Saul Cohen: Geopolitical Review 2012 – Events that Impacted US Foreign Policy

Introducing Saul Cohen

Saul CohenProfessor Saul Cohen is University Professor Emeritus at Hunter College and the City University of New York. He is also Editor of the Oxford World Atlas, among other positions. Professor Cohen obtained his PhD at Harvard University and is specialised in geopolitical theory and political geography. He has written extensively about political and economic geography, Israel and Middle East geography, education and environmental perception. In 2008, the second edition of his book “Geopolitics: the Geography of International Relations” was published. Read more

Daniel Lambach: Failed States – Definitions, Causes, Concepts, Local Governance

Introducing Daniel Lambach

Daniel LambachDaniel Lambach currently is an Interim Professor of International Relations at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany).

He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cologne (2006) after obtaining a Diplom in Political Science and Economics from the University in Marburg.

His research interests are fragile and collapsed states, norms of territoriality and sovereignty and the stability of authoritarian regimes. Read more

Sara Fregonese: Urban Geopolitics, Hybrid Sovereignty, international diplomacy

Introducing Sara Fregonese

Sara FregoneseEditor’s note: Publication of this interview marks a milestone in the development of ExploringGeopolitics as Sara Fregonese is the 100th contributor to the website. Many thanks to all scholars that made an effort to make the website so much larger than envisaged at the start!

Sara Fregonese is Birmingham Fellow at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Studies and the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham. She grew up in Italy where she obtained a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and an MA in Cross-Mediterranean Cooperation. Read more

Leonhardt van Efferink: Lebanon’s sovereignty – The military, social and political rise of Hezbollah


Leonhardt van EfferinkLeonhardt van Efferink is Editor of ExploringGeopolitics, Founding Director of GeoMeans Strategic Environment Analysis and PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London. He holds Master’s degrees in Geopolitics, Territory and Security (King’s College London) and Financial Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam). Read more

Jamie Scudder: Territorial Integrity – Modern States and the International System

Introducing Jamie Scudder

Jamie ScudderJamie Scudder is a Country Risk Analyst for Maplecroft. She obtained a Masters degree in Geopolitics from King’s College London where she secured a distinction. Read more

Martin Lewis: Metageographies, postmodernism and fallacy of unit comparability


Martin LewisDr Martin W. Lewis (Coos Bay Oregon, 1956) is a Senior Lecturer in History at Stanford University. He obtained his BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, followed by an MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. The research interests of dr Lewis include the historical development and political usage of key geographical ideas, environmental politics and the historical geography of an area in the Philippines. Read more

Stuart Elden: Territory, terror and sovereignty

Introducing Stuart Elden

Stuart EldenStuart Elden is Professor of Geography at Durham University. He obtained a BSc (Hons) in Politics and Modern History in 1994 and a PhD in Political Theory in 1999, both from Brunel University.

Professor Elden is editor of Society and Space (Environment and Planning D) and one of the founding editors of Foucault Studies. He is also Associate Director of the International Boundaries Research Unit. Read more

Emel Akçali – Cyprus’ geopolitical realities, representations and aspirations

Introducing Emel Akçali

Emel AkçaliEmel Akçali (1977) holds the Turkish and Cypriot nationality. She graduated in International Relations at both the American University (Paris, BA) and at the Université de Galatasaray (Istanbul, MA). Ms Akçali obtained her PhD in Political Geography at the Geography Institute of Paris IV-Sorbonne.

Her current position is Visiting Lecturer and Honorary Research Fellow at the Political Science and International Studies Department of University of Birmingham. Read more

Andrea Teti: Middle East – security, Sunni-Shia divide and the Palestinian question

Introducing Andrea Teti

Andrea TetiDr Andrea Teti (Naples, 1973) is Lecturer in International Relations at University of Aberdeen. His teaching focuses on Middle Eastern history and politics, and on political theory (particularly post-structuralism). Dr Teti studied for his MA (Hons.) and PhD at the University of St Andrews. Read more

Gideon Biger: Palestine’s history and origin of the borders

Introducing Gideon Biger

Dr. Gideon Biger (Jerusalem, 1945) holds the Israeli nationality and obtained his PhD in historical geography at the Hebrew University (Jerusalem) in 1979. He is currently professor in the department of geography and human environment at Tel Aviv university.

Mr. Biger’s areas of interest include historical geography, history of modern Israel and political geography. Moreover, he is an expert in international and national boundaries. Read more