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2011 Fellows

Mike Gallagher is a Fellow in the Marine Corps’ Junior Officer Strategic Intelligence Program and a student in the joint Master of Arts in Security Studies/Ph.D. in International Relations program at Georgetown University, where his research focuses on military innovation and the role of intelligence in grand strategy design and presidential decision-making.  Previously, he served on General Petraeus’ CENTCOM Assessment Team and deployed twice to Al Anbar Province as a commander of intelligence teams. Mike holds a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from National Defense Intelligence College.  He received his undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, earning a certificate in Near Eastern Studies.


Daniel R. Green is a Soref Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy where he conducts research on Yemen, al-Qaeda, counter-insurgency, and stability operations.  His prior experiences include service with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) as the Political Advisor to the Tarin Kowt Provincial Reconstruction Team in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan; he subsequently served as the ISAF Joint Command Liaison Officer to the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Interagency Provincial Affairs in that country. Daniel also worked with the U.S. Navy in Fallujah, Iraq, where he served as a Tribal and Leadership Engagement Officer. He writes a monthly column on Irregular Warfare for Armed Forces Journal.


Reza Nasim Jan is a Research Analyst and the Pakistan Team Lead for the Critical Threats Project of the American Enterprise Institute. His research focuses on the Taliban insurgency, terrorism, the Pakistani military, and broader issues of security in Pakistan. He has traveled extensively in northwest Pakistan, including the Swat valley and Peshawar as part of field research on military operations and Taliban activity in the region and has interviewed senior Pakistani military officers, politicians, government officials, journalists and local leaders. He has conducted several media briefings in public and private on military operations in northwest Pakistan.



Jofi Joseph has served since August 2009 as a Senior Advisor to Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher, engaging on a range of U.S. arms control and nonproliferation efforts. From 2007 to 2009, he served as Senator Robert P. Casey Jr.’s (D-PA) principal advisor on foreign policy, national security, and homeland defense issues; Jofi previously served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and advised the Chairman, Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., on arms control, nonproliferation, and U.S. military assistance issues.  In between his stints on Capitol Hill, Jofi was a senior consultant with a professional services firm, facilitating strategic planning and policy analysis for the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts on critical infrastructure protection.


Christina Lin is a Research Consultant for IHS Jane’s of London, where she developed and authored the Biological and Chemical Weapons sections of China country report in Jane’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Intelligence Centre. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where she was the project director for China-Middle East Relations and authored the monograph The New Silk Road: China’s Energy Strategy in the Greater Middle East. She has also served as the Director for China Affairs and Regional Security Architecture at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and was a Research Analyst for the U.S. Department of State.


Seth Mandel is a foreign affairs writer based in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in National Review Online, The Washington Times, Big Peace, The American Thinker, and other publications covering issues related to national security and foreign affairs. He was the managing editor of four newspapers in New Jersey, where he won two investigative journalism awards for his coverage of Iran's nuclear program and support for terrorist organizations in the Middle East. He has reported on the region from Jerusalem and Istanbul, is the editor of a forthcoming volume on anti-Semitism, and is the author of the special report "Unmasking Chechnya," about the conflict in the North Caucasus. He is a graduate of Rutgers University.


Blaise Misztal is the Associate Director of Foreign Policy and Director of the Cyber Security Task Force at Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), where he previously served as Senior Policy Analyst. He directed the 2009 "Cyber ShockWave" simulation which aired on CNN and is leading a follow-on exercise focusing on private-public partnership in cyber security. Additionally, he has contributed to all three of the BPC's "Meeting the Challenge" reports on Iran's nuclear proliferation as well as the upcoming report on “Stabilizing Fragile States.” Blaise is currently completing his Ph.D. in Political Science at Yale University, where his research focuses on relationship between democracy, liberalism and social stability.


Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens is a PhD candidate at King’s College, London and a Research Fellow at the university's International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR). His main area of study is the growth and success of English speaking Salafi-jihadist ideologues in the West. Prior to joining ICSR, Alexander worked as a Fellow at Policy Exchange and the Centre for Social Cohesion, where he focused on radicalisation, ‘homegrown’ extremism and the far-right. He has contributed to various online and printed publications including The Daily Telegraph, the Independent, Foreign Policy, Lebanon's Daily Star, Standpoint and NOWLebanon. His work has also been cited in the Weekly Standard, Observer, Daily Express, and by the BBC.


John Noonan is the principle Speechwriter for the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep Buck McKeon (R-CA). Before moving to HASC professional staff, Mr. Noonan was a Policy Advisor at the Foreign Policy Initiative, where he specialized in defense and foreign policy issues. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he pulled over 300 nuclear alerts in the Minuteman III REACT-A weapon system and was responsible for the maintenance and release of ten long-range, thermonuclear missiles. He later worked as a Minuteman III weapons and tactics instructor with the 90th Operations Support Squadron. Prior to moving to the Hill, Mr. Noonan was a regular contributor to The Weekly Standard, and has been published in Wired, Politico, The Small Wars Journal, National Review, and others.


Stefanie Peterson is a Major in the U.S. Air Force, and a visiting defense fellow working on Capitol Hill. Previously, she was the senior intelligence officer of the 48th Fighter Wing at England's Lakenheath Air Base, where she directed intelligence personnel in support of the wing, which included three F-15 fighter squadrons and one HH-60 rescue squadron. She has served in a number of intelligence assignments, including command briefer and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) analyst for U.S. Central Command. There, Stefanie served as lead analyst for Iran, focusing on the Iranian nuclear and ballistic missile programs. She also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as a collection manager and intelligence liaison. Immediately after the September 11 attacks, she drafted the operations plan for bringing the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft into the Afghan theater.


Josh Shahryar is a journalist and human rights activist who covers ongoing conflicts as well as human rights issues for various media organizations. He also helps in organizing and takes part in peaceful demonstrations in support of basic human rights. Josh writes for PBS’s Tehran Bureau, The Huffington Post, Pajamas Media and EA WorldView. He previously worked as a senior editor for Afghanistan's largest weekly newspaper, The Kabul Weekly, and as a news editor for Afghanistan’s largest television station, TOLO TV. He covers Islamic fundamentalism, global jihad, democratization in the Middle East and human rights in Asia and Africa. Josh is currently working on his first book which chronicles his life, the history of Afghanistan and Pakistan in the past three decades and the rise of fundamentalist Islam.


Jim Smythers has been on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for four years as a Professional Staff Member.  He serves as staff designee to Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and as a Committee budget monitor for covert action. Prior to joining the Committee in April 2007, he worked for the Director of National Intelligence as a legislative affairs liaison officer.  Jim is a former Captain in United States Army.  He served a combined eight years on active and reserve duty with deployments to Kuwait and South Korea.  His assignments include serving as an intelligence analyst in the J2 Crisis Management Directorate of the Defense Intelligence Agency during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After leaving active duty, Jim was a senior consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.


Adam Tarsi was named the Chief of Staff of the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) in July 2007.  CTTSO programs are responsible for national interagency research and development program for combating terrorism.  Adam is responsible for the daily operations of CTTSO, which include strategic planning and execution of contracts, finance, and legal oversight, among other duties. In addition to the Chief of Staff duties, Adam has been the International Program Manager of CTTSO since July 2004. He previously was a Financial Manager for the Department of the Navy, where he was responsible for planning, programming, budgeting, and execution of the financial resources for numerous National Security programs.


Michael Egan Tomai brings with him experience in the defense and intelligence communities from the tactical level to the design of strategic capabilities.  He worked as an open source intelligence analyst and studied international conflict resolution in The Hague before receiving his commission in the Marine Corps in 2005.  Michael served as a Human Intelligence Exploitation Team leader, Counterintelligence Platoon Commander, and Special Staff Officer at battalion and regimental infantry units in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006 through 2009.  After departing active duty service, he managed special operations capability research and development in the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Irregular Warfare Support Program as a contracted civilian. 


Alex Vatanka specializes in Middle Eastern affairs with a particular focus on Iran. From 2006-2010, he was the Editor of Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst in Washington, D.C; he previously was a senior political analyst at Jane’s in London where he covered the Middle East. He joined the Middle East Institute as a scholar in 2007, and also lectures as a Senior Fellow in Middle East Studies at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS). Alex has lectured widely for both governmental and commercial audiences, including the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Congressional staff, and Middle Eastern energy firms.


Adam White is an attorney at an international law firm.  His work focuses primarily on litigating federal regulatory and constitutional issues arising from energy infrastructure development.  He currently serves as the national Energy Bar Association's Judicial Review Committee Chairman. Adam also does "pro bono" work for clients engaged in federal litigation; he co-authored FDD's Supreme Court amicus brief in Kiyemba v. Obama, a recent Supreme Court case in which Uighurs detained at Guantanamo demanded to be released into the United States.