About the Judges
At IPC, we want students to engage with meaningful international relations topics from a variety of perspectives. As such, we have recruited a diverse range of experienced academics, professionals, and students to judge our conference. Our judges have focused on topics ranging from diplomacy to food security and human rights law and much more. We are confident that these individuals will provide our competition a uniquely comprehensive insight into difficult problems in international relations.
Within our overarching topic this Fall — chosen by the RAND Corporation and announced at our opening ceremony — students can focus on any number of aspects related to this "umbrella problem," whether it be security- or development-related, environmental, health- or energy-related, or legal in scope. We fully expect students to bring to this challenge any particular background that they have in any specific discipline in order to provide the concentration necessary for their policy proposals to be robust and realistic.
Read on for the bios of our Fall 2018 judges that have been announced so far. New announcements of judges and speakers will continue to take place throughout the Summer and the beginning of the Fall. Stay tuned for updates!
DR. FUMIKO SASAKI
PROFESSOR, COLUMBIA SIPA
Dr. Fumiko Sasaki teaches East Asian Security for the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University during the summer session. She is an advisor for the capstone program and an Adjunct Associate Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. She teaches East Asian Security at School of Advanced International studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, too. Dr. Sasaki received a Ph.D and M.A. in Asian Studies and International Relations from SAIS. Her book, Nationalism, Political Realism and Democracy in Japan: The Thought of Masao Maruyama, assesses the development of democracy in Post-War Japan. Her research currently focuses on a quantitative and comparative study of whether/how internet use enhances political participation. In her capacity as the director of the Community E-Learning Initiative at Distance Education for Africa, Dr. Sasaki is passionate and actively involved in enhancing education in Africa. Specifically, she focuses on the development of job opportunities for the African youth by adopting innovative technologies to education and by connecting students with educational institutions in the US and in Japan. She is also actively engaged in the empowerment of Japanese women, as the executive director at the Japan Institute for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (JSIE), where she organizes various conferences and forums that strengthen women’s social participation and entrepreneurship.
FELLOW, THE CENTURY FOUNDATION
Thanassis Cambanis is an author, journalist and fellow at The Century Foundation, who specializes in the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. He is co-director of TCF’s “Arab Politics beyond the Uprisings.” His most recent book, Once Upon A Revolution: An Egyptian Story (Simon and Schuster: 2015), chronicles Egyptian efforts to create a new political order. His first book, A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel, was published in 2010. He writes “The Internationalist” column for The Boston Globe Ideas, and regularly contributes to The Atlantic, Foreign Policy and The New York Times.
He has taught at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and as a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University. He lives in Beirut. See more of his writing at thanassiscambanis.com.
DIRECTOR OF POLITICAL-SECURITY AFFAIRS, ASIA SOCIETY POLICY INSTITUTE
Lindsey W. Ford is the Director of Political-Security Affairs for the Asia Society Policy Institute, as well as ASPI’s inaugural Richard Holbrooke Fellow and Deputy Director of the Washington D.C. Office. Her expertise includes U.S. national security, Asian regional architecture, and maritime security issues. Prior to joining ASPI, she served in a variety of roles at the U.S. Department of Defense, where she received the Award for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2014. Most recently, she was the Senior Adviser to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, where she managed a team of advisers providing leadership on regional strategy planning, regional security assistance and force posture, and maritime security issues, including publication of the Defense Department’s first Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy in August 2015. She also served as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Sherpa for the 2014 U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum, where she oversaw the first meeting of the ten ASEAN Defense Ministers to the United States.
She completed a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Arts in Asian Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and studied abroad at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
Elaine Dezenski is the founder and CEO of LumiRisk, an international risk advisory advancing transformational initiatives in transparency, anti-corruption, good governance, and security. Previously, Dezenski held executive leadership positions at the World Economic Forum, including Head of the Forum’s Global Risk Response Network and Head of the Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI). Through PACI, she created a network of and collaborated with 100+ CEOs globally to strengthen industry engagement, leadership, and commitment to the global private-sector anti-corruption agenda. She also served in senior leadership roles at INTERPOL and Cross Match Technologies; and served in various senior positions in the US government, including Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She began her career at the Transportation Division of Siemens Corporation. Dezenski is a senior advisor to the Financial Integrity Network and an advisory board member of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Wheaton College (MA). At Yale, she is a lecturer at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the Mars Visiting Lecturer of Business Ethics for Ethics, Politics and Economics.
UN REPRESENTATIVE, PEAC INSTITUTE
Christian N. Ciobanu is currently the UN Representative of PEAC Institute and the Geneva and Youth Representative of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He is affiliated with additional civil society organizations. He has been following disarmament and nonproliferation issues since 2009. Mr. Ciobanu has an MA degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (Middlebury, California), and a second MA in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland).
DR. MICHAEL CHASE
SENIOR POLITICAL SCIENTIST, RAND CORPORATION
Michael S. Chase is a senior political scientist at RAND and an adjunct professor in the China Studies and Strategic Studies Departments at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was previously an associate professor at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, where he served as director of the strategic deterrence group in the Warfare Analysis and Research Department and taught in the Strategy and Policy Department. Prior to joining the faculty at NWC, he was a research analyst at Defense Group Inc. and an associate international policy analyst at RAND. He is the author of the book Taiwan's Security Policy and numerous chapters and articles on China and Asia-Pacific security issues. His work has appeared in journals such as Asia Policy, Asian Security, China Brief, Survival, and the Journal of Strategic Studies. His current research focuses on Chinese military modernization, China's nuclear policy and strategy and nuclear force modernization, Taiwan's defense policy, and Asia-Pacific security issues. Chase holds a Ph.D. in international affairs and M.A. in China Studies from SAIS and a B.A. in politics from Brandeis University.
ARMY MAJOR, SOUTH KOREAN MINISTRY OF INTERNATIONAL DEFENSE
Dongyoun Cho is an army major in the South Korean Ministry of National Defense. She also served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a project manager of the NAPCI (The Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative) Task Force. NAPCI engages in meaningful work building trust and initiating cooperation among participating nations in Northeast Asia that are fraught with tension, shedding light on the multifaceted dimensions of national security policies, including issues such as nuclear safety, energy security, environmental protection, climate change, disaster relief, and drug trafficking. While the South Korean army is still mainly focused on war and weapons-based security, Dongyoun’s own experience during peacekeeping operations in Iraq has taught her that the traditional concept of security is not enough to ensure peace and stability. Through her 17 years of military experience collaborating with governmental, national, and regional entities, Dongyoun hopes to contribute to promoting sustainable peace by addressing the root causes of violent conflict in the Korean peninsula in the foreseeable future. Dongyoun earned an M.P.A. degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
POLICY ANALYST, CATO INSTITUTE
Eric Gomez is a policy analyst for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. His research focuses on U.S. military strategy in East Asia, missile defense systems and their impact on strategic stability, and nuclear deterrence issues in East Asia. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the State University of New York-College at Geneseo, and a Masters of Arts in International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
SENIOR DIRECTOR, SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND
Mike Jobbins oversees Search for Common Ground’s work with government, civil society, and the private sector. He manages policy, communications and development teams in Washington, London, New York and Brussels, and coordinates transnational issues including sustainable business, violent extremism, mass atrocities, and religious engagement. Mike regularly delivers briefings and updates on armed conflicts, humanitarian crises, and emerging threats to American and European governments to the U.S. Congress, the U.N. General Assembly and the U.K. Parliament. He regularly meets with Pentagon, National Security Council and various foreign ministry officials. Mike was previously Search for Common Ground's Program Manager for Africa, where he oversaw growth of Search’s portfolio in 22 countries. Mike led the development and launch of more than 150 programs and projects, including Search’s strategy to counter violent extremism in the Sahel, its response to the Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin, interreligious violence in the Central African Republic, the Cote d’Ivoire electoral crisis, and state collapse in South Sudan. From 2008 through 2010, Mike served with Search in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, managing humanitarian, elections and security sector reform programs. Before to joining Search, he worked on African affairs at the Wilson Center, a leading Washington DC think tank. He has an MA from Georgetown and a BA from Harvard.
Jackson M.A. & Peer Judges (Fall 2018)
JACKSON INSTITUTE M.A. '19
Veronica Chiu is a second-year MA student at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She most recently served as associate director of the Independent Task Force Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). At CFR, she managed the day-to-day operations of an influential program that convenes high level working groups to provide guidance to U.S. policymakers. In working on Task Forces, her research has covered wide-ranging topics, including emerging opportunities in the Arctic, the North Korean nuclear problem, the North American relationship, and health challenges in the developing world. During her five-year tenure at CFR, Veronica held several positions with the Task Force Program, served as a research associate to former national security advisor Tom Donilon, and was a program associate for the David Rockefeller Studies Program. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Veronica received her bachelor’s degree in international studies and East Asian studies from Johns Hopkins University. At Yale, Veronica is founder of the Yale Foreign Service Society, a student organization that brings together those interested in a diplomatic career. This year, she was selected as a Kerry Fellow and is working with former Secretary of State John Kerry and his team on key projects for the Kerry Initiative. As a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellow, Veronica will be joining the U.S. Foreign Service upon the completion of her graduate studies in 2019.
JACKSON INSTITUTE M.A. '20
Douglas Gledhill graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College in 2014. He majored in international politics and economics with a focus on Brazil and a minor in Chinese. At Middlebury, Douglas explored topics such as economic development, economic reform, comparative democratization, international trade, and Chinese state-owned enterprises. He also interned at the IDB, at a garment manufacturer in Bangladesh, and as a research assistant for the political science department. He is fluent in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese, and is proficient in French. After graduating, Douglas joined a rotational management training program at Amazon.com as a financial analyst. During that time, he did financial forecasting, reporting, and investment analyses in their operations division and helped run five warehouses. Later, he moved to Seattle to work in FP&A for Amazon Web Services Digital. Most recently, Douglas fulfilled a lifelong dream of backpacking the world. In 2017, he traveled through 20 countries in the Americas and in 2018 he traveled through 10 countries in Asia. Douglas is most interested in the intersection of politics, economics, and business. At Yale, he hopes to gain tools to analyze factors that affect the business and investment climate in various countries, with particular interest in Asia and Latin America.
JACKSON INSTITUTE M.A. '20
Jacob Shiman graduated magna cum laude in three years with a BA in government from the College of William & Mary. He interned with Congressman Van Hollen and Virginia State Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw, conducted research with the Project on International Peace and Security for the U.S. Army, and played prop with the William & Mary rugby team. He was a founding member and policy director of the StudentImpact, a student advocacy group that pushed for the City of Williamsburg to enact more student-friendly policies. He also worked on a successful campaign to elect a student to the City Council. Post-graduation, Jacob organized for the Clinton Campaign in Virginia, and most recently worked on financial sector development at the World Bank. He helped review lines of credit in World Bank projects and analyze the Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation Global Practice’s portfolio. At Yale, Jacob intends to focus on financial sector development and how digital technology can be used to make financial products and services available to the unbanked.
A current senior in Jonathan Edwards College, Yixuan is a History major from Singapore who studies comparative politics and government across history. At Yale, Yixuan is involved in the Yale International Relations Association, the ballroom dance team as well as the Asian American Cultural Centre. She previously led the Chinese Adopted Siblings Program, where youths in adoptive families explored issues of cultural identity and belonging. She is particularly interested in the intersection between technology and public policy—she spent a summer at Peking University studying economic policy in contemporary China, and has interned for the Ministry of Social and Family Development and the Strategic Futures unit of the Prime Minister’s Office in Singapore. In her free time, Yixuan loves watching Wong Kar Wai films, reading science fiction and hunting down good food.
JACKSON INSTITUTE M.A. '20
Ryan Nabil is an M.A. candidate at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Prior to Yale, Ryan worked at the American Enterprise Institute, where he researched global macroeconomic challenges, international development, and agricultural policy issues. In the last three years, Ryan has published more than 40 articles in outlets including the Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, and Foreign Affairs. He has also co-authored several policy papers on Italy’s economic challenges and Brexit trade negotiations. Ryan’s research has been cited by several news outlets and organizations including the Wall Street Journal and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His current research focuses on economic diplomacy, global business strategy, and foreign aid. Ryan holds a B.A. in economics from Kenyon College.
JACKSON INSTITUTE M.A. '20
Stephanie Posner is a current MA student at the Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs. Stephanie graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2015 with a 1st Class Honors degree in Classics. After graduating, Stephanie spent two years working in London as an advisor to diplomats from the Middle East, specializing in cross-cultural relations and strategic engagement. Prior to attending Yale, Stephanie was awarded a Kennedy Scholarship to study at Harvard and spent the past year as a Special Student affiliated to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. At Harvard, Stephanie worked on her Hebrew and Arabic language skills and broadened her knowledge in the fields of strategy and leadership. Stephanie has greatly enjoyed being involved with various charities over the years, most recently as a young committee member for World Jewish Relief and currently as an Alumni Patron for the Forum for Jewish Leadership. While at Yale, Stephanie will continue to expand on her regional knowledge of the Middle East and as well as her outlook on international relations, diplomacy and strategy. She will serve as managing director of Yale Journal of International Affairs. Stephanie is the first in her family to attend university and outside her studies she is passionate about travel, music, food and theater, all of which she looks forward to experiencing during her time in the United States.