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2016 Speakers

Farea Al-Muslimi
Farea Al-Muslimi
Non Resident Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Farea Al-Muslimi is a co-founder of Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies. He is also a non-resident fellow at Carnegie Middle East Center and Middle East Institute In Washington DC. He has more than five years of research and analysis experience on Yemen. In 2013, he was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as Top 100 Global Thinkers and in 2014, he was named by The Guardian as Top 30 under 30 young leaders in digital media around the world. His articles and analysis have been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, New York Times, The Independent, The Guardian, Al-Hayyat, Assafir, Al-Monitor, and many other publications. In August 2016, he was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon as a member of the advisory board of progress study on UNSC resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. 

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Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
Kurdistan Regional Government Representative in the United States, Kurdistan Regional Government

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman is the Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States of America. Key to her role are strengthening ties between Kurdistan and the United States, advocating her government’s position on political, security, humanitarian, economic, and cultural matters and promoting coordination and partnership. Prior to her US appointment in 2015, Ms. Abdul Rahman was the High Representative to the United Kingdom. She was elected to the Leadership Council of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in 2010. Before her career in public service, Ms. Abdul Rahman worked as a journalist for 17 years. She won the UK Observer Newspaper’s Farzad Bazoft Memorial Prize in 1993 and worked for the Financial Times in Britain and Japan. Her late father, Sami Abdul Rahman, was a leader of the Kurdish freedom movement, playing a critical role in the opposition to Saddam Hussein’s regime. Sami Abdul Rahman was killed alongside his elder son Salah in 2004.

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John Allen
John Allen
Co-Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence Brookings Institution

General John R. Allen, US Marine Corps (Ret.) was named the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL by President Obama on September 12, 2014. He served in that position until November, 2015. From April 2013 to May 2014, he served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense on Middle Security leading the Security Dialogue of the Middle East Peace Process. General Allen commanded the NATO International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2013. Prior to that tour, he served as Deputy Commander, of the US Central Command.  From 2007-2008, as the Deputy Commander of Multi-National Force – West in the Al Anbar province of Iraq, he played a major role in the Sunni tribal “Awakening Movement” or Sahawa al Iraq. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. General Allen holds a B.S. in operations analysis from the US Naval Academy, a M.A. in national security studies from Georgetown University, a M.S. in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and a M.S. in national security strategy from the National Defense University.

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Mohamed Ali
Mohamed Ali
Director, Iftiin Foundation

Mohamed Ali is a peace activist and human rights lawyer who works on developing cutting-edge ideas and solutions to foster peace, violence prevention and sustainable development in fragile and conflict affected states. Born in Mogadishu, he has especially worked hard to create innovative programs that strengthen security, stability, rights, and human dignity in Africa. As the founding Director of the Iftiin Foundation, he has led a global movement of entrepreneurs, peace activists, national security and political leaders working to promote entrepreneurship as a tool for peace by turning unemployed, youth living in poverty into social change agents and entrepreneurs. He has trained and supported young entrepreneurs to encourage a culture of change and innovation in his country of birth Somalia and throughout Africa. In 2010, then Secretary Hillary Clinton recognized Mr. Ali for his work as a leader in the sector and in 2012, he spoke alongside Secretary Clinton on affecting change in the Muslim world and combating terrorism.  Mohamed is a prolific writer and has published articles in Time Magazine, The New York Times, Harvard International Review, The Guardian and other international print media. His commentary and analysis on global issues are regularly featured on television and radio, including on CNN, BBC and NPR. He is also an influential speaker, whose talk on the TED Stage has nearly one million views.

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Leila Alieva
Leila Alieva
Academic Visitor, St Antony's College, University of Oxford

Leila Alieva is an academic visitor and a fellow of CARA/SRF at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She was also a research associate at Russia and Eurasia Center at Uppsala University. She is a founder and a head of the    “think tank” Center for National and International Studies (2004). Leila Alieva held research fellowships at Harvard University (1993-1994), UC Berkeley (2000), Woodrow Wilson Center -Kennan Institute- (1995) SAIS -Johns Hopkins University- (2001), NATO Defense College (NDC) in Rome, Italy (2005)  and in 2007 at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC, where she researched the interrelations of oil and democracy. She advised the President of EBRD, served on the board of the Open Society Institute in Baku in 1998 and was a National Coordinator of the Human Development Report for UNDP (1997). Her research on the regional politics was published by the Oxford University Press, Sharpe, Journal of Democracy, Jane’s Intelligence Review and others. She has extensively been writing on the issues of EU and NATO integration.

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James Appathurai
James Appathurai
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

James Appathurai was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary General in December 2010. As DASG, he is responsible for NATO’s political relations with countries across the globe, international organisations, enlargement, and arms control.  He provides policy advice on political issues affecting the security of the Alliance.  He is responsible for implementing and developing NATO’s relations with all its partner countries and organisations, including through Political Agreements, Partnership Cooperation Programmes, and other bilateral and multilateral arrangements. As the Secretary General’s Special Representative, he is responsible for carrying forward the Alliance’s policy in the two strategically important regions of the Caucasus and Central Asia.  Mr. Appathurai previously served as NATO’s Spokesperson from 2004 to 2010. Prior to that he served as Deputy Head and Senior Planning Officer in the Policy Planning and Speechwriting Section of NATO’s Political Affairs Division from 1998 to 2004. He served in the Canadian Defence Department from 1994 to 1998.

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Michael Auslin
Michael Auslin
Author, The End of the Asian Century and Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Dr. Michael Auslin is the author, most recently, of The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region (Yale). A former professor of history at Yale University, he is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C., and also serves as the vice chair of the Wilton Park USA Foundation. He is a long time contributor to The Wall Street Journal and publishes in Foreign AffairsForbesPolitico, and other leading media. He is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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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 and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. 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 visit- ing appointments at Yale, Cornell, University of California, Car- dozo School of Law, Australian National University, Oxford, and Northwestern University. He 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 most recent book is Theodor Herzl and the Foundation of the Jewish State.

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Alyssa Ayres
Alyssa Ayres
Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

Alyssa Ayres is senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she is completing a book about India’s rise on the world stage. In 2015, she was project director for the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S.-India Relations. Ayres served previously as U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia from 2010 to 2013. Prior to serving in the Obama administration, Ayres was founding director of the India and South Asia practice at McLarty Associates, the Washington-based international strategic advisory firm.

She has coedited three books on India and Indian foreign policy. Her book on nationalism in Pakistan, Speaking Like a State, published in 2009, received the American Institute of Pakistan Studies book prize for 2011–2012. She speaks fluent Hindi and Urdu. She received an AB magna cum laude from Harvard College, and an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago.

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Joo Seung Baek
Joo Seung Baek
Member of the National Assembly, Republic of Korea

Assemblyman Baek, Seung-Joo (Ph.D) represents Gumi-si which is one of the most vital business cities in the Republic of Korea.  Honorable Baek is currently serving as Member of the National Defense Committee of the Republic of Korea National Assembly since he was first elected in April 2016.  At the ruling Saenuri Party, he is Chairman of the Party in Gyeongbuk province where there are 13 districts in total for the National Assembly.  Dr. Baek was Vice Minister (Deputy Secretary) of the Ministry of National Defense from March 2013 to October 2015.  Prior to entering public service, his professional background includes experience as member of Presidential Transition Team for 18th President-elect Park Geun-hye, media commentator, and academic expert on foreign relations and national security with researching at Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA).  He earned Ph.D. in politics from Kyungpook National University in 1993.

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James Baker
James Baker
Director, Office of Net Assessment, United States Office of the Secretary of Defense

As the Director of the Office of Net Assessment (ONA), Mr. Baker is responsible for providing the Secretary of Defense and other senior leaders with independent assessments of the prospects of the military capabilities of the United States relative to other actors, as well as the political, economic and regional implications of those assessments. ONA focuses most on strategies and opportunities that improve the U.S. position in military-economic-political competition. ONA also studies the security environment and provides a source of deep, long term future thinking for the Department of Defense.

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Falah Mustafa Bakir
Falah Mustafa Bakir
Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Kurdistan Regional Government

Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir was appointed as the first Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations with ministerial rank in September 2006. Mr. Bakir served as the Public Relations Officer of the Kurdistan Democratic Party from 1996 to 1999 and as the KRG Deputy Minister of Agriculture & Irrigation from 1999 to 2002. He was a Senior Adviser to KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani from 2002 to 2004, when he was appointed Minister of State. He also served as the KRG’s liaison officer to the Coalition Provisional Authority in 2003 and to the Multi-National Forces Korean Contingent stationed in Erbil in 2004. Having been tasked with creating the KRG Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) in 2006, Mr. Bakir managed the Department through the duration of the 5th and 6th Cabinets of the KRG and is now serving in the 8th Cabinet, as well. Fluent in Kurdish, English, and Arabic, Mr. Bakir is a well-received lecturer and frequently represents the KRG at international conferences around the world. Mr. Bakir promotes and encourages scholarship and training programs for the people of Kurdistan.

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John Barrasso
John Barrasso
Senator from Wyoming, United States Senate

Senator John Barrasso has a long and distinguished career in both medicine and public service. In 2012, Barrasso was reelected to the US. Senate with over 75% of the vote to represent his home state of Wyoming. He is the fourth-ranking member in the Senate Republican leadership as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. He serves on committees that directly impact Wyoming’s economy, energy interests, public lands, national parks, and trade. He is also Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus. Senator Barrasso is known by many as Wyoming’s Doctor. During his 24 years as an orthopedic surgeon, Barrasso served as President of the Wyoming Medical Society and was named Wyoming Physician of the Year. Barrasso has three children: Peter, Emma, and Hadley. He and his wife Bobbi live in Casper.

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Christine Beerli
Christine Beerli
Permanent Vice President, International Committee of the Red Cross

In January 2008, Ms Beerli was appointed permanent Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, which has a mandate based in the Geneva Conventions to protect and assist the victims of armed conflict worldwide. As such, she is a member of the ICRC Assembly – the institution’s supreme governing body – as well as the Assembly Council and the Presidency, where she works closely with the President and acts in his place whenever necessary. This includes handling the ICRC’s external relations and steering ICRC’s humanitarian diplomacy. Her particular areas of focus include helping to ensure the cohesion, smooth running and development of governance mechanisms and internal control, as well as strengthening and developing relationships within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Prior to her ICRC career, Ms Beerli was a senior elected member of the Swiss Federal Parliament, chairing the Foreign Affairs Committee amongst others.

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Daniel Bekele
Daniel Bekele
Executive Director, Africa Division, Human Rights Watch

Daniel Bekele is the Executive Director of the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, where he oversees a global staff and supervises research and advocacy. He also represents the organization before national and international organizations as well as government officials. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Daniel practiced law in Ethiopia as a partner at Abebe Worke & Associates. He served as the legal department director and secretary of the board for United Insurance Co., and he managed Action Aid Ethiopia’s policy research and advocacy departments. Daniel has extensively consulted with non-governmental organizations including Oxfam, ARTICLE 19, Freedom House, and PACT, as well as with USAID and the World Bank. He has worked in varying capacities with numerous civil society organizations, and led the national-level campaign for the Global Call to Action against Poverty. Daniel’s focus includes promoting African civil society organizations, human rights, and good governance.

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Dawisson Belém Lopes
Dawisson Belém Lopes
Professor of International and Comparative Politics, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)

Dawisson Belém Lopes is a Professor of International and Comparative Politics at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) and a researcher of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) in Brazil. He also takes up a position in the Steering Committee of UFMG’s Centre for East Asian Studies and is a full member of the Research Network on International Governance, Globalization, and the Transformation of the State (a multinational research network based in Belgium). Over the last five years, he has collaborated with international research teams in Australia, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Chile, and the USA on a variety of topics related to intergovernmental organizations and Latin American politics. His current research interests revolve around the intricate relationship between foreign policy making and democratization around the world and at the global level. He is the author of three books, two of which on contemporary Brazilian foreign policy, and has published numerous articles in Brazilian scientific journals and media outlets.

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Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr.
Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr.
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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Michael Bociurkiw
Michael Bociurkiw
Former Spokesperson, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

Michael Bociurkiw is a Canadian writer, speaker and development professional who has worked on emergencies on several continents, most recently as a spokesman for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. Michael is a two-time TEDx speaker and a former spokesperson for UNICEF, representing the organization in East Jerusalem, Geneva (global spokesperson) and elsewhere. Michael has been an integral part of teams managing emergencies, crises, and facilitation of aid, recovery and investigation. During his more than two years with the OSCE he also acted as de facto spokesperson for the crash of MH17 in July 2014. Michael is a contributor to CNN.com, the Huffington Post and a frequent guest on CNN International, BBC World and NPR. His OpEd and reporting pieces have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Forbes and MSNBC.com. Michael is currently completing a book on his experiences in the development business.

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Greta Bossenmaier
Greta Bossenmaier
Chief, Communications Security Establishment

Ms. Greta Bossenmaier was appointed Chief, Communications Security Establishment effective February 9, 2015. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Bossenmaier held a variety of senior positions in the federal government including: Deputy Minister of the Afghanistan Task Force in the Privy Council Office; Senior Associate Deputy Minister of International Development and Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development; and Executive Vice-President and the Vice-President of Innovation, Science and Technology at the Canada Border Services Agency. Ms. Bossenmaier began her career in the Canadian public service as a Defence Scientist in the Department of National Defence. She then accepted an international assignment with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Ms. Bossenmaier holds a Master of Science degree in Operational Research from Stanford University in California and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba.

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Ralf Brauksiepe
Ralf Brauksiepe
Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany

Dr. Ralf Brauksiepe has been serving since December 2013 as Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defence. He focuses on the areas covered by the directorates for policy, defense planning, forces policy, and strategy and operations, as well as those covered by the budget directorate. Studying on a scholarship by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Brauksiepe earned a Diplom (1990) and a Doctorate (1995) in economics from the Ruhr University Bochum. Between 1996 and 1998 he was a research assistant in Bochum. Since the 1998 election he has been a member of the Bundestag. Between 2002 and 2005, Brauksiepe was the conservative`s parliamentary group’s senior representative on the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development and the Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development. From October 2009 to December 2013, he served as Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

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Ian Brodie
Ian Brodie
Associate Director, Centre for Military, Strategic and Security Studies, University of Calgary

Ian Brodie is Associate Director at the Centre for Military, Strategic and Security Studies at the University of Calgary. From 2009 to 2013, he worked at the Inter-American Development Bank. From 2005 to 2008, he was Chief of Staff to Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. He is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Rosa Brooks
Rosa Brooks
Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Georgetown University Law Center

Rosa Brooks is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. She also writes a column for Foreign Policy and serves as a Senior Fellow at New America.  From 2009-2011, Brooks served as Counselor to Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy. From 2005-2009, Brooks was a weekly op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Brooks’ experience also includes stints as a Senior Advisor at the US Department of State, as the Special Counsel to the President of the Open Society Foundations and as a consultant for Human Rights Watch. Brooks has taught at Yale Law School, Harvard and the University of Virginia, and has served as a fellow at the Carr Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She currently serves on the Open Society Foundation’s US Programs Advisory board and the Harper’s Magazine Foundation Board. Her most recent book, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything, was published in August 2016 by Simon and Schuster. She is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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

Leslie Campbell has directed the National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) programs in the Middle East and North Africa region since 1996.  Prior to that Mr. Campbell worked for NDI in Russia and Bosnia.  NDI’s programs support political reform, parliamentary strengthening and civil society development throughout the region. Mr. Campbell has served on task forces and study groups on Middle East democracy at the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the United States Institute of Peace and is a member of the Agenda Working Group for the Halifax International Security Forum. Mr. Campbell also comments and writes on the topic of Canadian politics and party reform.  Before joining NDI, Mr. Campbell was 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 B.A. from the University of Manitoba. He is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Ömer Çelik
Ömer Çelik
Minister for European Union Affairs, Republic of Turkey, Ministry for European Union Affairs, Turkey

Ömer Çelik serves as the Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator of the 65th Turkish Government since 24 May 2016. He previously served as Minister of Culture and Tourism of the 61st Turkish Government between January 2013 and September 2015. He previously served as AK Party’s Vice Chairman in charge of Foreign Affairs between March 2010 and January 2013 and in charge of Promotion and Media between September 2015 and May 2016. He has also served as Political Advisor to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan since 2002, was elected as the Deputy of Adana in 22nd, 23rd and 24th legislative periods, and is a Member of NATO Assembly of Parliamentarians Turkish Group, Turkish Grand National Assembly Commission of Foreign Relations and Commission of Environment. He graduated from Gazi University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, the Department of Public Administration and got his master’s degree from the same university, in the Department of Political Science. He is a political scientist and strategist.

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Lamine Cissé
Lamine Cissé
Former Chief of Defense Staff; Former Minister of Interior; President of the Board, Partners West Africa-Senegal

General Lamine Cissé is currently the Chairman of the Board of  “Partners – West Africa- Sénégal.” He has also held various positions in Senegal, including Inspector General of the Armed Forces, Chief of Defense, and Minister of Interior. Internationally, General Cissé has held positions such as Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for West Africa. General Cissé graduated from the Military Academy Saint-Cyr (France), Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth, ‘’Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale’’Paris, and US National Defense University. Cissé won the “Visionary Award” of the African Center of Strategic Studies Washington DC. He is Honoris Causa  of  the U.S. National Defense University, as well as Member of the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT), and the African Security Sector Networl. He is President and Founder of the “Observatoire International de la Démocratie et de la Gestion des Crises et Conflits” (OIDEC). General Cissé is also the author of “Carnets Secrets D’Une Alternance”, 2001, and has co-authored the book “Learning from West African Experiences in Security Sector Governance.”

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Tom Clark
Tom Clark
Chief Political Correspondent, Global News and Host, The West Block with Tom Clark

Mr. Tom Clark is Chief Political Correspondent for Global News and Host of the network’s flagship political show The West Block with Tom Clark. With Tom at the helm the show has become the most watched political show in Canada. Tom is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected journalists. He has interviewed every Prime Minister since Lester B. Pearson and covered every federal election campaign since 1974. Before joining Global News, he was CTV bureau chief in Beijing during the early 1980’s, and spent five years as the bureau chief in Washington DC. Tom has spent much of his career traveling the world, reporting from 33 countries and six active war zones, most recently Afghanistan. He was in Berlin when the wall fell and in Tiananmen Square the night the Chinese army attacked.

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Steve Clemons
Steve Clemons
Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic and Editor-in-Chief AtlanticLIVE & QuartzLIVE

Mr. Steve Clemons attended the Forum in 2011 as a Senior Fellow of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. He attended is 2012 and 2013 as Editor-at-Large at The Atlantic, and in 2014 as the Washington Editor-At-Large for The Atlantic and Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE and QuartzLIVE. He is also Editor-at-Large for Quartz. At AtlanticLIVE, The Atlantic’s premium events division, Clemons develops concepts and editorial content and leads programs as an interviewer, moderator, and host. Clemons joined The Atlantic in June 2011 from the New America Foundation, a think tank devoted to pragmatic, non-ideological policy innovation, and intellectual entrepreneurship. He helped launch the Foundation twelve years ago, served as its Executive Vice President for eight years, founded its American Strategy Program, and continues to serve there as a Senior Fellow. Mr. Clemons also served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, as Senior Policy Advisor on Economic and International Affairs to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and as the first Executive Director of the Nixon Center. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Council on Geopolitical Risk.

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Eliot Cohen
Eliot Cohen
Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Eliot A. Cohen is Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and founding director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies there.   His books include Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles Along the Great Warpath that made the American Way of War (2011), Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime (2002), and (with John Gooch) Military Misfortunes:  The Anatomy of Failure in War (1990). His next book, The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force will be published by Basic Books in January 2017. His public service includes, most recently, two years as Counselor of the Department of State from 2007 to 2009. He is a co-founder of the John Hay Initiative, a network of conservative foreign experts. He can be followed on Twitter @EliotACohen.

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Heather A. Conley
Heather A. Conley
Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic and Director, Europe Programs, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Heather A. Conley is senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and director of the Europe Program at CSIS. Prior to joining CSIS in 2009, she served as executive director of the Office of the Chairman of the Board at the American National Red Cross. From 2001 to 2005, she served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibilities for U.S. bilateral relations with the countries of northern and central Europe. From 1994 to 2001, she was a senior associate with an international consulting firm led by former U.S. deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage. Ms. Conley began her career in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She was selected to serve as special assistant to the coordinator of U.S. assistance to the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. Ms. Conley is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Arctic and is frequently featured as a foreign policy analyst on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, and PBS. She received her B.A. in international studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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Chris Coons
Chris Coons
Senator from Delaware, United States Senate

Senator Chris Coons has served in the United States Senate since 2010 and is a member of the Senate Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees. He is the senior Democrat on two subcommittees: the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.  Senator Coons’ election to the Senate in 2010 followed a decade of service in New Castle County, Delaware government, including positions as New Castle County Council President and New Castle County Executive. Prior to serving as County Executive, Coons worked as an attorney for Delaware-based W.L. Gore & Associates, one of the 200 largest privately held companies in the United States. Coons graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Chemistry and Political Science, and earned his law degree from Yale Law School and a Master’s in Ethics from Yale Divinity School.

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Paula Dobriansky
Paula Dobriansky
Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky has attended the Forum since 2009, most recently as a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Chair, National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America. From 2010–2012, she was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters, and also held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the US Naval Academy. She served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs (2001-2009) and from 2007-2009, as the President’s Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. She received the Secretary of State’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, for her work in these positions. Other high level government positions include: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Deputy Head of the US Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), and Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, the White House. From 1997- 2001, she served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington Office of the Council on Foreign Relations and was the first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Ambassador Dobriansky received a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude in International Politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University.

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Richard  Fadden
Richard Fadden
Former National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, Canada

Mr. Richard B. Fadden was the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister from January 2015 to April 2016. Over the course of his career, Mr. Fadden has worked in a variety of different positions across the Government of Canada including Deputy Minister of National Defence, Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Deputy Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada, and President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Mr. Fadden also served as Deputy Clerk and Counsel in the Privy Council Office. Mr. Fadden holds a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Montréal, and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from McGill University. He is a native of the Province of Quebec and is married with two children.

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Michael Fallon
Michael Fallon
Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom

The Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon KCB MP was appointed Secretary of State for Defence in July 2014. Prior to that he was Minister for Business and Energy, a joint post based at both the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.  Between January 2014 and July 2014 he was also Minister for responsibility for Portsmouth. Michael has been MP for Sevenoaks, Kent, since 1997. Previously, he was MP for Darlington from 1983 to 1992. He was a minister in the Department for Education and Science in 1990. He has also held positions on the Treasury Select Committee and as deputy chairman of the Conservative Party. Michael is a former director of Quality Care Homes plc (nursing homes), Just Learning LTD (nurseries),Attendo AB (Scandinavian social and health care) and Tullett Prebon plc (inter-dealing broking). Born in Scotland and married with two children, Michael was educated at Epsom College and St Andrews University.

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Dean Fealk
Dean Fealk
Partner and Group Chair, DLA Piper

Dean Fealk serves as outside general counsel to the Halifax International Security Forum. He is also a partner at global law firm DLA Piper. He advises leading multinational companies on a wide range of legal and strategic issues related to international business. Dean is active in business and civic leadership in California, serving on the board of directors of the Bay Area Council, the California Business Roundtable. He is an appointed advisor to the US Department of Commerce, US Trade Representative and California Governor’s Office. He represented California as the Governor’s trade and investment delegate to China and Mexico. Dean is a Fulbright Scholar, Presidential Leadership Scholar, Marshall Memorial Fellow, and Truman National Security Fellow. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics, Leadership San Francisco, and the executive leadership program at Harvard Business School.

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Ralf Fücks
Ralf Fücks
President, Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Ralf Fücks has written widely on environmental policy and political economy, and is currently President of the Heinrich Böll Fundation, an influential public policy organization advancing green visions and projects. He has served as leader of the national Green Party in Germany and as senator for the environment and urban development in the state of Bremen.

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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 coalition of senior business, military, and NGO leaders that advocates for strengthening global development and national security. He is also adjunct faculty at the Elliott School for Public Affairs at George Washington University, where he teaches the graduate seminar on transatlantic relations in the 21st century. He previously served as Director of Foreign Policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States where he led Transatlantic Trends, an annual survey of foreign policy attitudes in the United States and Europe, and as Executive Director of the Council for European Studies. He has written numerous scholarly books, articles, and policy briefs on contentious politics, social movements, and democratization. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. He is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Rose Gottemoeller
Rose Gottemoeller
Deputy Secretary General, NATO

Rose Gottemoeller took up her position in October 2016, after serving nearly five years as the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. Department of State. As Under Secretary, Gottemoeller advised the Secretary of State on arms control, nonproliferation and political-military affairs. She was acting in this position from 2012 to 2014, while concurrently serving as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (2009-2014). In this capacity, she was the chief U.S. negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation, which entered into force on February 5, 2011 and is currently in implementation. During her time as Undersecretary of State, Gottemoeller focused on defense and security cooperation in Europe and Asia, peacekeeping policy and training, and weapons and mine abatement in post-conflict locales around the world. Prior to the Department of State, beginning in 2000, she was a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, with joint appointments to the Nonproliferation and Russia programs. She served as the Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center in 2006-2008. From 1998 to 2000, as Deputy Under Secretary of Energy for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation and before that, Assistant Secretary and Director for Nonproliferation and National Security at the U.S. Department of Energy, she was responsible for all nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and the Newly Independent States. Prior to her work at the Department of Energy, Gottemoeller served for three years as Deputy Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. From 1993 to 1994, she served on the National Security Council staff as Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs, with responsibility for nuclear threat reduction in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus. Previously, she was a social scientist at RAND and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. She has taught on Soviet military policy and Russian security at Georgetown University and is fluent in Russian. Gottemoeller was born in Columbus, Ohio. She received a B.S. from Georgetown University, and an M.A. from George Washington University. She is married to Raymond Arnaudo, a retired diplomat and expert on polar policy. They have two grown sons, Daniel and Paul, who work in information technology.

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Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
President, Republic of Croatia

President Grabar-Kitarović began her career in 1992 in the Ministry of Science and Technology and in 1993 moved on to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she held various positions. She was Minister Counselor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2003, and in November 2003 was elected as a Member of Parliament in the 7th electoral district. That same year, she was sworn in as the Minister of European Integration, and in 2005 was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, an office she held until 2008.  In 2008, President Grabar-Kitarović became the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States of America. In 2011, she was appointed NATO Assistant Secretary-General for Public Diplomacy, a position she held until 2014, as the first woman to be Assistant Secretary-General in the history of NATO she became the highest-ranking woman in NATO. She is married and is a mother of two. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and has some command of Italian, French and German.

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Jerrold Green
Jerrold Green
President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Council on International Policy

Dr. Jerrold D. Green is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles. Green has lived and worked in Egypt, where he was a Fulbright Fellow, Iran, and Israel. He has recently returned from a visit to Iran where he had extensive meetings with senior government officials. Dr. Green is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the US Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP) and the United States Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel, where he was awarded the Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award for his service. Green has written widely on Middle East themes, focusing on American Middle East policy, the role of religion in the region, inter-Arab relations, and Arab and Iranian politics. He is also a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Yalda Hakim
Yalda Hakim
Presenter, Impact, and Correspondent, BBC World News

Yalda Hakim is an award winning foreign correspondent and currently anchors the flagship program, Impact on BBC World News. She joined BBC World News in December 2012 as a presenter and correspondent and made her on-screen debut in March 2013 presenting a special three part series of Our World entitled, Iraq: Ten Years On. For the past twelve months Yalda has reported extensively from Iraq on the rise of ISIS, and from Nigeria on the country’s fight against Boko Haram. Her other investigations include the United States’ use of drones in Yemen, people-trafficking and torture of Ethiopian migrants in Yemen, and following the Bangladesh garment factory collapse, uncovered workers still being put at risk in unsafe premises. Yalda was born in Afghanistan and moved to Australia in the late 1980s. She began her career at SBS’s World News Australia and filmed her first story for Dateline in 2008 called ‘Yalda’s Kabul’. Before joining BBC, Yalda was the presenter of SBS Dateline in Austra- lia. Yalda was a finalist for the Australian Young Journalist of the Year Award and won the United Nations Media Peace Prize for Best Australian Television News coverage in 2009.

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Hannes Hanso
Hannes Hanso
Minister of Defence, Republic of Estonia

Mr. Hannes Hanso is the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia. Before taking office, Mr. Hanso was the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Estonia. Mr. Hanso has previously served as the Mayor of Kuressaare, Estonia and as a research fellow at the International Centre for Defence and Security, a Tallinn-based think-tank. Mr. Hanso has also worked for the Delegation of the European Union to China and Mongolia and served as an Adviser to the Finance Minister of the Republic of Estonia and as an adviser to the International Co-operation Department at the Ministry of Defence of Estonia. Mr. Hanso was born on 6 October 1971. He has studied in Sichuan Union University and Heilongjiang University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Development Studies and a Master of Science degree in the field of Asian politics. He is married and has four children.

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Husain Haqqani
Husain Haqqani
Director and Senior Fellow, South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute

Ambassador Husain Haqqani served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2008-2011 and is widely credited with managing a difficult partnership during a critical phase in the global war on terrorism. He also served as advisor to four civilian Pakistani Prime Ministers including Benazir Bhutto and as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka in 1992-93. He is currently Director for South and Central Asia at Hudson Institute in Washington DC where he also co-edits the journal ‘Current Trends in Islamist ideology.’ His books include Pakistan Between Mosque and Military (2005); Magnificent Delusions: US, Pakistan and an Epic History of Misunderstanding (2013) and India v Pakistan: Why can’t we just be friends?.

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Harry Harris
Harry Harris
Commander, United States Pacific Command

Admiral Harry Harris was born in Japan and reared in Tennessee and Florida. Following graduation from the US Naval Academy in 1978, he was designated as a naval flight officer. Harris commanded VP-46, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, the US 6th Fleet, Striking and Support Forces NATO, US Pacific Fleet, and in May 2015, assumed command of the US Pacific Command. Harris has logged 4,400 flight hours, including more than 400 combat hours, in maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. Harris’ graduate education includes Harvard’s Kennedy School, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, Oxford University, and MIT Seminar 21 Fellow.

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Mark Hetfield
Mark Hetfield
CEO, HIAS

Mark Hetfield is president and CEO of HIAS, which, founded in 1881, is the world’s oldest organization dedicated to refugees.  Mark has led the transformation of the organization from one focused on Jewish immigrants to a global agency guided by Jewish values that assists refugees of all faiths and ethnicities and is a major implementing partner of the United Nations Refugee Agency and the U.S. Department of State.  An expert in refugee and immigration law, policy, and programs, Mark’s 27-year career began at HIAS in Rome and has included five positions at HIAS, as well as posts with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, D.C. and Haiti.  As the senior advisor on refugee issues at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, in 2005 he directed a comprehensive and Congressionally authorized study on Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal, which remains relevant today.

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Heather Hurlburt
Heather Hurlburt
Director, New Models of Policy Advocacy Project, New America

Ms. Heather Hurlburt directs the New Models of Policy Change project at New America in Washington. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the National Security Network. 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 Human Rights First, the International Crisis Group, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Congressional Helsinki Commission. She is a frequent media commentator and co-hosts the monthly #Drezburt security program for bloggingheads.tv. Ms. Hurlburt holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. She is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Toshiro Iijima
Toshiro Iijima
Ambassador in charge of Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Mr. Toshiro Iijima is Ambassador in charge of Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan. His expertise in international politics and security is supported by his experience including working as Deputy Director-General of Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) (2013-2015), Director of Western Europe Division (2007-2008) and Executive Assistant to the Foreign Minister (1996-98). He also has wide experience in trade and economic affairs, where he served as Director of Economic Policy Division (2011-2013), and Director of International Trade Division (2008-2011). His overseas posts include First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN and international organizations in Geneva (2000-03) and Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan in Berlin (2003-07). He has held his current post since October 2015.

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Josef Joffe
Josef Joffe
Editor, Die Zeit

Josef Joffe is Editor of the German weekly Die Zeit. Previously he was columnist/editorial page editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (1985-2000). He obtained his Ph.D. in government in 1975 from Harvard. Abroad, his essays and reviews have appeared in: New York Review of Books, New York Times Book Review, Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, New York Times Magazine, New Republic, Weekly Standard, Prospect (London), and Commentaire (Paris). His second career has been in academia. In 2007, he was appointed Senior Fellow of Stanford’s Institute for International Studies. A Courtesy Professor of Political Science at Stanford since 2004, he is also Abramowitz Fellow of the University’s Hoover Institution. He has also taught at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Munich. His most recent books are The Myth of America’s Decline (2014, WW. Norton) and Überpower: America’s Imperial Temptation (2006, translated into German, French and Chinese).

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Manoj Joshi
Manoj Joshi
Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

Manoj Joshi is a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, heading its national security initiative. He is a journalist who has worked with some of the leading newspaper groups of the country. He continues to write regular columns in various newspapers and is also a TV commentator on national and international politics. He has had a long term interest in national security matters. In 2011 he was appointed by the Government of India to the Task Force on National Security chaired by Mr Naresh Chandra to propose reforms in the national security system of the country. He has been a member of the National Security Council’s Advisory Board and is the author of two books on the Kashmir and an edited volume on the US and South Asia. He has also authored  several papers in professional journals and contributed chapters to scholarly works on South Asia. He is a graduate from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University and a Ph.D from the School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University and has held visiting appointments in several universities and institutions.

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Zoran Jolevski
Zoran Jolevski
Minister of Defense, The Republic of Macedonia

Since 12 March 2007, Zoran Jolevski has been the Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the United States. Since then he has also been appointed as non-resident and plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to Mexico and to Brazil. On 20 October 2011, he was appointed as a permanent representative of the Republic of Macedonia to the Organization of American States. Prior to his current role he held positions as the Secretary General of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Macedonia, First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Macedonia to Geneva as well as various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his position as First Secretary, he was responsible for drafting the Memorandum of the Republic of Macedonia for acceding to the World Trade Organization. In November 2008, he was appointed as the Chief Negotiator for the name issue under the auspices of the UN. Jolevski holds a Ph.D. in International Economy, a Master of Science in Law (International Trade Law) and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. Additionally, he holds a postgraduate diploma in international relations and development from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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Tim Kaine
Tim Kaine
Senator from Virginia, United States Senate

The Honorable Tim Kaine serves as US Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Kaine, a member of the Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, and has actively shaped US national security policy since joining the Senate. Kaine has also emerged as a leader on the issue of war powers, launching a bipartisan effort with Senator John McCain to reform the 1973 War Powers Resolution that clearly defines Congress’s role in decisions of war. Kaine began his public service career by taking a year off from law school to work with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras. Kaine entered political life in 1994, serving as a Councilman and then Mayor of Richmond, Virginia until 2001. Kaine was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2001 and Virginia’s 70th Governor in 2005. Kaine has helped lead the US Congressional Delegation at both the 2013 and 2014 Halifax International Security Forum.

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Matake Kamiya
Matake Kamiya
Professor of International Relations, National Defense Academy of Japan

Matake Kamiya is professor of international relations at the National Defense Academy of Japan and a leading security expert in Japan. He is also adjunct research fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, director and senior principal research fellow at the Japan Forum on International Relations, and director of the Japan Association for International Security. His research interests include the Asia-Pacific security, the U.S.-Japan security relations, Japanese foreign and security policies, and nuclear issues including Japan’s non-nuclear policy. Professor Kamiya is co-editor of Introduction to Security Studies, the most widely read textbook on security studies in Japan (Chinese and Korean translations have been published), and author of more than three hundred articles, book chapters and other works in the areas of international relations and international security. The extensive list of his English-language publications has included articles in The Washington Quarterly and Arms Control Today, among others.

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Mikhail Kasyanov
Mikhail Kasyanov
Former Prime Minister of Russia; Co-Leader, Republican Party of People's Freedom

Mikhail Kasyanov, Prime Minister of Russia in 2000-2004, is one of Russia’s democratic opposition leaders, Political Leader of the People’s Freedom Party (PARNAS). The party has been initiating massive protests against lawlessness, corruption and Putin’s aggression in Ukraine. As Prime Minister, Kasyanov’s cabinet launched comprehensive structural reforms and implemented systemic transformation measures. During that period the economy and people’s income grew by one third while oil prices were at the level of $20-25 per barrel. Kasyanov was a candidate for president in 2008, but was denied participation on political grounds. In 2006 and 2007 Kasyanov initiated and led Marches of Dissenters, the first large protests against anti-democratic drift in Russia. Prior to serving as Prime Minister, Kasyanov served as Finance Minister, Deputy Finance Minister. His time as Finance Minister saw Russia’s first non-deficit budget.

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Rachel Kleinfeld
Rachel Kleinfeld
Senior Associate, Democracy and Rule of Law Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld is a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she focuses on conflict, governance, and security. Her next book (Knopf, 2018) looks at how counties that overcame extreme violence achieved their success. Dr. Kleinfeld served for a decade as the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project, for which Time Magazine named her one of the top U.S. political leaders under 40.  From 2011-2014 she was chosen by Hillary Clinton to serve on the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, which advised the Secretary of State quarterly.  Rachel is the author of Advancing the Rule of Law Abroad: Next Generation Reform, which was named one of the best foreign policy books of 2012 by Foreign Affairs magazine. Rachel received her D. Phil from Oxford, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze
Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration

Before being appointed in April of 2016 to the post of Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration since 2014 she was a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament, served as a First Deputy Chairperson of Foreign Affairs Committee and led Ukraine’s Parliamentary Delegation to NATO PA. Since mid-2011 was heading Yalta European Strategy – an independent international network promoting the development of fair, democratic and prosperous Ukraine and supporting reforms necessary for Ukraine’s European integration. Since October 2007, Ivanna worked as a Deputy Director of Programs, and later – as a Director of the International Charity Organization “Open Ukraine Foundation”. For 5 years (2002-2007) Ivanna was the Radio BBC Ukrainian Service correspondent in the USA (Washington D.C.) and in the Caucasus (Tbilisi). From 1998 till 2002 she worked for the East-West Institute’s Kyiv Center as a Project Manager and for one year carried out the responsibilities of EWI KC’s Acting Director. Ivanna began her career in 1993 year as a Project Manager at the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR) in Kyiv, and later became the Head of the Department of International Relations in UCIPR.  Mrs. Klympush-Tsintsadze is co-editor of the book: “Black Sea Region: Cooperation and Security Building”.

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Kathleen Koch
Kathleen Koch
Author, Journalist, and Founder of LeadersLink

Ms. Kathleen Koch has attended the Forum since 2011 as a Washington-based author, speaker, moderator, freelance journalist, and founder and executive director of LeadersLink, the first non-profit to harness and share elected officials’ disaster lessons learned to help communities better prevent, prepare for, and recover from similar crises. Koch developed her expertise while covering numerous disasters for CNN including Hurricane Katrina. She anchored two prize-winning documentaries on the recovery of her hometown, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and recorded its journey in a best-selling book, Rising from Katrina, which was named Best Non-fiction in the Southeast Region in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards. For 18 years, Koch was a CNN Washington correspondent specializing in aviation reporting and covering the Pentagon, White House, and Capitol Hill where she received multiple awards including the Peabody. Koch currently writes op-eds for publications including CNN.com, USA Today, and U.S. News & World Report.

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Yoji Koda
Yoji Koda
Vice Admiral, Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force

Vice Admiral Koda is a graduate of Japan Defense Academy (1972), JMSDF Staff College, and the U.S. Naval War College. As a surface officer, he took commanded of JS Sawayuki (DD-125) and Fleet Escort Force at sea. His shore duty includes Director General (DG) for Plans and Operations, Maritime Staff and Joint Staff. He retired from JMSDF as Commander in Chief, Self-Defense Fleet, in 2008. Then, he was invited to Asia-Center, Harvard University as a research fellow on Chinese Naval Strategy from June 2009 to July 2011. He is a proficient writer and his recent articles include: “The Russo-Japanese War: Primary Causes of Japanese Success,” U.S. Naval War College, and “Japanese Perspective on China’s Rise as a Naval Power, “Harvard Asia Quarterly. He contributed to Refighting the Pacific War, U.S. Naval Institute Press. He had served as an advisor to National Security Secretariat of GOJ until March 2016.

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David Kramer
David Kramer
Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy

David J. Kramer joined the McCain Institute as Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy in November 2014. Before that, he served for four years as President of Freedom House. Prior to that, he was a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Kramer served eight years in the US Department of State, including as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (responsible for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus affairs as well as regional non-proliferation issues); and Professional Staff Member in the Secretary’s Office of Policy Planning; and Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Global Affairs. Kramer has been an Adjunct Professor at the Elliott School for International Affairs at The George Washington University. Kramer is a member of the Board of Directors and the Agenda Working Group of the Halifax International Security Forum.

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Francois Lafond
Francois Lafond
President, Blue Networks and Opportunities

François Lafond is Associate Professor in Sciences Po Paris (Euro-American campus), and at Paris-Sud University and senior member of the Italian think tank Volta. Previously, he was the executive director of EuropaNova (2013-2016), secretary general of the French Aspen Institute, and director of the Paris office of The German Marshall Fund of the US (2008-2011). Before, François Lafond was a special adviser of the Italian Minister for Regional Affairs (Rome, 2007-8), of the Italian undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Rome, 2006-7). Former deputy director of Policy Network (London, 2003-6), secretary general of the think tank Notre Europe (Paris, 1999-2003), research associate at the European University Institute (Florence, 1992-9). He is International consultant for Navigator Shipping Consultants (Athens), regular collaborator of European media (France 24, Rai3 Mondo, France Forum). He has translated from Italian to French the book from Sandro Gozi, Génération ERASMUS (2016) and is “Ufficiale dell’ordine della Stella d’Italia“.

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Isabelle Lasserre
Isabelle Lasserre
Deputy Editor, Le Figaro

Isabelle Lasserre is deputy editor at the international desk of Le Figaro. She is actually in charge of the diplomatic and strategic affairs. Before that, she has been the Defense correspondent of Le Figaro. She has also been correspondent of the newspaper in Moscow, and a war correspondent for more than 10 years, covering the conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Tchechnya, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israël. She has published two books, one about the French diplomacy and another about the French secret war in Mali. She is also producer of a geopolitics radio emission at France Culture during the summer, “A week in the world”.

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Jean-Yves Le Drian
Jean-Yves Le Drian
Minister of Defence, Ministry of Defence, France

After having been elected Deputy for Morbihan in 1978 for the first time, Jean-Yves Le Drian left the National Assembly in 2007. All along these mandates, he sat on the National defence committee. He was more specifically involved in Defence matters and, among others, he was rapporteur for the budget of the French Navy, as well as rapporteur for the commission of inquiry on the safety of Sea transport of dangerous products and polluting agents. President François Mitterrand appointed Jean-Yves Le Drian as Junior Minister for the Sea (1991-1992) to Paul Quilès, who was Minister for Public Works, Housing, Transport and Space (Edith Cresson Cabinet). Among others, he was in charge of setting up the modernization policy of the harbours (reform of the dockers). In 2004, François Hollande, the then First Secretary of the Socialist Party, appointed him as National Secretary in charge of defence matters. He entrusted him with a similar responsibility as Head of the Defence pole during the 2012 Presidential campaign. The President of the Republic appointed Jean-Yves Le Drian as Minister for Defence on May 16, 2012. Jean-Yves Le Drian completed Military service (1972-1973) with Transport battalion GET 512 (Groupement d’escadrons de transport) in Saint-Lô, Normandy.

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Seongmin Lee
Seongmin Lee
Student, Columbia University

Seongmin is a North Korean defector who escaped from his home country in December 2009, arriving in South Korea in 2010. Prior to escaping, he conducted his own underground business in smuggling over the North Korean–Chinese border and engaged in various state institutions such as the provincial People’s Security Bureau and the provincial Worker’s Party as. He testified about the North Korean human rights situation at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2012. Following this, he worked as a student journalist at the Ministry of Unification in Seoul, South Korea, for one year and went on to serve as an assistant to Barry Devolin, former Assistant Deputy Speaker on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Seongmin is now studying at Columbia University in New York City where he is majoring in economics-political science.

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Joseph Lengyel
Joseph Lengyel
Chief, United States National Guard Bureau

General Joseph L. Lengyel is the 28th Chief of the National Guard Bureau and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He advises the President, Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and is the Department of Defense’s official channel of communication to the Governors and State Adjutants General on all matters pertaining to the National Guard. He is responsible for ensuring that the more than 453,000 Army and Air National Guard personnel are accessible, capable and ready to protect the homeland and to provide combat ready resources to the Army and Air Force. Prior to his current assignment, General Lengyel served as the Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau.  He is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours primarily in the F-16. Additionally, General Lengyel served as the Senior United States Defense Official; Chief, Office of Military Cooperation; and Defense Attaché, Cairo, United States Central Command, Cairo, Egypt.

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María Victoria Llorente
María Victoria Llorente
Executive Director, Fundación Ideas para la Paz

For the past 10 years, María Victoria Llorente has been the Director of Fundación Ideas para la Paz (FIP), the most relevant think tank in Colombia on peace and security issues. Prior to this Ms. Llorente was the director of a citizen security and justice program at Los Andes University. She has also been a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, the Colombian National Police, the Colombian Ministries of Justice and Interior, the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace and the Office of the Mayor of Bogotá in issues related to peace, citizen security, crime prevention, police reform and drug policy. Ms. Llorente has been designated by the government in several high-level advisory commissions on police reform, criminal justice, drug policy reform and intelligence archives. From 1988 to 1994 she served at the office of the High Commissioner of Peace, the office of the National Defense and Security Adviser, and the office of the Minister of Defense.

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Ram Madhav
Ram Madhav
Party Vice President and General Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party

Mr. Ram Madhav is the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Director of the India Foundation. India Foundation is an independent think tank focused on the issues, challenges and opportunities of the Indian polity. Mr. Madhav has also held the positions of being the national executive member and the spokesperson of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS); in this capacity he held the interface between the RSS, media and the intelligentsia. Mr. Madhav has been a journalist for more than 30 years and is the author of several books. His latest book was ‘Uneasy Neighbours – India and China after 50 years of the war’, written on the eve of the 50 years of the 1962 war between India & China. The book proposes that the two countries will remain fierce competitors and hence it is imperative for India to understand the thinking, tactics and trajectory of its ‘uneasy neighbour’. Mr. Madhav has also extensively travelled and visited 30 countries to interact with the political, academic and thought leadership.

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John McCain
John McCain
Senator from Arizona, United States Senate

The Honorable John McCain has attended the Forum since 2009 as a Republican Senator of the state of Arizona. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986. Senator McCain attended college at the United States Naval Academy and launched a 22-year career as a naval aviator upon his graduation. Senator McCain’s last Navy duty assignment was to serve as the naval liaison to the United States Senate. He retired from the Navy in 1981. His naval honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1982, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, serving until his election to the U.S. Senate. Senator McCain is currently the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He also serves on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and the Committee on Indian Affairs.

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Herbert McMaster
Herbert McMaster
Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

H. R. McMaster is Deputy Commanding General, Futures, US Army Training and Doctrine Command. His previous commands include Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning; Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force Shafafiyat (Transparency) in Kabul; and the Third Cavalry Regiment in Colorado and Iraq. He holds a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He taught history at West Point and is author of Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam.  McMaster is Senior Consulting Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War Revolution and Peace, Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, and contributing editor for Survival.

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Walter Russell Mead
Walter Russell Mead
Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute, James Clarke Chace Professor at Bard College, and Editor-At-Large at The American Interest

Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College, the Distinguished Scholar in American Strategy and Statesmanship for the Hudson Institute, and the Editor-at-Large for The American Interest, where he directs the popular Via Meadia blog. He previously served as the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. The author of God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (2008), Professor Mead is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and the United States book reviewer for Foreign Affairs. His next book, The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People, will be published by Knopf in early 2017.

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Denis Mercier
Denis Mercier
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

General Denis Mercier joined the French Air Force in 1979, earned an Aeronautics Engineering Degree and qualified as a fighter pilot in 1983. He acquired extensive experience both as a fighter pilot, having logged more than 3000 flying hours, including 182 in combat missions, and as an operational commander since he had participated in numerous NATO exercises and operations throughout his career. All along his rich and diversified career, he had been Deputy Head of the Combined Joint Task Force branch at Regional Headquarters AFNORTH in Brunssum, Commander of Reims Air Force Base in France, Commander of the French Air Force Academy in Salon-de-Provence, Senior Military Advisor to the Minister of Defense and French Air Force Chief of Staff. General Mercier was appointed Supreme Commander Allied Command Transformation on 30 September 2015. He has been awarded the rank of Commander of the French Legion of Honor. Among other distinctions, is an officer of the National Order of Merit and has been awarded the Canadian Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division). He is married to Agnès and they have three children.

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Mauricio Meschoulam
Mauricio Meschoulam
Mexico Research Center for Peace, Universidad Iberoamericana

Mauricio Meschoulam is a Mexican analyst, an international speaker and a professor of international relations since 1993. He has a PhD in Public Policy and Administration with specialization in terrorism, mediation and peace. He has taught at Universidad Iberoamericana, at the National University (UNAM) and the Technological Autonomous Institute (ITAM). His areas of investigation relate to geopolitics, conflicts, terrorism and peacebuilding. He is a columnist for the newspaper El Universal. He also works for radio stations, as well as national and international TV networks such as Televisa and CNN, analyzing international affairs. He founded and is the director of the Mexican Research Center for Peace, which is currently conducting research about the psychosocial effects of violence in Mexico, the impact of fear, and the role of the mass media. The Center also develops training programs and public policy recommendations. These research projects have been published internationally and are being replicated in other countries. Mauricio’s most recent books are: Syria’s war, five years of analysis, and ISIS, understanding its war to find the peace.

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Jeanne Meserve
Jeanne Meserve
Senior Fellow, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University

Ms. Jeanne Meserve has been an Anchor and Correspondent for CNN and ABC News, winning two Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and an Edward R. Murrow Award. As Director of Training for The Communication Center, she now travels the world providing executive coaching to clients from top corporations, government, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. This year she conducted national security conversations with presidential contenders for Americans for Peace, Prosperity, and Security. She also moderates interviews and policy debates for the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and other academic and policy groups. She continues to do voiceover and on-camera work and is a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and a member of the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Advisory Committee. A graduate of Middlebury College, Meserve is a recipient of the college’s Alumni Achievement Award. Find her on Twitter: @JeanneMeserve.

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Pauline Neville-Jones
Pauline Neville-Jones
Chairman, Cyber Security Advisory Panel to the Bank of England

Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones has attended the Forum in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014, most recently as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative to Business on Cybersecurity. Pauline is a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Chairman of the Advisory Panel to the Bank of England on Cyber Security. From 2010 to 2011 she was Minister of State in the Home Office responsible for Security and Counter terrorism and a member of the National Security Council. On stepping down from government she became the Prime Minister’s Special Representative to Business on Cyber Security until March 2014. Pauline has a background in government and the private sector. She was a career member of the Diplomatic Service from 1963 to 1996 during which time she was Head of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet. Among other places, she served in Washington, DC, the European Commission (as Chef de Cabinet to a British Commissioner), and Germany. As Political Director in the FCO, she led the UK delegation to the Dayton Peace negotiations on Bosnia. She became Managing Director for business development at NatWest Markets, the investment banking arm of the NatWest Group in 1996 and non executive Chairman of the defence technology group, QinetiQ, from 2004 to 2007. She was a Governor of the BBC from 1997 to 2004. She became David Cameron’s National Security Adviser in opposition from 2007-2010, and was responsible for the creation of the National Security Council.

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Masashi Nishihara
Masashi Nishihara
President, Research Institute for Peace and Security

Masashi Nishihara is President of the Research Institute for Peace and Security. Until March 2006 he served as President of the National Defense Academy, Yokosuka, for six years. In 1977-99 he was Professor of International Relations at the Academy. He received B.A. from Kyoto University, M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra, in 1979, and at the Rockefeller Foundation, New York, in 1981-82. He specializes in international and Asian security. He is the author of many works on Japanese foreign and security policy issues, including U.N. Peacekeeping: Japanese and American Perspectives (co-editor, 1995), Vietnam Joins the World (co-editor, 1997), Nichibei doomei saikoo (The Japan-U.S. Alliance Reconsidered) (co-editor, 2010). He won The Sankei Shimbun’s best Seiron column writer for 2013. In 1986-95 he served on the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London. In 2001-2004 he was a member of Prime Minister Jun’ichiro Koizumi’s Task Force on External Relations. In 2014 he was a member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s consultative committee on the establishment of a national security council, and in 2015 he also was on the same prime minister’s experts panel to prepare for his statement commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. He specializes in East Asian security and international security.

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Jacqueline O'Neill
Jacqueline O'Neill
Director, Inclusive Security

Ms. Jacqueline O’Neill directs Inclusive Security, a DC-based organization that increases the inclusion of women in peace and security processes around the world. She oversees policy, research, and regional programs, as well as support to governments and civil society on national strategies and action plans. Ms. O’Neill trains military, police, and civilians serving NATO, the UN, the US military, and others. As Director, she’s testified to US and Canadian House and Senate committees. Previously, Ms. O’Neill was a policy adviser to Canada’s Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific. Along with former Lt. General Roméo Dallaire, she helped found an initiative related to child soldiers. Before joining Inclusive Security in 2006, she was concurrently at the UN Mission in Sudan and at Khartoum’s Ahfad University. She has a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor of commerce from the University of Alberta. Ms. O’Neill is also a member of the Halifax International Security Forum’s Agenda Working Group.

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Tolu Ogunlesi
Tolu Ogunlesi
Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Digital and New Media, Government of Nigeria

Tolu Ogunlesi is Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Digital and New Media. Before now he worked as Strategic Communications Adviser to Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment. Between 2009 and 2015 he worked as a journalist in Nigeria, serving variously as West Africa Editor at The Africa Report, Features Editor and Editorial Board member at NEXT newspaper, and columnist for theSunday Guardian, YNaija and Daily Punch. He regularly contributed to AlJazeera, CNN, the London Guardian, the Financial Times and the New York Times, among others. He is a two-time winner of the CNN Multichoice African Journalism Awards, for Arts & Culture (2009), and Business & Economics (2013); and a 2013 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Creative Arts Fellow. He tweets from @toluogunlesi.

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Dixon Osburn
Dixon Osburn
Executive Director, Center for Justice and Accountability

Mr. Dixon Osburn is the Executive Director of the Center for Justice and Accountability, the leading U.S-based organization pursuing international human rights criminals through litigation.  Emblematic cases include the Jesuits Massacre in El Salvador, the Guatemala Genocide Case and the first Syrian war crimes case.  Mr. Osburn served as Director of the Law & Security Program at Human Rights First from 2010-2014 where he led efforts to end counterterrorism policies that violate the rule of law, including Guantanamo, drones and torture.  Previously, Mr. Osburn co-founded and served as Executive Director of Service Members Legal Defense Network that spearheaded the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  Mr. Osburn has published extensively and has served as a national spokesperson in print, on radio and on television.  He received his JD/MBA from Georgetown University and an AB with distinction from Stanford University. He is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group, and an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project. 

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Petr Pavel
Petr Pavel
Chairman of the Military Committee, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

General Pavel was appointed Chairman of the NATO Military Committee on June 26, 2015. From July 2012 to May 2015, General Petr Pavel served as Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces, the highest-ranking officer in the Army and the Principal Military Adviser to the Czech government. General Pavel graduated from the Army College in Vyškov (CZE) in 1983. Throughout his career, General Pavel has held a wide range of positions, the most prominent being Deputy Military and Air Attaché of the Czech Republic in Belgium, Commander of the Czech Special Forces, Deputy Director Operations Division at the Czech Ministry of Defense, National Military Representative to the US Central Command, and National Military Representative to SHAPE in Belgium. Furthering his education, General Pavel has studied at the Camberley Staff College, the Royal College of Defense Studies, and obtained an M.A. in international relations from King’s College.

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J. Peter Pham
J. Peter Pham
Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council

J. Peter Pham is vice president of the Atlantic Council and director of the Council’s Africa Center. He currently also serves as vice president of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) and editor-in-chief of its peer-reviewed quarterly Journal of the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council in 2011, Dr. Pham was a tenured associate professor of justice studies, political science, and Africana studies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he was director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He is the author of more than 300 essays and reviews and the author, editor, or translator of over a dozen books, including Somalia: Fixing Africa’s Most Failed State (coauthored with Greg Mills and David Kilcullen). In 2015, the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution elected Dr. Pham to the Board of the National Museum of African Art, of which he is presently vice-chair.

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Ilya Ponomarev
Ilya Ponomarev
Former Member of Parliament, State Duma

Ilya Ponomarev has more than 25 years of prominent political stance, complemented with international entrepreneurial and investment experience working in high technology industries with primary focus on IT and energy. In 2007-2016 Hon. Ponomarev served as the member of Russian Parliament – State Duma, chairing Innovations and Venture Capital subcommittee. Ilya Ponomarev is one of leaders of anti-Putin opposition in Russia. He played key role in protests of 2012; he opposed antidemocratic legislation, was the only MP in Duma to vote against annexation of Crimea. Hon. Ponomarev held various positions, most remarkable were vice president of Yukos Oil Company, largest Russian oil and gas corporation, and director for CIS Business Development and Marketing for Schlumberger Oilfield Services. He is also a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Council for Foreign and Defense Policies, Council for National Strategy, member of Global Science and Innovations Council (GSIAC), chaired by Prime Minister of Malaysia.

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Fabrice Pothier
Fabrice Pothier
Senior Associate, Rasmussen Global

Before joining Rasmussen Global, Mr. Pothier served as the Head of Policy Planning for two successive NATO Secretary Generals. While there he developed some of the Alliance’s most consequential initiatives launched at NATO Summit including the Readiness Action Plan, the Defence Capacity Building Initiative and Smart Defence. He advised the NATO Secretary General on a wide range of strategic issues and on his communication strategy, including by drafting landmark speeches and articles for the Munich Security Conference and Foreign Affairs. Before his time at NATO, Mr. Pothier founded Carnegie Europe, the European foreign policy think-tank part of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He instigated debate on strategic issues including relations with Russia and the future of Afghanistan, and published articles and papers, and regularly engaged with the international press. Previously, he was the head of policy analysis and co-founder of the International Council on Security and Development where he led global advocacy campaigns, including in and on Afghanistan. He started his career in London as a senior risk analyst on energy and environmental issues at a strategic consultancy owned by Japanese energy group Osaka Gas. He holds Masters degrees in communications and politics from the UK and France and started his studies in the preparatory class Hypokhâgne and Khâgne. He speaks French, English and Spanish, and lives and works between Spain, Brussels and Copenhagen.

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Antonio Rodiles
Antonio Rodiles
Director, State of SATS

Antonio Rodiles is the Director of State of SATS, a forum created in 2010 by a group of young artists, intellectuals, and professionals to encourage debate about social, cultural, and political issues in Cuba. Mr. Rodiles is also coordinator of the Forum for the Rights and Freedoms. He holds a master’s degree in mathematics from Florida State University and was a Ph.D. candidate in physics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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Michael Rogers
Michael Rogers
Commander, United States Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Agency

Admiral Mike Rogers assumed his present duties as Commander, US Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service in April 2014. Since becoming a flag officer in 2007, Rogers served as the Director for Intelligence for both the Joint Chiefs of Staff and US Pacific Command, and most recently as Commander, US Fleet Cyber Command/US TENTH Fleet. His joint and naval service both afloat and ashore has been extensive to include service on a numbered fleet staff, carrier strike group, and various Naval Security Group elements. Rogers is a native of Chicago and attended Auburn University, graduating in 1981 and receiving his commission via the Navy ROTC. He is also a graduate of the National War College and the Naval War College, holding a Master of Science in National Security Strategy.

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Joshua Rogin
Joshua Rogin
Columnist, Washington Post

Josh Rogin is a columnist for the Global Opinions section of the Washington Post and a political analyst with CNN. Previously, he has covered foreign policy and national security for Bloomberg View, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy magazine, Congressional Quarterly, Federal Computer Week magazine, and Japan’s Asahi Shimbun. He was a 2011 finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and the 2011 recipient of the Interaction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. Josh holds a BA in international affairs from the George Washington University and studied at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. He lives in Washington, DC.

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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. Mr. Rose received a B.A. in Classics from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University. His recent works included How Wars End (Simon & Schuster, 2010), Understanding the War on Terror (edited with James F. Hoge, Jr.; Council on Foreign Relations, 2005) and America and the World: Debating the New Shape of International Politics (edited with James F. Hoge, Jr.; Council on Foreign Relations, 2002).

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Luis Rubio
Luis Rubio
Chairman, Center of Research for Development

Luis Rubio is Chairman of the Center of Research for Development (CIDAC), an independent research institution. He is a prolific writer on political, economic, financial, and international subjects. Before joining CIDAC in the 1970’s, he was planning director of Citibank in Mexico and served as an adviser to Mexico’s Secretary of the Treasury. He is a Contributing Editor of Reforma and Winner of the APRA book award 1985. In 1993, he was given the Dag Hammarskjöld award and in 1998 the National Journalism Award for op-ed pieces. He is author and editor of 48 books, including “A Mexican Utopia: the Rule of Law is Possible”. His previous publication was “NAFTA at Twenty: a political and strategic perspective”. He holds a diploma in financial management, an M.B.A., and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Brandeis University. Luis Rubio is also a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Laurent Ruseckas
Laurent Ruseckas
Senior Advisor, IHS

Laurent Ruseckas is a recognized authority on the global oil and gas industry who advises energy companies and financial institutions in support of their investments in Eurasia and Europe. He is Senior Advisor for Eurasian Gas with IHS, where has worked with the European Commission on the Caspian Development Corporation initiative. He is also Senior Advisor for Eurasia with Veracity Worldwide. Ruseckas joined Cambridge Energy Research Associates in 1991 and led its Caspian Energy practice from 1997 to 2003. Subsequently he headed the Europe and Eurasia practice at the risk consultancy Eurasia Group, and then worked in Azerbaijan as Director of Business Development for Greenoak Holdings. A Russian speaker, Ruseckas holds a B.A. with honors in Russian and Soviet Studies from Harvard College, and he passed comprehensive examinations in the Ph.D. program in political science at Columbia University. He is based in Prague.

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Christopher Sabatini
Christopher Sabatini
Founder and Executive Director, Global Americans, and Adjunct Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Christopher Sabatini is the Founder and Executive Director of the new research non-profit, Global Americans, Editor of its news and opinion website LatinAmericaGoesGlobal.org, and an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. From 2005 to 2014 he was the Senior Director of Policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas and the founder and Editor-in- Chief of the hemispheric policy magazine Americas Quarterly. In 2007, Dr. Sabatini launched AQ and maintained a regular blog on policy in the Americas on the magazine’s website. From 1997 to 2005, Dr. Sabatini was the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy. From 1995 to 1997 he was a Diplomacy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, working at the US Agency for International Development’s Center for Democracy and Governance. He has served as an advisor to the World Bank and the USAID. His work includes an article in the March/April edition of Foreign Affairs titled “Rethinking Latin America,” and an article on ForeignPolicy.com about regional diplomacy titled “The Land of Too Many Summits.” He has a Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia.

 

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Harjit Singh Sajjan
Harjit Singh Sajjan
Minister of National Defence, Department of National Defence, Canada

Harjit Singh Sajjan has served Canada and his community as both a soldier and a police officer. He continues his service to Canada as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver South and as Minister of National Defence. Harjit is a retired Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and a combat veteran. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and served three separate deployments to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Harjit has received numerous recognitions for his service, including the Meritorious Service Medal for reducing the Taliban’s influence in Kandahar Province. He is also a recipient of the Order of Military Merit, one of the military’s highest recognitions. Harjit also served as an Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Harjit was a police officer with the Vancouver Police Department for 11 years. He completed his last assignment as a Detective-Constable with the Gang Crime Unit specializing in organized crime. He proudly tackled gang violence and drug crimes in Vancouver. Harjit is also a human security specialist, and has lectured to a wide audience in both Canada and the United States.

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Paul Salem
Paul Salem
Vice President for Policy and Research, Middle East Institute

Dr. Paul Salem focuses on issues of political change, democratic transition, and conflict, with a regional emphasis on the countries of the Levant and Egypt. Salem writes regularly in the Arab and Western press and has been published in numerous journals and newspapers, in addition to authoring a number of books and reports on the Middle East. Prior to joining MEI, Salem was the founding Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon between 2006 and 2013. From 1999 to 2006, he was Director of the Fares Foundation and in 1989 founded and directed the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies. He played a key role in helping establish the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut and has held several academic positions at AUB. In 2002, Salem served on the senior review committee for the United Nations Development Program’s Arab Human Development Report and in 2006 served on Lebanon’s National Commission for Electoral Law Reform. He was also a founding member of several civil society advocacy groups in Lebanon. Paul Salem is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Lobsang Sangay
Lobsang Sangay
Sikyong, Central Tibetan Administration

Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay has served as the democratically elected head of the Tibetan people and the political successor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama since August 8, 2011. He attended Delhi University, was selected as a Fulbright scholar, and obtained his master’s degree and Doctorate in Law from Harvard Law School, where he was later appointed a Senior Fellow. In an effort to promote Track II Diplomacy, he organized seven major conferences for Chinese, Tibetan, Indian, and Western scholars on contemporary Tibet. Dr. Sangay has been the recipient of multiple awards and honors, and testified before the US Senate in 2008 on the urgency of the Tibetan crisis. He has spoken at universities and think tanks around the world, and his writing has been widely published in international media. Dr. Sangay’s administration has taken major steps to energize the Tibetan people and generate political awareness and social engagement of Tibetans everywhere, including an emphasis on policies that promote widespread, high-quality education, and youth empowerment.

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Randy Scheunemann
Randy Scheunemann
President, Orion Strategies

Randy Scheunemann is a foreign policy analyst based in Washington D.C. He is President of Orion Strategies LLC, a Washington DC-based policy consulting firm. From 2007-2008, Randy Scheunemann served as Director of Foreign Policy and National Security for the McCain-Palin 2008 campaign. In 2002, he founded the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (CLI). In 2001, Scheunemann served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  From 1999-2000, Scheunemann served as Foreign Policy Coordinator for the “McCain 2000” presidential campaign. During 1996, Mr. Scheunemann was a senior adviser to Republican Presidential Candidate Bob Dole. Previously, Mr. Scheunemann served as National Security Adviser to Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott, and on the staffs of the Senate Foreign Relations, the House Foreign Affairs, and the House Republican Policy Committees. Scheunemann serves on the boards of the International Republican Institute, and the Emergency Committee on Israel.  He is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Jeanne Shaheen
Jeanne Shaheen
Senator from New Hampshire, United States Senate

Senator Jeanne Shaheen has served in the United States Senate since 2009 and is a member of the Senate Committees on Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Appropriations, and is Ranking Member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. She is the first woman in U.S. history to be elected both a Governor and a United States Senator. Between her time as Governor and election to the U.S. Senate, Shaheen served as the Director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government. Senator Shaheen earned a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi.

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Robin Shepherd
Robin Shepherd
Senior Advisor, Halifax International Security Forum

Mr. Robin Shepherd is Senior Advisor to the Halifax International Security Forum. He has held senior fellowships with several top think tanks in the United States, Britain, and Europe. Before entering the think tank world, he was a foreign correspondent, firstly for Reuters and subsequently The Times of London, where he was the Moscow bureau chief. He has been associated with Halifax International Security Forum since its inception and is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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David Smolansky
David Smolansky
Mayor, El Hatillo Municipality, Venezuela

David Smolansky is the mayor of the El Hatillo municipality in Caracas, Venezuela. Mr. Smolansky was elected as Mayor in December 2013 and is currently the youngest mayor in Venezuela. Mr. Smolansky holds a B.A. in Journalism from Universidad Catolica Andrés Bello (2004-2009) M.A. in Political Science from Universidad Simón Bolívar (2010-2012), Global Competitiveness Leadership Program at Georgetown University (2010). He was one of the leaders of Venezuela’s Student’s Movement, created in 2007 in opposition to the policies of Hugo Chavez’s government. Mr. Smolansky is a founding member of the political party Voluntad Popular, created by Leopoldo Lopez in 2009, and is currently a member of its National Board of Directors. Award as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCY/TOYP) in the category of political, legal and/or government affairs junior chamber international 2015.

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Janice Gross Stein
Janice Gross Stein
Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management and Founding Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Ms. Janice Gross Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and the Founding 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. She is also a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Constanze Stelzenmüller
Constanze Stelzenmüller
Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Constanze Stelzenmüller, an expert on German, European, and transatlantic foreign and security policy and strategy, is the inaugural Robert Bosch Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. Prior to working at Brookings, she was a Senior Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), where she directed the influential Transatlantic Trends survey program. Her areas of expertise include: transatlantic relations; German foreign policy; NATO; the European Union’s foreign, security, and defense policy; international law; and human rights.

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Dan Sullivan
Dan Sullivan
Senator from Alaska, United States Senate

Dan Sullivan was sworn in as Alaska’s eighth United States Senator on January 6, 2015.  Sullivan serves on four Senate committees vital to Alaska: the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Armed Services Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Sullivan served as Alaska’s Attorney General and Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. As Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Sullivan managed one of the largest portfolios of oil, gas, minerals, renewable energy, timber, land, and water in the world. Sullivan is one of a select number of Alaskan attorneys who has held judicial clerkships on both the highest federal and state courts in Alaska. He served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Andrew Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Fairbanks, Alaska and for Chief Justice Warren Matthews of the Alaska Supreme Court in Anchorage, Alaska.  Sullivan also served as a judicial law clerk/intern for Judge James L. Buckley on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Sullivan has a distinguished record of military and national security service. He is currently an infantry officer and Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.  Over the past 21 years, Sullivan has served in a variety of command and staff billets on active duty and in the reserves, including: TRAP Force Commander and 81mm mortar Platoon Commander, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable); Weapons Company Executive Officer, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines; Commanding Officer, Delta Company, Anti-Terrorism Battalion; Executive Officer, Echo Company, Fourth Reconnaissance Battalion; and Commanding Officer, 6th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO).  In 2004, Sullivan was recalled to active duty for a year and a half to serve as a staff officer to the Commander of U.S. Central Command, General John Abizaid, spending substantial time deployed in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, and Central Asia.  In July 2013, Sullivan was recalled to active duty to serve with a Joint Task Force in Afghanistan focusing on dismantling terrorist networks and criminalizing the Taliban insurgency. Sullivan served in the Administration of President George W. Bush as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He focused on fighting terrorist financing, and implementing policies relating to international energy, economic, trade, finance, transportation, telecommunications, and Arctic issues. Sullivan also served as a Director in the International Economics Directorate of the National Security Council staff at the White House. Sullivan earned a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 1987 and a joint law and Masters of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1993. Dan and his wife Julie Fate Sullivan were married over 20 years ago in Julie’s hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska. They have three teenage daughters: Meghan, Isabella and Laurel.

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Tsuyoshi Sunohara
Tsuyoshi Sunohara
Secretary General, US-Japan Project, and Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Newspaper

Mr. Tsuyoshi Sunohara is now working as a senior staff writer with the Nikkei Newspaper to cover US foreign policy as well as US-Japan relationship and Japan`s security policy in Tokyo. He also works for Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER), an affiliated body of Nikkei, as Secretary-General for US-Japan Project (Mt. Fuji Dialogue) which is a new joint venture between JCER and Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ think tank, JIIA, the Japan Institute of International Affairs) from April, 2014. Mr. Sunohara has also been playing a leading role as Director-General for CSIS (Center for Strategic & International Studies) -Nikkei Virtual Think Tank which has been inaugurated in September, 2011. He has been assigned to station in Washington DC as a political correspondent between 1991 and 1995 as well as 1999 and 2003 to cover the White House, State Department and Pentagon. In 2003, he joined CSIS to become a visiting fellow at their international security program (ISP). He was also a visiting fellow at the Henry L. Stimson Center in 2005. Mr. Sunohara graduated from Sophia University in 1983. In 1987, He was a visiting fellow in the advanced international reporting program (AIRP) of Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University in New York.

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Jonathan Tepperman
Jonathan Tepperman
Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

Jonathan Tepperman is the managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine and author of the upcoming book, The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline (Crown, September 2016). 

Tepperman has spent close to twenty years working on international affairs as an editor, writer, and analyst. He started his career in foreign policy working as a speechwriter at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1994. After stints as a reporter at the Forward and the Jerusalem Post, he joined Foreign Affairs in 1998 as a junior editor. He later moved toNewsweek International, where he was deputy editor (under Fareed Zakaria), and then worked as a political risk consultant before returning to Foreign Affairs in January 2011.

Tepperman has written for a range of publications, including Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New Republic, and others, on subjects ranging from international affairs to municipal politics to food and fashion. Tepperman has interviewed more than a dozen world leaders, including Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Japan’s Shinzo Abe, Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto, Indonesia’s Joko Widodo, and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame. He is the coeditor of the books The U.S. vs. al Qaeda (2011), Iran and the Bomb (2012), and The Clash of Ideas (2012).

Tepperman has a BA in English from Yale, an MA in law from Oxford, and an LLM in law from New York University. He is vice chairman of the Halifax International Security Forum, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow of the New York Institute of Humanities. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

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

Peter Van Praagh is the founding President of Halifax International Security Forum. Peter has served as Senior Director for Foreign Policy and Civil Society at the Washington, DC-based German Marshall Fund of the United States, as Deputy Vice President of Programs at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC, and as Chief of Party for the National Democratic Institute both in the former Soviet Union and in Turkey. In 2006-07, Peter served as Policy Director to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. 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, and Elizabeth.

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Jonathan Vance
Jonathan Vance
Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces

General Jonathan H. (Jon) Vance is the Canadian Armed Forces Chief of the Defence Staff. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1982 and has served in Canada, Germany and on UN Peacekeeping operations with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalions, The Royal Canadian Regiment. General Vance has commanded at all levels within the field force from platoon commander to brigade commander and in combat operations as a Joint Task Force Commander in Afghanistan. Following his tours in Afghanistan, General Vance served in Army headquarters as Chief of Staff Land Strategy and as Director of the Strategic Joint Staff in National Defence Headquarters. He completed a tour as Deputy Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples in July 2014 before assuming the position as Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command in September of the same year. General Vance was appointed Chief of the Defence Staff in July 2015.

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Nirmal Kumar Verma
Nirmal Kumar Verma
Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished International Fellow, United States Naval War College

Admiral (Retd) Nirmal Verma was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1970. The Admiral assumed charge as the 20th Chief of the Naval Staff on August 31, 2009 and retired from service in 2012 on completion of a career spanning over four decades. He had the privilege of commanding three ships during his naval career, including the coveted command of an aircraft carrier. The Admiral is a postgraduate in Defence Studies from Chennai University, India. In his assignments as a Flag Officer, the Admiral has steered the development of maritime capability, formulation of induction policy, guided the HRD program of the Indian Navy, and structured the framework of transformation of the Navy’s combat capability and infrastructure development. Admiral Nirmal Verma is a recipient of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, awarded to him by the Government of India for his meritorious service. Post retirement from the Navy, the Admiral was nominated by the Government of India as the High Commissioner to Canada. He relinquished charge in November 2014. The Admiral is currently the US Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished International Fellow at the Naval War College in Newport, RI.

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

Ambassador Kurt Volker is a leading expert in US foreign and national security policy with some 30 years of experience in a variety of government, academic, and private sector capacities. Ambassador Volker serves as Executive Director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University based in Washington, DC. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, a Senior Advisor at the Atlantic Council, and a Trustee of IAU College in Aix-en-Provence, France. He is a consultant to international business, a member of the Board of Directors of Capital Guardian Funds Trust, and had previously served as Managing Director, International, for BGR Group. He has taught Transatlantic Relations at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. He is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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W. Bruce Weinrod
W. Bruce Weinrod
Senior Counsel, Global Impact

Mr. W. Bruce Weinrod is an attorney and international business advisor. Mr. Weinrod has served as the Secretary of Defense Representative for Europe/Defense Advisor to the US Mission at NATO, and earlier as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO policy, both as a Presidential appointee, and he has also been a senior staff member on Capitol Hill. The author of numerous publications, Mr. Weinrod has been a US 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 a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group and serves as an International Board member of the Geneva Center for Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF). In the private sector, Mr. Weinrod has advises US and foreign companies regarding US and international regulatory, legislative and policy matters. A US Army veteran, Mr. Weinrod has a J.D. from the Georgetown University School of Law and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the District of Colombia Bar.

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Taylor Wilson
Taylor Wilson
Nuclear Physicist, University of Nevada, Reno

Taylor Wilson was born in Texarkana, Arkansas in 1994. In 2009 at age 14, Taylor became the youngest person in history to produce nuclear fusion, and went on to develop many novel nuclear technologies including security, medical, and energy innovations, founding companies to bring these inventions to the marketplace. Alongside running his commercial endeavors, he directs academic laboratories for fundamental and applied research in nuclear science. In addition to these commercial and scientific interests, Taylor is passionate about communicating science to the general public, studies the history of science, and works to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers to use the tools of science and technology to solve the major problems facing our species and improve the lives of others throughout the world.

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Andrew Wood
Andrew Wood
Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

Andrew Wood has been an Associate Fellow of Chatham House for the last decade. He was a member of the British Diplomatic Service between 1961 and 2000. He served three times in Moscow (1964-6, 1979-82 and, as Ambassador, 1995-2000), Belgrade (1975-79, and as Ambassador to Yugoslavia 1985-9) and Washington DC (1967-70 and 1989-92).  He was until recently a regular visitor to Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union on behalf of a number of UK based enterprises, including BP for the term of its partnership with AAR to form TNK-BP. He was the co-author with Lilia Shevtsova of a book published by Carnegie in November 2011, Change or Decay – Russia’s Dilemma and the West’s Response, a contributor to The Russia Challenge published by Chatham House in June 2015, and is a regular commentator on UK media. His most recent analysis was published by The American Interest, Russia in Wonderland. in October this year.

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Moshe Ya’alon
Moshe Ya’alon
Former Minister of Defense, Israel

Defence Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon was born and raised in Kiryat, Chaim, near the city of Haifa. The Yom Kippur War was a turning point in the life of Minister Ya’alon, who decided to return to active service as a professional soldier. Following his studies at the British Staff Collage, he served in various appointments, most notably as a Colonel of Sayeret Matkal and Brigadier General of Judea and Samaria Division. In 1998, he was appointed OC of the Central Command, and in 2002 was appointed as IDF’s Chief of the General Staff, where he led ‘Operation Defensive Shield.’ Minister Ya’alon has held various academic appointments, as a research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a senior fellow at the ‘Shalem Center’ in Jerusalem, and a chairman of the Center for Jewish Identity and Culture, ‘Beit Morasha. After the 2009 elections, he was appointed as Minister for Strategic Affairs and Vice Prime Minister. In 2013, he was appointed as the Defense Minister of the State of Israel.

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Amos Yadlin
Amos Yadlin
Director, Institute for National Security Studies

Amos Yadlin has been the Director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), the leading strategic think tank in Israel, since November 2011. Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yadlin was designated Minister of Defense of the Zionist Union Party in the March 2015 elections. He previously served for over 40 years in the Israel Defense Forces, nine of which as a member of the IDF General Staff. His positions included IDF’s Chief of Defense Intelligence, IDF Attaché to the United States, and Commander of the IDF Military Colleges and the National Defense College. As a former deputy commander of the Israel Air Force, he commanded two fighter squadrons and two airbases, accumulated about 5000 flight hours, and flew more than 250 combat missions behind enemy lines. Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yadlin has published articles in Israeli and leading international journals, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the Wall Street Journal. Yadlin holds a B.A. in economics and business administration from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as a Wexner Israel Fellow.

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