August 25, 2021

CNAS Energy, Economics, and Security Programs Announces Three New Adjunct Fellows

Washington, August 25, 2021—The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce the expansion of its Energy, Economics, and Security (EES) program with the addition of three new Adjunct Senior Fellows: Michael Greenwald, Director at the investment firm Tiedemann Advisors; Dr. Go Myong-Hyun, Senior Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in South Korea; and Alex Zerden, Founder of Capitol Peak Strategies LLC.

“We’re thrilled to welcome three individuals with such diverse areas of expertise to the Energy, Economics, and Security program at CNAS,” said EES Program Director and Senior Fellow Emily Kilcrease. “Economic statecraft and sanctions are core pillars of our research agenda, and the contributions of Dr. Go, Alex, and Michael will be invaluable in developing innovative policy approaches in this critical area.”

Michael Greenwald is Director at Tiedemann Advisors, a multi-family office managing over $30B in assets. Greenwald served as the first U.S. Treasury attaché to Qatar and Kuwait under two presidential administrations and he was part of the U.S. Treasury team that crafted sanctions against Russia, ISIS, and Al-Qaeda. Mr. Greenwald is a speaker, author, and commentator on the global economy and digital currencies. He is also Deputy Director at the Trilateral Commission, a Non-Resident Senior Fellow and Advisor to the President and CEO at the Atlantic Council, and a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he publishes frequently. He holds a JD from Boston University School of Law, an MA from Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies and a BA in History from the George Washington University.

Dr. Go Myong-Hyun is a Senior Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, an independent, non-partisan thinktank based in Seoul. Previously, Dr. Go was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, Neuropsychiatry Institute. His research applies quantitative perspectives to traditional and non-traditional security issues. Dr. Go is widely cited by the international media on North Korea, with special focus on the economy, sanctions, and the regime’s long-term strategy. Dr. Go is a Munich Young Leader of Munich Security Conference 2015. He received his Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School and he holds an MA in Statistics and BA in Economics-Mathematics from Columbia University.

Alex Zerden is Founder and Principal at Capitol Peak Strategies LLC, a FinTech, digital asset, and emerging technologies advisory firm. Prior to the private sector, he worked across the U.S. government to protect the financial system from abuse and promote economic growth, including at the Treasury Department, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), White House National Economic Council, and Senate. From 2018-2019, Alex deployed to Afghanistan to lead the Treasury Department office at U.S. Embassy Kabul as a financial diplomat. Most recently, Alex served as Legal Counsel to Majority Whip James Clyburn on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. He has published and lectured extensively on issues involving anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT), economic sanctions, anti-corruption, cybersecurity, congressional oversight, and financial technology. Alex is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and a B.A. from Tufts University in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies.


  • Dr. Go Myong-Hyun

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy, Economics and Security Program, Senior Research Fellow, Asan Institute for Policy Studies

    Dr. Go Myong-Hyun is an Adjunct Senior Fellow for the Energy, Economics and Security Program. He is also a senior research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in S...

  • Alex Zerden

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy, Economics, and Security Program, Founder, Capital Peak Strategies

    Alex Zerden is the founder of Capitol Peak Strategies, a risk advisory firm based in Washington, DC. Capitol Peak works with leading financial institutions, companies and orga...

  • Michael Greenwald

    Member, CNAS Board of Advisors & Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy, Economics and Security, Global Head, Financial Innovation and Digital Assets & Head, Global Executive Relations, Amazon Web Services

    Michael B. Greenwald is the Global Head of Financial Innovation and Digital Assets at Amazon Web Services (AWS). He is also heads up Global Executive Relations for the company...