Security and Defense Experts

Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson is director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  Her most recent work has focused on democratic governance, conflict resolution, citizen security and organized crime, international relations, and U.S. policy in the Western hemisphere. Arnson is a member of the editorial advisory board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, th...
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission
Ph.D. Candidate, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia
Mary Barton is a doctoral candidate in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. Her research examines early terrorism and counter-terrorism from a transnational perspective.
Senior Fellow, Institute of International Affairs (IAI), Rome
Nicola Casarini is currently Senior Fellow for Asia at the Institute of International Affairs (IAI) in Rome. Prior to this, he was a Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center; Senior Analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris; Marie Curie Research Fellow and Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.He has published works on EU foreign policy, Chinese fore...
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
Jonathan Caverley is an assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University, where he co-chairs the Working Group on Security Studies at the Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies. Professor Caverley previously served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Northwestern University, where he taught undergrad...
Colonel, United States Air Force
Colonel Donald Cloud is an Air Force Fellow with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  He has spent the past 21 years in the United States Air Force in a variety of operational assignments conducting air, space, cyber, intelligence, and nuclear deterrence operations.Most recently, he served as Special Advisor to the Vice President of the United States (2012-2014) where he pro...
Commander, 724th Special Tactics Group, U.S. Air Force
US Air Force Colonel Wolfe is an Air Force Special Tactics Officer and has spent the majority of his military career in Special Operations.  He has Commanded Airmen during contingency operations in the US, Bosnia, Turkey, Philippines, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  Throughout his career, Wolfe has worked with interagency, joint and coalition partners in military operations on five continents. H...
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Kansas
Alexander C. Diener is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Kansas. After earning his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Alex was a Title VIII Research Fellow at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center. He then taught at Pepperdine University before taking a post-doctoral fellowship at George Washington University (2010-2011) and being named Regional...
Former CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Jill Dougherty is an expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union. In her three-decade career with CNN she served as Foreign Affairs Correspondent, based in Washington, D.C.,where she covered the State Department and provided analysis on international issues.Dougherty previously served as U.S. Affairs Editor for CNN International; Managing Editor of CNN International Asia/Pacific, based in Hong Ko...
Researcher, Harvard Kennedy School Class 2013
Lidija Levkovska Franklin currently heads a start-up consultancy practice ‘Franklin & Asaya,’ based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Additionally, she serves at the NATO’s Key Opinion Formers Forum on “Women, Peace and Security from NATO and Partner Countries,” organized by NATO’s Secretary General’s Special Representative on Women, Peace and Security, and as...

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