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Founding Editor, Editor-in-Chief

John Nomikos, PhD
Director of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)

Managing Editors 

Daniela18Director of Editing 
Daniela Baches-Torres 

Daniela BacheČ™-Torres is a PhD candidate at Brunel University, UK, with a focus on intelligence cooperation in the European Union. She worked as an assistant researcher with the “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy (Romanian Intelligence Service) in Romania where she was largely involved in the research projects conducted by the National Institute for Intelligence Studies. In the last five years, Daniela has obtained extensive experience in intelligence research and project management. She worked as a researcher, assistant manager and trainer in various projects funded by the European Union, such as “Setting-up an Air-Marshal Training Center – ARMLET,” “Citizens Interaction Technologies Yield Community policing –CITYCoP,” and “ENLIGHTEN - European Legitimacy in Governing through Hard Times”. She also initiated and leads the Early Career Scholars Group (ECSG), a junior scholars network running under the Intelligence Studies Section at ISA. She is an active member of the Intelligence Association for Intelligence Studies (IAFIE) and a Board member of IAFIE Europe.

Supervising Editor 

Efren18Efren R. Torres-Baches 

Efren R. Torres-BacheČ™ is a senior analyst with experience in intelligence, security and investigations. Efren currently works in the private sector where he focuses on monitoring and investigating entities to prevent violations of the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions and to detect potential instances of money laundering and/or terrorist financing. Prior to his current role, he worked as a Regional Intelligence Analyst focusing on drug trafficking organizations and anarchist groups in Latin America. Efren holds an MA in Intelligence and Security Studies from Brunel University in London, an MSc Econ. in Intelligence, War Studies and Terrorism from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a BA in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. Efren also attended the University of Cambridge where he studied intelligence. He has authored articles on intelligence in the private sector and intelligence analysis. Efren is also an expert in developing intelligence units and associated practices in the corporate world.

Dr. Tyrone Groh
Guest Editor of the JEAIS December Issue "Intelligence in the Private Sector"

Dr. Tyrone Groh is a political scientist currently teaching at the College of Security and Intelligence, Embry-Riddle University in Prescott, Arizona. Dr. Groh is a retired US Air Force officer with over 21 years of experience. He has participated in numerous overseas contingency operations and commanded a remotely piloted aircraft squadron tasked to support the national command authority and the intelligence community under Operation Enduring Freedom. Dr. Groh received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University, specializing in unconventional warfare, strategy, and intelligence.

SaraSara Soto Velasco is an Intelligence Studies postgraduate student at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. She majored in Law and Political Science at Universidad Carlos III, and studied abroad at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) and at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano (Italy) for one year each, to expand on her international approach to her undergrad studies. Through joining international legal competions (MOOTs) and political debate leagues (MUNs), she researched for her undergraduate theses on the topics of dispute settlement legal mechanisms in maritime law and on conflict resolution and ethnic cohabitation in consociational societies. She also served as assistant to the Spanish Ambassador in Bratislava during the EU Presidency of Slovakia and undertook a research internship at the Public Diplomacy office within the Ministry of the Presidency in Spain.

AbigailAbigail Edwards
is an undergraduate student in the Dual BA program between Columbia University (USA) and Sciences Po Paris (France) studying International Relations. Abigail’s interest in intelligence stems from her studies of International Security and, more specifically, mass atrocity prevention and intervention strategies. This past summer, she worked at the Buchenwald Memorial near Weimar, Germany, where she conducted research on the former Soviet Special Camp No. 2 and enhanced the memorial’s international presence through programmatic development. As an American who studies in France and has lived in Germany, Abigail is excited by the transatlantic perspective of the JEAIS and hopes to use this opportunity as an introduction to the discipline of intelligence as well as to augment her skills as a researcher.
HunterHunter Pratt is an undergraduate student at James Madison University, USA. He is pursuing a BS in Intelligence Analysis and a BA in History. His area of focus is on East Asia. He has presented at James Madison University’s Global Studies Conference on the Reconstruction of Japan, discussing the ramifications and influences of the United States on Japan.
ScottScott Kim graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and two minors in Political Science and Pre-Law/History. During his undergraduate studies, he was selected as the first Jillian Smith Intern representing UTA to Arlington Police Department and received federal internships such as U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. District Court. He competed in moot court competitions, mock trials, and model United Nations conferences. After graduating from college, he worked as a legal assistant (immigration) at a corporate business immigration firm. While working as a full-time, he was selected to participate in the FBI Citizens Academy, Dallas County Sheriff's Department Citizens Academy, and Dallas County District Attorney's Citizens Academy. Currently, his key areas of interest are Digital Forensics, Cybercrimes, Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism, Criminal Investigations,, International Relations, Global Affairs, and Statecraft.

Editorial Board

Adam Svendsen (UK)
Shlomo Shpiro (Israel)
Bob de Graaff (The Netherlands)
Michael Goodman (UK)
Joseph Fitsanakis (USA)
Andrew Liaropoulos (Greece)
Leo S.F. Lin (Taiwan)
Kiril Avramov (Bulgaria)
Matthew Croston (USA)
Glen Segell (Israel)
Tassos Symeonides (USA)
Darko Trifunovic (Serbia)
Jorhena Thomas (USA)
Humberto Hinestrosa (Venezuela)



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