Daniel Abebe is the Vice Provost and a Professor of Law at The University of Chicago School of Law. He is an expert on constitutional law, foreign affairs, human rights law, international institutions, and the way political and social institutions interact.
Abebe’s research has been published in the University of Chicago Law Review, the Supreme Court Review, and the Virginia Journal of International Law.
His current research projects include examining the President’s authority to withdraw the US from a treaty; evaluating ethnic federalism as a form of constitutional design; and considering the impact of dejudicialization in international politics.
Areas of Expertise: Constitutional law, foreign affairs, human rights law, international institutions
David C. Kang is a professor of International Relations and Business at the University of Southern California. He is also the director of both the USC Korean Studies Institute and the USC Center for International Studies. Kang is broadly interested in the international relations of Asia, with his research exploring questions of economic development, security relations in the region, and the historical basis of contemporary relations. His latest book is American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the 21st Century (Cambridge, 2017).
Kang is a regular consultant for U.S. government agencies and the military for his regional expertise. He has also written opinion pieces in several publications, including the New York Timesand the Washington Post, and he has appeared regularly in media such as CNN, WNYC, and NPR.
Professor of International Relations and Business, University of Southern California
Areas of Expertise: International Relations of Asia, Economic Development, Security Relations of Asia, North Korea
Hanin Ghaddar is the Friedmann Visiting Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Her research focuses on political and religious affairs in Lebanon. In particular, Ghaddar focuses on the situation of Shiite politics and Hezbollah throughout the Middle East.
Previously, Ghaddar was the managing editor of Lebanon’s NOW news website, where she shed light on a broad range of cutting-edge issues, from the evolution of Hezbollah inside Lebanon to Iran’s growing influence throughout the Middle East. In addition, she has contributed to a number of U.S.-based magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Foreign Policy.
Friedmann Visiting Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Areas of Expertise: Lebanon, Arab & Islamic Politics, The Middle East, Shiite Politics
Asha Rangappa is a Senior Lecturer at the Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Prior to her current position, Asha served as a Special Agent in the New York Division of the FBI, specializing in counterintelligence investigations.
Her work involved assessing threats to national security, conducting classified investigations on suspected foreign agents, and performing undercover work. While in the FBI, Asha gained experience in intelligence tradecraft, electronic surveillance, interview and interrogation techniques, and firearms and the use of deadly force. Asha has made media appearances on NPR, BBC, and several major television networks.
Senior Lecturer, Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Areas of Expertise: National Security, Constitutional Law, International Affairs, Domestic Terrorism
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
Dalia Fahmy is an associate professor of political science at Long Island University where she teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy, international relations, and politics of the Middle East. She is also a senior fellow at the Washington, DC-based Center for Global Policy, a nonpartisan think-tank that provides analysis and insight into foreign policy issues facing the nation.
Fahmy has won several academic awards and fellowships for her research. She has also published several articles in academic journals focusing on democratization and most recently on the effects of Islamophobia on U.S. foreign policy. She has published two books and her upcoming book is entitled, “The Rise and Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Future of Political Islam.”
Associate Professor of Political Science at Long Island University
Location: New York, NY
Areas of Expertise: Politics of the Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy, Political Islam, Democratization
Michael Wahid Hanna is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, a nonpartisan think-tank that seeks to reduce inequality and promote security at home and abroad. He is also an adjunct senior fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University. He works on issues of international security, international law, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia.
Alireza Nader is a senior international policy analyst at the RAND corporation. His research interests include Iranian public and foreign policy and his commentary has been cited by a number of outlets including the Iran Primer, CNN and Al Jazeera. Before joining RAND, Nader was a research analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses.
Nader has authored a number of publications for RAND and other international policy outlets detailing the shifting relationship between Iran and the United States as it relates to nuclear ammunition and bureaucratic rivalries. He is a native speaker of Farsi. In 2014, Nader published his book, the Days After a Deal with Iran: Continuity and Change in Iranian Foreign Policy.
Senior International Policy Analyst, the RAND Corporation
Location: Washington, D.C.
Areas of Expertise: Iranian Foreign Policy, International Affars, Middle East
Tomas Bilbao is Executive Director of the Cuba Study Group. Prior to joining the CSG, Mr. Bilbao served as Director of Transition for Senator-elect Mel Martinez and Director of Operations for Mel Martinez for U.S. Senate.
As Executive Director of the Cuba Study Group, Mr. Bilbao is responsible for all the Group’s projects and activities, including developing policy recommendations and educating Members of Congress and the Administration on more effective policies toward Cuba.
Bilbao has appeared on numerous media outlets, including NPR.
Executive Director, Cuba Study Group
Areas of Expertise: Foreign Policy, Latin American Policy, U.S. Policy, Nonprofit Policy Advocacy, Nonprofit Management
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.