Max Bluestein is currently the external affairs director for INTERPOL Washington. He is a policy and public affairs expert with leadership experience at the federal, local, and private sector levels, including at four U.S. Department of Homeland Security components and in the Intelligence Community. He served as the DHS Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic Communications during one of the most trying times in the Department’s history and was later detailed as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security. He also served as a Senior Advisor in Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention Policy at DHS and as an Assistant Director for Strategy, Policy, and Plans in Naval Intelligence. He received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia, his M.A. in Middle East Studies from Ben Gurion University in Israel and completed the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. His writing has been published in USA Today, Washington Post, and elsewhere and he has conducted extensive ghostwriting for Cabinet members and other government officials.