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Understanding Regional Politics in the Middle East: Where does the US fit?


Mrs. Elisa Catalano Ewers

Elisa Catalano Ewers is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, focusing on the Middle East and US national security and foreign policy.  From 2005 - 2016, Mrs. Catalano Ewers served as foreign policy and national security expert in the US Government. Her last position was as a Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the National Security Council staff.


Dr. Eli Berman

Eli Berman holds a dual appointment with the School of Global Policy and Strategy and the UC San Diego Department of Economics. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a current Research Director for International Security Studies at the Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and Director for the Policy Design and Evaluation Lab (PDEL).

Dr. Mounah Abdel-Samad

Dr. Mounah Abdel-Samad is an Associate Professor of Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs at San Diego State University, where he teaches administrative theory and comparative public administration and the Director of the Social and Economic Vulnerabilities Initiative (SEVI). Dr. Abdel-Samad specializes in legislators’ behaviors, and the interaction between legislators, societal actors such as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and homelessness.

Ms. Heather Williams

Heather Williams is a senior international/defense policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, where she focuses on national security, Middle East regional issues, terrorism and intelligence policy and methodology. She also serves as the Associate Program Director for the Strategy, Policy, and Operations Program within the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center, a federally funded research development center for the Department of Homeland Security.

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Past Global Policy Series Events:

Iran- U.S. Relations - September 7, 2019


Dr. Nina Ansary is an internationally recognized women's rights advocate, scholar, and public speaker.  
Ms. Nazanin Boniadi is an actress and human rights activist. She served as a spokesperson for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) from 2009-2015, and continues to partner with the non-profit as an AIUSA Artist of Conscience. 
Mr. Karim Sadjadpour is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he focuses on Iran and U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East.

Confronting Climate Impacts on Security, the Economy, and Our Lives - June 15, 2019


Dr. Clarissa Anderson, Executive Director of the Southern California Coastal Observing System (SCCOOS)


Dr. Mark Merrifield, Director of the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Dr. Walter Oechel, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biology at San Diego State University
Commander (ret.) David Slayton, Research Fellow in the Hoover Institution at Stanford University
Dr. Kate Ricke, Assistant Professor in the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego

Cyber - March 23, 2019


Rear Admiral (ret.) Kenneth Slaght, President of the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE)


Shirley Adams, Regional Vice-President of AFCEA and Executive Director of CyberTech
Eric Basu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sentek Global
Dr. Mark Heckman, Professor of Practice in Cyber Security Engineering and Technology Program at the University of San Diego
Brian Marsh, Assistant Chief Engineer, Certification and Mission Assurance at SPAWAR

U. S. - China Relations - October 20, 2018


Dr. Susan Shirk, research professor and chair of the 21st Century China Center at the School


Dr. Lei Guang,professor at San Diego State University
Dr. Barry Naughton, Sokwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs at the School
Dr. Tai Ming Cheung is the director of the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and the leader of IGCC’s Minerva project

U. S. - Russia Relations - July 28, 2018


Dr. Susan Shirk, research professor and chair of the 21st Century China Center in UCSD’s School of Global Policy and Strategy


Dr. Mikhail Alexseev, professor at San Diego State University in the Political Science Department and internationally recognized authority on post-Soviet Russia
Dr. Philip Roeder, specialist on the politics of the Soviet successor states and a professor in the Political Science Department at the University of California, San Diego
Dr. Erik Gartzke’s, professor in the Political Science Department at the University of California, San Diego whose primary area of study involves the impact of information and institutions on war and peace 

Understanding the North Korea Crisis - April 23, 2018


Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow, Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative, and faculty member at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University


Dr. Siegfried Hecker, internationally recognized expert in plutonium science, global threat reduction, and nuclear security
Dr. Lei Guang, Director of the 21st Century China Center at UCSD
Dr. Allen Greb, professor at San Diego State University and is the Faculty Advisor for the International Security and Conflict Resolution department at SDSU
Dr. Tai Ming Cheung, Director of UCSD’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

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