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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded solutions to enduring geopolitical problems
 
Ax:son Johnson Research Assistant in Applied History
Ax:son Johnson Research Assistant in Applied History
Biography: 

Currently in the second year of his PhD programme, Mr. Krasniqi is completing his research under the supervision of Professor Brendan Simms, which focuses on the evolving U.S. approach and response towards armed Albanian trans-boundary secessionism in the Balkans between 1998—2001, and how this influenced America’s emerging regional strategy based on the maintenance of recognised borders driven by a need to placate Albanian grievances in the region and a democratisation policy intended to convert Serbia into a responsible regional actor. Rooted in Applied History, the work is also intended to look towards understanding what lessons can be drawn from these cases when approaching other current and potential future armed trans-boundary secessionist movements around the globe that challenge American security interests in and out of Europe, such as; resurgent Serbian nationalism in the Balkans; Russian armed separatists in Eastern Europe and Kurdish autonomist and independence movements in the Middle-East.

Ax:son Johnson Research Assistant in Applied History
Biography: 

Ela Moussa’s research is rooted in rational choice theory and institutionalized region building as a conflict-resolution mechanism. Her PhD first explores why regional institutions in the Middle East have largely been ineffective. Second, it investigates whether the collective action problem of transboundary water management can incentivize states to design a more effective regional institution. Ela holds an MPhil from Cambridge in Politics and International Relations and worked as a researcher for the European Commission prior to starting her PhD. 

Ax:son Johnson Research Assistant in Applied History
Biography: 

Arjun is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Geopolitics and recently completed his PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge.  From Virginia, he previously spent most of his career at the US Department of Justice.  Arjun coordinates the Grad Student Discussion Group

Ax:son Johnson Research Assistant in Applied History
Biography: 

James is is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Geopolitics, and the holder of the JH Plumb Scholarship at Christ’s College. He is in the second year of his PhD in Politics and International Studies, and his research is into theorisations of popular sovereignty as a political fiction. 

Christopher Wadibia
Ax:son Johnson Research Assistant in Applied History
Biography: 

Christopher Wadibia is a third year PhD candidate in the Faculty of Divinity and Selwyn College studying the relationship between Pentecostalism and sustainable development in Nigeria. Before coming to Cambridge, Christopher completed a BA inGovernment at Georgetown University in 2016, won a Fulbright research grant with the United States Department of State to study Muslim-Christian relations in Nigeria in 2017, and completed an MPhil in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies at Trinity College Dublin in 2018 where he won the James Haire Prize for Outstanding Coursework. Christopher's doctoral research seeks to explain how the themes of power politics and capacity-building inform the social development enterprises of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), one of Nigeria's most sociopolitically influential indigenous Pentecostal churches. Alongside his appointment as an Ax:son Johnson Research Assistant in Applied History for the Centre for Geopolitics, Christopher also serves as an Honorary PhD Scholar at the Woolf Institute, assistant editor for the academic journal PentecoStudies, and as a convener for Cambridge University's Protestant Political Thought (PPT) reading group.