Each edition of CABLE features commentary and analysis from talented individuals working across the fields of academia, journalism, policymaking, and the arts. See below for a list of those who write for us.
Graham Avery is an independent analyst. He has worked for the British government and for the European Commission, and is a Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and Senior Adviser at the European Policy Centre, Brussels. He was appointed Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to European affairs.
Liam Beattie previously worked in the European Parliament. He now works for a third sector organisation in Edinburgh. He is a regular commentator for the BBC on equality issues. Liam is on Twitter at: @Liam_Beattie Email him at: Ljbeattie1@gmail.com
Wendy Betts is the Director of eyeWitness, a project of the International Bar Association focused on the collection of verifiable video of human rights violations for use in investigations and trials. She previously served as a Senior Program Manager in the International Programs Division of the National Center for State Courts and as the Director of the American Bar Association War Crimes Documentation Project. Ms. Betts has a M.A. in International Relations/International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Charlie Bird is a former diplomat with the Foreign Office whose “career anchors” were conflict, terrorism and counter-terrorism. He has worked closely with the UK military and was seconded back to the army in 2003 for the invasion of Iraq and the immediate aftermath (having also been involved in the first Gulf War, the war in Yugoslavia and in the Kosovo crisis). During the NATO bombing of the Serbs, he rode his motorbike from London to Greece via Serbia and Macedonia to take up a posting at the Embassy in Athens. He speaks Arabic, French and Greek and now works at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews. All views expressed here are his own. Contact him at: email@example.com
Bill Boyes is a Scottish-based filmmaker and journalist, specialising in international and humanitarian affairs. He is on Twitter at: @billboyes
Alexander Brotman is a master’s student in international relations at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include European politics, NATO, and Russian foreign and security policy. Previously he worked as a research intern with the Center for a New American Security in Washington. Alexander is on Twitter at: @albrotman
Jenny Carr is Chair of the Scotland-Russia Forum. A graduate of Russian from the University of St Andrews, Jenny spent two years as a British Council student at Moscow and Leningrad universities in the 1970s, and has visited Russia many times since. She trained as a teacher and has worked in various schools, universities, and with private students. Since its foundation in 2003 she has been an active member of the Scotland-Russia Forum. Contact Jenny at: firstname.lastname@example.org SRF are on Twitter at: @ScotRussiaForum
Douglas Chapman is MP for Dunfermline and West Fife and is the SNP Spokesperson for Defence Procurement, as well as serving on the European Scrutiny Committee. He can be found on Twitter at @dougchapmansnp
Connor Cloughley is currently a student at the University of Edinburgh studying Chinese and Russian. He has previously worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Beijing and has just finished studying abroad at Moscow State University. He will be studying at Fudan University in Shanghai in 2018. Find him on Twitter at: @CloughleyConnor
Stuart Cosgrove is a writer and broadcaster. His wife is Sri Lankan. Stuart is the author of Detroit 67 and Memphis 68, the first two parts of a soul trilogy that he will complete next year. He presents Off the Ball on BBC Radio Scotland.
Stuart Crawford attended Hutchesons’ Boys’ Grammar School, Millfield School, Somerset, and Cambridge University. He spent 20 years as an army officer in the 4th Royal Tank Regiment (Scotland’s Own) and retired in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1999. Since then, he has worked as a political lobbyist, media communications and defence and security consultant, and a freelance journalist.
Lyndsey Croal has a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews and is interested in international security, human rights, international development, and terrorism studies. She runs her own current affairs blog, The Peace and Conflict Thread (The PACT), volunteers with an NGO on the Thai-Burma border, and works with CABLE on their communications. Lyndsey is on twitter as @LyndsCroal and can be contacted by email on email@example.com
Roseanna Cunningham is the MSP for Perthshire South and Kinross-shire is the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform in the Scottish Government and in this role she introduced the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan. She has served as a government minister since 2009.
Nafkote Dabi is Policy Lead for Oxfam, currently based in Nigeria where she is working to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis affecting people in the Lake Chad Basin as a result of Boko Haram activities and military operations. Previously, Nafkote worked as a Senior Policy Advisor on Peace and Security at Oxfam International’s African Union Liaison Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Rhiannon J Davies lived in Istanbul between 2012-2016. She worked as the Arts Editor for a popular local magazine, and wrote a weekly column for a newspaper until it was taken over by the government. As a freelancer, she has contributed articles to various magazines and online publications, and updated three guidebooks on Istanbul/Turkey. Now based in Scotland, she is currently completing the final stages of an MSc in Media, Communications and International Journalism at the University of Glasgow. She occasionally tweets from @RhiannonDavies
Richard Ferguson is the founder of Ferguson Cardo, a Glasgow-based consultancy which provides strategic advice, independent consulting, and research across the food, agriculture and biosciences sectors to a range of companies, governments, financial institutions and NGOs. He has lived, worked and studied in Asia, Africa, Continental Europe, Latin America, and the UK, and has written for a wide range of publications, policy institutes, and think tanks. Richard is on Twitter at: @richard_agri
Shubham Ghosh is a freelance journalist based in Bangalore, India. He writes on international affairs and Indian politics. Find him on Twitter at: @how_isee
Oliver Goff has a Master’s degree in International Security and Counter-terrorism from the University of Dundee. His research interests include: the rise of Political Islam in Europe, the phenomenon of Islamic Revivalism in the Muslim world and the role of modern technology within the operations of terrorist groups. Contact Oliver at: OliverGoff@outlook.com
Max Graham is a graduate of the University of St Andrews and recently completed a year of postgraduate study at Emory University in Atlanta. He has previously interned with the European Union and the Carter Center and now works for the charity Mary’s Meals. He can be found on Twitter at @maxjgraham
Kirsty Haigh is Campaign Director at the coalition Jubilee Scotland who campaign together with global partners for the cancellation of unjust and unpayable debts which continue to thwart anti-poverty and sustainable development efforts around the world. The organisation also campaigns for a fairer global economy and for transparency to a system which largely operates behind closed doors. She is also a trustee of Jubilee Debt Campaign and works part-time as Activism and Events Officer at Global Justice Now. You can contact her via: @kirstyehaigh @jubileescotland or firstname.lastname@example.org
Brietta Hague is an Australian filmmaker and journalist living in Spain. She has produced work all over the world, from the edge of the Arctic Circle to Antarctica. Find her on Twitter at: @briettahague
John Haltiwanger is a New York-based journalist focusing primarily on US politics. He has an MSc in International Relations from the University of Glasgow and a BA in History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Follow John on Twitter: @jchaltiwanger
David Hamilton is a former aid worker. He is a serving police officer and Vice Chair of the Scottish Police Federation. He tweets as @VChairSPF
Ian Keddie is a Toronto-based journalist who specialises in defence, international relations, and technology. He creates original articles and analysis on emerging naval and aerospace technology, as well as global military capabilities. Ian was previously the Editor of Jane’s Unmanned Maritime Systems and he served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy. Contact him at: email@example.com Find him on Twitter at: @IanJKeddie
Bassah Khalaf is an Assistant Professor in international law at the University of Southern Denmark. Dr. Khalaf specializes in European law, human rights and administrative law, focusing on immigration and family reunification. Her PhD thesis on Union Citizens’ family reunification rights was published in 2016. Contact Bassah at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eve Livingston is a UK-based freelance journalist and writer specialising in politics, inequalities, and social justice issues. She has worked with a range of publications and broadcasters including The Guardian, The Independent, and the BBC. Find her on Twitter: @eve_rebecca.
Roy Lee is a Malaysian-born, New Zealand qualified barrister and solicitor. He lectures and writes on democratic governance and design standards for legislation based on his experience working and consulting in countries ranging from Afghanistan to New Zealand. His interests include foreign policy, international development and law and economics. Contact Roy at email@example.com
Ewen Levick has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh. He is a writer and analyst. His main research interests are in international security and national strategy. He previously served in the Australian Army. Contact Ewen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenny MacAskill was an SNP MSP between 1999 and 2016. He was Justice Secretary from 2007 until 2014. Before that he was a lawyer in Edinburgh. Since stepping down from politics, Kenny has written in the media and is the author of several books on Scottish Politics and the Scottish Diaspora. His most recent books are The Lockerbie Bombing. The Search for Justice and Jimmy Reid – A Scottish Political Journey.
Lindsay Mackenzie is a European security analyst specialising in Russia. He writes regularly in the national media on these subject areas. Lindsay works with CABLE. He is on Twitter at: @l_pmackenzie
Calum L. MacLeòid writes a Gaelic column for The National and his first novel ‘A’ Togail an t-Srùbain’ is being published by Clàr in October 2017. Originally from Inverness, he now lives in Montreal. Calum is on twitter at @CalumMacLeoid
Norrie MacQueen is the author of several books on the United Nations, peace operations and humanitarian intervention. He is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations which has recently appeared in paperback, and he is on the editorial board of the Journal of International Peacekeeping. He was part of the Democratic Governance Support Unit of the UN integrated peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste during 2012 in the final phase of the operation. Norrie is a Contributing Editor at CABLE. He is on Twittter at: @NorrieMacQueen Mail him at: email@example.com
Hailey Maxwell is a doctoral researcher working on radical art and critical thought around the sacred and community in 20th-century France. She holds an MA History of Art (Hons) and MLitt Art, Politics, Transgression: 20th Century Avant-Gardes. She also works with survivors of sexual violence to provide support and advocacy, and with young people, delivering preventative education around consent and gender equality. She is on Twitter at: @_acephale
Craig McCluskie is a historian who works as a tutor in the History programme at the University of Dundee. His research interests include colonisation, nationalism and national identity. Contact Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie McDowall is a freelance journalist, writing about books, TV, and the Cold War. She is currently writing a book on how Britain prepared for nuclear war. You can find her on Twitter @JulieAMcDowall or online at www.juliemcdowall.com
A former British Army military engineer, Rae McGrath has spent the past 32 years working in humanitarian operations across the world. He has worked for many international aid agencies, for the United Nations, and for the European Union. He founded and was the first Director of the Mines Advisory Group and was a core member of both the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and the Cluster Munition Coalition. He represented the ICBL and gave the Peace Lecture when it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He has lectured widely on conflict response and received an Honorary Doctorate from York University for his humanitarian work. The author of a number of key books and papers he is currently an advisor and writer on conflict response issues. McGrath was Mercy Corps Director from 2013 to 2016 responsible for high-volume cross-border food and critical aid from Turkey into North Syria.
Alastair McIntosh is an independent writer, activist and scholar. He holds an honorary professorial position at the University of Glasgow’s College of Social Sciences and an honorary fellowship at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity, New College. His books include Soil and Soul (Aurum), Spiritual Activism (Green Books) and most recently, Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey (Birlinn). Follow Alastair on Twitter at: @alastairmci
Caroline McKay is Development Manager for Link Community Development International, an organisation dedicated to supporting various projects across sub-Saharan Africa.
Michael McKean is Director of Programmes and Strategic Institutional Partnerships, Mercy Corps Europe.
Andrew McLeod is a former foreign editor of The Scotsman and contributor to the Sunday Herald. His Scottish ancestors settled on the Argentine Pampas in the mid 19th century. Born in Buenos Aires, he was raised and educated in Uruguay, Canada, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina and Peru. He worked at the Buenos Aires Herald during the “dirty war” years, during which time he was also a stringer in Buenos Aires for the Times and a correspondent for US News & World Report, Jane’s Defence Weekly and Maclean’s. He has also written for the Daily Telegraph and Daily Express.
Thomas Merritt is completing his MSc in International Relations at the University of Dundee. His research interests include the international relations of the Middle East, terrorism, and political violence. Contact Thomas at: email@example.com
Kurt Mills is Professor of International Relations and Human Rights at the University of Dundee and Vice-Chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System. He is the author of two books – International Responses to Mass Atrocities in Africa: Responsibility to Protect, Prosecute, and Palliate and Human Rights in the Emerging Global Order: A New Sovereignty? – and co-editor of two others – Human Rights Protection in Global Politics: Responsibilities of States and Non-State Actors and Moral Victories: The Ethics of Winning Wars.
Halla Mohieddeen presents STV News Tonight on STV2. She tweets at @STVhalla
Tom Morton is a writer and broadcaster based in Shetland. He blogs at thebeatcroft.co.uk
Jasmin Mujanović is a political scientist specialising in the politics of southeastern Europe and the politics of post-authoritarian and post-conflict democratisation. His first book, Hunger and Fury: The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans is now available for pre-order from Hurst Publishers.
Stephen Mullen is a historian at the University of Glasgow. His forthcoming monograph The Glasgow Sugar Aristocracy in the British Atlantic World, 1775-1838 will be published by the Royal Historical Society/Institute of Historical Research in 2018.
Roger Mullin is the former SNP MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. He was chairman of the cross party group in parliament that focused on landmines and IEDs. He was recently appointed as Special Envoy for the new Westminster cross party group for “Explosive Threats”. He is an Honorary Professor at Stirling University and prior to becoming an MP undertook 27 international assignments, mainly in the developing world. He writes in a personal capacity.
Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir is Head of the Department of Foreign Relations in the Kurdistan Regional Government.
Andrew Ormston is an international consultant and expert with extensive experience in strategic leadership, project development and review across the cultural and creative industries. Prior to this, he worked as director of culture for the municipalities of Birmingham, Reading and a Central London Borough. Andrew has also managed a number of venues, festivals and arts development projects. Active research interests include interdisciplinary projects, qualitative evaluation and research, international cultural policy, and creativity as a tool that empowers young people. Andrew is an Honorary Fellow of the School of Social and Political Science at Edinburgh University, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, and a Board member of NN Contemporary Arts, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and SURF: Scotland’s Regeneration Network.
Huw Owens is External Relations Manager, Scotland, with the Disasters Emergency Committee.
Marcel Plichta is a postgraduate student studying global security at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. His areas of study include emerging defence trends, defence economy in developing states, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
David Pratt is a multi-award winning journalist, photographer, broadcaster and editor. As a correspondent, his specialist areas include conflict, humanitarian, security and intelligence issues, especially in the Arab and Islamic world and sub-Saharan Africa. He is a contributing editor at CABLE and at the Herald/Sunday Herald. He is on Twitter at: @foreigncorr1
Philippa Ramsden graduated as a mature student from the University of Glasgow in French and Russian with a background in community development. She then worked in international development in Scotland prior to embarking on an overseas career in development and humanitarian work in the education sector. Over the past 17 years she has lived and worked in Nepal, Mongolia, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Rwanda as an education specialist before returning to Scotland recently. She tweets from time to time on @feistybluegecko
Cathy Ratcliff has worked in development co-operation for 25 years, and has lived in Scotland, Russia, China, and Ethiopia. She is completing a PhD on Russian and Western development discourses, at the University of Edinburgh.
Angus Roxburgh has studied Russia for over 45 years, and was Moscow correspondent for the BBC and Sunday Times. He worked as a media consultant to the Kremlin in 2006-9. His memoir, Moscow Calling, will be published in September 2017. He is on Twitter at: @angus_roxburgh Check out his website at: www.angusroxburgh.com
Joseph Royce is completing his MSc in International Relations at the University of Dundee. His research interests include the international arms trade, Yemen and AQAP, religion and politics in the Persian Gulf. Contact Joseph at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Ryan-Hume is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Glasgow, where he received his PhD in April 2017.
Alejandro Salamanca Rodríguez is a postgraduate student in the European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations at the universities of Oldenburg and Stavanger. He has been awarded with an Erasmus Plus scholarship. Alejandro has a Masters in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Edinburgh. He can be found at Academia.edu and Twitter.
Pauline Diamond Salim is acting Media Manager at the Scottish Refugee Council. Contact her here: email@example.com. The Scottish Refugee Council is an independent human rights charity dedicated to supporting refugees in Scotland and campaigning for a fair and humane asylum system in the UK. They are on Twitter at: @ScotRefCouncil
Jane Salmonson is Chief Executive of Scotland’s International Development Alliance.
Alastair Seaman is International Director for the International Nepal Fellowship; a Nepali and international Christian collaborative working with poor people and communities in the fields of health, disability, and community development. Email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nannie Sköld currently works with young people through the Central and West Integration Network. Before that, she spent five months volunteering in the children’s centre and, later, the legal team in Dunkirk refugee camp.
Caitlin Smith is a recent graduate of the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford, receiving an Outstanding Academic Achievement award for her studies. Her most recent research focused on surveillance and nonviolent resistance movements and has previously examined CSR and intra-state conflict. Contact Caitlin at: email@example.com
William Smith is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He teaches and researches in contemporary political theory and is the author of Civil Disobedience and Deliberative Democracy (Routledge 2013).
Morten Stemre is a Norwegian living in the Faroe Islands. He works for the Nordic Atlantic Cooperation (NORA) as an Advisor and serves on the Advisory Board of the Nordic House in the Faroe Islands. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of his employer or organisational affiliations.
Struan Stevenson is President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA). He was a member of the European Parliament representing Scotland (1999-2014), President of the Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq (2009-14), and Chairman of Friends of a Free Iran Intergroup (2004-14). He is an international lecturer on the Middle East.
Nicola Sturgeon is First Minister of Scotland: https://firstminister.gov.scot
Ryan Swan is a freelance translator and writer. His main interests are asylum and refugee studies, works by Syrian revolutionary thinkers, and political Islam. Ryan is on Twitter at: @Ryan0Swan
William Thomson is a Glaswegian living in Barcelona. A former music manager, he is now an international event consultant and trainer. William has written about music, travel, and politics for the over ten years. He blogs regularly at www.independentscot.org and he is on Twitter at @Williamgallus
Benjamin Wilkie is an Australian historian and academic. His forthcoming book is The Scots in Australia 1788-1938, published by Boydell Press. He can be found on Twitter at @benvwilkie.
Dr Abdullah Yusuf is a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Dundee. His research interests lie in the area of international organisations, the politics of humanitarian armed interventions, and conflict in the Middle East. Contact Abdullah at: firstname.lastname@example.org