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Founder and Director, Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies (CREAS), Brussels

THERESA FALLON is the founder and director of the Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies (CREAS) in Brussels. She is concurrently a member of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Adjunct Professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, a member of the CEPS Task Force on AI and Cybersecurity, a member of the Loisach Group on transatlantic relations, and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Theresa’s current research is on EU-Asia relations, maritime security, global governance, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and great power competition. She has testified to the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs and Subcommittee on Security and Defense as well to the UK House of Lords, and she has briefed Members of the U.S. Congress and other U.S. government institutions. Previously she was a Senior Associate with the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) in Brussels and a member of the Strategic Advisors Group for the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). From 2003 to 2007 she worked in Beijing as a researcher and consultant. From 1998 to 2003 she was the Moscow representative of PlanEcon, a research and consulting firm, and taught economics in the first MBA program established in Russia at the American Institute of International Business in Moscow. She was educated at the University of Chicago, Loyola University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her articles have appeared in American Foreign Policy Interests, The Asan Forum, Business Insider, CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, China Brief, The Diplomat, ISN Security Watch, PlanEcon Energy, RUSI Newsbrief, War on the Rocks and other publications. In addition, she has been featured in international media including ABC (Australia), Agence France Presse, Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Channel News Asia, Deutsche Welle, Financial Times, L’Espresso, Newsweek, Science Magazine, Japan Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and The Washington Post. In 2021, she was named EU Influencer of the Year in the field of trade and economics. In 2017, she was listed by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 20 women to follow on Twitter in the areas of foreign policy and national security. In 2014, she was awarded the Vietnamese Ambassador’s Distinction Award for her contributions to strengthening the relationship between Vietnam and the European Union.

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