S. Frederick Starr is Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program, Joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center. He is a Research Professor at Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He was educated at Yale; Cambridge University, England; and Princeton University, where he was Associate Professor of History. He was founding director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Wilson Center in Washington, president for eleven years of Oberlin College, Ohio, and president of the Aspen Institute. He founded the Greater New Orleans Foundation, is a trustee of the Eurasia Foundation, and served for ten years on the board of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. He is the recipient of five honorary degrees and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.