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Sohbet Karbuz

Sohbet Karbuz

Dr. Sohbet Karbuz currently works at Mediterranean Observatory for Energy (OME), an energy industry association in Paris, as Director of its Hydrocarbons Division. Before joining the OME, he was with the International Energy Agency in Paris. Previously, he worked as research associate and manager at several institutions in Austria, Germany and Turkey.  His main areas of interests are oil and natural gas markets, energy geopolitics, energy security, energy modeling and scenario building.  In a career spanning more than two decades he has authored or co-authored numerous  books, scientific articles and book chapters. His principal hobby is writing articles on the US military energy consumption and security.  Mr. Karbuz  received his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees from the industrial engineering department of Istanbul Technical University, his PhD degree in natural sciences from the Technical University of Vienna and Postgraduate Diploma in economics from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna.

Dr. Réka Szemerkényi

Dr. Réka Szemerkényi
Réka Szemerkényi has been working as Chief Advisor in International Relations to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of MOL Group, Hungarian Oil and Gas Company, since November 2006. In this role she covers European Union energy policy development, provides professional support for executive decisions on a wide range of issues in international affairs, and her main focus is Central European regional energy policy cooperation. With special regards to this work, she was awarded the honour of the Bene Merito Prize in 2010, by Radek Sikorski, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland.
Between 1998 and 2002, Réka Szemerkényi was State Secretary for International Relations and Security Policy to the Prime Minister of Hungary. Between 2002-2004, she was Director of Strategic Studies Research Center at the 21st Century Institute of Budapest. Prior to these, in 1995-6, she was Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, where she wrote Adelphi Paper No. 306. entitled Central European Civil-Military Reforms At Risk, published by Oxford University Press in 1996. Between 1991 and 1993, she worked as senior advisor to the State Secretary, Ministry of Defense of Hungary.Her previous awards include L’Ordre Nationale du Mérite by French President Chirac (2001), and the Award for Contribution to Hungary’s Joining the North Atlantic Alliance, by the Minister of Defense of Hungary (1999).

Dr. Donna J. Nincic

Dr. Donna J. Nincic

Dr. Donna J. Nincic is Professor and Director of the ABS School of Maritime Policy and Management at the California Maritime Academy, California State University.  She received her doctorate in Political Science/International Relations from New York University, and has held previous positions at the University of California, Davis; the Hoover Institution; and the US Department of Defense.  Her research focuses on maritime security, particularly piracy and terrorism.   Her recent publications include “The Challenge of Maritime Terrorism: Threat Identification, WMD, and Regime Response,” Journal of Strategic Studies (August 2005), “Maritime Security as Energy Security: Current Threats and Challenges”, in Luft, G., and Konin, A., eds. Energy Security: Challenges for the 21-Century (2009), “Statskollaps og Sjørøveriets Tilbakekomst.  (State Failure and the Re-emergence of Maritime Piracy),” Internasjonal Politikk (January 2009), “Maritime Piracy: Implications for Maritime Energy Security,” Journal of Energy Security (February 2009), “Maritime Piracy in Africa,”  Journal of African Security (September 2009), and “The ‘Radicalization’ of Maritime Piracy: Implications for Maritime Energy Security,” Journal of Energy Security (December 2010).  Her current research focuses on maritime piracy in Africa, and maritime resource conflict issues.Donna can be reach at either info@iags.org or DNincic@csum.edu

Dr. Nancy E. Brune

Dr. Nancy E. Brune

Dr. Nancy E. Brune is a Senior Policy Analyst/Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories where she works on issues of energy security, national security, foreign policy, technology and policy, climate change and human impacts, and non proliferation. Prior to joining Sandia, she was the Director of Research and Policy at the Institute for Security Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she worked on issues of homeland security and also served as the director of the Energy Security Policy Initiative. Brune has spoken about and authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, essays and op-ed pieces on energy security, national security, globalization, privatization, financial liberalization, immigration and public health issues. Dr. Brune is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and Women in International Security, and is a Truman National Security Project fellow. Brune has consulted for the Harvard School of Public Health, JP Morgan Chase, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the World Bank. She currently teaches at the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico and the College of Southern Nevada.

Dr. Hooman Peimani

Dr. Hooman Peimani

Hooman Peimani (Ph.D.) specializes in energy (energy security) and security (regional/international), particularly those of South and West Asia, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.  Hooman has worked in a variety of senior capacities most recently as  the former Head of the  Energy Security Division at the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore.  Dr. Peimani has held a series of rich and diversified employment engagements in North America, Europe and West Asia including working for academic institutions (e.g., Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations) and non-academic entities, including energy corporations (e.g., Nord Stream, Zug/Switzerland), private and public organizations (e.g., Canadian government) and national and international institutions such as UN agencies (e.g., UNICEF, UNCHR, UNRISD and WHO). He has over twelve years of experience as a freelance journalist working for many newspapers (e.g., South China Morning Post and Moscow Times) and news agencies (e.g., Inter Press Service/Berlin, International Relations and Security Network/Zurich and Eurasianet/New York).  His employment experience also includes working for research institutes (e.g., Jane’s Defence/UK, Centre for International Cooperation and Security/UK, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces and Arab Petroleum Research Center/France). He has extensive field experience in West and South Asia and the Asia/Pacific region, including Central Asia, the Caucasus, Turkey and South East Asia.

Prof. Michael T. Klare

Prof. Michael T. Klare

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst) and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), positions he has held since 1985. Professor Klare has written widely on U.S. defense policy, the arms trade, and global resource politics.  He is the author of several books, including, most recently, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy (2008), Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum (2004), and Resource Wars (2001).  
He is also the defense correspondent of The Nation magazine and a Contributing Editor of Current History.  He has contributed articles to these journals and many others, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harper's, Newsweek, and Scientific American. Klare has also worked with many non-governmental organizations and currently serves on the board of directors of the Arms Control Association and the National Priorities Project.

Anne Korin

Anne Korin
Anne Korin is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) and a senior adviser to the United States Energy Security Council. She appears in the media frequently and has written articles for Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, The National Review, Commentary Magazine, MIT Innovations, American Legion Magazine, and the Journal of International Security Affairs. She is co-author of Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century (2009,) Turning Oil into Salt: Energy Independence through Fuel Choice (2009,) and Petropoly: the Collapse of America's Energy Security Paradigm (2012.) Her education includes an engineering degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and work towards a doctorate at Stanford University.

Dr. Gal Luft

Dr. Gal Luft
Gal Luft is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) and a senior adviser to the United States Energy Security Council. Dr. Luft has published numerous studies and articles on security and energy issues in various newspapers and publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, Commentary Magazine, Middle East Quarterly, LA Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-author of Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century (2009), Turning Oil into Salt: Energy Independence Through Fuel Choice (2009) and Petropoly: The Collapse of America's Energy Security Paradigm (2012). He is author of Beer, Bacon and Bullets: Culture in Coalition Warfare from Gallipoli to Iraq. He appears frequently in the media and consults to various think tanks and news organizations worldwide. Dr. Luft testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including Senate Foreign Relations, House International Relations, House Science and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.He holds degrees in international relations, international economics, Middle East studies and strategic studies and a doctorate in strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS,) Johns Hopkins University.
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