Daniel Pipes, Senior Fellow. Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum. His bi-weekly column appears regularly in the Washington Times and in newspapers around the globe, including the Israel Hayom (Israel), La Razón (Spain), Liberal (Italy), National Post (Canada), and the Australian. His special interests include the role of Islam in public life, Turkey, Syria, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and U.S. foreign policy.
His website, DanielPipes.org, offers an archive of his work and an opportunity to sign up to receive e-mails of his current writings. With 69 million page visits, it is one of the Internet’s most accessed sources of specialized information on the Middle East and Muslim history. He tweets at @DanielPipes.
He received his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard University, both in history, and spent six years studying abroad, including three years in Egypt. Mr. Pipes speaks French, and reads Arabic and German. He has taught at Harvard, Pepperdine, the U.S. Naval War College, and the University of Chicago.
J. Michael Waller, Ph.D., Senior Fellow. A journalist and author, Dr. Waller brings expertise in terrorism, intelligence, the former Soviet Union and the Americas. He has covered wars and political violence in five countries, has written for Insight magazine, Reader’s Digest, the Washington Times and the Wall Street Journal and has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State. He holds a Ph.D. in international security affairs from Boston University, and is a former staff member of the United States Senate.
Stephen C. Coughlin, Esq., Senior Fellow. An attorney, decorated intelligence officer and noted specialist on Islamic law, ideology and related strategic information programs, Mr. Coughlin integrates experience in international law, intelligence, strategic communications and high-level project management in both the national defense and private sectors to develop unique perspectives, assessments and training packages relating to the intersection of national security and law. Often cited as the Pentagon’s leading expert on Islamic law, Coughlin is in demand as a lecturer at leading Defense training institutions, including the Naval War College, Marine Corps HQ-Quantico, and at Staff, Command and Division levels, as well as for the FBI and other agencies and private sector groups. A Major in the United States Army (res.), assigned to USCENTCOM, with a military intelligence specialty, Coughlin has served in a strategic communications role in CENTCOM-Doha. U.S. assignments have included attachment to the Pentagon’s National Military Joint Intelligence Center, the National Security Council’s Interagency Perception Management Threat Panel, and culminating in his assignment to the intelligence staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Coughlin’s private sector career has focused on international law, competitive intelligence and the development and provision of open source, classified and proprietary commercial data and information products and programs at leading publishing houses such as Lexis-Nexis/Reed Elsevier and West Group/WestLaw.
Lt. Col. Gordon Cucullu (Ret.), Senior Fellow. Mr. Cucullu is a former Special Forces lieutenant colonel with more than four decades of experience dealing with the tumultuous region of East Asia, including North and South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia. His best-selling book, Separated at Birth: How North Korea became the Evil Twin, has been acclaimed as one of the best insights into the convoluted, long-running conflict between South and North Korea. He is a regular contributor to Front Page Magazine, Tech Central Station, and Human Events Online. His articles appear often in The American Enterprise magazine as well as other electronic and print media. He has contributed to theNew York Post, the Washington Times, the Jerusalem Post and many other publications. He is a frequent guest on Fox News Channel and was on-camera analyst for WABC Channel 7 in New York City during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Cucullu’s latest work, Inside Gitmo: The True Story Behind the Myths of Guantanamo Bay is an essential contribution to a deeply misunderstood topic.
Nonie Darwish, Senior Fellow. Ms. Darwish is an American human rights activist, writer, public speaker and founder of Arabs For Israel. She is the author of the book Now they Call Me Infidel; Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel and the War on Terror.Her second book is Cruel And Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law. Her speech topics cover human rights, with emphasis on women’s rights and minority rights in the Middle East. Born in Egypt, Darwish is the daughter of an Egyptian Army lieutenant general, who, when assassinated by the Israeli army in 1956, was called a “shahid” by the Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, although Darwish blames “the Middle Eastern Islamic culture and the propaganda of hatred taught to children from birth” for the assassination. In 1978, she moved with her husband to the United States, and converted to Christianity there. After September 11, 2001 she has written on Islam-related topics.
Michael J. Del Rosso, Senior Fellow. Michael Del Rosso is an accomplished technology executive whose career spans 30 years. He has served as CEO and CTO of large public technology companies and early stage companies. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), past Chairman of the IEEE-USA Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC), a 2006 Lincoln Fellow at The Claremont Institute where he is presently Research Fellow in National Security Policy, Senior Fellow for Homeland and National Security at the Center for Security Policy, and has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He is also co-author of The Center for Security Policy’s recently published book, Shariah: The Threat to America: An Exercise in Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II). Mr. Del Rosso has contributed to Department of Defense Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) and information security initiatives, Congressional initiatives such as the National Security Study Group and the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack, and has designed and implemented technology solutions for the commercial, intelligence, and defense marketplaces.
Paula A. DeSutter, Senior Fellow. Ms. DeSutter is the former Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation. The Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation has principal responsibility for the overall supervision of all matters relating to the verification of and compliance with international arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and commitments. Ms. DeSutter brings to her position an extensive background in verification and a career focus on national security and intelligence. She served for over four years as a Professional Staff Member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). Ms. DeSutter was professional staff liaison to Senator Jon Kyl and was responsible for legislation and oversight of intelligence collection, analysis and activities related to proliferation, terrorism, arms control, the Persian Gulf States, India, Pakistan, China, and Afghanistan. Prior to her work in the Senate, Ms. DeSutter held numerous positions in the Verification and Intelligence Bureau in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA). She was selected to represent ACDA as a student at the National War College, then returned to the National Defense University as a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at its Center for Counter-Proliferation Research. Ms. DeSutter holds an MA in International Relations, an MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College, an MA in Economics, and a BA in Political Science. Her work at the National War College earned her the President’s Strategic Vision Award for Excellence in Research and Writing, and she was a Distinguished Graduate. Ms. DeSutter’s publications include Denial and Jeopardy: Deterring Iranian Use of NBC Weapons (NDU Press, 1998).
Manda Ervin, Senior Fellow. During the Iranian Islamic revolution, Manda Ervin witnessed the execution of many innocent people, including her high school principal who was murdered because she was a woman and the secretary of education. Ms. Ervin came to the United States as a political refugee on June 17th, 1980, became a citizen two years later and began her fight for human rights in Iran. She is the founder and president of the Alliance of Iranian Women a group which has deep connections within the Iranian diaspora and within Iran. She works to bring the West’s attention to the plight of Iranian women under Islamic Sharia laws. She has testified to the Congressional hearings and briefings, Helsinki Commission and spoken at the United Nations. In February of 2008, Mrs. Ervin was appointed by the President of the United States as the United States’ Delegate to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women. She almost single-handedly gathered the support to pass a 2003 U.S. Senate Resolution on the human rights of the women of Iran. She is frequently consulted by Members of Congress considering resolutions and legislation on Iran policy and human rights. As an analyst and writer, she has been published by many online political magazines, like the Hudson Institute, Family Security Matters, National Review and others. She speaks on TV and radio programs, nationally and internationally, including CNN, BBC, Radio France, VOA, Radio America and cable televisions stations which broadcast into Iran from California. She also speaks at universities and conferences on the history of American/Iranian relations, European/Middle Eastern history, human rights, and Islamic Shari’a laws.
Kevin D. Freeman, Senior Fellow. Mr. Freeman, CFA, is the founder and CEO of Freeman Global Investment Counsel. In 1990, he wrote a business plan for Sir John Templeton and was hand-picked by him to help build the Templeton Private Client group, which managed nearly $2.5 billion in global markets within a decade. One of the world’s leading experts on economic warfare and financial terrorism, Freeman authored the report “Economic Warfare: Risks and Responses” for the Department of Defense in 2009 and has briefed members of Congress, U.S. Senators, and past and present members of the CIA, DIA, FBI, SEC, Homeland Security, Justice Department, and state and local law enforcement. In his bookSecret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the U.S. Stock Market and Why It Can Happen Again, Mr. Freeman unveils how all the evidence – including motive, means, and opportunity – points to America’s foreign enemies as deliberately pushing our economy over the brink. He argues that our financial system is profoundly vulnerable to financial terrorism, and that we are being targeted for further and even more destructive attacks by our enemies, who want to cripple America as the world’s leading economy.
Caroline Glick, Adjunct Fellow. Caroline Glick is the Senior Contributing Editor of The Jerusalem Post and Director of the Israel Security Project at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. She serves as adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., and is the author of Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad (2008). She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, served as Assistant Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 1997-98, and regularly briefs senior administration officials and members of Congress on issues of joint Israeli-American concern. She lives in Jerusalem. A former officer in the Israel Defense Forces, she was a core member of Israel’s negotiating team with the Palestinians and later served as an assistant policy advisor to the prime minister. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, the widely-published Glick was an embedded journalist with the U.S. Army’s Third Infantry Division. She was awarded a distinguished civilian service award from the U.S. Secretary of the Army for her battlefield reporting.
Joseph E. Schmitz, Senior Fellow. Joseph E. Schmitz served as Inspector General of the Department of Defense from April 2002 until September 2005; before that, while he was a Partner in the international law firm of Patton Boggs LLP, he served as Inspector General of the Naval Reserve Intelligence Command (as a Naval Reserve Captain). He is now CEO of Joseph E. Schmitz, PLLC, a veteran-owned small business law firm he founded in 2008, the core values of which are Integrity, Transparent Accountability, Disciplined Teamwork, and Independence. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy, and earned his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School. In 2013, Mr. Schmitz was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Virginia Chapter) as an “Outstanding American.”
Dr. Robert Zubrin, Senior Fellow. Dr. Zubrin is the founder and President of the Mars Society, as well as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors. Dr. Zubrin is also President of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace R&D company located in Lakewood, Colorado. Formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, he holds a Masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington. Viewed as a respected author and a renowned expert on Mars, Dr. Zubrin has testified in recent years before several government committees and in 2009 spoke in front of the Augustine Commission on the subject of the future of America’s human space flight program. He is the author of the critically acclaimed nonfiction books The Case for Mars, Entering Space, and Mars on Earth; the science fiction novels The Holy Land and First Landing; and articles in Scientific American, The New Atlantis, American Enterprise, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He has appeared on major media including CNN, C-SPAN, the BBC, the Discovery Channel, the Science Channel, NBC, ABC, and NPR.