Staff Bios

Rorry Daniels

Deputy Project Director, Forum on Asia-Pacific Security

Rorry Daniels is the Deputy Project Director of the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security (FAPS). In her role with FAPS, she organizes Track I 1⁄2 and Track II conferences and meetings focused on security issues in Northeast Asia, oversees Asia-related publications and public events, and manages the project's grant and donation funding. From 2015 - 2016 she was concurrently Deputy Director of the NCAFP.

She has written for American Foreign Policy Interests and the PacNet Newsletter. She is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations, a Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leader, as well as a Korea Society Kim Koo Foundation Fellow (2015 cohort). She earned her M.S. in International Relations at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs, where she focused her studies on East and South Asia. She speaks Mandarin and holds a B.A. in Media Studies from Emerson College.

Juliet Lee
Project Manager, Forum on Asia-Pacific Security

Juliet Lee is the Project Manager at the Forum on Asia­-Pacific Security at the NCAFP, where she organizes Track 1 1⁄2 and Track II conferences and meetings. She is also a Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leader, 2018 cohort. Her research interests include U.S.­-China relations and cross­-Taiwan Strait security. She holds an M.A. in International Affairs from New York University, where she completed a Master’s thesis on the roles of economic interdependence and Taiwan’s electoral politics on cross-­Strait security. Juliet also graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in International Studies: World Politics & Diplomacy and minors in French and Chinese.

Simran R. Maker
Associate Project Director, Cybersecurity Initiative & Middle East Initiative

Simran R. Maker is an Associate Project Director at the NCAFP, working across multiple areas including the Middle East and U.S.-Russia Relations programs as well as the Cybersecurity Initiative. She has previously worked at think tanks such as the Center for a New American Security, the Stimson Center, and the Center for International Cooperation. Her work has involved strategic research and analysis on an array of geopolitical issues, including counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, statebuilding, and arms trafficking. Simran has contributed research and analysis for a Senior Fulbright Scholar, leading to multiple publications and a book on homeland security threats. She also participated in a counterterrorism working group at the UN.

Simran’s independently-authored publications include “Cold Start, Cold Progress” (the Stimson Center, August 2010) and “Neutralising Haqqanis is key to South Asia’s security” (Oxford Analytica, November 2011). She graduated summa cum laude and with distinction from NYU with an M.S. in international relations, concentrating in security studies. At the time, Simran was a Co-Founding Director of the Transnational Security Committee focused on 21st century national security issues. She was also selected to be a Carnegie New Leader at the Carnegie Council and a Security Springboard participant at the Truman National Security Project. Simran earned her B.S. from NYU in media and communication studies, with a specialization in globalization and a minor in legal studies.

Stephen Whittaker
Program Coordinator & Assistant to the President

Stephen Whittaker is the Program Coordinator and Assistant to the President at the National Committee. In this capacity, he conducts a broad range of tasks pertaining to coordinating the National Committee’s public programming, membership engagement, outreach and the organization of Track I 1⁄2 and Track II conferences.  He has also been a substantial contributor to a joint National Committee-EastWest Institute Task Force offering policy recommendations for U.S. policy in the Western Balkans.  This included contributions to the group's 2018 report Time for Action in the Western Balkans: Policy Prescriptions for American Diplomacy.  From 2015-2016 Stephen also served, concurrently, as the Assistant Editor of the NCAFP's retired academic journal American Foreign Policy Interests.
In 2014, Stephen completed his M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies from New York University, focusing on contemporary European history and public policy. He authored his thesis, with the support of a university-sponsored research fellowship, on how the structural and ideological challenges faced by the EU in the middle of Twentieth Century form a road map for long-term stability in Europe.  His professional areas of interest include transatlantic relations, the history and politics of the European Union, and the construction of multilateral institutions. 

Stephen received a B.A. from Dickinson College in history with a minor in political science, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He speaks Italian, reads Spanish and French, and has studied and lived in both Bologna, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic.

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