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2011 Speakers

Zaffar Abbas
Zaffar Abbas
Editor-in-Chief, Dawn, Pakistan

Mr. Zaffar Abbas is editor-in-chief of Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper. With over thirty years of experience in journalism, Mr. Abbas has covered events extensively in Pakistan as well as other countries such as India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. He started his journalism career in 1981 as a junior reporter for a Karachi-based newspaper, The Star. In 1988 he moved to the Herald, a prestigious Pakistani monthly magazine, as one of its main investigative reporters. He then shifted to Islamabad to join the BBC World Service as one of its Pakistan correspondents. Mr. Abbas is a keen follower of both Pakistani and regional politics and has been reporting on the insurgency and civil war in Afghanistan from the days of the Soviet occupation and the post 9/11 policies and developments in the region, particularly the resultant rise in Islamic militancy in Pakistan.

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Stéphane Abrial
Stéphane Abrial
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO

The North Atlantic Council appointed General Stéphane Abrial as supreme allied commander transformation in July 2009. He served as a flight commander in a unit of the German Luftwaffe from 1981 to 1984 and with a unit of the Greek Air Force in 1988. He served as commander of the French Air Force’s 5th Fighter Wing during Operation Desert Storm. From 1996 to 1999, he served at the NATO International Military Staff in Brussels. He completed several appointments in the private offices of the French prime minister and president, and went on to serve as head of the French air defense and air operations command, and finally as Air Force chief of staff from 2006 to 2009. General Abrial is a graduate of the French Air Force Academy; the U.S. Air War College, Montgomery, Alabama; and of the French Institute for Advanced Studies in National Defense.

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Said Abd Al-Rahman Ahmad Abu-Ali
Said Abd Al-Rahman Ahmad Abu-Ali
Minister of the Interior, Palestinian National Authority

The Honorable Said Abu-Ali is minister of the interior of the Palestinian National Authority. Previously, he was minister of interior and national security and governor of the cities of Ramallah and Nablus. He also served as director of the Palestinian Planning Center “President’s Office.” Dr. Abu-Ali holds a Ph.D. in political science from Tunis University and a Ph.D. in in- ternational organizations from Toulouse University. He also has lectured on public law and international relations at Al-Azhar University, Jerusalem University and Beir-Zeit University.

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Mohammed Abu Luhoum
Mohammed Abu Luhoum
Head, Justice and Building Party, Yemen

Mr. Mohammed Abu Luhoum is head of the Justice and Building Party in Yemen, which he helped establish in 2011. He resigned from the General People’s Congress (GPC), Yemen’s ruling party, on March 18, and joined the Youth Revolution. Sheikh Abu Luhoum served as head of the Foreign Relations Department at the GPC from 2004 until 2007. Between 1990 and 1993, He served as a member of Parliament in Yemen’s first parliament after the unification and founded the Republican Party of Yemen in 1991. Over the years, Sheikh Abu Luhoum has served as chairman of various committees, focusing on the economy and development, and was director for bilateral relations at the Ministry of Development. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University.

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Nazanin Afshin-Jam
Nazanin Afshin-Jam
President and Co-Founder, Stop Child Executions

Ms. Nazanin Afshin-Jam is an award-winning international human rights and democracy activist, public speaker and president and co-founder of Stop Child Executions. After a successful campaign to save a teenage girl on death row in Iran, she founded Stop Child Executions to help put an end to executions of juveniles worldwide. Ms. Afshin-Jam currently serves on the board of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation through an appointment from the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada to help eliminate racism and discrimination. As Miss Canada and 1st runner up at Miss World, she raised awareness and funds for various charitable organizations for suffering people and animals. She graduated with a B.A. in international relations and political science from the University of British Columbia and has an M.A. in diplomacy with a concentration in international conflict management from Norwich University.

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Mobashar Jawed Akbar
Mobashar Jawed Akbar
Editorial Director, India Today

Mr. Mobashar Jawed Akbar is editorial director of India Today and Headlines Today. Since 1971, Mr. Akbar has worked as a journalist for several publications, including the Times of India, Sunday, The Telegraph, The Asian Age—which he founded—and Deccan Chronicle. In 2010, he launched The Sunday Guardian, Delhi’s first Sunday newspaper. He also served in the Indian Parliament from 1989 to 1991 and worked as an as advisor in the Ministry of Human Resources. Mr. Akbar served as a visiting fellow on the Brookings Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World. He holds a B.A. in English from Presidency College, Calcutta.

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Payam Akhavan
Payam Akhavan
Associate Professor, McGill University

Dr. Payam Akhavan is a professor of international law at McGill University and was previously a senior fellow at Yale Law School. Dr. Akhavan was the first legal advisor to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda at The Hague; served the United Nations in Cambodia, Guatemala, and East Timor; and appeared in leading cases before international courts. He also founded the Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre and in 2005 was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. Dr. Akhavan holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. His publications include Beyond Impunity and Reducing Genocide to Law.

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Hakan Altinay
Hakan Altinay
Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Mr. Hakan Altinay is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, where he works on questions of constituency building and normative frameworks for enhanced global cooperation and governance. In his book, Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights in an Interdependent World, Mr. Altinay and others argue that the web of cross-border interactions and interdependencies have become too thick to manage without a draft global social contract. In 2009, he was a World Fellow at Yale University. He was also the founding executive director of the Open Society Institute and the Open Society Foundation in Turkey, where he is currently the chairman of the board.

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Antony Bertram Anderson
Antony Bertram Anderson
Chief of Defence Staff, Jamaica Defence Force

Major General Antony Bertram Anderson was appointed chief of defence staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in October 2010. Prior to this appointment, Major General Anderson served for two years as deputy chief of defence staff with responsibility for force strategy, operational policy, planning and development, national security strategy coordination and the implementation of the Strategic Defence Review. In 2006, he oversaw the CARICOM Operations Planning and Coordinating Staff, an organization formed to develop the regional security plans for the ICC Cricket World Cup. He holds a bachelor’s in engineering and a master’s in defense administration from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. He is a graduate of the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College and the US Army Command and General Staff College.

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James Appathurai
James Appathurai
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, NATO

Mr. James Appathurai was appointed deputy assistant secretary general (DASG) for NATO in December 2010. As DASG, he is responsible for NATO’s political relations with countries across the globe, international organizations, enlargement, arms control, and defense and security economics. As the Secretary General’s special representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, he is responsible for carrying forward the Alliance’s policy in these two strategically important regions. Mr. Appathurai previously served as NATO’s spokesperson from 2004 to 2010. Previously, he served as deputy head and senior planning officer in the Policy Planning and Speechwriting Section of NATO’s Political Affairs Division from 1998 to 2004. He served in the Canadian Department of National Defence from 1994 to 1998.

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Shlomo Avineri
Shlomo Avineri
Professor of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Shlomo Avineri is professor of political science at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a graduate of Hebrew University and the London School of Economics, and served as director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He held visiting appointments at Yale, Cornell, University of California, Cardozo School of Law, Australian National University, Oxford and Northwestern University; and has been a fellow at The Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Institute for World Economy and International Relations, and Collegium Budapest. In 1996, he received the Israel Prize, the country’s highest civilian decoration.

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Ehud Barak
Ehud Barak
Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister, Israel

The Honorable Ehud Barak is minister of defense and deputy prime minister of Israel. Mr. Barak served as prime minister of Israel from 1999 to 2001. He was appointed minister of internal affairs and minister of foreign affairs before his election to the Knesset and rise to leadership of the Labour party in 1996. Mr. Barak, a 35-year veteran of the Israeli Defense Force, served as chief and deputy chief of the Israeli Defense Force General Staff, head of Central Command, and head of the Military Intelligence Directorate and is the most decorated Israeli general. Upon his return to politics, Mr. Barak won leadership of the Labour party in 2007 and was appointed minister of defense. Mr. Barak is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Stanford University.

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Brook Barrington
Brook Barrington
Deputy Secretary of Defence (Policy and Planning), New Zealand

The Honorable Dr. Brook Barrington is deputy secretary of defence (policy and planning) in New Zealand. Dr. Barrington has had an extensive career in the New Zealand foreign ministry and diplomatic service, serving most recently as the New Zealand ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Prior to this appointment, he was the foreign policy and defence advisor in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and served as the deputy head of the New Zealand Mission to the European Union and consul-general to Belgium. Dr. Barrington has also worked in the Australia, Europe and Disarmament Divisions within the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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David Bercuson
David Bercuson
Director of Programs, Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute

Dr. David Bercuson is director of programs for the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. Dr. Bercuson has published in academic and popular publications on a wide range of topics specializing in modern Canadian politics, Canadian defense and foreign policy and Canadian military history. In 1988, he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and later appointed Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at The University of Calgary. In 1997, he was appointed special advisor to the Minister of National Defence on the future of the Canadian Forces. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

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Luvsanvandan Bold
Luvsanvandan Bold
Minister of Defense, Mongolia

The Honorable Luvsanvandan Bold was appointed minister of defense in September 2008. Previously appointed chairman of the Mineral Resources and Petroleum Authority of Mongolia, Mr. Bold has held leadership positions across the business and government sectors. He was elected to parliament and served as chair of the Parliamentary Committee on the Promotion of Foreign Investment from 1996 to 2000 before working as chairman of the Board of Governors at the Golomt Bank of Mongolia and president of the Mongolian Bankers Association from 2000 to 2005. Active in the NGO sector, Mr. Bold has been awarded the Order of the Polar Star in Mongolia and Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He is a graduate of the Trade Union University Bernau in Berlin, Germany.

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Charles Bouchard
Charles Bouchard
Combined Joint Task Force Commander, Operation Unified Protector, NATO

Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard is commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Unified Protector and deputy commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples. Previously, he was deputy commander of the Continental US North American Aerospace Defense Command Region at Tyndall Air Force Base and deputy commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command. Lieutenant-General Bouchard is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Staff School, the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, the National Strategic Studies Course, the Combined Forces Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, and the Senior Executives’ National and International Security Program at Harvard University. He holds a B.A. in political studies from the University of Manitoba.

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Davor Božinovic
Davor Božinovic
Minister of Defense, Croatia

The Honorable Davor Božinovic is minister of defense of Croatia. Mr. Božinovic previously served as state secretary for political affairs and special envoy of the Croatian Prime Minister for southeastern Europe. During his diplomatic career, Ambassador Božinovic has held several positions, including state secretary for European integration, ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to NATO and Serbia and Montenegro, and chief of staff of the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia. He frequently gives lectures at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. Ambassador Božinovic holds a B.A., M.A., Darrelland Ph.D. in political science from the University of Zagreb, with a focus on international relations and national security.

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Darrell Bricker
Darrell Bricker
Chief Executive Officer, Ipsos Public Affairs

Dr. Darrell Bricker is chief executive officer of Ipsos Public Affairs, which conducts corporate reputation and social research around the world. Dr. Bricker has a long history in social and corporate reputation research, as well as research for political campaigns. Prior to joining Ipsos Public Affairs, he was director of public opinion research in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. Dr. Bricker currently serves, by Ministerial appointment, as the Honorary Colonel of The Queen’s York Rangers, Canada’s most historic Regiment and is also on the Campaign Cabinet for Fort York, Toronto’s oldest military facility. Dr. Bricker holds a Ph.D. in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa, and B.A. and M.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.

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Joanisval Brito Gonçalves
Joanisval Brito Gonçalves
Senior Counselor on Foreign Affairs and Defense, Senate of Brazil

Dr. Joanisval Brito Gonçalves is a lawyer and a senior counselor on foreign affairs and defense in the Senate of Brazil and the only technical advisor on intelligence for the Brazilian Joint Committee on Intelligence Oversight. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Brasilia. Before serving in the legislative branch, he was an intelligence officer at the Brazilian Intelligence Agency. Dr. Brito Gonçalves is a lecturer on intelligence and security issues at the Brazilian War College, the Brazilian Army Military Intelligence School, the Navy’s Intelligence Center, the Air Force Intelligence Center and the Federal Police Directorate of Intelligence. In 2006, he was was a visiting fellow at the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies, at Carleton University in Ottawa.

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Ian Brodie
Ian Brodie
Strategic Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank

Mr. Ian Brodie is strategic advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC, where he works on G20 issues and the upcoming VI Summit of the Americas in Cartagena. He was previously chief of staff to Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, from 2005 to 2008. Prior to that he was the first executive director of the Conservative Party of Canada and also associate professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario.

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Peter Brodnitz
Peter Brodnitz
Principal, Benenson Strategy Group

Mr. Peter Brodnitz is a principal at the Benenson Strategy Group. He brings nearly two decades of research experience to his clients, providing strategic polling to heads of state on four continents, spearheading domestic political work at all levels, leading Fortune 500 corporate research, and working with nonprofits and strategic think tanks. In 2007, Mr. Brodnitz was named Pollster of the Year, the industry’s top honor, for his work on the upset victories for Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia in 2005 and Senator Jim Webb in 2006. In 2008, he guided Democratic candidates to successfully gain control of Republican-held seats in both houses of Congress. On the state level, his analysis and strategy on behalf of the Campaign for a Moderate Majority’s independent expenditure effort in 2008 helped the Democrats gain seven seats in the Ohio state legislature.

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Leslie Campbell
Leslie Campbell
Senior Associate and Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa Programs, The National Democratic Institute

Mr. Leslie Campbell is senior associate and regional director for the Middle East and North Africa Programs at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Mr. Campbell has overseen expansion of NDI’s programs in the Middle East that furnish assistance with political, civic and governance reform and development throughout the Arab world. A frequent commentator on Middle East issues for major news outlets, he has also written several articles and papers on democracy in the Middle East. Mr. Campbell has been a guest speaker and lecturer at prestigious universities and the World Affairs Council. Mr. Campbell is a fellow of the Queens University Centre for the Study of Democracy in Kingston, Ontario and was previously chief of staff to the leader of the New Democratic Party in the Canadian House of Commons. Mr. Campbell holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and a B.A. from the University of Manitoba.

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Blaise Cathcart
Blaise Cathcart
Judge Advocate General, Canadian Armed Forces

Brigadier-General Blaise Cathcart is the judge advocate general of the Canadian Forces, which he first joined as a legal officer in the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) in 1990. Brigadier-General Cathcart has served in a number of positions within the Office of the JAG and has a breadth of knowledge and experience particularly in the area of operational law. He has provided legal advice on issues arising from domestic and international operations and has participated in many Canadian Force missions as a legal advisor including for the United Nation Peace Forces in the former Yugoslavia. He is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School (bachelor of law) and post-graduate studies (LLM) in public international law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Tom Clark
Tom Clark
Chief Political Correspondent, Global National News

Mr. Tom Clark is chief political correspondent for Global National News and host of Global Television’s weekly political program The West Block with Tom Clark. Mr. Clark has a long history of covering politics in Canada and has interviewed nearly every prime minister since Pierre Trudeau. In a previous role, he secured Canada’s first televised interview with a sitting U.S. President in over 30 years. Mr. Clark also hosted CTV’s daily political program Power Play with Tom Clark and served as senior correspondent for North America’s longest-running current affairs program, W-FIVE. Mr. Clark has reported from five war zones, most notably from southern Iraq in 2003.

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Steven Clemons
Steven Clemons
Senior Fellow, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation

Mr. Steven Clemons is senior fellow of the American Strategy Program, which he founded, at the New America Foundation. He previously served as executive vice president and remains actively involved in the direction of the American Strategy Program. Mr. Clemons is also Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor in chief of Atlantic LIVE. He has served as executive vice president of the Economic Strategy Institute, senior policy advisor on economic and international affairs to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and the first executive director of the Nixon Center. Prior to moving to Washington, Mr. Clemons served as executive director of the Japan America Society of Southern California and co-founded the Japan Policy Research Institute. Mr. Clemons serves on several boards and writes frequently on matters of foreign policy, defense, and international economic policy.

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Paul Cornish
Paul Cornish
Professor of International Security, University of Bath

Dr. Paul Cornish is professor of international security at the University of Bath. Previously, Dr. Cornish was Carrington Professor of International Security and head of the International Security Programme at Chatham House from 2005 to 2011, having been director of the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College London from 2002 to 2005. Professor Cornish has taught at the University of Cambridge and the Joint Services Staff College and has served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Army. He is a member of the Chief of the Defence Staff’s Strategic Advisory Panel. Dr. Cornish was educated at the University of St Andrews, the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge.

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Ron Covais
Ron Covais
Senior Partner, Détente Group

Mr. Ron Covais is a senior partner at the Détente Group with responsibilities in Détente Capital and Détente Strategies. Prior to Détente, Mr. Covais completed 41 years of international business and U.S. government experience in defense, aerospace, high technology, government relations and strategic planning. Most recently, he was vice president for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s International Business Development and was also president of Lockheed Martin’s Americas Region. He is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and served as political-military advisor to the assistant secretary of defense for international affairs and to the secretary of defense. His last active duty position was director and acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for inter-American affairs. He serves on the board of directors of a number of institutions including the Canadian American Business Council and Canada-US Fulbright Program. Mr. Covais received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, international affairs and business from St. John’s University in New York and Pepperdine University.

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P.S. Das
P.S. Das
Executive Council, Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, India

Vice Admiral P.S. Das retired from the Indian Navy in 1998 as commander-in-chief of the Eastern Naval Command. He was also chief of staff of the Eastern Naval Command, fleet commander of the Eastern Fleet, fortress commander of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and director general of the Defence Planning Staff. Since retirement, Admiral Das has served on the Executive Council of the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and the United Service Institute, two of the leading security and strategy think tanks in India. He is currently serving a third term in the Council of the IDSA. Admiral Das writes regularly for national newspapers and journals and has served as member of the National Security Advisory Board in the Office of the Prime Minister. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and holds an M.B.A.

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Pieter De Crem
Pieter De Crem
Minister of Defense, Belgium

The Honorable Pieter De Crem was appointed Belgium’s minister of defense in 2007. He has an extensive career in government and politics beginning in 1989 as an attaché in both the office of the former Belgian Prime Minister Wilfried Martens and the office of the former Minister of Defense Leo Delcroix in 1992. Later, Mr. De Crem became involved in municipal politics and was elected mayor of Aalter. He concurrently served as a member of the Belgian Parliament representing the Christian People’s Party and later under the Christian Democratic and Flemish (CDV) parliamentary party. In May 2003, he became CDV chairman and held this position until he took over his current responsibilities as minister of defense. Mr. De Crem holds an M.A. in romance philology from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and an LL.M. from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is also an officer in the Order of Leopold.

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Francis Delon
Francis Delon
Secretary General for National Defense, Office of the Prime Minister, France

Mr. Francis Delon was appointed secretary general for national defense in 2004. He previously served as president of subsection five of the Litigation Division of the Council of State from 1997 to 2004. Concurrently, he was president of the Appeal Committee of the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation, and a member of the Board of Directors of the French National Library. Mr. Delon was the principal chief of staff for the Minister of National Education, Higher Education, and Research, and previously served as director for international affairs and cooperation at the Ministry of National Education as well as being its senior civil servant for defense issues. From 1988 to 1994, Mr. Delon held the position of first counselor and legal adviser at the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations in New York. He graduated from ENA, France’s school of public management.

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Raghida Dergham
Raghida Dergham
Columnist and Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Al Hayat

Ms. Raghida Dergham is columnist and senior diplomatic correspondent for the London-based Al Hayat, the leading independent Arabic daily. She writes a regular weekly strategic column on international political affairs. Ms. Dergham is also a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum, composed by 100 of the most respected and influential media figures worldwide and was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in 2011. She served as a political analyst for NBC, MSNBC and the Arab satellite LBC for 8 years. Ms. Dergham is in the State University of New York’s Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Alumna and received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 2003.

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Gary Doer
Gary Doer
Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America

The Honorable Gary Doer assumed his responsibilities as Canada’s 23rd representative to the United States in October 2009. Prior to taking up his current position in Washington, Ambassador Doer served as premier of Manitoba for ten years. During that time, he worked extensively with U.S. governors to enhance Canada-U.S. cooperation on trade, agriculture, water protection, climate change and renewable energy. In 2005, he was named by Business Week magazine as one of the top 20 international leaders on climate change. His government introduced balanced budgets during each of his ten years in office while reducing many taxes, including a plan to eliminate small business tax. As premier, he led strategic investments in health care, education, and training and infrastructure.

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Helga Flores Trejo
Helga Flores Trejo
Nonresident Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Ms. Helga Flores Trejo is a foreign policy fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington and is the principal external relations advisor in Brazil for the Inter-American Development Bank. She also has served as executive director of the Heinrich Boell Foundation office in Washington. Prior to leading the Foundation in Washington, Ms. Flores Trejo worked in the Balkans as senior advisor for the Parliamentary Support Program at the Belgrade Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, where she directed a program to install parliamentary control and oversight of the military and security services in the region. Ms. Flores Trejo is an expert on foreign policy and climate and energy issues.

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Liam Fox
Liam Fox
Member of Parliament, United Kingdom

The Right Honourable Dr. Liam Fox was elected as a member of the British Parliament for North Somerset in 1992. In 1993, he was appointed parliamentary private secretary to Home Secretary Michael Howard and in 1994 assistant government whip and then senior government whip. Dr. Fox was a minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1996 to 1997, before his appointment as Opposition Front Bench spokesman on constitutional affairs. He also served as shadow secretary of state for health, shadow foreign secretary, and shadow secretary of state for defence. He was secretary of state for defence from May 2010 to October 2011. Dr. Fox studied medicine at the University of Glasgow, worked as a civilian army medical officer and served in the voluntary sector as a divisional surgeon for St Johns before working as a general practitioner.

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Amos Gilad
Amos Gilad
Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Israel

Major General (Ret.) Amos Gilad currently serves as director of policy and political military affairs at the Israeli Ministry of Defense as well as chair of security relations with regional and strategic partners. Prior to his discharge from the Israeli Defense Forces in 2003, he worked as coordinator of government activities in the territories (2001-2003); head of the Military Intelligence Research Division and responsible for the overall national intelligence assessment (1996-2001); and IDF spokesperson (1994-1996). Mr. Gilad holds a master’s degree in political science and national security studies from Haifa University in conjunction with the National Security College. He received two awards from the American Defense Establishment “Legion of Merits” and the DIA Director’s Award.

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Scott Gilmore
Scott Gilmore
Founder and Executive Director, Peace Dividend Trust

Mr. Scott Gilmore is a former diplomat and founder and executive director of Peace Dividend Trust (PDT), a social enterprise that builds markets and creates jobs in conflict-prone countries by championing local entrepreneurs and connecting them to new business opportunities and global markets. PDT’s hallmark project is the Peace Dividend Marketplace, which has redirected over $1.1 billion into the local economies of Afghanistan, Haiti, and Timor Leste and helped create over 120,000 jobs. PDT is now launching a new finance project that was awarded the G20 SME Challenge Prize by President Obama and Prime Minister Harper. Mr. Gilmore has been named one of 25 “Transformational Canadians,” awarded the Skoll Prize for Social Entrepreneurship, and designated by The Globe & Mail as a “Leading Thinker” on aid in the 21st century. Recently, the World Economic Forum honored him as a Young Global Leader.

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John K. Glenn
John K. Glenn
Policy Director, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Dr. John K. Glenn is policy director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a broad-based network of businesses and NGOs that supports U.S. global engagement through a “smart power” approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense. He is also adjunct faculty at The George Washington University’s Elliott School for International Affairs, where he teaches a graduate seminar on transatlantic relations. Dr. Glenn previously led Transatlantic Trends, an annual survey of foreign policy attitudes in the United States and Europe, while director of foreign policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and policy briefs and has appeared frequently in the media as a commentator on foreign policy.

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Marc Goodman
Marc Goodman
Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, University of Toronto

Mr. Marc Goodman is a senior fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies at the University of Toronto. He also serves as global security advisor and chair for Policy, Law and Ethics at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University, a NASA and Google sponsored educational venture dedicated to using advanced science and technology to address humanity’s grand challenges. Over the past twenty years, Mr. Goodman has built his expertise in next generation security threats such as cyber crime, cyber terrorism and information warfare working with organizations such as Interpol, the United Nations, NATO and the U.S. Government. He frequently advises industry leaders, security executives and global policy makers on transnational cyber risk and intelligence. Mr. Goodman’s current areas of research include the disruptive impact of advancing technologies—including artificial intelligence, social data, robotics, virtual reality, synthetic biology, genomics, location-based services and ubiquitous computing—on geopolitical affairs.

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Camille Grand
Camille Grand
Executive Director, The Foundation for Strategic Research

Dr. Camille Grand has been the executive director of the Foundation for Strategic Research, the leading French think tank on defense and security, since September 2008. Prior to this assignment, he was deputy director for disarmament and multilateral affairs in the directorate for strategic, security, and disarmament affairs of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. Dr. Grand was previously the deputy diplomatic adviser to French Defense Minister Mrs. Alliot-Marie. He also served as an expert on nuclear policy and nonproliferation in the Strategic Affairs Department of the French Ministry of Defense. Dr. Grand has taught graduate courses in international and security affairs at Sciences Po Paris and at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. Dr. Grand primarily focuses on current strategic affairs, including European security, nuclear policy, nonproliferation, and disarmament.

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Joseph Hall
Joseph Hall
Halifax International Security Forum

Based overseas for 15 years, Mr. Joseph Hall has returned to the U.S. to join the leadership of Halifax International Security Forum. Mr. Hall most recently served as senior advisor for the Middle East and North Africa and senior director for Lebanon for the National Democratic Institute in Beirut. Since 1997, he has provided strategic advice to civic organizations and political parties throughout the Middle East, West Africa and the former Soviet Union and has conducted election observation and civic programs in the West Bank and Gaza, Azerbaijan, Sierra Leone, Egypt and Lebanon. Mr. Hall opened the first NDI office in Cairo in 2005 and had the privilege to be in Cairo in January and February of 2011. He has more than 30 years experience in nonprofit management and fundraising and has served on the boards of directors of national advocacy organizations and philanthropic institutions in the U.S. and abroad. He maintains a home in Washington, DC and in the mountains of Lebanon.

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Michael Hastings
Michael Hastings
Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone

Mr. Michael Hastings is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone. He regularly covers international affairs and politics for the magazine, including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. In 2011, he was awarded the George Polk Award for journalism. Mr. Hastings started his career at Newsweek in 2002 and in 2005 became Newsweek’s Baghdad correspondent, the youngest in the magazine’s history. His work has appeared in several publications including GQ, Men’s Journal, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. In 2009, his story “Obama’s War,” published in GQ, was selected for the Best American Political Writing 2009 anthology. He is the author of I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story and the upcoming book, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan.

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James Hoge
James Hoge
Human Rights Watch

Mr. James Hoge serves as chairman of Human Rights Watch. Mr. Hoge is the former editor ofForeign Affairs. During his 18 years as editor, Foreign Affairs more than doubled its circulation to an all-time high of 161,000 and also launched editions in Spanish, Japanese and Russian. Prior to joining Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hoge spent three decades in newspaper journalism as a Washington correspondent, then editor and publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and finally as publisher of theNew York Daily News. Mr. Hoge has been a fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Freedom Forum Media Center at Columbia University. He has also been on the American Political Science Association’s Congressional program. He is the former chairman of the International Center for Journalists and a director of the Center for Global Affairs at NYU.

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Gerald Howarth
Gerald Howarth
Minister for International Security Strategy, Ministry of Defense, United Kingdom

The Honorable Gerald Howarth was appointed parliamentary under secretary of state for the Ministry of Defence with the title of minister for international security strategy. From 1971-1983, he worked in international banking with his last appointment as manager of syndicated lending at Standard Chartered Bank. From 1983-1992, he served as Conservative member of Parliament for Cannock & Burntwood during which time he was PPS to Michael Spicer at the Department of Energy and from 1991-1992 PPS to Margaret Thatcher. In 1997 he was elected member of Parliament for Aldershot and served on the Home Affairs Select Committee and the Defence Select Committee. From 2002-2010, he served as a shadow defence minister with responsibility for defence procurement and the Royal Air Force. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Southampton, where he also served with the university air squadron.

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Swanee Hunt
Swanee Hunt
Institute for Inclusive Security

The Honorable Swanee Hunt chairs the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security. During her tenure as U.S. ambassador to Austria (1993–97), she hosted negotiations and symposia focused on securing the peace in the neighboring Balkan states. Ambassador Hunt is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the president of Hunt Alternatives Fund. Ambassador Hunt has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR, and written for publications includingForeign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of Half-Life of a Zealotand This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace.

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Heather Hurlburt
Heather Hurlburt
Executive Director, National Security Network

Ms. Heather Hurlburt is executive director of the National Security Network. Previously, Ms. Hurlburt ran her own communications and strategy practice, working on global and political issues. From 1995-2001, she served in the Clinton Administration as special assistant and speechwriter to the President, speechwriter for Secretaries of State Albright and Christopher, and member of the State Department’s Policy Planning staff. She has also worked for the International Crisis Group, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Congressional Helsinki Commission. She is a senior advisor to the U.S. in the World Project of Dēmos and comments frequently in print and new media. Ms. Hurlburt holds a B.A. from Brown University and M.A. from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.

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Masafumi Ishii
Masafumi Ishii
Ambassador for Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

The Honorable Masafumi Ishii is the ambassador for policy planning and international security policy and deputy director-general in the Foreign Policy Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A career member of the Ministry, he joined the Foreign Service in 1980 and has since served in a number of positions, including director of the Planning Division, director of The Second Southeast Asian Division, and private secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Mr. Ishii was posted in Japan’s embassies in Washington and London, serving in both as minister and head of the political section. He holds a degree in law from the University of Tokyo.

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Oscar Izurieta
Oscar Izurieta
Undersecretary of Defense, Chile

The Honorable Oscar Izurieta was appointed undersecretary of defense of Chile on March 25, 2010. An infantry officer, Mr. Izurieta completed 41 years of service in the Army, serving as its commander in chief during 2006 and 2010. After serving as director of the Military Academy between 1995 and 1997, he served as military attaché in Great Britain in 1998 and as chief of the Chilean Army Mission in the United States in 1999. He holds a master’s degree in military science from the Catholic University of Chile. He has written numerous articles related to strategy and international relations and is co-author of the book, The Peruvian-Chilean Contemporary Bilateral Relations: A Realistic Approach.

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Bruce Jackson
Bruce Jackson
Founder and President, Project on Transitional Democracies

Mr. Bruce Jackson is the founder and president of the Project on Transitional Democracies, a multi-year endeavor aimed at accelerating the pace of reform in post-1989 democracies and advancing the date for the integration of these democracies into the institutions of the Euro-Atlantic. From 1979 to 1990, Mr. Jackson served in the United States Army as a military intelligence officer. He also worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and served as a vice president for strategy and planning at Lockheed Martin Corporation. Mr. Jackson also served as president of the U.S. Committee on NATO. He has been recognized for his work on democratic change and European integration by numerous governments and has written extensively on the engagement of Russia and Eastern European democracies by the EU and the US.

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David C. Jacobson
David C. Jacobson
Embassy of the United States of America, Canada

The Honorable David C. Jacobson was sworn in at the State Department in Washington, D.C. as U.S. ambassador to Canada in September 2009. Most recently, Ambassador Jacobson served as special assistant to the President for presidential personnel. Before serving in the White House, he spent 30 years in the areas of complex commercial, class action, securities, insurance and business litigation as a partner at the law firm Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP. While working as a partner, Ambassador Jacobson also founded AtomWorks, an organization to bring together corporate, civic and academic leaders to foster nanotechnology in the Midwest. He also served as a member of CEOs for Cities, an alliance of mayors, corporate executives, university presidents and nonprofit leaders organized to advance the economic competitiveness of cities. Ambassador Jacobson received a J.D. from Georgetown University and B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

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Charles H. Jacoby, Jr.
Charles H. Jacoby, Jr.
North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command

General Charles H. Jacoby, Jr. is the commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base. A 1978 West Point graduate, he holds an M.A. in history from the University of Michigan. He has commanded at the platoon, company, battalion, joint task force, corps, and U.S. Army Alaska levels, and has been the commanding general of the Multi-National Corps-Iraq and deputy commanding general of the Combined Joint Task Force-76 and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Prior to his current assignment, General Jacoby was director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J5) of The Joint Staff at the Pentagon.

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Ramin Jahanbegloo
Ramin Jahanbegloo
Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo is professor of political science at the University of Toronto and a research fellow in the university’s Centre for Ethics. He is a member of the advisory board of PEN Canada and winner of the Peace Prize from the United Nations Association in Spain for his extensive academic works in promoting dialogue between cultures and his advocacy for non-violence. In April 2006 Dr. Jahanbegloo was arrested at the Tehran Airport, charged with preparing a velvet revolution in Iran; he was placed in solitary confinement for four months and released on bail. He is the author of twenty books, including Conversations with Isaiah Berlin; Iran: Between Tradition and Modernity; The Spirit of India; and Civil Society and Democracy in Iran.

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Said Tayeb Jawad
Said Tayeb Jawad
Chief Executive Officer, Capitalize LLC

The Honorable Said Tayeb Jawad is the chief executive officer of Capitalize LLC, a firm specializing in the investment, security and political environments of Afghanistan and the greater Gulf region. Ambassador Jawad serves as a diplomat in residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies as well as the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a global political strategist with APCO Worldwide and serves as chairman of the Foundation for Afghanistan, a non-profit organization dedicated to building human capital in Afghanistan. He previously served as ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia as well as chief of staff to the president of Afghanistan.

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Ljubica Jelušič
Ljubica Jelušič
Minister of Defense, Slovenia

Dr. Ljubica Jelušič became the first female minister of defense of Slovenia in 2008. She has taught at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana in the area of defense studies, peace studies, civil-military relations, anthropology of war and peacekeeping operations. In cooperation with the Slovenian Armed Forces, she participated in senior and general staff military education and training at the Command and Staff School. Previously, she was vice dean for research at the Faculty of Social Sciences and chair of the Defense Studies Department. She also received the rank of lieutenant within the Territorial Defence of the Republic of Slovenia. Dr. Jelušič graduated with honours in international relations and defense studies at the then Faculty of Sociology, Political Science and Journalism and earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in defense studies with a thesis on the legitimacy of the military.

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Suat Kınıklıoğlu
Suat Kınıklıoğlu
Director, Center for Strategic Communication, Turkey

The Honorable Suat Kınıklıoğlu is a member of the Justice and Development Party’s Central Executive Committee and director of the Center for Strategic Communication in Turkey. From 2007 to 2011, he served as a member of Parliament and the party’s deputy chairman of external affairs. Mr. Kınıklıoğlu was spokesman of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and chairman of the Turkey-US Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group. Mr Kınıklıoğlu is currently a columnist for Today’s Zaman, an English-language daily. He was founding director of the German Marshall Fund office in Ankara. Mr Kınıklıoğlu began his career as liaison officer in the Turkish Air Force in 1986. He earned a B.Sc. in electronics from the Turkish Air Force Academy, B.A. in political science from Carleton University in Canada, and M.A. in international relations from Bilkent University in Ankara. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Keele University in the U.K.

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Kathleen Koch
Kathleen Koch

Ms. Kathleen Koch is an award-winning broadcast journalist and a former CNN correspondent based in Washington, D.C. Her two documentaries on Bay St. Louis’s recovery received a New York Festivals Gold Medal. She also shared in the Peabody Award that CNN won for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Ms. Koch began her television career as a reporter and weekend anchor for the ABC affiliate WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi. She spent 18 years at CNN covering the White House, the Pentagon, Capitol Hill and aviation. Ms. Koch currently serves on the USM School of Mass Communications and Journalism Advisory Board and on Rotary International’s 2010-2011 Alumni Advisory Committee.

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David J. Kramer
David J. Kramer
President, Freedom House

Mr. David J. Kramer is president of Freedom House. Prior to joining Freedom House in October 2010, Mr. Kramer was a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and an adjunct professor at the Elliott School for International Affairs at The George Washington University. He also served as assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor from March 2008 to January 2009 and was a deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs. Mr. Kramer also was a professional staff member in the secretary of state’s Office of Policy Planning, senior advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, and executive director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy in Washington. He received his M.A. in Soviet studies from Harvard University and B.A. in Soviet studies and political science from Tufts University. He currently serves as secretary of the board of Halifax International Security Forum.

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Ján Kubiš
Ján Kubiš
Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

The Honorable Ján Kubiš is the executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, appointed by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in December 2008. Mr. Kubiš served as minister for foreign affairs of Slovakia from 2006 to January 2009, as chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from 2007 to 2008, and as secretary general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe from 1999 to 2005. Mr. Kubiš also was the European Union’s special representative for Central Asia, the personal representative of the chairman-in-office of OSCE for Central Asia, and the director of OSCE’s Conflict Prevention Centre. From 1998 to 1999, he was special representative of the secretary-general for Tajikistan and head of the United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan. He is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

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Peter MacKay
Peter MacKay
Minister of National Defence, Canada

The Honorable Peter MacKay was first elected as a member of Parliament in Canada in 1997. He was re-elected in his northern Nova Scotia constituency in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. On May 18, 2011, Mr. MacKay was reappointed as minister of national defence. He also serves as regional minister for Nova Scotia. In May 2003, he was elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. In March 2004, following the unification of the Progressive Conservative Party and the Canadian Alliance Party, he was named deputy leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Prior to his most recent appointment, Mr. MacKay served as foreign affairs minister and minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. He holds an arts degree from Acadia University, studied law at Dalhousie University, and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 1991.

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John McCain
John McCain
Senator, United States; Co-Chair, Halifax International Security Forum Congressional Delegation

The Honorable John McCain is a Republican Senator of the state of Arizona. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986. Senator McCain attended college at the United States Naval Academy and launched a 22-year career as a naval aviator upon his graduation. Senator McCain’s last Navy duty assignment was to serve as the naval liaison to the United States Senate. He retired from the Navy in 1981. His naval honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1982, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, serving until his election to the U.S. Senate. Senator McCain is currently the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He also serves on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and the Committee on Indian Affairs.

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Richard McGregor
Richard McGregor
Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times

Mr. Richard McGregor is Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times, leading the newspaper’s coverage of American politics and managing its DC-based team of reporters. Previously, Mr. McGregor served as the FT’s deputy news editor in London, as well as Beijing bureau chief and Shanghai correspondent. Prior to joining the FT, he was the chief political correspondent and China correspondent for The Australian. He has also reported for the International Herald Tribune, the BBC and the Far Eastern Economic Review. He has won numerous awards throughout his nearly two decades of reporting from north Asia and is author of The Party; The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers (2010). Mr. McGregor was born in Australia and graduated from Sydney University.

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Jeanne Meserve
Jeanne Meserve
Member, George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, and the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Advisory Group

Ms. Jeanne Meserve is a member of the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute and the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Advisory Group. An award-winning journalist, Ms. Meserve was a CNN anchored and served as the homeland security correspondent following September 11 covering a broad array of stories about terrorism, law enforcement, security and preparedness. On the ground in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, she was the first to report on the devastating flooding inundating portions of the city. CNN’s coverage of the storm and its aftermath won a Peabody Award. Ms. Meserve received a B.A. in English Literature from Middlebury College.

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Song Min-soon
Song Min-soon
Member, National Assembly, South Korea

The Honorable Song Min-soon is a member of the National Assembly of South Korea. He previously served as minister of foreign affairs and trade in the administration of President Roh Moo-Hyun from 2006 to 2008 and prior to that as his national security advisor. Mr. Song was chief negotiator in the Six Party Talks when the September 19 Joint Statement was adopted in 2005. A career diplomat, Mr. Song participated in numerous negotiations, including the Korean Peace Talks in Geneva and the 1st Inter-Korean Defense Ministers’ Talks, and he negotiated the Status of Forces Agreement between the United States and Korea. Song was elected to the National Assembly in June 2008 and currently serves on the Foreign Affairs, Trade & Unification Committee. He has a B.A. in German literature from Seoul National University.

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Alireza Nader
Alireza Nader
International Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation

Mr. Alireza Nader is an international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and author of Next Supreme Leader: Succession in the Islamic Republic of Iran (2011). His research has focused on Iran’s political dynamics, elite decision-making, and Iranian foreign policy. His RAND publications include “What do Iranians Think? A Survey of Attitudes on the United States, the Nuclear Program, and the Economy;” Iran’s Balancing Act in Afghanistan;” and “Saudi-Iranian Relations Since the Fall of Saddam: Rivalry, Cooperation, and Implications for U.S. Policy.” His commentaries and articles have appeared in a variety of publications, and he is widely cited by the U.S. and international media. Prior to joining RAND, Mr. Nader served as a Middle East specialist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and as a research analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses.

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Walter Natynczyk
Walter Natynczyk
Chief of the Defence Staff, Department of National Defence, Canada

General Walter Natynczyk joined the Canadian Forces in August 1975. He attended Royal Roads Military College and Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean, graduating with a degree in business administration. In 1983, General Natynczyk assumed duties as a squadron commander at the Royal Military College of Canada. In 1994, he served with the United Nations in the former Yugoslavia as sector south-west chief of operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and then as chief of land operations. In June 1995, he was assigned to the vice chief of the defence staff within National Defence headquarters. He returned to Bosnia in 1998 as the Canadian contingent commander. He served as the deputy director of strategy, policy, and plans, and subsequently, as the deputy commanding general of the multi-national corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was named vice chief of the defence staff in June 2006 and was installed as chief of defence staff in July 2008.

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Eric S. Nonacs
Eric S. Nonacs
Vice President for Alliances and Partnerships, Skoll Global Threats Fund

Mr. Eric S. Nonacs is the vice president for alliances and partnerships at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Previously, Mr. Nonacs was the managing director for global affairs at Endeavour Financial, a merchant bank based in Vancouver, Canada. From 2002 until 2007, he was the foreign policy advisor to President Bill Clinton and the William J. Clinton Foundation. During his career, Mr. Nonacs has developed and implemented a broad array of programs globally on topics including sustainable development, conflict resolution, and corporate social responsibility.

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Dixon Osburn
Dixon Osburn
Director of the Law and Security Program, Human Rights First

Mr. Dixon Osburn is the director of Human Rights First’s Law and Security Program, which advocates for national security policies that respect the rule of law and human rights. Mr. Osburn has an extensive background in legal and policy advocacy, having spent fourteen years as executive director and co-founder of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, one of the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights and advocacy organizations. In that role, he is credited with significantly changing public opinion and reframing the debate over the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, leading to its repeal. He is also author of Making Giants Dance: Strategies and Social Change (publication pending), has published op-eds in major newspapers, and has appeared extensively on national television. Mr. Osburn received his JD/MBA from Georgetown University and AB from Stanford University.

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Leon Panetta
Leon Panetta
Secretary of Defense, United States

The Honorable Leon Panetta was sworn in as secretary of defense on July 1, 2011. From February 2009 to June 2011, Mr. Panetta served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Before joining CIA, he spent 10 years co-directing with his wife, Sylvia, the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University, Monterey Bay. In March 2006, he was chosen as a member of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan committee established at the urging of Congress to conduct an independent assessment of the war in Iraq. From July 1994 to January 1997, he served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and prior to that was director of the Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Panetta represented California’s 16th(now 17th) Congressional District from 1977 to 1993, rising to House Budget Committee chairman. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a law degree from Santa Clara University.

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Tom Perriello
Tom Perriello
Former Representative, United States Congress

The Honorable Tom Perriello is a former member of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress. After receiving his law degree from Yale University, he accepted an assignment working to end atrocities in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Representative Perriello also served as special advisor and spokesperson for the International Prosecutor and as a national security analyst for the Century Foundation. He helped found FaithfulAmerica.org and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, which bring together faith communities to fight for children’s health care, supporting a higher minimum wage, environmental stewardship, and responsible solutions in Iraq.

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Rafal Rohozinski
Rafal Rohozinski
Principal, The SecDev Group

Mr. Rafal Rohozinski is a Canadian expert and practitioner in the fields of information security, cyber warfare, and the globalization of armed violence. He is a principal with The SecDev Group, a Canadian company with a global mission to engage with complex problems of insecurity and violence. Mr. Rohozinski was formerly the director of the Advanced Network Research Group at the University of Cambridge and a senior visiting fellow at the International Development Research Centre in Canada, where he developed conceptual approaches to studying the telegeography of conflict zones, including a case study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He currently serves as the chair of the advisory board of the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto.

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Gideon Rose
Gideon Rose
Editor, Foreign Affairs

Dr. Gideon Rose is the editor of Foreign Affairs. He served as managing editor of the magazine from December 2000 to September 2010. From 1995-2000 he was Olin Senior Fellow and deputy director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and from 1994-95 he served as associate director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. In 1986-87 he was assistant editor at The National Interest, and in 1985-86 held the same position at The Public Interest. He has taught American foreign policy at Columbia and Princeton universities.

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Runde Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Runde Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Mr. Daniel Runde is the director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Previously, Mr. Runde was head of the foundations unit for the Department of Partnerships & Advisory Service Operations at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. He also has served as the director of the Office of Global Development Alliances (GDA) at the U.S. Agency for International Development and worked for CitiBank and BankBoston in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mr. Runde received a master of public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College.

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Paul Salem
Paul Salem
Director, Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanon

Mr. Paul Salem is the director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon. He works and publishes on regional and international relations of the Middle East as well as issues of political development and democratization in the Arab world. Prior to joining Carnegie in 2006, Mr. Salem was the general director of the Fares Foundation, and from 1989 to 1999 he directed the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Lebanon’s leading public policy think tank. In 2002, he was a member of the Senior Review Committee for the United Nations Development Programme’s Arab Human Development Report. In 2006, he served as a member of the National Commission for Electoral Law Reform in Lebanon. He is a frequent commentator on television and radio on political issues relating to the Middle East and Arab world. Mr. Salem is the author of a number of books and articles on the Middle East and writes regularly in the Arab press.

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Randy Scheunemann
Randy Scheunemann
Foreign Policy and National Security Analyst

Mr. Randy Scheunemann is a foreign policy and national security analyst based in Washington D.C. Mr. Scheunemann regularly lectures on foreign policy and security issues. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Project for New American Century, Mr. Scheunemann serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Committee on NATO, the Project on Transitional Democracies, and the International Republican Institute. In 2002, he founded the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (CLI) to promote freedom for the Iraqi people. He served as pro bono president and executive director of CLI until its mission was completed in 2003. Mr. Scheunemann has served as a senior foreign policy advisor to Senators John McCain, Bob Dole and Trent Lott and was involved in Senate deliberations concerning the use of American military power in Somalia, the Korean peninsula, Iraq, Haiti and Bosnia.

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Ulrich Schlie
Ulrich Schlie
Director of Policy Planning, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany

Dr. Ulrich Schlie is a historian and director of policy planning at the Federal Ministry of Defense in Germany. Dr. Schlie has worked for the Federal Foreign Service and for the chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group. He also taught at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. From 2003- 2005, he was advisor to the prime minister of the state of Hessen. Dr. Schlie is the author of several books and articles on European history and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Atlantik Brücke, and the Politisch-Militärischen Gesellschaft. He is chairman of the board of the Carl Jacob Burckhardt Foundation in Vinzel, Switzerland. He studied in Erlangen, Bonn, and at the London School of Economics, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1992.

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Jeanne Shaheen
Jeanne Shaheen
Senator, United States

The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen is a Democratic Senator from New Hampshire. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008. Senator Shaheen earned a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi. She became the first woman elected governor of New Hampshire, serving three terms from 1997 to 2003. During her governorship, she led trade missions to Europe and later spent time in Nigeria, Armenia, and the Middle East as an election monitor for the National Democratic Institute. In 2005, she became the director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government. She currently serves on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and is chair of the European Affairs Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water and Power. Senator Shaheen is also a member of the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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Robin Shepherd
Robin Shepherd
Director, International Affairs, Henry Jackson Society

Mr. Robin Shepherd is director of international affairs at the Henry Jackson Society, the London based think tank. Previously, he was head of the Europe program at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He has held fellowships at numerous think tanks including the Woodrow Wilson International Institute for Scholars, the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Prior to entering the think tank world, he was a foreign correspondent, his last position being Moscow Bureau Chief for the Times of London. Mr. Shepherd writes for a variety of international publications and appears regularly in the international media. His most recent book is A State Beyond the Pale: Europe’s Problem with Israel.

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Mohammad Shtayyeh
Mohammad Shtayyeh
Minister, Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction

Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh is a member of the Palestinian Delegation to the Final-Status Talks with Israel and minister for the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction (PECDAR). He is a former minister of public works and housing. Dr. Shtayyeh has a decorated career in Palestinian public service. He has previously headed the Palestinian Delegation to the Multilateral Talks on Regional Economic Cooperation and served as secretary general of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission. In addition to official offices held, Dr. Shtayyeh was also president of the Palestinian Center for Regional Studies. He is president of the Board of Trustees of Arab-American University and vice president of the Board of Trustees of Al-Quds University. Dr. Shtayyeh received his Ph.D. in development studies from Sussex University in the United Kingdom.

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Anne-Marie Slaughter
Anne-Marie Slaughter
Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011, Dr. Slaughter served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, she was the dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law and Director of the International Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. Dr. Slaughter also served as the convener and academic co-chair, with Professor John Ikenberry, of the Princeton Project on National Security, aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States. She received a B.A. from Princeton, an M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard.

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Barb Stegemann
Barb Stegemann
Chief Executive Officer, The 7 Virtues Beauty, Inc.

Ms. Barb Stegemann is chief executive officer of The 7 Virtues Beauty, Inc., a company that began by sourcing essential oils distilled from legal crops of orange blossom and rose in Afghanistan as an alternative to the illegal poppy crop. She launched Afghanistan Orange Blossom Eau de Parfum in 2010, and in 2011 she launched the Vetiver of Haiti Eau de Parfum to help rebuild the economy of Haiti. Ms. Stegemann appeared on the CBC show Dragons’s Den in 2011 and went on to become the first woman from Atlantic Canada to land a venture capital deal on the show. She is the author ofThe 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen and holds degrees in sociology and journalism from the University of King’s College.

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Dragan Šutanovac
Dragan Šutanovac
Minister of Defense, Serbia

The Honorable Dragan Šutanovac was first appointed minister of defense of the Republic of Serbia in May 2007 and was reappointed the following year. He has served in the Serbian Parliament in several capacities since first being elected in 2000, including as assistant president of the Committee for Defense and Security and president of the Committee for Defense and Security. He was elected as a deputy in the Belgrade City Assembly in 2000 and 2004. In 2001, he was appointed assistant federal minister of interior, and in November 2000 special advisor in the Federal Ministry of Interior. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Belgrade.

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Tadae Takubo
Tadae Takubo
Vice President of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals

Dr. Tadae Takubo is professor emeritus at Kyorin University in Japan and vice president of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals. Dr. Takubo has worked as a journalist for Jiji Press, including as Washington bureau chief, and received the “Seiron Taisho” prize for excellence in journalism. He also has served as the dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, dean of the Graduate School for International Cooperation Study at Kyorin University, and guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He holds a Ph.D. in law from Keio University.

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Jonathan Tepperman
Jonathan Tepperman
Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

Mr. Jonathan Tepperman was appointed managing editor of Foreign Affairs in January 2011. Mr. Tepperman started his journalism career at Foreign Affairs as a junior editor before moving on to Newsweek International, where he was deputy editor in charge of Asia, Europe, Africa, and Middle East coverage, and then to EurasiaGroup, where he was managing editor and a director. He has written about international and local politics, books and ideas for a range of publications includingThe Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, The New Republic, and The American Prospect. Jonathan has a B.A. in English Literature from Yale University and law degrees from Oxford and New York University. He is currently vice chairman of the board of Halifax International Security Forum.

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Ishaan Tharoor
Ishaan Tharoor
Writer/Editor, TIME

Ms. Ishaan Tharoor is a writer-reporter at TIME’s headquarters in New York and editor of the Global Spin blog. After graduating from Yale, he joined TIME in 2006 at its Asia headquarters in Hong Kong and went on to report extensively on Asian geopolitics, traveling to, among other places, Maoist camps in Nepal, election rallies in the far south of the Philippines and to Mumbai in the aftermath of the 2008 terror attacks. He is an Indian by citizenship and a New Yorker by upbringing.

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Victor Toews
Victor Toews
Minister of Public Safety, Canada

The Honorable Victor Toews was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 2000. In 2006, Mr. Toews was appointed minister of justice and attorney general of Canada and in 2007 named president of the Treasury Board. Prior to his election to the House of Commons, he was active in Manitoba provincial politics. In 1995, he was elected as the member of the Legislative Assembly for Rossmere and was appointed minister of labour. From 1997 to 1999, he served as the attorney general and minister of justice for the Province of Manitoba. Mr. Toews practiced law with the Manitoba provincial Department of Justice from 1976 to 1991 and in 1987 was appointed director of constitutional law for the province. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991. Mr. Toews graduated from the University of Winnipeg and received his law degree from the University of Manitoba.

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Mark Udall
Mark Udall
Senator, United States; and Co-Chair, Halifax International Security Forum Congressional Delegation

The Honorable Mark Udall has represented Colorado in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives since 1999. Senator Udall’s assignments on the Armed Services, Energy and Natural Resources, Intelligence and Aging committees give him a platform to address issues important to Colorado, and he is known for reaching across party lines to solve problems. His work spans issues from creating wilderness areas in our national parks, to promoting Colorado’s aerospace and high-tech industries, and championing health care for workers and retirees from the nation’s nuclear weapons complex. This year, he introduced the Department of Defense Energy Security Act to spur the Pentagon’s renewable energy development to curb its reliance on oil, reducing costs and increasing troop safety. Senator Udall was born in Tucson, Arizona, graduating from Williams College in 1972, but he has spent his entire adult life in Colorado. An avid mountaineer, he was Outward Bound’s executive director for a decade. He now lives in Eldorado Springs with his wife Maggie Fox.

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Peter Van Praagh
Peter Van Praagh
President, Halifax International Security Forum

Mr. Peter Van Praagh is president of Halifax International Security Forum. Before being appointed president, Peter was senior director at the German Marshall Fund of the United States where he oversaw the creation and implementation of the Halifax International Security Forum, held each November in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Prior to joining GMF, Peter served as the senior policy advisor to the minister of foreign affairs of Canada. He served as deputy vice president of programs at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC, and country director for the National Democratic Institute both in the former Soviet Union and in Turkey. Peter is a graduate of University College, the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics.

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Julian Ventura
Julian Ventura
Undersecretary for North American Affairs, Mexico

The Honorable Julian Ventura, a career diplomat since 1990, was appointed undersecretary for North American affairs for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in September 2009. In Mexico, he has served as director-general for Asia-Pacific affairs; chief of cabinet to the secretary of external relations; and chief of cabinet to the undersecretary for Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and United Nations affairs. Abroad, he has served as deputy chief of mission in the Embassy of Mexico in the United States; alternate representative to the Organization of American States for political and Inter-American drug control affairs; political affairs officer in the Embassy of Mexico in Cuba; and alternate representative in the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the International Organizations in Vienna, Austria. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of British Columbia in Canada.

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Kurt Volker
Kurt Volker
Managing Director, International, BGR Group

The Honorable Kurt Volker is a managing director for BGR Group, where he seeks to build bridges between business and governments. Ambassador Volker is also a senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a member of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Advisory Group. He serves on the board of the Wall Street Fund and is a trustee of the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France. He was a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, with over 23 years of experience working on European policy under five U.S. administrations. He served as Ambassador to NATO, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, and acting senior director for European and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council. He holds a B.A. from Temple University and M.A. from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

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Paul von Maltzahn
Paul von Maltzahn
Executive Vice-President, German Council on Foreign Relations

Mr. Paul von Maltzahn is the executive vice-president of the German Council on Foreign Relations. In his 40 years of service, Mr. von Maltzahn has become a specialist in Middle Eastern affairs. After joining the German Foreign Service in 1970, he witnessed the outbreak of civil war in Lebanon, was stationed in Syria during the fight for survival of the Assad regime against the Muslim brotherhood and served in Algeria during the “October Revolution.” He also has served as German ambassador to Egypt, followed by three years in Iran, where he was part of the E3 and P5 +1 negotiations on the Iranian nuclear file. After serving three years in Indonesia, he volunteered for one year in Bagdad as his last posting. Mr. von Maltzahn holds a law degree from the University of Hamburg and studied political science at l’Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris.

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Jonathan Weisstub
Jonathan Weisstub
Head of New Partnerships, Infrastructure Ontario

Mr. Jonathan Weisstub is chairman of the board of Halifax International Security Forum. Mr. Weisstub also serves as head of New Partnerships for Infrastructure Ontario. Prior to this appointment, he led government wide expenditure management initiatives as assistant deputy minister and head of the program review secretariat within the Ontario Ministry of Finance. Jonathan also served as vice president of corporate affairs for Gabriel Resources, a TSX listed gold company. Prior to joining Gabriel Resources, he practiced with the law firm of Stikeman Elliott LLP in the area of securities and corporate law. Jonathan also served as senior policy advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, from 2004 – 2006. Jonathan has a B.A. from McGill University, a M.Phil in politics from Oxford University and a law degree from the University of Toronto.

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Michael Werz
Michael Werz
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Mr. Michael Werz is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where his work as member of the national security team focuses on the nexus of climate change, migration, and security and emerging democracies. Mr. Werz has been a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund where his work focused on transatlantic foreign policy and the European Union. He has held appointments as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and as a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. He is a graduate of Frankfurt University’s Institute for Philosophy and was professor at Hannover University in Germany. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s BMW Center for German and European Studies.

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Nancy Youssef
Nancy Youssef
Chief Pentagon Correspondent, McClatchy’s Newspapers

Ms. Nancy Youssef is chief Pentagon correspondent for McClatchy’s Newspapers, focusing her coverage on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and also serves as president of the Pentagon Press Association. Before covering the Pentagon, she spent four years covering the Iraq war, most recently as Baghdad bureau chief, served as a reporter for the Detroit Free Press, covering legal issues, and traveled throughout Jordan and Iraq for Knight Ridder, covering the Iraq war. She began her journalism career at the Baltimore Sun. She has won several awards for her work including the University of Virginia’s Lawrence Hall Award for Distinguished Journalism covering the Middle East. Ms. Youssef holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia and is currently working on a Master’s in security studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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Radwan Ziadeh
Radwan Ziadeh
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies

Dr. Radwan Ziadeh is a visiting scholar at the Dubai Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies in Syria and co-founder and executive director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C. He is also the managing editor of the Transitional Justice in the Arab World Project. Before that, Dr. Ziadeh was editor-in-chief of Tyarat magazine and secretary of the Syrian Organization for Transparency. Dr. Ziadeh has been one of the major players in the “Damascus Spring,” a period of intense debate about politics, social issues and calls for reform in Syria after the death of President Hafez al-Assad in 2000. He is a frequent political commentator and writes a bi-monthly op-ed for the leading Arab daily, Al-Hayat.

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Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
Distinguished Statesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Honorable Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg served as German minister of defense from 2009 to 2011 and minister of economics and technology from February 2009 to October 2009. As minister of defense, Mr. zu Guttenberg led the most significant structural reform to the German Bundeswehr since 1955, particularly leading the effort of transforming the Bundeswehr from a conscription-based army to an all-professional military. He also served as a member of the Bundestag from 2002 to 2011 and as a leading member of the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee from 2002 to 2008. As Distinguished Statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he leads a new transatlantic dialogue initiative in Washington, D.C. Mr. Zu Guttenberg has published numerous articles in national and international papers and magazines on foreign, economic and security policy.

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