A generous gift from Robert E Wilhelm supports an annual fellowship for an individual who has held senior positions in public life. By bringing real world experience and new scholarship to CIS, these fellows are a vital part of our research community. Working together with our scholars and students, they help facilitate and augment research that addresses policy-relevant problems.
Steven Simon was senior director for the Middle East and North Africa during the Obama administration and was the NSC senior director for counterterrorism in the Clinton White House.
Hala Aldosari is a Saudi scholar and activist, widely respected for her work on women’s rights in Arab societies, violence against women, and the “guardianship” system in Saudi Arabia.
Scott Swift was a US navy admiral, commander of the Seventh Fleet and later commander of the US Pacific Fleet.
James Baker was chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the armed forces for 15 years, and was special assistant to the president and legal adviser to the National Security Council.
Lourdes Melgar was Mexico’s former deputy secretary of energy for hydrocarbons, under-secretary for electricity, and a board member of the Federal Electricity Commission.
Mona Makram-Ebeid was a member of parliament and senator in Egypt. She is a distinguished lecturer at the American University of Cairo.
Paul Heer was national intelligence officer for East Asia in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from 2007 to 2015.
Shivshankar Menon served as national security adviser of India, foreign secretary high commissioner to Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and ambassador to China and Israel.
Joel Brenner was head of counterintelligence for the director of national intelligence, senior counsel of the National Security Agency (NSA).
Ranil Wickremesinghe served as prime minister of Sri Lanka four times beginning in 1993 and was recently appointed prime minister for the fifth time in 2022.
Yukio Okamoto was a longtime Japanese diplomat and adviser to several prime ministers, including as chairman of the prime minister’s task force on foreign relations.
Abbas Maleki was deputy foreign minister of Iran from 1980 to 1997, and chairman of the International Institute for Caspian Studies.
Hans-Georg Eichler MD is the senior medical officer at the European Medicines Agency in London, where he coordinates scientific committees and advises on scientific and public health issues.
David Miliband was foreign secretary of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010.
William Fallon was an admiral in the US navy and head of the Pacific Command and the Central Command.
Barbara Bodine was US ambassador to Yemen and served in several capacities throughout the Persian Gulf.
Francis Deng was foreign minister of Sudan, and held several posts at the United Nations, including under-secretary general for the prevention of genocide.
Naomi Chazan was deputy speaker of the Knesset, and has been particularly active worldwide on human rights and women’s rights.