Abed Althalji is an Economist & Policy Analyst. He is a former risk analyst at American Express and served as a compliance advisor to multiple INGOs. He studied MSc in International trade at Gothenburg University in Sweden and a BBA in economics at the American University of Kuwait. He also received policy training at Oxford University (Said School) & Harvard University (Kennedy School).
Eylaf Bader Eddin studied English, Arabic and Comparative Literature in Damascus, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, and Marburg. From 2004 to 2009, he studied English language and literature at the University of Damascus. He received his MA in 2014 from the University of Vincennes in Saint-Denis (Paris 8) for his thesis entitled “(Un)-Translating Slogans of the Syrian Revolution.” From 2015 to 2020, he studied in the Cotutelle doctoral program of the University of Aix-Marseille and Philipps-Universität Marburg. He is the author of his open-access book published in De Gruyter, entitled “Translating the Language of the Syrian Revolution 2011-2012.” He was a post-doctoral researcher in the DFG-funded research group “Figures of Thought | Turning Points” on Syrian cultural practices at Philipps-Universität Marburg. Currently, he is a research associate of the research project SYRASP ERC grant and a EUME Fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin, researching Prison Songs in Syria and exile.
Ghuna Bdiwi is a Syrian human rights lawyer and a PhD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School – York University. Her research interests are in the many facets including: international law, international human rights, international criminal law, R2P, transitional justice, refugee and migration, and legal theory, with an intensive concentration on the current situation in Syria and the Middle East. Ghuna received many awards during her professional and academic journey, such as the 2016 John Peters Humphrey Fellowship in International Human Rights form the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL), and the 2015 Graduate Fellowship form the Nathanson Center on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security – York University. In addition to her academic achievements, Ghuna has been acknowledged for her advocacy work in defending human rights in Syria. In 2015 Ghuna has received the International Human Rights award from the International Center for Human Rights in Canada.
Dr Francesco Belcastro is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Derby and a Fellow at the CSS, University of St Andrews. His areas of research are conflict, sport and politics and politics of the Middle East (particularly Israel/Palestine and Syria).
Gabriel Garroum is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Research Group in International Public Law and International Relations at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). He holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London (2021). His interdisciplinary research focuses on the relationships between practices of violence and power, space, and political subjectivities, particularly in Syria.
Rena Netjes studied Arabic and Hebrew at the University of Amsterdam. She taught Arabic and Hebrew, was a local politician in Amsterdam and worked as a journalist in Egypt. Since 2016 she has focused on northern Syria, regularly visits northern Syria and is (co-)author of several publications on PYD/YPG and SNA areas.
Ph.D. in Institutions and Policies at the Catholic University of Milan. Researcher at OASIS International Foundation and Teaching Assistant in Geopolitics, History of Islamic Asia, History of Civilization and Political Culture at the Catholic University of Milan. Analyst for NATO Defense College Foundation.