The school year is off to a great start, and we wanted to thank our previous slate of guest Ducks and welcome some new guests. Thanks to all of our guests from last year.

Lisa Gaufman and Dillon Tatum are staying on as guests, and we are delighted that our partnership with Bridging the Gap will continue with the BtG channel.

We also have a fantastic slate of new guests Ducks including Jill Hazelton, Peter Henne, Sahar Khan,  Luke Perez, and Kai Thaler.  We have a strong slate of security-minded guests this year. They cover a range of topics from counterinsurgency to religion and the Middle East to civil-military relations and South Asia to grand strategy to civil conflict and state building.  Short bios and links to professional webpages and Twitter handles are below.

We also invite folks who want to write individual guest posts for us on other topics and geographic areas to send posts to any of the permanent contributors.

Jill Hazelton

Jacqueline L. Hazelton is an assistant professor of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College. Her research interests include grand strategy, military intervention, liberalism and empire, U.S. foreign and military policy, counterinsurgency, and counterterrorism. She tweets at @DrJLHazelton.

Peter Henne

Peter S. Henne is an Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont; his research focuses on religious politics, terrorism and the Middle East. Follow him on twitter: @pehenne

Sahar Khan

Sahar Khan is an adjunct scholar in Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute.  Follow her on Twitter at @khansahar1

Her research interests include counterterrorism bureaucracies; anti-terrorism legislation; civil–military imbalances; police–military turf wars; South Asia.

Luke Perez

Luke Perez is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri. Follow him on Twitter at @lukemperez

His research interests include: Religion, U.S. National Security and Grand Strategy, Ethics and Policy.

Kai Thaler

Kai Thaler is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a fellow at the University of Denver Korbel School’s Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy, working on civil conflict, state building, violence, and regimes. Follow him on Twitter at @KaiMThaler.