International Fellows

SFS International Fellows are national security experts from around the world, shaping the public debate and producing leading research and analysis on emerging threats. They provide tacit knowledge of the particular security situations in their home countries and regions, contributing to SFS’s unique bottom-up, on-the-ground perspective and global analysis.

International Fellows contribute to our Global Dispatch, a unique publication providing data and analysis of a variety of security challenges faced by free societies and their advocates worldwide. Through their local knowledge and expertise, International Fellows play a significant role in enhancing the global understanding of international events and crisis, bringing their insight and analysis to policymakers and the public in the United States.


Ricardo Neeb

International Fellow for  Chile

Ricardo E. Neeb is an International Fellow based in Santiago, Chile with the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS). Having served twelve years in Chile’s National Intelligence Agency (Agencia Nacional de Inteligencia-ANI), including four years as the chief of the counterintelligence division, Mr. Neeb has a distinguished career within Chile’s intelligence community.

During his tenure, Mr. Neeb ran the unit responsible for critical infrastructure, cybersecurity, and counter-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. A Naval Engineer from the Universidad Austral de Chile, with a Master of Science in Engineering (M.Sc.Eng) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro,

Mr. Neeb combines technical expertise with field experience to be one of the leading counter-proliferation experts in South America. He provides regular lectures at various seminars throughout Latin America and is a professor of Defense Studies at the Political Science Institute of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Fluent in four languages (Spanish, English, German, and Portuguese), Mr. Neeb now works in the private sector providing security for the largest utility company in Chile, Compañia General de Electricidad (CGE).


Candice Malcolm

International Fellow for Canada

Candice Malcolm is a writer, columnist and policy analyst.

She is an International Fellow with the Center for a Secure Free Society, where she hosts the Secure Free Podcast and helps spearhead an initiative exploring the future of North America. Candice also focuses on issues relating to the international political economy, particularly immigration, trade, and economic development. She is a Fellow at the Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute, writes a syndicated national column for Sun Media (the largest newspaper chain in Canada), and is a weekly columnist in the Toronto Sun.

Candice is the author of Generation Screwed, an Amazon best-selling book in the category of economics. The book blows the whistle on the long term effects of public debt and unfunded liabilities, while calling for greater intergenerational equity in Canadian public finances. She has spoken at events from coast to coast and presented to students at dozens of Canadian universities on the topic.

Candice completed a fellowship in Washington, DC with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. She has been a strategist and advisor to the Wildrose Party in Alberta, press secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in Ottawa, and the director of research at Sun Media. Most recently, she served as the Ontario director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, where she was the chief policy architect and spokesperson for the CTF in Ontario, authored several policy papers and reports, and testified multiple times before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs at Queen’s Park.

Candice has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta, a Master’s in International Relations, and a Master’s in International Trade and Commerce Law from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Candice is a ninth generation Canadian and loves to travel; she has visited over 70 countries and every continent except Antarctica. Candice now splits her time between Toronto and San Francisco, where she lives with her husband Kasra.


Photo-Headshot_Novikov_EvgueniEvgueni Novikov

International Fellow for Russia & Central Asia 

Evgueni Novikov, Ph. D. is an expert on Russia and Central Asia, as well as the Persian Gulf region.  Born in Kyrgyzstan to Russian parents, Dr. Novikov became fluent in Arabic and developed extensive on-the-ground experience in Islamic countries.  He received his Master’s degree in “Business and Foreign Trade in the Gulf States” from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and later received his doctorate on “The Politics and Economics of Arab Countries” from the Moscow Institute of Social Sciences.

With his combined education and experience, Dr. Novikov became a top expert on Islamic affairs for the Politburo of the Soviet Union.  His responsibilities ranged from instructing senior members of Islamic terrorist organizations on the theory and practice of socialism to advising Arab leaders on political affairs, international relations and trade issues.

Following his defection to the United States in 1988, Dr. Novikov served on the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College and of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany. He also served as an instructor for pro-democracy leaders from the then-newly independent nations of Central Asia.  Dr. Novikov was a broadcaster at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in charge of National Security programs and was later the Director of the International Terrorism project at the Jamestown Foundation.  He has written authoritatively and extensively on Central Asia and the Arab world, Islamic terrorism, Soviet and post-Soviet politics and foreign policy, and is the author of a number of articles and books, including: Central Asian Responses to Radical Islam published by the American Foreign Policy Council in 2006.

As a former professor at the Marshall Center, Dr. Novikov mentored several students from Central Asia and has helped them in their professional and personal development.  As a testament to Dr. Novikov’s leadership, some of his former Central Asian students are now influential officials in their home countries.  As of 2013, Dr. Novikov is a Senior Fellow for Russia and Central Asia at the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS).