The fourth plenary session at the 61st Annual Asilomar Conference entitled Social and Economic Solutions? The panel features discussants Michael McFaul and Larry Diamond. Doug Bereuter moderates the discussion.
Dr. Jeffrey M. Bale
Dr. Jeffrey M. Bale is a Senior Research Associate in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Research Program (WMDTRP) at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
He obtained his B.A. in Middle Eastern and Central Asian history at the University of Michigan, his M.A. in social movements and political sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in contemporary European history at Berkeley. He has taught at Berkeley, Columbia University, and the University of California at Irvine, and was the recipient of postdoctoral fellowships from the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia, the Office of Scholarly Programs at the Library of Congress, and the Center for German and European Studies at Berkeley.
Dr. Bale has been studying extremist and terrorist groups for many years, and has published numerous articles on terrorism, right-wing extremism, Islamism, and covert operations. He is in the process of updating a large book manuscript on neo-fascist terrorist networks in Cold War Europe, co-editing a volume on "New Religious Movements and Extremist Politics," and gathering primary and secondary source materials for two new monographs, one on Islamist terrorist networks operating in Europe and North America and their possible WMD use, and the other on the growing links between dissident left- and right-wing radicals in the West and Islamist terrorists.
His responsibilities at CNS include preparing terrorist group profiles and other in-depth research reports on various aspects of terrorist ideologies, motivations, and operational techniques.
Dr. David W. Lyon
Dr. David W. Lyon is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Policy Institute of California.
Abbas Milani is a research fellow and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution. In addition, Dr. Milani is Director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University and a visiting professor in the department of political science.
His expertise is U.S.-Iran relations, Iranian cultural, political, and security issues. Milani was a professor of history and political science and chair of the department at Notre Dame de Namur University and a research fellow at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.
Milani was an assistant professor in the faculty of law and political science at Tehran University and a member of the board of directors of Tehran University's Center for International Studies from 1979 to 1987.
He was a research fellow at the Iranian Center for Social Research from 1977 to 1978 and an assistant professor at the National University of Iran from 1975 to 1977.