Elsa B. Kania


Elsa B. Kania is an adjunct fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, where she focuses on Chinese defense innovation and emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence. Her research
interests include Chinese military modernization, information warfare, and defense science and technology. She is an independent analyst, consultant, and co-founder of the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute (CCISI), which seeks to become the
premier venue for analysis and insights on China’s use of cyber and intelligence capabilities as instruments of national power. Her prior professional experience includes the Department of Defense, the Long Term Strategy Group, FireEye, Inc., and the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Elsa is a graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), where her thesis on the evolution of the PLA’s strategic thinking on information warfare was awarded the James Gordon Bennett Prize.
While at Harvard, she worked as a research assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Elsa was a Boren Scholar in Beijing, China, and she is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Follow Elsa on Twitter @EBKania.

Troy E. Mitchell

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Troy E. Mitchell holds a Doctorate in Strategic Security and serves as a professor at National American University and is an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in intelligence and counter-terrorism studies. He writes on issues involving national security, intelligence analysis, and violent extremism. Some of his publications include CTS 1: The Counterterrorism, WMD & Hybrid Threat Smartbook, "The Roots of Violent Extremism," "Yemen at the Crossroads," and "Containing Marawi." Follow Troy on Twitter @TmitchellTroy.

Er-Win Tan

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Er-Win Tan is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya. He completed his PhD in International Politics at Aberystwyth University, on the U.S.-North Korean Security Dilemma. He is also the author of The U.S. Versus the North Korean Nuclear Threat: Mitigating the Nuclear Security Dilemma.

He was a POSCO Visiting Research Fellow at the East-West Center in 2016, where he undertook work on the asymmetrical structure of the U.S.-North Korean security dilemma and is the process of converting these research findings into his second book, examining the period of U.S.-North Korean interaction from 1993 to 2016.