Council Welcomes New Fellows; Experts on Diplomacy, Iran, and Nuclear Security

February 3, 2014
February 3, 2014 - Three experts have recently joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as visiting, adjunct, and nonresident fellows: Kjell Engelbrekt, of the Swedish National Defense College; Saeid Golkar, an adjunct assistant professor at Northwestern University; and Jon B. Wolfsthal, deputy director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

“We are excited to welcome these news fellows to The Chicago Council,” said Ivo H. Daalder, president of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “Our studies program continues to expand in scope, thanks in large part to the addition of these new scholars to our staff.”

Kjell E. Engelbrekt joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs in January 2014 as a visiting fellow. He is also a visiting fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently working on a manuscript that examines the impact of a changing distribution of power on the diplomatic practices of great powers in international institutions, especially the UN Security Council and the G8/G20. His recent writings have focused on NATO’s 2011 intervention in Libya, the US-Russia ‘reset’ policy, and evolving relations between Asia’s great powers and the United States and Europe. Engelbrekt holds a PhD in political science from Stockholm University. He is associate professor at the Swedish National Defense College and member of the Swedish Royal Academy of War Sciences. He has served as a research fellow at Columbia University (New York), Humboldt-Universität (Berlin), and the European University Institute (Florence). In addition to his academic record, Engelbrekt has served as secretary-general of the Swedish North Atlantic Treaty Association, research analyst at the RFE/RL Research Institute, and consulted for the UN Development Program and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Saeid Golkar joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs in December 2013 as an adjunct fellow. He is an adjunct assistant professor at the Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University. He is finishing a manuscript on the Basij (Iran's paramilitary force) and the securitization of Iranian society that will be published by Woodrow Wilson and Johns Hopkins University Press in 2014. Previously, he served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. From 2004 to 2009, he was a lecturer in the department of social sciences at Azad University, in Iran, where he taught undergraduate courses on the political sociology of Iran and sociology of war and military forces. Golkar received a PhD from the department of political science at Tehran University in June 2008. His recent publications can be found in journals such as Middle East Journal; Armed Forces & Society; Politics, Religion & Ideology; Digest of Middle East Studies, and Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World.

Jon B. Wolfsthal joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs in January 2014 as a nonresident senior fellow and will be the project director of a new task force on eliminating nuclear weapons. He is the deputy director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Before joining CNS, Wolfsthal served for three years as special advisor to Vice President Joseph R. Biden for nuclear security and nonproliferation, and as a director for nonproliferation on the National Security Council. He supported the Administration's negotiation and ratification of the New START arms reduction agreement with the Russian Federation, and helped guide the development of nuclear policy including through the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review and other elements of the Obama Administration's security policies.

He was previously a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and deputy director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has also served as a career civil servant in at the US Department of Energy, including an on-the-ground assignment in North Korea during 1995-96.

He is the author of dozens of articles, op-eds, and publications, including co-author of Deadly Arsenals: Tracking Weapons of Mass Destruction.