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

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

Climate Security Fellowship

The Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG) is pleased to announce a call for applications for its 2019 Climate Security Fellowship Program, a collaborative effort of the American Security Project, the Center for Climate and Security and the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program.

Applications are due by 5pm Eastern Standard Time on September 30, 2019. In response to increasing demand for mentorship a... More

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).

He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy ... More

Andrew Holland
Andrew Holland

Chief Operating Officer

Expertise: Energy, Climate Change, and Infrastructure Policy

Andrew Holland is the American Security Project’s Chief Operating Officer. His area of research is on on energy, climate change, trade, and infrastructure policy. For more than 15 years, he has worked at th... 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 has lead ASP’s research on public diplomacy and strategic communications since 2011. As an expert in national security strategy and international relations, Matthew is also currently le... 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

Annie Aleman
Annie Aleman

Development and External Relations Manager

Annie Aleman is the Development and External Relations Manager at the American Security Project. Her past experience includes digital communications for domestic and international political clients. Annie’s work has taken her around the world, including a year spent in New Zealand with the international consultancy, Topham Guerin.

Annie received her Bachelo... More

Alexandra Hackbarth

Climate Security Intern

Expertise: International Security, US National Security Policy, US-China Relations, Afghanistan, Climate Security

Alexandra Hackbarth is a Climate Security intern at the American Security Project. Her research focuses on how climate change is affecting U.S. national security interests worldwide.

From 2017 to 2019, Alexandra served as the Special Advisor ... More

Patrick Smith
Patrick Smith

US-Russia Relations Intern

Expertise: International Security, Intelligence, US-Russia Relations, National Security

Patrick Smith is currently pursuing a degree in International Security at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. This fall Patrick is participating in Korbel’s DC Semester program at the Maxwell School. His focus is on intelligence... More

Naina Azimov

Climate Security Intern

Expertise: Climate Change and International Security, Security Policy, U.S. National Security, U.S.-Russia Relations, NATO

Naina Azimov is currently in her second year of pursuing a Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.  Her primary interests lie in the effects of climate c... More

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