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 for Middle Eastern Studies

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

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


Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Senior Fellow for the Fellow for 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, 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.


Catherine Powell

Fellow for the Women and Foreign Policy Program

Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. From 2009 to 2012 she served on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Policy Planning Staff (on gender, human rights, and international organizations) and on the National Security Staff as director for human rights in the Obama administration. She is the author of Libya: A Multilateral Constitutional Moment? (American Journal of International Law, 2012) and A Missed Opportunity to Lead by Example (New York Times, "Room for Debate on Have Treaties Gone Out of Style?," 2012). She is currently writing on gender, development, and national security matters.

Expertise: International law and organizations, human rights and democracy, gender, comparative constitutional law, human rights and law reform


Rachel Vogelstein

Fellow for the Women and Foreign Policy Program

Author of Ending Child Marriage: How Elevating the Status of Girls Advances U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives (Council on Foreign Relations Press, 2013). An attorney by training with expertise in women's issues. Adjunct professor of women's rights at Georgetown University. Director of policy and senior advisor in the Office of Global Women's Issues within the Office of the Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State from 2009 to 2012. Recipient of the Secretary of State's Superior Honor Award and a National Association of Women Lawyers Award.

Expertise: Women and foreign policy, human rights, child marriage, global health, maternal and child health, education, development and the role of women.

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

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

Jared Cohen

Adjunct Fellow


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

Joshua Kurlantzick

Fellow for Southeast Asia


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

Mark Lagon

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights

Expertise: 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

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