Dr. Victoria Fontan

Dr. Victoria is Head and Associate Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the United Nations mandated University for Peace, Costa Rica. Her original specialization has been in insurgency studies, focusing on the role of humiliation in relation to the emergence of insurgencies, mostly in a Middle Eastern context. She has published on Lebanon and Iraq, and has worked on both countries for the first ten years of my academic career.She is now shifting specializations from Critical Terrorism Studies towards developing a decolonizing approach to Peace and Conflict Studies, emerging from a post-liberal peace paradigm.Dr.Victoria has been at the University for Peace since 2005, and has been involved various projects over the years. To date, she is the curriculum design co-ordinator for the UPeace Great Lakes Program, geared towards fostering capacity co-operation in Peace and Conflict Studies as well as Critical Pedagogy between ten African Academic Institutions and UPeace. This project is a direct application of her research on decolonizing peace. She is also involved in the development and management of the new UPeace Doctoral Program.

Dr. Kiyul Chung

Dr. Kiyul Chung who is Editor-in-chief at the 4th Media is presently Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University. He was former visiting professor at Chinese Academy of Social Science. Since 2010, Prof. Chung has been often sitting on several international media outlets such as CCTV News, Russia Today TV, Chinese Blue Ocean Network (BON) TV, and China Radio International (CRI) for their dialogue and/or debate, news commentator programs. Since mid 1990s, his Korean articles, columns, and papers have been published in several respected Korean progressive media outlets.

John M. Nomikos

John M. Nomikos (PhD) is the Director at the Research Institute for European and American Studies, Chairman of the Mediterranean Council for Intelligence Studies (MCIS), Chairman of the Greek Intelligence Studies Association (GISA) and co-Founder of the Athens Security Forum (ASF). He is a Visiting Professor at the Peace Keeping Security Studies (postgraduate program) in the University of Rome (Tre) in Italy. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of International Relations in the University of Indianapolis (Athens Campus). He earned his Bachelor Degree in Sociology at the Northeast Louisiana University in 1987, his Masters Degree in European Integration and Cooperation at the University of Hull, 1991, and his Doctorate Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy at the Washington International University in 2001. He specializes on transatlantic intelligence studies, intelligence reform, and national security architecture. He has done research and studied in various research institutions in USA, UK, Norway, Finland, Germany and Israel.John M. Nomikos directed the Greek team in a consortium of five countries (Northern Ireland-UK, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, and Israel) and completed successfully a two year (2009-2011) European Union-FP7 research project titled: SAFE COMMS on “Counter-terrorism Crisis Communication Strategies for Recovery and Continuity.”He is a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (IJIC); the Advisory Board for the Police, Practice and Research Journal (PPR); Editorial Board of the European Journal of Intelligence Studies (EJIS); Editorial Board of the Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies (JIPSS); International Advisory Board for the World Security Network Foundation (WSN); Editorial Board of the International Journal of Intelligence Ethics (IJIE). He is also a Member of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE), the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP), International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA), International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community (ICTAC), International Counter-Terrorism and Critical Incident Network (CTCIN) and International Counter-terrorism Officers Association (ICTOA).

Ariel González Levaggi

Ariel González Levaggi is Secretary of the Eurasian Department at the Institute for International Relations of the National University of La Plata. MA Candidate in Political Science and Sociology at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) and BA in International Relations from the Kennedy University of Argentina. His activities, studies and academic papers have focused on international relations, mainly in Latin American-Middle East relations and South-South Cooperation agenda. He is one of the founders of the Argentine Center of International Studies (Centro Argentino de Estudios Internacionales, CAEI), a Non-Profit Think Tank based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Also he is Senior Policy Advisor of the Ocean Security Initiative (OSI) and member of the Advisory Board of the Mediterranean Policy Centre (MPC). Also he has impulsed several social and academic initiatives like UNASUR Outlook, the journal Argentina en Asuntos Estratégicos, among others.