Jabbar Moradi was born into a Muslim family in Iran. He now lives in the Czech Republic. He holds a Ph.D. in environmental sciences (2018), with a focus on the remediation of mining and quarrying extraction sites. He has studied key religious, environmentalist, national, and political ideologies, taking in their spectrum of thinking, both mainstream and extremist. Jabbar is concerned that the tradition of clear-sighted, scientific rationalism in the West is being undermined by irrational ideologies. Jasmin DallAgnola is a Ph.D. candidate and associate lecturer in politics and international relations at the Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society (GPES) at Oxford Brookes University. She received her masters in political science and Russian linguistics from the University of Zurich UZH in 2017. Her Ph.D. project focuses on the reality of globalization and national identity in the context of the former Soviet Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan. Jasmin is also the Treasurer of the BASEES Caucasus Study Group and Founder and Chairwoman of the Eurasian, East and Central European Studies Women Academics Forum (EECES WAF).