Our team

Laura Royer


Co-founder and editor-in-chief. Currently based in Brussels, after spending a couple of years in Budapest. Mostly interested in Central and Eastern Europe. Also follows EU politics.

Amanda Sonesson


Co-founder and communications officer. Currently based in Sweden. Mostly focused on questions concerning gender, politics and civil society in Russia and Central Asia.

Yaëlle Oliva


Editor. A Brussels-based Eurasia-geek with particular interest in areas of civil society, politics and diplomacy in Eastern Europe, Russia and the Caucasus, currently focusing on the EU’s Eastern Partnership policy.

Francis Farrell


Newsletter lead editor. Budapest-based master’s student of politics and security, wanderer, and enthusiast photographer interested in elections frozen conflicts, protest movements, and media in post-communist Europe.

Renee Rippberger


Caucasus regional editor. Currently based in Yerevan, Armenia. Interested in all things related to white collar crime, transitional justice and human rights in the Caucasus and Eastern Europe.

Sydney Millar


Central Asia regional editor. Currently based in Virginia. Interested in topics relating to gender, politics, and contemporary art in Central Asia and Russia. Currently focusing on women’s rights in Kazakhstan.

Zuzana Krulichová


Central Europe regional editor. Currently based in Prague. Mostly focused on Central European politics and the role of the CE countries within the EU and in global context. Particularly interested in human rights, democracy and civil society.

Owen Howells


Eastern Europe regional editor. Based in the UK/Estonia. A history nerd with a penchant for Interbellum regional geopolitics. Additionally, a background in researching the viability of De-Facto Independent States.

Michael Cole


Russia regional editor. Estonia-based PhD candidate interested in the social and cultural aspects of politics with a focus on Georgia, Ukraine, Poland, and of course, Russia. Twitter: @NotTheMikeCole

James Davies

Proofreader. Former vice president of the Association of Foreign Affairs in Lund and a current member of the Swedish Civil Society Network for Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia.

Katherine Leung

Proofreader. A California based educator. As a 2014 Fulbright grant recipient, she taught English in the Russian cities of Samara, Kyzyl, Ulan-Ude, and Nakhodka. She is interested in Central Asian culture and identity.

Máté Mohos

Newsletter co-editor. Budapest-based freelance journalist, passionate about culture and television, European politics, policies and activism related to global warming and press freedom. Sci-fi nerd, film buff, dog person.

Marta Zakrzewska

Newsletter co-editor. A young professional currently based in Brussels, focusing on the EU Neighbourhood region, with longstanding academic interest in the political and security developments in Eastern Europe, Russia and the larger post-Soviet space.

Agnieszka Widlaszewska

Newsletter co-editor. Luxembourg-based political scientist-turned-auditor, passionate about the topics of European security and EU external action, in particular the European Neighbourhood Policy and EU-Russia relations.


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