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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 Bacheș-Torres is an Instructor with the American Public University (APUS) and an Intelligence Analyst working in the Private Sector. She is also a doctoral candidate at Brunel University, UK, her research focusing on intelligence cooperation in the European Union. Previously, Daniela worked as an assistant researcher with the “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy (Romanian Intelligence Service) in Romania. She worked as a researcher, trainer and assistant manager 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”. Daniela also initiated and leads the Early Career Scholars Group (ECSG), a junior scholars network running under the Intelligence Studies Section at ISA.

Supervising Editor 

Efren18Efren R. Torres-Baches 

Efren R. Torres-Bacheș 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. He is also the Manager of the OSINT & Intelligence Analysis Training Course offered in collaboration with RIEAS. Prior to his current roles, 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.

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.

KrauseJohannes Krause is an undergraduate student at IE University, Spain. He is pursuing a BA in International Relations. His interests include international relations theory, comparative politics and political theory. In particular, he is interested in bridging the gap between international relations theory and intelligence studies. As a German living and studying in Spain, Johannes is excited by the international outlook of JEAIS and happy to learn from a diverse array of perspectives. Johannes is also looking forward to becoming engaged in the editorial process of an academic journal, as he and a couple of friends are currently in the early stages of starting a student journal focused on international affairs at their home university in Madrid.

KishanKishan Singh is a native from Kathmandu, Nepal. In 2018, he graduated from Mercyhurst University (United States) with a major in Business & Competitive Intelligence and a minor in International Relations & Diplomacy. Most recently, he interned at the UN Women headquarters under the Strategic Partnership Division. His goal is to bring a shift in the way intelligence is understood and used around the world.








MullerPassionate about security, politics, and intelligence,Paul Müller has studied Crisis and Security Management, Governance and Public Policy, and International Relations at universities in Europe and Asia. He has worked in private intelligence and academia and is excited to pursue his scholarly endeavors in intelligence as part of the JEAIS-Team.







philaniPhilani Dhlamini is a graduate student in the Joint MA program between Leipzig University (Germany) and Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) studying Global Studies “with a special emphasis on Peace and Security in Africa”. He holds a certificate in Political Economic Risk Analysis from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and a BA in Social Sciences from Makerere University (Uganda). The focus of his graduate thesis is on the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) and its contribution to continental peace and stability. His research interests include International Organizations, Multilateral Security Cooperation & Interoperability, Security Sector Reform and Africa’s Peace & Security Architecture (APSA). Philani Dhlamini is also a member of the International Studies Association and has presented at the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, on the reform processes of the African Union.


2018-2019 Research Associates

Hunter Pratt, James Madison University

“Being a Research Associate for the JEAIS December issue was a unique experience. Getting to take part in the first effort to develop the literature of private sector intelligence helped to expand my knowledge of what roles intelligence can fulfill. The opportunity to make a contribution to the journal was a rewarding challenge. The Open Source Intelligence training given by the Managing Editors was one of the unique skills I took away from this time. OSINT training of this nature cannot be found in four year degrees, and should prove invaluable moving forward.”

Sara Soto, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid

“As most of things having to deal with intelligence, be ready to spend much time at the beginning trying to understand difficult and ambiguous concepts. This is a field that requires a lot of patience and creativity and through this internship you will get to know the tools and methods to find, manage, process and present different kinds of information. The work will be manageable and compatible with other compromises you may have, and the advisors will guide you and be available to you for all the doubts and questions that arise during the internship. Besides it is really fun and rewarding when you get things well done.”

Abigail Edwards, Columbia University (USA) and Sciences Po Paris (France):

“My internship experience with JEAIS was incredibly instrumental in introducing me to the world of intelligence, demonstrating in what ways the discipline intersected with my own background in political science and international relations. Despite the fact that this was a remote internship, I felt that I fully had the support of the editors, Daniela and Efren, in all aspects of mastering an understanding of existing scholarship, conducting intelligence drills, and producing our article for publication in the journal.”

Scott Kim, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA).

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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