Erik Pierre Erik Pierre (Sweden) was the first chairman of ESI's senior advisory board. During a distinguished career in the Swedish diplomatic service, Erik served in Afghanistan, China, Washington D.C. and the Balkans. As Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1994 to the end of 1996, and at the same time accredited to Macedonia, he was intimately involved in South Eastern European affairs and the development of international responses to the crises in former Yugoslavia. Later he ran the Stockholm Region's Office to the European Union in Brussels. Now he lives as a writer and author in Sweden. His most recent book is "25 hemligheter: Iraks roll i amerikansk och fransk politik 1970-2005" (25 Secrets: Iraq's role in American and French politics 1970-2005). He has also written four longer essays on China's entry into the Korean War and the role of the 38th parallel in Korean politics.

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com