Meet the Spykman Center's Team!
The Spykman Center is home to passionate individuals dedicated to producing efficient and insightful geopolitical analysis. Our members are the true force behind all activities of the Center.
Meet Our Admin Team
  • Manlio Graziano
    Prof. Graziano teaches Geopolitics and Geopolitics of Religions at Sciences Po Paris and at la Sorbonne. He collaborates with the Corriere della Sera (Milan), Scenari (Rome), Limes (Rome), The Conversation (Paris), and International Affairs Forum (Washington DC). He published several books, including at Il Mulino (Italy), Stanford University Press, Columbia University Press, and Palgrave-Macmillan (United States).
  • Mariam Qureshi
    Co-Founder
    Executive Director
    mariam@spykmancenter.org
    Mariam is a PhD Candidate in International Relations at University of Reading. Her research focuses on asymmetric alliances, international conflict and cooperation, and the impact of domestic politics on foreign policy, particularly of middle powers. She received her MA in International Affairs concentrating in Espionage and Surveillance from King’s College London. She is from Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Igor Lys
    Co-Founder
    Secretary General
    igor@spykmancenter.org
    Founder of the leading French government advisory company Gambit, Igor is a French expert in government development with over 12 years of experience in cultural diplomacy and international relations consulting. He has worked with governments in Europe as a private adviser on issues related to Eastern Europe and Russia before founding Gambit in 2018. Igor is an associate expert of the Jean Jaurès Foundation think tank in France. He is also the founder of the VOICES Film Festival, one of the biggest European cultural events in Russia (2010-2014). Igor has an MA in International Affairs from King’s College London, trained at Yale (psychology of morality) and Business School Lausanne (crisis leadership).
  • Kathryn Yeazel
    Operations Director
    kathryn@spykmancenter.org
  • Muhammad Asad Rafi
    Admissions Director
    admin@spykmancenter.org
  • Filippo Pallaroni
    Operations Manager
    admin@spykmancenter.org
  • Rocco Salvadori
    Editorials Manager
    (Articles)
    admin@spykmancenter.org
  • Francesco Stuffer
    Editorials Manager
    (Blogs)
    admin@spykmancenter.org
  • Arslan Suleymanov
    Events Co-Manager
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  • Milana Bagdasarian
    Events Co-Manager
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  • Andrea Rondoni
    Social Media Manager
  • Andrea Scotto
    Video Production Manager
Meet Our Editors
  • Manlio Graziano
    Editor in Chief
  • Brian Knowlton
    Copy Editor
  • Kathryn Yeazel
    Copy Editor
  • Muhammad Asad Rafi
    Senior Editor
  • Andrea Restaldi
    Senior Editor
  • Francesco Stuffer
    Senior Editor
  • Morgan Byerley
    Editor
  • Giordani Dimitrov
    Editor
  • Jacob Kitchiner
    Editor
  • Clément Masselin
    Editor
  • Filippo Pallaroni
    Editor
  • Mariam Qureshi
    Editor
Meet Our Analysts
  • Mariia Abdurashitova
    Analyst
    I was born in Uzbekistan, raised in Russia, and matured in Singapore. According to the World Bank, these are 175th, 71st and 7th places respectively by 2019 GDP per capita. Having lived in countries with dramatically different historical trajectories, I could not stop wondering what brings countries prosperity or poverty, and what shapes culture and national character. These relations, actions, and their circumstances fuel my interest in getting to the core of many political controversies and understanding the true meaning of political leadership. Hence why I am currently studying International Relations and International Organisations and Honours College in the University of Groningen, Netherlands. My personal and professional experiences (working in a co-governance body of the University) contribute to my interest in research and the field of IR and Geopolitics at large.

  • Milana Bagdasarian
    Analyst
    Milana Bagdasarian is a geopolitical analyst and legal researcher based in Poland, with a degree in International Relations from Collegium Civitas University in Warsaw.
    Her focus on maintaining ethical standards in global affairs is evidenced in her work at Global Animal Law, where she maintains a legal database on animal welfare legislation across the globe. Milana is also a debater, having founded a debate club during her time at university. An active participant in international security conferences, she continues to broaden her expertise in international affairs, including through her membership in the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS).
    Her dedication to both her professional field and animal welfare is rooted her commitment to creating a more equitable world.
  • Alexandra Baskin
    Analyst
    Alexandra is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Governance and Diplomacy at Science Po’s Paris School of International Affairs with a concentration in human rights. Originally from the United States, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Political Science from the University of South Florida with a minor in environmental policy. Alexandra works at the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, as part of WEF’s Early Careers Program. Alexandra’s past professional experience is centered around research and analysis, political strategy, and communications, including work in political consulting and for regional and international NGOs.
  • Morgan Byerley
    Analyst
    Morgan Byerley is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Alabama. In addition to a concentration in business, she is interested in South Korean and European affairs. She has used her experience in journalism and business to write for a variety of magazines and literary journals.
  • Giovanni Luca Catucci
    Analyst
    Giovanni Luca (Gianluca) is a postgraduate student of International Security at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, and the University of Trento; he has an LLB in EU and International law from the latter institution. He lives in Pisa, and grew up between Matera (IT) and Tokyo. His main areas of interest are US and European affairs, energy and climate security, and critical approaches to security. Beyond academics, he is a sports enthusiast, a guitar player, an avid reader and a globetrotter.
  • Antonio de Corso
    Analyst
    Antonio is currently pursuing a Master’s dual degree in International Development at
    Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs and Bocconi University with a
    concentration in Diplomacy. Born in Italy, he holds a Bachelor of Science in
    Economics and Finance at Bocconi University. His areas of interest include European
    political affairs and Mediterranean basin.
  • Sanne de Jong
    Analyst
    Sanne de Jong is pursuing a Master’s in Environmental Policy at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs. Originally from Germany and the Netherlands, she obtained her BA in International Relations from University College Maastricht. She has worked as a Research Intern at NATO and at the Transatlantic Policy Center at American University, Washington DC, gaining expertise in researching transatlantic relations and security issues related to climate change. She is passionate about researching US and EU affairs, climate geopolitics, international climate relations, and critical approaches to security.
  • Romane Dideberg
    Analyst
    Romane is completing a dual Master's degree at Sciences Po, where she specialised in International Governance and Diplomacy, and at the London School of Economics, in the International Relations department, with a keen interest in International Political Economy and African Studies. She holds a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University where she completed a dissertation on the peacekeeping activities of the African Union and its cooperation with the EU. She is from Liège, Belgium.
  • Giordani Dimitrov
    Analyst
    Currently pursuing a Master in International Governance and Diplomacy at Sciences Po Paris, Giordani is originally from Sofia, Bulgaria. He holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Sofia University. His professional experience is in the foreign policy apparatus and the diplomatic service of Bulgaria. Main areas of interest include France and its role in the EU, the Balkans, Central Asia, as well as the energy and arms industries.
  • Ho Ting (Bosco) Hung
    Analyst
    Ho Ting (Bosco) Hung is a BSc Politics and International Relations student at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is also a Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme (HKSES) scholar and a researcher at the International Team for the Study of Security Verona. Recently, he has presented at the Oxford Hong Kong Forum 2022 and was interviewed by Al Jazeera and Asharq News to provide geopolitical analyses of China’s political economy and global politics. He has written for The Journal of Conflict, Intelligence, and Warfare, The Webster Review of International History, Oxford Political Review, and other peer-reviewed publications and magazines. His research interests focus on Sino-US relations, Chinese politics, foreign policy analysis, gender, political economy, and human rights.
  • Will Kingston-Cox
    Analyst
    Will is a final year BA History and Politics student at the University of Warwick. He specialises in Russian and Eastern European politics, with a specific research interest in post-Soivet separatism and nationalism. Will writes for a variety of publications and organisations such as Oxford Political Review and Institute for a Greater Europe.
  • Jacob Kitchiner
    Analyst
    Jake is a King’s College London alumni who specialises in areas of peace and security. An experienced operations leader within the education sector, Jake’s other interests are reading, running, football, travel and cricket.
  • Edoardo Maria Landoni
    Analyst
    Edoardo is a PhD Fellow at NASP, a collaborative doctoral program between the University of Milan and University of Pavia, specializing in Political Studies with a specific focus on International Studies. Having earned his master's degree in International Relations from the University of Milan, his research pursuits primarily revolve around international security, strategic studies, and geopolitics. At present, he is actively engaged in a project that delves into the realm of cybersecurity, exploring the emerging challenges posed by cyberwarfare.
  • Alberto Maggi
    Analyst
    Alberto is currently completing a bachelor's degree in "International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs" at the University of Bologna, Italy, with an exchange program at the National University of Singapore. As a ONE Youth Ambassador, he engages in advocacy activities with Italian institutions, focusing particularly on issues related to climate change and extreme poverty in the African continent. His main areas of interest are climate diplomacy, North-South relations and China's foreign policy.
  • Clément Masselin
    Analyst
    Clément is a Sciences Po-PSIA student currently pursuing a Master in International Governance and Diplomacy, with concentration in Global Risks. He completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Sciences Po Paris on the Reims Campus under the Euro-American Program, and spent a semester in exchange at the University of British Columbia. He is interested in international security issues, international relations, and the challenge of energy transition. His main area of focus are nuclear weapons policies, with an emphasis on the impact they have on international relations, and the extent to which they shape the diplomatic and military strategies of nuclear-armed and non-nuclear-armed countries. As recognition of his work, he was chosen to be a panel presenter during the 2023 Youth and Leaders Summit held by PSIA in Paris.
  • Normunds Palabinskis
    Analyst
    Originally born in Latvia, I moved to the Netherlands two years ago to study International Relations and International Organization at the University of Groningen. My interests are wide-ranging; I studied in the STEM-centred high school with particular emphasis on math and chemistry whilst also reading and analysing world news, attending improv club, and organizing the events. My experiences have taught me to value diversity and hard work, and I stand by these values.
  • Filippo Pallaroni
    Analyst
    Filippo is currently pursuing a master's dual degree in "International Governance and Diplomacy" at SciencesPo Paris and Peking University with a concentration in diplomacy. Born and raised in Italy, he holds a bachelor's degree in "International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs" from the University of Bologna with exchange programs in Buenos Aires and Berkeley. His areas of interest are China and Western Europe.
  • Domenico Parisi
    Analyst
    Born in Turin in 1988, Domenico has a BA in Political Science from the University of Studies of Turin and MA in International Relations from the University of International Studies of Rome. He was awarded twice by the Fondazione Italia-USA as Professional and Brand Ambassador because of his excellent academic career. He was granted two scholarships for MA in Communication, Marketing & Made in Italy and MA in Leadership of International Relations. He regularly contributes as geopolitical analyst for the think tank Istituto Analisi Relazioni Internazionali (IARI) as an IR expert. With an MA in Management of Human Resources, he works as a recruiter. In his spare time he studies to get a deeper understanding of the world everybody is surrounded by.
  • Manfredi Pozzoli
    Analyst
    Manfredi is a dual degree master's student in International Relations at Sciences Po and LSE. He completed his BA in History and International Relations at King’s College London with a dissertation on early-Cold War covert operations. He is from Rome, Italy.
  • Muhammad Asad Rafi
    Analyst
    Asad is a Sciences Po-Paris School of International Affairs alumnus with a MA in International Security. His areas of expertise are South Asian foreign policy and security issues, mainly focused on Pakistan and its relations with its neighbours and beyond, with a keen interest in climate change and global power politics. Asad has worked as a researcher with UNESCO in Paris, and Tabadlab in Islamabad. Currently, he is working as a Research Associate to the Minister at the Ministry of Climate Change in Pakistan, where he guides and advises on issues related to climate change and Pakistan.
  • Leah Rachel Rea
    Analyst
    Leah Rea is a scholarship PhD researcher at the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University, where she examines the relationship between constitutional conventions and the progression of human rights in Northern Ireland in the context of international human rights law. She has an MA in Violence, Terrorism and Security, an MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, and an LLB, all from Queen’s University Belfast. She currently serves on the Human Rights Working Group of the European Student Thinktank, and is a member of the FEPS YAN (8th Cycle). She is an alumnus of the Washington Ireland Programme (2021) and the British Council's Study USA scholarship programme (2014-2015). She is interested in the role of international human rights law and related institutions with focus on foreign policy and geopolitics.
  • Andrea Restaldi
    Analyst
    Andrea is pursuing his Master's degree in International Governance and Diplomacy at Sciences Po Paris. He holds a Bachelor's degree in International studies from the University of Turin. Turin, Italy is also his hometown.
  • Ulysse Richard
    Analyst
    Ulysse Richard is an International Security dual Master’s candidate at Sciences Po & Peking University. His research interests include the ethics of emerging technologies, cybersecurity, and China’s foreign policy. He currently interns within the CyberPeace Institute’s Threat Intelligence team in Geneva and the UN Office for Disarmament’s Science, Technology, and International Security Unit in New York.
  • Andrea Rondoni
    Analyst
    Andrea is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. He contributes in a geopolitical student think tank, Aleph - Analisi Strategiche, with focus on intelligence and defense, and his areas of interest are the Mediterranean basin and Northern Africa.
  • Saverio Rotella
    Analyst
    Saverio is an undergraduate student in International Relations at University of Perugia, Italy. During his Erasmus he also studied at KU Leuven, Belgium. His main areas of interest are NATO, European and North American relations, Western European foreign policy and the European Union. He collaborates with European and Italian think tanks such as the European Student Think Tank, Orizzonti Politici and Il Caffè Geopolitico. In the past, he wrote for the Italian magazine Geopolitica.info.
  • Rocco Salvadori
    Analyst
    Rocco holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs from the University of Bologna, where he graduated with First Class Honours. He also studied International Relations at University of Surrey as an exchange student. He is currently pursuing a Diploma in Global Security at ISPI School. His field of expertise is related to security issues and conflict analysis, with a focus on the Indo-Pacific and MENA regions.
  • Andrea Scotto
    Analyst
    Andrea is currently pursuing a MSc in Economics at Tilburg University. He previously studied International Affairs and Diplomacy at the University of Bologna, where he graduated with First Class Honours. He also studied at SciencesPo Rennes during his Erasmus. His areas of interest are related to the intersection of economics and geopolitics. He is particularly focused on International Trade issues and South East Asia.
  • Riya Shah
    Analyst
    Riya is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Security at Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs. Originally from the United States, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a minor in International Studies from Boston College. She previously worked as an Investment Banker at UBS. Her areas of interest include diplomacy, peace-building, and post-conflict development.
  • William Tomblin Shaw
    Analyst
    William Tomblin Shaw is a BSc Politics & International Relations student at the London School of Economics (LSE). With a keen research interest in Migration Studies and inter-ethnic conflict, William has spent time in Uganda and Cambodia gathering evidence for upcoming publications. Other areas of academic interest include Eastern European politics and Classical Political Theory.
  • Francesco Stuffer
    Analyst
    Francesco is a Geopolitical analyst who graduated from the Paris School of International Affairs – Master in International Governance and Diplomacy, his centers of interest are the Post-Soviet Space and the Balkans. He occasionally writes on Scenari and International Affairs Forum.
  • Arslan Suleymanov
    Analyst
    Born and raised in Uzbekistan and currently in Warsaw, Poland, Arslan is an undergraduate IR student at Collegium Civitas University. His thesis is on the containment of Russia's irredentist policies in post-Soviet states. He is the founder and chairman of the Collegium Civitas Debating Society, and has contributed to the European Student Think Tank and IAPSS. He has professional experience in geopolitical and legislative research, reporting, editing, and copywriting. Having served as an editor for a healthcare magazine in the United States, he plans to pursue a career as an international criminal law specialist. His primary area of interest is Central and Eastern Europe, and he is eager to contribute to the redefinition, enhancement, and maintenance of the rules-based international order. This involves transcending Westphalian principles of cooperation and competition and adapting to the complex nature of global connectivity.
  • Ruxu Tang
    Analyst
    Ruxu is completing a joint bachelor’s degree in sociology and French at London School of Economics (LSE). She is currently doing an exchange year at the Menton campus of Sciences Po Paris, with a concentration in political theory and comparative politics. She is originally from Shanghai, China. Her areas of interest include the Middle East and North Africa political affairs, as well as UK and US foreign aid policies.
  • Kathryn Yeazel
    Analyst
    Kathryn has a BA in Global Security and East Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She previously worked as an English teacher in Japan, a JET Program Coordinator at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC, and a Program Officer for the Japan International Cooperation Agency. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in International Economic Policy from Sciences Po while working as a Program Coordinator for Kizuna Across Cultures.