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Derek Grossman is a senior defense analyst focused on Indo-Pacific security issues. Grossman has over a decade of experience in the Intelligence Community, where he served as the daily intelligence briefer to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs at the Pentagon. Previously, Grossman worked at the National Security Agency (NSA) and served at the CIA and on the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) staff. He holds an M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in U.S. National Security Policy and received his B.A. with Honors from the University of Michigan in Political Science and Asian Studies. He has published articles for China Brief, Cipher Brief, Defense Dossier, Global Taiwan Brief, International Security, Journal of International Security Affairs, Lawfare Blog, Newsweek, PacNet, Studies in Intelligence, The Diplomat, The National Interest, and War on the Rocks.
Ryan Hass is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, where he holds a joint appointment to the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies. Hass focuses his research and analysis on enhancing policy development on the pressing political, economic, and security challenges facing the United States in East Asia.
From 2013 to 2017, Hass served as the director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia at the National Security Council (NSC) staff. He joined President Obama’s state visit delegations in Beijing and Washington respectively in 2014 and 2015. Prior to joining NSC, Hass served as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Embassy Beijing, where he earned the State Department Director General’s award for impact and originality in reporting, an award given annually to the officer whose reporting had the greatest impact on the formulation of U.S. foreign policy.
He graduated from the University of Washington and attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies prior to joining the State Department.
Kharis Templeman is a social science research scholar at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), and the program manager of the Taiwan Democracy and Security Project, a part of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.
His current research includes projects on party system institutionalization and partisan realignments, electoral integrity and manipulation in East Asia, the politics of defense spending in Taiwan, and the representation of Taiwan’s indigenous minorities. His most recent publication is The China Model: How Successful Is the Chinese Regime? a review essay in the Taiwan Journal of Democracy. He is also the editor (with Larry Diamond and Yun-han Chu) of Taiwan’s Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years (2016, Lynne Rienner Publishing). Other work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies and the APSA Comparative Democratization Newsletter.
Dr. Templeman currently also serves as coordinator of the American Political Science Association’s Conference Group on Taiwan Studies (CGOTS) and as a regional manager for the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project. He holds a BA (2003) from the University of Rochester and a PhD (2012) in political science from the University of Michigan.