Senior Scholar

Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute.  He also is the Cobden Fellow in International Economics at the Institute for Policy Innovation and served as a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan.

He writes a weekly column for Forbes online.  Previously a columnist for, a nationally syndicated columnist with Copley News Service, and editor of the monthly political magazine Inquiry, he has been widely published in such periodicals as Foreign Policy, Orbis, National Interest, Time, Newsweek, and Fortune, as well as leading newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He has written several books, including Foreign Follies:  America’s New Global Empire (Xulon Press), Tripwire:  Korea and U.S. Foreign Policy in a Changed World (Cato Institute), and The Politics of Plunder:  Misgovernment in Washington (Transaction).

He received his B.S. in Economics from Florida State University in 1976 and his J.D. from Stanford University in 1979.  He is a member of the California and Washington, D.C. bars.


Mark Impomeni

Mark Impomeni is a conservative opinion writer, blogger, and a former contributing editor at He is currently a contributor to Human Events. Mark also covered the White House for AOL News’ Politics Daily blog. His articles have been published in USA Today, Reuters, and the Palm Beach Post, as well as at Human Events and Pajamas Media. In 2008, he was selected as a finalist for the Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship.

Matthew Lina

Matthew Lina is a businessman who travels extensively throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He has helped launch large construction projects and business ventures totaling millions of dollars in the former Eastern Bloc. He operates out of Kyiv, London, and the United States, and currently heads a software development company and charitable institutions specializing in promoting civil society in the wreckage of communism.

Junior Scholars

Erika Chen

Erika Chen is a freelance writer, freelance artist, and freelance graduate student. Her primary area of study is cross-border issues in Central and Western Asia, with a special focus on the geopolitical and regional challenges faced by majority-Muslim former Soviet States in border disputes with Russia, China, and Iran. Her undergraduate study specialized in the transition of former Soviet states to modern norms. She currently travels throughout the region in preparation for a book on the issue. She plans on resuming her work toward her Ph.D in the fall of 2015.

Rich Seibert

Rich Seibert is an associate in a boutique practice that advises multinationals on cross-border trade and intellectual property issues. He is primarily based out of Russia, and most of his practice is dedicated to helping Western firms open and expand operations in former Soviet states. His experience with cross-border trade and intellectual property has provided him with a unique perspective on the manner in which trade norms and customs are changing as the former Soviet bloc divides between European and Russian spheres.

Scholars Emeritus

Dr. Hunter Baker

Hunter Baker, J.D., Ph.D. is the winner of the 2011 Michael Novak Award conferred by the Acton Institute which has been rated as one of the top global think tanks.  He is the author of The End of Secularism (Crossway Academic, 2009).  The book has been widely reviewed and commented upon in print by Books & CultureTouchstoneChristianity Today, and The Washington Times and online at First Things and National Review.  It was endorsed by David Dockery, Robert Sirico, Francis Beckwith, Herbert London, Russell Moore, Jennifer Roback-Morse, and Glenn Stanton prior to publication and has subsequently been cited favorably by the New York Times bestselling novelist Andrew Klavan and D.A. Carson.  Baker’s next book, Political Thought: A Student’s Guide is part of the Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series and should be published in the summer of 2012.

Dr. Baker serves as associate dean of arts and sciences and associate professor of political science at Union University.  He was selected to deliver the endowed Gheens Lectures titled “The System Has a Soul” at Southern Seminary in 2010.  He has also delivered the Calihan lecture for the Acton Institute and gave a plenary lecture in the same line-up as Daniel Walker Howe, Mark Noll, Juan Williams, and R.R. Reno at Hillsdale College’s Center for Constructive Alternatives event in 2011.

Baker is the co-founder of The City, a journal of Christian thought and is a contributing editor to Salvo.  His work has appeared in the Journal of Law and Religion, the Journal of Markets & MoralityTouchstoneThemeliosReligion & LibertyThe Regent University Law ReviewThe American Spectator, and a wide variety of other publications.  He is also the author of book chapters in the edited volumes Faith and Learning by David Dockery, The Great Books Reader by John Mark Reynolds, and The Baylor Project by Barry Hankins and Donald Schmeltekopf.

Hunter Baker holds the bachelor of science in economics and political science from Florida State University, the master of public administration from the University of Georgia, the doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Houston, and the doctor of philosophy in religion, politics, and society from Baylor University.  He served as president of the Florida State University chapter of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship as an undergraduate.