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 on a 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 Studies from 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 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.


Stephen MullAmbassador Stephen D. Mull
Ambassador Stephen D. Mull has served as Lead Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation since August 2015, in which capacity he has led U.S. government interagency efforts and diplomacy to implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to constrain Iran’s nuclear program. Prior to this position, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland from 2012 until 2015, during which assignment he supported a significant growth of U.S. exports to Poland and expanded U.S.-Polish military cooperation within NATO in response to Russian aggression against Ukraine. Previously, he served as Executive Secretary of the State Department from 2010 until 2012, in which capacity he coordinated responses to a wide range of crises and managed the Department’s support for the Secretary of State. Before then, he had served since August 2008 as Senior Advisor to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns, in which position he coordinated U.S. diplomatic efforts on Iran, managed the State Department’s crisis response during the Russian-Georgian war of August 2008, and led negotiations on a range of issues, including the agreement permitting the flight of U.S. military resupply flights to Afghanistan through Russian airspace, saving taxpayers over $25 million.


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.


Non-Resident Fellows

Ambassador Dana Shell Smith
Dana Shell Smith is the CEO of Decibel Strategy, an international strategy firm she founded to advance business, trade and professional ties between the United States and the Middle East. Ambassador Smith is a proven leader and trailblazer in the fields of foreign affairs, crisis communications, media outreach and commercial diplomacy. Before founding Decibel Strategy, Ambassador Smith spent 25 years as a diplomat, working throughout the Middle East and in Asia.


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.


Affiliate Research Scholar, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Republic Of Korea

Sungsoo ChoiSungsoo Choi
Mr. Choi graduated from Seoul National University in 1991 and studied international economics from 1994 to 1996 at the University of Michigan where he obtained his MA degree. Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991, he has worked at the Korean Embassies in Wellington, Tehran, and Kiev, and the Permanent Mission to the UN in New York and the Permanent Delegation to OECD in Paris. In Seoul, he worked on inter-Korean policy, Middle East and African affairs, international economic cooperation, and development cooperation. He was Director of the Development Cooperation Division and Director of the Africa Division.


Rusk Fellows

Amy LillisAmy Lillis
Amy Lillis joins ISD from the Secretary’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, where she last served as the Acting Special Representative, responsible for developing programs, networks, and training to expand Department capacity to understand religious dynamics and engage religious actors for a more effective foreign policy. Some of Amy’s other Foreign Service assignments include Islamabad, where she served as the Internal Politics Chief, responsible for the embassy’s work on judicial reform, party politics, and human rights; Political Military Affairs Officer in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; Political Officer in Istanbul; Policy Advisor in the Office of International Religious Freedom; and Consular Officer in Lagos.


Megan Selmon KellyMegan Selmon Kelly
Megan Selmon Kelly, a career Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State, most recently covered operations policy at the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Belgium. Prior to that assignment, she served in Pakistan, Colombia, Afghanistan, another tour at NATO, and as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State John Kerry. Mrs. Kelly is also a board member of a small non-profit focused on development in Liberia called the Shine Foundation, and spends as much time as possible working in Liberia. Mrs. Kelly is a graduate of Trinity University with a B.A. in international relations, and a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University. As a native of Oklahoma, she remains an OU Sooner at heart.


Us Air Force Foreign Policy Fellow

Lieutenant Colonel Sergio E. AnayaLieutenant Colonel Sergio E. Anaya
Lieutenant Colonel Sergio E. Anaya was the Commander of Air Mobility Command’s Air Operations Squadron where he led 300 military and civilian personnel. Previously, Lieutenant Colonel Anaya was a Special Assistant to the Combatant Commander, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, FL. In this capacity, he was responsible for developing and articulating initiatives of interest to the Combatant Commander and supported the commander’s interaction within the Department of Defense, Congress, U.S. Interagency, foreign governments, and the private sector. He is a senior pilot with more than 3,800 hours in the C-17, C-21A, T-1, and T-37 and has logged more than 930 combat hours. He attended the Chilean Air Command and Staff College in Santiago, Chile and is an Air Force Latin America Regional Affairs Specialist (RAS).


Army War College Fellows

Lieutenant Colonel Dan BishopLieutenant Colonel Dan Bishop
Lieutenant Colonel Dan Bishop comes to ISD from the NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan where he served as the Deputy Director of Intelligence in Bagram, Afghanistan over the course of the last year. Prior to this assignment, he commanded the 308th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Meade, MD. LTC Bishop has served in various command and staff positions across the United States and Germany, as well as numerous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.


Lieutenant Colonel Markus LewisLieutenant Colonel Markus Lewis
Lieutenant Colonel Markus Lewis is an Army Strategist specializing in the development and implementation of national strategic plans and policies, theater strategy, and operational planning. He has served under US Army Central as a Strategic Plans Officer and a Senior Strategist in the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve. Markus joins ISD from the Joint Staff, where he served as a Joint Doctrine Strategic Planner developing policy options for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on issues regarding joint doctrine.


Us Air Force Non-Resident Fellows

Major Peter J. Amaral IIIMajor Peter J. Amaral III
Major Peter J. Amaral III is the Chief of Group Plans and Programs, 595th Command and Control Group, Offutt Air Force Base, NE. He is responsible for the development and maintenance of worldwide current and strategic operations employment of the E-4B as well as coordinating inter-agency actions for deployment support requirements with foreign agencies, US embassies, and other Air Force major commands. The E- 4B provides a highly survivable command, control, and communications center to direct U.S. forces, execute emergency war orders, and coordinate actions by civil authorities through all phases of the threat spectrum.


Major Devin LongMajor Devin Long
Prior to the start of his Air Force Fellowship, Major Devin Long was Treaty Director, Open Skies Treaty, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, at the Pentagon. Previously, he was Chief of the Treaty Verification Branch, Source Mission Integration Office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, in Springfield, VA. He has a broad background in arms control and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. Major Long is a senior combat systems officer with over 1,300 hours in the RC-135S. He holds an undergraduate degree in music education and a graduate degree in global security and intelligence studies. He is an in-residence graduate of Air and Space Basic Course and Squadron Officer School as well as Air Command and Staff College, via distributed learning.


Major William R. McCormickMajor William R. McCormick
Major William R. McCormick is an Assistant Director of Operations and E-3 AWACS Evaluator Senior Director assigned to the 552d Operations Support Squadron, 552d Operations Group, 552d Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, OK. He is responsible for the daily supervision of 364 military and 14 civilian personnel and the programming, planning, scheduling and execution of the 10,000 hour flying program of 27 USAF E-3 aircraft. Additionally, he manages the aircrew training programs for 5 flying and one training squadron, and is responsible for the security of 3 vaults, 1,073 weapons and all contracts for the E-3 weapons system.


Major Christine M. McVannMajor Christine M. McVann
Major Christine M. McVann is currently the Chief of Wing Intelligence for the 89th Airlift Wing, 89th Operations Support Squadron, Joint Base Andrews, MD. In this role, she leads 13 personnel in Air Mobility Command’s highest-profile intelligence flight, providing intelligence support as well as Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training to ten operational flying units tasked with transporting America’s senior leaders, including the President, the Vice President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.