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Media advisory: Faculty experts available to respond to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's speech

Oct. 15, 2015


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is speaking today at Indiana University as part of its two-day celebration of the new home for the School of Global and International Studies. Faculty experts are available to provide responses to Kerry’s remarks.

Contact Chuck Carney, director of communications and marketing for the School of Global and International Studies, at or 812-856-3287 for assistance in reaching faculty members. Telephone and email contact information is provided for most of those listed below. They also will be in attendance at today’s events. Details about Kerry’s visit are outlined in an IU media advisory.

Broadcast-quality video of Kerry’s address at 11 a.m. today will be delivered live to Indianapolis television stations via the Bloomington-to-Indy fiber link. Kerry’s lecture will be streamed live at and at, where it will also be available on an archived basis.

Experts at Indiana University offer their comments on the following subjects:

  • General U.S. foreign policy
  • The greater Middle East
  • Iran nuclear deal
  • Global climate change
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement
  • U.S. relations with East Asia

 General U.S. foreign policy

  • Richard Lugar, Distinguished Scholar and professor of practice -- Lugar was a U.S. senator for 36 years, the longest-serving senator in Indiana’s history. He formerly served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is co-chair of the IU International Advisory Committee. Contact Chuck Carney for assistance in reaching Lugar.
  • Lee Hamilton, Distinguished Scholar and professor of practice -- Hamilton, the founding director of IU’s Center on Congress, served 34 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee. Along with Lugar, Hamilton serves on the IU International Advisory Committee. He can be reached at or 812-856-4700.
  • Lee Feinstein, founding dean for the School of Global and International Studies -- Feinstein was President Barack Obama’s first ambassador to Poland and served as principal deputy director of the policy planning staff under Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. He is co-author of “Means to an End: U.S. Interest in the International Criminal Court.” He has worked with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution, and he has taught law and political science at the University of Georgia, George Washington University and the City University of New York. He can be reached at or 812-856-7960.
  • Nick Cullather, executive assistant dean of the School of Global and International Studies -- Cullather is a historian specializing in U.S. foreign affairs, specifically intelligence, development and nation-building. He is a co-editor of Diplomatic History, the journal of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He has also written a book, “The Hungry World: America’s Cold War Battle Against Poverty in Asia.” He can be reached at or 812-855-1602

Greater Middle East

  • Feisal Istrabadi, founding director of the IU Center for the Study of the Middle East; University Scholar in International Law and Diplomacy; and a faculty member in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and the Maurer School of Law -- Istrabadi previously was deputy permanent representative of Iraq to the United Nations and a principal legal drafter of the Iraq interim constitution. His research focuses on constitutional issues, problems in engendering rule-of-law institutions and post-conflict justice issues in the Middle East. He can be reached at or 646-483-8081.

Iran nuclear deal

  • Jamsheed Choksy, Distinguished Professor and chair of Central Eurasian studies at the School of Global and International Studies -- Choksy has studied international affairs involving Iran and has written and commented extensively about the negotiations and agreed-upon deal for media outlets around the world. He can also speak to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq as well as U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf Emirates. He can be reached at or 317-989-4178.
  • Sumit Ganguly, director of the Center on American and Global Security -- Ganguly has written and provided comment on the Iran nuclear agreement and is also an expert on contemporary politics and security of South Asia. He can be reached at or 812-855-1363.
  • Hussein Banai, assistant professor of international studies -- Banai’s research focuses on Iran and the Middle East, specifically the development of political thought in modern Iran. He also researches comparative and international thought, democratic theory, U.S.-Iran relations, and diplomatic theory and practice. He can be reached at
  • Seema Golestaneh, assistant professor of Central Eurasian studies -- Golestaneh’s research focuses on Iranian studies, particularly anthropology of religion in Iran, cultural heritage and other issues in Iranian society. He can be reached at or 812-856-0167.

Global climate change

  • Stephen Macekura, assistant professor of international studies -- Macekura is a scholar of U.S. and international history with a focus on political economy, international development, U.S. foreign relations and environmentalism. He has written a book, “Of Limits and Growth: The Rise of Global Sustainable Development in the Twentieth Century.” He can be reached at or 812-856-7721.

Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement

  • Sarah Bauerle-Danzman, assistant professor of international studies -- Bauerle-Danzman’s research focuses on international political economy; global finance, production and development; the politics of multinational firms; and social network analysis and complexity science. She also has a specialty in investment agreements and international arbitration. She can be reached at

U.S. relations with East Asia

  • Adam Liff, assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultures -- Liff is a founding director of the School of Global and International Studies’ East Asia and the World Speaker Series, as well as an associate-in-research at Harvard University’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He is also an adjunct faculty member in political science at IU. Contact Chuck Carney for assistance in reaching Liff.
  • Yan Long, assistant professor of international studies -- Long is a political and organizational sociologist whose research focuses on the evolution of transnational institutions and their impact on existing forms of political domination and resistance. She also researches long-term health care. Currently she is working on a book, “Side Effects: The Transnational Doing and Undoing of AIDS Politics in China.” It builds upon her dissertation that received the 2014 American Sociological Association Best Dissertation Award. She can be reached at