Professor Matthias is an Assistant Professor at the School of International Studies at American University and a Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is a former consultant with the Foreign Investment Advisory Service of
Robert Kaplan is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, DC, and has been a foreign correspondent for The Atlantic for over a quarter-century. In 2009, he was appointed by Secretary of Defense Robert
Frank Lavin is the CEO of Export Now, which helps US companies sell directly on TMall. He also serves as Chairman of the Public Affairs Practice for Edelman Asia Pacific. Lavin served as Undersecretary for International Trade at the U.S.
Yezid Sayigh’s work focuses on the future political role of Arab armies, the resistance and reinvention of authoritarian regimes, and the Israel-Palestine conflict and peace process. Previously, Sayigh was professor of Middle East studies at King’s College, London. From 1994-2003,
Trevor Houser is a partner with the Rhodium Group (RHG) and leads the firm’s energy and natural resources work. RHG combines policy experience, quantitative economic tools and on-the-ground research to analyze disruptive global trends. Mr. Houser’s work supports the investment