The CLS Advisory Board was established Spring 2016 and is made up of experts in foreign policy and China studies selected from the current pool of former speakers and contributors to the conference. Board members are selected for one year terms and will provide guidance and expertise to student organizers at critical junctures of the conference-planning journey. The 2016-2017 board is headed by Duke University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Peter Feaver.
Abdullah Khurram is a South Asia & Middle East Fellow at PoliTact and a Strategic Advisor at Gulf State Analytics. His current areas of research at Johns Hopkins University cover global security issues, grand strategies of great powers, and the future of U.S.-China relations. Formerly, Khurram was based at the Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago, and served as a Research Associate at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. His previous research work has also been based at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad, Pakistan, and at the Economic Policy Research Institute in Cape Town, South Africa. Amongst other places, he has guest lectured at Columbia University, Bangladesh Foreign Service Academy, National Defense University of Pakistan, and the Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies in Slovenia.