Staff and Associate Fellows

Leadership

James Rogers

James Rogers

Co-Founder and Director of Research

James Rogers is Co-founder and Director of Research at the Council on Geostrategy, where he specialises in geopolitics and British strategic policy. Previously, he held positions at the Henry Jackson Society, the Baltic Defence College, and the European Union Institute for Security Studies. He has been invited to give oral evidence at the Foreign Affairs, Defence, and International Development committees in the Houses of Parliament. He holds an MPhil in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Cambridge and an award-winning BSc Econ (Hons) in International Politics and Strategic Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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Telephone: 0044 (0) 20 3915 5627

Viktorija Starych-Samuolienė

Viktorija Starych-Samuolienė

Co-Founder and Director of Strategy

Viktorija Starych-Samuolienė is Co-founder and Director of Strategy at the Council on Geostrategy where she is responsible for the organisation’s strategic development and external affairs. She has recently served as a Member of a Board of a family company specialising in sustainable textiles. Her previous experience included roles at the Henry Jackson Society and an internship at the Lithuanian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. She holds an MA in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College, London, and a BA in Political Science from Vilnius University.

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Telephone: 0044 (0) 20 3915 5626

Communications

Jeremy Hutton

Jeremy Hutton

Communications Manager

Jeremy Hutton is Communications Manager at the Council on Geostrategy. Previously, he was a Policy Analyst at the Taxpayers’ Alliance, where he undertook research into British foreign policy. He holds an MA in International Relations from the University of York and a BA in Communications and Public Policy from Leeds Beckett University.

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Telephone: 0044 (0) 20 3915 5625

Associate Fellows

Paul Cornish

Prof. Paul Cornish

Thomas Telford Associate Fellow in Strategic Power and Infrastructure

Prof. Paul Cornish has worked in several British research institutes and universities: Chatham
House; the United Kingdom Defence Academy; the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College,
London; RAND Europe; and the universities of Cambridge, Bath and Exeter. His
work covers international security, national strategy, arms control, the ethics of armed
force, civil-military relations and cyber security. He is co-author of Interests, Ethics
and Rules: Renewing UK Intervention Policy
(February 2020). He is also editor of the Oxford Handbook of Cyber Security and author of Cyber Security: A Very Short Introduction, both to be published by Oxford
University Press in 2021.

Milia Hau

Milia Hau

Early Career Associate Fellow in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics

Milia Hau is a researcher on British foreign policy, with a particular focus on relations between Britain and the People’s Republic of China. She is a PhD Candidate at SOAS University of London, Senior Researcher at the House of Commons, and Young Leader at Pacific Forum. She has been published by the International History Review, Foreign Policy, CapX, the Henry Jackson Society, The British Interest, and the Royal United Services Institute. She holds an MPhil in World History from the University of Cambridge and an MA (Social Science) in History and Politics from the University of Glasgow.

John Hemmings

Dr John Hemmings

James Cook Associate Fellow in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics

Dr John Hemmings is an Associate Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies, a regional centre for the United States Department of Defence and Mission Partner to INDOPACOM. He is a subject matter on America’s alliance system in Asia, the Indo-Pacific, the United Kingdom in Asia, and Northeast Asian security dynamics. In the course of his career, Dr Hemmings has provided briefings on various subjects to various components of the United States, Canadian, and British governments, including the Department of Defence, Department of National Defence, Privy Council, Ministry of Defence, Cabinet Office, Department for International Trade, and the Defence Select Committee in the House of Commons. He holds a PhD from London School of Economics.

Alexander Lanoszka

Dr Alexander Lanoszka

Ernest Bevin Associate Fellow in Euro-Atlantic Geopolitics

Dr Alexander Lanoszka is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada. His research addresses alliance politics and military strategy, with a regional focus on Europe. He has also co-written policy monographs on Baltic security and Taiwanese defence strategy. He is the author of Atomic Assurance: The Alliance Politics of Nuclear Proliferation and his Military Alliances in the Twenty-first Century is due to be published by Polity in 2022. He received his PhD from Princeton University.

Charlie Parton

Charlie Parton

James Cook Associate Fellow in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics

Charlie Parton spent 22 years of his 37-year diplomatic career working in or on China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In his final posting he was seconded to the European Union’s Delegation in Beijing, where, as First Counsellor until late 2016, he focussed on Chinese politics and internal developments, and advised the European Union and its Member States on how China’s politics might affect their interests. In 2017, he was chosen as the Foreign Affairs Select Committee’s Special Adviser on China; he returned to Beijing for four months as Adviser to the British Embassy to cover the Communist Party’s 19th Congress.

Philip Shetler-Jones

Dr Philip Shetler-Jones

James Cook Associate Fellow in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics

Dr Philip Shetler-Jones works in the field of Europe-Asia security cooperation, with a personal focus on United Kingdom-Japan defence and security relations. After service in the Royal Marines, Dr Shetler-Jones worked in Peacekeeping with a number of organisations and for four years led the International Security Programme at the World Economic Forum. He holds an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar, and a BA and PhD from the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield, where he is an Honorary Research Fellow.

Gareth Stansfield

Prof. Gareth Stansfield

Thomas Telford Associate Fellow in Strategic Power and Infrastructure

Prof. Gareth Stansfield is Professor of Middle East Politics and the Al-Qasimi Chair of Arab Gulf Studies in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. Prof. Stansfield has over 25 years’ experience of field-based research in countries of the Middle East and wider Islamic world and has published extensively on the politics of Iraq, Kurdistan, and the countries of the GCC. He is now beginning a research project addressing the engagement of Russia and China with the MENA region. He currently holds visiting professorships in Iraq and China and is an Associate Fellow of the Geneva Center for Security Policy and of the Iraq Energy Forum. He was, between 2015 and 2017, a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in Middle East Politics, both from Durham University.

Doug Stokes

Prof. Doug Stokes

Thomas Telford Associate Fellow in Strategic Power and Infrastructure

Prof. Doug Stokes is Professor in International Security and Academic Director of the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter. Prof. Stokes has published extensively on American grand strategy, United States-China relations and the utility of military power in a developing multipolar world order.  He is a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and writes regularly for the international media. He holds a PhD in International Relations and an MSc in International Development, both from the University of Bristol.

Interns

Daniel McIntyre

Daniel McIntyre

Charles Pasley Intern

Daniel McIntyre is Charles Pasley Intern at the Council on Geostrategy. He holds an MA in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in International Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0044 (0) 20 3915 5625