Security and Defense Experts

Ph.D. Student, Shaanxi Normal University
Mr. Pan Ning is a Ph.D student of History who concentrates on the Cold War in School of History and Civilization, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an. He got the master degree from Shaanxi Normal University and earned a bachelor's degree from Weifang University. He is interested in U.S. foreign relations and, recently, the Civil Defense Policy of the cold war era.
Colonel, United States Air Force; most recently Commander, 31st Mission Support Group, Aviano AB, Italy
Colonel Brian Pukall’s last assignment was as 31st Mission Support Group Commander, Aviano Air Base, Italy. There he led mission support and logistics functions for a base community of 9,000. Together these units ensured the wing’s ability to mobilize, deploy and employ combat airpower. They also sustained the base’s in-place missions, its workforce and their families, and base i...
Vice President, Security & Operations, American Trucking Associations
Professor, Georgetown University
Joseph Sassoon teaches at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, part of the School for Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His expertise includes, history, politics and political economy of the Arab world. He has published three books, the last one won the British-Kuwait Prize for the best book on the Middle East in 2013, and was titled: Saddam Hussein's Ba`th Party: Inside an Author...
President, Scowcroft Group; USAF (Ret.), former National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush
 As President of The Scowcroft Group and one of the country's leading experts on international policy, Brent Scowcroft provides unparalleled strategic advice and assistance in dealing in the international arena. Brent Scowcroft has served as the National Security Advisor to both Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. From 1982 to 1989, he was Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associat...
Analyst, U.S. Government
Dr. Brenda Seaver has worked as a CIA analyst for 14 years.  She began her career covering East Asia and has spent the last decade focusing on various countries in South America.  Between 2010-12, Seaver was a Latin America Regional Analyst at the US Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research.  She recently completed a two-year rotation to the CIA's Red Cell...
Masters Candidate, GSIS Yonsei University
A Master’s candidate at the Graduate School of International Studies Yonsei University, Hyo Won Shin currently focuses on the studies of International Security and Policy. Having spent 13 years of her childhood in Yangon, Myanmar, she has always been interested in the field of security and policy. Observing the political transition of Myanmar in 2011 from a military dictatorship to a civilia...
Assistant Professor of History, University of Amsterdam
Ruud van Dijk is the coordinator of the BA and MA programs in the history of international relations at the University of Amsterdam. He presented at his first Cold War International History Project conference in 1994. His Ph.D. (1999) is from Ohio University, where he wrote a dissertation on the East-West contest over Germany in the early Cold War. He holds MA degrees from the University of Kansas...
Professor of Communication, University of Haifa, Israel.
Gabriel Weimann is a Full Professor of Communication at the Department of Communication at Haifa University, Israel.  His research interests include the study of media effects, political campaigns, new media technologies and their social impact, persuasion and influence, media and public opinion, modern terrorism and the mass media. He published eight books: Communicating Unreality (Los Angel...
Writer, BBC Future
Sharon Weinberger is a national security reporter focusing on science and technology issues.She currently writes the Code Red column for BBC Future, and is a contributor to Wired.com's national security blog, Danger Room. She is the author of Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld (Nation Books, 2006) and co-author of A Nuclear Family Vacation:...

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