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Gordon Adams

Distinguished Fellow

Gordon Adams is a Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center and professor in the U.S. Foreign Policy program at the School of International Service, American University.

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Caitlyn Antrim

Nonresident Fellow

Caitlyn Antrim researches the future of the oceans, the Arctic, and the environment. Her experience as a diplomat at the Law of the Sea Conferece and the UN Conference on Environment and Development reinforce her capability as an analyst of regimes for the international commons.

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Jim Baird

Communications Director

Jim Baird is the communications director at Stimson where he oversees the center’s daily communications operations and strategic planning. Before joining Stimson, Baird served four years directing the peace and security work for ReThink Media.

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Nakia Bell

Grants and Contracts Manager

Nakia Bell is the Grants and Contracts Manager at the Stimson Center. She is responsible for providing program budget support and analysis. Before joining Stimson, Nakia served as the Compliance Manager for Martha’s Table.

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Oksana Bellas

Director of Finance and Administration

Oksana Bellas is the Director of Finance and Administration at the Stimson Center responsible for directing finance and accounting functions, human resources, and administrative services.

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Robert J. Berg

Distinguished Fellow

Robert Berg is a Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center.

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Barry Blechman

Co-Founder

Barry M. Blechman is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center -- a nonpartisan, nonprofit think-tank in Washington, D.C. He co-founded Stimson and was chairman of its Board from 1989 to 2007.

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Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr.

Distinguished Fellow and Chairman Emeritus

Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield is a Distinguished Fellow and Chairman Emeritus at the Stimson Center. He has served as a national security official in the administrations of Presidents Reagan, G.H.W. Bush and G.W. Bush. Amb. Bloomfield was appointed by President Bush to be the U.S.

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Alex Bollfrass

Nonresident Fellow

Alex Bollfrass is a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs working on a dissertation on intelligence assessments of nuclear weapons programs. 

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James Borton

Nonresident Fellow

James Borton is a Nonresident Fellow with Stimson’s Southeast Asia program. Borton is a veteran editor and writer with over 25 years experience in Southeast Asia. He was an Asia Pacific correspondent for The Washington Times and still contributes op-eds and special reports from the region.

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William Brown

Office Manager

William Brown brings more than a decade of management experience to Stimson Center. He has a passion for people, and problem solving, and brings a positive energy to the office. A native Washingtonian, Brown enjoys watching his beloved Washington Football Team.

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Joanne Calapodas

Development Assistant

Joanne Calapodas is the Development Assistant at the Stimson Center. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Foreign Affairs and Spanish from the University of Virginia
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Richard Cincotta

Director

Richard Cincotta is a Political Demographer and Director of the Global Political Demography Program whose research focuses on the demographic transition and its relationships to political, economic and environmental change.

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Richard Cronin

Distinguished Fellow

Richard P. Cronin is a Distinguished Fellow at Stimson. He works on transboundary and nontraditional security issues in Southeast Asia and the South China Sea, from a political economy perspective.

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Richard Cupitt

Senior Associate

Richard T. Cupitt is Senior Associate and Director of the Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention program at Stimson. His areas of expertise include WMD nonproliferation, export controls, and foreign policy. Prior to joining Stimson, he served as the Special Coordinator for U.N.

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Shannon Dick

Research Associate

Shannon Dick is a Research Associate with Stimson's Managing Across Boundaries Initiative, where she works on issues pertaining to U.S. security assistance and the international arms trade. Dick is a graduate of UC Berkeley and holds a B.A.

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Olivia Dowling

Research Associate

Olivia "Liv" Dowling is a Research Associate in the Stimson Center's South Asia Program. Her research interests include South Asian nuclear stability, defense cooperation, strategic cultures, and U.S. relations with the subcontinent.

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William Durch

Distinguished Fellow

William J. Durch is a Distinguished Fellow with the Stimson Center. Prior to joining Stimson in 1990, Durch served as a Foreign Affairs Officer with the U.S.

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Brian Eyler

Director

Brian Eyler is the Director of Stimson’s Southeast Asia program.

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Brian Finlay

President and CEO

Brian Finlay is the President and CEO at Stimson. His areas of expertise include nonproliferation, transnational crime, counter-trafficking, supply chain security and private sector engagement.

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Gillian Gayner

Research Assistant

Gillian Gayner is a Research Assistant with the South Asia program at the Stimson Center. Her research interests include South Asian geopolitics, counterinsurgency and counterterrorism strategy, and confidence-building and nuclear risk-reduction measures on the Subcontinent.

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Brian Goebel

Distinguished Fellow

Brian Goebel is a Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center. He is also the President of Reason in Government as well as President of 2040 Matters, LLC.  He is the Founder of Sentinel Holdings, LLC, and currently serves on its Board.

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Aditi Gorur

Director

Aditi Gorur is the Director of the Protecting Civilians in Conflict program at Stimson. Her primary research focus is on preventing and responding to violence against civilians, particularly in the context of peacekeeping operations.

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Hannah Haegeland

Research Associate

Hannah E. Haegeland is a Research Associate in Stimson's South Asia Program working on nuclear security, crisis escalation and management, and regional politics.

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Laicie Heeley

Fellow

Laicie Heeley is a Fellow with Stimson’s Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program. Her areas of expertise include U.S.

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Rupert Herbert-Burns

Nonresident Research Fellow

Herbert-Burns is a leading international maritime security consultant with his own firm, Proteus Offshore & Marine Ltd; engaged in operations and security risk management projects for shipping, offshore oil and gas sector clients with operations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

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Paul Holtom

Nonresident Fellow

Dr. Paul Holtom is a Nonresident Fellow with the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative at Stimson, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry University (UK).

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Jacqueline Kempfer

Research Assistant

Jackie Kempfer is a Research Assistant with the Nuclear Security program at the Stimson Center. She holds a Masters of International Studies from North Carolina State University, where she concentrated on nuclear security and nonproliferation.

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Pamela Kennedy

Research Associate

Pamela Kennedy is a Research Associate with the East Asia program at Stimson. She holds a M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and an B.A.

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Michael Krepon

Co-founder/Senior Associate

Michael Krepon co-founded the Stimson Center in 1989. He served as Stimson’s President and CEO until 2000, and continues to direct Stimson’s programming on nuclear and space issues.

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Alfredo Labbe

Nonresident Fellow

Ambassador Alfredo Labbé is a senior Chilean Diplomat, serving currently as Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Especial Envoy for Nuclear and International Security.

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Ellen Laipson

Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus

Ellen Laipson is a Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus of Stimson. Laipson joined Stimson in 2002, after 25 years of government service. Her last post was Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council (1997-2002).

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Sameer Lalwani

Deputy Director/Senior Associate

Sameer Lalwani is a Senior Associate and Deputy Director for Stimson’s South Asia program. From 2014-15, Lalwani was a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation. He completed his Ph.D.

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Faiqa Mahmood

Visiting Fellow

Faiqa Mahmood is a Visiting Fellow at the South Asia Program of the Stimson Center, where she is currently conducting research on the nuclear discourse in Pakistan. Ms.

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Jesse Marks

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow

Jesse Marks is a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow at the Stimson Center, where he principally works with the Protecting Civilians in Conflict program. His primary research focus is civilian protection, stabilization, and peacebuilding in the Middle East, particularly in Syria.

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Johanna Mendelson Forman

Distinguished Fellow

Johanna Mendelson Forman is a Distinguished Fellow with the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative at the Stimson Center, where she works on security and development issues, including regional multilateral engagement, civil-military relations and stabilization and reconstruction.

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David Michel

Nonresident Fellow

David Michel is a Nonresident Fellow of the Environmental Security program. His work explores emerging governance challenges and security risks posed by global environmental change.

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Eric Miller

Nonresident Fellow

Eric Miller is a Nonresident Fellow with Stimson’s Trade21 initiative, where he focuses on international economics, trade, global governance, and cybersecurity. Miller is also President of Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, a DC-based advisory group focused on assisting firms with navigating U.S., Ca

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Allen Moore

Senior Advisor

Allen Moore joined the Stimson Center as a Senior Advisor early in 2009, working primarily with the Global Health Security program until 2012 when he joined the Managing Across Boundaries initiative in the same capacity.

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Emma Myers

Research Assistant

Emma Myers is a Research Assistant with the Partnerships in Security and Development program at Stimson, where she works on environmental security. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Foreign Affairs and Latin American Studies from the University of Virginia. 

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Amy Nelson

Nonresident Fellow

Amy J. Nelson is a Nonresident Fellow with Stimson's Conventional Defense Program. Her areas of expertise include arms control, emerging weapons technologies, the defense trade, negotiation under uncertainty, and nuclear security.

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Nate Olson

Director

Nate Olson is director of the Trade21 program at the Stimson Center.

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Agnieszka Paczynska

Nonresident Fellow

Agnieszka Paczynska is Associate Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University and the Principal Investigator of a United States Institute of Peace-funded project, “Emerging Powers in Post-Conflict and Transitional Settings: the New Politics of Reconstructi

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Amit Pandya

Nonresident Fellow

Amit A. Pandya’s research interests include global migration, developments and prospects in maritime commerce, and social and economic trends in the Arab world and South Asia. His professional work consists of international law and consulting, principally on international labor and on migration.

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Richard Ponzio

Director

Richard Ponzio is Director of the Just Security 2020 Program at Stimson. Previously, he directed the Global Governance Program at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, where (in a partnership with Stimson) he served as Director for the Albright-Gambari Commission on Global Security, Justice &am

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Kathryn Rauhut

Nonresident Fellow

Kathryn Rauhut is an attorney specializing in international security based in Vienna, Austria. She works primarily on nuclear security governance, accountability and liability issues with a focus on cybersecurity.

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William Reinsch

Distinguished Fellow

William Reinsch is a Distinguished Fellow with the Stimson Center, where he works principally with the Center’s Trade21 initiative. Reinsch served as President of the National Foreign Trade Council from April 2001 to May 2016.

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Alan D. Romberg

Distinguished Fellow

Alan Romberg is a Distinguished Fellow and the Director of the East Asia program at Stimson. Before joining Stimson in September 2000, he enjoyed a distinguished career working on Asian issues including 27 years in the State Department, with over 20 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.

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Eleiah Sexton

Development Manager

Eleiah Sexton is the Development Manager at the Stimson Center. Her previous experience includes foundation administration as part of a philanthropy consulting firm in Detroit, Michigan, and resource development at a joint Jewish-Arab environmental NGO in Sakhnin, Israel.

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Lisa Sharland

Nonresident Fellow

Sharland is a Nonresident Fellow from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra, where her research focuses on peacekeeping and Australia-Africa engagement.

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James Siebens

Special Assistant to the President and CEO

James Siebens is the Special Assistant to the President and CEO at the Stimson Center.

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Amanda Shaver

Research Assistant

Amanda Shaver is a Research Assistant with Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center.

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Mallory Stewart

Nonresident Fellow

Mallory Stewart is a nonresident fellow in the WMD, Nonproliferation, and Security program at the Stimson Center. Her areas of expertise include chemical and biological weapons law and policy, space security policy, U.S. missile defense, and nonproliferation and arms control law.

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Rachel Stohl

Senior Associate

Rachel Stohl is a Senior Associate with Stimson's Managing Across Boundaries Initiative and directs the Conventional Defense Program. Her areas of expertise focus on issues relating to the international arms trade, including drones, small arms and light weapons, and children in armed conflict.

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Robert L. Suettinger

Senior Advisor and Consultant

Robert Suettinger currently is a Senior Advisor and Consultant at the Stimson Center, working on issues pertaining to Chinese politics.  Prior to joining Stimson, he was an Analytic Director at CENTRA Technology, Inc. for nine years.

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Yun Sun

Senior Associate

Yun Sun is a Senior Associate with the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China's relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes.

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Yuki Tatsumi

Senior Associate

Yuki Tatsumi is a Senior Associate and Director of the Japan program at the Stimson Center.

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Makayla Thompson

Finance & Administration Assistant

Makayla Thompson is the Finance & Administration Assistant at Stimson Center. She assists with finance and accounting functions, administration support, and contract & grant support.

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Lovely Umayam

Research Analyst

Lovely Umayam is a Research Analyst & Project Manager with Stimson’s Managing Across Boundaries initiative.

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Akriti Vasudeva

Research Associate

Akriti Vasudeva is a Research Associate with the South Asia program at the Stimson Center. She is Editor of South Asian Voices, an online magazine featuring strategic analysis and commentary from rising South Asian analysts and scholars.

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Madeline Vellturo

Research Associate

Madeline Vellturo is a Research Associate with Stimson’s Protecting Civilians in Conflict Program. 

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Cindy Vestergaard

Senior Associate

Cindy Vestergaard is a Senior Associate with the Nuclear Safeguards program. Vestergaard was previously a senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Courtney Weatherby

Research Analyst

Courtney Weatherby is a Research Analyst with the Southeast Asia program at Stimson.

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Travis Wheeler

Research Associate

Travis Wheeler is a Research Associate in the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program. His research focuses on nuclear policy and posture, geopolitics, and maritime issues in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific.

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Haidi Scarlet Willmot

Nonresident Fellow

Willmot is a Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center. She worked for the United Nations Secretariat for a number of years, in the U.N. Operations and Crisis Centre and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, including assignments with the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the U.N.

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Sally Yozell

Senior Associate

Sally Yozell is a Senior Associate and Director of the Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center.

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