Dr. Amy Horowitz has three decades of experience in the academy, the music industry, and grassroots arts networks. Her main research interests are Mediterranean Israeli Music, (a form of contemporary popular Israeli music created by Israeli Jews from Islamic countries), the study of cultures in disputed territories, the folklore traditions of contemporary Jerusalem, and protest music as responsible citizenship. Her work in cross-cultural and multiracial coalitions (Artist Representative for Sweet Honey in the Rock 1977 - 1994) complements her academic background that combines training in Jewish studies and Ethnomusicology (MA, New York University, 1986) with Folklore and Israel studies (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1994).
Dr. Horowitz served as assistant and acting director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, where she was awarded a Grammy as co-producer of the The Anthology of American Folk Music. Also, while at the Smithsonian she served as curator for The Jerusalem Project under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Research for that project, originally intended as the groundwork for a 1993 Smithsonian Folklife Festival program, became the basis for folklore archives, which are now housed at Hebrew University and Bir Zeit University. Horowitz also selected elements for inclusion in a video documentary on Israeli and Palestinian cultures in Jerusalem, for which she was Executive Producer and Research Director (Jerusalem: Gates to the City, 1996). Horowitz subsequently received generous funding to continue this project through the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Melton Center for Jewish Studies, Outreach and Engagement, the Batelle Foundation, and the Office of International Affairs.
Dr. Horowitz's recent book: Mediterranean Israeli Music and the Politics of the Aesthetic received Honorable Mention in the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award of the Association of Jewish Studies in 2010. She has published articles on popular music and politics in Israel in The Journal of American Folklore, as well as edited two anthologies; one by Ted Swedenborg and Rebecca Stein and the other by Barbara Kirshenblatt Gimblett and Jonathan Karp.
Dr. Horowitz teaches courses on music, globalization, and disputed territories through the International Studies Program. She is a research associate and scholar of folklore and music at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and a faculty board member at the Middle East Studies Center, Ohio State University.
Major General (USAF, Ret.) Charles Tucker, serves as Executive Director of two International Non-Governmental Organizations: the Sustainable Capacity International Institute, Arezzo, Italy; and the World Engagement Institute, Chicago, IL, USA. In these capacities, he designs and manages institutional capacity building programs throughout the world. He likewise promotes the economic and legal development of people through education, research, documentation, and advocacy. In addition, Prof. Tucker also serves as the International Projects Director for the National Strategy Forum, a non-partisan training institute and think-tank located in Chicago. And he serves on the Board of Directors of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers’ Association (ICoCA), Geneva, Switzerland, where, as the U.S Government representative on the 12-member Board, he is charged with promoting, governing and overseeing the implementation of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers to promote the responsible provision of private security services and respect for human rights and national and international law by exercising independent governance and oversight of the ICoC.
Gen. Tucker has been an educator, international legal expert, and institutional capacity development practitioner for more than thirty years. Throughout his career, he has routinely served with the US State Department, United Nations and various International Organizations in numerous countries. His academic career includes teaching positions in International Law for the University of Colorado (1999-2002) and DePaul University (2008-2011). He attained the rank of Assistant Professor of Law at the US Air Force Academy and served as Course Director of the Academy’s Comparative International Law Program (1999-2002). He was the founding Co-Editor of the USAFA Journal of Legal Studies and the DePaul University Rule of Law Journal. Prof. Tucker has also served as Adjunct Professor of Business and Labor Management for Bradley University (2002-2008), as Adjunct Professor of Political Science for the University of Maryland (1984-1989), and as Adjunct Professor of Government for Wayland University (1982-1984). Prof. Tucker currently serves as the Co-Course Director of the United Nations’ Annual International Humanitarian Law Symposium. He has lectured as a Visiting Professor at the Vietnam National University (Đại học Quốc gia Hà Nội); the Universität Heidelberg (Germany); the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Germany); the University of Zagreb (Sveučilištu u Zagrebu, Croatia), the University of Sarajevo (Univerziteta u Sarajevu, Bosnia and Herzegovina); the Middle East Technical University (Orta Dogu Teknik Üniversitesi, Turkey), Ankara Üniversitesi (Turkey), the University of Sulaimani (جامعة السليمانية , Sulaymaniyah, Iraq), and Duhok University (جامعة دهوك , Duhok, Iraq). Prior to retiring from a distinguished active duty and reserve military career, Prof. (Major General, Ret.) Tucker served as the National Guard’s Director of Joint Doctrine, Training and Force Development. He was responsible for overseeing the National Guard’s various Joint Education and Training Centers, as well as its entire Joint Professional Education Program and curricula development efforts. Since his military retirement, he has assisted the Vietnamese, Kenyan and Somali governments with their constitutional and legal development and has published widely on these subjects. He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A., Government) and a 1982 graduate of the DePaul University College of Law (Juris Doctor).
Abdulaziz Al Hussan is a Visiting Scholar at the Center. Mr. Al Hussan is a Senior Legal Advisor at Osool Law Firm in Riyadh where he formerly worked as the managing partner. With the onset of the Arab Spring, Mr. Al Hussan became involved in human rights cases in Saudi Arabia. His focus as a lawyer is in corporate/capital market and Islamic finance, but he does pro-bono work in human rights. Before founding Osool Law Firm, he worked with the largest law firm in the world, Clifford Chance in Washington D.C, and also worked with different international law firms in their offices in Riyadh. His experience of over a decade in the legal field has exposed him to many different areas of law, including IPOs, rights issues, M&A and others. In late 2011 Mr. Al Hussan began to represent the cases of political detainees as pro bono. It was then that he discovered many legal violations taking place within the Kingdom, which led him to withdraw from the Specialized Criminal Court. In early 2012 he took two cases of the most well-known human rights activists in Saudi Arabia. At this time he also represented other human rights activists, and many detainees’ families began to approach him for help. He soon became well-known in the Kingdom’s mainstream and left Saudi Arabia for the United States. Mr. Al Hussan holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from King Saud University in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a Master of Law –(LL.M) from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. As Visiting Scholar, Mr. Al Hussan is responsible for the Arabian Peninsula program of the CCD.