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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, as a 2022 Taiwan Fellow, and is continuing his research in Taiwan as a Visiting Scholar at National Chengchi University.

Articles By Guermantes Lailari

Balloon Warfare:
What is the CCP up to? Part II

February 24, 2023

As Chinese military balloon sightings continue, we decided to write a second article to provide additional details on the threat and what is means. We begin with examining probable reasons why the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force (PLAAF) continue to launch balloons and what kind of a threat they are to our national security. […]

Balloon Warfare: What is the CCP up to?

February 7, 2023

This article will discuss the potential intelligence and military threat that the CCP balloon poses to the US as well as the strategic implications that the balloon represents. “Lost in Space” According to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), a Chinese “lost” weather balloon / civilian airship (sixty feet across or three bus lengths) accidently flew […]

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. […]