Ted Galen Carpenter is senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. He is the autor of 8 books and the editor of 10 on international affairs, including The Fire Next Door: Mexico's Drug Violence and the Danger to America; Smart Power: Toward a Preudent Foreign Policy for America; and Korean Conundrum: America's Troubled Relations with North and South Korea.
Malou Innocent is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. She was a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute from 2007 to 2013. She is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and her primary research interests include Middle East and Persian Gulf security issues and U.S. foreign policy toward Pakistan, Afganistan, and China.