Politics and International Relations

Victor Kattan | فكتور كتن
Senior Research Fellow
meivmk@nus.edu.sg Victor Kattan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore, where he is completing a book on the Reagan administration, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the ideological origins of the “war on terrorism”. Before he moved to the Middle East Institute, Victor was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law where he was also the convener for the course on the use of force in international law. Before Victor moved to Singapore, he was a legal adviser to the Government of Palestine in Ramallah on secondment from the United Nations Development Program in Jerusalem. Previously, Victor taught international law to Masters students at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, where he completed his doctorate. Victor has acted as a consultant for the European Council on Foreign Relations, the Oxford Research Group, and a number of governments. He has lectured extensively overseas and taken parts in workshops organized by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Victor is the author of numerous articles on various aspects of international law and is the author of the critically acclaimed book From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1891-1949 (London: Pluto Press, 2009) and editor of The Palestine Question in International Law (London: The British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2008).
Francesco Mancini | فرنسيسكو مانسيني
Honorary Senior Fellow

Francesco Mancini is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). His work focuses on geopolitics, global governance, international peace and security, armed conflicts and the means to prevent and solve them. Francesco is also a Non-resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI), where he was Senior Director of Research before relocating to Singapore in June 2014. As Director, he focused on conflict analysis, prevention, mediation, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding in Africa and the Middle East. He also led IPI’s largest program, Coping with Crisis, Conflict, and Change, that aimed at strengthening multilateral response capacity to crises and conflict. He launched the daily policy analysis website The Global Observatory. Francesco is a member of the Board of Directors of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), a member of the Research Committee of the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Peacebuilding. Prior to joining IPI, Francesco served as an Associate at the EastWest Institute in New York, where he co-managed the Worldwide Security Initiative, a program designed to enhance international cooperation in addressing new security threats, particularly transnational terrorism. Earlier in his career, he was a management consultant at Group CRCI in France, Italy, and Morocco.

Francesca P. Albanese
Research Affiliate

Francesca Albanese is a human rights lawyer (LL.M, SOAS) who spent 12 years working in the field of human rights, including with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and more recently with the UN Agency for Relief and Work of Palestine Refugees in the Near East. Her legal expertise includes research, policy advice and capacity building on various human rights issues -mainly in Asia and the Mena region. This includes the protection of refugees and irregular migrants, the international human rights system, transitional justice and the establishment of national human rights institutions and mechanisms for the prevention of torture.

Francesca is currently leading the research for the revisited edition of Lex Takkenberg's seminal work on "The Status of Palestinian Refugees in International Law", first published by Oxford University Press in 1998 (new edition expected by 2018). The research covers the genesis and evolution of the Palestinian refugee Question, including the legal status and treatment that Palestinian refugees enjoy in host and destination countries (i.e., in the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, America, Asia and Africa), the normative, institutional and protection frameworks applicable/applied to them and possible just and durable solutions to their claims.

Francesca is an Associate Researcher at the Institute for the Study of International Migration, (ISIM) Georgetown University and Affiliated Scholar to the Refugee Program of the Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut.

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