1 July 2013
New ESI Junior Fellows in Berlin and Istanbul
Ayse Patan, Julia Edlund, Liudmila Mashalova
Ayse Patan, Julia Edlund, Liudmila Mashalova

From this July, three new junior fellows will work with us on our Balkan and Turkey research projects. Please learn more about them here:

Liudmila Mashalova (Russia) joined ESI in Berlin in July 2013 to work on the project "The Balkans and its Return to Europe". Liudmila holds a BA degree in International Relations of St. Petersburg State University and studied European Affairs and Political Science at Sciences Po Paris and Freie Universität Berlin. She worked at the Leningrad Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where she was involved in working with foreign business delegations and organization of conferences on transregional cooperation. Liudmila also participated in AIESEC student association dealing with international internships for young specialists both in Russia and abroad. Liudmila's interests are focused on EU Enlargement, European Neighbourhood Policy in the post-soviet space and EU-Russia relations.

Ayşe Patan (Germany) joined ESI in Istanbul in July 2013 to work on the current political developments in Turkey after the Gezi Park protests and their impact on Turkey-EU relations as well as on perceptions of Turkey in Europe. Ayşe studied political science and international relations in Hamburg, Istanbul and Berlin and is currently finishing her Master's degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of Potsdam. Her interest areas include Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy, with a current focus on Turkey-EU relations. Before joining ESI, she did an internship at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Istanbul.

Julia Edlund (Sweden) holds a BA degree from Uppsala University (Sweden) where she studied history, political science and Turkish language and an MA degree in Turkish Studies from Sabanci University (Istanbul, Turkey). During her studies, the main areas of interest were media studies and democracy/human rights in Turkey. She recently finished an internship at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in the department of Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Her main field of work was Swedish development cooperation with Eastern Europe, Western Balkans and Turkey.  She will join ESI in Istanbul in September.

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

You can find out more about Alan Grant on his websites:
Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com