Our Experts

Our experts are what differentiates us from the competition. Our partners are leading experts with doctorates educated at world-leading universities who also have extensive experience in the private and public sectors. We help our clients succeed by combining that in-house knowledge with that of an international network of world-renowned specialists that we call upon when necessary. We have geographic expertise as well as subject-matter expertise (like terrorism, election-related risk, or corruption). With our help, we can help you navigate even the most complex political problems.

Our Leadership

Dr. Brian Klaas is an Assistant Professor at University College London and a columnist for The Washington Post. He was previously a fellow at the London School of Economics. Klaas is an expert on political violence, democracy, authoritarianism, US foreign policy, and American politics. He is the author of three books and has interviewed presidents, prime ministers, ministers, rebels, and coup plotters. He has been featured as an expert in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Guardian, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and on BBC, CNN, and NPR, among others. 

Prior to becoming an academic, Dr. Klaas worked on US campaigns—including as Policy Director for Mark Dayton’s successful bid for Governor of Minnesota. Klaas, an American, speaks French and is proficient in Arabic. He received a BA (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Carleton College, an MPhil from the University of Oxford (St Antony‘s College), and a DPhil from the University of Oxford (New College). 

Dr. Marcel Dirsus is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University and a member of the Working Group Terrorism and Domestic Security at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Germany. An expert on regime instability and politi­cal violence, he has advised governments, foundations, multinational corporations and NATO. 

Dirsus has been featured as an expert in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the Berlin Policy Journal published by the German Council on Foreign Relations, as well as on BBC and CNN, among others. In ad­dition to his native German, he speaks English, French and basic Russian. Dirsus holds a BA from the University of Warwick and an MSc from the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College). He completed his doctorate at the University of Kiel. 

Dr. David G. Landry is an expert on international trade and investment and good gover­nance. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Johns Hopkins University and a frequent contributor to World Bank reports. Landry has advised national governments, international organizations, and multinational corporations and has worked or conduc­ted field research in more than 10 countries. 

Landry has been published in the Financial Times, the Washington Post, the Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs, among others, and has published academic journal articles in Energy Policy and Resources Policy. A Canadian, he speaks English and Spanish in addition to his native French. He holds a BA from McGill University, an MSc from the University of Oxford (St Antony‘s College), and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University (School of Advanced International Studies).