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2012 Speakers

Geneive Abdo
Geneive Abdo
Fellow, Middle East/Southwest Asia Program, Stimson Center

Ms. Geneive Abdo is a fellow at the Stimson Center in the Middle East and Southwest Asia program. She is formerly the director of the Iran Program at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC. Her current research focuses on contemporary Iran and political Islam. She is also writing a monograph on Shia-Sunni relations in the Arab world, which will be published in the spring of 2013 by the Brookings Institution. Ms. Abdo was formerly the liaison officer for the Alliance of Civilizations, a UN initiative under Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Abdo was a foreign correspondent. Her 20-year career focused on coverage of the Middle East and the Muslim world. From 1998-2001, Ms. Abdo was the Iran correspondent for the British newspaper The Guardian and a regular contributor to The Economist and the International Herald Tribune. Ms. Abdo is the author of No God But God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam (Oxford University Press, 2000) a work that documents the social and political transformation of Egypt into an Islamic society. She is working on a new edition to the book, which will be published by Oxford in the winter of 2013.

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Stéphane Abrial
Stéphane Abrial
Former Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO

General Stéphane Abrial was supreme allied commander transformation of NATO from 2009-2012. General Abrial 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 US Air War College, Montgomery, Alabama; and of the French Institute for Advanced Studies in National Defense.

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

Mr. Mohammed Abu Lahoum 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 Lahoum 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 Lahoum 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 BA and MA from The George Washington 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 US Policy Towards the Islamic World. He holds a BA in English from Presidency College, Calcutta.

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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 degree 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. Major General Anderson has also received the Order of Distinction, Commander Class for distinguished service to the Jamaica Defence Force.

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Derrick N. Ashong
Derrick N. Ashong
Former Host of the Stream, Ashong Ventures LLC

Mr. Derrick N. Ashong (DNA) is an experienced musician, broadcaster and digital media influencer. Mr. Ashong has carved out a unique niche as an expert in bridging the gap between old and new media. As former host of The Derrick Ashong Experience on SIRIUS XM’s Oprah Radio and Al Jazeera English’s cutting-edge, Emmy-nominated social media TV show, The Stream, he scooped some of the biggest social change stories around the world from the perspective of a new generation. Mr. Ashong is leader of critically acclaimed Afropolitan band Soulfège, and has been featured in major media including MTV Africa, NPR, the New York Times, Boston Globe and BBC World Service. He has lectured on five continents on the use of media and technology as tools for human development, has had numerous fellowships and is a member of the African Leadership Network. Born in Accra, Ghana, the Harvard educated talent was raised in Brooklyn, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and New Jersey.

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Carlos Augusto de Sousa
Carlos Augusto de Sousa
Chief of Strategic Affairs, Armed Forces Joint Staff, Brazil

Mr. Carlos Augusto de Sousa is a four-star admiral who is chief of strategic affairs of the Armed Forces Joint Staff. Previously, he served as deputy head of strategy of the Navy General Staff, director of the Department of Naval Personnel, and as coordinator of the Navy Acquisition and Modernization Programs. As a flag officer, he commanded the Sixth Naval District, the Second Fleet Division and the First Naval District. Among his three ship commands, Admiral Carlos Augusto was the first officer to command the newest Brazilian Navy acquisition in 1996, having commanded Frigate “Greenhalgh.” He has received the Defense Merit Order, the Naval Merit Order, the Military Merit Order and the Air Force Merit Order. He graduated from the Brazilian Naval Academy in 1972.

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Michael Auslin
Michael Auslin
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and Columnist, Wall Street Journal

Dr. Michael Auslin is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) for Public Policy Research in Washington DC, where he is a director in Asian and Security Studies. Prior to joining AEI, Dr. Auslin was associate professor of history at Yale University. Dr. Auslin is a prolific author and his books include the new release, Pacific Cosmopolitans: A Cultural History of U.S.-Japan Relations (Harvard University Press, 2011). Dr. Auslin received the Nakasone Yasuhiro Award for Excellence in 2010, and has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund, and an Asia 21 Fellow by the Asia Society, in addition to being a former Fulbright and Japan Foundation Scholar. He received a BSc from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a PhD in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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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. His op-ed articles have appeared in, among others, Ha’aretz, New York Times, Financial Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jordan Times, Daily Star (Beirut).

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James Baker
James Baker
Principal Deputy Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff

Prior to assuming the position as the Principal Deputy Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff, Jim was the Director of the Chairman’s Action Group (CAG) for the 17th Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen. In this capacity, he advised the Chairman on matters relating to the Chairman’s duty to provide best military advice and accompanied him to more than 30 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Jim has held leadership positions at three different military Research, Development and Test Centers and four staff tours in the Pentagon. He spent more than half of his military career in joint assignments, proud to serve with Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard officers at all levels.

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John Barrasso
John Barrasso
Senator, United States

Senator John Barrasso was sworn in to the United States Senate in 2007 having represented the people of Natrona County in the Wyoming State Senate.  He was then elected to the United States Senate on November 4, 2008.  Senator Barrasso has a long and recognized career in both medicine and public service. During 24 years as an orthopedic surgeon in Casper, Senator Barrasso served as President of the Wyoming Medical Society and was named Wyoming Physician of the Year. He also served as medical director of the Wyoming Health Fairs. Senator Barrasso serves on the Republican leadership team as the Chairman of the Senate Republican PolicyCommittee, as well as Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus. Additionally, he serves on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Indian Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He and his wife, Bobbi, live in Casper, Wyoming with their three children.

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Adam Blackwell
Adam Blackwell
Secretary of Multidimensional Security, Organization of American States

Adam  Blackwell  is a former  career  Canadian  diplomat.  He is  currently  the  Secretary  of  Multidimensional  Security  at  the  Organization  of  American  States  (OAS).   He held  the  position  of  Secretary  of  External  Relations  of  the  OAS,  until  August  2010,  and  prior  to  this,  he  was  the Assistant Secretary of Finance and Administration. From  2005  to  2006,  he  was  Director  General  of  Strategy  and  Services  in  the  Bilateral  Relations  Branch of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.  He  was  appointed  Ambassador  Extraordinary  and  Plenipotentiary  to  the  Dominican  Republic  in 2002  until  2005.  He  also  served  as  Consul  General  in  Mexico,  New  York  and  held  a  variety  of assignments in Africa. He first joined Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1980. He has participated in and led several elections observation missions for the OAS.

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Lincoln P. Bloomfield
Lincoln P. Bloomfield
Chairman, Henry L. Stimson Center

The Honorable Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr. is chairman of the Henry L. Stimson Center, a non-partisan security think tank in Washington DC. Ambassador Bloomfield was the US special envoy for man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) threat reduction from 2008-2009, and assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs from 2001-2005. Mr. Bloomfield previously served as deputy assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs (1992-93), deputy assistant to the vice president for national security affairs (1991-92), and principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs (1988-89). Mr. Bloomfield is founder and president of Palmer Coates LLC, senior advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, operating advisor at Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P., and chairman of Bell Pottinger Communications USA LLC. He graduated from Harvard College and received a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is a founding board member of Survivor Corps (formerly Landmine Survivors’ Network) and a senior advisor at CSIS. He is editor of Global Markets and National Interests: the New Geopolitics of Energy, Capital, and Information (Washington DC, CSIS Press, 2002).

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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. For his volunteer work with the military he has received a commendation from the Commander of the Army, and has been awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal. Dr. Bricker holds a PhD in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa, and a BA and MA from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.

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Brigadier General Shlomo Brom
Brigadier General Shlomo Brom
Senior Research Associate, Institute for National Security Studies

Brigadier General (ret.) Shlomo Brom, a senior research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies, joined the Jaffee Center in 1998 after a long career in the IDF. His most senior post in the IDF was director of the Strategic Planning Division in the Planning Branch of the General Staff. Brig. Gen. Brom participated in peace negotiations with the Palestinians, Jordan, and Syria, and in Middle Eastern regional security talks during the 1990s. He continued to be involved in Track 2 dialogues on these subjects after his retirement from the IDF. In 2000 he was named deputy to the National Security Advisor, returning to JCSS at the end of his post. In 2005-2006, Brig. Gen. Brom was a member of the Meridor committee established by the Minister of Defense to reexamine the security strategy and doctrine of the State of Israel. His primary areas of research are Israeli-Palestinian relations and national security doctrine.

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Sharon Burke
Sharon Burke
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, US Department of Defense

Ms. Sharon E. Burke is assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs. Previously, Ms. Burke was a vice president and senior fellow at the non-partisan and independent Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Ms. Burke has extensive previous US government service. She served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State, a country director in the Department of Defense’s Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, and a speechwriter to Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Secretary of Defense William Cohen. She started her career in the Energy and Materials program of the US Office of Technology Assessment, contributing to a multi-year study of energy in developing countries. Ms. Burke is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she focused on international energy policy and earned a Certificate of Middle Eastern Studies. At Columbia, she also was a Zuckerman Fellow, an International Fellow, and a recipient of a Foreign Language and Areas Studies grant for Arabic.

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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’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and a BA from the University of Manitoba.

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Cengiz Çandar
Cengiz Çandar
Journalist, Radikal

Mr. Cengiz Çandar is an expert on the Middle East and the Balkans and has worked for leading Turkish newspapers. Currently, he is the senior political columnist for the daily Radikal in Istanbul. From 1997 to 2011, he was a lecturer at Bilgi University in Istanbul. Between 1999 and 2000, he conducted research as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and was a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. Mr. Çandar served as special adviser to Turkish President Turgut Özal between 1991 and 1993.

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Pedro Cateriano Bellido
Pedro Cateriano Bellido
Minister of Defense, Peru

Mr. Pedro Cateriano Bellido has been the minister of defense of Peru since July 2012. He has 25 years of professional experience in the fields of law, government, education and business. Minister Cateriano is the director of external cooperation and a professor of constitutional rights at the University of Lima. He has worked for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, representing Peru in numerous high-profile cases as a lawyer. He was the vice minister of justice and a member of the Consultative Commission for the Ministry of Justice. Minister Cateriano also represents Peru in a committee of experts created as a follow-up mechanism to the Inter-American Convention against Corruption. He has served in the Congress of Peru and as a deputy for Lima. Minister Cateriano completed his doctoral studies at the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset in Madrid.

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Tom Clark
Tom Clark
Chief Political Correspondent, Global News

Mr. Tom Clark is chief political correspondent for Global 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 US President in over 30 years. Mr. Clark also hosted CTV’s daily political programPower 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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Steve Clemons
Steve Clemons
Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live

Mr. Steve Clemons is the editor at large for the Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He is also a 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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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 US Naval War College and holds an MBA.

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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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Neelam Deo
Neelam Deo
Director, Gateway House, Indian Council on Global Relations

The Honourable Neelam Deo is director and co-founder of Gateway House. She is currently a distinguished fellow with the Centre for Air Power Studies, advisor to The Climate Group, a consultancy for sustainable development, and sits on the board of Breakthrough, a human rights organization. A distinguished diplomat, Ambassador Deo has been the Indian ambassador to Denmark and Ivory Coast with concurrent accreditation to several West African countries. She has also served in Indian embassies in Washington DC, Bangkok and Rome. Her most recent assignment was as Consul General in New York. Her most exciting was liaison with the U.S. congress on strategic issues in Washington DC. During her assignments in the Ministry of External Affairs, she was joint secretary for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the Maldives. She has also been on the desk for South East Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East and North Africa and Bhutan. Ambassador Deo has a master’s degree from the Delhi School of Economics.

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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 eight years, and is founder and executive chairman of Beirut Institute, an independent and nonpartisan Arab think tank. 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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Robbie Diamond
Robbie Diamond
Founder, President and CEO, Securing America’s Future Energy

Mr. Robbie Diamond is the founder, president and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE). In 2006, he came together with Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, and General P.X. Kelley, 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps, to form SAFE’s Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), a group of prominent business leaders and retired senior military officers dedicated to combating our nation’s dependence on oil. Since then, SAFE and the ESLC have been at the forefront of the energy policy debate, successfully helping to shape legislation in 2007 and shepherd a new, comprehensive energy bill through the Senate Energy Committee in 2009. Mr. Diamond is also president and CEO of the Electrification Coalition, a nonpartisan group of business leaders committed to facilitating the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale to combat the economic, environmental and national security dangers caused by our nation’s dependence on petroleum.

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Safeen Muhsin Dizayee
Safeen Muhsin Dizayee
Leadership Member, Kurdistan Democratic Party

Mr. Safeen Muhsin Dizayee is leadership member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and was minister for education from 2009 until 2012. Before his ministerial post, Mr. Dizayee was head of Kurdistan Democratic Party’s International Relations between 2005 and 2009. After regime change in Iraq, he worked as second deputy of Masoud Barzani as a member of the Iraqi Governing Council in 2003-2004 under the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad. From 1992 to 2003 Mr. Dizayee served as the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) Representative in Turkey, based in Ankara. From 1980-1989 he was an active member of the Kurdistan Students Society in Europe, later elected as a secretariat member and head of UK branch of the KSSE. From 1986 to 1992 he also worked in private sector in real estate and housing. Born in Arbil in 1963, his family had to leave Iraq and lived in the UK in exile when he was in secondary school. He graduated from Maidenhead College of Art & Design studying interior design.

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Paula Dobriansky
Paula Dobriansky
Distinguished National Security Chair, US Naval Academy and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

The Honorable Paula J. Dobriansky is senior vice president and global head of government and regulatory affairs at Thomson Reuters. She is also an adjunct senior fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and holds the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy. From 2001 to 2009, Ms. Dobriansky served as under secretary of state for democracy and global affairs, and prior to her Presidential appointments, she served as senior vice president and director of the Washington office of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Dobriansky holds a B.S. in international politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a master’s and doctorate in Soviet political and military affairs from Harvard University.

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Gary Doer
Gary Doer
Ambassador of Canada to the United States

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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Stephen Flynn
Stephen Flynn
Founding Co-Director, George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security

Dr. Stephen Flynn is a professor of political science and the founding co-director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University. He is also a senior research fellow at the Wharton School’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Before arriving at Northeastern, he served as president of the Center for National Policy and spent a decade as a senior fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Flynn was an active duty commissioned officer in the US Coast Guard for 20 years, including two tours as commanding officer at sea. He is the author of The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation (Random House, 2007), and America the Vulnerable(HarperCollins 2004). Flynn holds the MALD and PhD degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

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

Dr. John K. Glenn is policy director of the US 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. Dr. Glenn holds a PhD and MA in sociology from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.

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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 PhD 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 a visiting fellow at the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies, at Carleton University in Ottawa.

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Marc Goodman
Marc Goodman
Founder, Future Crimes Institute and Chair for Policy and Law, Singularity University

Mr. Marc Goodman is a global strategist, consultant and author focused on the disruptive impact of advancing technologies on national security, business and international affairs. Mr. Goodman is the founder of the Future Crimes Institute and currently serves as the chair for policy and law at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University. Over the past 20 years, he 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 US Government. Mr. Goodman frequently consults with global policy makers, security executives and industry leaders on transnational cyber risk and intelligence and has operated in more than 70 countries around the world. His current areas of research include the security implications of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, social data, 3D printing, synthetic biology and robotics. He has serves as a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and is a distinguished visiting scholar at Stanford’s MediaX Laboratory. Mr. Goodman is a graduate of Harvard University and the London School of Economics.

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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 École 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
Vice President, 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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Philip Hammond
Philip Hammond
Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom

The Right Honourable Philip Hammond is secretary of state for defence of the United Kingdom. Mr. Hammond has held numerous high-level government positions, including secretary of state for transport in the Coalition Government, shadow chief secretary to the treasury and the shadow secretary of state for work & pensions, among others. In June 1998, he was appointed shadow minister for health. In 2001 he became shadow trade & industry minister and shadow minister for small business, and between 2002 and 2005 he served as shadow minister for local government and regions. Mr. Hammond was elected as a member of Parliament in 1997. Prior to government service, Mr. Hammond had a wide-ranging business career spanning the house-building and property, healthcare equipment, manufacturing, and oil and gas sectors. He also undertook consulting assignments in Latin America for the World Bank, and worked as a consultant for the Government of Malawi.

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Husain Haqqani
Husain Haqqani
Director for South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute

The Honourable Husain Haqqani served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2008-2011. He is currently director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC and professor of the practice of international relations at Boston University. Ambassador Haqqani has been a journalist, academic and diplomat in addition to serving as advisor to four Pakistani Prime Ministers, including the late Benazir Bhutto. His 2005 book Pakistan Between Mosque and Military was acclaimed for explaining the roots of Pakistan’s foreign and domestic policies. Ambassador Haqqani has also written extensively on radical Islamic movements around the world.

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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, she 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. Ms. Hurlburt 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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Wolfgang Ischinger
Wolfgang Ischinger
Chairman, Munich Security Conference

The Honorable Wolfgang Ischinger is Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC). He is also Global Head of Government Relations, Allianz SE, Munich. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Allianz Deutschland AG, and of the Advisory Board of Investcorp, London. From 2006 to 2008, he was Germany’s ambassador to London. Prior to this assignment, he was the German ambassador to the US from 2001 to 2006. In 2007, he also represented the European Union in the Troika negotiations on the future of Kosovo. From Kelly1998 to 2001, he served as state secretary (deputy foreign minister) in the German Foreign Office.

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Bruce Jackson
Bruce Jackson
Founder and President of the 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
Ambassador, Embassy of the United States of America, Canada

The Honorable David C. Jacobson was sworn in at the State Department in Washington DC as US ambassador to Canada in September 2009. Previously, 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 JD from Georgetown University and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.

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Afra Jalabi
Afra Jalabi
Member of Syrian National Council

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Said Taweb Jawad
Said Taweb 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 and was the inaugural Fisher Family Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. 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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Josef Joffe
Josef Joffe
Publisher-Editor, Die Zeit

Dr. Josef Joffe is publisher-editor of the German weekly Die Zeit. Previously, he was columnist and editorial page editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (1985-2000). He writes for numerous publications, including the New York Review of Books, Commentary, New Republic, Slate, Weekly Standard, Prospect (London), Commentaire (Paris), Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Time and Newsweek. In 2005, he co-founded the foreign policy journal The American Interest in Washington, where he serves on the Executive Committee. In addition to his journalist career, he is very active in academia. Dr. Joffe was appointed senior fellow at Stanford’s Institute for International Studies and fellow in international relations at the Hoover Institution. He has taught at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, the University of Munich, Princeton and Dartmouth. Dr. Joffe is the author of numerous books and articles. Dr. Joffe received his MA from Johns Hopkins University and PhD in government from Harvard University.

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

The Honorable Suat Kınıklıoğlu is the director of the Center for Strategic Communication and a columnist for Today’s Zaman, an English-language daily 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. 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, a BA in political science from Carleton University in Canada, and a MA in international relations from Bilkent University in Ankara. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Bilkent University.

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John Kelly
John Kelly
Founder and Lead Scientist, Morningside Analytics

John Kelly is the founder and lead scientist of Morningside Analytics. His research blends social network analysis, content analysis, and statistics to solve the problem of making complex online networks visible and understandable. Kelly has directed studies of numerous domestic and international social media networks. He has a Ph.D. in Communications from Columbia University, and has also studied communications at Stanford and at Oxford’s Internet Institute. He is an Affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he works with leading academics to design and implement empirical studies of the Internet’s role in politics and social action around the globe.

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Kathleen Koch
Kathleen Koch
Author and Journalist

Ms. Kathleen Koch is a Washington-based speaker, moderator, author and freelance journalist. Her best-selling book, Rising from Katrina, which traces her Mississippi hometown’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina and her experiences covering it, won the gold medal for best non-fiction in the Southeast region in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Ms. Koch spent 18 years at CNN covering the White House, the Pentagon, Capitol Hill and aviation. 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 currently serves on the USM School of Mass Communications and Journalism Advisory Board.

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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 MA in Soviet studies from Harvard University and BA 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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Elise Labott
Elise Labott
Foreign Affairs Reporter, CNN

Elise Labott is CNN’s Foreign Affairs Reporter. Since she joined CNN in 2002 as the network’s State Department Producer, she has reported from more than 75 countries and has traveled the world with four Secretaries of State. In addition to providing on-air reports and analysis for CNN’s television and radio networks, Labott writes regularly for CNN.com. Labott has covered a variety of important recent international stories, including the Arab spring and the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. Labott has reported extensively on the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan.Labott came to CNN from ABC News, where she covered the United Nations, and also reported for Agence France Presse and other publications on diplomatic and foreign policy issues. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in international affairs and communications. She has a Master’s in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research.Labott is currently vice-president of State Department Correspondents Association and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Thomas Lawson
Thomas Lawson
Chief of Defence Staff, Canadian Forces, Canada

General Thomas J. Lawson was appointed the Canadian Forces’ Chief of the Defence Staff in October 2012. Previously, he was posted to Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, where he assumed responsibility as the deputy commander North American aerospace defence command. In 2009 he was appointed assistant chief of the air staff. In May 2007 he was appointed commandant of the Royal Military College in Kingston. In 2006, he completed a year as the wing commander before being promoted to brigadier-general. General Lawson joined the CF Transformation Team in 2005 where he led the stand-up of the Strategic Joint Staff organization. He has held numerous other positions within the Air Force. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Auburn University and an electrical engineering degree from the Royal Military College of Canada.

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Paul J. LeBlanc
Paul J. LeBlanc
President, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Mr. Paul J. LeBlanc assumed the responsibilities of president of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) on November 15, 2010. Mr. LeBlanc joined ACOA in 1987 to support the newly created Agency as director general of human resources. Over the years, he has held numerous positions with the Agency, including director general, development (entrepreneurship, tourism, and trade); corporate secretary; vice president, Prince Edward Island; vice president, finance and corporate services; and senior vice president, policy and programs. Mr. LeBlanc left ACOA in September 2004 to join the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, where he held the position of senior assistant deputy minister of socio-economic policy and regional operations. He rejoined ACOA in September 2006 as executive vice president. Mr. LeBlanc was educated at Université de Moncton, where he completed bachelor’s degrees in psychology and social work and a MBA.

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Ariel (Eli) Levite
Ariel (Eli) Levite
Nonresident Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Dr. Ariel Levite is a nonresident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Previously, he was the principal deputy director general (policy) at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission (2002-2007), a visiting fellow at the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation (2000-2002), deputy Israeli national security advisor (Defense Policy) (1999-2000), and head of the Bureau of International Security at the Israeli MOD. He has also served as the member of the IISS Council between 2007 and 2011. In addition, Dr. Levite has worked as a senior research associate at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel-Aviv University. Dr. Levite has authored numerous books and articles on issues of strategy, military doctrine, deterrence, arms control, proliferation, and intelligence. He holds a PhD in government from Cornell University. He recently received the Dr. Jean Meyer Global Citizenship Award from the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, and a Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Legion d’honneur from France.

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Klaus Linsenmeier
Klaus Linsenmeier
Executive Director, Heinrich Böll Foundation North America

Klaus Linsenmeier has been the Executive Director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America since 2009. He his professional career in the private business sector before joining Medico International in Frankfurt, a German human rights NGO, as program-coordinator and later managing director. Further steps in his career were closely related to the development of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, which he joined in 1989. Before moving to Washington, Mr. Linsenmeier was director of the foundation’s international division in Berlin, where he supervised the foundation’s thirty international offices. His fields of expertise are: Foreign and Security Policy; German and European Policy, US Politics, Development and Globalization; Environment; and Democracy Promotion. He frequently publishes on these topics, as well as edits HBF North America’s newsletter. He earned is Masters in Economics from the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg/Breisgau and studied Enterprise Promotion at Cranfield School of Management (UK) and Business Administration at the University of Hagen/University of Wales.

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Gal Luft
Gal Luft
Co-Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security

Dr. Gal Luft is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) a Washington-based think tank focused on energy security. He is a senior adviser to the United States Energy Security Council and co-founder of the Set America Free Coalition. He specializes in strategy, geopolitics, terrorism, energy security, natural resources and economic warfare. He is co-author of Petropoly: The Collapse of America’s Energy Security Paradigm (2012), Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century (2009) and Turning Oil into Salt: Energy Independence Through Fuel Choice (2009). He is author of Beer, Bacon and Bullets: Culture in Coalition Warfare from Gallipoli to Iraq, and has written for numerous newspapers and magazines. Dr. Luft holds degrees in international relations, international economics and strategic studies, and a doctorate in strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.

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Peter MacKay
Peter MacKay
Minister of National Defence, Canada

The Honourable 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, minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and minister for the Atlantic Gateway. In 1993, he accepted an appointment as crown attorney for the Central Region of Nova Scotia, where he prosecuted cases at all levels, including youth and provincial courts as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. He holds an arts degree from Acadia University and he studied law at Dalhousie University. He was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 1991.

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Paul Maddison
Paul Maddison
Commander, Royal Canadian Navy

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Peter Mansbridge
Peter Mansbridge
Chief Correspondent, CBC News

Mr. Peter Mansbridge is the chief correspondent of CBC News. He anchors CBC’s flagship nightly news program The National and all CBC News specials. He is also host of CBC News Network’s Mansbridge: One on One. Mr. Mansbridge became chief correspondent and anchor of The National in 1988. Previously, he was The National‘s reporter in Saskatchewan in 1975, and, in 1976, was named one of the program’s parliamentary correspondents in Ottawa. In 1971, he moved to Winnipeg as a reporter for CBC Radio and in 1972 he joined CBC Television. Mr. Mansbridge began his career in 1968 in Churchill, Man., where he helped develop CBC Radio’s news service to Northern Canada. During a decorated career, Mr. Mansbridge has received 12 Gemini Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. In 2008, Mr. Mansbridge was made an officer of the Order of Canada by Gov. Gen., Michaëlle Jean. In 2009, he was named chancellor of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.

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Elisa Massimino
Elisa Massimino
President and CEO, Human Rights First

Ms. Elisa Massimino is president and CEO of Human Rights First, one of the nation’s leading human rights advocacy organizations. Ms. Massimino joined Human Rights First in 1991 and served as the organization’s Washington director for more than a decade before being named chief executive in September 2008. She has a distinguished record of human rights advocacy in Washington. In May 2008, 2009, and 2011 the influential Washington newspaper The Hill named her one of the top public advocates in the country. She holds a law degree from the University of Michigan, a MA in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Massimino serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court.

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Bill McCaffrey
Bill McCaffrey
President and CEO, MEG Energy Corp.

Mr. Bill McCaffrey is the founder, president and CEO of MEG Energy Corp. In only 10 years under his leadership, MEG grew to become one of the largest private oil and gas companies in Canada, focused on bitumen development and production. Mr. McCaffrey brings 29 years of direct oil sands experience to MEG. Prior to founding the company, he spent 17 years at Amoco Canada Petroleum Company in various managerial positions including manager of business development and growth for Amoco’s oil sands developments. In 1995, he participated in an executive MBA program at Western Ontario. In 2009, the Canadian Venture Capital Association nominated Mr. McCaffrey for its prestigious, annual “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Mr. McCaffrey received a BA in civil engineering and a BS in biology and chemistry from the University of Alberta.

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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. 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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Johanna Mendelson Forman
Johanna Mendelson Forman
Senior Associate, Americas Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Dr. Johanna Mendelson Forman is a senior associate with the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She is also a scholar-in-residence at American University. Previously, she was co-director of the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project at CSIS; helped create the Office of Transition Initiatives and served as a senior adviser for humanitarian response at USAID and at the World Bank’s Post Conflict Unit. She has been a senior fellow with the Association of the United States Army; a guest scholar at the US Institute of Peace; the director of peace, security, and human rights at the UN Foundation and an adviser to the UN Mission in Haiti. She holds a doctorate in Latin American history from Washington University, a master’s of international affairs, with a certificate of Latin America studies from Columbia University, and a law degree from American 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 anchor 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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Barbara Mikulski
Barbara Mikulski
Senator, United States

Senator Barbara Mikulski is the longest-serving female senator in American history, having served since 1987. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, and in 1986 she became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Maryland. Senator Mikulski is a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, and also serves as chairwoman of the Health Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging and Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies.

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James N. Miller
James N. Miller
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, US Department of Defense

Dr. James N. Miller was confirmed by the US Senate as the under secretary of defense for policy on May 25, 2012. He serves as the under secretary of defense for policy and provides advice and assistance to the secretary of defense and deputy secretary of defense on all matters concerning the formulation of national security and defense policy and the integration and oversight of Department of Defense policy and plans to achieve national security objectives. Prior to his confirmation, Dr. Miller served as principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy; senior vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security (2007-2009), senior vice president (2003-2007) and vice president (2000-2003) at Hicks and Associates, Inc.; among others. In 2000 he received the Department of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Dr. Miller received a BA with honors in economics from Stanford University, and master’s and PhD degrees in public policy from Harvard University.

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Saad Mohseni
Saad Mohseni
Chairman and CEO, MOBY Group, Afghanistan

Mr. Saad Mohseni is an Afghan Media mogul and entrepreneur. He is the Chairman of MOBY Group, which is one of Afghanistan’s largest media companies and is best known for brands such as Tolo TV, Tolo News, Lemar TV, Farsi1 and Arman FM. Prior to establishing Moby Group, he headed the equities and corporate finance division of an Australian investment banking firm. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Saad served as a senior economic advisor to the Afghan Government, where he assisted in the development of the Industrial Parks Commission as well as the High Commission for Investment. He also helped establish the Afghanistan Centre for Policy and Research Studies.

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Pauline Neville-Jones
Pauline Neville-Jones
Patron to Cyber Security Challenge and Special Government Representative to Business on Cyber Security, House of Lords, United Kingdom

Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones was formerly the minister of state for security in the United Kingdom. Most recently, she was appointed as Patron to Cyber Security Challenge and Special Government Representative to Business on Cyber Security, In 2007, Baroness Neville-Jones was appointed shadow security minister and national security adviser to the Leader of the Opposition. She is also an honourary fellow of Lady Margaret Hall and doctor of London University, City University and the Open University. She was made a companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1987 and a dame commander in the 1996 New Year’s Honours. From 1994 until her retirement, she was political director in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in which capacity she led the British delegation to the Dayton negotiations on the Bosnia peace settlement.

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Kevin Newman
Kevin Newman
Anchor, Question Period, CTV News

Mr. Kevin Newman has been a familiar face to television viewers in Canada and the US for more than 30 years. In 2011, Bell Media appointed Mr. Newman its first “Digital News Evangelist.” He is also anchor of the long-running political broadcast Question Period on CTV, and co-host/correspondent for the award- winning investigative series W5. Mr. Newman has received multiple Emmy Awards in the US and Gemini Awards in Canada including “Best Anchor.” He was part of the Peabody-Award winning team at ABC News that covered the arrival of the Millennium. Mr. Newman is also pioneering the development of quality storytelling for mobile platforms through his own company, NewMan Media Ltd., and is executive producer of an innovative four-screen adventure series “Operation Unplugged”, co-creator of iBard eTextbooks for Apple’s iPad, and producer/writer/narrator of international award-winning documentaries. Mr. Newman was awarded an honourary doctorate of laws from his alma mater, the University of Western Ontario, in 2011.

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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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Jean-Paul Paloméros
Jean-Paul Paloméros
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO

The North Atlantic Council confirmed General Jean-Paul Paloméros as supreme allied commander transformation in August 2012. From 2009 to 2012, General Paloméros served as air force chief of staff. In 2005, he was appointed vice-chief of staff of the French Air Force, where he implemented a new organization named “Air 2010.” Throughout his career he acquired extensive experience both as an operational commander and as a fighter pilot, having flown 82 combat missions and more than 3,500 flying hours. General Paloméros graduated from the Royal Air Force Staff College in 1993 where he was awarded the Curtis Prize by the Chief of the Air Staff of Great Britain. He joined the French Air Force Academy in 1973 and qualified as a fighter pilot in 1976. He has been awarded the rank of Grand Officer of the French Legion of Honour, is an Officer of the National Order of Merit and holds the Aeronautical Medal.

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Roland Paris
Roland Paris
Director of Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa

Mr. Roland Paris is founding director of the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa, where he is also university research chair in international security and governance. Previously, he was director of research at the Conference Board of Canada and foreign policy advisor in the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Privy Council Office of the Canadian government. He was also an assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado and visiting researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC. His first book At War’s End: Building Peace After Civil Conflict won three prizes including the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. In 2012, he was appointed a global ethics fellow by the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. He is a fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and a member of the board of directors of the World University Services Canada.

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Tom Perriello
Tom Perriello
President & CEO of the Center for American Progess Action Fund, Counselor to the Center for American Progress

Tom Perriello is President and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and Counselor for Policy to the Center for American Progress. Prior to joining CAP, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Central and Souther Virginia. 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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Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno
Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno
Minister of National Defense, Colombia

Mr. Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno assumed his current position on September 5, 2011. Previously, he worked as secretary general in the president’s office during President Juan Manuel Santos’ administration. Between 2006 and 2009, he served as vice minister of defense for strategy and planning. In this role, he led the design of the democratic security consolidation policy, directed the implementation of the equity tax, helped structure the modernization for the armed forces and carried out welfare and education program reforms. Previously, he worked at the World Bank, was vice chairman of the Banking Association, assistant vice president of investment banking at Citibank, private secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Citigroup economist for Colombia. Mr. Pinzón has a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University, as well as a master’s degree from Javeriana University. He completed graduate studies in strategic studies and international relations at Johns Hopkins University and attended the science and technology program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Fabrice Pothier
Fabrice Pothier
Director of Policy Planning, NATO

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Jibril Rajoub
Jibril Rajoub
Director, Palestinian Center for Security Studies

General Jibril Rajoub is the director of the Palestinian Center for Security Studies and secretary for the Higher Council for Youth and Sport. He was a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council until 2009, and served as the deputy of its General Secretary. In 2008, he was appointed as president of the Palestinian Olympic Committee and the Palestinian Football Association. He was advisor of National Security from 2003 to 2006 and head of the Palestinian Preventive Security Forces in the West Bank in 1994. General Rajoub received a diploma in security studies at the Russian Defense and Security College and a master’s in Middle East studies from Alquds University. He has published many books on his experiences with conflict and security in the Middle East and Palestine region.

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Ahmed Rashid
Ahmed Rashid
Journalist, Pakistan

Mr. Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore, who has covered Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia for a variety of publications since 1979. He is the author of the best selling Taliban (2000). His other books include Descent into Chaos: The US and the Disaster in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, (2011), Jihad (2002) and The Resurgence of Central Asia (1994). His fifth and latest book is Pakistan on the Brink, The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Both Taliban and Descent into Chaos are on course lists at more than 200 universities and defense colleges around the world. He writes for the Financial Times, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Spain’s El Mundo, BBC Online and Pakistani publications. Foreign Policymagazine chose him as one of the world’s most important 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010.

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Alison M. Redford
Alison M. Redford
Premier, Alberta Progressive Conservative Party

Ms. Alison Redford was elected leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party and sworn-in as Alberta’s 14th premier in October 2011. Previously, Ms. Redford was minister of justice and attorney general and led the Safe Communities Secretariat. She has been the political minister for Calgary and has served as an advisor to the Privy Council Office on Canada’s future involvement in Afghanistan. Ms. Redford has been actively involved in provincial and national politics since the 1980s. She served as senior policy advisor to the Right Honourable Joe Clark, secretary of state for external affairs, and in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada from 1988 to 1990. In Parliament, she was also the principal legislative advisor to the secretary of state for external affairs. Throughout the 1990s, Ms. Redford worked as a technical advisor on constitutional and legal reform issues in Africa for the European Union, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Canadian and Australian governments. Ms. Redford co

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Carla Anne Robbins
Carla Anne Robbins
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

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Rafal Rohozinski
Rafal Rohozinski
Principal and CEO, 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 and CEO with The SecDev Group, a Canadian company with a global mission to engage with complex problems of insecurity and violence. Mr. Rohozinski is also CEO and founder of Psiphon Inc. and Secdev.cyber, and a senior scholar at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He 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 is widely published and frequently appears as a commentator on the BBC World Service, CBC, CNN and other international media.

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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. Dr. Rose received a BA from Yale University and a PhD from Harvard University.

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Oussama Safa
Oussama Safa
Analyst

Mr. Oussama Safa is an analyst on Arab politics and contemporary political trends in the Middle East. His expertise includes democratization processes, peacebuilding and civil society participation. From 2011-2012 he was secretary general of the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections where he led electoral reform projects in the Arab region in the wake of popular uprisings. From 2004-2011, he was the general director of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Lebanon’s leading public policy think tank where he worked on issues of governance, security sector reform, and electoral reform in the Arab region. Currently, Mr. Safa is working on transition issues in Libya, Yemen and Syria and on empowering civil society to engage citizens in policymaking. Mr. Safa holds graduate degrees in international relations and international development from the American University in Washington DC and an undergraduate degree in political science from the American University of Beirut.

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Amrullah Saleh
Amrullah Saleh
Former Intelligence Chief, Afghanistan

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David E. Sanger
David E. Sanger
Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times

Mr. David E. Sanger is chief Washington correspondent of the New York Times. Mr. Sanger has reported from New York, Tokyo and Washington, covering a wide variety of issues surrounding foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation and Asian affairs. As a correspondent and then bureau chief in Tokyo for six years, he covered Japan’s rise as the world’s second largest economic power, and then its humbling recession. After leaving Asia in 1994, Mr. Sanger took up the position of chief Washington economic correspondent and covered a series of global economic upheavals, from Mexico to the Asian economic crisis. He was named a senior writer in March 1999 and White House correspondent later that year. Mr. Sanger was twice part of a team, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Sanger appears regularly on public affairs and news shows. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group. Mr. Sanger graduated from Harvard College in 1982.

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Randy Scheunemann
Randy Scheunemann
Foreign Policy and National Security Analyst

Mr. Randy Scheunemann is a veteran foreign policy and national security analyst based in Washington DC. Mr. Scheunemann has authored articles for many publications and regularly lectures on foreign policy and security issues. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Project for New American Century, he serves on the Board of Directors of the US 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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Christian Schmidt
Christian Schmidt
Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defence, Germany

Mr. Christian Schmidt is parliamentary state secretary to the Federal Minister of Defence in Germany and deputy party leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU). Previously, Mr. Schmidt was the defence policy spokesman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group and served as a member of the Defence Committee and a deputy member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He has been a member of the Coordination Council of the German-Czech Consultation Forum since 1999. In 1990, he was elected to the Federal German Parliament where he served as spokesman of the CSU parliamentary group for foreign and security policy and as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Between 1984 and 1990, Mr. Schmidt was a community and district councillor. He previously worked as a lawyer specializing in labour and competition law. Mr. Schmidt studied law in Erlangen and Lausanne.

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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 non-partisan, London-based think tank. He is also a senior fellow of the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI), based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Mr. Shepherd has held senior fellowships with several top think tanks in the United States, Britain and Europe. Before entering the think tank world a decade ago, he was a foreign correspondent, firstly for Reuters and subsequently The Times of London, where he was the Moscow bureau chief. He is also the owner/publisher of Britain’s fastest growing new media outlet, The Commentator. He has been associated with Halifax International Security Forum since its inception.

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

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Lokman Slim
Lokman Slim
Publisher, Dar al Jadeed

Mr. Lokman Slim is a publisher, filmmaker, commentator and political activist. In 1990, he founded Dar al Jadeed publishing house, which publishes Arabic literature and essays of controversial content. In 2001, he widened his scope of intervention to include film, with the establishment of Umam Productions, which has produced several films, includingMassaker, which was co-directed by Mr. Slim and won the Fipresci Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2004, he founded Umam Documentation and Research (D&R), a nonprofit organization devoted to creating an open archive of materials concerning Lebanon’s social and political history, as well as organizing film screenings, art exhibitions, and discussions relating to civil violence and war memory. Mr. Slim has since launched Hayya Bina, an initiative which began its activities during the 2005 parliamentary elections in Lebanon with the aim of promoting citizen involvement in the political process. Mr. Slim studied philosophy at the Sorbonne.

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Janice Gross Stein
Janice Gross Stein
Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management, University of Toronto

Ms. Janice Gross Stein is the Belzberg professor of conflict management in the Department of Political Science and the director of the Munk School for Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an honorary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was the Massey Lecturer in 2001 and a Trudeau fellow. Ms. Stein was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for an outstanding contribution by a social scientist to public debate. She has received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta, the University of Cape Breton, and McMaster University. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.

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Andrew J. Tabler
Andrew J. Tabler
Senior Fellow, The Washington Institute

Mr. Andrew J. Tabler is a senior fellow in the Program on Arab Politics at The Washington Institute, where he focuses on Syria and US policy in the Levant. The cofounder and former editor-in-chief of Syria Today, Mr. Tabler achieved unparalleled long-term access to Bashar al-Asad’s Syria. During 14 years of residence in the Middle East, Mr. Tabler served, most recently, as a consultant on US-Syria relations for the International Crisis Group and as a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs. Mr. Tabler is author of In the Lion’s Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington’s Battle with Syria (Lawrence Hill Books, 2011), and the 2007 Stanley Foundation report The High Road to Damascus: Engage Syria’s Private Sector. Mr. Tabler received his MA in comparative politics and Arabic from American University in Cairo and his BA from Washington & Jefferson College.

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Andris Teikmanis
Andris Teikmanis
State Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latvia

The Honorable Andris Teikmanis has been state secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia since 2008. Ambassador Teikmanis has an extensive background in judicial affairs as he was formerly an investigator and judge in the District of the City of Riga. He was also a member of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia, which signed the Declaration on the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia in 1990. Since then, he has gained international recognition for his work as ambassador of Latvia to the CounState Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latviacil of Europe, Germany and Russia.

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Jonathan Tepperman
Jonathan Tepperman
Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

Mr. Jonathan Tepperman is managing editor of Foreign Affairs. He 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 for a range of publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, The New Republic, and The American Prospect. He is the co-editor of the books The U.S. vs Al Qaeda: A History of the War on Terror (2011) and Iran and the Bomb: Solving the Persian Puzzle (2012). Mr. Tepperman has a BA 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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Guy Thibault
Guy Thibault
Chairman, Inter-American Defence Board

Lieutenant General Guy Thibault assumed his duties as the chairman of the Inter-American Defence Board (IADB) in Washington DC in 2011. Lieutenant General Thibault joined the Canadian Forces in 1978 and has held a wide range of command and staff appointments within the army and at national levels. Previously, he was deployed with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force to Afghanistan in 2004 and has served in the National Defence Operations Centre; Directorate of Communications Security; and Director of Signals, Training and Doctrine, as well as various positions within the Defence Information Services Organization and the Information Management Group. Lieutenant General Thibault completed a BS in mathematics and physics at the Royal Military College and received his master’s degree of public administration (management) from Dalhousie University. He is a graduate of the Land Forces Command and Staff College, the Canadian Forces Staff College and the National Security Studies Program.

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Eirik Øwre Thorshaug
Eirik Øwre Thorshaug
State Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Norway

Mr. Eirik Øwre Thorshaug is state secretary for the ministry of defence in Norway, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to this, he served in the ministry of justice and the police as a political advisor to the minister of justice and police from 2007 to 2011 and state secretary from 2011 to 2012. Mr. Thorshaug has had multiple leadership roles in the Norwegian Labour Youth Party including president of the party in the Sør-Trøndelag district and vice president from 2002 to 2004. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Thorshaug was a political advisor for the Labour Party and International Advisor for the Labour Youth Party from 1998 to 2002. Mr. Thorshaug served in the Norwegian Defence Force in 1997. Mr. Thorshaug studied political science at the University of Trondheim and University of Oslo and international relations of Southeast Asia at the University of Queensland.

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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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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 Böll Foundation office in Washington. Prior to leading the Foundation in Washington, she 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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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 unique perspective to address security issues spanning from natural resources to border control. In 2011, 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. 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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Bernard Valcourt
Bernard Valcourt
Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt was appointed associate minister of national defence on July 4, 2012. On May 18, 2011, he was appointed minister of state of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). Mr. Valcourt was first elected to the House of Commons in 1984 and re-elected in 1988 and 2011. In 1984, he was appointed parliamentary secretary to the minister of national revenue and to the minister of state (science and technology). From 1984 to 1993, Mr. Valcourt subsequently served as minister of state (small businesses and tourism); minister of state (Indian affairs and northern development); minister of consumer and corporate affairs; minister of fisheries and oceans; minister of employment and immigration and minister of labour. In 1995, Mr. Valcourt was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick as the member for Edmundston, and he served until 1999. He was leader of the opposition party for the province from 1995 to 1997.

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

Peter Van Praagh is the President of Halifax International Security Forum. Before being appointed president of Halifax International Security Forum, 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. He is married to Lena Van Praagh and has three children, Yasha, Sophia Joy and Elizabeth.

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Julián Ventura
Julián Ventura
Undersecretary for North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

The Honorable Julián 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 of the Mexican embassy in the United States; alternate representative to the Organization of American States for political and inter-American drug control affairs; and political affairs officer to Mexico’s embassy in Cuba, among other positions. He holds a BA in history from the University of British Columbia in Canada.

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Kurt Volker
Kurt Volker
Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership

The Honorable Kurt Volker is executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, part of Arizona State University and a senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He is a member of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Advisory Group, 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 US Senior Foreign Service, with over 23 years of experience working on European policy under five US 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 BA from Temple University and MA from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.

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Aleksandar Vučić
Aleksandar Vučić
First Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Defence, Security and Combating Corruption and Crime, and Minister of Defence, Serbia

Mr. Aleksandar Vučić was elected first deputy prime minister in charge of defence, security and combating corruption and crime and minister of defence of Serbia in 2012. He is a member of the Serbian Progressive Party, of which he was elected president in September 2012. Previously, he was minister of information in the government of the National Unity in 1998 and was appointed director of the sports and business centre “Pinki” in Zemun in 1996. He was elected as MP of the Federal Assembly of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia three times. Minister Vučić started his career in politics in 1993 when he joined the Serbian Radical Party and was elected as MP of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. Minister Vučić graduated from Belgrade University Faculty of Law and received a scholarship from the Republic Foundation for the Development of Scientific and Artistic Youth. He attended advancement studies at Brighton in the UK.

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Pamela Wallin
Pamela Wallin
Senator, Canada

The Honourable Pamela Wallin was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2008. She is chair of the Senate’s National Security and Defence Committee, and serves on the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs and the Special Committee on Anti-terrorism. She is also a member of the Senate’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committee. Senator Wallin is also an honourary colonel of the Air Force, appointed in 2009. Following the events of 9/11, Senator Wallin served as Canada’s consul general in New York from 2002-2006. She continues to serve as the senior advisor on Canada-US relations at the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas in New York and Washington. Senator Wallin is also an officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour. She has fourteen Honourary Doctorates and among many other honours, she has been named to the Canadian Broadcasting Hall of Fame; she received a national Visionary Award in Canada; and was twice recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for her public service and achievements.

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Abdul Rahim Wardak
Abdul Rahim Wardak
Senior Defense Advisor and Former Defense Minister, Afghanistan

General Abdul Rahim Wardak was Afghanistan’s minister of national defense from 2004-2012. Before that, he served as deputy defense minister to Mohammad Qasim Fahim. Previously, he was a lecturer at Cadet University and assistant of protocol of the ministry of defense. He has served in numerous positions, including as the military assistant to Muhaz-e-Milli, military assistant of the Tri-Lateral Unity, member of Itehad-e-Mujahiddin and commander of the Jihadi fronts of Muhaz-e-Milli. After the fall of the communist regime, he was a member of the security committee of Kabul City; chief of the Army staff; director of the Military Officers Society; director of the Education Commission and member of the National Army Commission, among other positions. General Wardak completed studies in the United States and at the Ali Naser Academy in Cairo, Egypt.

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W. Bruce Weinrod
W. Bruce Weinrod
Senior Advisor, Global Impact, Inc.

W. Bruce Weinrod is an attorney and international business advisor and a senior fellow with The Potomac Foundation. Mr. Weinrod has been the secretary of defense representative for Europe/defense advisor to the US Mission at NATO (2007-2009), and earlier the deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO policy (1989-93). In the private sector, Mr. Weinrod has advised companies regarding US and international regulatory, legislative and policy matters. He has also been a Senate-confirmed member of the Board of Directors of the US Institute of Peace; a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; a Distinguished Research Fellow at the US National Defense University and a Leadership Fellow of the Japan Society. He is currently a member of the International Board of the Geneva Center for Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF) and the US State Department’s Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG). Mr. Weinrod has published widely on US foreign policy and national security issues.

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Jonathan Weisstub
Jonathan Weisstub
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, 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 DC, 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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Bogusław Winid
Bogusław Winid
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland

The Honorable Bogusław Winid was appointed deputy minister of foreign affairs of Poland in November 2011. From 2007 to 2011, he served as the permanent representative of Poland to NATO in Brussels. After returning from Washington in 2006, Ambassador Winid became undersecretary of state for defense policy at the Ministry of National Defense of Poland. In 2001, he was appointed deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Poland in Washington DC. In 1997, he returned to Warsaw and was promoted to deputy director and later director of the department of North and South America. Between 1992 and 1997, he served as first secretary and later as counselor at the Polish Embassy in Washington DC. Ambassador Winid has written three books and numerous articles. He has a PhD from Warsaw University.

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Kazuyuki Yamuzaki
Kazuyuki Yamuzaki
Ambassador for Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

The Honorable Mr. Kazayuki Yamazaki is ambassador for policy planning and international security policy in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to his appointment in September 2012, Mr. Yamazaki served as minister and head of the economic section at the Japanese embassy in Beijing. Mr. Yamazaki has worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1983 and has held multiple posts at the Embassy of Japan in the United States including second secretary in 1986 and counselor and deputy head of the political section in 2001. Mr. Yamazaki also held positions as director of the First North America Division of the North American Affairs Bureau in 2003, and was director of both the International Press Division and the Coordination Section in the Minister’s Secretariat in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, he was a fellow at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, while simultaneously acting as minister at the Embassy of Japan in the US. Mr. Yamazaki graduated from Hitotsubashi University with a BA in economics and received diplomatic training at Swarthmore College.

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Dov S. Zakheim
Dov S. Zakheim
Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Dr. Dov S. Zakheim is senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a senior fellow at the CNA Corporation. Previously, he was senior vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton. From 2001 to 2004, he was under secretary of defense (comptroller) and chief financial officer for the Department of Defense (DOD). From 2002 to 2004, he was also the DOD’s coordinator of civilian programs in Afghanistan. Prior to this, he was corporate vice president of System Planning Corporation (SPC) and chief executive officer of SPC International Corporation. Outside of government, he has been an adjunct senior fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, an adjunct scholar of the Heritage Foundation and an adjunct professor at several universities. He is the author of more than a dozen books. Dr. Zakheim received a BA in government from Columbia University and earned a PhD in economics and politics from St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford.

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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 Tyaratmagazine 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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