Danny Pronk joined the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ as a Senior Research Fellow in July 2018 and is head of the Strategic Foresight program. His research focuses on geopolitical trend analysis, alternative futures development, and horizon scanning. He has over twenty years of experience as a practitioner in intelligence, a complementary aspect of international relations together with diplomacy. He started his career as an Intelligence Officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force and has since held several senior analytical and operational leadership positions at both the Netherlands General Intelligence and Security Service (GISS) and the Defense Intelligence and Security Service (DISS). He has also served as an Intelligence Staff Officer in the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), and as head of the National Intelligence Cell at the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. Danny holds a Master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) from Leiden University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Military Arts and Sciences from the Royal Military Academy in Breda. He specializes in diplomatic, political and military history, and in strategic studies, with a special interest in the so-called “missing dimension” within the study of international relations: intelligence. He lectured at the Universities of Amsterdam and Leiden, and at the Netherlands Defense Academy on the topics of intelligence analysis and strategic warning.
Mr. Daniel Běloušek graduated with M.A. in Political Science and International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague. Since February 2008 he had been employed in the Security Services Archive in Prague where he held a position of Head of the Operative Dossiers and Investigation Files Unit. As an Archivist he was responsible for handling and preserving of certain types of archival materials. As an Historian Mr. Běloušek concentrated on the agenda of the Czechoslovak Communist Intelligence Services especially in era of seventies and eighties of the 20th century. He has published articles related to the former Czechoslovak intelligence case officers, such as Jan Fila or Vlastimil Ludvík, who defected to the West and their actions crippled the potential of the Czechoslovak espionage. Among other themes Mr. Běloušek focused on increased rivalry in the 1980s between two military Czechoslovak intelligence services – the internal Military Counter-intelligence on one hand, and the external Intelligence Department of the General Headquarters of the Czechoslovak People's Army on the other.
The Act No. 262/2011 Coll., on the Participants in Anti-Communist Opposition and resistance, defines certain tasks for the Ministry of Defence such as issuing the certificate of a participant in anti-communist opposition in the period from 25 February 1948 to 17 November 1989. In June 2014 Mr. Běloušek started working in this Ministry in the Department of Veterans Affairs and take an active part in the decisions on applications for recognition for having actively resisted the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. He focuses the agenda of so-called „Third resistance“ also in the academic field.
Professor Nadia Boyadjieva obtained an M.A. in History from Sofia University, an M.A. in Law from New Bulgarian University, and a Ph.D. from the Faculty of History at Sofia University in 1999 with a dissertation on U.S. policy toward the conflict in Bosnia and Hercegovina. She has taught in the Faculty of Law at Plovdiv University since 2000 and in 2013 she was promoted to be a Full Professor of International Law and International Relations.
Since 2016 she has also been a Full Professor at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, in Sofia. Since September 2015, she has been a long-term Visiting scholar at Harvard University, with an office at Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and Cold War Studies Center.( https://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/about-us/people/nadia-boyadjieva)
In 2017 she was awarded a Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) degree in International Law and International Relations.Professor Boyadjieva was a NATO/EAPC Fellow, a John F. Kennedy Institute Fellow at the Free University of Berlin (Germany), a Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian law fellow (Lund, Sweden), a Senior Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Cold War Studies Center (Harvard University, USA), a Black Sea Security program fellow (Kennedy School, Harvard University), and an Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict fellow (Fletcher School, Tufts University), an Open Society Archive Fellow (Budapest, Hungary). She has worked in many archive in the Russia, United States, Hungary, etc. Her research and publications have dealt extensively with issues of international relations and diplomacy, USSR and U.S. foreign policy in the Balkans; NATO-Russia relations, and the evolution of various international security systems in the modern era, human rights and minority issues, peacekeeping, and other topics.
Marek Hańderek is a researcher in the Historical Research Office of the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw and lecturer in the Institute of the Middle and Far East of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He received his PhD in history from Jagiellonian University in April 2018. His first book based on PhD dissertation was published in June 2019. He is currently working on a book concerning Polish and Czechoslovak participation in the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission in Korea during the Cold War. His research is based on Polish, Czech, American and British archival sources. He has presented his findings on this field during "The Korean History Workshop for Overseas Doctoral Students" held by Korea Foundation in Seoul as well as during the "Need to Know" VII Conference in Budapest. Since 2018 he has collaborated with the Cold War International History Project run by Wilson Center. Recently he published a collection of Polish documents referring to North Korea, accompanied by his introduction entitled “North Korea revelations from the Polish Archives: Nukes, Succession and Security”. His research interests include: Cold War studies, Far East affairs, history of intelligence services and geopolitics.
Michael Herman served from 1952 to 1987 in the British intelligence community, and since retirement has been associated with academic institutions, mainly Nuffield College Oxford. He is the Founder Director of the Oxford Intelligence Group, and an honorary D.Litt of Nottingham University. His publications are listed in an interview published online in 2016 in Intelligence and National Security, available on the journal’s website.
2016-present – senior researcher at the Historical Research Office of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) in Warsaw. Co-organizer of the “Need to Know” international conferences since 2011 together with Anna Piekarska (presently deputy director of the Museum of Polish History) and Thomas W. Friis (University of Southern Denmark). A former member of the editorial board of „Pamięć i Sprawiedliwość” (bi-annually of IPN), member of the editorial board “Wywiad i kontrwywiad Polski XX w.” (Polish intelligence and counterintelligence in XXth Century, published annually). He published on Polish-Russian relations, intelligence and counter-intelligence of Polish underground during the German occupation of Poland, and Polish communist intelligence. His in depth monograph (800 pages) on the Polish communist intelligence operations against the Holy See (Vatican) in the period from 1962 to 1978 is due to appear in autumn 2019.
Mark Kramer is the Panitza Professor of International Relations and Director of Cold War Studies at Harvard University and is also a Senior Fellow of Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Trained originally in higher mathematics, he later studied international relations as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and was subsequently an Academy Scholar in Harvard’s Academy of International Studies. He is the author of many books and articles, including, most recently, Reassessing History from Two Continents (2013), Imposing, Maintaining, and Tearing Open the Iron Curtain: The Cold War and East-Central Europe, 1945-1990 (2013), The Kremlin and the 1989 Revolutions (2014), and Moscow and German Reunification, 1990 (2015). He is also the editor of the forthcoming 3-volume set of essays The Fate of Communist Regimes, 1989-1991: The End of an Era.
Ph.d., Associate Professor at the Center for Cold War Studies of the University of Southern Denmark. He is co-founder and co-organizer of the Need to Know conference series which have convened yearly since 2011. In the last few years, he has been vising scholar at the Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr, University of Uppsala, the Institute of Nationale Remembrance, and the Bar-Ilan University. He is Regional Editor of for Northern and Central Europe for “Intelligence, Security and Public affairs” and guest editor of “International Journal for Intelligence and National Security”. His main fields of research are intelligence and security of the Cold War in Northern Europe, Foreign relation of Denmark, and Central- and Eastern European history.