Cecilia Elena Rouse is the dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education and professor of economics and public affairs. Her primary research interests are in labor economics with a focus on the economics of education. Rouse has served as an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and is currently a senior editor of The Future of Children. She is the founding director of the Princeton University Education Research Section, a member of the National Academy of Education and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 1998 to 1999, she served a year in the White House at the National Economic Council, and from 2009 to 2011, she served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.
General Michael V. Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency when the course of world events was changing at a rapid rate. As head of the country’s premier intelligence agencies, he was on the frontline of global change, the war on terrorism and the growing cyber challenge. He understands the dangers, risks and potential rewards of the political, economic and security situations facing us. Hayden dissects political situations in hot spots around the world, analyzing the tumultuous global environment and what it all means for Americans and America’s interests. He speaks on the delicate balance between liberty and security in intelligence work, as well as the potential benefits and dangers associated with the cyber domain. As the former head of two multibillion dollar enterprises, he can also address the challenges of managing complex organizations in times of stress and risk, and the need to develop effective internal and external communications. In addition to leading the CIA and NSA, Hayden was the country’s first principal deputy director of national intelligence and the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the country. In all of these jobs, he worked to put a human face on American intelligence, explaining to the American people the role of espionage in protecting both American security and American liberty. Hayden also served as commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center and served in senior staff positions at the Pentagon, at U.S. European Command, at the National Security Council and at the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria. He was also the deputy chief of staff for the United Nations Command and U.S. Forces in South Korea. Hayden has been a frequent expert and commentator on major news outlets and in top publications, valued for his expertise on intelligence matters like cybersecurity, government surveillance, geopolitics and more. He was featured in the HBO documentary "Manhunt," which looked at espionage through the eyes of the insiders who led the secret war against Osama bin Laden, and in Showtime’s "The Spymasters," a detailed look at the directors of the CIA. Hayden is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group and a distinguished visiting professor at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. He is on the board of directors of Motorola Solutions and serves on a variety of other boards and consultancies. In 2013, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance awarded Hayden the 29th annual William Oliver Baker Award. Hayden is also the first recipient of the Helms Award presented by the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation. In 2014, he was the inaugural Humanitas visiting professor in intelligence studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. His recent memoir, “Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror,” has been a New York Times best-seller and was recently selected as one of the 100 most notable books of 2016.
David Ignatius is a foreign affairs columnist for The Washington Post foreign affairs columnist, best-selling author, and NBC analyst. He’s covered nearly every Washington beat, from the Pentagon to the CIA to Capitol Hill, as well as global politics, the Middle East, and economics. He turned his experiences with the CIA into 10 spy novels, because, as it has been said, “Few understand espionage culture as well as Ignatius.” For more than 15 years, Ignatius has published his twice-weekly column for The Washington Post. Appearing in scores of newspapers around the world, his column won the Overseas Press Club Award, the Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center for Journalists. Along with Fareed Zakaria, Ignatius was the founder and co-moderator of PostGlobal, linking the top journalists and commentators around the world in online discussion. A graduate of Harvard and Cambridge universities, he was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and the executive editor of the International Herald Tribune. He has published articles in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and The New Republic. His first opera libretto, an adaptation of Machiavelli’s The Prince entitled The New Prince, premiered at the Dutch National Opera in March 2017. A regular guest on Morning Joe, Ignatius has appeared on Face the Nation, Charlie Rose, Fareed Zakaria GPS, and Meet the Press. His new high-tech spy thriller is The Quantum Spy. According to former CIA Director Leon Panetta, “David Ignatius may call it a novel, but for those of us who know the work of the intelligence community, this book is nothing less than a real-life insight into the ongoing battle for dominance in the digital world.” Agents of Innocence, his first novel, is a classic of espionage fiction, drawing on his experiences covering the CIA’s early-80s campaigns in the Middle East. The CIA recommends the book to young recruits and wrote on its website, “Though a novel, senior officers say this book is not fiction.” In its review of Ignatius's New York Times bestseller The Director, Kirkus raved, “His unparalleled understanding of the intelligence world propels his work so far above others who dabble in the field that there’s little comparison.” Director Ridley Scott adapted his 2007 bestseller, Body of Lies, into a feature film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. His other books include Bloodmoney, A Firing Offense, and The Sun King. The film rights to his novel The Increment were acquired by Jerry Bruckheimer.
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Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for National Public Radio (NPR) News and is reporting on refugee resettlement in the United States. Her reports can be heard on NPR’s award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Amos recently won the International Women’s Media Foundation 2017 Courage in Journalism Award for journalists who overcome enormous odds on a daily basis in their pursuit of the truth. In 2013, Amos won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, the George Foster Peabody Award and was honored by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation for her coverage of the Syrian uprising. In 2010, Amos was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award by Washington State University. In 2009, Amos won the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown University. Amos was part of a team of reporters who won a 2004 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for coverage of Iraq. She was named a Ferris Fellow at Princeton University in 2016 and 2012 while teaching a one-semester journalism course. In 2013 and 2015, she was named the James H. Ottaway Sr. Professor of Journalism at State University of New York at New Paltz. Amos also teaches a one-week radio production class at Columbia University for entering master’s degree candidates. A Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1991 to 1992, Amos returned to Harvard in 2010 as a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School to write a research paper on the Iraqi media. In 2003, Amos returned to NPR to cover the Middle East after a decade in television news, including ABC’s Nightline and World News Tonight and the PBS programs NOW with Bill Moyers and Frontline. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Amos is also the author of “Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile and Upheaval in the Middle East,” which was chosen as one of the top 10 nonfiction books by The Washington Post. She also wrote “Lines in the Sand: Desert Storm and the Remaking of the Arab World.” Amos began her career after receiving a degree in broadcasting from the University of Florida at Gainesville.
Matt Chessen is a career U.S. diplomat, technologist and author who is currently serving as the Senior Technology Policy Adviser in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State. From 2016 to 2017, Chessen was the State Department Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the George Washington University, where he researched the international implications of artificial intelligence, computational propaganda and cognitive security. From 2014 to 2016, Chessen was the Coordinator for International Cyber Policy for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs where he led the regional implementation of the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace. Before joining the Foreign Service in 2004, Chessen founded an e-commerce company, and worked at Razorfish, managing the strategy development, design and implementation of large corporate websites. Chessen served overseas as an economic officer in Liberia, a consular and political-military officer in Iraq and as a foreign policy adviser to the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Afghanistan. He also worked in Washington, D.C., at the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and at the Office of eDiplomacy, where he led the implementation of an open-source, crowd-working platform for the U.S. government called Open Opportunities. Chessen holds a juris doctor from Georgetown University, and a master of business administration and bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona. He has earned eight honor awards for his service at the Department of State, including Superior Honor Awards for his work on the Afghan peace process and his efforts advancing the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace. Chessen has written two novels, as well as numerous nonfiction articles and fictional short stories.
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Andrew B. Davis is co-founder and president of the Princeton Veterans Alumni Association (PVETS). A retired Marine Corps infantry officer, he is CEO of the World War II Foundation, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of educating current generations on the courage, dedication and sacrifice of the World War II generation through the production of documentary films for airing globally on public television. Davis retired from the Marine Corps in October 2008 after a 38-year military career that included tours in three wars. He was commissioned as a Marine officer in 1970 following graduation from Princeton. During his career, he commanded at every level from platoon to force. His Marine Reserve infantry battalion was activated for Operation Desert Storm in 1990, and deployed to the Philippines where it qualified as special-operations capable and conducted the relief of Naval Base Subic Bay in the wake of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo. A graduate of the U.S. Army War College, he was promoted to brigadier general in 2000. As director of Marine Corps Public Affairs at the Pentagon from 2001 to 2003, he led the development of the embedding program for frontline journalists in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Subsequently, Davis commanded U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa from 2005 to 2007, and the Marine Corps Mobilization Command until his retirement in 2008. His decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal. In his civilian profession, Davis worked in the newspaper industry as a reporter, editor, publisher and educator. He was group publisher of Pioneer Press newspapers and president of Chicago Sun-Times Features, Inc. He served as associate director of Northwestern University’s Media Management Center, president of the American Press Institute, executive director of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States and senior director of the Capstone-Keystone-Pinnacle program for new flag and general officers at National Defense University.
R. David Edelman comes to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology having distinguished himself as one of the U.S. government’s foremost voices on how technology is changing our economy, national security and daily lives. An expert on pressing technology challenges facing national security and the global economy, his insights have helped shape national and international policy at the highest levels. In his most recent role as Special Assistant to the President for Economic and Technology Policy at the National Economic Council, he led the White House team focusing on the digital economy — including broadband, telecommunications, spectrum and technology trade — as well as consumer cybersecurity, domestic and international data privacy, high-tech patent and copyright issues, and antitrust/competition. In his time at the White House, he led engagement with hundreds of technology companies around the world; advised the president on a range of emerging technologies such as big data, drones and autonomous vehicles; and designed and managed over $15 billion of signature programs focused on technology, education and economic opportunity. He was awarded the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for his work on intelligence matters, and was twice the recipient of the Meritorious Honor Award for his United Nations negotiations and development of the nation’s cyber diplomacy strategy. He was previously named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” leaders in Law and Policy, and later chosen as a “30 Under 30 All-Star Alumni” — one of only three in the magazine’s history — for his ongoing contributions to national policy. Edelman holds a bachelor’s degree in history (with honors) from Yale University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University in international relations. His dissertation, “Cyberattacks in International Relations,” examined which forces might restrain state use of offensive cyber capabilities.
Edward W. Felten is a professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University, and is the founding director of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. His research interests include computer security and privacy, especially relating to media and consumer products; and technology law and policy. He has published about 80 papers in the research literature, and two books. His research on topics such as web security, copyright and copy protection and electronic voting has been covered extensively in the popular press. His weblog, at freedom-to-tinker.com, is widely read for its commentary on technology, law and policy. He was the lead computer science expert witness for the Department of Justice in the Microsoft antitrust case, and he has testified in other important lawsuits. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce on digital television technology and regulation, and before the Committee on House Administration on electronic voting. In 2004, Scientific American magazine named him to its list of 50 worldwide science and technology leaders. Felten was recently nominated by President Donald Trump for a position on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). If confirmed by the Senate, Felten would hold one of PCLOB’s Democratic seats.
Christopher Fonzone most recently served as deputy assistant to the president, deputy counsel to the president, and National Security Council Legal Adviser. He previously worked at the Department of Justice in the Office of Legal Counsel and on the Civil Division’s Appellate Staff; he served as Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense; and he clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Fonzone is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School.
Carol Giacomo, a former diplomatic correspondent for Reuters in Washington, D.C., covered foreign policy for the international wire service for more than two decades before joining The New York Times editorial board in August 2007 as the senior writer on foreign and defense policy. In her previous position, she traveled over 1 million miles to more than 100 countries with eight secretaries of state and various other senior U.S. officials. Her recent professional travel has taken her to Iran, Myanmar and, in September 2017, to North Korea. In 2009, she won the Georgetown University Edward Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 1999 to 2000, she was a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, researching U.S. economic and foreign policy decision-making during the Asian financial crisis. She was a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in 2013 and has been a guest lecturer at the U.S. National War College, among other academic institutions. Born and raised in Connecticut, she holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Regis College. She began her professional journalism career at the Lowell Sun in Lowell, Massachusetts, and later worked for the Hartford Courant in the city hall, state capitol and Washington bureaus.
Admiral Cecil D. Haney retired in January 2017 after completing 38 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Navy. As a four-star admiral, he commanded the U.S. Strategic Command (2013 to 2016) responsible for strategic capabilities involving nuclear weapons, missile defense, space and cyberspace and commanded the U.S. Pacific Fleet (2012 to 2013) responsible for the manning, operations and maintenance of the U.S. Navy fleet located in the Pacific and Indian oceans. Haney now serves on the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Board of Managers and the Center for a New American Security Board of Directors, and as a co-chair for the China-U.S. Dialogue on Strategic Nuclear Dynamics for the Pacific Forum of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. During his military career, he has had the opportunity to lead large organizations, develop and execute strategic and operational plans, manage substantial budgets, interface with political and international leaders, and facilitate teamwork and training, while collaborating across government, commercial and international entities, along with academic and research and development organizations. As a career submariner, he had command of the fast attack nuclear submarine USS Honolulu (SSN-718), Submarine Squadron One (Pearl Harbor, Hawaii), and Submarine Group Two (Groton, Connecticut). He has also served on the Chief of Naval Operations staff as the Director of Submarine Warfare and the Director of Naval Warfare Integration Group. Haney completed graduate education at the National War College in national security studies and the Naval Postgraduate School in engineering acoustics and systems technology. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in ocean engineering.
Chris Inglis is a managing director at Paladin. He is the former deputy director and senior civilian leader of the National Security Agency (NSA). Inglis acted as the agency’s chief operating officer, responsible for guiding and directing strategies, operations and policy. Inglis began his career at the NSA as a computer scientist within the National Computer Security Center. His NSA assignments include service across information assurance, policy, time-sensitive operations and signals intelligence organizations. Promoted to NSA’s Senior Executive Service in 1997, he subsequently served in a variety of senior leadership assignments culminating in his selection as the NSA Deputy Director. He has twice served away from NSA headquarters, first as a visiting professor of computer science at the U.S. Military Academy (1991 to 1992) and later as the U.S. Special Liaison to the United Kingdom (2003 to 2006). A 1976 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Inglis holds advanced degrees in engineering and computer science from Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and the George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management executive development program, the USAF Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officers’ School. Inglis’ military career included nine years active service with the U.S. Air Force and 21 years with the Air National Guard from which he retired as a brigadier general in 2006. He holds the rating of command pilot and has commanded units at the squadron, group and joint force headquarters levels. Inglis’ significant awards include the Clements award as the U.S. Naval Academy’s Outstanding Military Faculty member (1984), three Presidential Rank Awards (2000, 2004 and 2009), and the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (2009). Inglis currently serves as a board member of the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Mark R. Jacobson has over 20 years of experience in the federal government, international organizations and academia working on some of the most complex and politically sensitive national security issues facing the United States. He is a recognized expert on U.S. foreign policy and national security as well as the dynamics of international conflict and the use of military force. His time as a policymaker, diplomat, academic and armed forces veteran enables him to break down in clear terms how the United States develops foreign and defense policy, the role of Congress in these decisions and how it all plays out in the international arena. As a public servant, Jacobson most recently held appointments as a senior adviser to the Secretary of Defense and special assistant to the Secretary of the Navy. Previously, he served in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the Deputy NATO Representative and Director of International Affairs at the International Security Assistance Force, and in these roles advised Generals David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal on the international political dynamics of the mission. Earlier in his career, Jacobson served at the Pentagon in multiple roles and was in his office on Sept. 11, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the wing where he worked. On Capitol Hill, Jacobson worked for Senator Carl Levin on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee where he participated in the inquiry into the treatment and interrogation of detainees in U.S. custody. A combat veteran, his military service includes time as both an Army and Navy reservist including mobilizations to Bosnia in 1996 and to Afghanistan in 2006 -- both times in support of the NATO mission. As an academic, Jacobson focuses on military history, the use of propaganda, as well as the politics of U.S. national security policy. He was also one of the first to warn of the dangers of non-armed and cyber attacks as a strategic weapon in 1998 with the publication of “War in the Information Age: International Law, Self-Defense and the Problem of ‘Non-Armed’ Attacks,” in the Journal of Strategic Studies. He currently teaches courses at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service as well as The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and is writing a book on perceptions of the foreign and national security policy of the Carter Administration (1977 to 1981). Jacobson has made over 100 live and taped television and radio appearances on major networks including segments as a commentator and subject matter expert on broadcast television, cable networks, and national and international radio stations. He has been quoted in major print and online publications, and his commentary has appeared in The Washington Post, The Hill, Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast and the Chicago Tribune. A native of Michigan, Jacobson grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the King’s College, University of London and a doctoral degree in military history from The Ohio State University. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Board of Advisors to Veterans in Global Leadership, a nonprofit devoted to training and preparing veterans to be tomorrow’s global leaders. He lives with his wife and son in Washington, D.C., and remains a rabid Michigan Wolverines fan.
Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway. Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races. During her tenure, she has covered six presidential elections — in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR’s White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration. She has won the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995 and again in 1997. From 1989 to 1992, Liasson was NPR’s congressional correspondent.
Terrell McSweeny was sworn in as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on April 28, 2014. Prior to joining the FTC, McSweeny served as Chief Counsel for Competition Policy and Intergovernmental Relations for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. She joined the Antitrust Division after serving as deputy assistant to the president and domestic policy adviser to the vice president from January 2009 until February 2012, advising President Obama and Vice President Biden on policy in a variety of areas, including health care, innovation, intellectual property, energy, education, women’s rights, criminal justice and domestic violence. McSweeny’s government service also includes her work as Senator Joe Biden’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director in the U.S. Senate, where she managed domestic and economic policy development and legislative initiatives, and as Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she worked on issues such as criminal justice, innovation, women’s rights, domestic violence, judicial nominations, and immigration and civil rights. She also worked as an attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. McSweeny is a graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown University Law School.
Philip M. Napoli is the James R. Shepley Professor of Public Policy and a faculty affiliate with the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy. He also serves as a docent at the University of Helsinki. Napoli’s research focuses on media institutions and media regulation and policy. He has provided formal and informal expert testimony on these topics to government bodies such as the U.S. Senate, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the Congressional Research Service. Napoli is the author of three books: “Foundations of Communications Policy: Principles and Process in the Regulation of Electronic Media,” “Audience Economics: Media Institutions and the Audience Marketplace” (winner of the Robert Picard Award for the Best Book in Media Management and Economics from the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication), and “Audience Evolution: New Technologies and the Transformation of Media Audiences.” He is also the editor of “Media Diversity and Localism: Meaning and Metrics” and co-editor with Minna Aslama of “Communications Research in Action: Scholar-Activist Collaborations for a Democratic Public Sphere.” Napoli has also published over 50 articles in legal, public policy, journalism and communication journals, as well as over 30 invited book chapters in edited collections. Napoli’s research has received awards from the National Business and Economics Society, the Broadcast Education Association, the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association, and has been cited in a number of government proceedings and reports. His research has been funded by organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Center for American Progress. His current project, funded by the Democracy Fund, is the News Measures Research Project, which focuses on developing new approaches to assessing the health of local journalism ecosystems, in an effort to identify the community characteristics that impact the health of local journalism. Napoli is a firm believer in engaged scholarship, and has engaged in research consultations and collaborations with a wide range of organizations, including the Federal Communications Commission; the New America Foundation; Free Press; the Multicultural, Media, Telecom, & Internet Council; the Center for Creative Voices in Media; Internews; the American Television Alliance; the National Association of Broadcasters; and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. He has been interviewed in media outlets such as the NBC Nightly News, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Politico and National Public Radio.
Margaret (Molly) Roberts is an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests lie in the intersection of political methodology and the politics of information, with a specific focus on methods of automated content analysis and the politics of censorship in China. She received a doctoral degree from Harvard University in government (2014), a Master of Science degree in statistics from Stanford University (2009) and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and economics (2009). Her forthcoming book “Censored: Distraction and Diversion Inside China’s Great Firewall” explores the impact of censorship on information access among Chinese citizens. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Political Analysis and Science.
Laura Rosenberger is director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Before she joined GMF, she was foreign policy adviser for Hillary for America, where she coordinated development of the campaign’s national security policies, messaging and strategy. Prior to that, she served in a range of positions at the State Department and the White House’s National Security Council (NSC). As chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken and earlier as then-Deputy National Security Adviser Blinken’s senior adviser, she counseled on the full range of national security policy. In her role at the NSC, she also managed the interagency Deputies Committee, the U.S. government’s senior-level interagency decision-making forum on our country’s most pressing national security issues. Rosenberger also has extensive background in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly Northeast Asia. She served as NSC director for China and Korea, managing and coordinating U.S. policy on China and the Korean Peninsula, and in a variety of positions focused on the Asia-Pacific region at the Department of State, including managing U.S.–China relations and addressing North Korea’s nuclear programs. She also served as special assistant to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns, advising him on Asia-Pacific affairs and on nonproliferation and arms control issues. Rosenberger first joined the State Department as a Presidential Management Fellow. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received her master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution from American University’s School of International Service, and received her bachelors’ degrees with honors from Pennsylvania State University’s Schreyer Honors College in sociology, psychology and women’s studies. She is originally from Pittsburgh and is an avid Steelers fan.
Jim Rutenberg is The New York Times' media columnist, succeeding the late David Carr, and is a writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine. During his nearly two decades at the newspaper he has largely focused on the intersection between media, politics and policy, closely tracking how media is used – and misused – to win elections and shape public opinion. As a correspondent covering political media during the 2004 presidential campaign he closely tracked the influence of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign that used disinformation to attack the war record of Senator John Kerry. As a White House correspondent during the Iraq war, he chronicled Bush administration efforts to regain public trust and sell the troops “surge” that followed Bush’s firing of Donald Rumsfeld. He covered the rise of the lie that Barack Obama was a foreign-born Muslim during the 2008 president campaign and co-led The Times’s political coverage in 2012, during the rise of Facebook and Twitter. He has also served as an investigative correspondent and was the Times Magazine’s chief political correspondent before taking over the column. He attended New York University and has also worked as a correspondent at The New York Observer, New York Daily News and New York Post.
Lieutenant General Robert E. Schmidle is the university adviser on Cyber Capabilities and Conflict Studies at Arizona State University. Schmidle is also a professor of practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies. Additionally, he is a senior fellow in the Center on the Future of War at Arizona State University. While on active duty, he served as the first Deputy Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, responsible for standing up the command while concurrently executing full spectrum cyber operations. Subsequently, he was the head of U.S. Marine Corps Aviation and his final assignment on active duty was as the Principal Deputy Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Schmidle has extensive operational flying experience, amassing over 4,700 hours in tactical fighters, participating in combat operations in Iraq and Bosnia. He commanded an F-18 squadron, VMFA-251, in combat and aboard USS America as part of Carrier Air Wing One. He was also selected for an extraordinary second operational command of another F-18 squadron, VMFA-115. As a colonel, he commanded the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (Experimental), planning and executing the Marine Corps Warfighting Experiments. As a brigadier general, he was the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Quadrennial Defense Review Team and the Deputy Director for Resources and Acquisition Joint Staff J-8. As a major general, he commanded the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, which included all Marine Corps aviation in the Pacific Theater. He also led the Marine Corps Quadrennial Defense Review Team. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Drew University, a master’s degree from American University and earned his doctorate from Georgetown University. His thesis, recognized with distinction, is titled “The Power of Context in Shaping Moral Choices.” He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Defense Science Board. His numerous publications are in the fields of moral philosophy, social psychology and military history.
Jacob N. Shapiro is professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University and directs the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, a multi-university consortium that compiles and analyzes micro-level conflict data and other information on politically motivated violence in nine countries. His active research projects study political violence, economic and political development, and security policy. He is author of “The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations,” co-author of “Foundations of the Islamic State: Management, Money and Terror in Iraq,” and co-author of “Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict.” His research has been published in a broad range of academic and policy journals, as well as a number of edited volumes. Shapiro received the 2016 Karl Deutsch Award from the International Studies Association. The award is given to a scholar younger than 40 or within 10 years of earning a doctoral degree who has made the most significant contribution to the study of international relations. He is associate editor of the Journal of Conflict Research; World Politics; and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism; a faculty fellow of the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies; a research fellow at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan; and an associate fellow of the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives. Shapiro is also president of Giant Oak Inc., a software firm that applies social science in big data environments to identify illicit actions, actors and networks. Prior to graduate school, Shapiro served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve. He earned his doctoral degree in political science and a master’s degree in economics from Stanford University, and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan.
Zeynep Tufekci is an associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an affiliate appointment at the Department of Sociology. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and was previously a fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. Tufekci’s research interests revolve around the intersection of technology and society. Her academic work focuses on social movements and civics, privacy and surveillance, and social interaction. She is also increasingly known for her work on “big data” and algorithmic decision-making. Originally from Turkey, and formerly a computer programmer, Tufekci became interested in the social impacts of technology and began to focus on how digital and computational technology interact with social, political and cultural dynamics. Her work has appeared in a wide range of outlets, from peer-reviewed journals to traditional media and blogging platforms. Her book “Twitter and Teargas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest," was published by Yale University Press, and examines the dynamics, strengths and weaknesses of 21st century social movements.
Rand Waltzman is currently a senior information scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. Prior to joining RAND, he was the acting chief technology officer of the Software Engineering Institute (Washington, D.C.) of Carnegie Mellon University. Before that he did a five-year tour as a program manager in the Information Innovation Office of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he created and managed the Social Media in Strategic Communications program and the Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales insider threat detection program. Rand joined DARPA from Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (LM-ATL), where he served as chief scientist for the Applied Sciences Laboratory that specializes in advanced software techniques and the computational physics of materials. Prior to LM-ATL, he was an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm where he taught and performed research in applications of machine intelligence technology to a variety of problem areas including digital entertainment, automated reasoning and decision support and cyber threat detection. Before his professorship, he served as a DARPA program manager focusing on machine intelligence and image understanding. Rand has also held research positions at the University of Maryland, Teknowledge Corporation and the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington.
Clint Watts is a Robert A. Fox Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East, as well as a senior fellow at the Center For Cyber and Homeland Security at The George Washington University. Watts is a consultant and researcher modeling and forecasting threat actor behavior and developing countermeasures for disrupting and defeating state and nonstate actors. As a consultant, Watts designs and implements customized training and research programs for military, intelligence and law enforcement organizations at the federal, state and local level. In the private sector, he helps financial institutions develop best practices in cybersecurity intelligence operations. His research predominately focuses on terrorism forecasting and trends seeking to anticipate emerging extremist hotspots and anticipate appropriate counterterrorism responses. More recently, Watts used modeling to outline Russian influence operations via social media and the Kremlin’s return to Active Measures. Before becoming a consultant, Watts served as a U.S. Army infantry officer, a FBI special agent on a Joint Terrorism Task Force, as the Executive Officer of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and as a consultant to the FBI’s Counter Terrorism Division and National Security Branch. Watts earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy and a master’s degree from Middlebury Institute of International Studies. He is the editor of the SelectedWisdom.com blog, and you can follow him on Twitter @selectedwisdom