Dr. Elizabeth Guran has over 30 years of professional experience in national security and international affairs at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), and at universities where she has taught in national and international security programs. At GAO she traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia, including to the war zones of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Balkans, to research, develop, and execute studies and reports for the U.S. Congress. Dr. Guran taught at the Elliott School of International Affairs as an adjunct professor and as a visiting assistant professor in the University of Akron’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security program. Currently, she is a professor with the Lutheran Colleges Washington Semester Program and specializes in terrorism and counter-terrorism issues. In her career she has written and/or co-authored over 50 reports, studies, and articles on international and domestic public policy matters. Dr. Guran has a Ph.D. in War Studies from King’s College, University of London, where she specialized in U.S.-Japan naval relations; M.Litt in Strategic Studies from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland; B.A. in Political Science and Communications from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She also is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College.