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. He has been called one of America’s “leading experts on the Middle East and Iran” by CNN. Mr. Berman is a member of the Associated Faculty at Missouri State University’s Department of Defense and Strategic Studies. He also serves as a columnist for Forbes.com and the Washington Times, and as the Editor of The Journal of International Security Affairs.