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Keynote Speakers

Andrew M. Deutz
Andrew M. Deutz
Director, International Government Relations Dept. The Nature Conservancy
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Dr. Andrew Deutz is a leader in international environmental law, policy and negotiations, as well as international conservation and development. Dr. Deutz directs International Government Relations at The Nature Conservancy, leading the organization’s international policy work across the areas of climate change, conservation and development, as well as overseeing relationships with international organizations, multilateral development banks and aid agencies.    
 
Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy in 2006, he served in several leadership roles with the World Conservation Union (IUCN) including: Special Advisor for Global Policy, Director of IUCN’s Canada Office, and Coordinator of IUCN’s Temperate and Boreal Forest Programme.    
 
Dr. Deutz has also served as the Lead Forest Negotiator for the US State Department and as Forest Policy Advisor to the World Bank. From 1994 to 1997, he was a Research Associate at the Woods Hole Research Center.  He holds a doctorate in International Environmental Law from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  
 
Gen. John R. Allen
Gen. John R. Allen
General, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired); Former Commander, NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan
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John R. Allen is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution and is Chair of Security and Strategy.  Prior to joining the Brookings Institution, Allen served as Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, a position he held for 15 months. Immediately following retirement from the Marine Corps, Allen was asked to serve as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense on Middle East Security. In that role, for 15 months, he led the security dialogue with Israel and the Palestinian Authority within the Middle East peace process.

Allen commanded the NATO International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2013.  He is the first Marine to command a theater of war.  Allen’s command of the 150,000 U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan occurred at a particularly critical period in the war.  During his command, he recovered the 33,000 U.S. surge forces, moved the Afghan National Security Forces into the lead for combat operations, and pivoted NATO forces from being a conventional combat force into an advisory command.  Further, he established the division size Special Operations Joint Task Force.  In the process, his forces closed or realigned over 500 bases and facilities.  All of these activities were conducted in contact with the enemy and during active and particularly intense combat operations.

During his nearly 38-year military career, Allen served in a variety of command and staff positions in the Marine Corps and the Joint Force.  Prior to assuming command of the NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Allen commanded at every level in the Marine Corps through the Marine Expeditionary Brigade.  He served as the G-3 operations officer of the 2nd Marine Division.  He was the aide de camp and military secretary to the 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps.

As a general officer, Allen served as the Principal Director of Asia-Pacific policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a position he held for nearly three years.  In this assignment, he was involved extensively on policy initiatives involving Mongolia, China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia.  He was also involved in the Six Party Talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He played a major role in organizing the relief effort during the South Asian tsunami from 2004 to 2005.

Allen’s contingency and combat operations assignments included Operation Sea Signal in the Caribbean in 1994, Operation Joint Endeavor in the Balkans from 1995 to 1996, Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq from 2007 to 2008, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2013.

Beyond his operational credentials, Allen has also led a number of professional military educational programs including service as the director of the Marine Infantry Officer Program; commanding officer of the Marine Corps Basic School; and commandant of midshipmen in the United States Naval Academy.  He has served as the Marine Corps Fellow to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow, and was the first Marine officer to serve as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Following retirement, and among other activities, General Allen has become affiliated with The Middle East Institute, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (TWI), the Atlantic Council of the United States (ACUS), and Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) where he is a Senior Associate Fellow.  He is a Senior Fellow at the Merrill Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and is a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.  He is an “Ancien” of the NATO Defence College in Rome, and a frequent lecturer there.  General Allen is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

General Allen is the recipient of numerous U.S. personal decorations and campaign awards.  He is also the recipient of numerous international awards among them the NATO Meritorious Service Medal; the Order of Australia; the Afghan Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan Medal; the French Legion d’Honneur; the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic; the Mongolian Meritorious Service Medal, First Class; the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic; and the Taiwan Order of the Resplendent Banner with Special Cravat.

In recognition of his work as Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, he was presented the Department of State Distinguished Honor Award by Secretary John Kerry, and was presented the Director of National Intelligence National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Award by Director James Clapper.

In 2015, he was the recipient of the Eisenhower Award of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS).  In 2016 he received the Statesman Scholar Award of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (TWI).  He shared the award with his Annapolis classmate, Admiral Jim Stavridis.

Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in operations analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Arts degree in national security studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College (now National Intelligence University), and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the National Defense University.  He is the recipient of Honorary PhDs from the National Intelligence University and Monmouth College, of Monmouth, Illinois.

Expert Briefers

Dr. Raymond Gilpin
Dr. Raymond Gilpin
Dean of Academic Affairs Africa Center for Strategic Studies
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Sarah Hillware
Sarah Hillware
Consultant at the World Bank
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Haleh Vaziri
Haleh Vaziri
Founder and Principal of VRMC (Vaziri Research Management Consultancy)
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Haleh Vaziri is the founder and principal of VRMC (Vaziri Research Management Consultancy), established in 2010. Her motto is “Asking the right questions, offering you insights for action.” Specifically, she advises a diverse clientele on issues of democratization, human rights, media markets and public diplomacy vis-à-vis the research management process—proposal preparation, survey questionnaire design, analytic writing, presentations, conference planning and curriculum development. Prior to striking out on her own, Haleh worked for over a decade at InterMedia Survey Institute as the Regional Research Manager for the Middle East and North Africa, implementing audience and public opinion studies for clients seeking to reach media consumers in the MENA. She has supervised and trained qualitative and quantitative research teams in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, Turkey and the UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah). She was additionally responsible for studies conducted in Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, adapting market research methodologies to the needs of difficult-to-access populations. Haleh holds a PhD in international relations from Georgetown University and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She has authored scored of articles and conference papers, concentrating in large part on Iran's domestic and foreign policy. She is the co-author of four human rights education manuals—among them, Victories over Violence: Ensuring Safety for Women and Girls—A Practitioner's Manual (2012).

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