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Guermantes Lailari

Guermantes Lailari is a retired USAF Foreign Area Officer specializing in the Middle East and Europe as well as counterterrorism, irregular warfare, and missile defense. He has studied, worked, and served in the Middle East and North Africa for over 14 years and similarly in Europe for six years. He has also worked and traveled in Asia.  He was a US Air Force Attaché in the Middle East, served in Iraq and holds advanced degrees in International Relations and Strategic Intelligence.  After retiring from the USAF, he worked as a contractor in variety of positions including for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD-SOLIC) Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) and managed a US forward based missile defense radar in the Middle East.  He researches authoritarian and totalitarian regimes that threaten the US, including examining strategies and policies to understand and respond to China, Russia, and Iran.

He was selected as a JPC Fellow in 2021 and is a 2022 Taiwan Fellow in Taipei.

Articles By Guermantes Lailari

Two Gun Cohen and Soong Ching-ling

November 21, 2022

She came from the most important 20th century Chinese family. Her name means “Lucky Years” and she, her two sisters, and her brother played a remarkable role in China’s history. All of them were children of Han Jin Shun (known as Charlie Soong), a Chinese Methodist. He made sure all of them were American educated. […]

CCP Leaked Invasion Plans for Taiwan and the South China Sea: The Threat of Unmanned Warfare

June 16, 2022

[Editor’s Note: Guermantes Lailari is a member of the JPC Board of Fellows. In the Winter 2022 edition of InFocus Quarterly, he wrote that the South China Sea was the next target of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) after Taiwan. This new article, based on information secretly recorded during a provincial level CCP-PLA meeting and […]

Dear Comrade Vlad – A Letter from Comrade Xi

April 3, 2022

Dear Comrade Vlad, The People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Communist Party and I were greatly honored to host you at the opening ceremony of the XXIV Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games in Beijing.  Your presence was greatly appreciated, and I was very glad that after many meetings prior to 4 February 2022 (a day […]