Christian Westermann is a retired foreign affairs officer with experience in Egypt, Russia, and Ukraine along with two decades of work as a research analyst at the U.S. Department of State. He lived in Cairo for two years in the 1990s, with his wife Carolyn, working at the U.S. Embassy as a liaison to the Ministry of Defense. Carolyn worked at the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), as managing editor of the journal, Business Monthly. Christian has taught at several universities, including the George Washington University and Arizona State University, and uses his extensive Middle East experiences to inform his discussions on governance and security issues. Christian holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.S. from the National Defense Intelligence University. He was raised in New York City and Christchurch, New Zealand.