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Vicki AllumsVicki E. Allums
Associate General Counsel

Vicki E. Allums has more than fifteen years of legal and policy experience as a government and corporate attorney in the areas of domestic and international intellectual property, international trade, technology, e-commerce, cyber law, and information assurance. She is currently Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), a component agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. Her other government experience includes working as a senior attorney in the Office of Legislative and International Affairs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in the Intellectual Property Branch at U.S. Customs.

She is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia and Kentucky and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United Stated Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Court of International Trade. She is a member of the Distinguished Alumni Advisory Council for SPEA at Indiana University.

Shahzeen AttariDr. Shahzeen Attari
Assistant Professor, SPEA
Adjunct Professor, Psychology and Brain Studies
Adjunct Professor, Cognitive Science Program

A graduate of the University of Illinois and Carnegie-Mellon, Dr. Attari’s research focuses on the interactions between natural and social systems, particularly human behavior and climate change. Her previous work investigated preferences for behavior change and perceptions of energy consumption. Her current work investigates effects of real-time energy feedback, how to use games for research and learning, and factors that motivate action in social dilemmas. Previously, she was postdoctoral fellow at The Earth Institute (EI) and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) at Columbia. Her publications have appeared in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, among other places, and she has been consulted by the U.S. Department of Energy about energy literacy.

Gardner BovingtonDr. Gardner Bovington
Associate Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies

Gardner Bovingdon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University, with appointments in East Asian Languages and Cultures, Political Science, and History. He specializes in the study of Islam in politics, nationalism, and identity politics in China and Central Asia, with a special focus on Xinjiang and Kazakhstan. He has conducted field research in China, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. His book, The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land, was published by Columbia University Press in 2010. He received his AB from Princeton and his MA and PhD in Government from Cornell University.

Beth CateProfessor Beth Cate
Associate Professor, SPEA
Associate General Counsel, Indiana University

Professor Beth Cate holds a J.D. (Cum Laude) from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. in Economics from George Washington University. Prior to coming to IU, she clerked in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and worked as an attorney for Eli Lilly’s U.S. operations. She has been admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court of Indiana, the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, and the Maryland Court of Appeal. Her professional interests include the impact of technology on the role, development, and enforcement of law; assessing and improving lawmaking processes; information privacy and legal principles concerning the access to and use of “personal” information; the role and efficacy of law in shaping the intellectual property “commons”; and the influence and role of religion in lawmaking. Her publications include The Supreme Court’s Treatment of Privacy, which examines the Supreme Court’s apparently idiosyncratic treatment of privacy over the past 30 years and seeks to explain how, why, and when the Court extends protection to informational privacy.

Fred CateFred H. Cate
Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research

Professor Fred H. Cate, Director, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, specializes in information privacy and security law issues. He has testified before numerous congressional committees and speaks frequently before professional, industry, and government groups. He is a senior policy advisor to the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP, a member of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, Intel’s Privacy and Security External Advisory Board, the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Committee Cybersecurity Subcommittee, the Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Privacy Oversight Board, the Board of Directors of The Privacy Projects, the Board of Directors of the International Foundation for Online Responsibility. Previously, Professor Cate served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Technical and Privacy Dimensions of Information for Terrorism Prevention and was counsel to the Department of Defense Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee. He is the author of more than 150 books and articles, including The Internet and the First Amendment, Privacy in the Information Age, and Privacy in Perspective, and he appears frequently in the popular press.

John ClarkJohn W. Clark
Adjunct Professor

Mr. Clark was Senior Vice President of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE) and Vice President of the American Gas Association following U.S. government service on Capitol Hill, EPA and the Energy Department. He also served as Senior Advisor to the Governor of Indiana and head of the State’s Office of Energy and Defense Development. Clark chaired SPEA’s Board of Visitors and is an Adjunct Professor on energy issues. He has a B.A. in international relations from IU and has served on advisory boards for the Universities of Michigan, Michigan State and Ball State as well as the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Gene CoyleGene Coyle
Retired CIA Officer

He received his B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University, followed by a year of study at the Stiftung Europa Kolleg in Hamburg, Germany. He joined the calndestine service of the CIA in 1976, serving some 14 years abroad, undercover in various countries, before retuning to IU in 2004 as a Visiting CIA professor. Since his formal retirement in 2006 he has continued teaching courses on the history and role of intelligence in foreign policy as an adjunct in Bloomington.

Tyler DrumhellerTyler Drumheller
former CIA Chief of European Operations

Tyler Drumheller's twenty-five year career at the CIA included numerous overseas postings and serving as the Chief of European Operations before retiring in 2005. He is the author of On the Brink, a memoir detailing the beginning of the war in Iraq and his battles with the Bush Administration over the validity of intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. He is currently president of Tyler Drumheller LLC and is working on a second book on the role of the US Intelligence Community in the age of international terrorism.

David FidlerProfessor David Fidler
James Louis Calamaras Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law

Professor Fidler is one of the world's leading experts on international law and global health. He is an internationally recognized authority on the security threat posed by biological weapons and bioterrorism, the international legal and policy implications of "non-lethal" weapons, and counterinsurgency and rule of law operations, as well as the globalization of baseball. In addition to his teaching and scholarly activities, Professor Fidler has served as an international legal consultant to the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Science Board, the Scientists Working Group on Biological and Chemical Weapons of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, the U.S. Joint Forces Command, the Interagency Afghanistan Integrated Civilian-Military Pre-Deployment Training Course, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as other initiatives undertaken by non-governmental organizations in the areas of global health and arms control. He was also the editor for the Insights publication series of the American Society of International Law from 2007-2009.

Dr. Evan EllisEvan Ellis
Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies
National Defense University

Dr. Evan Ellis is a professor of national security studies, modeling, gaming and simulation with the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University, with a research focus on Latin America's relationships with external actors, including China, Russia and Iran, as well as work on populism in the Andes, transnational criminal organizations and gangs in Mexico and Central America, energy security, and non-traditional national security topics. Dr. Ellis has published over 50 works, including the 2009 book China in Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores, as well as articles in national security, finance, and technical journals.

Richard HertzbergRichard H. Hertzberg
Chairman and CEO
ENPEX Corporation

Richard H. Hertzberg is Chairman and CEO of the ENPEX Corporation, a privately-held energy company involved in the creation, development, financing, construction, operation and ownership of cogeneration power plants, oil and gas exploration and production and alternative energy projects. Prior to forming ENPEX, he directed the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fossil Fuel Extraction program focusing upon the horizontal drilling technology now bringing tight gas sands and shale gas deposits to world markets as highlighted in President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address. While at DOE, Hertzberg chaired the US/USSR Gas Research and US/Canada Petroleum Research Committees and was US Negotiator with the People’s Republic of China on coal and petroleum development. He also served as the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Budget Examiner for DOE’s fossil energy program and directed OMB’s review and input of Clean Air Act amendments. Hertzberg is a chemical engineer and graduate of Columbia and Colgate Universities.

Ambassador Feisal Amin Feisal IstrabadiAmbassador Feisal Amin Feisal Istrabadi
Director, Center for the Study of the Middle East
University Scholar in International Law and Security

Ambassador Istrabadi focuses his research on the processes of building legal and political institutions in countries in transition from dictatorship to democracy. He brings a mulit-disciplinary approach to studying the emergence of constitutionalism in such societies, including questions of timing and legitimacy, issues of transitional justice, and the political and cultural factors which influence the process of democratization. Ambassador Istrabadi lectures often on Iraq-related issues and appears frequently in national and international media. Prior to his diplomatic appointment, Ambassador Istrabadi served as a legal advisor to the Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs during the negotiations for U.N. Security Council resolution 1546 of June 8, 2004, which recognized the reassertion of Iraqi sovereignty. He was also principal legal drafter of Iraq's interim constitution and principal author of its Bill of Fundamental Rights. Before contributing to the reconstruction of Iraq, Mr. Istrabadi was a practicing trial lawyer in the United States for 15 years, with approximately trials in federal and state courts, focusing on civil rights, employment discrimination, and constitutional torts. He also served a Senior Legal Fellow for Legal Reform and Development in the Arab World at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University's College of Law in Chicago.

Robert JonesRobert Allan Jones
Special Agent in Charge, Indianapolis

Mr. Jones was born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received a BS in Administration of Justice from the Pennsylvania State University in 1986, and a Master’s Degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Affairs in 1996. Prior to joining the FBI in 1996, Mr. Jones was an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. From 1997 through 2002 he was assigned to the Kalamazoo Office of the Detroit Division where he worked Drug, Violent Crime, White Collar, and Terrorism investigations. He was a member of the Detroit SWAT Team and in 1999 was presented the Director’s Award for the dismantlement of a Domestic Terrorist group planning to attack federal, state, and local authorities.

In 2002 Mr. Jones was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and assigned to the Usama Bin Laden Unit of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division at FBIHQ in Washington, DC. After serving in Rochester, New York, he was assigned overseas in 2007 for a classified, one year, unaccompanied tour in Balad, Iraq, with the United States Special Operations Command. In 2008 Mr. Jones was promoted and assigned as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Division where he held responsibilities for the Intelligence and Counterintelligence Programs. He subsequently served as the Legal Attache in Kabul for fifteen months and then as the Section Chief in the Counterintelligence Division at FBIHQ.In May, 2012 Mr. Jones was named Special Agent in Charge of the Indianapolis Division.

Mary Beth LongThe Honorable Mary Beth Long

Mary Beth Long is the first-ever Senate confirmed female Assistant Secretary of Defense (2007-2009) and worked directly with Secretaries of Defense Rumsfeld and Gates on the Department’s highest priority issues, particularly the Middle East. As the Assistant Secretary, she represented the Secretary of Defense with his foreign counterparts, and at the National Security Council and the White House. She twice received the Department’s highest civilian honor: from both Secretary Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mullen.

Mary Beth has a J.D. and is a licensed lawyer. She currently provides advice or support to several Fortune 500 companies through the consulting firm that she founded and directs as CEO, Metis Solutions. She is a Senior Advisor to NATO on irregular warfare and hybrid threats and provides the Department of Defense with support on the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Threat Financing. She travels regularly to Afghanistan, NATO countries and the Middle East. In addition to her Defense Department experience, she previously served for over a decade at the CIA with hands-on operational work against terrorists, weapons of mass destruction and other priority national security issues.

While at the Department of Defense, Mary Beth was a four-star military equivalent. She worked closely with State, Treasury, CIA, DNI and NSA. She was the Department of Defense’s primary civilian representative to the National Security Council (NSC) on Middle Eastern matters and was an architect of the Department’s role in Infrastructure Protection initiatives.

She also served in senior Defense positions where she was responsible for Latin America and the Western Hemisphere, Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asia as well as for Coalition Affairs and Strategic Communications. She was appointed the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counter-narcotics in 2004 and had direct responsibility for funds in excess of $1 billion.

Todd RoyerDr. Todd Royer
Associate Professor, SPEA

Dr. Royer is the head of The Royer Laboratory, a research initiative that addresses questions related to aquatic biochemistry—particularly nitrogen, carbon, and phosphorus cycling in streams and rivers. Prior to coming to SPEA, he taught at Kent State and conducted research at the University of Illinois. Dr. Royer’s professional interests include aquatic biogeochemistry, water resources, nutrient and carbon cycling in streams and rivers, water quality and nutrient standards. His current lab projects are focused on water quality and the interdisciplinary study of microbial community structure, dissolved organic matter, and denitrification in agricultural streams. His most recent publication addressed the topic of chloride toxicity in Indiana streams. Dr. Royer is a member of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the Ecological Society of America, and the Indiana Water Resources Association.

Regina SmythDr. Regina Smyth
Associate Professor, Political Science

Dr. Smyth's research explores the relationship between democratic development and electoral competition in post-Communist states. Her work is based on original data collection that has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, among other groups. Her book Candidate Strategies and Electoral Competition in the Russian Federation: Democracy without Foundation explains the failure of Russian democracy in terms of the factors that impeded cooperation among candidates and party leaders and failed to produce a viable opposition to the ruling party. Her current work on party consolidation across post-Communist states examines the processes that produce congruence between key political alignments and partisan competition. Professor Smyth's work has been published in Politics and Society, Comparative Politics, and Comparative Political Studies. She has taught courses on Russian and Soviet Politics, Democracy and Elections, Comparative Democratic Institutions, Comparative Parties and Party Systems, Voter Turnout, and West European Politics, and taught at Penn State University and Harvard University before coming to Indiana University in 2006.

Dina SpechlerDr. Dina Spechler
Associate Professor, Political Science
Adjunct Associate Professor, Jewish Studies

Dr. Spechler’s research interests are in comparative foreign policy and international relations, particularly regarding Russian, Soviet, American, and Middle Eastern foreign policy. Her current research deals with the explanation of major foreign policy change and competing tendencies in Russian foreign policy. Professor Spechler’s publications include Domestic Influences on Soviet Foreign Policy; Permitted Dissent in the USSR; and Russian Nationalism and Political Stability in the USSR. She began her teaching career at Harvard University, then moved to Israel, where she taught at Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University. Her courses have dealt with the analysis of foreign policy, especially the domestic sources of external behavior; the use of force in international relations; the U.S., the USSR and Russia in world politics; and politics and foreign policy in Russia and the USSR.

Jeffrey TunisJeffrey Tunis
Retired Senior Foreign Service Officer

Jeffrey Tunis is a retired Senior Foreign Service officer, serving in the Department of State from 1983 to 2011. A consular officer, Tunis served in the Philippines, Haiti, Japan (11 years total), Saudi Arabia, Korea and Canada, before his last assignment as Consul General at the US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was trained in the Indonesian, Japanese and French languages. He is also a retired Naval Reserve officer with over 25 years service, and was a foreign affairs specialist in the Department of the Treasury prior to joining State. Following his retirement in 2011 from State, Tunis worked in Jakarta for a large Indonesian agribusiness firm as director of foreign affairs. He received a BA from Amherst College and an MPA from Indiana University. He is co-chair of the I.U. SPEA Distinguished Alumni Council's globalization committee.

Seongji WooDr. Seongji Woo
Visiting Professor

Seongji Woo is a visiting professor this year at Indiana University. He is an Associate Professor at the College of International Studies, Kyung Hee University. Before joining Kyung Hee, he worked as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2003 to 2005. Dr. Woo received his Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington. His research interests are North Korean Politics, Inter-Korean Relations and International Relations Theory.