Dr Suzanne Levi-Sanchez is an Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs Department at the U.S. Naval War College where she teaches Security Strategies with a focus on the Middle East and Central Asia. She holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Political Science. Professor Levi-Sanchez’s prior academic appointments include Princeton University, the University of Illinois, and San Francisco State University. She is the author of The Afghan-Central Asia Borderlands: The State and Local Leaders published by Routledge in 2016. Her second book entitled, Local Governance at the Periphery: Informal Organizations in Tajik/Afghan Badakhshan, is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press. She is working on a third book entitled, The Blind Man and the Elephant: Seven Conceptual Essays on Iran.