About

The Heptagon Post is an online news site, analysing politics, security, economics, life and culture. Based at the Department of War Studies, King's College London, The Heptagon Post brings together faculty, research students and a global team of experts from a wide range of professional backgrounds. They contribute fresh and bold perspectives on important and emerging world issues, lending the site a broad-based appeal.

Editors


Massimiliano Fiore

Massimiliano Fiore

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Massimiliano is a Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. His research interests include the Arab-Israeli conflict, intelligence, terrorism and nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. He has previously taught at the London School of Economics and at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. He is the author of a book (Anglo-Italian Relations in the Middle East, 1922-1940) and a number of refereed articles, policy papers and editorials. Born in Italy, Massimiliano received a BA in Political Science, an MA in International Affairs and an MA in Diplomatic Studies. He then completed his education in the United Kingdom where he took an MA and a PhD in War Studies. Massimiliano is a passionate traveller, keen photographer, avid reader and a real Napoli fan-addict.  

 

Roland Bensted

Roland Bensted

Editor (Europe), Roland was born in London. In 2011 he completed an MA in International Relations at the Department of War Studies, King's College London. This followed his BA in Sociology (with French) from the University of Reading in 2005. During more than four years in the UK's Civil Service, Roland worked for the Home Office and Cabinet Office. With research interests spanning political economy, natural resources and conflict, and ethics in international relations, Roland has been published in the academic journal African Security Review, as well as a range of print and online media. Currently employed as a Senior Researcher, Roland enjoys learning languages, reading, and sports, especially football. 

 

Lauren Meryl Williamson

Jacob Hershey

Editor (North America), Jacob earned his MA in International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies, with focuses in diplomacy, international economics and African politics. In his hometown of Chattanooga, he did his undergraduate work in international humanities at the University of Tennessee with a heavy focus on foreign languages and creative writing. His research interests focus on the role of personality in politics, diplomacy, and governance. Jacob is an avid outdoorsman, enjoys travelling and watching baseball, and is the proud owner of a banjo. Most recently he has taught language and worked as a cultural liaison in France and Japan, and is currently based in Washington, DC.

Contributors


Andrea Dessi

Ramee Mossa

Ramee is an Iraqi-Canadian, born in Budapest Hungary but currently living in London. He comes from a long line of political activists, the most important of which is his grand-father who played a key role in the Iraqi Communist Party in the 1970’s. Driven by this background, Ramee completed his BA in Political Science with a concentration in international relations at Concordia University. He then finished an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Ramee has worked at VERTIC doing arms controls research, including a particular project which studied the challenges of irreversible nuclear disarmament. Ramee also enjoys travelling the world and exploring new cultures. He has travelled throughout North America, Europe, and Morocco and will spend summer 2011 in Central America. He is an avid hockey fan, and a lifelong supporter of Les Canadiens de Montreal.  

 

Njoki Wamai

Njoki Wamai

Njoki is a Peace, Security and Development Fellow at the African Leadership Centre at King's College London. She has published on Women's Participation in Peace Processes and Natural Resources and Conflict in Kenya. Previously, she worked with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and the Kenya Human Rights Commission. Njoki is currently pursuing her MA in Conflict, Security and Development at the Department of War Studies, King's College London. She holds a BSc in Food Science and Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development from the University of Nairobi. She is the Chairperson of the Young Women Leadership Institute Board, a Non-Governmental Organisation in Kenya. Njoki loves traveling, music, reading, good food and writing.