- Netajee Abhinandan, an assistant professor of political science at Ravenshaw University, had done his M.Phil and Ph.D in international relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is also the Founder-Director of Kalinga Institute of Indo-Pacific Studies (KIIPS), a premiere think-tank, based in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He is also associated with Yunnan Minzu University, Kunming, China as Visiting Professor. Apart from authoring Law is an Ass! Decoding Rule of Law Debate in China and China’s Adaptation to Global Regimes: Dilemmas and Debate he has co-edited a book on India’s Relations with ‘Extended Neighbourhood’ : Opportunities and Challenges and published numerous articles/chapters in reputed (national/international) journals and books on diverse aspects of Chinese/Indian foreign policy, ASEAN, security and diplomacy in Indo-Pacific region. He also frequently writes on contemporary political issues in the local media. He has visited the US, under International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), at the invitation of the US Department of State. Dr. Abhinandan was a recipient of prestigious Nehru Memorial Fellowship granted Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Foundation, New Delhi.
- Zaal Anjaparidze received his Master’s Degree in Public-Political Communication at the Institute of Mass Media & Public Communications (Georgia, Tbilisi). Zaal has been working for the International Center on Conflict and Negotiation (www.iccn.ge) as coordinator of the Caucasian dialogue program of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts (www.gppac.net) aiming at the engagement of civil society in the conflict prevention and confidence-building activities in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. In 2017-2018, Zaal was a project manager in the well-known Czech NGO People in Need and managed the EU-funded project for promoting tools and values of free trade with the EU to the regions of Georgia within the DCFTA and Association Agreement between Georgia and the EU. For eleven years Mr. Anjaparidze was a senior program manager for the development of civil society at Europe Foundation (www.epfound.ge), formerly operating as Eurasia Foundation. From 1999 to 2005, Zaal Anjaparidze worked for the various USAID projects directed at the development and strengthening of local democracy, good governance, and sustainability of the microfinance sector. During 1998-2000, Zaal was editor-in-chief of the English-language editions in Georgia “Resonance” and “Georgia Today.”. Simultaneously, Zaal provided pieces of training and workshops on human security, facilitation, advocacy and adaptive leadership. Beginning 1997 to date Zaal Anjaparidze has been a contributor to the various national and international analytical editions, including Jamestown Foundation /Eurasia Daily Monitor/, Transitions, EurActive, The Moscow Times, International Herald Tribune, Journal of Conflict Transformation/Caucasus Edition/ and others.
- Brian Atwood is a Visiting Scholar for International Studies and Public Affairs at Brown University’s Thomas Watson Institute for International Studies, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He served as Chair of Global Policy Studies and Professor of Public Policy at the Humphrey School from 2012 to 2015. From 2010 to 2012, Atwood was the member-elected Chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He was dean of the Humphrey School from 2002 to 2010, and was elected President of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs in 2009. He was also the Chair of the University of Minnesota’s Deans’ council and a recipient of the University’s Distinguished Service Award. Atwood led the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) during the Administration of President William Clinton serving as its Administrator for six and one half years. He earlier led the Clinton-Gore transition team at the State Department in 1992, and was Under Secretary of State for Management prior to his appointment as head of USAID. During the Carter Administration Atwood was Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations. In 2001, Atwood served on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Panel on Peace Operations. He was legislative advisor for foreign and defense policy to Senator Thomas F. Eagleton (D–Mo) (1972 to 1977). Atwood was the first President of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) (1985 to 1993). He received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award in 1999. He was a career diplomat before joining Senator Eagleton and later became Dean of Professional Studies and Academic Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute (1981-82). He has been a frequent contributor of editorials and opinion articles on foreign policy and development cooperation.
- Igor Bandović is the Director of the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, a position he has occupied since November 2019. Before joining the BCSP, he was a Senior Programme Manager for the European Fund for the Balkans and was is in charge of policy research and advocacy initiatives within the Fund, including coordination of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group and think tank support programmes. He managed the Gallup Balkan Monitor, a regional public opinion survey conducted through partnership with Gallup Europe (2009-2011). Igor has also worked for the various international organisations, including International Organisation for Migration and the United Nations Development Programme (2006-2008). From 2002 to 2006, Igor worked at the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, where his research priorities were human rights education, international criminal law and reconciliation. His recent publications include the research report, “North Macedonia: What’s Next?” and research papers, “Balkan Strongmen and Fragile Institutions”, “The European Question in Serbia’s Party Politics”, “The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Influencing the Policy-Making Process in the Western Balkans: Perspectives and Obstacles”. Igor’s engagement in civil society began in 1997 when he established Libergraf, a non-governmental organisation that works on public education, the promotion of human rights and civic activism. He studied international law and international relations at the University of Belgrade and University Union, Belgrade, Serbia.
- Karishma Banga is a Research Fellow in Digital Development at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK. Her research examines new models of digital-led development, changing nature of Global Value Chains and digital trade negotiations, with a focus on development implications for low and middle-income countries. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at the International Economic Development Group, ODI working on international trade in the digital age with a focus on Africa and Asia, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, Graduate Institute of Geneva. She has led and worked on a range of projects with international organisations and stakeholders, including UNECA, Commonwealth Secretariat, UNCTAD, Afreximbank, African Union, WTO, and Pathways for Prosperity, University of Oxford. Karishma holds a PhD in Global Value Chains from the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester and a MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Arindrajit Basu is Research Lead at the Centre for Internet & Society, India, where he focuses on the geopolitics and constitutionality of emerging technologies. He is a lawyer by training and holds a BA, LLB (Hons) degree from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, and an LLM in public international law from the University of Cambridge, U.K.
- Gabriela Bernal is a PhD candidate at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, South Korea. She specializes in inter-Korean relations and North Korea’s foreign policy. Her analysis on North Korea has appeared in various media outlets, including Nikkei Asia, the Financial Times, Channel News Asia, The Diplomat, NK News, and many more. Gabriela holds a master’s degree in human rights from Sciences Po Paris and a master’s in international peace and security from King’s College London. She has previously interned at the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations in Bangkok, Thailand.
Kylie Bielby has more than 20 years’ experience in reporting and editing a wide range of security topics, covering geopolitical and policy analysis to international and country-specific trends and events. Before joining GTSC’s Homeland Security Today staff, she was an editor and contributor for Jane’s, and a columnist and managing editor for security and counter-terror publications.
- Roland Bouffanais is a Complexity Scientist and Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers in top scientific journals and conference proceedings. He authored Design and Control of Swarm Dynamics (Springer, 2016). He received his PhD in computational science from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, for which he was awarded the ERCOFTAC Da Vinci Award Silver Medal in 2007 and the IBM Research Prize in Computational Sciences the following year. Bouffanais leads the Applied Complexity Group and conducts interdisciplinary research at the interface between Complexity Science, Multi-Agent Dynamics, Network Science, Computational Social Science, Data Science, including Artificial Intelligence. His research involves a synergistic combination of computational and theoretical developments, with real-life experimental validations. Bouffanais aims to foster cross-disciplinary exploration to gain insight into a range of complex systems including social networks, swarm intelligence, complex urban systems, human dynamics, etc. With his research group, they maintain a constructive and open dialogue between science, society and industry.
- James Brusseau (PhD, Philosophy) is author of books, articles, and media in the history of philosophy and ethics. He has taught in Europe, Mexico, and currently at Pace University near his home in New York City. His current academic research explores the human experience of artificial intelligence in the areas of privacy, freedom, authenticity, and personal identity. In practical ethics, he leads research projects in AI finance and in AI healthcare. In finance, AI Human Impact rates AI-intensive companies in ethical terms for investment purposes. In healthcare, his written work evaluates AI technologies in ethical terms for use in medical contexts. In both applied contexts, AI applies AI ethics to AI-intensive companies, meaning that natural language processing and machine learning are harnessed to evaluate how well particular AI companies and technologies perform in ethical terms. The approach is decentralized in the sense that information is scraped from diverse public sources and processed by machine learning into ethical evaluations.
- Stephen Bryen is a leading expert in security strategy and technology. He has held senior positions in the Department of Defense, on Capitol Hill and as the President of a large multinational defense and technology company. Bryen writes for Asia Times, American Thinker, Epoch Times, Newsweek, Washington Times, the Jewish Policy Center and for many other newspapers and magazines. He has published six books on technology and security subjects including Technology Security and National Power (Routledge & CRS Press) and Security for Holy Places (Morgan James Publishing) and has contributed to a number of studies on national security and defense. Bryen serves as a senior fellow at the American Center for Democracy, the Center for Security Policy and Il Nodo di Gordio. Dr. Stephen Bryen has 50 years of experience in government and industry. He has served as a senior staff director of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as the Executive Director of a grassroots political organization, as the head of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Trade Security Policy, as the founder and first director of the Defense Technology Security Administration, as the President of Finmeccanica North America, and as a Commissioner of the U.S. China Security Review Commission. Bryen served as the President of Finmeccanica North America (now rebadged as Leonardo), a multinational defense and technology company. Under his leadership the North American branch headed by Bryen grew exponentially and achieved annual sales of over $5 billion. As David Silverberg wrote in Homeland Security Today: “Bryen came to private industry after a career in government, but even there he was an innovator and entrepreneur. … A key part of Bryen’s portfolio was managing and shepherding US-allied technological cooperation in pursuit of the common defense.”. Dr. Bryen’s extensive experience and high effectiveness has earned him the highest civilian awards of the U.S. Defense Department on two occasions and established him as a proven government, civic and business leader in Washington D.C. and internationally. Morley Safer of the CBS Program 60 Minutes said: “Dr. Bryen was the Pentagon’s top cop, the man whose job it was to ensure that sensitive technology would be kept from enemies, potential enemies and questionable allies.”
- Cengiz Çandar. Currently “Distinguished Visiting Scholar” at the Stockholm University Institute of Turkish Studies (SUITS) and Senior Associate Fellow at the Swedish Institute for International Affairs (UI). A leading Turkish expert on the Middle East, Turkish foreign policy, Kurdish Question, Turkish-American relations, served as a Special Advisor to President Turgut Özal on foreign policy issues (1991-1993), established the first relationship between Turkish Presidency and the Iraqi Kurdish leadership (Jalal Talabani who later served as the first President of post-Saddam Iraq). Public Policy Scholar- Wilson Center (1999), Senior Fellow, US Institute of Peace (1999-2000) Lecturer on the Modern Middle East History in several Istanbul universities (1997-2010), veteran journalist since 1976, Columnist of online media site Al Monitor. Author of several books in Turkish and English, His bestseller (2012) Mezopotamya Ekspresi – Bir Tarih Yolculuğu (Mesopotamian Express – A Journey in History) is published in Arabic and Kurdish. Author of Turkey’s Mission Impossible, War and Peace with the Kurds (Lexington, June 2020).
Alexander Cooley is the Claire Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College and Director of Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for the Study of Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe (2015-present). Professor Cooley’s research in international relations examines how external actors—including emerging powers, international organizations, multinational companies, NGOs, and Western enablers of grand corruption—have influenced the development, governance and sovereignty of the former Soviet states, with a focus on Central Asia and the Caucasus. Cooley is the author and/or editor of seven academic books including, Dictators without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia (Yale University Press 2017), co-authored with John Heathershaw, and most recently, Exit from Hegemony: the Unravelling of the American Global Order (Oxford University Press, 2020), co-authored with Daniel Nexon. In addition to his academic research, Professor Cooley serves on several international advisory boards engaged with the region and has testified for the United States Congress and Helsinki Commission. Cooley’s opinion pieces have appeared in New York Times, Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs and his research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Open Society Foundations, Carnegie Corporation, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, among others. Cooley earned both his MA and Ph.D. from Columbia University.
- Priyadarshi Dash is Associate Professor at Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi, India. He has 14 years of experience in policy research on trade, investment, infrastructure and fintech issues in the context of G20, IORA, BIMSTEC and Indo-Pacific. Dr. Dash has published two books titled ‘Asia-Africa Growth Corridor: Development and Cooperation in Indo-Pacific’ and ‘Universal Banking in India: Evolution, Trends and Performance’ and several papers in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. He is member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing, London and Advances in Economics and Business; Member of Editorial Review Board of Virtual Economics; Managing Editor of G20 Digest, and Co-Editor of Journal of Asian Economic Integration. He has a short fellowship stint at Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET), Seoul in 2012. Dr. Dash holds PhD in Economics from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India where he had received the “Award for Excellence in Thesis Work”.
- Malcolm Davis joined ASPI as a Senior Analyst in Defence Strategy and Capability in January 2016. Prior to this he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in China-Western Relations with the Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University from March 2012 to January 2016, and he currently retains an Honorary Assistant Professor position in the Faculty. He has worked with the Department of Defence, both in Navy Headquarters in the Strategy and Force Structure area, and with Strategic Policy Division in the Strategic Policy Guidance and Strategic External Relations and Education sections from November 2007 to March 2012. Prior to this appointment he was a Lecturer in Defence Studies with Kings College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, in Shrivenham, UK, from June 2000 to October 2007. He holds a PhD in Strategic Studies from the University of Hull as well as two Masters degrees in Strategic Studies, including from the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. His main research focus is on defence strategy and capability development, military technology, and the future of warfare.
- Tommaso De Zan is a Senior Consultant within the Digital Policy Team at ICF (UK), where he conducts research studies and impact assessments for the European Commission and other public sector organisations. Previously, he was a CEI Expert for ENISA, an Associate Fellow with the EUISS and a Researcher at the International Affairs Institute in Rome. He holds a PhD in cybersecurity and education from the University of Oxford and a master’s degree in international security from the University of Bologna (Forlì).
- Biswajit Dhar is Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Before joining the University, Dr. Dhar was the Director General of Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a think-tank of India’s Foreign Ministry specialising in international economic issues. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Centre for WTO Studies of the Government of India and was the Head of the Centre for several years. Dr. Dhar has served as a member of the Indian delegation in multilateral treaty negotiations, including the World Trade Organization, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the Convention on Biological Diversity. He has been nominated in expert groups for several inter-governmental organizations. Dr. Dhar has been interacting closely several inter-governmental organisations. He has been a consultant to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the United Nations Development Programme, the International Labour Organization, the World Health Organization, and the South Centre, among others. He has presented research papers in several international and national conferences and has publications in reputed national and international journals. He is a regular columnist in several national dailies. Dr. Dhar has served on the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of India and was a Member of the Board of Trade, Government of India. Dr. Dhar is currently a Member of the WHO Preparatory Working Group on Incentives for Innovation for the 2021 Fair Pricing Forum. He serves as an Adviser to the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and is on the Board of the Inter-University Centre for IPR Studies of the Government of Kerala.
- Amal Nagah Elbeshbishi is an International Professional Staff Member working as a Chief of Employment and Skills for Sustainable Development Section for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) – Office for North Africa, Rabat- Morocco. She is also a tenured Professor of
Economics at Faculty of Commerce- Mansoura University, Egypt [on sabbatical leave (national assignment) to work for UNECA]. Prior to joining UNECA in 2005, Prof. Elbeshbishi lectured at universities in Bahrain, Egypt and the United States of America. She has also worked with the United Nations Economic and
Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) and the Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC). Prof. Elbeshbishi is the author/co-author of many research papers and books on several economic and social development issues. She holds a Master’s and a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Fordham University- New York, United States of America; and a Master’s degree in Economics from Mansoura University, Egypt.
- Pari Esfandiari is the co-founder and President at the Global TechnoPolitics Forum and serves as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center. She is a serial entrepreneur, internet pioneer, and sustainable development executive. Her extensive international background includes leadership, advisory, and investment positions with organizations and corporations in China, Europe, the MiddleEast, and the United States. She has worked across diverse industries ranging from FinTech and e-commerce to sustainability and smart cities. Her social enterprise was showcased by UNESCO and supported by the Google Foundation. She has a doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in the sustainability business and is an avid environmentalist.
- Robert (Bob) Fay is the managing director of digital economy at CIGI. The research under his direction assesses and provides policy recommendations for the complex global governance issues arising from digital technologies. He brings to this position extensive experience in macro- and micro-economic research and policy analysis. He is also a member of the 2020–2021 Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) Ad Hoc Strategic Advisory Committee, providing feedback on the priorities the IPC will focus on over the next five years. Prior to joining CIGI, Bob held several senior roles at the Bank of Canada (BoC), most recently as senior director overseeing work to assess developments and implications arising from the digitization of the Canadian economy. As deputy director of the International Department at the BoC, he assessed global economic developments and their implications for Canada and investigated a wide variety of issues, including those related to the international monetary system and global financial architecture. He has also led the BoC’s Canadian short-term forecasting team and set up and led its first research division related to structural analysis, focusing on labour markets, productivity and exchange rate analysis. Bob was also special assistant to BoC Governor Mark Carney, serving as the governor’s chief of staff. Prior to joining the BoC, Bob was an economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and worked on a range of economic and labour market issues. Bob holds an M.A. in economics from Queen’s University and an undergraduate degree in applied studies (economics) from the University of Waterloo.
- Joe Ferullo is an award-winning media executive, producer and journalist, with experience creating both linear and digital content. He’s worked in the development and production of news and non-fiction material for NBC, CBS and others. Joe is a former Executive Vice President of Programming at CBS, where he oversaw shows such as Judge Judy, Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight and Rachael Ray. Prior to CBS, Joe was at NBC, as a senior-level producer for the newsmagazine Dateline NBC. He is currently a contributing columnist for Washington D.C.-based news outlet The Hill, writing about the intersection of media and politics. He consults with production companies on non-fiction program development. At CBS, Joe lead his division’s expansion and transformation into the digital realm. He helped create a streaming channel focused on entertainment news, and increased viewership of web content tied to CBS programs. He also struck content deals with companies like Microsoft, adding new audiences to existing shows.
At NBC News, Joe created a successful on-demand business for documentaries. He was on the management group that oversaw NBC’s merger with Universal. As a Dateline producer, he received an Emmy award as part of the team that covered the events of 9/11; an Emmy nomination for his story on Vietnamese war orphans; and an Education Writers’ Award with Maria Shriver for their look at inner city schools. He won a Writers’ Guild Award for a breaking news report on conflict in the Middle East.
He was also a narrator for NBC specials and for documentary programs on MSNBC. Joe began his career in print journalism: he was a staff writer at Rolling Stone magazine and a reporter for Hearst newspapers. He’s written for the New York Times op-ed page and the Village Voice, among other publications.
As a screenwriter, Joe has written for Universal, USA Network, and Michael Douglas’ Stonebridge production company. His script “Gridlock” became an NBC movie produced by the team behind “The Hunt for Red October” and “Clear and Present Danger.”. Joe is a member of the Television Academy. He was on the dean’s advisory board at Hofstra University’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. Joe served on the governing board of MEND, an advocacy group for low-income families in the San Fernando Valley. He is a regular guest lecturer at Syracuse University’s L.A.-based program. Joe is a graduate of Columbia University; he was editor-in-chief of the university’s independent daily newspaper.
- Antony Froggatt joined Chatham House in 2007 and is Deputy Director and a Senior Research Fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resources Department. He has worked as an independent consultant for 20 years with environmental groups, academics and public bodies in Europe and Asia. His most recent research projects are understanding the energy and climate policy implications of Brexit, climate risk (particularly in China) and on the technological and policy transformation of the energy sector. Since 1992 he has been the co-author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, a now annual independent review of the nuclear sector.
- Adam Garfinkle is a non-resident Distinguished Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and a monthly columnist at both The Straits Times (Singapore) and the Al-Mesbar Center (UAE). Aside from being Founding Editor of The American Interest, he has served as Editor of The National Interest, as Principal Speechwriter to the U.S. Secretary of State while attached to the Policy Planning Staff of the State Department, was chief writer of the Hart-Rudman Commission reports (SES status), and has taught at several institutions of higher education including SAIS/Johns Hopkins. His Ph.D. in International Relations is from the University of Pennsylvania (1978). Among his substantive areas of expertise are U.S. foreign and national security policy, the cultural dimension of U.S. foreign policy, Middle Eastern studies, arms control and strategic weapons analysis. His books include Telltale Hearts: The Origin and Impact of the Vietnam Antiwar Movement (1995; paperback 1997), which was named a “notable book of the year” by the New York Times Books Review. He is also the author of The Devil and Uncle Sam: A User’s Guide to the Friendly Tyrants Dilemma(1992); Jewcentricity: Why Jews Are Praised, Blamed, and Used to Explain Just About Everything(2009); Politics and Society in Modern Israel: Myths and Realities (2nd edition 2000); War, Water, and Negotiation in the Middle East: The Case of the Palestine-Syria Border, 1916-23 (1994); Israel and Jordan in the Shadow of War (1992); and Western Europe’s Middle East Diplomacy and the United States(1983). He is the recipient of the U.S. Department of State’s Superior Service Award. He has also received grants and awards from the German Marshall Fund, the American Academy in Berlin, and other organizations.
- Imtiaz Gul is one Pakistan’s leading political and security analysts. He has authored four books including The Most Dangerous Place (Viking/Penguin, USA/UK); Pakistan: Before and After Osama (Rolli Books, India). Gul currently heads the private think tank The Center for Research and Security Studies , Islamabad (www.crss.pk). He tweets @imtiazGul60
- Jerry Haar is a professor and Executive Director of the Office of Executive & Professional Education, and former associate dean and director of the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center in the College of Business, Florida International University. He is also a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, non-resident senior research fellow at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and a non-resident research affiliate at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center of Latin American Studies. He has held visiting appointments at Wharton, Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and the American Enterprise Institute and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Brazil. Dr. Haar served as Director of Washington Programs for the Council of the Americas, a New York-based business association of the leading multinational firms with business in Latin America and the Caribbean and has held several senior staff positions in policy and management with the federal government and served as Special Assistant to two cabinet secretaries. He received his B.A. cum laude from American University, master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University, and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Dr. Haar is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Executive Program in Management and Health Finance. He has consulted for many companies from multinational enterprises to small family firms and has appeared in media such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times (London), The Journal of Commerce, Bloomberg Business Week, Newsweek, CNN, the BBC, Fox Cable News, NBC, and CBS. A board member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Brazilian-American Chamber, Miami Finance Forum, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra, he is the author of 15 books, including Winning Strategies for the New Latin Markets, Can Latin America Compete?, Small Firms, Global Markets: Competitive Challenges in the New Economy, The Future of Entrepreneurship in Latin America, Innovation in Emerging Markets and Globalization, Competitiveness and Governability.
- Usha Haley (PhD, Stern School of Business, New York University) is W. Frank Barton Distinguished Chair in International Business, and Professor of Management, Wichita State University. She is also Director, Center for International Business Advancement and Chair, World Trade Council of Wichita. She has over 300 publications and presentations on non-market economies, subsidies, multinational corporations, emerging markets, trade, strategy, and scholarly impact. Her research on Chinese subsidies has been incorporated into federal trade regulation in the USA, EU, Australia, and India including the Non-market Economy Trade Remedy Act (the basis of HR 1229 in the USA) and three pieces of EU anti-dumping regulation. Competitive research grants include from the National Science Foundation. See CV section (https://ushahaley.academia.edu/cv) for an extended BIO. You may contact her through ushahaley.academia.edu
- Jeff Halper is an Israeli anthropologist and the Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), an Israeli peace and human rights organization that resists the Occupation on the ground and advocates for a just peace between Israel and the Palestinian people. He is also a founding member of the One Democratic State Campaign (ODSC). Jeff received his Ph.D. in Cultural and Applied Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In the 1970s and early ’80s he worked as a community worker for the Jerusalem municipality in the working class Mizrahi (Middle Eastern) Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem. Having done research among the Jews of Ethiopia in the 1960s, he served as the Chairman of the Israeli Committee for Ethiopian Jews. In the late 1980s and into the 1990s, Jeff served as the Director of the Middle East Center for Friends World College, an international college which he eventually headed, and has taught at universities in Israel, the US, Latin America and Africa. In 1997 he left academia and founded, with others of the Israeli peace movement, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), which he continues to head. In addition to his many academic and political writings, Jeff is the author of Between Redemption and Revival: The Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the Nineteenth Century (Westview, 1991), Obstacles to Peace, a resource manual of articles and maps on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, published by ICAHD, An Israeli in Palestine (London: Pluto Press, 2011) on his work against the Occupation, and War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification (London: Pluto, 2015). His latest book is Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine: Zionism, Settler Colonialism and the Case for One Democratic State (London: Pluto, 2021). Jeff participated in the first (and successful) attempt of the Free Gaza Movement to break the Israeli siege in 2008 by sailing into Gaza. He serves on international support committee of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine and was nominated by the American Friends Service Committee for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, together with the Palestinian intellectual and activist Ghassan Andoni. He currently works toward the establishment of a single democratic state between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Jeff can be reached at email@example.com
- Enze Han is Associate Professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). His research interests include ethnic politics in China, China’s relations with Southeast Asia, and the politics of state formation in the borderland area between China, Myanmar and Thailand. His research has been supported by the Leverhulme Research Fellowship, and British Council/Newton Fund. He was previously postdoctoral research fellowship in the China and the World Program at Princeton University and later a member at the School of Social Science, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He has also been awarded the Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia at Stanford University and National University of Singapore 2020-2021. He has published two books Asymmetrical Neighbors: Borderland State Building between China and Southeast Asia (Oxford University Press: 2019) and Contestation and Adaption: The Politics of Nation Identity in China (Oxford University Press 2013), in addition to more than 20 journal articles.
- Rob Handfield is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University, and Director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (http://scm.ncsu.edu/). Handfield is considered a thought leader in the field of supply chain management, and is an industry expert in the field of strategic sourcing, supply market intelligence, and supplier development. He has spoken on these subjects across the globe, including China, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Latin America, India, Europe, Korea, Japan, Canada, in multiple presentations and webinars. Handfield has published more than 120 peer reviewed journal articles and is regularly quoted in global news media such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NPR, the Financial Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and CNN. He has recently published articles on the medical shortages during COVID in the Harvard Business Review and the Milbank Quarterly Journal.
- Charles R. Hankla is Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is also Director of Governance Programs and Senior Research Associate at the university’s International Center for Public Policy (ICePP) and an affiliate of the Asian Studies Center. Dr. Hankla earned his Ph.D. in 2005 from Emory University, and he also holds degrees from Georgetown University and the London School of Economics. In the spring and summer of 2013, he was a visiting scholar at Sciences Po Lille in France. Dr. Hankla’s research is in the fields of comparative and international political economy, and he has a particular interest in political institutions as they relate to fiscal decentralization, budgeting, trade policy, and industrial policy. His research has included cross-national, quantitative studies and also field-work based analyses of India, France, and Mozambique. Dr. Hankla’s work has appeared in such journals as the American Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, and Publius. He has published a book from Edward Elgar, co-authored with Jorge Martinez-Vazquez and Raul Ponce-Rodriguez, and entitled Local Accountability and National Coordination in Fiscal Federalism: A Fine Balance. And he is currently Co-PI on a grant from the International Growth Centre in London, funding survey experiments on voting behavior in the Indian state of Bihar. Dr. Hankla currently serves as director of the department’s M.A. program, and he is a past departmental graduate director. Dr. Hankla serves or has served on dozens of dissertation and thesis committees in political science, economics, and public policy, and he received the college Graduate Mentoring Award in 2019. He also directs an exchange program with Sciences Po Lille in France and has led students on a study abroad program to Presidency University, Kolkata in India. In addition, Dr. Hankla is an active consultant, particularly on topics related to fiscal decentralization and public budgeting. In his role as Governance Program Director at ICePP, Dr. Hankla is responsible for growing the center’s consulting and training activities related to fiscal governance in the developing world. In addition, his co-authored policy brief on decentralization has been accepted for publication by the T20, the official think tank of the G20 process. His past consulting work has been funded by the United Nations Development Program, the US Department of State, and the US Agency for International Development. Dr. Hankla speaks fluent French and has a reading knowledge of Hindi, German, and Russian. Finally, Dr. Hankla is a regular public commentator on the politics of economic affairs. His online articles for the Conversation have attracted over 550,000 reads and have appeared on the websites of Newsweek, Time, Salon, The Huffington Post, The East Asia Forum, The World Economic Forum, Fortune, The New Republic, and The Business Standard of India, among many others. Dr. Hankla also gives regular media interviews and has appeared on or been quoted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the China Global Television Network, CBS News, BBC News, Julie Rose’s Top of Mind, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and many others.
- Imad K. Harb is the Director of Research and Analysis at Arab Center Washington DC. He is the Founder and Director of Quest for Middle East Analysis, a research and consulting firm. Previously, he worked as Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. He also served as Senior Analyst at the Abu Dhabi, UAE-based Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research and taught political science and international relations at the University of Utah and San Francisco State University. In addition, he worked as Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace. Harb writes and publishes on a number of topics including civil-military relations, regional politics, and US policy in the Middle East/North Africa and the Arabian Gulf, and is co-author, with John Bruni, of Domestic and Regional Challenges to US-Iran Relations (Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, 2015). He is the co-editor, with Zeina Azzam, of The Arab World Beyond Conflict (ACW, 2019). Harb earned a PhD in political science from the University of Utah.
- Isabel Hilton is a London based writer and broadcaster, and founder and senior advisor to the China Dialogue Trust. CDT publishes www.chinadialogue.net, an innovative, fully bilingual Chinese English website devoted to building a shared approach on climate change and environmental issues with China. Based in London, chinadialogue launched in 2006 and is now recognised as a unique, independent source of information on environmental and climate issues, widely read in China and in more than 200 countries around the world. It now has offices in Beijing, Delhi and Sao Paolo and has generated four further, related projects: www.thethirdpole.net; www.indiaclimatedialogue.net; www.dialogochino.net and www.chinadialogueocean.net
- Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in Psychology at Temple University and is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Director of Temple University’s Infant Language Laboratory, Kathy is the recipient of the Simms/Mann Whole Child Award, the AERA Outstanding Public Communication for Education Research Award, American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the American Psychological Society’s James McKeen Cattell Award for “a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research,” the Society for Research in Child Development Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award, and the Temple University Great Teacher Award and University Eberman Research Award. She was a finalist for 2013 Best Professor of the year for the American Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Bammy Awards. Kathy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research in the areas of early education, language, playful learning and spatial development has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and Human Development, and the Institute of Education Sciences resulting in 13 books and over 200 publications. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, elected a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society for “individuals whose research has exhibited sustained excellence and had sustained impact on the Cognitive Science community” and was elected a fellow of AERA. She was an Associate Editor of Child Development, and is the Past President and past treasurer of the International Association for Infant Studies. Her book, Einstein Never used Flashcards won the prestigious Books for Better Life Award as the best psychology book in 2003. Her newest book, Becoming Brilliant: What Science tells us about raising successful children (2016) was on the NYTimes Best Seller List in both education and parenting. Kathy has a strong interest in bridging the gap between research and application. To that end, she was an investigator on the NICHD Study of Early Child Care, is on the Advisory Board of the Children’s Museums in San Francisco and Boston, and Jumpstart, Disney Junior and Noggin (Nickelodeon). She worked on the language and literacy team for the development of the California Preschool Curriculum, is on the Core Team for the LEGO Research Network, a member of the Steering Committee of the Latin American School for Educational and Cognitive Neuroscience and is on the advisory board for the National Center on Early Child Development, that advises Head Start. She was also a founder of the prestigious Learning Sciences Exchange Fellowship, an interdisciplinary program for mid-career scholars. founder and organizer of the Ultimate Block Party (ultimateblockparty.com) and a founder of Playful Learning Landscapes. Kathy has been a spokesperson on early childhood development for national media like the NYTimes and NPR. She tweets at KathyandRo1.
- Fan Hongda is a professor of the Middle East Studies Institute of Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), China. He is mainly engaged in the study of Middle Eastern politics and international relations and has published four monographs and dozens of academic articles. Since 2010 he has continued to conduct in-depth investigations in Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. He spent one year as a visiting professor at Tel Aviv University in Israel and one year as a teacher at Isfahan University in Iran. He is also an international affairs commentator for several Chinese TV stations.
- Prithvi Iyer is a Research Assistant at Observer Research Foundation, Mumbai. His research interests include understanding the mental health implications of political conflict, the role of behavioural science in shaping foreign policy outcomes and discourse pertaining to Countering Violent Extremism. Prithvi has completed his BA Hons in Psychology with a concentration in International Relations from Ashoka University. He subsequently pursued a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Research from Ashoka University wherein he worked on a dissertation that examined the mental health implications of political Violence in the Kashmir Valley. He was awarded the “Best Undergraduate Thesis” award by the Psychology department for his work.
- Scott Jones is President of TradeSecure, LLC., a global advisory firm focused on export control, FDI, sanctions, and trade compliance solutions and an Affiliated Expert at CRDF Global, a DC-based non-profit focused on safety, security, and sustainability through science and innovation. He is also a Nonresident Fellow at Stimson Center supporting the contributor to Strategic Trade Management Initiative (STMI). Program. His areas of expertise are export controls, sanctions, international trade and investment policy, and data engineering. Previously, Dr. Jones served as Director at the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade and Security and as a consultant to the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration and Department of Defense. His current activities and interests include U.S. and Chinese security and defense policy, the socioeconomic impact of exponential technology, foreign direct investment and national security, and the technology drivers of contemporary geopolitics.
- Manoj Joshi is a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation. He is a journalist who has specialised in foreign and security policy in the years he has worked with The Times of India, The Hindu, The Hindustan Times and the India Today Group. He is a regular columnist and commentator in the Indian media. In 2011 he was appointed by the Government of India to the Task Force on National Security chaired by Mr Naresh Chandra to propose reforms in the national security system of the country. He has been a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board and has authored two books on Kashmir as well as several papers and chapters in scholarly works on South and South-east Asia. He is a a Ph.D from the School of International Studies (SIS), JNU and has held visiting appointments in several universities. He is a regular speaker at defence institutions in India as well as think tanks in India and abroad.
Anastasia Kapetas is the National Security Editor at The Strategist. Prior to joining ASPI, Anastasia was a senior advisor to the National Security College Futures Hub at the Australian National University, and an intelligence manager at the Australian Department of Defence, working across geopolitical, scientific, technical and operational areas. Anastasia was also editor-in-chief of The Diplomat magazine and website from 2003-2008.
- Poorva Karkare is a policy officer at ECDPM (https://ecdpm.org/) working on questions of economic transformation through industrialisation and how this interacts with regional integration. With a master’s degree in development economics from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), she worked with several multilateral organisations including the World Bank in Mozambique. She also worked at Swaziland’s ministry of economic planning and development as an Overseas Development Institute (ODI) fellow. In India, at the federation of Indian chambers of commerce and industry she analysed trade and investment relations between India and Africa.
- Mark N. Katz is a professor of government and politics at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. Katz was born and raised in Riverside, California. He earned a B.A. in international relations from the University of California at Riverside in 1976, an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1978, and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982. Before starting to teach at George Mason University in 1988, he was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution (1980-81), held a temporary appointment as a Soviet affairs analyst at the U.S. Department of State (1982), was a Rockefeller Foundation international relations fellow (1982-84), and was both a Kennan Institute/Wilson Center research scholar (1985) and research associate (1985-87). He has also received a U.S. Institute of Peace fellowship (1989-90) and grant (1994-95), and several Earhart Foundation fellowship research grants. He has been a visiting scholar at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (Riyadh, May 2001), the Hokkaido University Slavic Research Center (Sapporo, June-July 2007), the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, March 2010), the Middle East Policy Council (Washington, DC, September 2010-January 2011), the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (January-March 2017), and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (Helsinki, April-September 2017). In 2018, he was in the UK first as a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (January-March), and then as the 2018 Sir William Luce Fellow at Durham University (April-June). In January 2018, he became a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. In February 2019, he was appointed a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.
- Houshig Kaymakamian is a Lebanese-Armenian journalist based in Beirut, and is currently a reporter for Lebanese English-language newspaper, The Daily Star. Her focus is Lebanese current affairs, politics and economy. In the past year she has covered some of the country’s biggest stories such as the Oct. 17 nationwide uprisings, the economic collapse, the coronavirus pandemic and the devastating Aug. 4 Beirut Port explosion. She also contributes to other news outlets and has written about the Armenian community in Lebanon and the Nagorno-Karabakh war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. She speaks Armenian, Arabic, English and French.
- Ardavan Khoshnood (MD, PhD, MSc, MA, BSc) is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Lund University in Sweden. He is also a Criminologist with focus on offender profiling and violent crimes inclusive terrorism. He is one of two editors of “Crime, Victimization and Vulnerability in Malmö”. From Malmö University and Lund University he hold degrees in Political Science respective Intelligence Analysis, and specializes in Iranian foreign policy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as well as the Ministry of Intelligence. Espionage and counter-espionage are two other research areas which he focus on.
- Michael Kimmage is a professor of history at the Catholic University of America. He writes on American foreign policy, transatlantic relations and U.S.-Russian relations. His most recent book is The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy (Basic Books, 2020). From 2014 to 2016, he served on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, where he held the Russia/Ukraine portfolio.
- Shashidhar K.J. is Associate Fellow at ORF’s Mumbai centre. He works on the broad themes of technology and financial technology. His key areas of research looks at the intersection of telecommunications, technology and media, evolution of financial technology, digital payment systems and net neutrality. Shashidhar has been a technology journalist with over seven years of experience with leading newspapers and publications. He was keenly involved in the net neutrality debate while working with MediaNama and helped with in crafting responses to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s consultation paper on the same.
- Gunnar Köhlin is the Director of Environment for Development. He is also an Associate Professor at the Environmental Economics Unit, Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. He has spent 30 years working with applications of environmental economics in developing countries including the development of a dedicated PhD program in environmental and development economics. His research interests focus on natural resource management and environmental policy analysis in developing countries. The applications have focused on forestry, energy and sustainable agriculture as well as environmental strategies at the country level.
- Konstantinos Komaitis is the Senior Director for Policy Strategy and Development at the Internet Society. He provides analysis and strategic advice in support of the Internet Society’s policy, advocacy and mission, including the promotion of the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world. Konstantinos has extensive experience in Internet policy and governance arrangements. He leads policy development and coordination on issues relating to the digital economy, including access and competition, intellectual property, technology trade, and Internet governance. Over the past years, Konstantinos has held various leadership roles, including the chair of the Non-Commercial Users Constituency at ICANN and a member of the Special Trademark Issues team, which drafted the rights protection mechanisms for the new generic top-level domain names. Konstantinos joined the Internet Society after working as a senior lecturer at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. He has a Bachelor’s degree in law from the Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki. He holds two Master’s degrees, respectively, in International and European law (Sheffield) and in Information Technology and Telecommunications law (Strathclyde). He also holds a Doctorate and he is the author of the book “The Current State of Domain Name Regulation”. He is also an arbitrator for the Czech Arbitration Court. A detailed and updated list of his publications can be found here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/konstantinoskomaitis/?originalSubdomain=ch
- Nir Kshetri is Professor at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, USA. He has authored twelve books (four about cybersecurity) and about 200 academic articles, which have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese and other languages. He has been ranked among the world’s top 0.03% researchers in the 2021 list of the World’s Top Researchers by Stanford University. Nir’s work has been featured by hundreds of media outlets such as Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, The Economist, Al Jazeera, Public Radio International, Scientific American, and Bloomberg TV. He has provided consulting services to Asian Development Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, various UN agencies and a number of private companies. He is a two-time TEDx speaker about the roles of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6da0kEfBsY&t=590s ) and blockchain in fighting poverty (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDo_Jlov9R4).
- Samyak Rai Leekha is a Junior Fellow with the Centre for Security, Strategy & Technology at ORF. Mr. Leekha’s area of interest is at the intersection of IT, warfare, international relations, privacy & great power competition. Most recently, Mr. Leekha interned at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes where he conceptualised and organised the Futures Forum initiative in collaboration with the Office of the UN Deputy Secretary General, H.E. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed as a part of the three member organising committee. Mr. Leekha holds a masters degree in Global Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
- James Andrew Lewis is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity and technology. He was one of the first to approach cybersecurity as a policy and strategic problem. His writings include the best-selling “Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency,” the first-ever national cybersecurity strategy that was cited by President Obama in the first speech by an American President on cybersecurity and became a template for cyber strategy in other countries. Lewis was the Rapporteur for the UN’s successful 2010, 2013, and 2015 Group of Government Experts on Information Security, whose reports set out the global agenda for cybersecurity by emphasizing norms for responsible state behavior, confidence building, and capacity-building measures. Lewis is a Senior Vice President and Program Director at CSIS. He has authored numerous publications on the relationship between technology, innovation, and national power. Before joining CSIS, he worked at the Departments of State and Commerce as a Foreign Service Officer and as a member of the Senior Executive Service. His government experience included a range of politico-military and negotiating assignments, including the development of groundbreaking policies on remote sensing, encryption and advanced conventional weapons. At State, he worked on a range of political-military issues and was assigned as a political advisor to U.S. Southern Command for Operation Just Cause, U.S. Central Command for Operation Desert Shield, and to the Central American Task Force. Lewis served on the U.S. delegations to the Cambodian Peace Process and the Perm-5 talks on arms transfers and nonproliferation, and negotiated bilateral agreements on transfers of military technology to Asia and the Middle East. He led the U.S. delegation to the Wassenaar Arrangement Experts Group on advanced civilian and military technologies. Lewis led a long-running Track II Dialogue on cybersecurity with the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations. He has served as a member of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, and the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing, and as an advisor to government agencies on the security and intelligence implications of foreign investments in the U.S. Lewis is frequently quoted in the media, and has testified numerous times before Congress. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
- Yan Liang is Professor of Economics at Willamette University and a research scholar at Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. Yan’s research interest includes the Chinese economy, international trade and finance, economic development and Modern Money Theory. Yan has published articles in International Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Issues, The Chinese Economy, China & World Economy, and Forum for Social Economics and contributed to several book projects. Yan also contributes frequently to media platforms such as the China Global TV Network, the East Asia Form, the Diplomat Magazine, Chinese Social Sciences Net, among others. Yan received a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in Economics from University of Missouri-Kansas City. Prior to Willamette, Yan taught at University of Redlands and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Yan served as an editorial board member of the Journal of Economic Issues and is an editorial board member of the Chinese Economy. She is Vice President of Association for Institutional Thought and an active member of Association for Evolutionary Economics.
- Nengye Liu is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Environmental Law at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. A/Prof Nengye Liu was educated in the School of Law, Wuhan University (China, LLB and LLM) and the Faculty of Law and Criminology, Ghent University (Belgium, Doctor of Laws). He was previously a European Union Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Dundee (Scotland) and a Future Ocean Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Kiel (Germany). A/Prof Liu has held visiting research positions at the Universities of Cambridge, Tsinghua, Montreal, Hamburg, Lapland, Tromsø, Tasmania, Trier and Shanghai Jiao Tong. He was also appointed by the School of Law, Xiamen University (China) as Chen An Visiting Chair Professor of International Law in September 2018. A/Prof Nengye Liu’s research covers the law of the sea, international environmental law, international polar law, Chinese law and the EU External Relations law. His current research examines the relationships between power, order and international law, with aim to answer the big question on how international community could best govern final frontiers of our planet (Arctic, Antarctica, Deep Seabed, High Seas and Outer Space) for a peaceful and sustainable future. To date, A/Prof Liu has published two edited books, more than 50 refereed articles, and has presented research results in more than 30 countries across five continents. His research has been covered by mainstream media around the world, e.g., BBC, ABC, The Atlantic and The Strait Times.
- Pavel Luzin is a researcher of Russia’s foreign policy and defense as well as international relations and global security as well. He is a contributor to the Riddle (the Intersection Foundation, Lithuania) and to the Jamestown Foundation (USA). Also he is a columnist at the Russian newspapers like The Moscow Times, RBC and Vedomosti. In 2017–2018 Pavel was a consultant on the issues of armed forces, law enforcement agencies and defense industry for Alexei Navalny’s presidential campaign. In 2016–2018 he was a consultant on Russia’s domestic politics for “Nations in Transit” project at Freedom House (USA). Formerly, in 2013–2014, Pavel Luzin was a research fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO, Russia). In 2013 he was an assistant to editor-in-chief of the Security Index journal at PIR Center (Russia). Pavel Luzin also got teaching experience: as lecturer and senior lecturer at Perm University (Perm, Russia) in 2010–2017, as senior lecturer at Higher School of Economics (Perm campus, Russia) in 2011–2013, and as visiting assistant professor at Higher School of Economics (Perm campus, Russia) in 2018–2019.
Winston Ma is an investor, attorney, author, and adjunct professor in the global digital economy. He is one of a small number of native Chinese who have worked as investment professionals and practicing capital markets attorneys in both the United States and China. Most recently, he was Managing Director and Head of North America Office for China Investment Corporation (CIC), China’s sovereign wealth fund, for 10 years. Prior to that, Mr. Ma served as the deputy head of equity capital markets at Barclays Capital, a vice president at J.P. Morgan investment banking, and a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Nationally certified Software Programmer as early as 1994, Mr. Ma is the book author of China’s Mobile Economy (Wiley 2016, among “best 2016 business books for CIOs”), Digital Economy 2.0 (2017 Chinese), The Digital Silk Road (2018 German), China’s AI Big Bang (2019 Japanese), and Investing in China (Risk Books, 2006). His new books in 2020 are “The Hunt for Unicorns: How Sovereign Funds Are Reshaping Investment in the Digital Economy” (Wiley October 2020) and “The Digital War – How China’s Tech Power Shapes the Future of AI, Blockchain, and Cyberspace” (Wiley December 2020). He was selected a 2013 Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and has been a member of the Council for Long-Term Investing and Council for Digital Economy and Society. He is a member of New York University (NYU) President’s Global Council since inception, and in 2014 he received the NYU Distinguished Alumni Award.
- Eddy Malesky is a Professor of Political Economy in the Political Science Department at Duke University and is a noted specialist in economic development, authoritarian institutions, and comparative political economy in Vietnam. On August 1, 2020, he became the director of the Duke Center for International Development (DCID), a unit within Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy that advances international development policy and practice through interdisciplinary approaches to post-graduate education, mid-career training, international advising, and research. In 2019, he was elected Chair of the Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG) Council. Since 2014, he has been a member of the board of the International Political Economy Society (IPES). He also serves on the editorial boards of several publications, including the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and the Journal of East Asian Studies. In 2012, he received a state medal from the Government of Vietnam for his role in promoting economic development for USAID’s Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index. In 2013, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the board of the Vietnam Education Foundation. He has published extensively in leading political science and economic journals and have received several academic awards including the Harvard Academy Fellowship (2004-2005; 2007-2008) and the Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship (2014).
- Dalia Marin is Professor of International Economics at TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich. She was Professor of International Economics at Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (1998 – 2017), Associate Professor at Humboldt University Berlin (1994-1998), and until 1994 Assistant Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna. She has been Visiting Professor at Harvard University (2002-2003), (2011-2012), Stern School of Business, New York University (2007-2008) International Monetary Fund (2002), National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Mass (2002), Wissenschaftszentrum WZB Berlin (1995), European University Institute, Florence (1994). She is a Senior Research Fellow at BRUEGEL, Brussels, a European Think Thank on Economic Policy in Europe, Fellow at the European Economic Association, Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London, Member of the Panel of Economic Policy (2010-2012). She has been Team Leader at the Russian European Centre for Economic Policy in Moscow and has acted as a consultant for the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), London and the International Monetary Fund, Washington.
- Kevin McCauley served as senior intelligence officer for the Soviet Union, Russia, China and Taiwan during 31 years in the U.S. government. As senior China analyst for the US Army National Ground Intelligence Center, Mr. McCauley served on advisory boards and working groups supporting the U.S. Intelligence Community, National Intelligence Council (NIC), and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM). His publications include “Russian Influence Campaigns against the West: From the Cold War to Putin,” “PLA System of Systems Operations: Enabling Joint Operations” “People’s Liberation Army: Army Campaign Doctrine in Transition,” and a chapter “Cultivating Joint Talent” in a forthcoming book published by the Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College.
- Kobi Michael is a senior research fellow at INSS and editor of “Strategic Assessment” (https://strategicassessment.inss.org.il/en/). Among his primary research interests are conflict resolution; strategy; national security; civil-military relations; socio-military relations; failed states and peace keeping and state building operations; and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dr. Michael served as the deputy director general and head of the Palestinian desk at the Ministry for Strategic Affairs. He was a member of the faculty at Ben Gurion University (2008-2011), a senior faculty member at Ariel University (2013-2015), and a visiting professor at Northwestern University in Illinois (2006-7) and Peking University in Beijing (2017). He has published widely in his field – including 18 books and monographs and over 100 articles and chapters in books – and has been awarded several academic prizes, among them, the Yariv Prize, the Tshetshik Prize, the Yitzhak Sadeh Prize, and the Israeli Association for Political Science Prize, awarded for the best book of 2008-9. Among his recent books and monographs: Seventy Years to UNRWA – Time for Structural and Functional Reforms (co-authored with Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky), 2020; Special Operations Forces in the 21st Century – Perspectives from the Social Sciences (co-edited with Jessica Glicken Turnley and Eyal Ben-Ari), 2017; Six Days and Fifty Years (co-authored with Gabi Siboni and Anat Kurtz), 2018; The Arab World on the Road to State Failure (co-authored with Yoel Guzansky), 2017; IDF Strategy in the Perspective of National Security (co-authored with Meir Elran and Gabi Siboni), 2016. https://www.inss.org.il/person/michaelkobi/
- James A. Millward 米華健 is Professor of Inter-societal History at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, teaching Chinese, Central Asian and world history. He also teaches in the program of the Máster Oficial en Estudios de Asia Oriental at the University of Granada, Spain. His specialties include Qing empire; the silk road; Eurasian lutes and music in history; and historical and contemporary Xinjiang. He follows and comments on current issues regarding Xinjiang, the Uyghurs and other Xinjiang indigenous peoples, and PRC ethnicity policy. Millward has served on the boards of the Association for Asian Studies (China and Inner Asia Council) and the Central Eurasian Studies Society, and was president of the Central Eurasian Studies Society in 2010. He is series editor for the “Silk Roads” book series published by Chicago University Press. His publications include The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction (2013), Eurasian Crossroads: a history of Xinjiang (2007), New Qing Imperial History: The Making of Inner Asian Empire at Qing Chengde (2004), and Beyond the Pass: Economy, Ethnicity and Empire in Qing Central Asia (1998). His most recent album, recorded with the band By & By, is Songs for this Old Heart. Jim’s articles and op-eds on contemporary China appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, and other media. He has appeared on the PBS Newshour, the Sinica Podcast, All Things Considered, Al Jazeera, i24 News and other broadcast programs and networks.
- Abhishek Mishra is an Associate Fellow with Observer Research Foundation’s (ORF) Strategic Studies Programme. His research focuses on India and China’s engagement in Africa, aimed at developing partnerships under the framework of South-South cooperation, including a specific focus on trade and maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region. Abhishek holds a PhD in African Studies from the Department of African Studies, University of Delhi. His PhD thesis explored the topic “India’s Maritime Cooperation with African Countries in Western Indian Ocean Region.” He regularly contributes to esteemed online publication platforms and newspapers such as The Diplomat, The Wire, Foreign Policy, South Asian Voices, The Hindu, The Economic Times, and others. Abhishek has given a lecture at Naval War College, Goa for the Naval Higher Commander Course on the theme “West IOR Island Nations and East Africa: Politico-Economic Perspective.” Abhishek has also participated in the United States Department of State’s funded International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on the theme “Enhancing Regional Maritime Governance and Cooperation in the Quad” in October, 2022.
- Vatsala Mishra is working as a threat and risk analyst for Asia Pacific region in a banking institution in India. She holds a masters degree in International Studies from Christ University, Bangalore. She has initially worked as a research intern in a think tank named Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) in New Delhi, India. Her area of interests are Chinese media censorship and surveillance. She has published a few articles such as Understanding Chinese Media Censorship: From Ming to Jinping and Liberty Has Been Taken Away From Hong Kong.
- Vivek Mishra is a Fellow with ORF’s Strategic Studies Programme. His research interests include America in the Indian Ocean and Indo-Pacific and Asia-Pacific regions, particularly the role of the US in security in South Asia, Indo-US defence relations, and the Indian defence sector. Dr. Mishra has been a Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War & Peace, School of International Public Affairs, Columbia University. He was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship by the Osmania University Centre for International Programmes to study US-India-China relations in the Indian Ocean. He has published two co-authored books and one co-edited volume, 15 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 14 book chapter. Dr. Mishra’s articles have appeared in The Indian Express, Deccan Herald, The Pioneer, The Diplomat, The National Interest and Huffington Post. He is currently working on a book exploring the India’s foreign policy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Andrew Monaghan is founding Director of the Russia Research Network. He is also a Non-Resident Associate Fellow of the NATO Defence College in Rome, where he is also the Commissioning Editor of the Russian Studies series, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. A recent George F Kennan Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute in Washington, DC., he has also been employed by the Oxford Changing Character of War Centre, Chatham House, NATO and the UK Defence Academy. He has advised various governments and international organisations, as well as major companies. Additionally, he has served as an expert witness to several parliamentary committees, including the UK’s National Security Strategy Committee, the House of Commons Defence and Foreign Affairs Select Committees, and NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly. He is widely published and is the author of several books, including Dealing with the Russians (Polity, 2019), Power in Modern Russia (MUP, 2017) and The New Politics of Russia (MUP 2016). He is the editor of Russian Grand Strategy in the Era of Global Power Competition (MUP, 2022).
- Beatrice Mosello is a Senior Advisor at adelphi where she specialises in climate change governance and conflict, with a development and human rights perspective. Beatrice’s work to date has involved researching and developing climate-sensitive and sustainable approaches to water and natural resource governance across Latin America, the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Central Asia through multi-country, multi-partner research and field projects. Beatrice is the author of numerous scientific publications, analytical and research briefs for decision-makers working in politics and practice, as well as social media outputs such as blogs and photo stories. Before joining adelphi, Beatrice was a Senior Associate at Critical Resource, where she advised mining and energy companies and investors on political, stakeholder and sustainability risks. Prior to this, Beatrice was a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) conducting research and advisory work in the fields of water and natural resource governance, and a Project and Research Officer for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) managing a wide portfolio of research projects on climate-compatible development and gender mainstreaming. Beatrice completed a doctoral degree in international studies at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, where she was awarded a distinction for her thesis on climate change adaptation in the water sector in Central Asia.
- John Ouma-Mugabe is Professor of Science and Innovation Policy at the Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM), University of Pretoria and a Director at the Foundation for Innovation and Technology-Africa (FIT-Africa) Pretoria, South Africa. He is an Associate Faculty at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex. Prof. Mugabe is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and a Fellow of the Academy for Engineering and Technology for the Developing World (ATEWD). He earned a PhD in political economy of technology policy from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Prof. Mugabe has published widely on science, technology, innovation and environmental policy in Africa.
- Frank Musmar is an expert on Middle East politics, a Non-resident research associate at BESA center, and an Advisory board member at the University Of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). Dr. Frank Musmar holds several degrees in politics, biotechnology, biology, healthcare management, and business administration and teaches at several Universities as a non-resident professor. Also, Dr. Frank is the founder and the Lead Dissertations Consultant at Editors Dissertations and Thesis.Dr. Frank published many journal publications in business and healthcare management and many political papers about the Middles East.
- Paul Noumba Um is the Regional Director of the World Bank’s Infrastructure Department in the Middle East and North Africa region. He is an infrastructure (energy, transport and water), telecommunications and private sector expert with over three decades of experience in infrastructure policy regulation and finance. He has advised governments, utility companies and private sector partners on energy security and efficiency, transportation, telecommunication, good governance, PPP and Privatization. Dr. Noumba Um has held technical and leadership roles within the World Bank – most recently as the Country Director for Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) and previously as the Country Director for Mali, Chad, Guinea, Central Africa Republic and Niger. He also served as the practice manager for Private Sector Development and finance for Western and Central Africa. In the early 2000s, he led the Bank’s Infrastructure Regulation and Public Private Partnerships Capacity Building Program and held the first global Summit of PPP Units in 2006. Paul is a Cameroonian and French national based in Washington, D.C.; began his career in 1987 with government of Cameroon before moving to France to work with France Telecom (Orange Labs). Paul joined the Bank in 1998 in the then Energy, Mining, and Telecommunication Department and has since held positions with World Bank Institute, Middle East and North Africa, and after 2010, as Finance and Private Sector Development sector manager in Africa. He has a PhD in Economics from Rennes University (1995), a Master’s Degrees in Engineering and Economics from IMT Atlantique (1987), France; a BA in Engineering from the Cameroonian National Post and Telecom School (1983), and an Executive Program Certificate in Managing Sustainability (Climate Change and Development) from University of Cambridge, UK.
- José Antonio Ocampo is Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, co-President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) and Member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He is also Chair of the Committee for Development Policy of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and Chair of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT). He also teaches regularly at Universidad de los Andes and other Colombian universities. He has occupied numerous positions at the United Nations and his native Colombia, including UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and Minister of Finance, Minister of Agriculture, Director of the National Planning Office of Colombia, and Member of the Board of Directors of Banco de la República (Colombia’s central bank). He has received numerous academic distinctions, including the 2012 Jaume Vicens Vives award of the Spanish Association of Economic History for the best book on Spanish or Latin American economic history, the 2008 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and the 1988 Alejandro Angel Escobar National Science Award of Colombia. He has published extensively on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic and social development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history.
- Rotem Oreg is the chief editor of Washington Express, a blog analyzing US politics, strategy, and foreign policy and their impact on the Middle East and Israel. Before founding Washington Express, Oreg was a research assistant at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel-Aviv, and he is an Israel Defense Intelligence veteran, where he served as a strategic analyst and a commanding head-of-squad. Oreg holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; is a fellow at the Hansen Leadership Institute (HLI) at the University of San Diego and the author of the novel “Lion Heart”.
- Brent Orrell is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on job training, workforce development, and criminal justice reform. Specifically, his research focuses on expanding opportunity for all Americans through improved work readiness and job training and improving the performance of the criminal justice system through rehabilitation and prisoner reentry programs. Before joining AEI, Mr. Orrell worked in the executive and legislative branches of the US government for over 20 years. He was nominated by President George W. Bush to lead the Employment and Training Administration of the US Department of Labor, and he served as deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Administration for Children and Families at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Orrell is the editor of “Rethinking Reentry” (AEI, January 2020), in which he authored the chapter “Identity and Agency: A New Approach to Rehabilitation and Reentry.” He is also the host of the podcast “Hardly Working.” A frequent contributor to the popular press, Mr. Orrell has been published in Law & Liberty, RealClearPolicy, RealClearMarkets, and The Hill. He can be found on Twitter @orrell_b. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon.
- Roderick Parkes is the director of the Alfred von Oppenheim Centre at the German Council of Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin. He advises on questions of European security and the European Union’s role in the world. Over the past two decades, he has worked for government-affiliated think tanks in Paris, Brussels, Warsaw and Stockholm. He has a masters degree from Cambridge University and a PhD from the University of Bonn.
- Kelly Petillo is programme coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa at the European Council on Foreign Relations, focusing on refugee issues and European policy in the region. Her experience stems from roles at various human rights and humanitarian international NGOs and UN agencies in Europe and the Middle East, including Crisis Action, the International Crisis Group and the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA). In the past, Kelly carried out research on the impact of the war in Syria on Palestinian refugees since its outbreak in 2011. She also spent time in Lebanon, where she helped convening youth-led events to promote the rights of refugees and migrant workers in the country.
Ben Phillips has combined the roles of NGO director, political advisor, civil society activist, and writer. He has lived and worked in four continents and fourteen cities. He began his development work at the grassroots, as a teacher and ANC activist living in Mamelodi township, South Africa, in 1994, just after the end of apartheid. He has led programmes and campaigns teams in Oxfam, ActionAid, Save the Children, the Children’s Society, the Global Call to Action Against Poverty and the Global Campaign for Education. He has addressed the United Nations and been appointed to the Civil Society Advisory Committee of the United Nations Development Programme. He co-founded the Fight Inequality Alliance, the growing movement for a more equal world, that brings major NGOs together with social movements, rights activists, environmentalists, women’s groups, faith groups and trade unions, to campaign together for action on economic and social inequality. He advises the UN and governments from across the world on how inequality can be beaten. He has been the Hewlett Fellow of Public Policy at the Kellogg Institute at Notre Dame, the Resident Fellow on inequality at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and the guest lecturer on global inequality for the Cambridge University series and book Capitalism on the Edge. He has written for the Guardian, the Financial Times, the New Internationalist and Reuters, among others, and appeared regularly on TV, including on CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC. He tweets at @benphillips76. His new book is How to Fight Inequality. And Why That Fight Needs You (Polity Press, 2020)
- Lorenzo Pupillo is an Associate Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Cybersecurity @CEPS Initiative. Before joining CEPS, he served as an Executive Director in the Public & Regulatory Affairs Unit of Telecom Italia developing the company’ global public policies for Internet, Cyber-Security, Next Generation Networks. He also managed Telecom Italia’s relations with the OECD, the ITU and other international associations and organizations. Previously, Dr. Pupillo held a variety of senior positions in the Strategy, Business Development and Learning Services divisions of Telecom Italia. He is an economist by training and has worked in many areas of telecommunications demand and regulatory analysis, publishing four books on Internet Policy and many papers in applied econometrics and industrial organization. He has served as an advisor to the Global Information and Communication Technologies Department of the World Bank. Before joining Telecom Italia, he was member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill – New Jersey – and he worked as senior economist for governmental institutions. Dr. Pupillo is also an affiliated researcher at Columbia Institute for Tele Information at Columbia Business School and serves on numerous scientific and advisory boards around the globe. He obtained a Ph.D. and an M.A. from University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Istituto Adriano Olivetti in Ancona Italy and an MS in Mathematics from University of Rome.
Rahim Rahimov is an independent political analyst. He focuses on Russia, post-soviet space including the Eastern Partnership, South Caucasus and Caspian regions, and Middle East in particular Russian-Turkish relations. His thematic research areas include foreign policies, conflicts, and political, economic and military integration projects and processes. Rahim’s works and analysis are regularly quoted and/or published by the Eurasia Daily Monitor, The Russia File of the Wilson Centre, the Times, Newsweek, An-Nahar, Eurasia Diary, etc. He also regularly speaks at multiple international conferences, workshops and other events. Here is a couple of links to his author pages:a) https://www.wilsoncenter.
org/person/rahim-rahimov; b) https://jamestown.org/ analyst/rahim-rahimov/. Furthermore, Rahim Rahimov works as a fellow on multiculturalism, tolerance, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, cultural diplomacy, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity. His research interest also includes political Islam and issues of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of xenophobia, and hate speech and disinformation. He has co-authored a university textbook on multiculturalism. At the moment, he is working as a co-author on another university textbook on value-based approaches to European Studies in the South Caucasus. Rahim also is a visiting lecturer on multiculturalism at a university in Baku. Moreover, he regularly delivers lectures for special qualification-raising sessions for university teachers on issues of multiculturalism and state regulation of cultural diversity. Rahim holds a BA in Arab Studies from Baku State University and MA in International Relations from Hult International Business School in London UK. He speaks English, Russian, Arabic, Turkish and Azerbaijani.
- Omar H. Rahman is a political analyst and writer focusing on the Middle East and American foreign policy. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center, where he covers the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Arab Gulf region, and the intersection between them. Omar is also writing a book on Palestinian communal and political fragmentation. He is a regular speaker at conferences and events, as well as in the media. Prior to joining Brookings, Omar was a research analyst at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, where he focused on the political economy of the Gulf states, among other regional issues. Omar also worked as a journalist for nearly a decade, based in Washington, Ramallah, and Dubai, covering issues that included the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Arab Spring, and the energy sector of the Middle East and North Africa. Omar’s writing has been published in The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, VICE, Quartz, The Daily Beast, PBS NewsHour, Al-Jazeera English, and The National, among other outlets.
- Rajeswari (Raji) Pillai Rajagopalan is the Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy & Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Dr. Rajagopalan was the Technical Advisor to the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Prevention of Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) (July 2018-July 2019). She was also a Non-Resident Indo-Pacific Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre from April-December 2020. As a senior Asia defence writer for The Diplomat, she writes a weekly column on Asian strategic issues. Dr. Rajagopalan joined ORF after a five-year stint at the National Security Council Secretariat (2003-2007), Government of India, where she was an Assistant Director. Prior to joining the NSCS, she was Research Officer at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. She was also a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Politics, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan in 2012. Dr. Rajagopalan has authored or edited nine books including Global Nuclear Security: Moving Beyond the NSS (2018), Space Policy 2.0 (2017), Nuclear Security in India (2015), Clashing Titans: Military Strategy and Insecurity among Asian Great Powers (2012), The Dragon’s Fire: Chinese Military Strategy and Its Implications for Asia (2009). She has published research essays in edited volumes, and in peer reviewed journals such as India Review, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Air and Space Power Journal, International Journal of Nuclear Law and Strategic Analysis. She has also contributed essays to newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Times of India, and The Economic Times. She has been invited to speak at international fora including the United Nations Disarmament Forum (New York), the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) (Vienna), Conference on Disarmament (Geneva), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the European Union. Dr. Rajagopalan tweets @raji143 and maintains a personal blog: http://securitystrategyrajagopalan.blogspot.com/
- Carlo Ratti, an architect and engineer by training, teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Laboratory, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life, his work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum, Barcelona’s Design Museum and Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. Three of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion, the Copenhagen Wheel and Scribit– were hailed by Time Magazine as ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50
people who will change the world’. He is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization. For further information visit www.carloratti.com and senseable.mit.edu
- Dalibor Rohac is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies European political and economic trends, specifically Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union (EU) and the eurozone, US-EU relations, and the post-Communist transitions and backsliding of countries in the former Soviet bloc. He is concurrently a research associate at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels and a fellow at Anglo-American University in Prague. Before joining AEI, Dr. Rohac was affiliated with the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, the Max Beloff Centre at the University of Buckingham, the London-based Legatum Institute, and the Center for the New Europe in Brussels. Dr. Rohac is the author of “In Defense of Globalism” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019). His previous book, “Towards an Imperfect Union: A Conservative Case for the EU” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), was included on Foreign Affairs magazine’s list of best books of 2016. Dr. Rohac has testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and has briefed the US Helsinki Commission. His commentary has been published widely in the popular media, including in the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. His scholarly articles have been featured in policy journals, including Constitutional Political Economy, Journal of Institutional Economics, Kyklos, and Public Choice. He has a PhD in political economy from King’s College London; an MPhil in economics from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford; an MA in economics from George Mason University; and a BA in economics from Charles University in Prague.
- Amin Saikal, AM, FASSA, is Adjunct Professor of Social Sciences at University of Western Australia. His latest books include Iran Rising: The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic (Princeton University Press, 2021); Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival (I. B. Tauris, 2012); Islam Beyond Borders: The Umma in World Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2019) co-author; Afghanistan: The Security of Central Asia (I.B. Tauris, 2021) – co-author.
- Edl Schamiloglu is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the School of Engineering, and as Special Assistant to the Provost for Laboratory Relations. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Physics from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. in Engineering from Cornell University. He is a plasma physicist with expertise in intense beam-driven sources of high-power microwave radiation. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Physical Society. He is the Chair of IEC SC77C, which develops standards to protect civilian equipment and infrastructure from intense but infrequent high power transient phenomena including: the electromagnetic fields produced by nuclear detonations at high altitude (High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP)); sources of Intentional Electromagnetic Interference (EMI); and Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GIC) from solar activity. He has received numerous honors and awards, the most recent being the 2019 (inaugural) IEEE NPSS Magne “Kris” Kristiansen Award “For outstanding contributions in experimental nuclear and plasma science.”
Marc Schulman is President of MultiEducator, Inc, a leading provider of quality history teaching applications for iOS (Apple Mobile devices). MultiEducator publishes a wide range of content apps on American History and World History. Marc is editor-in-chief and primary author of Historycentral.com, the largest history web site, which first went live in 1996. He has authored biographies of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and John F Kennedy as well as a book on the History of US Presidential Elections. For the past fifteen years, Marc has been a weekly guest discussing International Affairs on the Bob Harden radio show. For the past seven years, Marc authors a column in Newsweek called “Tel Aviv Diary.” Marc is a frequent commentator on i24 News on both American and Israeli politics, as well as events of historic importance, including numerous appearances to discuss matters related to the Holocaust. He is a regular guest on both ILTV and RT (the first Russian 24/7 English-language news channel, which presents the Russian view on global news), where Marc has also been invited repeatedly to discuss Holocaust-related news. Marc holds a BA in Economics and an MA in Political Science from Columbia University and has been an Apple Developer since 1983. He lives in Tel Aviv.
- Jan Servaes (PhD) was UNESCO Chair in Communication for Sustainable Social Change. He has taught International Communication and Communication for Social Change in Australia, Belgium, China, Hong Kong, the United States, the Netherlands, and Thailand, in addition to several teaching stints at about 120 universities in 55 countries. He is known for his “Multiplicity paradigm” in “Communication for Development. One World, Multiple Cultures” (1999). Servaes was Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal “Telematics and Informatics: An Interdisciplinary Journal on the Social Impacts of New Technologies.” He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Handbook of Communication for Development and Social Change (2020) and Co-Editor of the Palgrave Handbook of Sustainable Development and International Communication (2021).
- Jacob L. Shapiro is the founder and chief strategist of Perch Perspectives, a human-centric business and political consulting firm that applies geopolitical expertise to business strategy and investing for multinational companies and governments. Formerly, he was the director of analysis at Geopolitical Futures and a Middle East analyst at the global intelligence firm Stratfor.
- Sayuri Shirai is currently a professor at the Faculty of Policy
Management, Keio University in Japan. She is also a visiting fellow and advisor for sustainable policies at the Asian Development Bank Institute. Previously, she was a senior advisor to EOS at Federated Hermes located in London in 2020-2021, which provides ESG (environment, social, and governance) stewardship services to listed companies. She was a Member of the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan in 2011-2016, which is responsible for making monetary policy decisions. She also taught at Sciences Po in Paris in 2007–2008 and was an economist at the IMF. She holds Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. She is the author of numerous books and papers on a variety of subjects including
ESG investment, monetary policy, CBDC, and global macroeconomy and finance. She published two books (in Japanese) in 2022: one titled “SDGs Finance” published by Nikkei BP and another book titled “Global Trends Related to Carbon Neutrality: Policy, Money, and Civil Society” was published Bunshindo. Her English book titled “Growing Central Bank Challenges in the World and Japan” was published by the Asian Development Bank Institute in 2020 (free download available).
- Michael Shoebridge is the Director of ASPI’s Defence, Strategy and National Security program. He was a senior executive in the Defence organisation and has worked for 25 years in different
parts of Australia’s national security community. His career has centred on the connection between strategy, capability and resources in national security. Michael has been deputy in two defence intelligence agencies (DIO and ASD), ran the Defence,
Intelligence and Research Coordination Division in the Prime Minister’s department, and was the senior policy representative for Defence in Australia’s Washington Embassy. He has worked with Ministers in two Commonwealth Ministers’ offices.
As head of Minor War Vessels Branch in the then Defence Materiel Organisation, Michael led Defence’s tendering and negotiation for the Navy’s Armidale Class Patrol Boats and the delivery
and support of the minehunter and hydrographic ships.
Michael led the team that produced the 2013 Defence White Paper, and also brought the Australia US Defence Trade Treaty into force in 2012, along with negotiating and delivering the new risk-based approach for defence exports in the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 and implementing Allan Hawke’s Woomera Review.
In his last role in Defence, Michael established and led the Contestability function, which provides independent assessment and advice to the VCDF and Investment Committee on all Defence’s major investment proposals. This function is key to rebuilding the trust of Ministers and central agencies (primarily the Prime Minister’s department and Finance) in the Defence organisation’s ability to deliver complex investment proposals as the defence budget grows.
Manjari Singh is Associate Fellow at Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) since Dec 20018. She holds a doctorate from Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sustainable Development in Jordan: A Study of Social, Economic and Environmental Dimensions. Dr. Singh is a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Fellow, a highly coveted Japanese fellowship. Her areas of interest involve sustainable development, non-traditional security and the Middle East. She has co-authored a book titled Persian Gulf 2018: India’s Relations with the Region (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan) and has co-edited Islamic Movements in the Middle East: Ideologies, Practices and Political Participation (New Delhi: Knowledge World) and National Security Challenges: Young Scholars’ Perspective (New Delhi: Pentagon Press). Her research papers have appeared in international journals such as Contemporary Review of the Middle East (CRME), Mediterranean Quarterly and Migration and Development. She has also served as the Managing Editor CLAWS Journal (New Delhi: KW Publishers) and is the Assistant Editor of CRME (New Delhi: Sage Publications). She is the honorary member of International Journal of Biosciences and Technology Group (IJBST) and peer reviewer for Migration and Development Journal (Routledge). She frequently contributes to national and international forums such as, The Economic Times; Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and The Middle East Central Asia Research Center. She has been cited by NATO Parliamentary Assembly Report, US Air Force Central Command, US Army War College, US National Library of Medicine, Stiftung Wissenchaft und Politik, Center for Israel Education, The Foundation for Defense Democracies, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, The Khmer Times, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University report, Brookings Institute, Doha etc to name a few. She is frequently interviewed by New York based newspaper, The Epoch Times on affairs in the Middle East and its impact on India.
- Samuel H. Solomon is a successful entrepreneur and business executive with over 30 years’ experience in the legal, financial and information technology industries. Sam’s unique perspective, eclectic education and varied experience makes him a much sought-after speaker and business consultant. Mr. Solomon founded and led his company, www.doar.com, ultimately generating two capital transactions for the firm and retiring in August 2009. Today, Sam is Chairman of www.mobideo.com, an Industry 4.0 software platform to optimize complex workflows in the oil & gas/petrochemical industry – with customers including Dow Chemical worldwide and Kock Industries, and recently founded two pro-Israel NGOs www.thehetz.org and www.returnoisrael.org. Sam has an MBA, with distinction, from New York University in Finance; a MS from Bernard Revel Graduate School in Philosophy; Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshiva University; and a BA from Yeshiva University in Mathematics. Sam and his wife, Meryl, made Aliyah in 2010 and have two children and a bevy of grandchildren living in Israel. They live in Beit Zayit just outside of Jerusalem.
- Shoba Suri is a Senior Fellow with ORF’s Health Initiative. Shoba is a nutritionist with experience in community and clinical research. She has worked on nutrition, healthcare, infant and young child feeding, policy advocacy and assessment. Shoba is a trained Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) counselling specialist with more than 40 research publications in scientific journals and books. She has travelled widely during her research work.
- Jason Tashea is the distinguished visiting technologist at the George Washington University School of Law and the editor of the Justice Tech Download newsletter. He is a member of the Legal Services Corporation’s Emerging Leaders Council and previously taught on criminal law and technology at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He holds a J.D. and B.A. After law school, Jason was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research justice reform in the Republic of Kosovo.
- Bradley Thayer ia Professor at the University of Texas San Antonio. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford and Harvard University, and his most recent co-authored book is How China Sees the World: Han-Centrism and the Balance of Power in International Politics.
- Carlyle A. Thayer is Emeritus Professor at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra. Thayer was educated at Brown (B.A. political science, 1967). After graduation, he served in Vietnam with the International Voluntary Services (1967-68) and in Botswana with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (1968-69). He then received an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies from Yale (1971) and a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University (1977). Thayer began his career as a Lecturer at the Bendigo Institute of Technology (renamed the Bendigo College of Advanced Education) in Victoria in 1975. In 1979, he joined UNSW and taught first in the Faculty of Military Studies at The Royal Military College-Duntroon before transferring to the Australian Defence Force Academy (1985-2010) where he served as Head of the Department of Politics (1995-97). From 1991-94, he was seconded to the Regime Change and Regime Maintenance in Asia and the Pacific Project, Department of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at The Australian National University. In 1999, he was granted ‘leave in the national interest’ to take up a senior post at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, U.S. Pacific Command, in Hawaii. In 2002, on return to Canberra, he was seconded to Deakin University to co-ordinate Australia’s senior defence course at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, Australian Defence College (2002-04). He later directed Regional Security Studies at the Australian Command and Staff College (2006-07 and 2009). Thayer was honoured by appointment as the C. V. Starr Distinguished Visiting Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in Washington (2005), Inaugural Frances M. and Stephen H. Fuller Distinguished Visiting Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University (2008), and Emeritus Professor, UNSW Canberra (2010). During his academic career he spent sabbatical attachments at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, Department of Political Science at Yale, International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, Strategic and Defence Studies at the ANU, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, Institute for Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and Institute of Political Science at Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany. Thayer was a founding member and first national secretary of the Vietnam Studies Association of Australia (1994-98) and National Secretary of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (1996-98). He is the author of over 500 academic publications on Vietnam and Southeast Asia including books, edited collections, monographs, book chapters, and journal articles. He is currently Director of Thayer Consultancy that provides political analysis of current regional security issues and other research support to selected clients.
- Gregory F. Treverton stepped down as chairman of the National Intelligence Council in January 2017. He is a senior adviser with the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a professor of the practice of international relations at the University of Southern California. Earlier, he directed the RAND Corporation’s Center for Global Risk and Security and before that its Intelligence Policy Center and its International Security and Defense Policy Center. Also, he was associate dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has served in government for the first Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He has taught at Harvard and Columbia universities, in addition to RAND, been a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He holds an AB summa cum laude from Princeton University and an MPP (Master’s in Public Policy) and PhD in economics and politics from Harvard.
- Ilter Turan is Emeritus Professor of Political Science in the Department of International Relations of Istanbul Bilgi University and the past president of the International Political Science Association. Earlier, he has worked at Istanbul and Koç Universities and held visiting appointments at American and British universities. He has authored books and articles in English and Turkish on Turkish Politics and Turkish Foreign Policy. He has served as the President of Istanbul Bilgi University, the President of the Turkish Political Science Association and Vice President and Program Chair of the International Political Science Association. He is a columnist for the economics daily Dünya. He serves on several corporate and foundation boards.
- Kriti Upadhyaya is a research associate for the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she specializes in U.S.-India economic ties and Indian federal economic reforms. Kriti leads the Chair’s efforts in managing and updating the India Reforms Scorecard 2019-24, which tracks 30 big-ticket and high-impact federal business reforms that can unlock India’s growth and job creation potential. Kriti also supports the Chair’s efforts in U.S.-India defense and higher education cooperation projects and sends out the quarterly newsletter Partnership 2020. Kriti has contributed to various leading international and national media outlets on issues focused around India’s economic agenda. She also frequently appears on Indian media panels as a policy analyst. Kriti has a B.A. in political science from Hindu College at Delhi University and M.A. in international affairs from the School of International Service at American University.
- Ekaterina Uryupova is a Visiting Fellow at The Arctic Institute. Her areas of expertise revolve around climate change, science, fishery, and environmental policy. Also, her research is focused on Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic engagement. Ekaterina has been working in the polar regions for more than 10 years. She is a PYRN (Permafrost Young Research Network) and an APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) Council Member. She has got published research papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Polar Record, Polar Biology, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, etc. Ekaterina has previously interned at the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat in Buenos Aires and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. She was appointed to serve as a rapporteur for the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and a few sessions of the Scientific Steering Group of the World Climate Research Programme. Ekaterina has received a Doctoral Degree in Environmental Sciences from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. She holds an MA in International Journalism from University of Salford in Manchester, UK.
- Lisa Viscidi is the director of the Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. A specialist in Latin American energy issues, Viscidi has written numerous reports and articles on energy policy and regulations, oil and gas markets, climate change, sustainable transport, social and environmental impacts of natural resources development, and the geopolitics of energy in the region. Before joining the Dialogue, she was New York bureau chief and Latin America team leader for Energy Intelligence Group and subsequently a manager in the energy practice at Deloitte. She has also served as director of EntreMundos, a nonprofit organization based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Ms. Viscidi’s articles have been published in The Financial Times, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, and Foreign Affairs. She frequently presents at conferences and universities throughout the United States and Latin America and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, and other news outlets. She was called to testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere in 2017. Viscidi received a Fulbright Specialist grant in 2017 to teach a course on climate change and environmental policy at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá. She currently serves on the Leadership Council for the National Capital Area Chapter of the US Association for Energy Economics. Viscidi conducted her undergraduate work in history at the George Washington University and the University of Barcelona and completed a master’s degree in Latin American studies with a focus on economic development and public policy from New York University. Viscidi speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Dominic Vogel currently is a Visiting Fellow in SWP’s International Security Division. His areas of expertise are German defence policy, military organisation/planning and technology developments. After joining the German Air Force in 2004 and completing his officer training, Dominic Vogel graduated in Political Sciences at the University of the German Armed Forces in HamburgHe served the Air Force’s Force Protection Corps in various leadership positions from platoon to company level, including one tour of duty as Operations Officer in NATO’s ISAF mission in Afghanistan. In addition, he served in different staff positions in both personnel policy and organisation division of the German Air Force Headquarters. Dominic Vogel attended the General Staff Officers’ Training Course at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, Hamburg in 2017. Additionally, he also graduated again from the University of the German Armed Forces in 2019.
- Burzine Waghmar is the inaugural Visiting India Fellow, RUSI. He is an affiliate of the SOAS South Asia Institute; Centre for the Study of Pakistan; Centre of Iranian Studies; and South Asia librarian at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. Burzine’s open-source intelligence-commissioned reports and briefings range over Indo-Iranian, Indo-Pakistani, Indo-GCC foreign and security relations as well as the history, religions, and socio-political status of confessional and ethno-linguistic minorities of the SAARC and MENA regions. He is a familiar commentator on BBC News 24, BBC World TV, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service; Channel 4; ZDF TV; Monocle Radio; Al-Jazeera English (AJE); CNN News 18; Times NOW TV; Republic TV; and Voice of America (VOA). Burzine has been a consultant and external auditor to the U.S. National Intelligence Council; Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO); Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), UK; Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), UK; Greater Manchester Police Counterterrorism Unit; Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), UK; and Ministry of Defence Languages Examination Board (MODLEB). He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s in International Relations from the College of William & Mary, VA, and Boston University, MA respectively. His thesis examined the evolution of the office of Supreme Leader (velayat-e faqih) in Shi’i political thought and Khomeinism. Besides French, German, Italian, Persian and Russian, his reading and research skills of the SAARC sphere incorporate Urdu, Pashto, Balochi, Kashmiri, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Nepali; and Indo-Iranian dialectology, ethnography and historical geography of the Irano-Pak, Sino-Pak and Af-Pak borders (Balochistan, Trans-Karakoram Tract, Gilgit-Baltistan/Northern Areas, NWFP/Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas/FATA). Brief list of publications at SOAS: https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff31965.php. And Academia: https://soas.academia.edu/BurzineWaghmar
Emily Winterbotham is Director of the Terrorism and Conflict group and Senior Research Fellow at RUSI focusing on extremism and radicalisation, countering violent extremism and peacebuilding. She also has regional expertise in South Asia, particularly in Afghanistan. She has over ten year’s desk and field experience in an international policymaking environment and is a Deployable Civilian Expert for the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit. Emily is responsible for managing RUSI’s portfolio of Counter Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism projects including research, training, project management and monitoring and evaluation of CVE activities. In 2017 she was seconded by the UK Government to the Commonwealth Secretariat to establish the new CVE Unit. Between 2009 and 2015 she worked in Afghanistan, most recently as Political Adviser for the European Union Special Representative. From 2009 – 2011 she conducted in-depth, community-based qualitative research for the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit on conflict resolution and reconciliation processes, identifying best practice involved in de-radicalising, demobilising and reintegrating Taliban fighters.
- Santiago Zabala is ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He is the author and editor of, among others, ‘Why Only Art Can Save Us (2017), ‘Hermeneutic Communism’ (2011, coauthored with G. Vattimo), ‘The Future of Religion’ (2005), all published by Columbia University Press and translated into several languages. His latest book is Being at Large: Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (2020). He has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.
Minglang Zhou is Professor and Director of the Chinese Program and Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. He teaches Chinese, Chinese linguistics, and China studies. His research focuses on multilingualism, language education, and ethnic relations in China. He has published extensively on these topics. His most recent publication is “Language Ideology and Order in Rising China”, Palgrave, 2019.
Raz Zimmt is an Iran specialist at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). He holds a master’s degree and a PhD in Middle Eastern history from Tel-Aviv University. His PhD dissertation focused on Iranian policy towards Nasserism and Arab radicalism between 1954 and 1967. He is also a visiting research fellow at the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies at Tel-Aviv University. In addition, he is the editor of “Spotlight on Iran” published by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. He had served more than two decades in the IDF’s Military Intelligence working on Iran and Hizballah. His main research interests are the politics, foreign relations, society & social media of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He is a regular commentator for Israeli and international media.