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Global Security & Development Program


 Bennett Caplan

Bennett Caplan []

Course: International Trade and Economic Negotiation (PAI 715, Section M002)

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 

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Robert Daly []

Course: China's Rise and Challenges to the Global Order

Robert Daly is the Director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States; served as a U.S. diplomat in Beijing; as an interpreter for Chinese and U.S. leaders, including President Carter and Secretary of State Kissinger; as head of China programs at Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, and the University of Maryland; and as a producer of Chinese-language versions of Sesame Street; recognized East and West as a leading authority on Sino-U.S. relations; has testified before Congress, lectured widely in both countries, and regularly offers analysis for top media outlets

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Bejoy Das Gupta []

Course: Issues in Global Economic and Financial Security (PAI 715, Section M001)

Dr. Bejoy Das Gupta is currently the Washington DC-based Chief Economist of eCurrency, after having served as Chief Economist for Asia/Pacific at the Institute of International Finance (IIF); serves as a Member of the Board of the Mandiri Institute; serves on the Board of Electrovaya, a TSE-listed company, which develops and manufactures lithium ion battery systems for clean transportation and energy storage;  graduate of the London School of Economics; M.Phil. and D.Phil. from Christ Church, Oxford; recipient of the AMEX Bank Review Awards in International Economics and Finance 

 Paul Fekete

Paul Fekete []

Course: International Trade and Economic Negotiation (PAI 715, Section M002)

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

Constance Freeman []

Course: 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; Ph.D. and MA degrees in Development Economics from the School of International Studies at the University of Denver; BA from the American University in Washington, D.C.; has spent over forty years living and working on Africa and traveling widely in Africa and Asia.

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Shannon Green []

Course: Statecraft and Smart Power in the Digital Era (PAI 715, Section M007)

Shannon N. Green is the Senior Director of Programs at the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC); previously the Director and Senior Fellow of the Human Rights Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Senior Director for Global Engagement on the National Security Council; led strategic planning, program design, and policy engagement at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where she worked in the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, developing policies, strategies, and programs to advance political reform and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa; M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, American University; B.A. in Political Science and History, University of Georgia 

James Keagle  James Keagle []

Course: National Security & Defense Transformation (PAI 715, Section M006)

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; a Latin American specialist; 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; PhD in Politics, Princeton University; led NATO Professional Military Education transformation teams to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Romania, and the Czech Republic; honorary doctorate, the Military Technical Academy of Romania; honorary professor, Transilvania University and the Defense University of Mongolia.

 Kimble Melinda Kimble []

Course: Global Sustainability and Public Policy (PAI 715, Section M009)

Melinda Kimble is Senior Vice President of the UN Foundation, overseeing the International Bioenergy Initiative; 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; as a career Department of State Foreign Service Officer, 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; lived and worked in Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, and Tunisia; speaks French and Arabic; MA in Economics, University of Denver; MPA, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government

 Sam Brannen

 Sam Brannen []

Course: Strategic Foresight for International Relations

Sam Brannen leads the Risk and Foresight Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and is a senior fellow in the International Security Program. Brannen returned to CSIS in fall 2018 after spending four years as director of A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council, where he advised CEOs on the business implications of global macro-trends and conducted 5- to 10-year assessments of countries, sectors, and industries. Previously at CSIS, he was a senior fellow and led research on unmanned systems, shifting geopolitics, and defense strategic planning. Brannen also held multiple positions at the Pentagon, including advising on strategy and foresight issues and serving as country director for Turkey in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity University in Texas.

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 Erol Yayboke []

Course: From Fragility to Resilience: New Approaches to Global Development

Erol Yayboke is deputy director and senior fellow with the Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). His specific research interests include U.S. foreign assistance, the role of the private sector in the developing world, good governance, migration and forced displacement, conflict-aware stabilization, climate change, development economics, and innovation-led economic growth. Previously, he served in several capacities with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and was a program/research manager on the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) team at the Center for International Development at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Yayboke also has long-term field experience working for organizations (Global Communities, Save the Children, and AECOM International Development) in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and the Somali Region of Ethiopia, serving in various senior country and project management roles.  Mr. Yayboke is a member of the board of directors for the Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit. He holds an M.P.A. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a B.B.A. in international business also from the University of Texas at Austin.

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