Speaker Biographies

Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Ph.D., Political Science at University of Wisconsin, Madison

Stephen P. Cohen is a senior fellow with the India Project in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, following a career as a professor of political science and history at the University of Illinois. In 2004, he was named by the World Affairs Councils of America as one of America’s 500 most influential people in the area of foreign policy. Cohen is the author, co-author or editor of over fourteen books, mostly on South Asian security issues, the most recent being Shooting for a Century, The India-Pakistan Conundrum (Brookings Institution Press, 2013) and The Future of Pakistan (Brookings Institution Press, 2011). He has also written books on India, Pakistan, nuclear proliferation, disaster management and the application of technology to the prevention or amelioration of terrorism.

Chief of Historical Services
Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle Barracks
Ph.D from Stanford University

Previous to his current position Dr. Crane was Director of the US Army Military History Institute. Before accepting that position, Dr. Crane served with the Strategic Studies Institute at the US Army War College from September 2000 to January 2003, where he held the General Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research.  He also has held the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg Chair of Aerospace Studies at the War College. He joined SSI after his retirement from active military service, a 26-year military career that concluded with 9 years as Professor of History at the U.S. Military Academy. He has authored or edited books and monographs on the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and has written and lectured widely on airpower and landpower issues. Before leaving SSI he coauthored a prewar study on Reconstructing Iraq that influenced Army planners and has attracted much attention from the media. He was the lead author for the Army-USMC counterinsurgency manual which was released in December, 2006. For that effort he was named one of NEWSWEEK’s people to watch in 2007. He visited Iraq in November 2007 at General David Petraeus’ request to evaluate the new doctrine in action. In November 2008, he was named the international Archivist of the Year by the Scone Foundation.

Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Michigan

Professor Diehl serves as Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. From 2008-2013, he was Editor-in-Chief of the journal International Interactions. Professor Diehl is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including those from the National Science Foundation and United States Institute of Peace. He was the 1998 recipient of the Karl Deutsch Award given by the International Studies Association to the leading young scholar on peace and conflict issues. He is past President of the Peace Science Society (International) and President-Elect of the International Studies Association.  His books include International Mediation (Polity Press 2012), The Dynamics of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Evaluating Peace Operations (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010), Peace Operations (Polity Press, 2008), War and Peace in International Rivalry (University of Michigan Press, 2000).

Research Scientist at the Cyber Security Policy Research Institute in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at George Washington University
PhD in Public Policy, Harvard University

Wearing the hats of both a technologist and a policy scholar, his work spans computer science, public policy and the social sciences, and has addressed issues ranging from electronic medical records to telecommunications policy. His recent work has focused on the economic aspects of information security. He is the coauthor of Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Prior to joining CSPRI, Friedman was a Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and the research director for the Center for Technology Innovation.  Before moving to Washington, he was Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University Computer Science department, where he worked on cyber security policy, privacy-enhancing technologies and the economics of information security. Friedman was also a Fellow at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he worked on the Minerva Project for Cyber International Relations. He has also received fellowships from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the Harvard Program on Networked Governance. He has a degree in Computer Science from Swarthmore College.

Professor of Political Science, Eastern Illinois University and
Visiting Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois
Ph.D. University of Nebraska

Professor Ryan C. Hendrickson teaches courses in international relations, American foreign policy and international organization. Dr. Hendrickson is a Faculty Affiliate of ACDIS and is currently a visiting scholar in residence with the program. He is past President of the International Studies Association-Midwest, and serves as the Department’s Graduate Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University. He is the author of The Clinton Wars: The Constitution, Congress And War Powers (Vanderbilt University Press, 2002) and Diplomacy and War at NATO: The Secretary General and Military Action after the Cold War (University of Missouri Press , 2006).

Professor and Chair of the Department of International Studies and
Political Science at the Virginia Military Institute.
Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hentz has contributed articles to journals and edited volumes, including Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Journal of Modern African Studies, Defense and Security Analysis, Hoover Digest, Orbis, and the Review of International Studies. He is the editor of The Routledge Handbook on African Security (Taylor & Francis/Routledge Press, 2013).  He is the co-editor of New and Critical Security and Regionalism: Beyond the National State (2003), editor of Obligation of Empire: U.S. Grand Strategy for a New Century (2004), and author of South Africa and the Logic of Regional Cooperation (Indiana University Press, 2005). He is editor-in-chief of the Taylor & Francis/Routledge journal African Security. In 1993/94 he was a visiting scholar at Rand Afrikaans University (Johannesburg); in 2003 he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Miklós Zrínyi National Defense University, Hungary; and in the summer of 2007 he was awarded the Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute. Dr. Hentz won the 2007 Outstanding Faculty Award for the state of Virginia, from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Dr. Hentz’s most recent book is the forthcoming, The Nature of War in Africa.

Director, Center for Global Studies, Emeritus Research
Professor, Political Science
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Professor Kolodziej, Emeritus Research Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1973-2001), is currently Director of the Center for Global Studies, a National Resource Center under Title VI of the Department of Education and Director of the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security (ACDIS), both at University of Illinois.. Professor Kolodziej has also served as Head of the Department of Political Science (1973-77). He is a co-founder and served as the first Director of ACDIS (1983-1986). Professor Kolodziej has written or edited fourteen books on security, foreign policy, and global politics; contributed more than 120 articles to professional journals; and lectured in over 40 countries around the world. He is the recipient of many grants and awards, notably from the Ford, Rockefeller, and MacArthur Foundations, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, NATO, Smithsonian’s Woodrow Wilson Center, Fulbright, U.S. Institute of Peace, IREX, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Center for Advanced Study (University of Illinois), and the US Department of Education (Title VI).

Research Professor of Physics, The Brand and Monica Fortner Endowed Chair in Theoretical Astrophysics (emeritus)
D. Phil., Oxford University

Professor Lamb earned a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1967 and a D.Phil. in theoretical physics from Oxford University in 1970. A fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1970 to 1972, he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois in 1972 as an assistant professor of physics and became a full professor in 1978. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 papers in books and journals. In addition to his leading role in astrophysics, he has served as an expert consultant to U.S. government agencies and as a member of U.S. government panels on national security and arms control questions. He has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including Fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his pioneering research in X-ray astronomy, and the Leo Szilard Award of the American Physical Society for his important contributions to verification of nuclear test bans and analysis of missile defenses. In 1981, he initiated and co-developed the course Physics/Global Studies 280: Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control, which has been taught every year since, usually by Professor Lamb.

Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma
Ph.D., Princeton University

He writes “SyriaComment.com,” a daily newsletter on Syrian politics that attracts some 200,000 page-reads a month. It is widely read in Syria, Europe and Washington, where he consults frequently. Dr. Landis speaks regularly at think tanks in Washington and is a frequent analyst on TV, radio, and in print, He has appeared recently on the PBS News Hour, the Charlie Rose Show, and Front Line. He is a regular on NPR and the BBC and frequently publishes in Foreign Policy, Middle East Policy, and other journals. He is Past-president of the Syrian Studies Association and has won the best teacher prize at his university. He has received three Fulbright grants, an SSRC and other prestigious awards to support his research. He has lived for 4 years in Syria and 14 in the Middle East.

Major General (Ret), United States Air ForceAdjunct Faculty, John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, University of Notre Dame; Research Professor, George Mason University
Ph.D. Materials Science, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Robert H. Latiff retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major General in 2006. He is a private consultant, providing advice on advanced technology to corporate and government clients and to universities.. Immediately after his retirement from the Air Force, Dr. Latiff was Chief Technology Officer for Science Applications International Corporation’s space and geospatial intelligence business.  He is a member of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board and of the Air Force Studies Board of the National Academies. Major General Latiff’s last active duty assignment was at the National Reconnaissance Office where he was Director, Advanced Systems and Technology and Deputy Director for Systems Engineering.  He has also served as the Vice Commander, USAF Electronic Systems Center; Commander of the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center; and Program Director for the Air Force E-8 JSTARS surveillance aircraft.  While in the U.S. Army, General Latiff served both in the infantry and the ordnance corps, where he commanded an Army tactical nuclear weapons unit.  He was also an Assistant Professor of Engineering at the U.S Military Academy at West Point. He is a graduate of the National Security Fellows Program at Harvard’s JFK School of Government.  General Latiff is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal.

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Ph.D. in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Robert Reardon is a research fellow with the Managing the Atom Project and International Security Program at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His work focuses on the proliferation of nuclear and other sensitive dual-use technologies. He has written extensively on Iran’s nuclear program, and is the author of Containing Iran: Strategies for Addressing the Iranian Nuclear Challenge (Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, 2012). Prior to his position at the Belfer Center, Reardon was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at RAND. He is also a member of an NSF-funded team of interdisciplinary researchers examining the potential safety and security implications of synthetic biology. He has a master’s degree in molecular biology.

Professor of Government, Department of National Security and, U.S. Army War College
Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois

Professor Ulrich has also taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, the Baltic Defense College, and the Japanese National Defense Academy. She served 15 years in the active U.S. Air Force as a navigator on KC-135Q refueling planes and as a political science instructor. She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve and is an international political military affairs officer. Dr. Ulrich has written extensively in the field of strategic studies with special emphasis on European security, civil-military relations, and national security democratization issues. Among her numerous publications is a book, Democratizing Communist Militaries: The Cases of the Czech and Russian Armed Forces (1999). Dr. Ulrich received a B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Associate Professor of Microbiology at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Ph.D., (Chemistry) John Hopkins University, 1989
Postdoctoral (Microbiology and Molecular Genetics), Harvard Medical School, 1989-1993

Dr. Wilson is an Associate Professor of Microbiology in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), and is Co-Director for the Center for Zoonosis Research (CZR) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She has over 90 publications, including the acclaimed microbiology textbook, Bacterial Pathogenesis: a Molecular Approach (ASM Press 2011). She is editor-in-chief of two journals, an associate editor of two journals, on the editorial board of five journals, and has reviewed manuscripts and books for over 60 scientific journals and book publishers on an ad hoc basis. She has served as a standing member of numerous NIH, USDA, NSF and DTRA research grant review panels, as well as bioterrorism and emerging infectious disease special emphasis panels, and is currently a member of the NIH Molecular Infectious Disease study section. She has organized and/or convened numerous regional, national and international scientific meetings and workshops on toxins, infectious diseases, microbial pathogenesis, and biosecurity. Dr. Wilson currently teaches introductory and advanced courses in microbiology, bacterial pathogenesis, and biosecurity.