There are 196 states in the world today. Each of these states holds a unique wealth of history, culture, tradition, and custom. Diversity is often celebrated and cherished by many. World travelers relish the thought of exploring the numerous cultures of the world and students seek foreign experiences to enrich their understanding and respect for other cultures, norms, and ways of life. In the political environment, however, diversity can plunge nation-states into deep and treacherous waters. Imagine an international environment where 196 states rally and vie for a limited supply of power, affluence, and resources, while attempting to remain solvent, preserve sovereignty, and project confidence in a truly anarchic international atmosphere.
ALPF welcomes international relations and ideological expert Joseph Butta as a senior fellow. Mr. Joseph “Joe” Butta began his service with the United States Government in 1986 as an investigator for the Department of Defense. After five years, Joe entered a government internship that focused on issues in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Balkans. Mr. Butta graduated from this program as an Intelligence Analyst in 1995. In addition to becoming a Middle East North Africa Desk Officer, Joe spent approximately five years with NATO’s Southern Command as an Analyst and Liaison Officer in support of allied operations in the Balkans.
Benjamin A. Wright is a Certified Defense Financial Manager by the American Society of Military Comptrollers. As a master instructor, he teaches Department of Defense staff officers, civilians and international partners national fiscal policies and distribution processes.
The American Leadership & Policy Foundation welcomes Dr. Laura Khor as a Visiting Fellow. Dr. Khor is one of a handful of global experts and published academics on terrorist deradicalization and radicalization. She earned her PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. She has published extensively and lectured around the world to international law enforcement, national and international government officials, universities, and NGO’s on the subjects of terrorist deradicalization, countering violent extremism (CVE), and terrorist radicalization.