Dr. Ellen Klein
OSD Liaison to IST on Stability & Transition, Security and Peace-keeping
Dr. E.R. Klein is presently serving as a Department of Defense (DoD) Foreign Affairs Officer for the Office of Secretary of Defense, Stability and Humanitarian Affairs with an emphasis on rule of law capacity building. She previously worked in the office of Detainee Policy, where her portfolios included biometric identity management and DoD liaison to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Dr. Klein has served in Afghanistan as a special assistant to the Commander of the Rule of Law Field Force, where she led a team that assessed rule of law programs across Afghanistan, and provided a critical report to the Commander of the International Security and Assistance Forces. Before joining DoD, Dr. Klein served as a Department of State senior advisor to the Iraq Ministry of Defense and the Rule of Law Coordinator for the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team. While in Iraq, Dr. Klein organized the Iraqi Consortium of Inspectors General for the various Iraqi ministries to provide proper oversight and fight corruption. Additionally, she led a number of civil society development engagements with local officials and Iraqi non-governmental organizations.
Prior to joining the government, Dr. Klein was a full professor at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. She was the College's first Fulbright Scholar and taught at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina where she lectured on the values of democracy and liberty and the connections between capitalism and freedom of expression. She then served as Congressional Fellow on the House International Relations Subcommittee for the Middle East and Central Asia.
Dr. Klein earned her Ph.D. from the University of Miami and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies and Counterterrorism from the National Defense University in 2010. She is also a National Endowment for the Humanities recipient and a Luce Scholar, both in the study of Middle and Far Eastern cultures at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is widely published on a variety of topics, including rule of law, democracy and free markets, Asian philosophy, and critiques of feminism. She is a DoD liaison to the Institute for Stabilization and Transition.