Editorial Office

Meet Our Team

Our Editorial Team looks forward to working with you and guiding you throughout the publication process.

Matthias Wasinger  |  Editor in Chief

Mag. (FH) Matthias Wasinger, MOS, Ph. D. is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Defence Horizon Journal. Among other he holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Legal Studies from the University of Vienna and is author of several publications published in books, newspapers, journals, and periodicals. 

Dermot Nolan  |  Associate Editor

Dermot Nolan has spent 12 years in the Army Reserve in Ireland, where he served in the Artillery Corps. He holds a master’s degree in Military History and Strategic Studies, and a master’s degree in International Relations and International Security . His work has been published in European Security and by Finabel-The European Army Interoperability Centre.

Ursula Werther-Pietsch  |  Co-Editor

Professor Mag. Dr. Ursula Werther-Pietsch, co-editor of the TDHJ Special Edition, teaches International Law and international Relations at Universities of Vienna and Graz, Diplomatic Academy, the Bundeswehr University Munich, and the Austrian National Defence Academy. Published widely, including on human-centrism, human rights, international crisis and conflict management, and Collective Security System.

Lukas Bittner  |  Assistant-Editor

Lukas Bittner studied Political Science at the University of Vienna. He serves at the Military Strategy Division of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence in Vienna. He has published extensively in academic journals and newspapers on the evolution of conflicts and the future of warfare, as well as topics like hybrid threats, the information environment, and cyber threats.

Bernhard Seyringer   |   Co-editor

Bernhard Seyringer, co-editor for “Emerging Technologies,” is a geopolitical analyst, strategic communications consultant and author.  He is editor of “Future Stories” and “MRV.Report. Bernhard studied Social Sciences at universities in London, Vienna, Oslo and Urbino.

Barlow Najima  |  Associate Editor

Barlow Najima holds a Bachelors degree in Business Consultancy and a Masters degree in International Leadership and Management.  She has gathered experience in both research and copy-editing over the years through volunteering and work placements.

Rebecca Van Pamel   |   Associate Editor

Rebecca Van Pamel studied at Williams College, where she graduated with highest honors in history and German. She has years of experience in research and has edited multiple publications. Rebecca is currently based in Vienna. 

Amit Kumar   |   Associate Editor

Amit Kumar is a PhD Research Scholar at BITS PILANI, India. His principal area of research is China Studies. He works as a Project Assistant at the Center for African Justice, Peace, and Human Rights, The Hague, The Netherlands. In addition, he is an Adjunct Researcher, The MirYam Institute, New York.

Terlan Djavadova  |  Assistant Editor

Terlan Djavadova, BA MA, studied Political Science, Oriental Studies and Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna. She is currently writing her master’s thesis on the legitimation strategies of Russian foreign policy in the Middle East and the Russian use of private military companies.

Benjamin Zimmer  |  Assistant Editor

Benjamin Zimmer is a Program Aide with the Economic Statecraft Program at Texas A&M University and holds a Master of International Affairs degree from the Bush School and a BA in History and Asian Studies from UMBC. His research has appeared in NKNews, the Asia Times, Security Challenges, and Charged Affairs among others.

Michael Panfil Jr.   |   Assistant Editor

Michael Panfil Jr. is currently a BA/MA student at Loyola University of Chicago, where he studies Political Science & Government with a focus on War Studies. He hopes to pursue a PhD after he commissions in the U.S. Army in 2024. 

Friedarike Santner   |   Assistant Editor

Mag. Friedarike Santner, Ph. D. is a political scientist and cultural anthropologist with experience in development cooperation, research on migration, election observation and support. She holds a Ph. D. in Political Science.

Alexandra Fabrykowska  |  Assistant Editor

Mag. Alexandra Fabrykowska, MA studied law and political science at the University of Vienna. Additionally, she completed the program international security at the European Academy of Diplomacy as well as an EU-Experts course. Besides many years of experience in the field of research, she publishes herself in the fields of international politics, space and aeronautical politics, environmental policies and interdisciplinarity.

Maria Thiele  |  Editor

Maria Thiele is a multilingual journalist with a focus on news documentary production and a specialization on the relations between the European Union and Russia/China. She holds a double Master’s in Journalism & Global Communication and Sport Science.

Ainesh Dey |  Assistant Editor (Intern)

Ainesh Dey is a sophomore at St Xavier’s College, Kolkata. An avid learner, he has participated and won laurels in several debates and creative writing endeavours, both at the national and international level. His wide array of interests ranges from policy formulation, advocacy and international affairs to international business and developmental economics.