek Reginia-Zacharski is a political scientist and historian, a specialist in the history of international relations and political science, and international and national security. He defended his doctoral dissertation "The Ukrainian case in the politics of Great Britain in 1917-1923" at the Faculty of Philosophy and History. He obtained a doctoral degree in humanities in the field of history, specializing in the history of international relations (2000). The dissertation was published in print at the Adam Marszałek Publishing House in 2004. In March 2001, he was employed as an assistant professor at the Department of Foreign Policy and Security Theory at the Institute of Political Sciences at WSMiP University of Lodz. In 2015, the monograph: "War in the modern world. Participants-goals-models-theories" was recognized by the Council of the Faculty of Political Science at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin as the basis for awarding Jacek Reginia-Zacharski with the degree of habilitated doctor in social sciences (discipline: politics, specialization: international conflicts). In the years 2016-2019, he was the deputy dean for teaching at the Faculty of International and Political Studies at the University of Lodz. Currently, Jacek Reginia-Zacharski is a professor at the University of Lodz and the head of the Department of Theory of Foreign Policy and Security. Research interests focus on the issues of war and peace, international conflicts, national and supranational security (including the activities of international organizations). He also has developed research in the field of strategic studies recently. However, geopolitics, geostrategy and international order remain a separate area of research, constituting a link between the ones mentioned above.