Distinguished Resident Fellow in African Studies

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield is the inaugural Distinguished Resident Fellow in African Studies at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. She joined ISD in spring 2017 as a Senior State Department Fellow. She received the 2017 Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in recognition of her three decades of work promoting the values of humanitarianism and responsible global engagement.

Ambassador Stephen D. Mull

Resident Senior State Department Fellow

Ambassador Stephen D. Mull has served as Lead Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation since August 2015, in which capacity he has led U.S. government interagency efforts and diplomacy to implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to constrain Iran’s nuclear program. Prior to this position, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland from 2012 until 2015, during which assignment he supported a significant growth of U.S. exports to Poland and expanded U.S.-Polish military cooperation within NATO in response to Russian aggression against Ukraine. Previously, he served as Executive Secretary of the State Department from 2010 until 2012, in which capacity he coordinated responses to a wide range of crises and managed the Department’s support for the Secretary of State. Before then, he had served since August 2008 as Senior Advisor to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns, in which position he coordinated U.S. diplomatic efforts on Iran, managed the State Department’s crisis response during the Russian-Georgian war of August 2008, and led negotiations on a range of issues, including the agreement permitting the flight of U.S. military resupply flights to Afghanistan through Russian airspace, saving taxpayers over $25 million.

Ambassador John A. Heffern

Resident Senior State Department Fellow

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Heffern, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, served as the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia from 2011-2014. His prior experience included Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at USNATO, Brussels; DCM in Jakarta, Indonesia; and, Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. Other previous posts include: USNATO; Tokyo; Malaysia desk officer in Washington; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and Guangzhou, China. From 1994-1996, Heffern served as a Pearson Fellow on the Asia Subcommittee for the House International Relations Committee.

Ambassador Dana Shell Smith

Senior Non-Resident Fellow

Dana Shell Smith is the CEO of Decibel Strategy, an international strategy firm she founded to advance business, trade and professional ties between the United States and the Middle East. Ambassador Smith is a proven leader and trailblazer in the fields of foreign affairs, crisis communications, media outreach and commercial diplomacy. Before founding Decibel Strategy, Ambassador Smith spent 25 years as a diplomat, working throughout the Middle East and in Asia.

Sungsoo Choi

Affiliate Research Scholar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea

Mr. Choi graduated from Seoul National University in 1991 and studied international economics from 1994 to 1996 at the University of Michigan where he obtained his MA degree. Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991, he has worked at the Korean Embassies in Wellington, Tehran, and Kiev, and the Permanent Mission to the UN in New York and the Permanent Delegation to OECD in Paris. In Seoul, he worked on inter-Korean policy, Middle East and African affairs, international economic cooperation, and development cooperation. He was Director of the Development Cooperation Division and Director of the Africa Division.

Arsalan Suleman

Non-Resident Fellow

Arsalan Suleman is the former Acting U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). In that role Suleman was President Obama’s representative to the 57-member OIC, the second largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations. Suleman liaised with foreign ministers of OIC member countries, represented the United States at four OIC heads-of-state Summits, and established collaborative relationships with government officials from nations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South and Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. He engaged with the OIC, OIC member countries, and relevant civil society on a broad range of foreign policy issues, establishing partnerships in areas of mutual interest such as human rights, countering violent extremism, health, education, entrepreneurship, and science and technology. Suleman delivered remarks and engaged with leaders, officials, students, and publics around the world.

Amy Lillis

Rusk Fellow

Amy Lillis joins ISD from the Secretary’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, where she last served as the Acting Special Representative, responsible for developing programs, networks, and training to expand Department capacity to understand religious dynamics and engage religious actors for a more effective foreign policy. Some of Amy’s other Foreign Service assignments include Islamabad, where she served as the Internal Politics Chief, responsible for the embassy’s work on judicial reform, party politics, and human rights; Political Military Affairs Officer in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; Political Officer in Istanbul; Policy Advisor in the Office of International Religious Freedom; and Consular Officer in Lagos.

Megan Selmon Kelly

Rusk Fellow

Megan Selmon Kelly, a career Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State, most recently covered operations policy at the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Belgium. Prior to that assignment, she served in Pakistan, Colombia, Afghanistan, another tour at NATO, and as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State John Kerry. Mrs. Kelly is also a board member of a small non-profit focused on development in Liberia called the Shine Foundation, and spends as much time as possible working in Liberia. Mrs. Kelly is a graduate of Trinity University with a B.A. in international relations, and a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University. As a native of Oklahoma, she remains an OU Sooner at heart.

Lieutenant Colonel Sergio E. Anaya

US Air Force Foreign Policy Fellow

Lieutenant Colonel Sergio E. Anaya was the Commander of Air Mobility Command’s Air Operations Squadron where he led 300 military and civilian personnel. Previously, Lieutenant Colonel Anaya was a Special Assistant to the Combatant Commander, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, FL. In this capacity, he was responsible for developing and articulating initiatives of interest to the Combatant Commander and supported the commander’s interaction within the Department of Defense, Congress, U.S. Interagency, foreign governments, and the private sector. He is a senior pilot with more than 3,800 hours in the C-17, C-21A, T-1, and T-37 and has logged more than 930 combat hours. He attended the Chilean Air Command and Staff College in Santiago, Chile and is an Air Force Latin America Regional Affairs Specialist (RAS).

Colonel Dan Bishop

Army War College Fellow

Colonel Dan Bishop comes to ISD from the NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan where he served as the Deputy Director of Intelligence in Bagram, Afghanistan over the course of the last year. Prior to this assignment, he commanded the 308th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Meade, MD. Colonel Bishop has served in various command and staff positions across the United States and Germany, as well as numerous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Colonel Markus Lewis

Army War College Fellow

Lieutenant Colonel Markus Lewis is an Army Strategist specializing in the development and implementation of national strategic plans and policies, theater strategy, and operational planning. He has served under US Army Central as a Strategic Plans Officer and a Senior Strategist in the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve. Markus joins ISD from the Joint Staff, where he served as a Joint Doctrine Strategic Planner developing policy options for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on issues regarding joint doctrine.

Major Peter J. Amaral III

US Air Force Non-Resident Fellow

Major Peter J. Amaral III is the Chief of Group Plans and Programs, 595th Command and Control Group, Offutt Air Force Base, NE. He is responsible for the development and maintenance of worldwide current and strategic operations employment of the E-4B as well as coordinating inter-agency actions for deployment support requirements with foreign agencies, US embassies, and other Air Force major commands. The E- 4B provides a highly survivable command, control, and communications center to direct U.S. forces, execute emergency war orders, and coordinate actions by civil authorities through all phases of the threat spectrum.

Major Devin Long

US Air Force Non-Resident Fellow

Prior to the start of his Air Force Fellowship, Major Devin Long was Treaty Director, Open Skies Treaty, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, at the Pentagon. Previously, he was Chief of the Treaty Verification Branch, Source Mission Integration Office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, in Springfield, VA. He has a broad background in arms control and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. Major Long is a senior combat systems officer with over 1,300 hours in the RC-135S. He holds an undergraduate degree in music education and a graduate degree in global security and intelligence studies. He is an in-residence graduate of Air and Space Basic Course and Squadron Officer School as well as Air Command and Staff College, via distributed learning.

Major William R. McCormick

US Air Force Non-Resident Fellow

Major William R. McCormick is an Assistant Director of Operations and E-3 AWACS Evaluator Senior Director assigned to the 552d Operations Support Squadron, 552d Operations Group, 552d Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, OK. He is responsible for the daily supervision of 364 military and 14 civilian personnel and the programming, planning, scheduling and execution of the 10,000 hour flying program of 27 USAF E-3 aircraft. Additionally, he manages the aircrew training programs for 5 flying and one training squadron, and is responsible for the security of 3 vaults, 1,073 weapons and all contracts for the E-3 weapons system.

Major Christine M. McVann

US Air Force Non-Resident Fellow

Major Christine M. McVann is currently the Chief of Wing Intelligence for the 89th Airlift Wing, 89th Operations Support Squadron, Joint Base Andrews, MD. In this role, she leads 13 personnel in Air Mobility Command’s highest-profile intelligence flight, providing intelligence support as well as Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training to ten operational flying units tasked with transporting America’s senior leaders, including the President, the Vice President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.