Professor of Energy Studies: Dr. Michael Baskin
Dr. Baskin works with all MCU schools and focuses on three connected yet distinct areas of energy to include energy security, operational energy, and innovation. Dr. Baskin also studies entrepreneurship and defense innovation space and is capable of delivering expertise in the use of negotiation by military leaders. He is a U.S. Military Academy graduate and earned his Ph.D from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Director of Middle East Studies: Dr. Amin Tarzi
Dr. Tarzi’s areas of interest include the Middle East and South/Central Asia—including the impact of regional policies in these regions on U.S. national security and interests, history and historical narratives, state-building and borderization, and counter- and nonproliferation of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems. He earned his Ph.D and MA degrees from the Department of Middle East Studies at New York University, and earned his BA in philosophy and political science from Queens College in New York City.
Research Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies: Mr. Adam Seitz
Mr. Seitz’s research focuses on the civil-military relations, the security sector, the role of armed non-state actors, and conflict studies in Yemen, Iran, the Red Sea, and Gulf region. Mr. Seitz earned his B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his M.A. in International Relations and Conflict Resolution from American Military University.
Bren Chair for Armed Politics: Dr. Brandon Valeriano
Dr. Valeriano’s research and teaching interests include: Macro Dynamics of Warfare, Cyber Conflict, Emergent Technology and Conflict, Popular Culture and International Relations, and Foreign Policy Analysis. Dr. Valeriano earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and also serves as an Adjunct Senior Fellow in Cyber Security and Emergent Technologies for the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C.
Bren Chair for Cyber Security and Conflict: Mr. J.D. Work
Mr. Work leads research to develop the theory, practice, and operational art of the cyber warfighting function. Mr. Work has over two decades experience working in cyber intelligence and operations roles for the private sector and U.S. government. He teaches with the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, as well as the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
Bren Chair for Great Powers Competition: Dr. Chris Harmon
Dr. Harmon offers multifaceted expertise in international security affairs and lectures world-wide—as at universities, international schools run by the U.S. government, think tanks, and Interpol headquarters. He is the lead author or editor of six books, including The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy & Propaganda (Brookings, 2018). Dr. Harmon holds a Ph.D in International Relations and Government from Claremont Graduate School and a MA in Government from the same school.
Bren Chair for Non-Western Strategic Thought: Dr. Chris Yung
Dr. Yung’s areas of interest relate to China and East Asian Security. He conducts research on such topics as Chinese expeditionary warfare capabilities and doctrine, China’s emerging foreign and defense policy, and China’s emerging maritime capabilities and strategies (subjects of relevance to the Marine Corps). Dr. Yung holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and International Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He also holds an M.A. in East Asian and China Studies from the same institution. He received language certificates in Mandarin Chinese from Columbia University and the Beijing Foreign Language Teacher’s Institute.
Bren Chair for Strategic Communication: Mr. Donald Bishop
Mr. Bishop was a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Information Agency and the Department of State for 31 years, attaining the rank of Minister-Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service. In addition to eight foreign assignments, he was detailed to the Pentagon as the Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) to the Commandant of the Marine Corps and then the USAF Chief of Staff. His focus on strategic communication embraces informational power, public affairs, Public Diplomacy, international broadcasting, and operations in the information environment. He also writes and presents on China and East Asia, The Four Freedoms, religious liberty, and the China-Burma-India theater in World War II. Mr. Bishop earned his BA in history from Trinity College and an MA in military history from the Ohio State University.