Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Dr. Anders Corr has a B.A. in International Relations from Yale (Summa cum laude), and a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. He has analyzed international political risk, including in the academic, political, and business fields, for over a decade. His areas of expertise include quantitative approaches to conflict, rare events, and public opinion. Dr. Corr has in-depth field experience in Central Asia, East Asia, and Africa and has worked for several consultancies and government agencies, including Booz Allen Hamilton, United States Army, United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), United States Special Operations Command Pacific (USSOCPAC), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and the North American Treaty Organization (NATO). He founded Corr Analytics to provide strategic analysis of international political risk for commercial entities, and the Journal of Political Risk to provide a peer-reviewed outlet for a diverse group of insightful analysts. Dr. Corr is also one of the founding members of the Committee on the Present Danger: China. He has been actively advising  ETNAM as an Official Advisor and is the chief western proponent of East Turkistan independence through nonviolent means.

Dru C. Gladney is Professor of Anthropology at Pomona College in Claremont, California, and recent President of the Pacific Basin Institute. 

In addition to a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle, Dr. Gladney has three M.A. degrees in religion, philosophy, and anthropology.  He has also held faculty positions and post-doctoral fellowships at Cambridge University, Harvard University, the University of Southern California, the University of Hawaii, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.  He has served as the inaugural Dean of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.        

Professor Gladney taught Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for over a decade, while serving as a Senior Research Fellow at the East-West Center.  A MacArthur Foundation Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, he has twice been awarded Fulbright Fellowships to Turkey and China, and has held faculty positions and post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University, the University of Southern California, Kings College, Cambridge, the Max Plancke Institute, Peking and Fudan Universities, Minzu University in Beijing, the National University of Singapore, and Bosphorus University, Istanbul.  Dr. Gladney began his field research in Western China over 30 years ago, and has carried out more recent projects on China’s “New Silk Road” in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Dr. Gladney has testified to the US Congress and Senate on four separate occasions, and twice to the European Parliament, regarding his research on ethnic and cultural nationalism in Asia, focusing on issues of identity, economy, nation-state formation, transnationalism, and political development.  He has served as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, the Soros Foundation, Ford Foundation, the World Bank, UNESCO, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Smithsonian Institution, the Getty Museum, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the National Academy of Sciences.  Research languages include Mandarin Chinese, Turkish, Uyghur, Uzbek, Kazakh, and Russian.   He is a frequent commentator on CNN, Al-Jazeera, the BBC and NPR.  A World Economic Council member for several years, he served on the Global Agenda Council on Human Equality and Respect in Dubai, helping to shape the Davos Agenda.

Author of the award-winning book, Muslim Chinese: Ethnic Nationalism in the People’s Republic (Harvard University Press, 2nd edition) as well as three more recent books:  Ethnic Identity in China: The Making of a Muslim Minority Nationality  (Harcourt Brace); Making Majorities: Constituting the Nation in Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Fiji, Turkey, and the U.S. (Editor, Stanford University Press); and  Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Sub-Altern Subjects  (University of Chicago Press), Gladney has published over 100 academic articles in books and journals, including The Journal of Asian Studies; Current History; Public Culture; Cultural Survival Quarterly; Central Asian Survey; Inner Asia; History and Anthropology; The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs; The International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies; and the China Quarterly.  His research has been regularly featured in the New York Times, the Economist, Newsweek, Time, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.   Opinion-Editorial articles have been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. One of the leading Western scholars on cultural politics and Muslim peoples on the Silk Road, Professor Gladney is currently engaged a new research project on China’s important “Belt and Road Initiative.”  He also recently returned from Kunming, where he is finishing a project on social memory and the World War II era Flying Tigers.  Capt. B. Curtis Gladney (1917-2006), was a Hump Flyer, and inspired his son’s earliest interest in China’s frontier regions.

Dr. Talip Atajan is currently a  Professor of Mathematics at community college in Northern Virginia and holds a PhD in Mathematics from Tokyo Denki University. He has spent much of his life engaged in advocacy for the fundamental rights and freedoms for the people of East Turkistan. Originally from Chochek, East Turkistan, Dr. Atajan has lived in exile in the United States since 2009. He is also a member of the East Turkistan Government in Exile’s Parliament.

Jason Jones is a film producer, author, activist, and human rights worker. He is president of Movie to Movement and the Human Rights Education Organization (H.E.R.O.) and co-founder and President of the Vulnerable People Project.

In 2006, Jones was an Executive Producer of “Bella” which won several film industry awards, most notably the People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. He was the Associate Producer of the 2008 film, “The Stoning of Soraya M.” which won the Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award in 2009 as well as the NAACP Image Award in 2010.   In 2012, he was the Producer of the TV movie “Mother Marianne: Portrait of a Saint” and an Executive Producer of the new film “Voiceless”. His short films include “Eyes to See” (2010), “Crescendo” (2011) and “Sing a Little Louder” (2015).

He attended the University of Hawaii, after a tour serving in the U.S. infantry. At the University of Hawaii, he founded the Pro-Life Student Union and served as state chairman of Young Americans for Freedom. Jason would go on to serve as director of Hawaii Right to Life, national youth director of the American Life League, grassroots director of Brownback for President and public relations director for the world’s largest international pro-life organization, Human Life International.

Jason works directly to aid the homeless, people facing genocide, and women with crisis pregnancies. He has appeared in defense of the most vulnerable members of the human family on ABC, Fox, CNN and hundreds of radio programs nationwide. Jason is a senior contributor to The Stream and is the co-author with John Zmirak of The Race to Save our Century, he is also author of the book The World is on Fire, released October 2017.

Jason lives in Hawaii, with his wife and seven children.

Maria Sliwa is the president of Freedom Now Communications, Inc. and M. Sliwa Public Relations. As a press agent for the Sudan Campaign, she played a significant role in publicizing the genocide, slavery, and rape of civilians in Sudan and Darfur. In 1999, she launched and managed an internet news service, Freedom Now News, focusing on international human rights issues with over 100,000 subscribers. She continues to gain attention for human rights projects, activists and authors.

Ms. Sliwa is known for her expertise in human rights reportage. Her reporting and activism helped convince the states of New York and New Jersey to divest from Talisman Energy of Canada, an oil company that was complicit in the Government of Sudan’s genocidal war against its own population. In addition to her extensive work in Sudan and Uganda, she has covered the self-immolation of Tibetans and the plight of Richard Wurmbrand, an activist who spent fourteen years in imprisonment and torture in his homeland of Romania.

Ms. Sliwa is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, New York University and Montclair State University. Before launching Freedom Now Communications Inc., she worked as a New York City undercover police officer.  She is the sister of renowned author, Aleta St. James, and WABC radio host and founder of the Alliance of Guardian Angels, Curtis Sliwa.