The following scholars, writers, and editors are available to members of the media to talk about their work in this area. Following is information about their background, special interests, and preferred manner of contact. Listed email addresses should be copied into an email client, replacing "at" with "@".
James Hughes is Professor of Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics, UK. He specializes in the analysis of contemporary political violence and terrorism, including internal armed conflicts and civil wars that pose international security challenges. His work also spans the role of ideology in statebuilding, including studies of totalitarianism, the relationship between nationalism and democratization, and the ideological roots of mass killing, ethnic cleansing and genocide. His research addresses the causes, dynamics, prevention, management and settlement of national and ethnic conflicts, as well as post-conflict stabilization, reconstruction and state-building in deeply divided societies. His areas of expertise include the conflicts in the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, and Northern Ireland. His research and consultancy work has involved long periods of fieldwork and hundreds of interviews in almost all of the countries of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Ukraine. His current work encompasses radicalization and political violence broadly, with a focus on the relationship between communities and movements engaged in ideologically motivated violence, and state responses to political violence.
Email: j.hughes at lse.ac.uk
Stasys Knezys served in the Soviet Union’s Air Defense Forces before retiring as a colonel. When Lithuania became independent, he joined the staff of the newly formed Lithuanian Defense Ministry and served as inspector of its armed forces, then as military advisor to the president. One of his primary duties was to oversee the withdrawal of the Soviet Army from Lithuania.
Email: sbal at uj.pfi.lt
Assaf Moghadam is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel.
Email: assafm at hotmail.com
Romanas Sedlickas, a major in the U.S. Air Force, then a criminal defense attorney in New York, resettled in Lithuania in 1991 to help with its reconstruction. He has traveled widely throughout the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation and presently divides his time between teaching and working as a legal and management consultant to various Lithuanian firms and government institutions.
Email: romanas.sedlickas at lrs.lt
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