Emily Ferris

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Emily Ferris is a Research Fellow at the International Security Studies department at RUSI which is specialising in Russia and Eurasia’s foreign policy. Ms. Ferris has a particular interest in Russian organised crime, Russia’s foreign policy

toward the West and the Far East as well as the conflict in eastern Ukraine. She also researches political and security processes in Moldova and Belarus.

Before joining RUSI in 2018, Emily worked at Control Risks – a London consultancy firm – as a Russian security and politics analyst advising clients who conduct business in Russia and other Eastern European countries. She has worked and travelled extensively across Russia. She holds a BA in Russian from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Organised Crime and Terrorism from University College London, where she specialised in Russian organised crime. She speaks Russian and Hebrew and has a good working knowledge of German.

Within SEnECA, Ms. Ferris leads the political relations and security mapping task looking at comparisons between the EU’s relationship with Central Asian countries and between Central Asia and other actors such as Russia, China and South Korea.

Veerle Nouwens

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Veerle Nouwens is a Research Analyst at the International Security Studies Department of the Royal United Services Institute, focusing on geopolitical relations in the Asia-Pacific region. Her research interests include China’s foreign policy, maritime security and ASEAN. Prior to joining RUSI, Ms. Nouwens worked for the European External Action Service at the Delegation of the European Union to Singapore’s Political, Press and Information Section, where she focused on EU-Singapore bilateral relations and on Europe’s role in Southeast Asia. Veerle holds an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford, and has attended semester programs at both Peking University and Tsinghua University.

Ms. Nouwens is particularly interested in the security relationships of Central Asian states with the rest of Asia. As a specialist in the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific, the research conducted under SEnECA will help understand how foreign policy across Eurasia is developing. She will help co-lead part of SEnECA’s Work Package 2, with a focus on the political and security relations of Central Asian states with other regional partners in Asia.