Brendan Simms

Director of the Centre for Geopolitics, Professor of the History of International Relations

Professor Simms is a frequent contributor to print and broadsheet media. He has advised governments and parliaments, and spoken at Westminster, in the European parliament and at think-tanks in the United Kingdom, the United States and in many Eurozone countries.

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Kun-Chin Lin

Deputy Director of the Centre for Geopolitics, University Lecturer in Politics

University lecturer in politics and Tun Suffian college lecturer at Gonville & Caius College

Dr Lin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and obtained his PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Kun-Chin was a Leverhulme postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford and taught at King’s College London and the National University of Singapore.

His research focuses on the politics of market reform in developing countries. His current projects include federalism and regulatory issues in transport infrastructure and energy markets in China, industrial policy and privatization of Chinese state-owned enterprises, and the economic and security nexus in maritime governance in the Indo-Pacific and the Arctic.

Dr Lin is a senior fellow of the Centre for Industrial Sustainability, and a member of Energy@Cambridge, Cambridge Centre for the Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), and Centre for Science & Policy (CSaP) of the University of Cambridge. He is an editorial board member of Business & Politics, Maritime Policy & Management, and Yearbook of International Law and Affairs, and chair of the editorial board of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

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Suzanne Raine

Affiliated Lecturer

Suzanne worked for 24 years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on foreign policy and national security issues. This included postings in Poland, Iraq and Pakistan. She specialised in counter-terrorism and holding a number of senior domestic appointments.

She was also a senior member of the UK government assessment community, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Imperial War Museum.

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Tom Peak

Research Associate

Dr Peak is a Research Associate at the Department of Politics and International Studies, based at the Centre for Geopolitics. His research focuses on international order, history, and theory, with special interests in humanitarian intervention and Responsibility to Protect, prevention of mass atrocities, international ethics, and the history of ideas on intervention. 

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Judd Birdsall

Director, Cambridge Initiative on Religion & International Studies, Centre for Geopolitics

Judd Birdsall is the Director of the Cambridge Initiative on Religion & International Studies and the Director of the Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy. He is also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University. 

A former diplomat, Birdsall served in the U.S. State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom and on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff.

Birdsall is the editor-in-chief of Religion & Diplomacy and an editorial fellow and a frequent contributor at The Review of Faith & International Affairs.

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