Staff and Associate Fellows

Leadership

James Rogers

James Rogers

Co-Founder and Director of Research

Main areas of expertise: British geostrategic and maritime power, ‘Global Britain’, and Euro-Atlantic, Indo-Pacific and Polar geopolitics
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.

James has appeared on Times Radio and LBC Radio and has written for Times Red BoxThe Spectator and CityAM.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0044 (0) 20 3915 5627

Viktorija Starych-Samuolienė

Viktorija Starych-Samuolienė

Co-Founder and Director of Strategy

Areas of expertise: Eastern European and Baltic politics and security
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.

Viktorija has appeared on Times Radio and LBC Radio, and written for Times Red Box.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0044 (0) 20 3915 5626

Operational Staff

Richard Payne

Richard Payne

Communications Coordinator

Richard Payne is Communications Coordinator at the Council on Geostrategy. He holds a BA International Relations and Political Science and a MSc in Global Cooperation and Security, both from the University of Birmingham.

Richard has written for CityAM.

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

John Dobson

John Dobson

Policy Relations and Events Coordinator

John Dobson is Policy Relations and Events Coordinator at the Council on Geostrategy. Previously, he worked as a Parliamentary Researcher, for Lord Tyler, Baroness Kramer and Lord Sharkey, assisting all three across a broad spectrum of policy. He holds a BA (Hons.) in British Politics and Legislative Studies from the University of Hull.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0044 (0) 20 3915 5624

Archisham Goswami

Archishman Goswami

Operations and Memberships Coordinator

Archishman Goswami is Operations and Memberships Coordinator at the Council on Geostrategy. Previously, he was our Charles Pasley Intern. He is currently undertaking a BA in International Relations at King’s College, London (KCL) where he is Vice-President of the Geopolitical Risk Society.

Email: [email protected]

Associate Fellows

Ben Brittain

Matthew Boulton Associate Fellow in Economic Modernisation

Main areas of expertise: regional economic development, productivity, innovation, economic monitoring, sub-national governance, geoeconomics
Ben Brittain is a researcher at City-REDI (City Regional Economic Development Institute) based at the University of Birmingham. His research aims to better understand what drives growth in city regions and inform and influence regional and national economic growth policies. This has included published research on UK subnational government, devolution and independent economic monitoring and reviews. 

Paul Cornish

Prof. Paul Cornish

Thomas Telford Associate Fellow in Strategic Power and Infrastructure

Main areas of expertise: International security, national strategy and cyber security
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. He has contributed to numerous Parliamentary inquiries and has been a member of the UK Chief of the Defence Staff’s Strategic Advisory Panel. Prof. Cornish holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, an MSc Econ in International Relations from the London School of Economics and an MA in Modern History from the University of St Andrews.

Mark Galeotti

Prof. Mark Galeotti

Ernest Bevin Associate Fellow in Euro-Atlantic Geopolitics

Main areas of expertise: Russian foreign, security and defence policy
Mark Galeotti is Director of Mayak Intelligence and an Honorary Professor in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London. He is an expert in modern Russia, particularly its security, politics, and intelligence services. He has advised and given evidence to a wide range of bodies, from the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Commons and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly to the International Criminal Police Organisation and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. 

Mark has written for The Spectator, the Moscow Times and Foreign Affairs.

Milia Hau

Milia Hau

Early Career Associate Fellow in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics

Main areas of expertise: British foreign policy and British-Chinese relations
Millia Hau is a PhD Candidate at SOAS University of London, where her research focuses on British foreign policy, with a particular focus on relations between the United Kingdom and the People’s Republic of China. She is also a Senior Researcher at the House of Commons, and Young Leader at the Pacific Forum. Milia holds an MPhil in World History from the University of Cambridge and an MA in History and Politics from the University of Glasgow.

John Hemmings

Prof. John Hemmings

James Cook Associate Fellow in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics

Main areas of expertise: Indo-Pacific geopolitics, British and American roles in Asia, and Northeast Asian security dynamics
Prof. John Hemmings is a 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. Previously, Prof. Hemmings worked for several think tanks and held a number of visiting fellowships. He has briefed several HM Government departments and parliamentary committees, including the Ministry of Defence, Department for International Trade, and the Cabinet Office. Prof. Hemmings holds a PhD In International Relations from the London School of Economics and a Masters degree in International Peace and Security from King’s College, London.

John has been interviewed by the Sunday Express.

Matthew Henderson

Matthew Henderson

James Cook Associate Fellow in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics

Main areas of expertise: China strategy, East Asian relations and ‘Five Eyes’ security challenges
Matthew Henderson is an independent consultant on international security issues. Previously, Matthew served as a diplomat with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for nearly 30 years, largely focusing on China. After leaving the FCO, Mr Henderson worked for a security consultancy, a think-tank and as an independent consultant. Matthew holds a postgraduate degree (MPhil-equivalent) from the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge, both in Chinese Studies. He was also a British Council scholar at Peking University.

Matthew has written for CapX and been interviewed by Politico and The Express.

Alexander Lanoszka

Dr Alexander Lanoszka

Ernest Bevin Associate Fellow in Euro-Atlantic Geopolitics

Main areas of expertise: Security challenges in Europe, military strategy, and intra-NATO relations
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. He has previously taught at City, University of London, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, and a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT’s Security Studies Programme. Dr Lanoszka has worked for the United States Department of Defence and has consulted for Global Affairs Canada. He holds a PhD in Philosophy and an MA in Politics, both from Princeton University.

Alexander has written for the Washington Post’s blog and been interviewed by Georgian state radio.

Charlie Parton

Charles Parton OBE

James Cook Associate Fellow in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics

Main areas of expertise: Chinese politics, British policy towards China, and international development
Charles Parton was a long-serving career diplomat, spending 22 out of his 37 year career working in or on China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In his final posting he was seconded to the European Union’s Delegation in Beijing as First Counsellor until late 2016. In 2017, he was chosen as the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee’s Special Adviser on China. Finally, Mr Parton returned to Beijing for four months as Adviser to the British Embassy to cover the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Congress.

Charles has appeared on BBC Radio 4, written for The Spectator and the Sunday Telegraph, and been quoted in Zeit, Bloomberg and Le Monde.

Jack Richardson

Jack Richardson

James Blyth Early Career Associate Fellow in Environmental Security

Main areas of expertise: Net zero transition, environmental security
Jack Richardson is the Climate Programmes Coordinator at the Conservative Environment Network, an independent forum that brings together Conservatives who support decarbonisation and conservation. He studied Politics at the University of Exeter and is embarking upon a Masters degree in International Political Economy at King’s College, London.

Jack has written for Conservative Home.

Philip Shetler-Jones

Dr Philip Shetler-Jones

James Cook Associate Fellow in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics

Main areas of expertise: British-Japanese security cooperation, East Asian security, and peacekeeping
Dr Philip Shetler-Jones is Thematic Coordinator for Crisis Management at GIZ, the German international development agency. Previously, he has served in military and civilian roles in peacekeeping operations with the United Nations, European Union, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He was also Programme Lead on International Security and Geopolitics at the World Economic Forum. Dr Shetler-Jones has advised the ASEAN Regional Forum, the British Ministry of Defence and Foreign Office on stabilisation. He holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield in East Asian Studies and an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar.

Philip has appeared in Kyodo News and written for Japan Forward.

Gareth Stansfield

Prof. Gareth Stansfield

Thomas E. Lawrence Associate Fellow in Middle Eastern Geopolitics

Main areas of expertise: Middle East and Gulf politics, British foreign and counter-terrorism, and counter-insurgency
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. He has previously held roles at Chatham House, the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC; and the Royal United Services Institute. He was part of British horizon-scanning initiatives on Iraq and Libya with the Ministry of Defence. Prof. Stansfield holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in Middle East Politics, both from Durham University.

Gareth has been quoted in the Sunday Express.

Doug Stokes

Prof. Doug Stokes

Thomas Telford Associate Fellow in Strategic Power and Infrastructure

Main areas of expertise: International security, and United States foreign policy and grand strategy
Prof. Doug Stokes is Professor in International Security and Academic Director of the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter. He helped to establish a Non-Governmental Organisation focused on ethnic reconciliation in Bosnia and held positions with the universities of Kent, Aberystwyth and others. Prof. Stokes has advised and presented research to several British Government agencies and organisations. He holds a PhD in International Relations and an MSc in International Development, both from the University of Bristol.

Doug has written for the Telegraph and Conservative Home, and his research has been quoted in CityAM, The Scotsman and the Telegraph.

William Young

William Young

William Stanley Jevons Associate Fellow in Environmental Security

Main areas of expertise: Trade, technology and finance
William Young is a director at BloombergNEF, Bloomberg’s strategic research business and climate lead on the East-West focused New Economy Forum. He was formerly Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer and prior to that was instrumental in launching NEF’s research capabilities and advising clients on technology, finance, economics, politics and business opportunities in the transition to a low carbon economy. He holds an MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy from the London School of Economics and an MA (Hons) in Modern History from the University of Oxford. 

William has written for CEN.