Security and Defense Experts

Associate Professor of Political Science, Reed College.
Alexander H. Montgomery is an associate professor of Political Science at Reed College. He has published articles on dismantling proliferation networks and on the effects of social networks of international organizations on interstate conflict. His research interests include political organizations, social networks, weapons of mass disruption and destruction, social studies of technology, and inte...
Eric L. Olson is the Associate Director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.   His research and writing has focused primarily on security issues and the impacts of crime, organized crime, and violence on democracies.  He has also written about police reform and judicial institutions as a vehicle for addressing the p...
Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins University; Former Professor of National Security Policy, National War College and Former Faculty Fellow, Institute for National and Strategic Studies, National Defense University
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...
CEO of México ¿Cómo Vamos?; Former Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Mexico
Viridiana (Government PhD, Harvard University) is an expert in Mexico’s political economy and security issues. Currently, she is CEO of México ¿Cómo Vamos? (MCV), a Mexican think tank specialized in subnational economic development, and an Op-Ed columnist for Excelsior, a Mexican National Newspaper. Before joining MCV, Viridiana was senior security adviser to current Mexico...
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...

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