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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 

Bejoy Das Gupta

Bejoy Das Gupta []

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

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

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.

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.

Melinda Kimble

Melinda Kimble []

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

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 Africa. 

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 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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