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September 30, 2019—The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes the 2019–20 visiting fellows to the David Rockefeller Studies Program. Selected fellows have the opportunity to broaden their perspective of foreign affairs through a year in residence at the Council.
Visiting fellowships are an integral part of the Council’s efforts to develop talent by creating more scholar-practitioners in the field of foreign policy. The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF), established in 1967, counts more than six hundred alumni. Over the years, the Council has hosted more than 150 Military Fellows, more than seventy Edward R. Murrow Press Fellows, and twenty National Intelligence Fellows as of this year. Among CFR’s Military Fellowship alumni, who come to the Council at the captain or colonel rank, more than half have gone on to be promoted to admiral or general.
EDWARD R. MURROW PRESS FELLOW
Matthieu Aikins is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, and has been a fellow at New America and the Nation Institute. He has reported from Afghanistan and the Middle East since 2008. Aikins is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist and has received various other honors, including the Polk and Livingston awards. He is currently writing a book about the global refugee crisis, based on a journey he made with Afghan refugees in 2016.
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE FELLOW
Amir Asmar most recently served as the deputy director of the president’s daily brief staff. Throughout his career, his primary area of focus was the Middle East. He held a wide range of analytic and leadership positions for the Department of the Army, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Intelligence Council. From 2010 to 2017, Asmar served as the defense intelligence officer for the Middle East and North Africa. Previously, Asmar served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Niger. He has also taught a number of Middle East–focused courses at the National Intelligence University.
Colonel Curtis R. Bass, of the U.S. Air Force, most recently commanded the 461st Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia and the 609th Combined Air Operations Center in Southwest Asian combat operations. Bass is a master air battle manager with more than 2,500 hours in the E-3 AWACS and E-8 Joint STARS command and control aircraft. He has served on the personal staff of the secretary of the air force, the commander of Air Forces Central Command, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command Operations staff.
Colonel Michael A. Brooks, of the U.S. Marine Corps, has commanded in combat at the company, battalion, and brigade levels, most recently commanding a multinational special operations task force in Iraq. Brooks is a special operations officer with experience in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations. He has served in the navy secretariat and the Joint Staff within the Department of Defense.
Colonel Michael J. Jackson, of the U.S. Army, has served as chief for information operations and special activities at the brigade, division, theater special operations command, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) operational, and global combatant command levels. Jackson is an information operations officer with experience integrating information-related capabilities across the Department of Defense, within the whole of the U.S. government, with NATO allies, and with partner nations.
Captain Brian L. Sittlow, of the U.S. Navy, commanded Submarine Squadron 4 and USS Boise and has held a variety of other leadership positions throughout his career in the submarine force. Sittlow has conducted several deployments in the Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific Oceans on fast attack and strategic ballistic missile submarines.
Captain Edward St. Pierre, of the U.S. Coast Guard, has commanded three coast guard cutters including the Anacapa, the Venturous, and the Morgenthau. St. Pierre’s staff assignments include coast guard Senate liaison, chief of the office of counter narcotics and law enforcement training at U.S. Africa Command, director of the coast guard National Command Center, and chief of staff to the coast guard Atlantic area commander.
STANTON NUCLEAR SECURITY FELLOW
Jooeun Kim most recently was a research fellow in the Asian studies program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she focused on alliance politics, credibility, nuclear nonproliferation, and East Asian security issues. Previously, Kim was a predoctoral fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University and a nuclear security predoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.
STANTON NUCLEAR SECURITY FELLOW
Joseph Torigian is an assistant professor at American University’s School of International Service, where he researches Chinese and Russian politics and foreign policy. He is also a global fellow at the Wilson Center’s history and public policy program. Previously, he was a fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and George Washington University’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies. He was also an international research and exchanges board scholar affiliated with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, a Fulbright Scholar at Fudan University in Shanghai, and a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Learn more about CFR’s fellowship program at https://www.cfr.org/fellowships. To request an interview with a CFR expert, please contact the Global Communications and Media Relations team at 212.434.9888 or [email protected].