We are pleased to announce the selection of five Templeton Fellows for 2018, reflecting diverse areas of interest and diverse perspectives on international affairs. All have contributed effort to FPRI in the past but the fellowship will enable FPRI to elevate their level of participation.
Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst, became the Chief Targeting Officer tracking one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (killed in 2006 in a targeted strike conducted by US military forces). She was featured in the PBS Frontline “The Secret History of ISIS” and the Emmy-award winning HBO documentary Manhunt, and is a National Security analyst for CNN. Ms. Bakos has worked with C-level corporate executives, senior level government officials, and front-line-technical teams to help them understand the business or security-related context to deploying new processes and technologies. Her upcoming memoir, The Targeter, is coming out from Little, Brown. She will be featured in our Main Line Briefings in February.
Dominic Tierney, associate professor of political science at Swarthmore College, is a contributing writer at The Atlantic. His books include The Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts (Little, Brown, 2015) and How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War (Little, Brown, 2010). His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, International Security, and Orbis, among other outlets, and he has appeared on CNN and MSNBC. He received his Ph.D. in international politics from Oxford University, and has held fellowships at the Mershon Center at Ohio State University, the Olin Institute at Harvard University, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Earlier this year, he addressed our public forum on “Do Think Tanks Matter?” and will address other FPRI forums throughout the year.
Edward A. Turzanski, co-chair of FPRI’s Center for the Study of Terrorism, is an outstanding civic leader in Philadelphia. He appears frequently on local and national media, including as a regular on 6ABC’s Inside Story on Sunday mornings in Philadelphia. He is Scholar in Residence at the American Institute for History Education, a board member and Scholar-in Residence at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, President of the National Aeronautic Space Training and Research Center Foundation, Vice President of the Union League of Philadelphia, Senior Scholar of the Thomas Jefferson Medical College Department of Public Health, and a board member of Aria Health System. He served with the U.S. Intelligence Community in postings throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe during the Reagan Administration; and he was a member of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Anti-Terror Advisory Committee throughout the George W. Bush Administration.