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2023-2024 SPEAKERS


BoiseCFR January Meeting

Date:            Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Speaker:       Dr. Taylor Winkleman

Topic:           "Global Health Security and Biorisk"

Dr. Taylor Winkleman is an adjunct assistant professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine; a consultant for the international community, focusing on biorisk mitigation; and a globally-recognized biorisk subject matter expert. She is a clinically-trained veterinarian and policy analyst with over a decade of experience in global health security, biorisk, science policy, and international policy.

She is a founding member and the immediate past coordinator of the Next Generation Global Health Security Network. In 2021, Dr. Winkleman completed a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship with the World Health Organization. In 2016-17, she completed an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Fellowship in the Office of U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey, focusing on global health, foreign relations, military and veterans affairs, human rights, wildlife trafficking, and space policy. Prior to her fellowship year, she completed research with Gryphon Scientific, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the mEpiLab at Massey University in New Zealand.

Dr. Winkleman is a combat veteran, and spent six years in the U.S. Army as a Cryptologic Voice Intercept Operator. She holds a B.S. in English and Biology from Augusta State University, MPH from the University of Georgia, and DVM from the University of Georgia.



BoiseCFR November Meeting

Date:            Monday, November 13, 2023

Speaker:      Dr. Sarah Yerkes

Topic:          "Tunisia: From Democratic Bright Spot to Despair"

Dr. Sarah Yerkes is a senior fellow in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, where her research focuses on Tunisia’s political, economic, and security developments as well as state-society relations in the Middle East and North Africa. She has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow and has taught in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.

Yerkes is a former member of the State Department’s policy planning staff, where she focused on North Africa. Previously, she was a foreign affairs officer in the State’s Department’s Office of Israel and Palestinian affairs. Yerkes also served as a geopolitical research analyst for the U.S. military’s Joint Staff Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) at the Pentagon, advising the Joint Staff leadership on foreign policy and national security issues.

She holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University, M.A. from Harvard University, and B.A. from Emory University.



BoiseCFR October Meeting

Date:            Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Speaker:      James Ketterer

Topic:          “Jazz Diplomacy: America's Conversation with the World, and Itself”

James Ketterer is Senior Fellow at the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College in New York state. At Bard, he previously served as Dean of International Studies and Director of the Bard Globalization and International Studies program in New York City. Ketterer also served as Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University in Cairo and as Egypt Country Director for AMIDEAST, a large educational NGO represented across the Middle East and North Africa. He was at the State University of New York for several years, serving as Vice Chancellor for Policy and Planning, Deputy Provost, and Director of the Center for International Development, where he implemented large capacity building projects supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). These projects worked with parliaments and other institutions in many countries across Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe. He has also worked in government, including at the National Security Council, the New York Senate, and the New York Commission on Higher Education. He studied at Fordham University (BA, Political Science/Middle East Studies) and New York University (MA, Near and Middle Eastern Studies).

Ketterer just returned from four years in Egypt, where he worked closely with U.S. Embassy Cairo, including on cultural diplomacy projects and a high profile jazz tour.

His talk will combine fascinating aspects of diplomatic practice, U.S. history, and cultural elements, including U.S. Department of State archives and personal experiences. Photos and videos will supplement the talk.


BoiseCFR September Meeting

Date:            Monday, September 18, 2023

Speaker:      Anish Goel, Ph.D.

Topic:          “India-Pakistan: A Fraught Regional Relationship”

Dr. Anish Goel works as a senior advisor and analyst in Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, an internal think tank of the Department of Defense. In this role, Anish focuses on the evaluation of policies and strategies for global posture, with a particular emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. Building on his long experience in national security and foreign affairs, he conducts original research and analysis, provides expert guidance and recommendations to Defense leadership, and evaluates programs and initiatives. Anish is concurrently a senior fellow at New America, where he focuses on foreign policy issues in South and Southeast Asia.

Previously, Anish served for three years as a Professional Staff Member with the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. In this role, his responsibilities included oversight of the Defense science and technology enterprise, and Pentagon policy and strategy in Asia-Pacific. From 2008 to 2011, he was in the White House’s National Security Council as Director and Senior Director for South Asia, a position that made him the senior-most advisor on South Asia to the President of the United States. Prior to the White House, Anish served in the State Department as senior science and technology officer for South Asia. He led departmental efforts on the U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation initiative, negotiating agreements with 45 governments and securing Congressional approval.

Anish joined the government through a science and technology policy fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has appeared as an expert panelist on a variety of topics, and has written for Foreign Affairs, CNN, Foreign Policy, Science and Diplomacy, the New York Times, and NBC News.

Anish earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S.E. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. He currently resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two daughters.

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