Oscar graduated from the University of Manchester in 2015 with a BA in Russian Studies, before then proceeding to complete an MA in Russian and Post-Soviet Politics at University College London in 2016. Upon the completion on his master’s degree, Oscar moved to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for six months where he worked as an English teacher and volunteered as a researcher and publications assistant at a local NGO, the Bulan Institute for Peace Innovations.
Throughout and following his studies Oscar has developed a keen interest in the politics and society of the countries of the former Soviet Union, particularly with regards to minority rights, ethnic conflict, nationalism, internet activism and censorship.
Jim recently graduated at Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) in the MSc programme Globalisation, Migration and Development, a trajectory within the Master of Human Geography. For his master thesis, he focused on the topic of borders and migration in the Mediterranean. While doing a research internship at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2015, he carried out extensive fieldwork in Catalonia, as well as in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla and Morocco. In 2016, he worked as a volunteer at Vluchtelingenwerk Oost-Nederland, becoming involved with the Dutch language learning of Eritrean refugees.
With a BA in Romance Languages and Cultures (Radboud University), and with stays in Granada (Spain) and Porto (Portugal), Jim has always shown a big interest in languages, linguistics and literature and currently also works as a professional freelance translator. The Caucasus, as a highly multi-ethnic, multilingual and multicultural entity, has always had his attention. His main research interests include borders, political relations, migration, religious extremism and demographics.
Bennett is a recent graduate of Wake Forest University (North Carolina, USA), where he received highest honors in Politics and International Affairs and the Study of Religions. He will begin an MA degree in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) in September 2018.
Previously, Bennett was an International Fellow at the Caucasus Research Resource Center- Georgia. He has additionally held positions at the Program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS). His research interests include terrorism, violent non-state actors, sub-state conflict, counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism, with a focus on the Caucasus region
Interested in the intersection between conflict and culture, especially in the post-Soviet space, Anne Hardt currently is part of the Erasmus Mundus Master in Public Policy. Finalizing her first year at Central European University in Budapest she will finish her degree at the Institut Barcelona d’ Estudis Internacionals next year.
Previously, after two years of classical singing in the Netherlands until 2013, Anne graduated in Social Sciences with a focus on International Relations and East-West issues in her hometown Cologne in 2015. Among others she has worked with the Lew Kopelew Forum, UN Women, UN OCHA, the Human Rights Initiative at CEU, the WageIndicator Foundation, the Alumni Society of the German-Russian Youth Parliament and the Caucasian House.
Aurėja is a student of political science at Institute of International Relations and Political Science in Vilnius University, Lithuania. Since it’s her last year, she is also working on her bachelor thesis related to minority rights and collective memory. As an international student at Eötvös Loránd University with the specialization of nationalism Aurėja spent her last autumn semester in Budapest, Hungary. In Tbilisi she studies at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi state university.
She is currently working on the project„ Developing Women Social and Economic Activities in Georgia: the Case of Pankisi Valley and Akhalgori.“ Her academic interests are nationalism, minorities, development of the Baltic States, the studies of post-soviet space.
Juliette Vieillevigne is a political science student from Paris, France. Over the summer 2015, she did an internship in the Peacebuilding and Minority Integration Programme of the Centre for Cultural Relations – Caucasian House in Tbilisi, before working for 2 months as an open source intelligence analyst for Hozint – Horizon Intelligence, a consulting firm specialising in political and security risk monitoring.
Ivan has a large academic background in political science, international relations, and peace studies. He has a BA degree in Political Science and International Relations from the American University in Bulgaria. He currently doing his M.Phil. International Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). In addition, he participated in CIFRU (Centre International Francophone de Rencontres Universitaires), Dijon, France, which was a socio-cultural programme for the international students. Finally, he obtained a diploma from the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems, Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic). He successfully applies the academic knowledge while being an intern for the Caucasian House.