Senior Member 

Mr Edward Mortimer, CMG has served as senior member of the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group since 2015. Mr Mortimer read for his undergraduate degree at Balliol College, Oxford and was a Prize Fellow at All Souls College from 1965-1972. Presently a Distinguished Fellow of All Souls College, Mr Mortimer’s background includes serving as a Senior Associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Foreign Affairs Commentator for the Financial Times, a Research Associate with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, as Senior Vice-President and Chief Programme Officer for the Salzburg Global Seminar, as the United Nations Director of Communications and Chief Speechwriter for the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.


Andrew Payne (]):

Vice President

Megan Musilli (


Edward Howell (

Edward H.K. Howell ( is currently an M.Phil. candidate in International Relations. Having graduated with a double first in Geography from Brasenose College, Edward’s research interests have focused predominantly on the Korean Peninsula, in particular in the negotiations of South Korean and Chinese-Korean migrants to the West. More recently, Edward is focusing on issues of regime survival in North Korea, involving the plight of North Korean defectors in escaping, yet maintaining ties to, their homeland.

Tilman Graff(

Tilman Graff is a current MPhil. student in Economics at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Holding each a Bachelor’s degree from both LMU Munich and Technical University Munich, his research has focussed on identifying economic patterns behind the demise of the Weimar Republic. He is interested in the determinants of democratic instability and societal failure from both econometric, as well as game theoretic perspectives. 

IT Officer 

Freddie Barr-Smith (