“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Recanati-Kaplan Fellows share their professional experiences from Afghanistan to Paris and discuss the role of women in intelligence. From uncovering Benedict Arnold to providing actionable intelligence on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the role of women continues to change in a dynamic, threat-rich world.
Cynthia Epler is a Recanati-Kaplan Fellow from DIA where she serves as an expert on irregular warfare, systems targeting, and Islam in the Middle East and South Asia. She completed six deployments earning accolades as the advisor to the Commander of Allied Forces Afghanistan and most recently, enabled military operations countering ISIS. She earned her masters at the University of St. Andrews, while working for the Center for the Study of Political Violence and Terrorism. After graduating from Michigan, she taught overseas under the Fulbright program.
Cécile Caplin joined the French government 12 years ago as a political analyst on Afghanistan. Cécile served in the French Embassy in Kabul for a year and three years in Caracas, Venezuela. Cécile became adviser on Asia and the Americas. She holds a degree in political sciences and earned a master degree in international administration at the university Pantheon Assas in Paris. She speaks fluently French, English, Spanish and Italian.