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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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Michael Beck

Nonresident Fellow

Michael Beck is a Nonresident Fellow at Stimson with the Trade, Technology, and Security program.  His areas of expertise are WMD nonproliferation, export controls, and sanctions.  Beck is a founder and Vice President of TradeSecure, LLC.

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Nakia Bell

Associate Director of Finance

Nakia Bell is the Associate Director of Finance 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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Ahsan Butt

Nonresident Fellow

Ahsan Butt is an Assistant Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and a nonresident fellow at the Stimson Center. His research focuses on nationalism, security, international order, and South Asia.

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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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Robert Carlin

Nonresident Fellow

Robert Carlin has been following North Korea since 1974 from both in and out of government. In those forty plus years, he has taken part in countless hours of negotiations and unofficial discussions with DPRK officials.

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James Casterton

Nonresident Fellow

Mr. Casterton has over 35 years experience in nuclear non-proliferation policy development and implementation at the national and international levels.

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Taeyong Cho

Nonresident Fellow

Ambassador Taeyong Cho is a Nonresident Fellow with the 38 North program. He is a former vice foreign minister and previously served as deputy director of National Security at the South Korean Presidential Office.

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Richard Cronin

Distinguished Fellow

Richard P. Cronin is a Distinguished Fellow at Stimson. Until July 2016 Cronin directed Stimson's Southeast Asia Program and Mekong Policy Project. Cronin joined Stimson in 2005 after a long career as an Asia Specialist with the non-partisan Congressional Research Service.

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Richard Cupitt

Senior Fellow and Director

Richard T. Cupitt is a Senior Fellow 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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Sunaina Danziger

Junior Fellow

Sunaina Danziger is a Junior Fellow with the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center. She graduated cum laude in History from Harvard College, with a secondary field in Spanish.

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Shannon Dick

Research Analyst

Shannon Dick is research analyst with the Conventional Defense Program at the Stimson Center. Her research focuses on issues pertaining to U.S. security assistance and the international arms trade, including policies guiding U.S.

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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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Grace Easterly

Program Assistant

Grace Easterly is the Program Assistant for the South Asia Program. She graduated summa cum laude from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a BA in International Political Economy and Security and a minor in French.

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Brian Eyler

Senior Fellow and Director

Brian Eyler is a Senior Fellow and Director of Stimson’s Southeast Asia program.

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Zeba Fazli

Research Assistant

Zeba Fazli is a Research Assistant with the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center, where she works on the Nuclear Learning initiative. Her research interests include geopolitics in South Asia and popular narratives and rhetoric about strategic relations between India and Pakistan.

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Jim Finkel

Nonresident Fellow

Jim Finkel is a Nonresident Fellow with the Protecting Civilians in Conflict program, and the President of the Atrocities Prevention Study Group. Finkel ended his 35-year career as a member of the senior civil service in May 2013.

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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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Christopher Frangione

Distinguished Fellow

Christopher Frangione is a Distinguished Fellow with the Stimson Center. He is an innovation advisor who helps organizations leverage open innovation, exponential technologies, and the crowd.

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Michael Franken

Distinguished Fellow

Vice Admiral Michael Franken, USN (ret), is a distinguished fellow with the Environmental Security Program at the Stimson Center. Raised in rural Iowa, Franken lived within view of the world’s oceans during much of his thirty-six-year military career.

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Seema Gahlaut

Senior Fellow

Seema Gahlaut is a Senior Fellow with the Trade, Technology and Security Program at the Stimson Center.

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James Giles

Nonresident Fellow

James Giles is a Nonresident Fellow with the 38 North program. He was most recently a Federal Executive Fellow at Stimson, on assignment from the United States Navy. James is a Surface Warfare Officer who has operated in the Arabian Gulf, the Horn of Africa, East and Southeast Asia.

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Caitlin Goodman

Communications Specialist

Caitlin Goodman is a Communications Specialist at the Stimson Center. Prior to joining Stimson, she was a Communications and Outreach Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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Aditi Gorur

Senior Fellow and Director

Aditi Gorur is a Senior Fellow and 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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Gabrielle Green

Research Associate

Gabrielle Green is a Research Associate with the Blockchain in Practice and Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention Programs at the Stimson Center.

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Carolyn Haggis

Congressional Fellow

Carolyn A. Haggis is a Congressional Fellow with the Security for a New Century (SNC) program at the Stimson Center. In this capacity, she supports Members of the House and Senate, as well as their staffs, in gaining a deeper understanding of international security issues.

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Humayun Hamidzada

Nonresident Fellow

Humayun Hamidzada is a Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center affiliated with the Just Security 2020 program. He is Director of the Afghanistan Peace Research Project at the York University Centre for Asian Research in Toronto, Canada.

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Jan Hartke

Distinguished Fellow

Jan Hartke helped to internationalize the environmental agenda and is recognized as one of the founders of the sustainable development movement. He is President of the Earth Council, formed by UN Secretary-General Maurice Strong at the Earth Summit of 1992.

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Alex Hopkins

Research Assistant

Alex Hopkins is a Research Assistant with the Global Governance program at the Stimson Center. His primary research areas for the program include UN peacekeeping and Congressional engagement on transnational security challenges.

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Katheryn Howard

Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

Katheryn Howard is the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO and manages the internship program at the Stimson Center.

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Scott Jones

Nonresident Fellow

Scott A. Jones is a Nonresident Fellow at Stimson with the Trade, Technology, and Security program.  His areas of expertise are WMD nonproliferation, export controls, sanctions, and economics.  Jones is also a principal at TradeSecure, LLC.

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Michelle Kae

Research Associate and Producer

Michelle Kae is a Research Associate at the Stimson Center and the Producer of “38 North,” a web journal that provides policy and technical analysis on North Korea.

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Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

Nonresident Fellow

Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein is a Nonresident Fellow with the Stimson Center, where he works primarily with the 38 North project, and serves as editor for its affiliate website North Korean Economy Watch.

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Marla Keenan

Nonresident Fellow

Marla Keenan is an International Security Program Fellow at New America and is the founder and managing partner of Marla Keenan Consulting LLC. She works with organizations to develop innovative programming on the human experience in conflict and civilian protection.

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Pamela Kennedy

Research Analyst

Pamela Kennedy is a Research Analyst 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 a B.A.

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Igor Khripunov

Nonresident Fellow

Igor Khripunov joined the Center for International Trade and Security (formerly the Center for East-West Trade Policy) at the University of Georgia in 1992 and served until July 2018 as a Distinguished Fellow with the Center as well as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Georgia’s School o

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David Kim

Research Analyst

David Y. Kim is an analyst with the Stimson Center’s WMD, Nonproliferation, and Security program. He formerly worked as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of State where he helped to advance priorities around international security and nonproliferation, U.S.

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Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt

Nonresident Fellow

Stephanie T. Kleine-Ahlbrandt is a Nonresident Fellow with the 38 North program at the Henry L. Stimson Center.

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Michael Krepon

Co-Founder and Senior Fellow

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 retired senior Chilean Diplomat, serving currently as Member and Vice-President of the International Humanitarian Fact Finding Commission (IFHHC, 2017-2021) and Professor at the National Academy for Political and Strategic Studies, Santiago.

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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

Senior Fellow and Director

Sameer Lalwani is a Senior Fellow and Director of the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center where he researches nuclear deterrence, interstate rivalry, national security decision making, crisis behavior, and counter/insurgency.

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Joris Larik

Senior Advisor and Nonresident Fellow

Joris Larik is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs of Leiden University in the Netherlands and Senior Advisor and Nonresident Fellow for the Just Security 2020 Program at Stimson.

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Diego Cándano Laris

Nonresident Fellow

Diego Cándano Laris is a Nonresident Fellow with the Nuclear Safeguards program. He focuses on non-proliferation and strategic trade issues. He chaired the Consultative Group of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) between 2017 and 2019.

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Trinh Le

Research Analyst

Trinh Le is a Research Analyst with the Nuclear Safeguards and Nuclear Security Programs at the Stimson Center.

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Seungbok Lee

Visiting Fellow

Seungbok Lee is a Visiting Fellow with the 38 North program. He is currently a senior inspector at Korean National Police University in South Korea.

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Jason Li

Research Assistant

Jason Li is a Research Assistant with the East Asia program at the Stimson Center. His research focuses on U.S.-China relations, cross-Strait relations, and grand strategy in Asia-Pacific.

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John Lichtefeld

Nonresident Fellow

John Lichtefeld is a Nonresident Fellow with Stimson’s Southeast Asia program and is engaged in research involving environmental security and political adaptation to climate change in mainland Southeast Asia.

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Michael Madden

Nonresident Fellow

Michael Madden is a Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center and a leading contributing analyst to 38 North.

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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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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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Lillian Mercho

Communications Specialist

Lillian Mercho is a Communications Specialist at the Stimson Center. She comes to Stimson after working in communications at The Center for International Private Enterprise and The Pastorum Group.

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David Mozersky

Nonresident Fellow

David Mozersky is a Nonresident Fellow with the Protecting People Program at the Stimson Center. He is the co-founder of Energy Peace Partners, a new organization working on linking climate solutions with peace building.
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Polly Nayak

Distinguished Fellow

Polly Nayak is a Distinguished Fellow with the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center. Nayak retired in 2002 as a senior government executive after a wide-ranging intelligence career.

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Frank ODonnell

Nonresident Fellow

Frank O’Donnell is a Nonresident Fellow with Stimson’s South Asia Program. His areas of expertise include nuclear doctrine and posture development, conventional military modernization, and national security policymaking processes in Southern Asia.

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Negeen Pegahi

Nonresident Fellow

Dr. T. Negeen Pegahi is a Nonresident Fellow with the South Asia program. She is an assistant professor of strategy and director of the Mahan Scholars research program at the U.S.

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Cristina Petcu

Research Associate

Cristina Petcu is a Research Associate with the Just Security 2020 program at the Stimson Center. She is a native of Romania and received a Master of Arts in International Affairs with concentrations in conflict & security and development from The New School.

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Samantha Pitz

Research and Production Assistant

Samantha Pitz is a Research Assistant at the Stimson Center and the Production Assistant for “38 North,” a web journal that provides policy and technical analysis on North Korea.

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Richard Ponzio

Director and Senior Fellow

Richard Ponzio is Director of the Just Security 2020 Program and a Senior Fellow 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 S

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Iliana Ragnone

Research Assistant

Iliana Ragnone is a Research Assistant at the Stimson Center and “38 North,” a web journal that provides policy and technical analysis on North Korea. Prior to joining Stimson, she was a Program Assistant at the Foreign Service Institute, a part of the Department of State. She holds a B.A.

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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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Tyler Sagerstrom

Junior Fellow

Tyler Sagerstrom is a Junior Fellow with the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center. He graduated from The College of William & Mary, double majoring in International Relations and Economics.

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Taro Sato

Nonresident Fellow

Lt. Col. Taro Sato is a Nonresident Fellow at Stimson with the East Asia Program. His research focuses on U.S.-China relations, national security, science and technology policy, and security space.

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Yoshimitsu Sato

Nonresident Fellow

Yoshimitsu Sato is a Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center with the East Asia/Japan Program, on assignment from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

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Sarah Savoy

Director of Development

Sarah Savoy is the Director of Development at the Stimson Center. She has 10 years of non-profit experience in research, government relations, and development.

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Brigitta Schuchert

Research Assistant

Brigitta Schuchert is a Research Assistant with the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center, as well as the Deputy Editor for South Asian Voices, an online publication featuring strategic analysis on South Asia.

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Lisa Sharland

Nonresident Fellow

Lisa Sharland is a Nonresident Fellow with the Protecting Civilians in Conflict program.

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James Siebens

Research Associate

James Siebens is a Research Associate with the Defense Strategy and Planning program, where he is currently working on a book related to US military operations “short of war” since the end of the Cold War.

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Melanie W. Sisson

Senior Fellow and Director

Melanie W. Sisson is Senior Fellow and Director with the Stimson Center Defense Strategy and Planning Program.  Her work focuses on the relationship between defense strategic planning processes and the likelihood of achieving foreign policy and national security objectives.

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Natalia Slavney

Research and Editorial Assistant

Natalia is a Research Assistant at the Stimson Center and Editorial Assistant for “38 North,” a web journal that provides policy and technical analysis on North Korea.

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David Smith

Distinguished Fellow

David O. Smith is a Distinguished Fellow with the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan policy research center in Washington, D.C. and an independent consultant to Sandia National Laboratories on issues related to South Asia.

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David Solimini

Director of Strategic Communications

David Solimini brings 15 years of experience in policy and persuasion to national security and foreign affairs issues.

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Anupam Srivastava

Nonresident Fellow

Anupam Srivastava is a Nonresident Fellow with the Trade, Technology and Security Program at the Stimson Center.

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Chloe Stein

Junior Fellow

Chloe Stein is a Junior Fellow for the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center. She completed her Master of International Affairs at the Pennsylvania State University, where she focused on nuclear and international security.

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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

Managing Director

Rachel Stohl is Managing Director 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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Jack Stuart

Research Associate

Jack W. Stuart is a Research Associate with the Environmental Security Program at the Stimson Center. His research focuses on the impact of climate change on coastal urban centers and its implications for local, regional, and international security.
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Yun Sun

Senior Fellow and Co-Director

Yun Sun is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China 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 Fellow and Co-Director

Yuki Tatsumi is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center.

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Makayla Thompson

Finance Coordinator

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

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Elizabeth Threlkeld

Fellow and Deputy Director

Elizabeth Threlkeld is a Fellow and Deputy Director of the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center. Before joining Stimson, she served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State in Islamabad and Peshawar, Pakistan, and Monterrey, Mexico.

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Jenny Town

Fellow and Managing Editor

Jenny Town is a Stimson Fellow and the Managing Editor of Stimson's 38 North, a website devoted to providing policy and technical analysis on North Korea. She was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2019 for her role in co-founding and managing 38 North.

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Akriti Vasudeva

Research Associate

Akriti Vasudeva is a Research Associate with the South Asia program at the Stimson Center.

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Mary Vecellio

Research Associate

Mary Vecellio is a Research Associate with the Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention Program at the Stimson Center.

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Madeline Vellturo

Research Analyst

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

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Cindy Vestergaard

Senior Fellow and Director

Cindy Vestergaard is a Senior Fellow and Director with the Stimson’s Nuclear Safeguards Program. Her current research focuses on the impact of evolving international safeguards obligations on states and facility operators.

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Courtney Weatherby

Research Analyst

Courtney Weatherby is a research analyst with the Stimson Center’s Southeast Asia and Energy, Water, & Sustainability programs.

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Martyn Williams

Nonresident Fellow

Martyn Williams is a Nonresident Fellow with the Stimson Center, where he works primarily with the 38 North project. He is a journalist that has been fascinated with North Korea for 20 years.
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Joel S. Wit

Senior Fellow and Director

Joel S. Wit is a Senior Fellow with Stimson and Director of 38 North. Wit is an internationally recognized expert on Northeast Asia security issues. As a U.S.

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Sally Yozell

Senior Fellow and Director

Sally Yozell is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center. Yozell’s research examines the suite of environmental threats that have the potential to undermine national, regional, or global security.

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