David Elliot Thaler (M.I.A., International Security Policy, Columbia University) is an IPA Fellow, HQ/USAF, Directorate of Programs and Evaluation, Resource Analyses Division, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Theodore Karasik (PhD History UCLA) is Research Director, RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy. He is also Political Scientist in the International Policy and Security Group at RAND. Dr. Karasik has fourteen years work experience in geostrategic studies. His current work focuses on the nexus of health and national security in Eurasia and the Near East. He also specializes in security issues in the Caucasus and the evolving nature of Persian Gulf security.