International Board of Advisors

Prof. Alexei D. Voskressenski

Prof. Alexei D. Voskressenski

Alexei D. Voskressenski, professor Dr. Pol. Sc., Ph.D. (Victoria University of Manchester) and Ph.D. (Institute of Far Eastern Studies), directs the Centre for Comprehensive Chinese Studies and Regional Projects (MGIMO University). He joined MGIMO in 1999 as Head of the Department of Asian and African Studies (1999-2007), was dean of the School of Political Affairs and World Politics (2008-2017), and is professor of Asian Studies, IR, and Comparative Politics at the School of International Relations (MGIMO). He co-directs the joint program “German Studies Russia” of MGIMO University and the Freie Universität Berlin and is a founding editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Comparative Politics Russia, authored, and editor of fifty books published across the globe.

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Dr. Amit Gupta

Amit Gupta is an Associate Professor in the USAF Air War College, Alabama. His writings have focused on arms production and weapons proliferation, South Asian and Australian security policies, Diaspora politics, popular culture and politics and, more recently, on the US-China rivalry and the impact of demography on US foreign policy.

His articles have appeared in Orbis, Asian Survey, Security Dialogue, The Round Table, and Mediterranean Quarterly. He is also the author or editor of seven books the most recent of which are Air Power: The Next Generation, (Howgate Publishing, 2020), Maritime Heritage and Challenges in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific (Routledge, 2018).

Dr. Amit Kumar

Dr. Amit Kumar

Dr. Amit Kumar, the President of AAA International Security Consultants LLC, USA is a practicing expert with a special focus on security, crisis management, and resilience, public-private partnerships, and trade and investment issues pertaining to North American relations with South Asia and the Indo-Pacific. Dr. Kumar served as the Fellow for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at the Center for National Policy for several years as well as a Senior Fellow with the Anti-Money Laundering Association. Dr. Kumar previously worked with the Al-Qaida Taliban Sanctions regime at the United Nations where he offered substantive advice to the multilateral sanctions regime on matters related to the implementation of Assets Freeze measures against the Al-Qaida and Taliban, as well as issues relating to countering the financing of terrorism. While at the UN, he coordinated the UN’s project on terrorist financing indicators.
Dr. Kumar’s work has been published in the National Security Law Journal, the Journal of Homeland Security, the Hill, the American Bar Association’s Homeland Security Law Institute proceedings, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program at George Mason University, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and in two book chapters published by the India Foundation New Delhi. He has testified on terrorist financing issues before the Parliament of Canada and has widely spoken at conferences and events organized by the Association of Certified Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), the Middle East Institute. The Wilson Center, the India Foundation, the Chicago-Kent College of Law, the Society for Policy Studies Delhi, The Associated Chambers of Commerce in India, the Potomac Institute, Deloitte, the New York State Society of CPAs, the University of Maryland, the US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), the Foreign Service Institute, the US State Department, and the US Treasury amongst others. He has advised the US Congress on matters related to US-India Security and Counterterrorism Cooperation. Dr. Kumar has offered expert commentary to Fox News, Reuters, Zee News, Press Trust of India, and the Indo-Asian News Service. Dr. Kumar is a member of the review board of the prestigious Air Force Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs. His path-breaking work has been instrumental in adding value to the work of the policy planning and policy implementation communities in New Delhi, Washington DC, Ottawa, and New York. He has held adjunct professorships at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Texas A&M, Georgetown University, and the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.
He earned a Doctorate in Public Administration from American University in Washington D.C; a Masters of Philosophy in American Studies from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; a Masters in International Business from the University of Delhi; and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Cleo Paskal

Cleo Paskal

Cleo Paskal is an Associate Fellow in both the Asia-Pacific Programme and the Energy, Environment and Resources Programme at Chatham House, UK (a.k.a. Royal Institute of International Affairs), as well as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow for the Indo-Pacific in the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. As a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Visiting Fellow, she led a multi-year research project based at the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM) looking at geopolitical, geoeconomic and geo-physical change (the ‘three geos’) in the Indo-Pacific. She was also a Visiting Fellow at Gateway House (Indian Council on Global Relations) in 2019. She is currently working on a Chatham House research project looking at perceptions of strategic shifts in the Indo-Pacific from the points of view of India, the US, Japan, Oceania, the UK, and France.

Prof. Jakub

Prof. Jakub Zajączkowski

Jakub Zajączkowski, PhD, D.Litt is a Professor at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw. He is a Visiting Professor in over 20 universities across the globe. His expertise is on international relations in Indo-Pacific, Foreign Policy of India, the EU-Asia relations, regionalism and globalism. He has published over 50 articles in various research journals and edited volumes and is editor for a number of journals and books.

Prof. Khudoley K. Konstantin

Prof. Khudoley K. Konstantin

Khudoley K. Konstantin, Dr.(History), Professor of School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University, editor-in-chief of “Vestnik St. Petersburg University. International Relations”, coordinator of working group “Politics and International Relations” in the Forum “Dialogue Russia – Republic of Korea” under patronage of President of Russia and President of Republic of Korea. He was Dean of the School of International Relations (1994-2010) and Vice-Rector (2007-2012) of St. Petersburg State University, member of United Nations University Council (2010-2016). The author of more than 100 books and articles, which were published in 18 countries. He received the State Awards from President of Russia (Order Friendship) and President of Poland (Order Merits).

Dr. Le Van Toan

Dr. Le Van Toan

Dr. Le Van Toan, Ph.D., is the Chairman of the Research Committee and was the Founding Director General of the Centre for Indian Studies (CIS), Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics (HCMA) of Vietnam. Previously ,he had been in leadership roles in a number of institutes including the Institute of Scientific Information, the Journal of Theory Topics for Leadership of HCMA , Manager of the Sino-language training program of Hanoi University of Education (HUE) etc. He has published and edited over 49 books, and over 100 journal papers. He has been teaching and supervising at post-graduate programs of HCMA, HUE and many other universities.

Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf

Dr Siegfried O. Wolf

Dr Siegfried O. Wolf is the Director of Research at the South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), a Brussels based think tank, and he is the Senior Researcher (member) at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University. At Heidelberg University, he completed his Master of Arts degree (2003) and his PhD (2009) in South Asian Political Science. Additionally he is an affiliated researcher at the Pakistan Security Research Unit (PSRU, Durham University, UK), and a former research fellow at the Institute of Political Science (IPW, Heidelberg University) and Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH, New Delhi, India). He was member of the external expert group of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force, German Federal Foreign Office, and worked as a consultant for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany.

Dr. Yu Xinli

Dr. Yu Xinli

Dr Yu Xinli, Ph.D., is Director, Office of International Exchange & Cooperation and Director Hong Kong, Macao & Taiwan Affairs Office, Yunnan Minzu University. He was Director, Centre for India-China People to People Exchange Studies, Yunnan Minzu University from September 1999 to September 2000, a visiting scholar at Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) from October 1990 to October 1991 and a visiting scholar at Polytechnic of Central London (University of Westminster). He has published 17 books and a numerous paper on the internationalisation of higher education.

Prof. Yoichiro Sato

Prof. Yoichiro Sato

Professor Sato holds a BA (Law) from Keio University, MA (International Studies) from University of South Carolina, and Ph.D (Political Science) from University of Hawaii. He currently teaches at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and is the Dean of International Cooperation and Research and the Director of the Democracy Promotion Center. Previously, he has also taught at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Auckland University (New Zealand), Kansai Gaidai Hawaii College, and University of Hawaii.  His major works include Norms, Interests, and Power in Japanese Foreign Policy (co-edited with Keiko Hirata, Palgrave, 2008), and The Rise of China and International Security (co-edited with Kevin Cooney, Routledge, 2008), The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance (co-edited with Takashi Inoguchi and G. John Ikenberry, Palgrave, 2011), Regional Institutions, Geopolitics and Economics in the Asia Pacific (co-edited with Steve Rothman and Utpal Vyas, Routledge, 2017), Re-Rising Japan (co-edited with Hidekazu Sakai, Peter Lang, 2017).

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