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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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Bejoy Das Gupta []

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

Dr. Bejoy Das Gupta is an accomplished economist with extensive experience in the analysis of economic policy, capital flows, financial sector, financial inclusion, digital finance, energy transition and country risk. He is an expert on Asia/Pacific economies, providing advice to the private sector on investing and managing risk, and to central banks, regulators and governments on policy choice and reforms. Dr. 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). He also serves on the boards of a research institute and a cleantech company and teaches in a leading US public affairs school.

Dr. Das Gupta has a comprehensive network of policymakers, senior bankers, pension fund and asset managers. He has written more than 200 reports, with a key focus on emerging markets and Asia/Pacific as well as on capital flows and trade. He has spoken frequently in conferences and been often quoted in the media, and writes op-eds for MINT, India’s leading business newspaper.

Dr. Das Gupta was appointed Chief Economist of eCurrency in March 2018, before which he served as Chief Economist for Asia/Pacific at the IIF from 2014, preceded by various positions there from 1993. At eCurrency, the pioneer of the innovative technology that enables central banks to issue a digital fiat currency, Dr. Das Gupta will lead the engagement with multilateral organizations and central banks in addition to writing and speaking on digital financial services and other related policy issues. While Chief Economist for Asia/Pacific at the IIF, he was responsible for managing the economic analysis of the region as well as relationships with senior officials and the private sector. He was one of the IIF spokespersons on digital finance and played a leading role in building its membership base. He was also co-head of the taskforce to overhaul the IIF’s economic databases and ran its macro training programs.

Concurrently, Dr. Das Gupta serves as a Member of the Board of the Mandiri Institute, which was established in May 2014 by Bank Mandiri, Indonesia’s largest bank, to promote research on financial inclusion, deepening and entrepreneurship to shape the public policy agenda. Dr. Das Gupta also serves on the Board of Electrovaya, a TSE-listed company, which develops and manufactures lithium ion battery systems for clean transportation and energy storage. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University’s Washington Program at CSIS, where he teaches graduate courses on global economic and financial security as well as on development, security and the frontier of finance. After graduating from the London School of Economics, he received M.Phil. and D.Phil. 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 Kolkata, India, where he completed his early education. 

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 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.

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 New Delhi.

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 in Pretoria.

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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). She brings deep experience in international development, human rights, and violence prevention with 15 years in the US government, academia, and the nonprofit sector. Ms. Green was previously the Director and Senior Fellow of the Human Rights Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where her research focused on addressing threats to democratic institutions and norms; enhancing justice and accountability in conflict and post-conflict environments; and improving security forces’ respect for human rights. Prior to joining CSIS, Ms. Green was the Senior Director for Global Engagement on the National Security Council. In that role, she developed and coordinated policies and initiatives to deepen and broaden US engagement with critical populations overseas, including spearheading the President’s Stand with Civil Society Agenda and young leader initiatives around the world.

For nearly a decade, Ms. Green led strategic planning, program design, and policy engagement at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). For much of her tenure at USAID, she worked in the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, where she developed policies, strategies, and programs to advance political reform and human rights in the Middle East and North 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. 

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. 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.


Mary Lovely []

Course: Rising China and Challenges to the Global Order

Mary E. Lovely is a Professor of Economics at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where she combines interests in international economics and public economics.   She was a co-editor of the China Economic Reviewfrom 2011-2015.   Her current research projects investigate the pollution content of Chinese exports, market access and cross-city wage variation, the effect of tariff reductions on labor shares of value in Chinese manufacturing firms, and the nature of Chinese trade flows. She has recently completed work on the relationship between employment at American manufacturing firms and outsourcing to low-income countries, and the roles of provincial differences in environmental policy and labor conditions in directing foreign direct investment flows to Chinese provinces.   Dr. Lovely’s earlier work considered the measurement of labor market effects of increased international trade, the distributional effects of industrial policy, the geographic concentration of exporting firms, and the welfare effects of smuggling. Dr. Lovely earned her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University.   She has taught at Syracuse University since 1988.   She directed the International Relations Program and served as Faculty Representative to the University’s Board of Trustees. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Melinda 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.   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. 

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). 


 James Lewis

Course: Conflict and Security in Cyber Space (PAI 715, Section M003)

James Andrew Lewis is a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Before joining CSIS, he worked at the Departments of State and Commerce as a Foreign Service officer and as a member of the Senior Executive Service. His government experience includes a broad range of political-military, negotiating, and intelligence assignments. He was an adviser to the U.S. Southern Command for Operation Just Cause, the U.S. Central Command for Operation Desert Shield, and the U.S. Central American Task Force. He led the U.S. delegation to the Wassenaar Arrangement Experts Group on advanced civilian and military technologies. He worked on presidential policies for arms transfers, on commercial space remote sensing, on policies to secure and commercialize the Internet, and on encryption and lawful access to communications. He was the Commerce Department lead for national security and espionage concerns related to high-technology trade with China.

Lewis was the rapporteur for the UN Group of Government Experts on Information Security for the successful 2010, 2013, and 2015 sessions. He has led long-running Track 1.5 discussions on cybersecurity with the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations. He has served on several Federal Advisory Committees, including as chair of the Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing, as well as member of the Committees on Spectrum Management and International Communications Policy, and as an adviser on the security implications of foreign investment in the United States. Lewis has authored numerous publications since coming to CSIS on a broad array of topics, including innovation, space, information technology, globalization, deterrence, and surveillance. He was the director for CSIS’s Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency and is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity who is frequently quoted in the media. He has testified numerous times before Congress. Lewis’s current research examines the effect of technology on warfare and how the Internet has changed politics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Michael Schneider

Michael Schneider  [

Course: Statecraft & Smartpower in the Digital Era (PAI 715, Section M007)

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.

Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams  []

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 education.

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