Keynote Speakers


Ralph Cossa

President of Pacific Forum, CSIS

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Ralph A. Cossa is President of the Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu, a non-profit, foreign policy research institute affiliated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and a member of the CSIS Board of Trustees. He is a founding member and former international co-chair of the multinational track two Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP), which links member committees from 21 Asia-Pacific countries. He co-chairs the CSCAP study group aimed at halting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Asia Pacific region and also serves as Executive Director of the US Member Committee (USCSCAP).

Mr. Cossa is the primary US representative to the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Experts and Eminent Persons Group. He is senior editor of the Pacific Forum's electronic journal, Comparative Connections and a member of the editorial boards of a number of international journals, including Korea Review and Security Challenges. Cossa sits on the Board of the Pacific Asian Affairs Council (Honolulu) and is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations (NY), the Council on US-Korean Security Studies (Washington DC/Seoul), and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). He is a frequent contributor to regional newspapers, including the Japan Times, Korea Times, and International Herald Tribune, and writes periodically for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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Professor Cindy Jebb

Deputy Head, Department of Social Science, USMA

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Colonel Cindy R. Jebb is Professor and Deputy Head in the Department of Social Sciences. She teaches courses in Comparative Politics, International Security, Cultural Anthropology, and Terrorism and Counterterrorism. Col. Jebb has served in numerous command and staff positions in the United States and overseas, to include tours with the 1st Armored Division, III Corps, and the National Security Agency (NSA). Before reporting to the United States Military Academy (USMA), she served as the Deputy Commander of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, which supported NSA. During 2000-2001, she served as USMA Fellow at the Naval War College (2000-2001), where she taught the graduate-level course on Strategy and Force Planning, and during 2006-2007, she served as a Visiting Fellow for the Pell Center. She has several published articles and authored/co-authored three books: Bridging the Gap: Ethnicity, Legitimacy, and State Alignment in the International System, (Lexington Publisher) ; Mapping Macedonia: Idea and Identity, co-authored with P.H. Liotta (Praeger Publisher); and, The Fight for Legitimacy: Democracy Versus Terrorism, co-authored with P.H. Liotta, Thom Sherlock, and Ruth Beitler, (Praeger Security International Publisher). Col. Jebb received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 1997, an MA in Political Science from Duke in 1992, an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2000, and a BS from the United States Military Academy in 1982.

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