Suyapa Portillo Villeda is an assistant professor in Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. Her work broadly focuses on social movements in Central America with a focus on Honduras. In particular, Portillo’s research centers on the intersections between labor, gender, and race in workers’ lives in the history of the banana export economy in Honduras and Central America.
Since the coup d’état in Honduras in 2009, Portillo has served as region expert in the media to attest to conditions in Honduras and the rest of Central America. Her expertise has been cited by CNN, NPR’s Take Two, and The Huffington Post.
Assistant Professor in Chicana/o-Latina/o Transnational Studies, Pitzer College
Areas of Expertise: Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies, Labor, Gender, Ethnicity, Race, Honduras, Central America, History of Immigration and Migration in Central America, LGBTQ Community in Honduras
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
Jimmy Gurulé teaches in Notre Dame Law School, concentrating his teaching and scholarship in the areas of criminal law. He is an expert in the field of international criminal law, terrorism, terrorist financing, and anti-money laundering.
Gurulé has also worked in a variety of high-profile public law enforcement positions including as Under Secretary for Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Treasury (2001-2003), where he had oversight responsibilities for the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs Service and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), among other departments. He was instrumental in developing and implementing the U.S. Treasury Department’s global strategy to combat terrorist financing, and engineered the conviction of those responsible for torturing and brutally murdering a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in Mexico.
A prominent member of the Hispanic legal community, Gurulé previously served as President of the Hispanic National Bar Association and also received the Graciela Olivarez Award in 2006. He was recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business in 2002, 1990, 1989, and 1987.
Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame
Areas of Expertise: Terrorism Law, Criminal Forensic Evidence, Criminal Law & Procedure, International Criminal Law, White Collar Crime
John Park is director of the Korea Working Group and adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also faculty affiliate with the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He advises Northeast Asia officials at the Departments of Defense, State, and the Treasury, as well as on the National Security Council and Congressional committees.
His current research focuses on the North Korean regime’s accumulated learning in evading targeted sanctions. He previously worked at Goldman Sachs and served as project leader of the North Korea Analysis Group at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Park is a commentator on Northeast Asian security issues on CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV.
Director of the Korea Working Group and adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School
Location: Cambridge, MA
Areas of Expertise: Asia & the Pacific, Nuclear Issues, International Security & Defense, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Nuclear proliferation, Nuclear weapons, Nuclear security, Nuclear waste, Energy, Nuclear power, North Korea nuclear program
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
Nicole Bibbins Sedaca is a professor in the practice of international relations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
She served for over a decade at the U.S. State Department before working in democracy and human rights NGOs and academia. She has chaired two NGO boards focused on human trafficking and religious freedom.
Additionally, Bibbins Sedaca has led local governance programs in Ecuador, managed aid programs for displaced citizens in Kosovo and advised the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs.
Areas of expertise: democracy, human rights, international affairs