Practitioner Fellows

Asian Studies

Cling Family Distinguished Fellow In U.S.-China Studies

The Cling Family Distinguished Fellowship in U.S.-China Studies is made possible by a generous gift from Mr. Michael Cling (F’98) and his family. Georgetown, recognizing Asia’s importance in global affairs, has long strived to meet the demands for rigorous academic study of this critical region.

Evan Medeiros headshotEvan Medeiros
Evan Medeiros comes to Georgetown after serving as the Obama administration’s senior director for Asian affairs and special assistant to the president in the National Security Council (NSC). In that role, he served as President Barack Obama’s chief advisor on the Asia-Pacific and was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific across the areas of diplomacy, defense policy, economic policy, and intelligence affairs. He was one of the longest serving officials on President Obama’s NSC staff. Prior to joining the U.S. Government, Medeiros worked as a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he specialized in the international politics of East Asia as well as China’s foreign and national security policies. Medeiros is currently leading the Asia practice at the Eurasia Group in Washington, D.C.

Medeiros holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge (where he was a Fulbright Scholar), an M.A. in China studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and a B.A. in analytic philosophy from Bates College. He has written numerous books and journal articles ona broad range of Asian security issues, including Reluctant Restraint: The Evolution of China’s Nonproliferation Policies and Practices, 1980-2004 (Stanford University Press, 2007), Pacific Currents: The Responses of U.S. Allies and Security Partners in East Asia to China’s Rise (RAND, 2008), and China’s International Behavior: Activism, Opportunism, and Diversification (RAND, 2009).


Center for Security Studies

Non-Resident Senior Fellows

Paul Pillar
Pillar retired in 2005 from a 28-year career in the U.S. intelligence community, in which his last position was National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia. Earlier he served in a variety of analytical and managerial positions, including as chief of analytic units at the CIA covering portions of the Near East, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia. Professor Pillar also served in the National Intelligence Council as one of the original members of its Analytic Group. He has been Executive Assistant to CIA’s Deputy Director for Intelligence and Executive Assistant to Director of Central Intelligence William Webster. He has also headed the Assessments and Information Group of the DCI Counterterrorist Center, and from 1997 to 1999 was deputy chief of the center. He was a Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution in 1999-2000. Professor Pillar is a retired officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and served on active duty in 1971-1973, including a tour of duty in Vietnam.


Robert EgnellRobert Egnell
Egnell received his doctorate in War Studiesfrom King’s College, London in 2008. He has just come back from a four year appointment as a Visiting Professor and Director of Teaching at Georgetown University. Before his appointment at the National Defence College he was a senior researcher at the Swedish Defence Research Institute (FOI) where he focused his research on African Security, peace support operations and civil-military relations. Until June 2007 he was a lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he taught International Relations, conflict management and political science. Robert also has an MA in War Studies from King’s College, an MA in Literature from Uppsala University and a BSc in Political Science from Stockholm University.

Egnell is a Captain in the Swedish Army Reserves with international experience from the first Swedish battalion in Kosovo.


Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

The Associates and Senior Fellows are a key component of the Institute’s mission.  Mid- and senior-level practitioners, both civilian and military, and U.S. and foreign, are hosted by the Institute for an academic year at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service; during that time they undertake research that reflects their professional experience on emerging issues of national diplomatic and strategic importance.

These practitioners-in-residence also serve as resources to the SFS faculty; devise and conduct seminar-style courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including courses offered as part of ISD’s Certificate in Diplomatic Studies; and participate as full members of the School’s and University’s academic life. Associates and fellows also conduct workshops, arrange speakers and other outreach events, and act as mentors to students interested in public service.

Associates on detail from the U.S. Department of State receive additional support for research and travel from ISD’s Dean Rusk and Virginia Rusk Fellowship fund. Military associates are detailed to ISD through the U.S. Army War College or U.S. Air Force National Defense fellowship programs. Non-resident associates include three to four each year supported by the U.S. Air Force’s Foreign Policy Fellowship Program.

Resident Senior State Department Fellows

Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis
Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis joins ISD after a year at the Harvard Kennedy School as a Senior Diplomatic Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project. A 27-year veteran of the Foreign Service, he served as the first Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Havana following the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. Prior to taking up his Cuba post in August 2014, he was the Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Previously, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs and Security Council Coordinator at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

Ambassador DeLaurentis began his State Department career in 1991 as a consular officer in Havana, and returned to Cuba as Political-Economic Section Chief in 1999-2002. In Washington, he served as Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Director of Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Columbia University Graduate School of International and Public Affairs.


Ambassador John HeffernAmbassador John A. Heffern
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Heffern, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, served as the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia from 2011-2014. His prior experience included Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at USNATO, Brussels; DCM in Jakarta, Indonesia; and, Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. Other previous posts include: USNATO; Tokyo; Malaysia desk officer in Washington; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and Guangzhou, China. From 1994-1996, Heffern served as a Pearson Fellow on the Asia Subcommittee for the House International Relations Committee.


Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a member of the Career Foreign Service, currently serves as Senior State Department Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. She received the 2017 Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in recognition of her three decades of work promoting the values of humanitarianism and responsible global engagement. From 2013 to 2017 she served as the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs. In this capacity, she led the bureau in the Department of State focused on the development and management of U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this appointment, she served as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (2012-2013), leading a team of approximately 400 employees who handled the full range of personnel functions for the State Department’s 70,000-strong workforce — from recruitment and hiring, to evaluations, promotions and retirement.


Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg
Philip S. Goldberg has served as U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines and U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia, Chief of Mission in Kosovo, and Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research. Other overseas assignments include Chile, Colombia, and South Africa. Most recently, he served as Chargé d’Affaires in Cuba.

Ambassador Goldberg’s Washington assignments include Coordinator for Implementation of UN sanctions on North Korea; acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs; Executive Assistant to Deputy Secretary Strobe Talbott, and Bosnia Desk Officer and Special Assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. He was a member of the American negotiating team at the Dayton Peace Conference on Bosnia.

Ambassador Goldberg, a Career Minister in the U.S. Foreign Service, has received numerous Presidential, State Department and Intelligence Community awards. He is a graduate of Boston University.


Ambassador Mark C. Storella
Ambassador Mark C. Storella served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration (2016-2018), overseeing $2.0 billion in humanitarian assistance in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. His previous post was as Deputy Chief of Mission in Belgium (2013-2016). As Ambassador to Zambia (2010-2013), he led innovative programs focusing on development, health, and democracy. Ambassador Storella was Deputy Permanent Representative to UN organizations in Geneva (2007-2009) and Deputy Chief of Mission in Cambodia (2003-2006).

Ambassador Storella graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude and holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He taught courses on humanitarian intervention at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and has published articles on such diverse topics as global health diplomacy, multilateral arms control and humanitarian action in conflict situations.

Non-Resident Fellows

Uzra Zeya
Uzra Zeya is a Consultant at Albright Stonebridge Group, where she draws on over two decades of diplomatic experience in Near East, South Asian, European, human rights, and multilateral affairs. As Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Paris from 2014 to 2017, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of Embassy Paris, six constituent posts, and 50 offices and agencies engaged in U.S. government work.

Ms. Zeya served previously as Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, from 2012 to 2014. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1990, Ms. Zeya served in New Delhi, Muscat, Damascus, Cairo, and Kingston. As Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State from 2011 to 2012, she helped shape the U.S. response to the Arab Spring and deepened U.S. engagement with emerging powers. She also served as Deputy Executive Secretary to the Secretary of State, as Director of the Executive Secretariat Staff, and as UN General Assembly Coordinator. She is the recipient of the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest civilian honor, and 15 Superior Honor and Senior Performance Awards. A graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, she speaks French, Arabic, and Spanish.


Former Acting U.S. Special Envoy Arsalan SulemanArsalan Suleman
Arsalan Suleman is the former Acting U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). In that role Suleman was President Obama’s representative to the 57-member OIC, the second largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations. Suleman liaised with foreign ministers of OIC member countries, represented the United States at four OIC heads-of-state Summits, and established collaborative relationships with government officials from nations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South and Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. He engaged with the OIC, OIC member countries, and relevant civil society on a broad range of foreign policy issues, establishing partnerships in areas of mutual interest such as human rights, countering violent extremism, health, education, entrepreneurship, and science and technology. Suleman delivered remarks and engaged with leaders, officials, students, and publics around the world. cooperation, and development cooperation. He was Director of the Development Cooperation Division and Director of the Africa Division.


Rusk Fellows

Caroline Savage
Caroline Savage is a career Foreign Service Officer, most recently serving as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan. Previously, she served as the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy Mozambique, Director for Russia and Central Asia on the National Security Council, Political-Military Officer in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Russian Affairs, Public Affairs Officer and Consul at the U.S. Embassy Belarus, and Political Officer and Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy Luxembourg.

She received her BSFS from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2001, before pursuing a master’s degree in comparative studies and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ms. Savage speaks English, Russian, French, Portuguese, and Azerbaijani.


Roland McKay
Roland McKay is a career Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State. His previous overseas assignments include serving as an economic officer in Sana’a, Yemen, consular officer in Istanbul, Turkey, and political officer with the Syria Transition Assistance Response Team based in Turkey. In Washington, he served on the Lebanon desk in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and as a special assistant to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Before joining the Foreign Service, Roland studied Arabic in Damascus, Syria on a Fulbright fellowship. He received his B.A. from Macalester College and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Us Air Force Foreign Policy Fellow

Lieutenant Colonel Grant Mizell
Lieutenant Colonel Grant Mizell most recently served as the Branch Chief for mobility requirements in the U.S. Air Force. He has 578 combat hours on over 500 combat sorties during six tours of duty in Southwest Asia and has flown more than 60 different aircraft as an Air Force test pilot. His career spans military operations, acquisitions, and squadron command. Lt Col. Mizell commanded the 645 Aeronautical Systems Squadron, building and delivering over 120 classified aircraft to government agencies operating across the globe. He has completed tours in Germany and England, and served with the Royal Air Force in Salisbury, UK. Lt. Col. Mizell has a B.S. in operations research from the United States Air Force Academy and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee Space Institute and Air University.


Army War College Fellows

Colonel Steven T. Barry
Colonel Steven T. Barry comes to Georgetown as an Army War College Fellow from the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, (J5), Strategy, Plans, and Policy. His key past assignments include commanding the 1st Cavalry Regiment’s 2nd Squadron at Fort Carson, Colorado; supervising personnel actions for all Armored Cavalry Colonels; serving as a squadron executive officer in Mosul, Iraq for 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment; and commanding C Company, 4th Battalion, 64th Armor during the attack to seize Baghdad in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Headquarters Company, 4-64 AR in Fallujah. Colonel Barry has a PhD and MA in history from Ohio State University and served as an assistant professor of history at West Point.


Lieutenant Colonel Conrad Jakubow
Lieutenant Colonel Conrad Jakubow serves in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Strategic Planner. He began his career as an Armored Cavalry Officer with two combat deployments to Iraq, primarily in the Baghdad area. He later served as a Civil Affairs Officer with Army Special Operations Command, to include a deployment to Afghanistan where he worked with the State Department and various international partners. After 10 years of operational assignments, he was selected to be a Congressional Fellow for the late Congressman C.W. Bill Young. That marked a transition towards working at the strategic level of the Army, with assignments as a Congressional Budget Liaison and as a strategist for various elements of Army Headquarters. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a master’s degree in legislative affairs from George Washington University, along with master’s degrees in international relations and business administration from Webster University.


Us Air Force Non-Resident Fellows

Major Nicholas P. Cowan
Major Cowan was most recently Executive Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance where he acted as personal advisor to Headquarters Air Force senior leaders throughout the development of intelligence policy and programs valued over $13 billion. He is an intelligence officer and graduate of the United States Air Force Weapons School. He has commanded over 10,000 hours of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions with airborne and national platforms and has deployed overseas in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Inherent Resolve. Major Cowan holds bachelor degrees in political science and economics from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in intelligence studies from American Military University.


Major Christopher J. Leonhardt
Major Christopher J. Leonhardt previously served as the Assistant Director of Operations, 24th Special Tactics Squadron, at Pope Army Airfield in North Carolina, responsible for the development of advanced tactics, techniques, procedures, and equipment for the U.S. Special Operations Command and the Air Force. Major Leonhardt graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in May 2007. He completed the Combat Rescue Officer/Pararescue Training Pipeline in July 2009, and has acquired skills as a technical recovery specialist, parachutist, military freefall parachutist, and combat diver. Major Leonhardt has led Rescue and Special Tactics forces and participated in special operations missions during Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Enduring Freedom, and Unified Protector. He has also led Theater Security Cooperation Teams in conjunction with missions to build partnership capacity throughout Europe and Africa.


Major Michael C. Sadler
Major Michael C. Sadler previously served as Wing Deputy Director of staff and C-130J Instructor Pilot assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base. Major Sadler graduated cum laude from The Citadel and was commissioned in the Air Force in May 2007. Following KC-135 R/T initial qualification at Altus AFB, he was assigned to the 344th Air Refueling Squadron. He was then board selected to crossflow to the C-130J through the Phoenix Horizon program, and has served in a variety of positions at the squadron, group, and wing levels. Major Sadler deployed as Assistant Director of Operations in support of Operations Freedom’s Sentinel, Inherent Resolve, and Resolute Support, providing leadership to over 1,100 combat sorties airlifting over 9 million pounds of military cargo. He is a senior pilot, having logged over 2,600 hours and flown 258 combat sorties in both tanker and airlift aircraft.