SK_newStacey Kaminski is the Director of FFAE and has been an analyst consulting for various government agencies including the Department of the Defense and the Intelligence Community. She has worked extensively on the topic of political instability as it relates to group on group violence as well as nation state actors. Her work has focused on the use of open source media to produce assessments in a wide array of functional areas including terrorism, banking, and technology. Other analytic projects include assessments of the propensity for group violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, analysis of NATO’s actions in Libya, and policy formulation on the Middle East. Ms. Kaminski holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida and a M.A. in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University.


Karen Saunders is a Research Fellow of FFAE. Since 1998, Ms. Saunders has managed and participated in research projects aimed at understanding, documenting, and combating transnational crime, corruption, and terrorism. Her recent research work has included illicit trade in arms and weaponry from the former Soviet Union, the history of warlordism in post-Soviet Tajikistan, drug trafficking in post-Soviet Central Asia, organized crime and corruption in Russia’s aluminum trade, post-Soviet Central Asia’s involvement in the African drug and weapons trade, terrorist groups in post-Soviet Central Asia, human trafficking, and domestic minor sex trafficking in the United States and the Russian Federation. Ms. Saunders holds a M.A. in International Development from the School of International Service at American University and  dual B.A. in International Relations and Russian Language and Literature, both from Tufts University.