Walter Andrusyszyn

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Walter Andrusyszyn has been an Adjunct Professor of International Business at the College of Business Administration of the University of South Florida, where he began teaching in spring 2007. From January to May 2009 he was temporarily assigned as Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.S. Mission to NATO. He joined the Plastipak Packaging Company in January 2004 following a career in the U.S. Government. He retired from public service at the end of 2003, after serving at the White House as the Director for Northern and Eastern European Affairs in the National Security Council (he became Director in November 2001). Having entered the Foreign Service in 1980, he served in Stockholm (1980-82) and in East Berlin (1982-84) before returning to Washington to be the Desk Officer for Grenada and the Windward and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean (1985-1987). In 1987-1988 he was Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary Rozanne Ridgway in the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs. He then served in Bonn as the Bonn Group Representative, responsible for Berlin and Four Power rights during Germany’s reunification. In 1990, he headed the Political-Military unit at the American Embassy in Bonn.

Mr. Andrusyszyn became the Desk Officer for Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia in 1992. In 1994, he returned to Bonn to head the unit reporting on domestic political events in Germany. In October 1995, he was assigned to the American Embassy in Sarajevo where he served during the Dayton Peace Talks and for the first months of IFOR deployment. For his efforts to gain the release of an imprisoned American journalist held by Bosnian Serb authorities, Mr. Andrusyszyn received the Secretary’s Award for Heroism. In April 1996, he was assigned to Stockholm as Political Counselor. In August 1997 he was appointed Charge d’Affaires at the American Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia and in July 1999, be became director of the Office of European Security and Political Affairs, responsible for NATO and the OSCE. In September 2001 he was named the Director of the Task Force on Terrorism in response to the September 11 attacks.

Born in Blackburn, England in 1951, Mr. Andrusyszyn emigrated to the U.S. in 1957 and was raised in New York City. A graduate of New York University (1973), he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1973-1975). He continued his studies in Germany and also worked as a local employee for the Sri Lanka Embassy in Bonn (1977-78).


Dr. Kathryn Arthur

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Dr. Kathryn Arthur is an anthropologist, who has been studying peoples of southern Ethiopia and their material culture for the last 15 years. Her research focuses on exploring how knowledge and technology are learned and embedded in specific cultural constructs such as gender, religion, and caste. In particular, she advocates avenues for revealing in the past the presence and agency of women and historically disenfranchised populations.


 Neil Brown

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Neil Brown is editor and vice president of the Tampa Bay Times. He was named Editor of the Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) in May 2010, and in that capacity oversees the journalism published in the Times, on its website tampabay.com, and in related products including PolitiFact.com and a daily tabloid called tbt*.

During Brown’s tenure leading the Times news staff, the paper has won more national and state awards than at any time in its history, including three Pulitzer Prizes. Brown first joined Times Publishing in 1988, serving as managing editor in Washington, DC at Congressional Quarterly, a former Times affiliate company.
He came to the Times in 1993 as world editor in charge of national and international news and then as managing editor and executive editor. He was named to the Times Publishing Company’s board in 1997 as a director, and was made a vice president in 2001.

A native of Chicago, Brown is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Phi Beta Kappa, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism. He began his newspaper career as a reporter and editor at The Miami Herald, covering government and politics in Miami and working in bureaus in Key West, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach. He is past president of the Florida Society of News Editors. In 2008, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He is a current member of the Professional Advisory Board of the UI School of Journalism. Brown served four years as a Pulitzer Prize nominating juror in journalism.

Brown lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, journalist and author Gelareh Asayesh. They have two children.


 Scott J. Brown, Ph.D.

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Scott Brown joined the Raymond James Equity Research Department in 1995 after two years as an economist in the firm’s Fixed Income Research Department. Before his arrival at Raymond James, he was manager of economic research at Pacific First Bank in Seattle and had previously been director of economic research at First Imperial Advisors in San Diego. He also worked as an economist for the San Diego Gas & Electric Company.

Dr. Brown earned his doctorate in economics from the University of California at San Diego, where he studied time series analysis and forecasting under Nobel Laureates Robert F. Engle and Clive W.J. Granger. Dr. Brown also holds an M.S. degree in statistics from the University of Illinois and a B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of California at Irvine. Dr. Brown serves on the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association and is a member of the Bond Market Association’s Economic Advisory Committee. He has also served as a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors for the state of Florida.


Stephen Buckley

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Stephen Buckley is the Dean of Faculty at the Poynter Institute where he is in charge of all education programs. Previously, Buckley was the first publisher of www.tampabay.com, the website of the St. Petersburg Times, now the Tampa Bay Times. The position was created in 2008 to sharpen and accelerate the Times’ push into electronic publishing. He had previously been managing editor of the Times. Before becoming managing editor, he served as the Times’ World Editor, directing coverage of national and international news. In 2006, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Times Publishing Company.

Buckley spent twelve years reporting at The Washington Post, first as a metro reporter for five years and then as a foreign correspondent. He served as their Africa bureau chief based in Nairobi, Kenya and then Brazil bureau chief, based in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2002, he won the Paul Hansell Distinguished Journalism Award from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, one of the state’s highest writing honors. In 1998, he won the National Association of Black Journalists first place award for international reporting, and the InterAction award for humanitarian reporting.


 Charles L. Campbell

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Mr. Campbell retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2004 as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service following a 40 year career which included serving as the Deputy Inspector General and in several senior field and headquarters leadership assignments in the National Clandestine Service. He received the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Donovan Award for his service. Since retiring from the CIA, Mr. Campbell has been employed by several firms on contracts providing services to Intelligence Community components on counterterrorism and counterintelligence programs. Since 2010, Mr. Campbell has served as President of the CIA Retirees Association.


 Ralph S. Clem

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Ralph S. Clem (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1976) is Professor Emeritus of Geography and formerly Director of the Center for Transnational and Comparative Studies (1999-2005) at Florida International University in Miami where he was a faculty member from 1974-2009. He also taught in the graduate program in International Administration at the University of Miami (2009-2011). His research, published in many books and articles, focuses primarily and most recently on the electoral geography of states transitioning from authoritarian regimes to pluralist democracies, in particular Russia. He has secondary interests in the study of the demography of ethnicity and migration and labor force issues in ethnically plural states. Professor Clem is the recipient of the Professorial Excellence Award of the State University System of Florida and the Ryder Corporation Excellence in Teaching Award. He has held several prestigious fellowships, including those at the W. Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies. Professor Clem has been the principal investigator on research grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of State, and the National Council for Russian and East European Research. He has traveled extensively throughout Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia and has lectured for the American Geographical Society on trips in Russia, including the Trans-Siberian route, and for the National Geographic Society. He retired in January 2004 from the Air Force Reserve with the rank of Major General, having served at the squadron and wing level and at the National Security Agency and the Air Intelligence Agency as an intelligence officer, and in the Pentagon on the Air Staff. His military decorations include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Defense Superior Service Medal.


 María Crummett

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María Crummett is the Associate Vice President for Global Affairs at the University of South Florida (USF). In her capacity as Associate Vice President, Dr. Crummett is responsible for international programming with oversight of the offices of Education Abroad, International Services, and Peace Corps. She also serves as the Fulbright Faculty Scholar campus representative. Dr. Crummett’s academic areas of specialization include macroeconomics, Latin American economic development, and international business. Her research focuses on regional trade agreements in the Americas and Mexico-U.S. migration. Publications include: “Heritage Re-created: Social and Cultural Capital among the Hñahñu in Florida and Hidalgo, Mexico, in “Indigenous Mexican Migrants in the United States(University of California Press) and “Growth,
Markets, and Competitive Strategies: Successes and Challenges in Latin America” (Thunderbird International Business Review).

Dr. Crummett serves on several national boards including the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), the National Security Education Program (NSEP), and the American Council of Education (ACE) Internationalization Project. She has also served as the chair of the Tampa chapter of the District Export Council (DEC) of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is a member of the following state and regional organizations: Florida Network on Global Studies, the Florida Committee on International Education, Tampa North Rotary Club,Tampa Bay Women in International Trade (Past President), the Tampa Bay Committee on Foreign Relations, the International Trade and Transportation Task Force of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Society of International Business Fellows, and, the Southeast U.S.- Japan Association.

She has worked as a consultant to international development agencies including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), and the Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). She has served as chair of Tampa Sister Cities linking Tampa and two cities in Mexico–Veracruz and Boca del Río. In 1996, she received a Fulbright award to undertake research and lecture at the Universidad Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia; she received a second Fulbright award to Japan
in 2009.

Dr. Crummett received her B.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research.


 Robert (Bob) Deutsch

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Robert (Bob) Deutsch is a veteran of 38 years advancing U.S. national interest at the State Department. He was an integral part of U.S. expeditionary diplomacy, serving as a Senior Advisor successively on Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan over the last seven years. Focused on the economic facets of our engagement with Afghanistan and Pakistan, Bob developed the concept for the new Silk Road as a vision for a more prosperous future in the region and worked with our partners to make the vision real. He coordinated closely with the World and Asian Development Banks to evaluate and plan for a sustainable economy in Afghanistan as the international security presence recedes in 2014, and he oversaw the successful effort to enshrine that plan as an outcome of the major international conferences on Afghanistan in Bonn, and Tokyo over the last year. On Pakistan Bob focused on the energy crisis which has troubled that country for the last 4 years, leading the policy dialogue with Pakistan’s government and civil society and working to shape the U.S. assistance program to help that country achieve a better balance between supply and demand. He led the U.S. side in negotiations to re-establish the U.S. ground line of communication from Karachi into Afghanistan, after it was closed for the first half of 2012, and he coaxed our two partners into a more collaborative economic relationship by completing negotiation of a transit trade agreement after 40 years of effort. On Iraq, when the US military began the process of transition to Iraqi security responsibility, Bob led the effort to maintain coalition commitment and support, traveling broadly for consultations with our government partners, but also engaging in extensive public outreach. Bob was particularly credible in this endeavor because of his earlier work in Iraq under Saddam, particularly leading negotiations to maintain peace among the factions in Kurdistan protected at the time by Operation Provide Comfort. Bob also lead diplomatic communities through times of crisis. In Turkey he managed the large mission there as it weathered the challenge of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and terrorist attacks on diplomatic missions. In Austria Bob guided negotiations to achieve a measure of restitution from that government for the Nazi Holocaust. His economic experience includes responding to the macro-economic crises in South Asia as regional currencies imploded in the late 90’s and numerous trade negotiations with the European Union including on aviation, steel, agriculture products and intellectual property. During the Balkan wars of the earlier nineties, was the operational and policy lead for implementation of sanctions.


 Thomas N. Edmonds

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Thomas N. Edmonds is a veteran Republican media consultant and strategist. He is a past president of both the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) and American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). He is also a recipient of the AAPC’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Edmonds is the co-author of two books on politics and public policy, producer of the official documentary on Ronald Reagan, and has won over 100 awards for political commercials. He has spoken on the impact of American style political campaigns on democracies in numerous venues around the world including Austria, France and, most recently, Oxford University’s Rothermere Institute of American Studies.


 William F. Felice

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Dr. Felice teaches courses in international political economy, international law, international organization, and human rights. His research and scholarship focuses on normative issues of rights and justice within our global society. Dr. Felice previously served as a representative to the United Nations for a human rights non-governmental organization. He is the author of Taking Suffering Seriously, The Global New Deal and How Do I Save My Honor?.

Dr. Felice was named the 2006 Florida Professor of the Year by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The U.S. Professors of the Year Program, administered by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), is the only national initiative specifically designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.


 Ed Fugit

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Ed Fugit is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer. In a 28-year career, mostly overseas, he specialized in political affairs and Political-Military Relations. Ed worked in Africa, Europe, South Asia and the Middle East. He devoted 17 years to work in or on Central and Southern Africa, including several years as Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe. His last overseas posting was in Islamabad, Pakistan in the early 1990s. He ended his active career as the Political Advisor to the Commander at US Central Command at MacDill AFB in Tampa. Subsequently he worked on counter-terrorism with the Joint Special Operations Command at Ft Bragg (JSCOC) then returned to Central Command to support the POLAD during the early months of the Afghanistan operation in 2002 and the early months of the Iraq operation in 2003. He served in the US Army from 1967-70, including a tour in Vietnam as an assault helicopter pilot, and remained in the US Army Reserves. He has a MS Degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and is also a graduate of the National War College in Washington, DC.


 Dr. Edward Glab

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Dr. Glab has a background in the international energy business, education, media, and government service, including USAID and the Peace Corps. He was with Exxon-Mobil for more than 25 years and held a variety of positions in public affairs, including political risk; government and community relations; new business development; media relations; corporate and marketing advertising, and emergency response, among others. Glab has a Ph.D. in political science and is currently a Clinical Professor and Director of the Global Energy Security Forum in the School of International and Public Affairs at FIU. He has consulted for numerous governmental agencies, international organizations and the private sector on energy, political risk and emergency response. As a former journalist, he also conducts media training seminars. Glab has traveled in every country of Latin America and lived in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Mexico. He has conducted business in 80 countries, in Latin America, Asia/Pacific, Africa and Europe. Glab continues to consult and talk about the energy business to a variety of audiences in the U.S. and overseas and is often quoted in the media. Glab speaks fluent Spanish and frequently appears on Spanish language television and radio.


 Aida A. Hozic

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Aida A. Hozic is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Florida. Originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, she received her M.A. in International Affairs from The Johns Hopkins-SAIS in 1989 and her PhD from the University of Virginia in 1998. Her research is situated at the intersection of political economy, cultural studies, and international security. She is the author of Hollyworld: Space, Power and Fantasy in the American Economy (Cornell University Press, 2002) and a number of articles in journals and edited volumes. Her work has been supported by the John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation, IREX, Institute for Turkish Studies, Open Society Institute, University of Florida Humanities Fund and many other fellowships. For three years (2008-2010), she co-directed a State Department program on U.S. foreign policy for foreign scholars at the University of Florida.


 Dennis Jett

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Dennis Jett is a founding faculty member and professor of international affairs of the School of International Affairs at Pennsylvania State University. A former career diplomat, he served 28 years in the State Department in a wide range of positions including as Ambassador to Peru, Ambassador to Mozambique, on the National Security Council, as Deputy Chief of Mission in Malawi and Liberia, and in Argentina and Israel. From 2000 to 2008, he was Dean of the International Center, Director of the Transnational and Global Studies Center and on the faculty of the Political Science Department at the University of Florida. He has a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. The author of two books, “Why Peacekeeping Fails” and “Why American Foreign Policy Fails”, he has been interviewed on the Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, NPR, BBC and other national and international news programs. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy, he was written over 120 opinion pieces for major newspapers, the more recent of which can be found on his blog on the Huffington Post.


 Douglas L. McElhaney

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Doug is the instigator of the St Pete Conference on World Affairs, having participated in a similar event last year in Boulder, Colorado. When he moved to St. Petersburg in 2007 to take care of aging parents, he noted that international issues did not get the time and attention in the lives of busy Floridians that they warranted. The presidential elections only reinforced his conviction that an international conference in St. Pete that talked about issues, and unfettered by political rhetoric, would be a true contribution to the community.

Doug was a career Foreign Service Officer at the US State Department and retired with the rank of Ambassador after a 34-year career. He served in Europe – Brussels, Rome, Milan, Paris, Lisbon, Sarajevo — and for three years in Cairo. He was the US Deputy Permanent Representative during both the Bosnia and Kosovo wars, and he worked for several years in the late seventies on the negotiations that later resulted in the independence of Namibia. At the Embassy in Cairo, he worked on the peace process as well as liaison with the Egyptian military. As Ambassador to Bosnia, he renegotiated wide changes to the wartime constitution, which in 2006 were ultimately rejected by the ethnically based parties in power in 2006. He was the Distinguished Ambassador in Residence at the University of Miami from 2008-2012.


 Mohsen M. Milani, Ph.D.

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Mohsen M. Milani, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies for USF World and is a professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Professor Milani has written extensively about the Persian Gulf, the Iranian Revolution, and Iran’s foreign and security policies. He served as a research fellow at Harvard University, Oxford University’s St. Antony’s College in England, and the Foscari University in Venice, Italy. Milani is a frequent speaker at international and national conferences on Iran and the Persian Gulf. He is currently working on a book project about Iran’s regional policies.

Research: Comparative Politics, Comparative Revolutions, Modern Iran.


 Luz E. Nagle

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Professor Luz E. Nagle specializes in international law and international criminal law. Her unique career prior to teaching includes confronting drug lords as a judge in Medellín, Colombia, working as an undercover private investigator in Southern California, clerking for the Supreme Court of Virginia, and pursuing software pirates in Latin America for Microsoft Corporation.

She received her LL.D. from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, a J.D. from the College of William & Mary, and an LL.M. (international law) and M.A. (Latin American studies) from UCLA. She also holds certifications in national security law from the University of Virginia’s School of Law’s Center for National Security Law. She has been a visiting professor and lecturer at the University of Tampa, the Universidad de Granada (Spain), the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), EAFIT (Colombia), the Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia), and serves as an External Researcher in the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.

Professor Nagle has participated in several rule of law, judicial reform, and hemispheric security projects sponsored by USAID and the U.S. Departments of Defense, Justice, and State throughout Latin America

An active participant in bar associations and learned legal societies, Professor Nagle has held several appointments in the American Bar Association, including having served on the ABA’s Criminal Justice Council, on the ABA’s Task Force on the Vienna Convention on Consular Affairs, and on the ABA’s Corruption and the Rule of Law Working Group.

Professor Nagle currently sits on the International Bar Association’s Legal Practice Division Council, following significant leadership appointments in the IBA’s Criminal Law Section and has served on several IBA task forces involving terrorism, corruption, and criminal justice reform. She is also active in the American Association of Law Schools and recently served on the AALS Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers Committee.


 Robert J. Noun

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Robert J. Noun is adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. He teaches courses on renewable energy law, policy and technology. Noun formerly directed the government affairs, media relations, communications and community outreach activities for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) located in Golden, CO. He was the chief spokesman for NREL, the nation’s principal research center for renewable fuels and electricity. Mr. Noun has been involved with renewable energy for over 35 years. During his career he has made significant contributions to the advancement of renewable energy technologies.

Noun managed the NREL Wind Energy Research Program. Many of the technical improvements that appear in today’s wind technology were developed during his leadership of the program. He is the author of 24 technical publications on the subjects of renewable energy law and regulation, wind energy development, and renewable energy in developing countries.

Before joining NREL in 1979, Noun served as legislative director for U.S. Representative Thomas Harkin of Iowa and was Representative Harkin’s counsel for science and technology policy. He has been a practicing attorney and is a member (inactive) of the Iowa and District of Columbia Bars. He is a member of the Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section and the Renewable Energy Resources Committee of the American Bar Association. In 2012, Noun was appointed to the advisory board of the University Honors Program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Noun received his bachelor degree from the University of Iowa and his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.


 Dr. George Philippidis

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Dr. George Philippidis is Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa. He has over 20 years of experience in leading strategic business units in advanced biofuels and renewable energy.

Dr. Philippidis is a leader in the development and commercialization of biomass and algae conversion to advanced biofuels, chemicals, and power and the integration and deployment of renewable energy systems. He works closely with the private sector, venture capital firms, and equity investors to bring clean technologies to the market place.

Dr. Philippidis started his energy career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the US Department of Energy in Denver before moving to the private sector at Thermo Fisher Corporation in Boston. He then joined the Applied Research Center at Florida International University in Miami, where he created and directed the Center’s energy business.

Dr. Philippidis holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters, has given several presentations and media interviews, and holds 11 US and world patents in cleantech.


 Douglas Rogers

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Douglas Rogers is an award-winning author, travel writer and journalist with 15 years experience writing for world’s leading magazines and newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Times of London, Travel & Leisure, and Condé Nast Traveler.

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, he has lived in Johannesburg, London, New York and Virginia, and has reported from more than 50 countries on topics as diverse as blood diamonds in Africa, the movie stars of Bollywood, and the restaurants of New Orleans. He is a former editor of the cocktail culture website www.worldsbestbars.com.

Rogers is the author of the acclaimed memoir: The Last Resort: A Memoir of Mischief and Mayhem on a Family Farm in Africa. (Crown/Random House), winner of the 2010 British Guild of Travel Writers Book of the Year. The New York Times wrote: “This vibrant, tragic and surprisingly funny book is the best account yet of ordinary life to have come out of the Mugabe dictatorship.” It is being made into a film by the BBC.

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 Richard K. Scher

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Richard K. Scher is professor of political science at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University back when dinosaurs still roamed the campus. His fields of interest include southern politics, Florida politics, state and local politics, campaigns and elections, and voting rights. He has published widely in each of these areas. Scher was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar in Hungary, serving as the John Marshall Distinguished Chair of American Government in that country, and just completed a term as Fulbright Senior Specialist. He has taught abroad at the Central European University, Budapest, Debrecen University (Hungary), University of Sarajevo (Bosnia), Bogazici University (Istanbul), and lectured in Cordoba, Argentina. He has served as an expert witness in more than a half-dozen voting rights cases in federal court, always on the side of the angels. His most recent book is entitled “The Politics of Disenfranchisement: Why is it so hard to vote in America?”, an examination of the hurdles potential voters in the U.S. face in attempting to cast ballots; it won the “CHOICE” award as the Outstanding Academic Title, 2011. His current book-in-progress is tentatively called “Getting What We Deserve: The Modern Political Campaign in America.” A dedicated teacher-scholar, he has recently developed three new advanced undergraduate courses, all of which have proved very popular: “Food Politics,” “Beyond the Beltway: Politics in States, Counties, and Communities,” and “Money and Politics in America.”


 Thomas W. Smith

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Thomas W. Smith is associate professor of Government and International Affairs and director of the Honors Program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He holds a Ph.D. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. He is the author of History and International Relations (Routledge) as well as numerous journal articles in the fields of human rights, international humanitarian law, and Turkish politics. He is currently writing a book on human rights and war. From 1997-2000 he taught at Koc University in Istanbul.


 James D. Walsh

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Ambassador James D. Walsh is President of Van Walsh Associates LLC, a consulting firm specializing in international business development. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2003 after a career of over 30 years in diplomacy. Mr. Walsh was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Argentina in June of 2000 where he served until his retirement in 2003. He had previously served as Deputy U.S. Ambassador to Spain, Canada and Argentina. During his career in the Foreign Service, which began in 1972, he held positions in Kenya, Mexico, Belgium, Zimbabwe and Washington, DC. He also served as diplomat-in-residence at Florida International University in Miami. Jim and his wife, Marian, reside in Venice, FL.


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