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.
Bren Chair for Military Innovation: 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 first joined Marine Corps University in 1993 as Professor of International Relations and he directed core courses for Majors on “Theory and Nature of War” and “Strategy and Policy”. 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 an MA in Government from the same school.
Bren Chair for Non-Western Strategic Thought: Dr. Andrew Scobell
Dr. Scobell is Senior Political Scientist at RAND’s Washington, DC office and Adjunct Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Prior to this he was a tenured faculty member at the George H. W. Bush School of Government and Public Service and Director of the China Certificate Program at Texas A&M University located in College Station, Texas. From 1999 until 2007, he was Associate Research Professor in the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Dickinson College both located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Dr. Scobell earned a doctorate in political science from Columbia University. He is co-author of China’s Search for Security (Columbia University Press, 2012); author of China’s Use of Military Force: Beyond the Great Wall and the Long March (Cambridge University Press, 2003), more than a dozen monographs and reports, as well as many journal articles and book chapters. He has also edited or co-edited more than a dozen volumes on various aspects of security in the Asia-Pacific region, including PLA Influence on China’s National Security Policymaking (Stanford University Press, 2015). In recent years, Dr. Scobell has delivered presentations at Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, the Seoul Defense Dialogue in Korea, the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, and the IISS in London. Inside the Beltway, he has briefed senior officials in the White House, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Intelligence Community, and testified on Capitol Hill. Dr. Scobell was born and raised in Hong Kong and regularly makes research trips to the region.
Bren Chair for Russian Military and Political Strategy: Dr. Yuval Weber
Yuval Weber, Ph.D, is the Bren Chair of Russian Military and Political Strategy at the Krulak Center. He most recently served as the Kennan Institute Associate Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security in Washington, DC, where he taught courses on Russian politics and statecraft, International Relations theory, and research methods. He previously taught at Harvard University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department on Government and a Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Research Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Dr. Weber’s first academic position was as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Dr. Weber is a frequent guest on US and international media, including CTV (Canada) and CGTN (China) and publishes regularly to American and Russian newspapers.
Dr. Weber is currently working on a project that examines the sources of liberal and anti-liberal dissatisfaction for powers in the international system and the strategies they employ to stake their claims for revising the international order.
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.