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Vol. 39, N° 3, 2017

About the authors

Fernando Brancoli is Assistant Professor of International Security at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil, and a Research Affiliate at the Global Security Hubat the University of California–Santa Barbara, USA. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the San Tiago Dantas Program (Unesp/Unicamp/PUC-SP), and has worked at Humanitarian Organisations in North Africa and the Middle East, including the Mercenary Control group at the United Nations. He was a member of research groups at the University Paris I–Panthéon Sorbonne (France), and at the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (Lebanon). His research interests relate to the intersection between Critical Security Studies and post-structural methodological practices, such as ethnographic and discourse analysis applied to contemporary conflicts.

Gilberto Marcos Antonio Rodrigues is Adjunct Professor (tenured) of International Relations at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC), and a researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq/MCTIC), Brazil. In 2017, he was a Research Fellow of the Centre for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) of the American University, USA, and in 2010, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Civil and Human Rights of the University of Notre Dame, USA. He has published extensively on international organisations, human rights and federalism. His latest publication is a chapter on ‘Concurrent Power and Local Interest in Brazil’s Federalism’ in a book edited by Brill-Nijhoff (2017).

Giovanni Molano Cruz is Professor at the Institute of Political Studies and International Relations (IEPRI) of the National University of Colombia. His teaching and research interests include: international political sociology, regional integration processes, external relations of Latin America and the Caribbean, the relationship between Latin America and the European Union, global regulations against illicit flows. Among his recent publications are: ‘L’interégionalisme euro-latino- américain. Quel partenariat stratégique?’ in Sebastián Santander (ed), Concurrences Régionales dans un monde multipolaire émergent (Peter Lang, 2016) and ‘La Política de la Unión Europea de lucha contra la droga en América Latina y el Caribe,’ in Giovanni Molano-Cruz (ed), La Unión Europea en América Latina y el Caribe: Lógicas y políticas de un actor global (Universidad Sergio Arboleda, 2015).

Joana Castro Pereira holds a PhD in International Relations/Globalization and Environment from the New University of Lisbon, and a BA in Languages and International Relations from the University of Porto, Portugal. She is Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Lusíada University-North (Porto) Faculty of Law, Associate Researcher at the Portuguese Institute of International Relations (IPRI-NOVA), and a Post-doctoral Fellow of the Institute of International Relations of the University of Brasília. Her research interests include the international system in the Anthropocene, International political economy of climate change, global governance, and geo-engineering. Her latest publication is ‘Geoengineering, scientific community, and policymakers: a new proposal for the categorization of responses to anthropogenic climate change’ (SAGE Open, 2016).

Jonathan D Rosen is a Research Scientist at Florida International University’s Jack D Gordon Institute for Public Policy, and a former Research Professor at the Universidad del Mar–Oaxaca, Mexico. He is the author of US-Cuba Relations: Charting a New Path (Lexington Books, 2016), The Losing War: Plan Colombia and Beyond (State University Press of New York, 2015), and Fragile States in the Americas (Lexington Books, 2016). He is co-editor of Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, and Violence in the Americas Today (University Press of Florida, 2015), and Colombia’s Political Economy at the Outset of the Twenty-First Century: From Uribe and Beyond (Lexington Books, 2015), among others.

Manoela Miklos holds an MA degree and a PhD degree in International Relations from the San Tiago Dantas Postgraduate Programme in International Relations (UNESP/ UNICAMP/PUC-SP), Brazil. Her doctoral thesis, defended in 2015, was entitled The urban dimension of contemporary conflicts and the fragile cities: new perspectives and practices. Her current research interests focus on the nexus between international and public security, gender issues, and cities as the locus of globalisation and of transnational phenomena. Currently, she works as Special Assistant for the Latin American Program at the Open Society Foundations, USA.

Mariana Kalil is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil. She is Vice-Chair of the Global South Caucus, Grad Student Representative in the Theory Section of the International Studies Association (ISA), and integrates the Communications Team of the Oxford academic journal International Political Sociology. She is also a lecturer (Professor in Collaboration) in International Relations at the Institute for Strategic Studies (INEST/UFF), and a former temporary lecturer (Substitute Professor) in the Department of Defence and International Strategic Logistics (DGEI/ UFRJ). She is the author of ‘Brazil’s Rise in the 21st Century: Ambitions and Difficulties’, in Jacqueline Braveboy-Wagner (ed), Diplomatic Strategies of Nations in the Global South: The Search for Leadership (Palgrave, 2016), among others.

Miguel Rodrigues Freitas holds a Postgraduate Degree in Urban Engineering/Sustainable Cities from the University of Minho, and a BA in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic of Porto – School of Engineering, Portugal. Since 2008, he has worked in the water sector at the Department of Studies and Planning of Águas do Norte, SA (AdP Group, Portugal – www.adp.pt/en). He is a Masters Candidate in Urban Engineering at the University of Minho. His dissertation is a critical review of the usefulness of different water performance indicators for water resources management and policy. His current research interests include efficiency, security, management and governance of water systems.

Oscar Medeiros Filho is an Army Officer. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Geography and a PhD in Political Science from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. He currently co-ordinates research at the Centre for Strategic Studies of the Army (CEEEx/ EME). Previously, he taught Geography, Sociology and Politics at the Preparatory School for Cadets of the Brazilian Army; International Relations and Geography at the Military Academy of Agulhas Negras; and Geopolitics at the Meira Mattos Institute of the Army Command and General Staff College.

Paul Amar is Professor in the Global Studies Department at the University of California— Santa Barbara, United States. He is a political scientist, and anthropologist with affiliate appointments in Feminist Studies, Sociology, Comparative Literature, Middle East Studies, and Latin American & Iberian Studies. He currently serves as Director of the MA, and PhD Programs in Global Studies, and as Coordinator of the Global Security Studies Hub. Before he began his academic career, he worked as a journalist in Cairo, a police reformer and sexuality rights activist in Rio de Janeiro, and as a conflict-resolution and economic development specialist for the United Nations.

Rhys Machold is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Canada. Taking a transnational perspective, his  research focuses on issues of violence,  security, and policing within contemporary urban spaces  and the political economies of security industries. Analysing the work of Israeli security experts and police trainers in India after the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai (26/11), his doctoral dissertation explored how local actors use policy transfer to negotiate public controversies surrounding policing capacity and security preparedness in the city. This work was based on multi-sited empirical fieldwork conducted in Israel/Palestine, India and the United Kingdom. His articles have been published in Environment and Planning A, Antipode, Security Dialogue, and Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology.

Roberto Zepeda is a researcher at the Center for Research on North America (CISAN) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and former Research Professor at the Institute of International Studies at the Universidad del Mar-Huatulco, Mexico. His publications include ‘Collateral Effects of Migration in the Americas: Security Implications’, in Bruce M Bagley, Jonathan D Rosen and Hanna S. Kassab (eds), Reconceptualising Security in the Americas in the Twenty-First Century (Lexington Books 2015), and Drug War Mexico: Politics, Neoliberalism, and Violence in the New Narco-economy (Zed Books, 2012). Since 2014, he has been a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI Level 1) in Mexico. He specialises in the study of neoliberalism, migration, labour unions, and narcotrafficking.

Sílvia Roque is an FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology) Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal, where she has also been a permanent researcher in the field of Peace Studies since 2008. She holds a PhD in International Relations and Conflict Resolution from the same university and an MA degree in African Studies from ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon. Her previous research focused on youth, gender, and everyday violence in post-war countries (El Salvador and Guinea-Bissau). Her current research analyses experiences of African migrants and Afro-descendent youths, and European policies and discourses around crisis, security, and post-colonialism. In 2016 she published the book Pós-guerra? Percursos de violência nas margens das Relações Internacionais (Coimbra: Almedina).

Thiago Mattioli is a PhD candidate in Human and Social Sciences at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Brazil. He holds an MA in Human and Social Sciences from the same university, and a BA in International Relations
from the Santo Andre Foundation University Centre, Brazil. His doctoral research deals with the application of the notions of policy transfer and policy diffusion to decentralised international co-operation via international city networks. His research interests include decentralised co-operation for development, and paradiplomacy. He has twice come second in the UFABC Graduate Student Human and Social Sciences competition. He currently holds a scholarship from the same institution.

Thiago Rodrigues is Head of Department in the Institute for Strategic Studies (INEST) at Fluminense Federal University (UFF) in Brazil; Communications Director of the Global South Caucus (International Studies Association, ISA); and Director of Institutional Relations of the Brazilian Association for Defence Studies (ABED). He specialises in the study of drug trafficking and International Relations theory. He is also Assistant Editor of the Oxford academic journal International Political Sociology, and co-editor of the books Drug Policies and the Politics of Drugs in the Americas (Springer, 2016), and Drogas, Política y Sociedad en América Latina y Caribe (CIDE, 2015), among others.

Tomaz Paoliello is Professor of International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), Brazil. He holds an MA degree and a PhD degree in International Relations from the San Tiago Dantas Postgraduate Programme in International Relations (UNESP/UNICAMP/PUC-SP). His doctoral thesis, defended in 2016, was entitled The Anatomy of a Private Military and Security Company: DynCorp through a global perspective. He is also a member of the Research Group on International Conflicts (GECI/PUC-SP). His current research focuses on private military and security companies, public–private security assemblages, the transnational dynamics of urban violence, and the contemporary logics of pacification and occupation.

Veronica F. Azzi is a PhD candidate at the Institute of International Relations at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil. She holds an MA in International Politics and Public Policy from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a BA in International Relations from PUC-Rio. Her interests include security, gender, state fragility, instability and political violence, militarisation, and security policies. She has worked at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a Research Associate, where she co-authored articles on juvenile incarceration and youth protection initiatives, such as for a joint research project to advocate for a safe harbour law in California to protect young females arrested on charges of prostitution.

Zeynep Gülşah Çapan is a lecturer in International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey, and a lecturer at the University of Erfurt in Germany. She completed her PhD in International Relations at University of Erfurt. She is the author of Re-Writing International Relations: History and Theory Beyond Eurocentrism in Turkey (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016). She has also published in journals such as the Third World Quarterly, as well as in edited books. She is presently co-editing an edited volume entitled ‘The Politics of Translation in International Relations’. Her research focuses on Eurocentrism, the sociology and historiography of International Relations, and postcolonial and decolonial thought.


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