Topher McDougal, Robert Muggah, David Shirk and John Patterson

Topher McDougal is an assistant professor at the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. Robert Muggah is the research director of the Igarapé Institute and principal of the SecDev Group. David Shirk is the director of the Trans-Border Institute and associate professor of political science at the University of San Diego. John Patterson is a graduate of the Kroc School of Peace Studies.

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