Our Team

The ACD/EWI team specializes in economic warfare, purposeful interference in civilian infrastructure, including the financial markets, transnational criminal and terrorist organizations and their links, and more. We provide knowledge based analysis and risk assessment in articles, white papers, Blog posts special briefings and scenario/war gaming. We identify methods and strategies used by radical regimes and groups and criminal gangs to subvert Western political and economic systems.

Founder & CEO

Rachel Ehrenfeld, Ph.D.

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld is Founder and CEO of the New York-based American Center for Democracy and the Economic Warfare Institute.

Dr. Ehrenfeld is an authority on economic warfare, threats of purposeful interference to civilian infrastructure, including the electric grid, financial markets, etc., and political and economic risk assessment. She has done extensive research on the links between drug trafficking/money laundering/terrorist financing and political corruption. Ehrenfeld has a unique ability of connecting the dots and recognizing threats to the US economy (including Cyber/Space, Energy and Threat-Finance); Political Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood; democracy and freedom. She published widely, lectured and organized international conferences/workshops  and specialized briefings, scenario and wargaming  in many countries and advised governments, law enforcement and the financial industry.

Dr. Ehrenfeld has testified before Congressional Committees, as well as the Canadian and European Parliaments, and provided evidence to the British Parliament, consulted government agencies such as the Department of Defense, Treasury and Homeland Security. Fluent in several languages, she organized numerous international conferences and conducted special workshops and briefings. and with the ACD team served as an election observer in Central Asia, North Africa and Eastern European countries. She is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Committee on the Present Danger, along with former Secretary of State George Schulz and former CIA Director James Woolsey.

Dr. Ehrenfeld has initiated the anti-libel tourism legislations in the United States. First, the 2008 “Rachel’s Law” in New York State (New York Libel Terrorism Protection Act 2008) and in 2010, the federal “Speech Act”, Public Law 111-223: Securing and Protecting our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act. At least 10 other U.S. states had passed similar legislation. The laws protect all American journalists, publishers, and writers in print and on the Internet in the United States from the enforcement of foreign libel judgments.

She was a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Institute of War and Peace Studies, a research scholar at the New York University School of Law, and a fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Jesus College at Cambridge University. She has a Ph.D in Criminology from the Hebrew University School of Law.

She is the author of hundreds of articles, academic publications and several books, including:

• FUNDING EVIL: HOW TERRORISM IS FINANCED – and HOW to STOP IT (2003, 2005,2011)
 EVIL MONEY (HarperCollins, 1992,1994)
 NARCOTERRORISM (1990, 1992)

Contact: ehrenfeld@acdemocracy.org

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Kenneth D.M. JensenKenneth D.M. Jensen, Associate Director of ACD, is a foreign relations professional based in Washington, D.C. His specialties include Russia and East Europe, as well as the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia.

His interest in economic warfare spans the better part of his career. He has funded (as a grantmaker) or assisted in funding seminal works on narco-terrorism and money laundering, as well as on Middle East politics and Islamic terrorism. Dr. Jensen manages the EWI Blog, available by email.

Dr. Jensen is the author or editor of fourteen books on foreign and public policy, including The Origins of the Cold War: The Novikov, Kennan, and Roberts ‘Long Telegrams’ of 1946. He served as Director of Grant Programs for the Institute for Educational Affairs in New York, under the direction of former Treasury Secretary Bill Simon and Irving Kristol. There, Dr. Jensen managed programs in public policy, foreign policy, jurisprudence, and the media. Later, he was a founding staff member of the United States Institute of Peace and directed its grants and research programs during his eight-year tenure. He is recently retired from the American Committees on Foreign Relations, where he served as executive director for 15 years.

Dr. Jensen is an alumnus of the University of Colorado, the University of Wisconsin, and Moscow State University (USSR). A veteran of a dozen years of college teaching in History, Political Science, and political philosophy (most lately at Kenyon College), he occasionally teaches American Foreign Policy in the Age of Terrorism at National Defense University.

Dr. Jensen is a (former) life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Advisory Board of Global Financial Integrity.

Contact: kjensen@acdemocracy.org

FELLOWS

Jack Boureston PhotoJack Boureston, Senior Fellow, is nonproliferation researcher and managing director of FirstWatch International (FWI) a research consultancy in Monterey, California. Mr. Boureston has extensive experience in the assessment and characterization of technologies and national capabilities to sustain chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological technologies. He has worked with and contributed to the activities of a diverse range of organizations including Booz Allen Hamilton, CCC, DOE, DTRA, IISS, U.S. national laboratories, SIPRI, Kings College London, and SAIC among others. Mr. Boureston’s work has included a systematic survey of industries, companies, and associations to develop illicit supplier profiles, and find ways of interdicting their illicit activities. He has written and published numerous articles in journals such as Jane’s Intelligence Review (JIR), the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Arms Control Today (ACT); contributed chapters to IISS net assessments, and made presentations for staff in the U.S. Government, national laboratories, and at conferences. Before establishing FWI in 2002, Mr. Boureston worked with organizations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a safeguards information analyst and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) as a researcher and manager. He received his BA in International Relations and MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS). Mr. Boureston also served in the U.S. Navy aboard aircraft carriers and command ships.

J. Millard Burr, Senior Fellow, worked for many years in the Department of State.  In his last assignment he served as logistics advisor for the Operation Lifeline Sudan program, U.S. Agency for International Development. Dr. Burr has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oregon, and he has served as Special Assistant to The Geographer, U. S. Department of State. In a career that spanned more than three decades, he had numerous assignments in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.  With collaborator Dr. Robert O. Collins, he is the author of four books dealing with the emergence of Islamist movements. The Terrorist Internationale is the capstone of that work.

headshot2 Cory Davenport, Ph.D. is a social psychologist and Senior Researcher in the Special Projects Division of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence based at the University of Maryland.  Dr. Davenport has extensive experience in the fields of political psychology, counter-terrorism, and biodefense/biosecurity.  Prior to his current position at START, Dr. Davenport was a Fellow with the Center for Biodefense, Law, and Public Policy.  He also served with F Co. 51st IN (LRSC) (Airborne), 525 Military Intelligence Battalion, a HUMINT asset of the XVIII Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, N.C.
Twitter: @CoryDavenport
 
 
Col. Jonathan Dahoah Halevi, IDF (Ret.)Col. Jonathan Dahoah Halevi, IDF (Ret.) is the director of research in the Orient Research Group Ltd. and a Board member of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs headed by Dr. Dore Gold. Mr. Halevi consults on Middle East and Arab affairs to the Wall Street Journal and is a special consultant to the Linde vs. Arab Bank lawsuit.

• 1998 – 2002 Head of the Palestinian Research Branch in the IDF Intelligence Unit.
• 2002 – 2003 Head of the Information Branch in the IDF Spokesperson Unit.
• 2003 – 2004 Senior Advisor for policy planning in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Halevi has written many articles for both Hebrew and English publications including “Al-Qaeda’s Intellectual Legacy: New Radical Islamic Thinking Justifying the Genocide of Infidels”.

Leslie-LeblLeslie Lebl is principal at Lebl Associates and a writer, lecturer and consultant on political, security and military matters. She is a former Foreign Service Officer with particular expertise in European political, defense and counter-terrorism issues, radical Islam in Europe, Balkan peacekeeping, and Russian politics and economy. Her publications have appeared in the Policy Analysis series of the Cato Institute, Policy Review, Orbis, City Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Hartford Courant, EuroFuture and Atlantic Perspective. A monograph, Advancing U.S. Interests with the European Union, was published by the Atlantic Council of the United States.

A graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A. in history, 1972), Ms. Lebl received an M.A. in foreign affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1979.

Domagoj MargeticDomagoj Margetic, Independent investigative journalist, publicist, columnist.  Founder and Editor in chief of independent investigative web magazine Necenzurirano.com, Member of The Committee of Concerned Journalists, Internet Freedom, South East European Expert Team for Counterterrorism and fight against organized crime (ATT), and Regional Director for Croatia at the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS). Since 1997, Mr. Margetic’s work focused on analyzing the transitional processes in the Balkans, especially regarding transnational organized crime, privatization and terrorism.

Ganesh Sahathevan is a researcher and reporter from Sydney, Australia who focuses on South East Asian business, economic and politics. This work has led him into research of structures that support  terrorist and jihadist activities in the region,and their links to similar structures in other parts of the world.  Ganesh investigated  financial mismanagement in Malaysia  prior to the financial crisis in the 1990s. He obtained the degrees Bachelor of  Economics (majoring in Accounting), and LLB from Monash University, and  LLM from the University of Sydney.

William B. Scott  William B. Scott serves as a flight-testing and aerospace business-development consultant, and is currently writing fiction and nonfiction books.

He recently retired as the Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine, based in Colorado Springs, CO.  In 22 years with Aviation Week, he also served as Senior National Editor in Washington, and in Avionics and Senior Engineering Editor positions in Los Angeles. He focused primarily on advanced aerospace and weapons technology, business, flight-testing and military operations, wrote more than 2,500 stories for the magazine, and received 17 editorial awards.  He is a coauthor of three books: “Space Wars: The First Six Hours of World War III,” its sequel, “Counterspace: The Next Hours of World War III,” and “Inside the Stealth Bomber: The B-2 Story.”

During a nine-year Air Force career, Scott served as aircrew on classified nuclear sampling missions; an electronics engineering officer at the National Security Agency, working space communication security programs; and an instrumentation and flight test engineer. He was also a civilian FTE/program manager and proposal group manager for three aerospace companies:  General Dynamics (F-16 Full Scale Development program), Falcon Jet Corp. (Coast Guard HU-25A development and certification), and Tracor Flight Systems Inc. (Canadair Challenger development and certification, plus numerous fighter, transport and helicopter test programs).

Scott is a six-time Royal Aeronautical Society “Journalist of the Year” finalist. He won the Society’s 1998 Lockheed Martin Award for the “Best Defense Submission,” and received both the 2006 and 2007 Messier-Dowty awards for “Best Airshow Submission.” He also was part of an Aviation Week team that won a 2004 Neal Award for its coverage of the space shuttle Columbia tragedy. A Neal award is the business-to-business magazine equivalent of a newspaper Pulitzer Prize.

Scott is a Flight Test Engineer (FTE) graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (Masters equivalent) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University-Sacramento.

Nancy Hartevelt KobrinNancy Korbin, , Dr. Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin is a psychoanalyst with a PhD in Aljamía (Old Spanish in Arabic script) who became a counter terrorist expert. She has done prison interviews,  in particular of Somalis in Minneapolis, MN. She is a graduate of the Human Terrain Program,  Leavenworth Kansas and was slated for deployment to Afghanistan. She is author of ‘The Banality of Suicide Terrorism, ‘ also in Hebrew. Two other books are forthcoming Global Terrorism and Intimate Connections: Cracking the Code and The Psychoanalytic Maternal Cameo for Terrorism — the Boston Marathon Attack and the Chechens. She immigrated to Israel in 2010 and lives in Tel Aviv.

Lee KaplanLee Kaplan is an investigative journalist who regularly exposes anti-American and anti-Israeli indoctrination on college campuses, as well as the activities of the International Solidarity Movement. Kaplan heads of the non-profit DAFKA.org website and its StoptheISM.com subsidiary, and is contributing writer at Frontpagemag.com and a regular columnist at the educational watchdog Israelcampus.com and the IsraelNationalNews.com.

 

Robert ZubrinRobert Zubrin, President of Pioneer Astronautics – aerospace R&D company in Lakewood, Colorado. He is also the founder and President of the Mars Society, an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means. Formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, he holds a Masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington. Zubrin is the inventor of several unique concepts for space propulsion and exploration, the author of over 200 published technical and non-technical papers in the field, and the inventor of nine US patents. Zubrin is known internationally as one of the most creative engineers working in the aerospace industry today, and he and his work have been subject of much favorable press coverage in The Economist, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the London Times, The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, Newsweek, Air and Space Smithsonian, Popular Science, Space News, and many other publications, and he has appeared on the Discovery Channel, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. He is a Fellow of the Center for Security Policy and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.

In addition to his many technical publications, Dr. Zubrin is the author of eight books, including The Case for Mars: How We Shall Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must, published by Simon and Schuster’s Free Press Division in Oct. 1996, Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization, published by Tarcher Putnam in Aug. 1999, Mars on Earth: Adventures of Space Pioneers in the High Arctic, published by Tarcher Penguin in Sept. 2003, Energy Victory: Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil, published by Prometheus Books in November 2007, the humorous How to Live on Mars: A Trusty Guidebook to Surving and Thriving on the Red Planet, published by Random House in December 2008, and Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudoscientsts, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism published by Encounter Books in February 2012. He is a contributing editor to The New Atlantis, and a frequent columnist writing on space and energy policy in online publications including National Review and Pajamas Media.

Since founding Pioneer Astronautics in January 1996, Dr. Zubrin has served as the Principal Investigator of numerous research and development efforts in areas including spacecraft and launch vehicle propulsion systems, Mars and Lunar in-situ resource utilization technology, EVA life support and propulsion, and robotic exploration systems. He has also demonstrated new methods for producing or using liquid fuels on Earth offering significant potential for enhancing the energy security of the West. In the area of public policy, Zubrin has been very active in promoting programs, such as the Open Fuel Standard that would weaken the power of the Islamist-led OPEC cartel internationally.

Prior to founding his own company, Dr. Zubrin was employed for seven years as a Senior, and then Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin (formerly Martin Marietta) Astronautics in Denver, working on the design of advanced space transportation and propulsion concepts, small ICBM and missile defense systems, robotic Mars balloon missions, space nuclear power, and the design of aerial-refueled rocket planes. Still earlier in his career, Zubrin worked in the controlled thermonuclear fusion program, and as a high school science teacher.

 

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