The Global Eye – Friends (3)

  1. Kylie Bielby has more than 20 years’ experience in reporting and editing a wide range of security topics, covering geopolitical and policy analysis to international and country-specific trends and events. Before joining GTSC’s Homeland Security Today staff, she was an editor and contributor for Jane’s, and a columnist and managing editor for security and counter-terror publications.
  2. Pari Esfandiari is the co-founder and President at the  Global TechnoPolitics Forum and serves as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center. She is a serial entrepreneur, internet pioneer, and sustainable development executive. Her extensive international background includes leadership, advisory, and investment positions with organizations and corporations in China, Europe, the MiddleEast, and the United States. She has worked across diverse industries ranging from FinTech and e-commerce to sustainability and smart cities. Her social enterprise was showcased by UNESCO and supported by the Google Foundation. She has a doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in the sustainability business and is an avid environmentalist.
  3. Adam Garfinkle is a non-resident Distinguished Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and a monthly columnist at both The Straits Times (Singapore) and the Al-Mesbar Center (UAE). Aside from being Founding Editor of The American Interest, he has served as Editor of The National Interest, as Principal Speechwriter to the U.S. Secretary of State while attached to the Policy Planning Staff of the State Department, was chief writer of the Hart-Rudman Commission reports (SES status), and has taught at several institutions of higher education including SAIS/Johns Hopkins. His Ph.D. in International Relations is from the University of Pennsylvania (1978). Among his substantive areas of expertise are U.S. foreign and national security policy, the cultural dimension of U.S. foreign policy, Middle Eastern studies, arms control and strategic weapons analysis. His books include Telltale Hearts: The Origin and Impact of the Vietnam Antiwar Movement (1995; paperback 1997), which was named a “notable book of the year” by the New York Times Books Review. He is also the author of The Devil and Uncle Sam: A User’s Guide to the Friendly Tyrants Dilemma(1992); Jewcentricity: Why Jews Are Praised, Blamed, and Used to Explain Just About Everything(2009); Politics and Society in Modern Israel: Myths and Realities (2nd edition 2000); War, Water, and Negotiation in the Middle East: The Case of the Palestine-Syria Border, 1916-23 (1994); Israel and Jordan in the Shadow of War (1992); and Western Europe’s Middle East Diplomacy and the United States(1983). He is the recipient of the U.S. Department of State’s Superior Service Award. He has also received grants and awards from the German Marshall Fund, the American Academy in Berlin, and other organizations.
  4. Winston Ma is an investor, attorney, author, and adjunct professor in the global digital economy. He is one of a small number of native Chinese who have worked as investment professionals and practicing capital markets attorneys in both the United States and China. Most recently, he was Managing Director and Head of North America Office for China Investment Corporation (CIC), China’s sovereign wealth fund, for 10 years. Prior to that, Mr. Ma served as the deputy head of equity capital markets at Barclays Capital, a vice president at J.P. Morgan investment banking, and a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Nationally certified Software Programmer as early as 1994,  Mr. Ma is the book author of China’s Mobile Economy (Wiley 2016, among “best 2016 business books for CIOs”), Digital Economy 2.0 (2017 Chinese), The Digital Silk Road (2018 German), China’s AI Big Bang (2019 Japanese), and Investing in China (Risk Books, 2006). His new books in 2020 are “The Hunt for Unicorns: How Sovereign Funds Are Reshaping Investment in the Digital Economy” (Wiley October 2020) and “The Digital War – How China’s Tech Power Shapes the Future of AI, Blockchain, and Cyberspace” (Wiley December 2020). He was selected a 2013 Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and has been a member of the Council for Long-Term Investing and Council for Digital Economy and Society. He is a member of New York University (NYU) President’s Global Council since inception, and in 2014 he received the NYU Distinguished Alumni Award.

  5. James A. Millward 米華健 is Professor of Inter-societal History at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, teaching Chinese, Central Asian and world history. He also teaches in the program of the Máster Oficial en Estudios de Asia Oriental at the University of Granada, Spain. His specialties include Qing empire; the silk road; Eurasian lutes and music in history; and historical and contemporary Xinjiang. He follows and comments on current issues regarding Xinjiang, the Uyghurs and other Xinjiang indigenous peoples, and PRC ethnicity policy.  Millward has served on the boards of the Association for Asian Studies (China and Inner Asia Council) and the Central Eurasian Studies Society, and was president of the Central Eurasian Studies Society in 2010. He is series editor for the “Silk Roads” book series published by Chicago University Press.   His publications include The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction (2013), Eurasian Crossroads: a history of Xinjiang (2007), New Qing Imperial History: The Making of Inner Asian Empire at Qing Chengde (2004), and Beyond the Pass: Economy, Ethnicity and Empire in Qing Central Asia (1998). His most recent album, recorded with the band By & By, is Songs for this Old Heart.  Jim’s articles and op-eds on contemporary China appear in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe GuardianThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe New York Review of Books,  and other media.  He has appeared on the PBS Newshour, the Sinica Podcast, All Things Considered, Al Jazeera, i24 News and other broadcast programs and networks.
  6. Frank Musmar is an expert on Middle East politics, a Non-resident research associate at BESA center, and an Advisory board member at the University Of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). Dr. Frank Musmar holds several degrees in politics, biotechnology, biology, healthcare management, and business administration and teaches at several Universities as a non-resident professor. Also, Dr. Frank is the founder and the Lead Dissertations Consultant at Editors Dissertations and Thesis.Dr. Frank published many journal publications in business and healthcare management and many political papers about the Middles East.
  7. Rahim Rahimov is an independent political analyst. He focuses on Russia, post-soviet space including the Eastern Partnership, South Caucasus and Caspian regions, and Middle East in particular Russian-Turkish relations. His thematic research areas include foreign policies, conflicts, and political, economic and military integration projects and processes. Rahim’s works and analysis are regularly quoted and/or published by the Eurasia Daily Monitor, The Russia File of the Wilson Centre, the Times, Newsweek, An-Nahar, Eurasia Diary, etc. He also regularly speaks at multiple international conferences, workshops and other events. Here is a couple of links to his author pages:a); b) Furthermore, Rahim Rahimov works as a fellow on multiculturalism, tolerance, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, cultural diplomacy,  ethnic, religious and cultural diversity. His research interest also includes political Islam and issues of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of xenophobia, and hate speech and disinformation. He has co-authored a university textbook on multiculturalism. At the moment, he is working as a co-author on another university textbook on value-based approaches to European Studies in the South Caucasus. Rahim also is a visiting lecturer on multiculturalism at a university in Baku. Moreover, he regularly delivers lectures for special qualification-raising sessions for university teachers on issues of multiculturalism and state regulation of cultural diversity.  Rahim holds a BA in Arab Studies from Baku State University and MA in International Relations from Hult International Business School in London UK. He speaks English, Russian, Arabic, Turkish and Azerbaijani.

  8. Marc Schulman is President of MultiEducator, Inc, a leading provider of quality history teaching applications for iOS (Apple Mobile devices). MultiEducator publishes a wide range of content apps on American History and World History. Marc is editor-in-chief and primary author of, the largest history web site, which first went live in 1996. He has authored biographies of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and John F Kennedy as well as a book on the History of US Presidential Elections. For the past fifteen years, Marc has been a weekly guest discussing International Affairs on the Bob Harden radio show. For the past seven years, Marc authors a column in Newsweek called “Tel Aviv Diary.” Marc is a frequent commentator on i24 News on both American and Israeli politics, as well as events of historic importance, including numerous appearances to discuss matters related to the Holocaust. He is a regular guest on both ILTV and RT (the first Russian 24/7 English-language news channel, which presents the Russian view on global news), where Marc has also been invited repeatedly to discuss Holocaust-related news. Marc holds a BA in Economics and an MA in Political Science from Columbia University and has been an Apple Developer since 1983. He lives in Tel Aviv.
  9. Samuel H. Solomon is a successful entrepreneur and business executive with over 30 years’ experience in the legal, financial and information technology industries. Sam’s unique perspective, eclectic education and varied experience makes him a much sought-after speaker and business consultant. Mr. Solomon founded and led his company,, ultimately generating two capital transactions for the firm and retiring in August 2009.  Today, Sam is Chairman of, an Industry 4.0 software platform to optimize complex workflows in the oil & gas/petrochemical industry – with customers including Dow Chemical worldwide and Kock Industries, and recently founded two pro-Israel NGOs and Sam has an MBA, with distinction, from New York University in Finance; a MS from Bernard Revel Graduate School in Philosophy; Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshiva University; and a BA from Yeshiva University in Mathematics. Sam and his wife, Meryl, made Aliyah in 2010 and have two children and a bevy of grandchildren living in Israel. They live in Beit Zayit just outside of Jerusalem.
  10. Gregory F. Treverton stepped down as chairman of the National Intelligence Council in January 2017. He is a senior adviser with the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a professor of the practice of international relations at the University of Southern California. Earlier, he directed the RAND Corporation’s Center for Global Risk and Security and before that its Intelligence Policy Center and its International Security and Defense Policy Center. Also, he was associate dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has served in government for the first Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He has taught at Harvard and Columbia universities, in addition to RAND, been a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He holds an AB summa cum laude from Princeton University and an MPP (Master’s in Public Policy) and PhD in economics and politics from Harvard.