CISA Faculty Expertise

CISA's faculty is uniquely positioned between academia and government, and focus on topics such as international security studies, irregular warfare, non-state actors, and combating terrorism. Our students learn to think strategically and to operate effectively in the complexity of the 21st century security environment. Below a sample of areas of expertise within the CISA Faculty. To learn more, you may view the full biographies on the "About" tab or click here.

CISA Faculty Expertise (By Region)

Africa

  • Dr. Sean McFate    
  • Dr. Russell Burgos - Sub-Saharan

Asia - Pacific

  • Dr. Jay M. Parker
  • Dr. Peter Thompson, China

South Asia

  • Dr. Hassan Abbas
  • Dr. Rameez Abbas
  • Mr. Matthew Dearing
  • Dr. Peter Eltsov 
  • Dr. Erica Marat

Central Asia

  • Mr. Matthew Dearing
  • Dr. Geoffrey Gresh
  • Dr. Erica Marat
  • CDR Kyle Taylor - Afghanistan 

Eurasia

  • Dr. Erica Marat - Former Soviet States
  • Dr. Spencer B. Meredith III - Russia, Ukraine, Caucasus
  • Ambassador Grigol Mgaloblishvili - South Caucasus 
  • Dr. Peter Eltsov - Russia
  • Dr. Elena Pokalova - Russia, Ukraine

Europe

  • Mr. Ted Larsen - Counterterrorism/Strategy   
  • Dr. Andrew Novo - Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus
  • Dr. Spencer B. Meredith, III - East Europe

Middle East

  • Dr. Hassan Abbas
  • Dr. Rameez Abbas
  • Dr. Geoffrey Gresh
  • Dr. Andrew Novo - Israel and Palestine
  • Dr. Russell Burgos
  • LtCol. Donald D. Palmer

South America

  • Dr. Craig Deare - Mexico and U.S. - Mexican relations
  • GEN (Ret.) Carlos Ospina Ovalle - Colombia, Insurgency   
CISA Faculty Expertise (By Function)

Political Economy  

  • Dr. Genevieve Lester
  • Dr. Peter Thompson
  • CDR Kyle Taylor
  • Prof. Matthew Dearing

Civil-Military Affairs

  • LTC John Francis
  • Dr. Erica Marat
  • Dr. Sean McFate    
  • Dr. Jay M. Parker
  • COL Brian Lamson

Democracy and Security

  • Dr. Rameez Abbas
  • Dr. Peter Eltsov
  • Dr. Spencer B. Meredith, III
  • Dr. Andrew Novo
  • Dr. Michael Bell
  • Dr. Charles Cushman
  • Dr. Genevieve Lester

Terrorism and Counterterrorism

  • Dr. Thomas Marks
  • Dr. Arabinda Acharya    
  • Mr. Aaron Danis
  • Dr. Kathryn Fisher    
  • Dr. Elena Pokalova
  • Mr. Ted Larsen
  • Dr. Andrew Novo
  • Dr. Michael Rupert
  • Dr. David Ucko

U.S. National Security and Foreign Policy, and International Relations

  • Dr. Michael Bell    
  • Dr. R.E. Burnett
  • Dr. Charles Cushman
  • Dr. Geoffrey Gresh
  • Mr. Monte Mallin
  • Dr. Sean McFate
  • Dr. Andrew Novo
  • LtCol. Donald Palmer
  • Dr. Jay Parker
  • Dr. Russell Burgos
  • Dr. Genevieve Lester

Transnational Organized Crime

  • Dr. Erica Marat
  • Dr. Craig Deare

Ethnic Conflict

  • Dr. Rameez Abbas
  • Dr. Andrew Novo
  • Dr. Elena Pokalova

Counterinsurgency

  • Dr. Kirklin Bateman
  • Dr. Thomas Marks
  • Dr. Michael Rupert
  • Dr. David Ucko
  • Dr. Michael Bell

NATO and Trans-Atlantic Relations

  • Ms. Carolyne Davidson
  • Mr. Ted Larsen    
  • Dr. Andrew Novo

Transitioning States

  • Dr. Rameez Abbas
  • Dr. Erica Marat
  • Dr. Andrew Novo
  • Dr. Elena Pokalova
  • Dr. Spencer B. Meredith, III

Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration

  • Dr. David Ucko
  • Dr. Sean McFate 

Military History

  • Dr. Christopher Bassford
  • Dr. Kirklin Bateman
  • Dr. Michael Bell
  • Dr. Andrew Novo

Military and Technology

  • Dr. Kirklin Bateman

Strategic Thought

  • Dr. Christopher Bassford

Peacebuilding

  • Dr. David Ucko
  • Dr. Spencer B. Meredith, III
  • COL Brian Lamson

Migration and Refugees

  • Dr. Rameez Abbas

Military and the Media

  • Dr. Jay Parker