Bennett Caplan [email@example.com
Course: International Trade and Economic Negotiation (PAI 715, Section
Bennett Caplan is an international trade attorney and consultant;
currently President of Global Management Trade Services and Head of
Secretariat at FIVS, a trade association for the alcohol beverage industry;
MALD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; JD, Boston
College Law School; BA, Columbia College
Bejoy Das Gupta [firstname.lastname@example.org
Course: Issues in Global Economic and Financial Security (PAI 715,
Dr. Bejoy Das Gupta has more than twenty years’ experience in the
analysis of macroeconomic policy, capital flows and financial sector;
communicating research to bankers, asset managers and senior officials;
providing policy advice, leading missions, and organizing/participating
in conferences; and developing/maintaining high-level contacts with
senior officials and the private sector. He is currently Chief Economist
for Asia at the IIF, where he has been responsible for analyzing emerging
markets in the Asia/Pacific region since 1993. Prior to joining the
IIF, Dr. Das Gupta served as Economist for the International Lead and
Zinc Study Group in London, an inter-governmental commodity organization,
and in investment banking with Grindlays Bank.
After graduating from the London School of Economics, he received
M.Phil. and D.Phil. in Economics from Christ Church, Oxford. He is a
recipient of several prizes, including the AMEX Bank Review Awards in
International Economics and Finance in 1988. He was born in Calcutta,
India, where he completed his early education.
Paul Fekete [email@example.com]
Course: International Trade and Economic Negotiation (PAI 715, Section
Paul Fekete is a Senior International Trade Advisor, USAID; former
Principal of Global Trade Associates; former Vice President with The
Services Group; former Chief of Mission, Integrated Framework Initiative,
World Bank, Malawi; former Senior Vice President, Samuels International;
MA, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University;
BA in History, Bates College
Constance Freeman [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Courses: Development in Africa: Challenges, Constraints & Strategies
(PAI 702, Section M002); African Conflicts: Causes & Consequences (PAI
715, Section M008)
Constance Freeman is a 40-year veteran of African affairs and issues,
who has served as an Economic Councilor at the US Embassy in Nairobi and
most recently as Director of the Canadian IDRC (International Development
Research Center) Regional Office for East and Southern Africa.
She has Ph.D. and MA degrees in Development Economics from the School
of International Studies at the University of Denver and a BA from the
American University in Washington, D.C. She has spent over forty years
living and working on Africa and traveling widely in Africa and Asia.
From 1999-2001, Freeman was Professor of Economics/Senior Advisor,
African Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), Washington, D.C. Previously
she served as Director of African Studies at the Center for Strategic
and International Studies (CSIS), in Washington, D.C. where she was
consulted widely as an African expert by the press, government and corporations.
During her 14 years as a U.S. diplomat, Dr. Freeman was the Director
of the Economic Policy Staff for the African Bureau where she helped
craft U.S. economic policy for sub-Saharan Africa; she worked as Economic
Counsellor at the American Embassy in Nairobi where she developed U.S.
economic policy towards Kenya and she served at the U.S. Embassy in
Dr. Freeman worked in Cameroon and Brazzaville as Peace Corps Country
Director and earlier in her career on the Professional Staff of the
Foreign Assistance Sub-Committee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
There she played a major role in shaping foreign assistance, development
bank and Peace Corps legislation.
As an academic, Dr. Freeman taught at the University of Zambia in
the early seventies and has lectured for over 20 years throughout the
U.S. and Africa on African issues. She authored numerous reports and
evaluations for the U.S. government during her 20-year diversified career
and published a number of articles after she retired from government.
"The Three Economies of Africa" was published in December 2000 by ISS
Philip French [email@example.com]
Course: Current Policy Issues in US-Latin American Relations (PAI
703, Section M001)
Philip C. French spent 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving
in Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, in addition to two
tours in the State Department's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
in Washington, D.C.
Following a tour in Madrid as Consul General, Mr. French was assigned
in 2001 to San Salvador as Deputy Chief of Mission and later served
as acting Chief of Mission. He was posted to Caracas as Deputy Chief
of Mission in 2007 before his final assignment as Team Leader for the
Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team in Fallujah, Iraq from 2008
From 2011 until 2016 Mr. French served as Executive Director of the
American Committees on Foreign Relations, a non-profit organization
dedicated to serving the national security interests of the U.S by enhancing
citizen knowledge of foreign affairs. He currently chairs the inter-agency
working group for the State Department’s International Cooperative Administrative
Support Services (ICASS), the system by which the U.S. Government provides
and shares the cost of common administrative support at its more than
250 diplomatic and consular posts overseas. Mr. French is also a part-time
Coordinator in the Department of State’s Political Military Action Team.
A graduate of the University of California, Riverside, Mr. French spent
the 1996-97 academic year as Diplomat in Residence at the Yale Center
for International and Area Studies.
Shannon Green [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Course: Statecraft & Smartpower in the Digital Era (PAI 715, Section
Shannon N. Green is director and senior fellow of the Human Rights
Initiative at CSIS. She brings deep experience in human rights, civil
society strengthening, and international development, with over 13 years
in the U.S. government, academia, and the nonprofit sector. Prior to
joining CSIS, Ms. Green was senior director for global engagement on
the National Security Council staff. In that role, she developed and
coordinated policies and initiatives to deepen and broaden U.S. engagement
with critical populations overseas, including spearheading the president’s
Stand with Civil Society Agenda and young leader initiatives in sub-Saharan
Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. She was also involved
in the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism and in efforts
to discredit and delegitimize ISIL and counter its propaganda. From
2008 to 2013, Ms. Green worked at the Center of Excellence on Democracy,
Human Rights, and Governance at the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID), where she led the development of policies, strategies, and
programs to advance political reform and human rights in the Middle
East and North Africa. She contributed to USAID’s response to the Arab
Spring, initiating new programs to support civil society and enhance
the transparency and credibility of elections and other political processes
across the region. In 2009, Ms. Green joined the interagency elections
team in Afghanistan, where she coordinated the international election
observation effort and put measures in place to enhance women’s participation.
From 2004 to 2008, she served in USAID’s Asia and Near East Bureau,
where she was responsible for managing strategic planning, performance
reporting, and budget formulation processes and pioneering new development
approaches in fragile, conflict, and post-conflict environments. Prior
to joining the government, she worked at the Woodrow Wilson International
Center for Scholars in the Environmental Change and Security Project
and for nongovernmental organizations combating HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan
Africa. Ms. Green received her B.A. in political science and history
from the University of Georgia and her M.A. in international peace and
conflict resolution from American University.
Randall Griffin [email@example.com]
Course: Challenges to Crisis and Disaster Management (PAI 700 / ECS
Randall Griffin’s career spans nearly thirty years of public safety
experience in the local career fire service, federal service and academia.
After 9/11/2001, Captain Griffin was detailed to the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security, in Washington, DC where he worked with other federal
agencies to develop technologies to protect first responders from emerging
threats. Since 2007, Mr. Griffin has taught graduate courses in leadership
and public administration at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and
in 2013 he helped to establish the Executive Masters in Emergency and
Disaster Management at Georgetown University.
A native of New York, Mr. Griffin earned a Master’s degree in Public
Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
at Syracuse University. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political
Science from Oswego State University and an Associate’s degree from
the fire protection program at Corning Community College. Mr. Griffin
serves on a number of national boards, including the U.S. Attorney General
sanctioned, Inter Agency Board for Equipment Interoperability and Standardization.
Mr. Griffin has received numerous awards for his work including that
for valor and for distinction in teaching.
||James Keagle [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Course: National Security & Defense Transformation (PAI 715, Section
James Keagle is the Director of the Transforming National Security
seminar series at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy
at the National Defense University. Prior to this position, Dr. Keagle
was the National Defense University's Provost, and Vice President for
Academic Affairs. Prior to these positions, he served as a professor
of National Security Strategy at NDU. In that role Dr. Keagle worked
as a research faculty member assisting with NDU’s modeling and simulation
and work with interagency education and training. A Latin American specialist,
Dr. Keagle served as Deputy Director of the Defense Department's Bosnia
Task Force, Cuba Desk Officer for DOD, and Political Officer at Headquarters
US Southern Command in Panama. He earned a PhD in Politics from Princeton
University. Dr Keagle has led NATO Professional Military Education
transformation teams to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia,
Romania, and the Czech Republic. He also has an honorary doctorate
from the Military Technical Academy of Romania and is an honorary professor
at Transilvania University and the Defense University of Mongolia.
Melinda Kimble [email@example.com]
Course: Global Sustainability and Public Policy (PAI 715, Section
Melinda Kimble became Senior Vice President of the UN Foundation
in January 2006 as the Foundation solidified its leadership role in
partnership building. She joined the Foundation in May 2000 as Vice
President for Programs and worked to develop Foundation partnership
programs in the areas of Children's Health; Energy & Climate Change;
Biodiversity; Peace, Security, and Human Rights; and Women's Health.
A career Department of State Foreign Service Officer from 1971-2000,
she held a number of policy level positions, including Deputy Assistant
Secretary for International Finance and Development in the Bureau of
Economic and Business Affairs, overseeing multilateral development issues
and debt policy. In that capacity, she also oversaw U.S. Paris Club
debt rescheduling negotiations, and developed a series of policy initiatives.
Ms. Kimble's work on energy issues began with her assignment to Harvard's
Kennedy School in 1979. Working on her Master's in Public Administration,
she concentrated on energy issues related to the Middle East and North
On returning to the Near East Bureau's Office of Economic Affairs
in 1980 she worked on policy analyses targeted on the Persian Gulf energy
sector. She also developed a number of new reporting tools for State
economic officers that improved country reporting on the energy sector
and provided the field with regular market analyses of global market
developments. In this position she worked closely with the new International
Energy Agency at OECD and the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna. Ms Kimble
continued to work on energy questions while serving in North Africa.
When she returned to the U.S. in 1987 as Deputy, and then, Office
Director for Monetary Affairs, she assumed responsibility for energy
sector analysis and its relevance in balance of payments crises. She
prepared the successful State Department arguments in support of a Compensatory
Financing Facility for Algeria - by illustrating how the natural gas
markets had diverged from petroleum markets and that IMF fiscal support
was warranted. She also managed US policy on a range of international
debt issues and worked extensively on the restructuring of U.S. military
debt to a number of key countries, including Turkey, Pakistan, and Egypt.
From 1991 through 1997, Ms. Kimble applied her economic expertise
to the UN sustainable development agenda and shaped US policy vis-à-vis
key UN agencies. She worked closely with UNDP and FAO on a number of
initiatives related to agriculture and energy. In this role, she concentrated
on the UN environmental agenda, working on international environmental
policy as well as leading negotiations on a series of post-Rio conferences
related to Sustainable Development. In 1997, she became Acting Assistant
Secretary for Oceans, Environment and Science and organized the Kyoto
negotiations, working closely with senior Department leadership. Here
again, her negotiating skill and knowledge of the energy sector and
economics proved relevant - and critical to the final outcome.
This background has shaped her work at the UN Foundation where she
has focused on building partnerships around market-based energy initiatives
that also reduce the use of conventional fuel. This focus has led to
sustained UNF support for energy efficiency, community renewable energy,
and sustainable energy finance. She has used the experience and knowledge
gained in developing these programs with key UN partners to create the
International Bioenergy Initiative at the UN Foundation and support
a network of UN agencies in a UN Biofuels Initiative. This partnership
initiative is now building country data bases to assess the potential
for bioenergy and compiling information on best practices as a component
of the G8 Bioenergy Partnership which is led by the Italian Ministry
of the Environment.
Ms. Kimble has lived and worked in Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, and Tunisia.
She speaks French and Arabic and holds two masters degrees: Economics
(University of Denver) and MPA (Harvard's Kennedy School of Government).
She is married to a career AID officer, James R. Phippard (retired),
and has four adult stepchildren.
||Michael O'Hanlon [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Course: Who will Rule in the 21st Century (PAI 700, Section M001)
Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow and co-director with the Center
for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and director of research
for the Foreign
Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes
in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force and American foreign
policy. He is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, an adjunct
professor at Johns Hopkins University and a member of the International
Institute for Strategic Studies. His most recent book, co-written with
James Steinberg, is Strategic
Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton
University Press, 2014).
O’Hanlon is the author of Healing
the Wounded Giant: Maintaining Military Preeminence while Cutting the
Defense Budget (Brookings Institution Press 2013); Bending
History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy with Martin Indyk and Kenneth
Lieberthal (Brookings Institution Press March 2012); The
Wounded Giant: America’s Armed Forces in an Age of Austerity (Penguin
A Skeptic's Case for Nuclear Disarmament (Brookings Institution
Toughing It Out in Afghanistan with Hassina Sherjan (Brookings
Institution Press 2010); and The
Science of War (Princeton University Press 2009). He continues
to coauthor Brookings’s Afghanistan
Index. He and Bruce Riedel wrote
A Plan A- for Afghanistan in the Winter 2010/2011 issue of The
Washington Quarterly and published a paper on Afghanistan and Pakistan
for Brookings’s Campaign 2012 project.
His other recent books include A
War Like No Other , about the U.S.-China relationship and the Taiwan
issue, with Richard Bush (Wiley 2007); a multi-author volume, Protecting
the Homeland 2006/2007 (Brookings Institution Press 2006);
Defense Strategy for the Post-Saddam Era (Brookings Institution
The Future of Arms Control , co-authored with Michael Levi (Brookings
Institution Press 2005); Neither
Star Wars nor Sanctuary: Constraining the Military Uses of Space (Brookings
Institution Press 2004); and Crisis
on the Korean Peninsula with Mike Mochizuki (McGraw-Hill 2003).
He has written several hundred op-eds in newspapers including The
Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington
Times, The Financial Times, The Japan Times and Pakistan’s Dawn paper.
O’Hanlon has appeared on television or spoken on the radio about 2,000
times since September 11, 2001.
O'Hanlon was an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 1989-1994.
He also worked previously at the Institute for Defense Analyses. His
Ph.D. from Princeton is in public and international affairs; his bachelor's
and master's degrees, also from Princeton, are in the physical sciences.
He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Congo/Kinshasa (the former Zaire)
from 1982-1984, where he taught college and high school physics in French.
Eliza Patterson [
Course: International Trade and Economic Negotiation (PAI 715, Section
Eliza Patterson is a graduate of Harvard Law School who has worked in
the area of international economic law and policy for the past thirty
years. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and most
recently in academia. In the private sector as an associate at several
major international law firms and consulting firms she represented foreign
companies interested in trading with and investing in the United States.
In the US federal government she was involved in multiple international
economic negotiations while serving in the Foreign Agriculture Service
and the US International Trade Commission. She also served as the Washington
representative for international trade for the Port Authority of NY
and NJ. As a Fulbright Scholar, she taught courses on international
trade law and policy and economic negotiations at Renmin University
in Beijing, China. She previously taught at Washington and Lee School
of Law, Georgetown School of law and Columbia University. She currently
teaches at Sciences Po in Paris during the spring semester and at John
Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and at Syracuse
University's Maxwell School during the fall semester.
Michael Schneider [email@example.com]
Courses: Statecraft & Smartpower in the Digital Era (PAI 715, Section
M007); Issues in Public Diplomacy (PAI 708, Section M001); Public Diplomacy
Research Consultancy (PAI 709, Section M001)
Michael Schneider directs the Washington Public Diplomacy Program,
which is a spring semester requirement for students enrolled in their
second year of the dual MA in International Relations and MS in Public
Relations Program, a joint initiative of Syracuse University's Maxwell
Schoool and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. In the
1980s, Dr. Schneider was Deputy Associate and Acting Associate Director
of the United States Information Agency (USIA) for policy and programs
and served as USIA Liaison with the National Security Council. He was
Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State in the mid-1990s. He
served as executive secretary of a panel of U.S. and international leaders
who examined the Fulbright Exchange Program, and authored the report, Fulbright
at Fifty, and a subsequent report to the State Department, Others' Open
Doors. Dr. Schneider served as the Director of Maxwell-in-Washington
until 2009. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of
Rochester, a masters degree from Columbia University, and a PhD in Political
Science from American University.
Course: Comparative Foreign Policy (PSC 783)
Since leaving his role as a senior executive in the federal government, Mr. Skaluba has focused on
writing, teaching and consulting about defense policy and international relations — recently publishing
multiple essays in the online journal, War on the Rocks, and teaching comparative foreign policy as part
of the Maxwell School’s new Executive Masters in International Relations program.
Before leaving government service, Mr. Skaluba served as the Principal Director for Strategy and Force
Development in the Pentagon’s Policy division. His office was responsible for assessing the future of
international security and crafting the Defense Department’s strategies for navigating that future as a
means to developing a prepared, capable, and effective U.S. military. Prior to that assignment, Mr.
Skaluba served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, the principal
advisor to the Department’s leadership with respect to crisis management in the Middle East.
Mr. Skaluba served a lengthly tenure as the Principal Director for European and NATO Policy, where he
formulated and implemented U.S. defense policy for Europe. Accordingly, he conducted defense
relationships with 31 European nations and, in the wake of Russian revanchism, helped inaugurate the
European Deterrence Initiative. In this capacity and in his previous role and as the Director for European
Policy, Mr. Skaluba frequently represented the Secretary of Defense and the Department at bilateral,
multilateral, and interagency activities associated with transatlantic security.
Prior to his work on Europe, Mr. Skaluba served in the Pentagon’s Policy Planning office, working on a
range of projects to include long-term competitive strategy development and the Defense Policy Board.
He came to Policy Planning from an exchange assignment at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense,
where he managed London’s defense relations with Japan and South Korea. Before his assignment in
Whitehall, Mr. Skaluba worked as a strategic planner for the Pentagon’s Homeland Defense policy office,
helping to craft the inaugural Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support.
Mr. Skaluba began his federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Office of the
Secretary of Defense, where he completed a series of developmental assignments throughout the foreign
and defense policy community. Mr. Skaluba’s private sector experience includes the Walt Disney
Company’s Management Development Program, Crossroads to Leadership, which he completed while
working in various capacities for Disney’s Orlando operations.
Mr. Skaluba is a graduate of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University
where he earned a Master of Arts in International Relations. He also holds a Master of Arts in English
from Syracuse. Mr. Skaluba taught numerous classes in writing and rhetoric at Syracuse while pursuing
his degrees. He holds a Bachelors’ degree in English and History from the Pennsylvania State University.
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Ryan Williams [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Course: Washington Internship (PAI 715, Section M004)
Ryan Williams directs all DC-based graduate and undergraduate student
programs. In addition to serving as the faculty sponsor for all Washington
internships, he also teaches the undergraduate Global Policy Seminar
& Practicum, which meets all-day every Thursday and features guest speakers
as well as visits to institutions such as Congress, the National Security
Council, the State Department, various foreign embassies, think tanks,
and NGOs. Before coming to Washington, Dr. Williams served as the Associate
Director of Graduate Studies in Maxwell's International Relations Program
for six years and previously as the Assistant Director at SU Abroad.
In a former life, he worked in investment banking and management consulting
on both sides of the Atlantic, in New York and San Francisco, and more
extensively in France and Germany. In Europe, Dr. Williams worked on
cross-border mergers and acquisitions as well as initial public offerings
on the German stock exchange. He holds a BA in German, French, and International
Business from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY as well as a Master
of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from Tufts University's Fletcher
School in Boston and an MBA from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) School
of Management in Paris. He also completed both an MA and PhD in Political
Science at Maxwell. Dr. Williams' broad academic interests include foreign
policy analysis, decision-making, and political psychology. More narrowly,
his doctoral research focused on cosmopolitanism, citizenship, and international