Who We Are


The Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies (CREAS) is a Brussels-based think-tank that seeks to promote analysis, encourage debate and understand the significance of the evolving connections across Eurasia.


Theresa Fallon is a Brussels-based analyst, writer and commentator on global energy and geopolitics with over 20 years' experience. A member of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP-EU), and a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she founded CREAS in 2016. Her current research focus is on EU–Asia relations, Sino-Russian relations, maritime security, global governance and China’s Belt & Road Initiative. She is a frequent panelist at conferences and events around the world and has testified on a number of occasions to the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs and Subcommittee on Security and Defense. 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 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, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of CSIS, China Brief, The Diplomat, ISN Security Watch, PlanEcon Energy Report, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Newsbrief and other academic publications. She has been featured on international media including BBC, CCTV, CNBC, Channel News Asia, CNN, Radio France International, The Guardian, The Japan Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. In 2017 she was listed by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 20 foreign national security women to follow on Twitter.


Contact Captain James E. Fanell

Captain James E. Fanell retired from the U.S. Navy in January 2015 concluding a nearly 30 year career as a naval intelligence officer specializing in Indo-Asia Pacific security affairs, with an emphasis on the Chinese navy and its operations.  His most recent assignment with the U.S. Navy was as the Director of Intelligence and Information Operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet. 

In addition to being a Senior Associate at CREAS, he is also a Government Fellow with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.  Throughout his naval career he served in a variety of afloat and ashore assignments across the Pacific region, highlighted by tours as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence for the U.S. Seventh Fleet aboard the USS Blue Ridge, the Office of Naval Intelligence China Senior Intelligence Officer, and as the Senior Intelligence Officer for the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier strike group, then forward deployed to Japan. 

He was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from San Diego State University, a M.A. in History from the University of Hawaii, and was a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College where he received a M.A. in Military Science. 

He is also a public speaker most notably at the AFCEA West / U.S. Naval Institute’s panels on China in 2013 and 2014.  He has published works in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly, Fox News, Switzerland’s Military Power Review, and the Hoover Digest.  Jim is the creator and manager of the Asia Security forum Red Star Rising since 2005.  He is married to Cornelia Fanell and currently resides in Switzerland.


Contact Andrea Mogni

Andrea Mogni has over thirty years’ experience with the European Union as a senior advisor on international economic and financial matters, global economic governance, EU regulatory reform and EU external relations with emerging economies and BRICs. 

He holds post-graduate degrees in Law and Social Science from Genoa University, in Economics from the University of Rome and in International Trade from LUISS University in Rome.  From 1981 to 1985 he served as economist and programmer at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome.  He joined the European Commission in 1985, first serving in the EU Delegation to Ethiopia and then monitoring and supporting economic and financial transition of the countries in Central and Eastern Europe.  

In 2000 he joined the economic unit of the External Relations department of the European Commission where he was in charge of international economic and financial matters, EU programming instruments and financing facilities. In 2011 he joined the Global economic issues division of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and acted as senior advisor to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on international economic and financial matters including EU relations with the IFIs and BRICs, relations with the EIB and global financial governance issues (G7, G20, IMF). He retired from the EEAS in 2013 and has acted in a senior advisory role since then. He has written extensively on international economic and financial subjects.