Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is an international affairs expert and senior editor at The Diplomat, an online Asian Affairs magazine.

He writes daily on politics, security, economics, and culture in the Asia-Pacific region, and hosts a podcast on Asian geopolitics. He is also a columnist on Asian security affairs for the South China Morning Post. He is often quoted in the media on matters ranging from North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear program to Chinese foreign policy.


Senior Editor at The Diplomat

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Security, Economics, Asia-Pacific Region, Asian Geopolitics

Location: New York, NY

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Twitter: @nktpnd

Jeffrey Fields

Jeffrey Fields teaches international relations at the University of Southern California and directs USC’s Dornsife Washington DC Program. His research focuses on American foreign policy, international security, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Fields is the recent recipient of a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York for a project to facilitate interaction between policymakers and scholars. Prior to teaching at USC, he served as a senior adviser and political-military analyst with the Department of Defense and as a foreign affairs officer with the State Department, where he helped advice the president’s special representative for nonproliferation.

Fields has also been a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. His most recent book is “State Behavior and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime.”

Jeffrey Fields
Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California

Areas of Expertise: U.S. Foreign Policy. Diplomacy. International Security. WMD Proliferation and Counterproliferation

Location: Los Angeles, CA (May-December); Washington, DC (January-April)

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Phone: (310) 997-0522 (c) | (213) 740-1335 (o) 

Heard on NPR Source of the Week: Jeffrey Fields Discusses The Nuclear Deal Made With Iran

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Aziz Abu Sarah

Azi Abu Sarah is the co-founder of  Middle East Justice Development Initiative Tours, a tour operator which “rejects the model of traditional consumer tourism … instead employing a new model of tourism based on clients, communities, and financial and environmental sustainability.”

He is also the co-founder of the education and development nonprofit InterAct. Abu Sarah formerly served as the co-executive director at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.

Abu Sarah is a National Geographic Explorer, a position which bestows grants from National Geographic for environmentally-conscious projects. He is also a TED Fellow

He is the author of Strangers, Neighbors, Friends, which aims to bridge divisions between religions, and Crossing Boundaries: Traveler’s Guide to World Peace, a manual on travelling responsibly in times of polarization.

Aziz Abu Sarah
Aziz Abu Sarah. TED 2014, The Next Chapter, March 17 – 21, 2014, Vancouver Conference Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo by: Bret Hartman

Areas of Expertise: Middle East, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Afghanistan, Arab Spring, interfaith dialogue, world religions, Iran, peacebuilding/conflict resolution, responsible tourism, Syrian refugees

Location: Washington, DC (with frequent travel to Jerusalem)

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Phone: (301) 466-6259 (c), 703-349-1554 (office) 
Middle East Mobile: +972-52-427-1058
Twitter: @AzizAbuSarah

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Last updated February 21, 2020