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Our Staff & Fellows

As well as writing reports and on our Flashpoint Blog, ASP Fellows and Professional Staff are available for on-the-record discussions and on-air appearances.

To reach our experts, please contact our Press Office:  (202) 347-4267 or press@americansecurityproject.org

ASP’s Adjunct Fellows are not located at ASP’s Washington, DC office. ASP does not forward U.S. mail to adjunct fellows.

Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.)

Chief Executive Officer

Expertise: Military and Defense Issues, National Security Strategy

BGen Stephen Cheney USMC(Ret) is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Security Project (ASP) and a member of the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Po... More

Andrew Holland
Andrew Holland

Director of Studies

Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate

Expertise: Energy, Climate Change, and Infrastructure Policy

Andrew Holland is the American Security Project’s Director of Studies and Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate. As an expert on energy, clim... More

Matthew Wallin
Matthew Wallin

Fellow for Public Diplomacy

Office Manager

Expertise:  Public diplomacy, military history, national security policy, nuclear security, international conflict

A Los Angeles native, Matthew completed his Masters in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California in 2010. While at USC, his studies focused on the public diplomacy implications of military conflict, and v... More

Maggie Feldman-Piltch
Maggie Feldman-Piltch

Special Assistant to the CEO

Expertise:  Economic Statecraft, Civil-Military Relations, International and Corporate Governance, National Security Strategy, Strategic Partnerships

Maggie Feldman-Piltch is the Special Assistant to the CEO and Board of Directors at American Security Project where sh... More

Esther Babson
Esther Babson

Program Manager, Climate Security

Expertise: Climate Change, Security Studies, South Asia, Arctic Security and Renewable Energy

Esther Babson is the Program Manager of Climate Security at the American Security Project. She has a Masters in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University with a focus on the impact of climate change on security in South Asia. As part of... More

John Keaney
John Keaney

US-Russia Relations and Trade Intern

Expertise: Russia and Central Asia, International Trade, Informal Markets, US-Russia Policy, Economic Statecraft

John Keaney recently graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Economics, Russian, and International Studies, a minor in Leadership Studies, and a Leadership Distinction in Global Learning. In the summer of 2014, he w... More

Jesse Vasquez
Jesse Vasquez

US-Russia Relations Intern

Expertise: US Defense Policy, Intelligence Operations, Military History, Eastern European/Baltic Security Studies, Russia, Military Information Support Operations

Jesse Vasquez is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BA in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Attending US Army Officer Candidate School shortly after graduation, Jesse... More

J. Jordan Burns
J. Jordan Burns

Climate and Energy Security Intern

Expertise: Climate change, security, transatlantic relations, European Union policy, Arctic policy

Jordan Burns is a recent graduate of James Madison University’s European Union Policy Studies master’s program in Florence, Italy. His areas of specialization include foreign policy and security, specifically in regards to climate change and the t... More

Keely Bakken
Keely Bakken

U.S. – Russia Relations Intern

Expertise: International Relations, U.S. Foreign Policy, Russia, Turkey and Central Asia, Refugees and Migration, Energy Security

Keely Bakken is a recent graduate from Indiana University, where she completed her Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in International Development and Master of Arts in Central Eurasian Studies. During her gradua... More

Mohammad Alhassani

Public diplomacy and strategic communications intern

Expertise: US foreign policy, MENA, Iraq, Turkey, public diplomacy

Mohammad Alhassani is currently pursuing a degree in international affairs with a concentration on the Middle East at the George Washington University. He specializes in foreign policy and grand strategy. During his most recent time in Iraq, he conducted research on ... More

Riza De Los Reyes

Climate and Energy Security Intern

Expertise: International Relations, US-Asia Relations, National Security, U.S. Foreign Policy, Chinese Foreign Policy

Riza De Los Reyes is a graduate student at the George Washington University studying Security Policy Studies. Her areas of specialization include relations between the United States and Asia and national policy making. After receivin... More

Rose Blanchard

Climate and Energy Security Intern

Expertise: Climate security, nuclear security, US foreign policy history, strategic stability, Russian, French

Rose Blanchard is a graduate student at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, specializing in International Security.  Her previous work has included time spent at the Wilson Center doing Cold War resear... More