Diane Cardon and Ilan Berman

Diane Cardon is a master's student at George Washington University studying International Affairs with a focus on China. She recieved her batchelor's degree in linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2014 then lived in Taiwan for a year and a half before coming to DC for graduate school. She is especially interested in Chinese domestic politics, Chinese treatment of ethnic minorities, China-Taiwan relations, and China-Japan relations.

Ilan Berman is Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. An expert on regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Russian Federation, he has consulted for both the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense, and provided assistance on foreign policy and national security issues to a range of governmental agencies and congressional offices. Berman is the author or editor of five books:Tehran Rising: Iran’s Challenge to the United States (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), Dismantling Tyranny: Transitioning Beyond Totalitarian Regimes (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), Taking on Tehran: Strategies for Confronting the Islamic Republic (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), Winning the Long War: Retaking the Offensive Against Radical Islam (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), and, most recently, Implosion: The End of Russia and What it Means for America (Regnery Publishing, 2013).