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2014-2015 National Security Fellows

Ryan Arant is a Foreign Affairs Officer serving in the Department of State's Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs, where he covers a range of issues including private sector development, trade facilitation, and foreign assistance.  Prior to joining the State Department Ryan was a management consultant at Accenture, where he focused on strategy and data analytics on a range of projects.  His writings on security and the Middle East have appeared in a variety of publications including the Yale Journal of International Affairs, the Jamestown Foundation's Terrorism Monitor, and the Project for National Security Reform.  Ryan holds a master’s degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.  He is a Presidential Management Fellow. 

Anna Borshchevskaya is an adjunct scholar at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy. She also conducts translation and analysis for the U.S. Army's Foreign Military Studies Office and its flagship publication, Operational Environment Watch, and writes a foreign affairs column for Forbes. Anna has previously worked at Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Atlantic Council, and the American Islamic Congress. Anna received her M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo. She is fluent in Russian and speaks Arabic and Spanish.


Michael Brewer is an active duty U.S. Naval officer serving as a Congressional Affairs liaison for the U.S. joint command Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) where he manages legislative strategies and advises senior leadership on potential legislative impacts to JIEDDO and DoD priorities for Counter-Terrorism and the defeat of the terrorist weapon of choice. Michael previously served as a Navy Congressional Defense Fellow assigned to Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-TX). Michael is a Surface Warfare Officer and has been deployed several times over his naval career, supporting a variety of missions in the Middle East, Pacific, Africa, and Central America regions. Michael is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, where he received a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies with a focus on Counter-Insurgency, and has a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Colorado at Boulder in Political Science.

Luke Burke is a Senior Professional Staff Member on the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. Currently on detail to the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya, Luke's portfolio with the Homeland Security Committee has included work on the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, as well as the Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee. Previously, Luke was a Senior Foreign Policy Analyst with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Luke graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a concentration in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Studies, and holds a Master's degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

Colin Carroll is a U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence Officer serving as the Special Activities Planner at the Marine Corps Information Operations Center. He is a decorated combat veteran and has deployed to Afghanistan as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom four times, witnessing the course of US operations play out in Helmand Province from before the surge through the recent retrograde. He has filled billets as a Force Reconnaissance Platoon Commander and Reconnaissance Company Executive Officer for 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, the Staff Intelligence Officer for 2d Battalion 9th Marines, and most recently as the Regional Command South West Information Operations Targeteer. Colin majored in Aerospace Engineering at the United States Naval Academy and is currently earning a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Eric Chase is a Senior Associate at Toffler Associates and a reserve officer in the United States Marine Corps. Previously, Eric worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and served four years on active duty, completing combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Battalion Intelligence Officer. In 2007, Eric supported the Congressional Commission on the National Guard and Reserves where he contributed to policy recommendations submitted to Congress and the Secretary of Defense to enhance the Reserve Component’s readiness and operational integration with the Active Component. Eric graduated from Princeton University in 2006 and he holds a M.S. in Business Administration and Management from Boston University and a M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University.

Tera E. Dahl is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on Global Security. Previously, Tera was a Congressional Fellow with the Westminster Institute where her duties included briefing members of Congress and their staffers on the global terrorist threat, with a specific focus on Egypt and the broader Middle East. Tera worked for Representative Michele Bachmann as her congressional staff member specializing on national security and foreign policy. She has spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan with the American Red Cross. She returned to Afghanistan after her deployment with the Red Cross and embedded with the U.S. Marines in Helmand Province.


Christopher Grieco is Majority Counsel for the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee Previously, Chris was the Executive Director of the Congressional Constitution Caucus, a group of 70 Congressmen dedicated to federalism, limited government, and the rule of law. Chris received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, his B.A. from Dartmouth College and clerked for Judge Edith Brown Clement on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. He also sits on the executive board for the Federalist Society Young Lawyers Chapter in Washington DC.


Gene Gurevich is the Director of Congressional Affairs at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), where he is responsible for working with both House and Senate offices to develop and advance legislation that will improve America’s energy security. Previusly, Gene served as Professional Staff and Counsel on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia. Gene holds a JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the College of Charleston. He is fluent in Russian.


Daniel Halper is the online editor of The Weekly Standard. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine. Daniel has appeared on the Fox News Channel, Fox Business, MSNBC, and C-SPAN. He’s been a guest on numerous radio shows, including programs hosted by Dennis Miller, Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, Bill Bennett, Mike Huckabee, and Laura Ingraham. His writing has been featured in Politico, the Jerusalem Post, and the Putnam County Courier. He is a graduate of Tufts University.



Rachel Hoff is Director of Defense Analysis at the American Action Forum. She previously served Director of Government Relations & External Affairs at the Foreign Policy Initiative, a think tank she helped to found in 2009. From 2006 to 2008, Rachel worked as a Legislative Assistant and Research Analyst for Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), focusing on foreign affairs and national security issues. From 2004 to 2006, she conducted research at the American Enterprise Institute with several prominent foreign policy scholars. Rachel received a master’s degree in Global Policy from the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tufts University.

Blake Hollander is Legislative Counsel to Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) where he advises the Congressman on legislation and policy in the areas of foreign affairs, defense, aviation, and agriculture. He is also the primary staff liaison to the House Select Committee on Benghazi. He holds a law degree from the University of Kansas and graduated from William Jewell College with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.




Brad Humphreys is a Trial Attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Department of Justice where he serves as lead counsel defending against a wide range of challenges to various statutes, regulations, and administrative decisions. Brad develops the Government’s defensive strategy, drafts briefs, and argues cases in federal court. He additionally provides legal advice to Government agencies, including the Departments Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and State. Previously, Brad clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Brad earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the law review.

Siddharth Iyer is the Deputy Director for counterterrorism operations in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he develops and oversees the implementation of policies related to global special operations and counterterrorism activities. From 2011 to 2013, Siddharth was a Country Director for Pakistan, also in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he was responsible for formulating and implementing defense policies for Pakistan, including the management of a multi-billion dollar portfolio of military assistance programs. Previously, Siddharth was a senior analyst for South Asian political-military affairs at the Defense Intelligence Agency and a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici.

Justin Johnson is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO). Justin is responsible for leading the Congressman’s national security team, which covers defense, veterans, homeland security, intelligence, and foreign affairs. Justin received a master’s degree from the Naval War College with a particular focus on terrorism and the maritime domain. He is also a member of the 2013-2014 Future Leaders Program at the Foreign Policy Initiative and the 2011-2012 class of Next Generation National Security Leaders at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

Yola H. Johnston is Program Manager for Europe, Israel & the Americas at Lockheed Martin Corporation where she supports Lockheed Martin International Business Development. Yola previously served as the Managing Director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). Yola has two M.A. degrees from the Institute of World Politics, one in Statecraft and National Security and the other in Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Brown University. Yola is fluent in Turkish and Hebrew and has basic knowledge of French. Yola is the founder of Heroes Linked, an online initiative of the MVAT Foundation to be launched in June 2015 that will host a diverse community of citizen sector mentors to provide advice and professional guidance to active-duty and transitioning troops, reservists and veterans, as well as their spouses. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Military and Veterans Appreciation Trust (MVAT) Foundation.

Sarmad Khojasteh is a litigation associate at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP. Sarmad previously served as a research assistant in the Middle East Foreign Policy Division of the American Enterprise Institute, as an intern to the Honorable Benjamin A. Gilman of the United States House of Representatives, and as an intern to Vice Chair April H. Foley at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Sarmad attended the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review, and Colgate University.



Soo Kim is a linguist and former intelligence officer for the Federal Government, specializing in nuclear proliferation, propaganda analysis and psychological operations, leadership studies, political psychology, and authoritarian regimes. She has served on several interagency task forces to manage worldwide security crises, working in close coordination with the military and policy offices. Soo has also interned for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and CNN International, focusing on foreign policy and investigative stories. Soo earned her M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She also holds a B.A. in French from Yale University. Soo is fluent in Korean and French and proficient in Russian and Japanese.

Enia Krivine is a Middle East expert with years of experience providing foreign policy analysis for Members of the U.S. Congress and political candidates. During the 2014 election cycle, Enia worked as a political consultant for an Arizona-based political consulting group, successfully passing three ballot initiatives and securing the election of eight political candidates. Previously, Enia held the position of Director of Congressional Affairs for the D.C. office of the Israel Allies Foundation and served as Middle East Fellow on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Enia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Liel Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet Magazine and a contributor to a number of national publications, including The Atlantic and The New Republic. He is the author or co-author of six books of non-fiction, including The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election (with Todd Gitlin), and Fortunate Sons: The 120 Chinese Boys Who Came to America, Went to School, and Revolutionized an Ancient Civilization (with Matthew Miller). Liel served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the Israel Defense Forces’ Spokesperson’s Unit, and has reported extensively from and about Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He holds a Ph.D. in Communications from Columbia University. He has also served as a visiting assistant professor at New York University and taught classes about mass media, security, and politics in a number of academic institutions, including Barnard College.

Brian M. Mazanec is a Senior Defense Analyst with the U.S. Government with experience supporting Congress, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and the Intelligence Community. He currently leads teams focused on strategic nuclear and intelligence issues. Brian’s academic research has focused on cyber issues. He is the co-author of the recent book Deterring Cyber Warfare: Bolstering Strategic Stability in Cyberspace. He is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University, where he teaches a graduate course on cyber warfare and international politics. Brian received his Ph.D. from George Mason University’s Department of Public and International Affairs and also holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Richmond and a M.S. in defense and strategic studies from Missouri State University’s Department of Defense and Strategic Studies.

Paul Mandelson is the Acting Legislative Director in the office of Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (IN-05), where his portfolio includes armed services, foreign affairs, budget, trade, environment, energy, government reform, and labor issues. Before joining the Brooks office, Paul worked for Congressman Mike Coffman (CO-06) for three years, handling his foreign affairs and homeland security portfolio. In addition to his experiences on the Hill, Paul has worked on political campaigns and conventions. Paul holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Security Studies from National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs and a B.A. from Colorado College, where he majored in Economics and Political Science.

Fiona F. McFarland is a surface warfare officer assigned to the Navy Office of Information in the Pentagon where works with public affairs as the assistant news desk director. Her previous tours include service aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble where she deployed to the Western Pacific. She also served as an engineering officer on the littoral combat ship USS Coronado, which she saw through trials, testing, and commissioning. Fiona graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2008 with a B.S. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and holds an M.B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler School of Business.

Adam Munitz is a Senior Associate at Fluet Huber + Hoang, PLLC, where he focuses primarily on export compliance, industrial security, anti-corruption, and procurement matters for domestic and foreign contractors in the defense and security sectors. Previously, Adam participated in Raytheon Company’s Contracts Leadership Development Program, during which he supported Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems and Integrated Defense Systems divisions. Adam received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, where he concentrated on Homeland and National Security Law, and his B.A. in International Affairs, with a double concentration in Conflict and Security and the Middle East, from The George Washington University.

Gabriel Scheinmann is the Director of Policy at the Jewish Policy Center. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at Georgetown University, where his dissertation focuses on how states drive wedges in opposing alliances. He is a contributing analyst at Wikistrat and a Rumsfeld Graduate Fellow. He has served as a Research Associate to the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as a Visiting Fellow at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. He holds an M.A. from Georgetown University and an A.B. from Harvard University.

Martha Simms is Director of Operations for the John Hay Initiative where she produces the John Hay policy bulletins and other publications and manages the work of 23 working groups. The policy products are distributed to Congress, governors, and 2016 candidates. Previously, Martha worked at corporate law firm Wachtell Lipton in New York, in the German Bundestag as an Internationales Parlaments-Stipendium fellow, and as a research and editing assistant at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Czech Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has an M.A. from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a B.A. from Tufts University.

Bryan Stevinson is a former Central Intelligence Agency Operations Officer with the National Clandestine Service’s Near East and South Asia Division. While at CIA, he conducted human source intelligence (HUMINT) collection operations in support of high priority covert action programs in the Middle East and South Asia—conducted operations in several war theaters where he received five Agency performance awards and one Meritorious Unit Citation Award for work against a high profile, top-tier counterterrorism target. In July 2013, Bryan established Sera Gira Consulting, LLC, an independent strategic and security consultancy that provides HUMINT and irregular warfare operational support and training for the Joint Special Operations Command and U.S. Government agencies operating worldwide. Bryan is an alumnus of Davidson College and National Taiwan Normal University.

Ryan White serves as Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) handling policy issues pertaining to national security, foreign affairs, and intelligence. He works closely on oversight and enforcement of Iranian Sanctions, combating terrorism financing, and the promotion of democracy in Middle Eastern and North African nation. Ryan is also the lead staffer for the Congressional Tunisia Caucus, created to promote the transition from authoritarian rule to democracy and to forge a closer relationship between the U.S. and Tunisia. Ryan participated in an international election observation for the 2014 Tunisian Presidential election, its first since the overthrow of the Ben Ali regime in 2011. Ryan graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.