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The Director

Gail Helt joined King University in 2014 and coordinates the Security and Intelligence Studies Program.  She spent nearly a dozen years as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where she built significant expertise covering East and Southeast Asian security issues, politics, leadership, and governance.  She authored a wide range of written analytic products and briefings for senior policy-makers, including the President of the United States.
 
Professor Helt is a member of the International Studies Association.  Her research interests include democratization, the decline of US influence around the world, and Asian politics. She has a MA in Political Science from Iowa State University, and completed 30 hours of PhD coursework at the University of Arizona before being recruited by the CIA.