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Ellen Laipson is the director of the International Security program at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She joined GMU from the Stimson Center, where she was president and CEO (2002-2015) and continues as president emeritus and distinguished fellow. Her tenure at Stimson followed a quarter century of government service. She serves on a number of academic and other non-governmental boards related to international security and diplomacy, and is a weekly columnist for worldpoliticsreview.com. Her last post in government was vice chair of the National Intelligence Council (1997-2002). She also worked on the State Department’s policy planning staff, the National Security Council staff and the Congressional Research Service. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she currently serves on the advisory councils of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and the Notre Dame International Security Center, and on the board of the Diplomacy Center Foundation. From 2003 to 2015, she was a member of the board of the Asia Foundation. She was a member of the CIA External Advisory Panel from 2006-2009, President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board from 2009-2013, and on the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board 2011-2014. Laipson has an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and an AB from Cornell University.

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With President Recep Tayyip Erdogan setting voting day for May 14, Turkey’s polarized political landscape is braced for the most critical, dramatic elections in the country’s history. Coinciding with the republic’s centennial, the choice of nearly 53 million voters feels existential: They will decide whether or not to approve – in final terms – Erdogan’s drive toward an extremely centralized system of … Continue reading “Turkish Elections: A Final Referendum on Erdogan’s Republic”

The End of the Road for Syria’s Opposition? By Haid Haid - Jan 29, 2023

Turkey’s efforts to normalize diplomatic relations with the Syrian regime have fueled unease among Syria’s armed opposition groups, leading some opponents of President Bashar Al Assad’s government to fear the end of their decade-long cause. Among those most concerned is Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS), a Sunni Islamist political and armed organization that controls most of northwest Syria. While there is no evidence … Continue reading “The End of the Road for Syria’s Opposition?”

China’s COVID Recovery and Implications for the Middle East By Yun Sun - Jan 28, 2023

More than a month has passed since China abandoned its zero-COVID policy, reopening its doors after three years of self-imposed isolation. Even as the pandemic sweeps through the country like a tsunami, infecting millions, many inside China believe the worst is behind them. This positive outlook is reflected in the economic arena. China experienced the slowest GDP growth … Continue reading “China’s COVID Recovery and Implications for the Middle East”

Electric Vehicles Are Now Mainstream, But No Silver Bullet By Joseph Dana - Jan 27, 2023

Electric vehicles are finally going mainstream. After decades of waiting for the EV revolution, more and more people worldwide are finally driving them. Driven by strong growth in China and Europe, EV sales crossed a critical milestone in 2022 with 10 percent of the global vehicle market share. As more governments, large and small, look to promote electric vehicle usage to combat … Continue reading “Electric Vehicles Are Now Mainstream, But No Silver Bullet”