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Faculty & Speakers

Christopher A. Kojm, Program Director

Christopher A. Kojm re-joined the Elliott School in Fall 2014 as Visiting Professor of the Practice of International Affairs after serving as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council from 2009 to 2014.  He was previously the Elliott School’s director of the mid-career MIPP program from 2008 to 2009 as well as the director of the U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program (USFPSP) from 2007 to 2008.  He also taught at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School (2004-07) and at Georgetown University (2005).

In government, Chris served as a staffer on the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 1984-98 under Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, as a deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1998-2003), and as deputy director of the 9/11 Commission (2003-04).  He was also president of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, the Commission’s follow-on public education organization (2004-05).  He also served as a Senior Advisor to the Iraq Study Group (2006).

He received a master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School in 1979.

Speaker Profiles:

Guest speakers each summer will vary, based on availability and the changing shape of U.S. foreign policy. In past summers, guest speakers have included the following:

Michael E. Brown
Richard Bush
Chuck Hagel
Mickey Edwards
John Kiriakou
Edward J. Lacey
Mike Mochizuki
Ann Norris
Leslie Phillips
Walker Roberts
Rexon Ryu
Douglas Shaw
Katie Simmons
Peter Yeo

Michael E. Brown: Michael E. Brown served as Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs and Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at The George Washington University from 2005 to 2015. He will continue to teach at the Elliott School.

From 1998 to 2005, Dr. Brown was on the faculty of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Director of Georgetown's Center for Peace and Security Studies and Director of the M.A. program in Security Studies. From 1994 to 1998, he was Associate Director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. From 1988 to 1994, he was a member of the Directing Staff and Senior Fellow in U.S. Security Policy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Dr. Brown was Co-Editor of the journal International Security from 1994 to 2006. He now serves on the journal's Editorial Board. He was Editor of the journal Survival from 1991 to 1994.


Richard Bush: Richard Bush came to Brookings in July 2002, after serving almost five years as the chairman and managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan, the mechanism through which the United States Government conducts substantive relations with Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic relations. Dr. Bush began his professional career in 1977 with the China Council of The Asia Society. In July 1983 he became a staff consultant on the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs. In January 1993 he moved up to the full committee, where he worked on Asia issues and served as liaison with Democratic Members. In July 1995, he became National Intelligence Officer for East Asia and a member of the National Intelligence Council. He is author of a number of articles on U.S. relations with China and Taiwan. He is author of At Cross Purposes; of Untying the Knot; and is co-author with Michael O’Hanlon of A War Like No Other: The Truth About China's Challenge to America.

Chuck Hagel: Chuck Hagel is the 24th Secretary of Defense. Over his tenure, he directed significant steps to modernize America’s partnerships and alliances, advance the rebalance in Asia-Pacific, bolster support for European allies, and enhance defense cooperation in the Middle East while overseeing the end of America’s combat mission in Afghanistan. In addition, he led major initiatives for service members and their families, including increasing resources for suicide prevention, combating sexual assault, and accounting for missing personnel.  Further, Secretary Hagel improved partnerships with the Department of Veterans Affairs, to include health record interoperability, service treatment record transferability, and continuity of mental health services and support.  Secretary Hagel launched the Defense Innovation Initiative to better prepare the Pentagon for future threats, and enacted comprehensive reforms to the Nuclear Enterprise and Military Health system. He is the only Vietnam veteran and the first enlisted combat veteran to serve as Secretary of Defense.

Hagel served two terms in the United States Senate (1997-2009) representing the state of Nebraska. Hagel was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Intelligence Committees. He Chaired the Foreign Relations International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion Subcommittee; and the Banking Committee’s International Trade and Finance, and Securities Subcommittees. Hagel also served as the Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Senate Climate Change Observer Group.

Mickey Edwards: Mickey Edwards, a lecturer at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, was a Republican member of Congress from Oklahoma for 16 years (1977–92). He was a member of the House Republican leadership and served on the House Budget and Appropriations committees. Since leaving the Congress he has taught at Harvard, Georgetown, George Washington and Princeton universities and has chaired various task forces for the Constitution Project, the Brookings Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition, he is currently an advisor to the U.S. Department of State and a member of the Princeton Project on National Security. He is the author of Reclaiming Conservatism and has been a regular political commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. His newspaper columns have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, for which he has been a regular weekly columnist, and frequently in such other publications as The New York Times, the Washington Post, Boston Globe, San Francisco Examiner, Miami Herald and the Wall Street Journal.

John Kiriakou: John Kiriakou is an intelligence and counterterrorism expert and staff on the  Senate Foreign Relations Committee, focusing on the Middle East, South Asia, and international terrorism.  Mr. Kiriakou served in the Central Intelligence Agency from 1990 until March 2004, first as an analyst, and later as a counterterrorism operations officer. Upon his return from Pakistan, Mr. Kiriakou was named Executive Assistant to the CIA’s Deputy Director for Operations.  Mr. Kiriakou gained nationwide attention in December 2007 when he became the first CIA officer to acknowledge the waterboarding of al-Qa’ida prisoners in US custody.  His op-eds on the Middle East and Afghanistan have appeared in more than 80 newspapers in a dozen countries and on ABC News.

Edward J. Lacey: Edward J. Lacey is Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Staff. Before joining the Policy Planning Staff, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance. As head of the U.S. Delegation to the International Conference on Verification of the Biological Weapons Convention, he was given the Personal Rank of Ambassador. Prior to 1999, Dr. Lacey served in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency as Deputy Assistant Director, and as Principal Deputy Director of the Department of Defense On-Site Inspection Agency. Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Special Advisor to the President for Arms Control Matters; Director of the Standing Requirements Office in the Intelligence Community Staff; Senior Advisor on the U.S. Delegation to the U.S.-Soviet Standing Consultative Commission; Special Assistant to the Director of Systems Analysis in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and with the Central Intelligence Agency. Dr. Lacey graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Villanova, and has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. He is a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service.

Mike Mochizuki: Dr. Mike Mochizuki holds the Japan-U.S. Relations Chair in Memory of Gaston Sigur at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. Dr. Mochizuki was director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies from 2001 to 2005. He co-directs the "Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific" research and policy project of the Sigur Center. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was also Co-Director of the Center for Asia-Pacific Policy at RAND and has taught at the University of Southern California and Yale University. Dr. Mochizuki has published articles in such journals asThe American Interest,Asia Pacific Review,Foreign Affairs,International Security,Japan Quarterly,Journal of Strategic Studies,Nonproliferation Review,Survival, andWashington Quarterly. He is currently completing a book entitled A New Strategic Triangle: the U.S.-Japan Alliance and the Rise of China and co-editing a volume entitledReconciling Rivals: War, Memory, and Security in East Asia. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Ann Norris: Ann Norris is Senior Foreign Policy and Defense Advisor to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif), Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chairs the Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues, also a Member of three other Subcommittees – East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Near Eastern, South, and Central Asian Affairs; and, Western Hemisphere and Global Narcotics Affairs.

Leslie Phillips: Leslie Phillips is the Communications Director at the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and a Senior Advisor to Senator Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., since 1997. In this position she has organized, managed, and implemented successful media strategy for major legislative accomplishments, including the Intelligence Rjeform and Terrorist Prevention Act, passed by Congress in 2004, the Homeland Security Act, passed in 2002, and the 9/11 Commission legislation to examine the circumstances leading up to and around the September 11 terrorist attacks, passed in 2002. She has been an adjunct professor at American University, Washington D.C. and was a political and congressional correspondent (1982–1996). including the 1984, 1988, 1992 presidential campaigns at USA Today, Washington, D.C.

Walker Roberts: Walker Roberts is Principal at BGR, the Managing Director of BGR's London office and an Executive Director of BGR Capital & Trade. Walker's work focuses on assisting U.S. and foreign companies with their business-to-business activities. Walker leads BGR's lobbying efforts in assisting clients on immigration and visa-related matters, especially regarding high-tech issues, and works with other BGR Principals on advocacy efforts on behalf of the Republic of India, Poland and the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq. Walker joined BGR in 2006 after serving nearly 17 years under four chairmen on the staff of the House Committee on International Relations serving most recently as Deputy Staff Director under Chairman Henry J. Hyde from 2001 to 2006. Walker also served as the primary liaison to the Republican Leadership and Appropriations Committee on all legislative and oversight matters, including the State Department Authorization Act, the Export Administration Act and the Defense Authorization Act. He is well-regarded for his foreign policy expertise, particularly in the areas of foreign aid and security assistance, non-proliferation and export controls, and arms transfers and defense trade matters.

Rexon Ryu: Rexon Y. Ryu currently serves as Chuck Hagel's Chief of Staff at the Department of Defense. He previously served as Deputy to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Susan Rice.  Rexon provided advice and assisted with the formulation of U.S. foreign policy toward the United Nations in this role, and participated as the representative of Ambassador Rice and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in the sub-Cabinet, Deputy-level U.S. foreign policymaking process. 

From March 2009 through July 2011, Rexon served as Director for Nonproliferation on the National Security Staff of the White House.  His responsibilities covered U.S. nonproliferation policy in Asia and the Middle East, with particular focus on North Korea and Iran.  During the transition of President-elect Obama, Rexon led the confirmation team for Susan Rice to be U.S. Ambassador to the UN.  From March 2005 through January 2009, Rexon served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Foreign Policy Advisor for U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel.  From September 1999 through February 2005, Rexon held various positions in the U.S. Department of State, including Special Assistant to then Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage, Senior Political Officer on the Iraq Desk in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Executive Assistant to Ambassador John Wolf, the U.S. Roadmap Envoy in Jerusalem, and Senior Nonproliferation Officer for Iraq and Iran issues in the Nonproliferation Bureau.  Rexon received his Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs and his BA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Douglas Shaw: Dr. Douglas B. Shaw serves as Associate Dean for Planning, Research, and External Relations at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, with a concurrent appointment as Assistant Professor of International Affairs. As Associate Dean, he supports the Elliott School's research enterprise, including eight institutes and centers, strategic initiatives, the offices of Public Affairs, Graduate Admissions, and Graduate Student Career Development. As a faculty member, he teaches courses and conducts research on nuclear proliferation and international security.

Dr. Shaw previously served as Director of Policy Planning for Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia where he built a staff of four to develop strategic initiatives to advance Georgetown University as a leading student-centered international research university. He was instrumental in creating a flagship course in Ethics and Global Development team taught by Dr. DeGioia and School of Foreign Service Dean Carol Lancaster, hiring former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski onto the faculty, and mentoring a Rhodes Scholar.

Dr. Shaw joined the White House Office of Presidential Personnel the day after the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton and held appointments in both Clinton Administrations. At the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, he was commended by the President for his involvement with the successful global diplomatic campaign to indefinitely extend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Subsequently, Dr. Shaw worked at the U.S. Department of Energy where he received a Meritorious Service Award for "significant improvements of safeguards and security of tons of weapons usable nuclear materials" in Ukraine.

Dr. Shaw has also served in leadership roles in several prominent non-governmental organizations; including as Director of Security Programs for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Physicians for Social Responsibility; Executive Vice President of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy; and as Director of Communications of the Lawyers Alliance for World Security where he worked closely with former Ambassador Thomas Graham, the late Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and other globally prominent security experts. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of College Bound and the Worker Rights Consortium.

Dr. Shaw's private sector experience includes business development, research, and analysis for Booz Allen Hamilton, Liebman & Associates Energy and Environmental Consulting, and Numark Associates.

Dr. Shaw holds B.S.F.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgetown University in international relations and security studies. He has lectured on nuclear nonproliferation on four continents in venues including the Organization of American States and Harvard University; discussed security issues on C-SPAN and National Public Radio; and has been published in The Los Angeles Times,The Nonproliferation Review, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Katie Simmons: Dr. Katie Simmons is a Senior Researcher for the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, which provides policymakers, business leaders, the press and the public with independent, authoritative data and research about international public opinion on important issues. More than 330,000 interviews in 60 countries have been conducted as part of the project’s work. As Senior Researcher, Dr. Simmons conducts research and writes about international public opinion on a variety of topics, including America’s image in the world, globalization and the world economy, democracy, and terrorism. Prior to joining Pew, Simmons was a Research Analyst for non-profit clients at Belden Russonello Strategists. Simmons received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

Peter Yeo: Peter Yeo joined the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Campaign in February 2009 after over twenty years of legislative, analytical, and management experience, including senior roles on Capitol Hill and in the State Department. Prior to arriving at UNF, Yeo served for ten years as the Deputy Staff Director at the House Foreign Affairs Committee chaired by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA). He has worked on a broad range of foreign policy and foreign aid issues. He led the successful negotiations for the landmark HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003, commonly known as PEPFAR, as well as the successful $50 billion reauthorization of the law in 2008. He also shepherded into law several measures dealing with China, Tibet, Burma, and East Timor. Prior to his work with the House Committee, he served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. State Department during the Second Clinton Administration, where he led the negotiations around repayment of the U.S. arrears to the United Nations and was part of the U.S. delegation to the climate negotiations in Kyoto.