Alistair Millar is President of the Forum and Founder and Executive Director of Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation, a project of the Forum. He teaches graduate-level courses on counterterrorism and U.S. foreign policy at The Johns Hopkins University, where he received the 2010–2011 Excellence in Teaching Award for Advanced Academic Programs. He is also a nonresident Senior Fellow at The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute. Previously, he has had lecturing posts at The George Washington University and the Department of Homeland Security’s Center of Excellence on the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland. He has written numerous chapters, articles, and reports on international counterterrorism efforts, sanctions regimes, and nonproliferation. He is a coauthor, with Eric Rosand, of Allied Against Terrorism: What’s Needed to Strengthen Worldwide Commitment. He has an MA from Leeds University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.
Linda Gerber-Stellingwerf is chief operating officer of the Forum, a co-director of the Forum’s Sanctions and Security Research Program, and a senior programs advisor for the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation. She oversees all organizational operations and participates in various research projects. These include the Sanctions and Security Research Program, where she has helped research, write, and edit various reports and books, and the Center’s projects on strengthening subregional cooperation and expertise in preventing terrorism in East Africa, and strengthening capacity to counter terrorist financing in the Horn of Africa. She received her undergraduate degree from Goshen College in 1996 and a Masters of Library Science from Indiana University in 2002.
Jason Ipe is the Deputy Director for the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation. He has provided research and written contributions to numerous book chapters and reports on issues of counterterrorism, money laundering, and nonproliferation, and he has lead a process for judges, prosecutors, and police officers in South Asia on effectively countering terrorism. He received his BA in international relations from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut and his MA in international security policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington DC.
Naureen Chowdhury Fink is a is Head of Research and Analysis and she is located in the Center on Golbal Counterterrorism Cooperation’s New York office. She focuses on the international and multilateral response to terrorism and related challenges, such as violent extremism, armed conflict, and political instability, and the role of the United Nations. She came to Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation after five years at the International Peace Institute, where she developed the counterterrorism portfolio and published on international efforts to promote deradicalization and violent extremism, regional counterterrorism cooperation in South Asia, terrorism and political violence in Bangladesh, and the UN counterterrorism program. She has also worked closely with the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate on developing their initiatives in South Asia. Prior to that, she worked with the Middle East Programme in Chatham House and the World Intellectual Properties Organization and World Trade Organization in Geneva. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and an MA in war studies from Kings College, London.
Liat Shetret is the Head of the New York office and Senior Analyst in the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation’s New York location. She leads the center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation programming in Africa; focuses on community engagement in terrorism prevention, anti–money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism; and manages field programming in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. She has security policy expertise in Middle Eastern and African affairs, in particular on issues related to law enforcement, and has won national awards and recognition for her leadership and work in these areas. Prior to joining the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation, she served as the Harold Rosenthal Fellow in International Affairs to the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security and as a lieutenant in the military. She holds a BA in political science and psychology from the University of Illinois and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Matthew Schwartz is an Analyst for the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation. Before joining the the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation, he worked with the UN Security Council’s 1267 Al-Qaida and Taliban Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team where he conducted independent research and analysis regarding the level of threat posed by and key personalities and groups affiliated with al-Qaida and the Taliban. From 2007 to 2010, he served as a congressional staffer for U.S. Representative John J. Hall. He received an MA in international affairs from the New School University in New York, specializing in political conflict and security analysis. He holds a BA from the State University of New York at Albany where he double-majored in international politics and global history.
Rafia Barakat is a Programs Associate in CGCC’s New York office. She provides program support and substantive research assistance and contributes to the development and planning of new projects and strengthening relationships with CGCC partners across the globe. She received an MA from the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, specializing in international economics and development and the Latin America and Caribbean region. She also holds a BA in political science from Florida International University.
Danielle Cotter is a Programs Associate in CGCC’s New York office. She joined the CGCC East Africa programming team in June 2012 and has provided research and program assistance to CGCC work on anti–money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism issues and community engagement in terrorism prevention issues. She holds a BA from Tufts University, where she studied international relations with an East Asia focus.
David Cortright is a senior fellow at the Forum and co-director of the Sanctions and Security Research Program. Cortright is also director of policy studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and chair of the Forum Board of Directors. His research and writing encompasses a wide range of topics including UN sanctions and due process issues, civil society, counterterrorism, human rights, and denuclearization. He is author or editor of 17 books, including Uniting Against Terror: Cooperative Nonmilitary Response to the Global Terrorism Threat (2007), coedited with George A. Lopez. Over the past decade, Cortright has cowritten or coedited a series of major works on multilateral sanctions, including Smart Sanctions (2002), Sanctions and the Search for Security (2002) and The Sanctions Decade (2000). He has provided research services to the foreign ministries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland and has served as consultant or advisor to agencies of the United Nations, the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, the International Peace Academy, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Cortright received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in history from New York University, and a PhD in political science at the Union Institute in residence at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. Cortright is located at the Forum headquarters in Goshen, IN, and was the Forum president from 1992 to 2009.
Peter Romaniuk is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York, where he is also Assistant Director of the Center on Terrorism. He is the author of Multilateral Counter-terrorism: The Global Politics of Cooperation and Contestation (2010). His articles have appeared in the Review of International Studies, the International Studies Encyclopedia, and The CPA Journal, as well as in leading volumes on terrorism and counterterrorism, terrorism financing, and multilateral sanctions. He holds a BA (Hons) and LLB (Hons) from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, and an AM and PhD in political science from Brown University.
Kim Minier is financial administrator for the Forum and manages the daily finances and provides administrative support to the organization. She also provided administrative support to Howard Brembeck until his death in late 2010. Minier worked in the banking industry from 1985 until she joined the Forum staff. Minier is located at the Forum headquarters in Goshen, IN, and has worked for the Forum since 2005.
Pat Pinnick is chief financial officer for the Forum. Pinnick has worked in the finance and accounting industry since 1977. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in 1977 and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 1985. He is a certified public accountant and is a member of the AICPA and Indiana CPA Society. Pinnick is located at the Forum headquarters in Goshen, IN, and has worked for the Forum since 2008.
Patrick Tobin is a Programs Assistant for the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation. He has provided assistance and research for many projects undertaken by the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation. He has helped plan and organize the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation’s various workshops and seminars, including events abroad throughout Europe, Africa, South America, the Middle East, and South Asia. He graduated with a BA in political science from the School of Public Affairs at American University.
Scott Townley is a Budget Officer in CGCC’s Washington DC office. He helps to oversee budget planning and tracking as well as project management for CGCC. Prior to joining CGCC, he served as a Senior Event Manager with the American Cancer Society and also as a Senior Portfolio Accountant with State Street Bank and Trust. He graduated with a BA in business economics from the University of California in Santa Barbara.