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 on Northeast Asian security issues. 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, and she speaks Mandarin.

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

Simran R. Maker is the Director of the Cybersecurity Initiative and the Middle East Initiative at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP). She focuses on addressing the evolving threat landscapes in these areas through her research and analysis as well as through closed-door conferences, roundtables, and symposiums with experts, practitioners, and government officials. Outside her organization, Simran remains an active contributor and participant in working groups and studies on geopolitics and security. Her portfolio has evolved to include strategic research and analysis on an array of geopolitical issues such as cybersecurity, counterterrorism, great power competition, and the changing nature of warfare.

Simran’s published reports on cyber policy include “Mutually Assured Disruption” (NCAFP, January 2018) and “New Frontier in Defense” (NCAFP, May 2017). She has also authored and peer-reviewed pieces on South Asian and Middle Eastern security, hybrid warfare, and global terrorist groups. Simran’s prior experience includes think tanks such as the Center for a New American Security and the Stimson Center. She has contributed to a Senior Fulbright Scholar’s research and book on homeland security and participated in a terrorism and technology working group at the UN. Early in her career, Simran was selected as a Carnegie New Leader at the Carnegie Council and a Security Springboard participant at the Truman National Security Project. She is a member of Women in International Security (WIIS).

In 2017, Simran completed the Harvard Kennedy School’s cyber executive program: “Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology” – a selective and intensive program addressing critical threats in a cyber world. She graduated summa cum laude and with distinction with an M.S. in security studies from New York University, where she also earned her B.S.

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 is primarily responsible for a broad range of tasks pertaining to 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 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 solutions to the structural and ideological challenges faced by the European Union in the middle of 20th 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 function of multilateral institutions. 

Stephen also 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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