Eric B. Brown is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute where he studies Middle East and Asian affairs, international security and development, alternative geopolitical futures, and diplomacy and strategy. His recent work has focused on governance, conflict and civilian security in the Middle East, the ramifications of growing Trans-Asian connectivity, and strategies to cope with state fragility. For the last 15 years, he has conducted research throughout Eurasia on strategic governance, educational and political issues, as well as on developing new foreign aid and stabilization tools and plans. He has a special interest in the geopolitics of mountainous areas, from the Zagros to the Himalayas.