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The Cambridge Review of International Affairs is pleased to introduce its new management and new projects for 2014.

last modified Apr 08, 2014 10:55 AM

Stepping in as Editor-in-Chief is Maha Rafi Atal. As a PhD candidate in POLIS, Maha studies the role of multinational corporations as governing authorities in developing countries. Her work aims to situate contemporary developments in the context of postcolonial history. Prior to commencing her PhD, Maha worked as a journalist, contributing to Forbes, The Guardian, and The New Statesman, among others, on topics at the intersection of economics and foreign policy. She is the founder and Executive Director of Public Business, a nonprofit supporting research and reporting about the wider impact of corporate actions. Maha holds a B.A. from Brown University in History and Comparative Literature, and an M.A. in Business and Economics Journalism from Columbia University. Find her on Twitter at @maharafiatal.


Managing Editor Olivier Grouille is a PhD student in POLIS, researching jihadi terrorism, French, British and American counter-terrorist policy and practice, and the changing character of contemporary conflict involving non-state actors.  He holds a BA(Hons) in Modern and Medieval Languages and an MPhil in International Relations, both from the University of Cambridge.  He is the founder and CEO of CamSAI (The Cambridge Security Analysis Institute) a new defence and security research organization. Prior to commencing his PhD, Olivier spent three years as a Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), consulted for UK Ministry of Defence and the British Army, and taught Strategy at the Omani National Defence College. He speaks four languages fluently and is learning his fifth.


Managing Editor Gabrielle Peterson is a PhD candidate in POLIS researching power relations in the EU since the debt crisis, with a focus on the rise of German influence. She recently co-authored a paper on legitimacy in cyber warfare with the Harvard Institute of Politics and the Wilberforce Society Think Tank. Previously, she earned an MSc with Distinction in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh.  Her dissertation addressed why materially weak actors win wars and explored the concepts of victory and legitimacy in warfare.  She was also awarded a BA summa cum laude in International Studies and Theatre from the University of South Carolina, where she worked in the research office and was involved in the promotion of a five-year multi-million dollar campaign extending learning beyond the classroom.


While committed to maintaining CRIA’s high standards of peer-reviewed scholarship in print, the 2014 team is eager to establish CRIA as a leader in the burgeoning area of online academic journalism. At the center of this effort is a newly re-launched website and blog, CRIAViews. CRIAViews publishes short research articles, interviews with scholars and policymakers about their work, and academically informed commentaries on current affairs. The new site also publishes coverage of politics-related events taking place in Cambridge, and CRIA will be organizing its own series of talks and panels in the coming months.


Students, faculty and practitioners interested in writing for the new site, event organizers interested in CRIA coverage, and speakers interested in participating in CRIA panels should all contact the editor directly at



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