Leadership and Staff

CSMD Fellows

Isobel Coleman

Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy; Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy initiative; and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program

Co-author of Pathways to Freedom: Political and Economic Lessons From Democratic Transitions (Council on Foreign Relations Press, 2013). Author of Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East (Random House, 2010). Contributing author to Restoring the Balance: A Middle East Strategy for the Next President (Brookings Institution Press, 2008). Co-author of Strategic Foreign Assistance: Civil Society in International Security (Hoover Institution Press, 2006).

Expertise: Democratization, civil society, economic development, gender issues in the Middle East and South Asia, educational reform, and microfinance.

Ed Husain

Senior Fellow

Author of The Islamist (Penguin, 2007). Former founding director of Quilliam, the British counter-extremism think tank. Previously a member and strategist for radical Islamist organizations in London.

Expertise: Islamist ideologies; civil society counter radicalization strategies; government counterterrorism policies; Western Muslim communal discourse.

Terra Lawson-Remer

Terra Lawson-Remer

Fellow for Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy

Former senior adviser at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Assistant professor of international affairs at The New School. Co-author of Pathways to Freedom: Political and Economic Lessons From Democratic Transitions (Council on Foreign Relations Press, 2013). Co-author of the Social & Economic Rights Fulfillment (SERF) Index.

Expertise: Opportunity and exclusion in the global economy: poverty and economic development, property rights, natural resources, global economic governance, fragile states, emerging economies, transitions, rule of law.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program

Journalist and researcher focusing on U.S. foreign policy, international development, women and economic development, and global entrepreneurship. Contributing editor at-large for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, and author of New York Times bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: a book about a young woman whose business supported her family and community in Afganistan when the Taliban was in power there.

Expertise: Economic growth and development; development and the role of women; Afghanistan; women in Afghanistan; entrepreneurship and role of business environment; women and nation-building; military and economic development; economics and fiscal policy; maternal and reproductive health; role of international institutions in women's empowerment.

Research Staff

Aala Abdelgadir

Research Associate

Allison Blough

Research Associate

Lynn ElHarake

Research Associate

Sigrid von Wendel

Program Assistant

CSMD Contributers

John Campbell

Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies

Career Foreign Service officer and former ambassador to Nigeria. Political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria during South Africa's first non-racial elections. Author of Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010).

Expertise: Nigeria, South Africa, U.S.policy toward Africa; HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Jared Cohen

Adjunct Fellow

Director of Google Ideas, Google Inc. Former member of the Policy Planning Staff under both Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.

Expertise: Terrorism; radicalization; impact of connection technologies on 21st century statecraft; Iran.

Steven A. Cook

Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies

Author of Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey. Directed the Council-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. policy toward reform in the Arab world. Author of The Struggle for Egypt (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Expertise: Politics in the Arab world; U.S.-Middle East policy; Turkish politics; civil-military relations in the Middle East; Arab-Israeli conflict.

Joshua Kurlantzick

Fellow for Southeast Asia

Former foreign correspondent and journalist covering Southeast Asia. Current research focuses on reinvigorating U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia, China's strategy toward Southeast Asia, and lessons of Indonesia as a successful Muslim-majority democracy. Author of Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power is Transforming the World, released in 2006, and of numerous articles and briefs on Southeast Asia, China, and democratization in the developing world.

Expertise: Southeast Asia, China; Asian regionalism; public diplomacy; democratization in the developing world.

Mark Lagon

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights

Concentration chair and visiting professor in the master of science in foreign service program at Georgetown University. Former ambassador-at-Large to combat trafficking in persons and deputy assistant secretary for international organization affairs at the U.S. Department of State.


Human rights, human trafficking, democracy promotion, humanitarian affairs and intervention, United Nations, multilateral politics, global governance, corporate social responsibility.

Shannon K. O'Neil

Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies

Director of the recent Council-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. policy toward Latin America. Currently authoring a book on Mexico.

Expertise: Latin America, Mexico, Brazil; policy reform; security; trade; energy; immigration.