Experts

The Council on Foreign Relations' David Rockefeller Studies Program—CFR's "think tank"—is home to more than seventy full-time, adjunct, and visiting scholars and practitioners (called fellows). Their expertise covers the world's major regions as well as the critical issues shaping today's global agenda.

Regional Security (continued)

Security Contractors

Timothy A. Phillips

National Intelligence Fellow

Senior National Intelligence service executive and former national intelligence collection officer for South Asia and managing editor for Intelligence Today with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Special Operations

Timothy A. Phillips

National Intelligence Fellow

Senior National Intelligence service executive and former national intelligence collection officer for South Asia and managing editor for Intelligence Today with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Territorial Disputes

Timothy A. Phillips

National Intelligence Fellow

Senior National Intelligence service executive and former national intelligence collection officer for South Asia and managing editor for Intelligence Today with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Veterans Affairs

Colonel Brian R. Bruckbauer

Military Fellow, U.S. Air Force

Colonel Brian R. Bruckbauer, U.S. Air Force, served as the commander of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and 673d Air Base Wing in Alaska where he was responsible for 5,500 personnel, $11.4B in infrastructure, and support to over 35,000 throughout Alaska. Previously he was the military assistant to the under secretary of defense for policy.

Colonel Bruckbauer holds a BA from the University of St. Thomas, an MA from the George Washington University, an MS from the College of Naval Command and Staff, and an MS from the National War College.

Wars and Warfare

Captain Clint Carroll

Military Fellow, U.S. Navy

Captain Clint Carroll, U.S. Navy, commanded Amphibious Squadron 3, the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, and USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG-49). He has deployed to the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. Captain Carroll served as the deputy commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, in the operations directorate of The Joint Staff, and as a Quadrennial Defense Review analyst on the Chief of Naval Operations' staff.

Captain Carroll holds a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MBA from San Diego State University, and an MS from the National War College. He was a Joint Staff Fellow for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Program.

David P. Fidler

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Cybersecurity

Professor of international law, cybersecurity, national security, and global health at Indiana University. Currently working with CFR’s Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program. Editor of the forthcoming The Snowden Reader (Indiana University Press, 2015).

Philip H. Gordon

Senior Fellow

Former special assistant to the president and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region. Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Author of numerous books and articles about the Middle East, Europe, and U.S. foreign policy.  

Colonel Thomas J. Gordon

Military Fellow, U.S. Marine Corps

Colonel Thomas Gordon, U.S. Marine Corps, has commanded at the group, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, and battalion level. His previous staff assignments include Marine Forces Central Command (G-3), Lead Planner Marine Expeditionary Force Forward (MEF Forward) in Afghanistan, and 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (G-3) in Japan. 

Colonel Gordon holds a BA from The Citadel, and an MA from Webster University. He is a former fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy

Journalist and researcher focusing on U.S. foreign policy, international development, women and economic development, and global entrepreneurship. Contributing editor-at-large at Newsweek/Daily Beast and author of the New York Times bestsellers Ashley's War and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana.

Rebecca Friedman Lissner

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow

Expert on U.S. national security policy, with a particular focus on strategic planning, use of force issues, and nuclear security. Writing a book examining how lessons learned from military interventions have shaped U.S. grand strategy since World War II. 

Oriana Skylar Mastro

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow

Assistant professor of security studies at Georgetown University and U.S. Air Force Reserve officer. Currently researching Chinese capabilities and willingness to secure and dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons program as the 2016-2017 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow.

Meghan L. O'Sullivan

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Former deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan, former adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, former member of State Department policy planning staff handling Northern Ireland peace process, Iran, Syria, and relations with the Muslim world. Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School.

Timothy A. Phillips

National Intelligence Fellow

Senior National Intelligence service executive and former national intelligence collection officer for South Asia and managing editor for Intelligence Today with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Colonel Rick Ullian

Military Fellow, U.S. Army

Colonel Rick Ullian, U.S. Army, is an artillerymen and former brigade commander in Europe. His previous assignments include special assistant to the vice chief of staff of the Army. He has deployed numerous times in support of military operations in Somalia, Haiti, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Colonel Ullian holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MA from the Naval Command and Staff College, and served as an Army War College fellow at the Institute of World Politics.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Richard A. Falkenrath

Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security

Expert on counterterrorism and national security issues. Former deputy assistant to President George W Bush and deputy homeland security adviser. Also former deputy commissioner for counterterrorism with the New York City Police Department.