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Janne Nolan, Program Director

Ph.D., Tufts University

U.S. foreign policy, international security, military strategy, U.S. governance and ethics, Congress

Janne E. Nolan is a member of the international affairs faculty at George Washington University and a Senior Fellow at the Association for Diplomatic Studies. She has held numerous senior positions in the private sector, including as Professor of International Affairs and Deputy Director of the Ridgway Center at the University of Pittsburgh; project director and research faculty at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service; Director of Foreign Policy for The Century Foundation of New York, Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Senior International Security Consultant at Science Applications International Corporation.

Dr. Nolan also chairs the Nuclear Security Working Group, a bipartisan group of senior foreign policy experts working to build consensus on pressing arms control and nuclear security issues. The Nuclear Security Working Group is generously funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Dr. Nolan's public service includes positions as a technology trade and arms control specialist in the Department of State, as senior representative to the Senate Armed Services Committee, and as the defense advisor to several presidential campaigns and transition teams. She served as an appointed member of the White House Presidential Advisory Board on U.S. Arms and Technology Policy (Chair), the National Defense Panel, the State Department's Accountability Review Board (investigating terror attacks against U.S. embassies in East Africa), the Gates Panel to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S., and the Secretary of Defense's Policy Board.

Author of seven books, Dr. Nolan's work includes: Guardians of the Arsenal: The Politics of Nuclear StrategyTrappings of Power: Ballistic Missiles in the Third WorldAn Elusive Consensus: Nuclear Weapons and American Security after the Cold War, and Tyranny of Consensus: Discourse and Dissent in American National Security Policy. She has received major research awards from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation (5 time recipient), the Ford Foundation, and the Ploughshares Foundation and serves on the board of the American Middle East Institute, the Arms Control Association, the Monterey Institute's Non Proliferation Review, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Center for Climate and Security. Dr. Nolan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Committee on International Security (second appointed term), the Aspen Strategy Group (Distinguished Emeritus), and the Cosmos Club.


Guest speakers each summer will vary, based on availability and the changing shape of U.S. foreign policy. In 2013, guest speakers included the following:

Michael Brown
Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs

Michael E. Brown is the Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at The George Washington University. From 1998 to 2005, Dr. Brown was on the faculty of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and was the founding director of Georgetown's Center for Peace and Security Studies and Director of the M.A. program in Security Studies. From 1994 to 1998, he was Associate Director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. From 1988 to 1994, he was a member of the Directing Staff and Senior Fellow in U.S. Security Policy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Dr. Brown has been co-editor of the journal International Security (1994-2006) and now serves on the journal's editorial board. He was Editor of the journal Survival from 1991 to 1994. Dr. Brown is the author of Flying Blind: The Politics of the U.S. Strategic Bomber Program, which won the Edgar Furniss National Security Book Award. He is the editor of Ethnic Conflict and International Security, The International Dimensions of Internal Conflict, and Grave New World: Security Challenges in the 21st Century. He is co-editor of The Costs of Conflict, Government Policies and Ethnic Relations in Asia and the Pacific, Fighting Words: Language Policy and Ethnic Conflict in Asia, and fourteen International Security readers.

Richard Bush
Director, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, Brookings Institute

Richard Bush came to Brookings in July 2002, after serving almost five years as the chairman and managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan, the mechanism through which the United States Government conducts substantive relations with Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic relations. Dr. Bush began his professional career in 1977 with the China Council of The Asia Society. In July 1983 he became a staff consultant on the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs. In January 1993 he moved up to the full committee, where he worked on Asia issues and served as liaison with Democratic Members. In July 1995, he became National Intelligence Officer for East Asia and a member of the National Intelligence Council. Richard Bush received his undergraduate education at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He did his graduate work in political science at Columbia University, getting an M.A. in 1973 and his Ph.D. in 1978. He is author of a number of articles on U.S. relations with China and Taiwan, and major recent papers include "The Challenge of a Nuclear North Korea: Dark Clouds, Only One Silver Lining" (2010) and "The U.S. Policy of Extended Deterrence in East Asia" (2011). He is author of At Cross Purposes, a book of essays on the history of America's relations with Taiwan published in March 2004 by M.E. Sharpe; and of Untying the Knot, a book on cross-Strait political relations published by the Brookings Institution Press in July 2005. Dr. Bush co-wrote A War Like No Other: The Truth About China's Challenge to America (Wiley, 2007), which examines the challenges that the United States faces in avoiding conflict and developing its relationship with China, with Brookings scholar Michael O'Hanlon. His latest book, Perils of Proximity: China-Japan Security Relations, was published by the Brookings Institution Press in October 2010. He is currently working on a book about the future of Taiwan-China relations and implications for United States policy.

Edward J. Lacey
Deputy Director, Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State

Edward J. Lacey is Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Staff. Before joining the Staff, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance. As head of the U.S. Delegation to the International Conference on Verification of the Biological Weapons Convention, he was given the Personal Rank of Ambassador. Prior to 1999, Dr. Lacey served in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency as Deputy Assistant Director, and as Principal Deputy Director of the Department of Defense On-Site Inspection Agency. Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Special Advisor to the President for Arms Control Matters; Director of the Standing Requirements Office in the Intelligence Community Staff; Senior Advisor on the U.S. Delegation to the U.S.-Soviet Standing Consultative Commission; Special Assistant to the Director of Systems Analysis in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and with the Central Intelligence Agency. Dr. Lacey graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Villanova, and has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. He is a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service and was named Meritorious Senior Executive in 2003. He is the recipient of both the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Service and the Department of State Superior Honor Award.

David Ottaway,
Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and former Washington Post foreign correspondent

David Ottaway received a B.A. from Harvard, magna cum laude, in 1962 and a PhD from Columbia University in 1972. He worked 35 years for The Washington Post as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe and, later, as a national security and investigative reporter in Washington before retiring in 2006. He has won numerous awards for his reporting at home and abroad and was twice nominated a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Ottaway is currently a Senior Scholar at the Wilson Center. His most recent book, published in November 2008, was "The King's Messenger: Prince Bandar bin Sultan and America's Tangled Relationship with Saudi Arabia". He is currently working on a book regarding the changes underway in the Arab world.

Walker Roberts
Principal, BGR Government Affairs

Walker Roberts is Principal at BGR, the Managing Director of BGR's London office and an Executive Director of BGR Capital & Trade. Walker's work focuses on assisting U.S. and foreign companies with their business-to-business activities. Walker leads BGR's lobbying efforts in assisting clients on immigration and visa-related matters, especially regarding high-tech issues, and works with other BGR Principals on advocacy efforts on behalf of the Republic of India, Poland and the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq. Walker joined BGR in 2006 after serving nearly 17 years under four chairmen on the staff of the House Committee on International Relations serving most recently as Deputy Staff Director under Chairman Henry J. Hyde from 2001 to 2006. Walker also served as the primary liaison to the Republican Leadership and Appropriations Committee on all legislative and oversight matters, including the State Department Authorization Act, the Export Administration Act and the Defense Authorization Act. He is well-regarded for his foreign policy expertise, particularly in the areas of foreign aid and security assistance, non-proliferation and export controls, and arms transfers and defense trade matters. From 1987 to 1989, Walker served under President Ronald Reagan in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, before which he worked on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under Chairman Richard G. Lugar. He received his Master of Arts from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Denison University.

Rexon Ryu,
Deputy (at the State Department) to the U.S. Representative to the United Nations

Rexon Y. Ryu currently serves as Deputy to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Susan Rice. Rexon provides advice and assists with the formulation of U.S. foreign policy toward the United Nations, and participates as the representative of Ambassador Rice and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in the sub-Cabinet, Deputy-level U.S. foreign policymaking process.

From March 2009 through July 2011, Rexon served as Director for Nonproliferation on the National Security Staff of the White House. His responsibilities covered U.S. nonproliferation policy in Asia and the Middle East, with particular focus on North Korea and Iran. During the transition of President-elect Obama, Rexon led the confirmation team for Susan Rice to be U.S. Ambassador to the UN. From March 2005 through January 2009, Rexon served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Foreign Policy Advisor for U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. From September 1999 through February 2005, Rexon held various positions in the U.S. Department of State, including Special Assistant to then Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage, Senior Political Officer on the Iraq Desk in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Executive Assistant to Ambassador John Wolf, the U.S. Roadmap Envoy in Jerusalem, and Senior Nonproliferation Officer for Iraq and Iran issues in the Nonproliferation Bureau. Rexon received his Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs and his B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Peter Yeo
Vice President for Public Policy, UN Foundation

Peter Yeo joined the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Campaign in February 2009 after over twenty years of legislative, analytical, and management experience, including senior roles on Capitol Hill and in the State Department. Prior to arriving at UNF, Yeo served for ten years as the Deputy Staff Director at the House Foreign Affairs Committee chaired by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA). He has worked on a broad range of foreign policy and foreign aid issues. He led the successful negotiations for the landmark HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003, commonly known as PEPFAR, as well as the successful $50 billion reauthorization of the law in 2008. He also shepherded into law several measures dealing with China, Tibet, Burma, and East Timor. Prior to his work with the House Committee, he served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. State Department during the Second Clinton Administration, where he led the negotiations around repayment of the U.S. arrears to the United Nations and was part of the U.S. delegation to the climate negotiations in Kyoto. Yeo holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University as well as a M.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.

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