Lara Breitmoser, M.A.
Lara is co-founder and co-editor of the YJEA. She recently graduated with a master’s degree in International Relations from Central European University, Vienna. Previously, she had obtained her BA in Political Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and spent a term abroad at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Lara’s research interests lie mainly in international cooperation and organisations, particularly the EU and the UN, with a thematic focus on environmental and climate policy. During her studies, she published research articles on European identity in Duodecim Astra and on climate security in the RETA. Following her graduation, Lara now works in Public and ESG consulting at PwC Austria.
Florian Lenner, M.Sc., M.Sc.
Florian is co-founder and co-editor of the Young Journal of European Affairs (YJEA). He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, having studied abroad at the University of Helsinki, graduated with a master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2022 and recently with a second master’s degree in War and Peace Studies from Leiden University. He’s mainly interested in Conflict and Peacebuilding, Forced Displacement, International Security and International Organisations. Florian has co-authored a comparative study on Conflicts of Interest in the EU Member States for the European Parliament, followed by a book published with Peter Lang and two journal articles in Public Management Review and Public Integrity. Furthermore, he has presented papers at ECPR’s General Conference and the Second Environmental Peacebuilding Conference.
Angelo Krüger, M.A.
Angelo is a member of the editorial board of the Young Journal of European Affairs, where he contributes to the journal’s work on European political economy and public policy. He recently completed his master’s degree in International Relations at Central European University (CEU) and continues his academic education as a PhD student at the Geneva Graduate Institute. Before joining the YJEA, Angelo conducted a research visit at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and completed his BA in History, Politics, and Sociology at the University of Potsdam. His research interests lie in the international political economy and global governance of development finance and investment, the European Union, and Chinese global finance.
Mirjam Seiler, M.Sc.
Mirjam is a member of the editorial board of the Young Journal of European Affairs. Her research interests include European security policy, the rise of nationalism and Euroscepticism and the interplay between globalisation processes and Global Governance. Having always had a passion for journalism and political debates, she has been the editor for European Affairs at the student-led King’s Think Tank and is an alumni member of the European Youth Parliament (EYP). She currently works for the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs after having completed her master’s degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She also holds a BA in History and International Relations from King’s College London.
Valentin is a member of the editorial board of the Young Journal of European Affairs. He is currently in the last semester of his studies in social sciences with a focus on political science at Humboldt University of Berlin. His interests are mainly in intersectionality research with a special focus on migration and integration processes as well as research on voting behavior and government formation processes. In his own work, he mainly specialises in quantitative statistical methods. Due to his interest in empirical and interdisciplinary migration research, he is currently working on the project “Migration and Welfare State” at the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research.
Benjamin Brown, M.Sc.
Benjamin is a member of the Young Journal of European Affairs’ editorial board, focussing on European Foreign, Security and Defence Policy. He graduated with an MSc in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford. Benjamin previously studied political science, history and economics at Munich’s Ludwig-Maximilians-University and participated in a programme to study abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Aside from his academic studies on the Middle East and European Affairs, Benjamin works as a journalist, focussing on politics in the UK, Germany and the wider MENA region.
Nadia El Ghali, B.A.
Nadia is a member of the Young Journal European Affairs’ editorial board. She is also responsible for processing submissions to the YJEA blog. Currently, she is in the first year of her master’s degree in political science at LMU Munich, where she mainly focuses on International Relations and the European Union. Before that, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and law from the same university. In light of her work as a student assistant at the Chair for Global Governance at LMU Munich, her main research interests lie in Global Governance perspectives on the European Union, as well as challenges to EU integration. In her free time, she is involved in Model United Nations simulations as well as the Refugee Law Clinic in Munich.
Eleonora Guseletova, B.A.
Eleonora is a member of the YJEA editorial board. She is a current MSc student in Economics and Government in a dual degree programme between Sciences Po Paris and Bocconi University in Milan. Before her MSc, she completed her BA in Economics at Sciences Po and spent an exchange year at Keio University in Tokyo. Her interests are centred around EU public economics, quantitative policy research and behavioral economics. She has worked as a research assistant and as an intern in European affairs at the state-level in Germany. Particularly interested in how vertical policy implementation is realised on the micro-level in Europe, she is writing her master’s thesis about the economic effects of the energy transition on political behavior in East Germany.
Lilia is a member of the Young Journal of European Affairs’ editorial board. Currently, she is studying to obtain her BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at Central European University (CEU) in Vienna, Austria concentrating in Politics and Economics. Her main research interests are European economic integration, economic inequalities, and the effect of domestic politics on national security interests. Originally from the United States, outside of her academic pursuits, she is part of the founding team of Ocean State Ranked Choice Voting advocating for the implementation of ranked choice voting in Rhode Island elections.
Mercedes Vergara, B.Sc.
Mercedes is a member of the Young Journal of European Affairs’ editorial board, with a soft spot for European Global Governance and foreign policy. She will soon start a double master’s degree programme at Columbia University and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in International and World History, where she intends to focus on Cold War-era internationalisms and cross-cultural networks. She also holds a BSc in International Relations and History from LSE, where she has worked with quantitative as well as audiovisual methods for international relations research.
Leonhard Xu, B.A.
Leonhard Xu is a member of the Young Journal of European Affairs’ editorial board. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Mannheim and will begin his MPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford in the fall of 2023. He is mainly interested in the field of international cooperation and development as well as the increasingly complex relationship between the US, EU, and China. In his bachelor thesis, Leonhard investigated the impact of external shocks on the distribution of foreign aid. Furthermore, he gained valuable work experience in the German development sector, having worked at both the German Development Ministry and the German Agency for International Cooperation.
Leonie Köhler, B.A.
Leonie is part of the Project Management team at the Young Journal of European Affairs. Currently, she is a first-year student of peace and security studies (M.A.) at IFSH in Hamburg. Previously, Leonie completed her bachelor’s degree in political science at LMU Munich, which included a semester abroad at Reichman University Herzliya (Israel). Her main fields of interest are minority centered international relations and intersectional feminist foreign policy. Moreover, Leonie gained field experience as a student research assistant at the Chair for Empirical Theories of Politics as well as during her time at LMU’s National Model United Nations (NMUN) project group, in which she both participated as a delegate and served as an academic tutor.
Alexandra is part of the project management team at the Young Journal of European Affairs (YJEA). She has just begun her penultimate year of her Bachelor of Science in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Since being a part of the Student Ambassador program for UNICEF France, Alexandra’s research interest lies in economic development and the role of international organisations in global affairs.
Raghda Jaja, B.A.
Raghda is part of the social media team of the Young Journal of European Affairs. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in communication studies and international studies at Al Akhawayn University, having spent an exchange semester at the University of Helsinki and done virtual exchange classes at the Agnes Scott College in the US and at the Albany State University. Her bachelor’s thesis dealt with the role of digital media in empowering Moroccan women and was recommended for publication. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Communication Strategies at the University of Padova. Her main interest are gender and media, and international conflicts. She has completed several national and international trainings in the field of social media, marketing, and outreach.
Emilija Krysen – Team Lead
Emilija leads the social media team at the Young Journal of European Affairs (YJEA). She has completed the first year of her Bsc in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research interests lie primarily in European affairs and political communication. She has also worked as a research assistant at the LSE on NATO expansion and nuclear politics.