He also works with the US government on issues in South Asia and the Middle East and serves as an adviser to the Afghan government. He has previously worked at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a Washington-based think tank, at the NATO HQ in Brussels, at the political and legislative section of the Afghan embassy, and for Voice of America.
Max Brooks is the best-selling author of World War Z. He speaks regularly to military audiences to encourage mental agility and flexibility for problem solvers and leaders, writes widely on security and the military, and is also the author of the graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters, which chronicles the little-known story of the first African-American regiment mustered to fight in WWI.
Frances Tilney Burke
Frances Tilney Burke is a PhD candidate at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she was a Senior Editor of the Fletcher Security Review. She previously served in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, working on detainee policy, and as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense.
Matt Cavanaugh is an active duty Army strategist with experience in eleven countries and assignments ranging from the Pentagon to Strategic Command and from Iraq to West Point. Matt serves on the Wounded Warrior Project’s Advisory Council, is a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations, is a Founding Member of the Military Writers Guild, and is a co-founder of the Modern War Institute at West Point.
Michael Kofman is a Senior Research Scientist at CNA Corporation and a Fellow at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, DC. His research focuses on security issues in Russia and the former Soviet Union, specializing in defense and military analysis. Previously he served at National Defense University as a Program Manager and subject matter expert on issues in Russia and Eurasia.
Dr. Nina Kollars is an Assistant Professor of Government at Franklin & Marshall College. Her work centers on military innovation, adaptation, and organizational design, and her newest research agenda examines the role of information sharing and trust networks among cyber security professionals as central to effective cyber defense.
Dr. Nicholas Krohley is a consultant and researcher. He is the Founder of FrontLine Advisory, and the author of The Death of the Mehdi Army: The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Iraq’s Most Powerful Militia. Formerly a Social Scientist with the Human Terrain System, Nick specializes in the first-hand examination of localized dynamics of conflict, development, and urbanization in the developing world.
Alexander Lanoszka is lecturer at the City, University of London’s Department of International Politics. His research focuses on alliance politics, theories of war, and European security, and his writing has appeared in International Security, Security Studies, International Affairs, Survival, Parameters, and other academic journals.
Steve Leonard joined the University of Kansas School of Business as the Director of the graduate program in Business and Organizational Leadership following a twenty-eight-year career in the US Army. He is a former senior military strategist, the co-founder of Divergent Options, a founding member of the Military Writers Guild, and the creative force behind Doctrine Man!!
Sara Bjerg Moller
Sara Bjerg Moller is Assistant Professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, where she directs the International Security program, and currently also the Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow in the Security Studies program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She writes on military effectiveness and multinational military interventions, as well as the NATO alliance.
Dr. Jacob Olidort, a Soref Fellow with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, is currently on assignment at the US Department of Defense, where he serves as special advisor on Middle East policy at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy. There his portfolios include Syria and the Arabian Peninsula. From 2015 to 2016, his work at the Washington Institute covered jihadism, Salafism, and Islamic political movements.
Travis Sharp is an officer in the US Navy Reserve and a PhD candidate in security studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His current research projects explore military engagement, cyber security, and defense strategy. Previously, he served as a research fellow at the Center for a New American Security and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.
Alec Worsnop is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland–College Park. His research into civil war, military organization and effectiveness, and civil-military relations has appeared in Security Studies and Political Science Research and Methods. Previously, he worked for a USAID implementing partner, developing and managing assistance programs in Afghanistan and the Middle East.