is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served the U.S. government as an aide to the late senators Henry M. Jackson and Daniel P. Moynihan; Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs; Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights in the Reagan administration; and Special Assistant to the President for Democracy, Human Rights, and International Organizations, and then Deputy National Security Advisor in the George W. Bush administration. A former Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, he is currently a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.
is a leading proponent of women's rights in the Islamic world. She is president of Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) and executive director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies. She chaired the English department at the National University of Iran, founded the Association of Iranian University Women, and served as secretary general of the Women's Organization of Iran and minister of state for women's affairs prior to the Islamic revolution. She is the author of many books on women's roles in the Islamic world, including Safe and Secure: Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls in Muslim Societies.
is Acting Consul General at the Consulate General of Israel in New York. He previously represented his country in Los Angeles and New York, and most recently headed Israel's brand-management team in Jerusalem. Aharoni was also senior advisor to Israel's Foreign Minister and Vice Prime Minister, in charge of media and public affairs. Prior to that, he served as consul for media and public affairs at the New York consulate, where he became familiar with the nation-branding methods that he later introduced in Israel. Aharoni served in the Israel Defense Forces as a company commander of infantry during the first Lebanon war, and recently retired from military reserves as a Major (Ret).
is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States.
In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America's alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President's Cabinet. From 1989 to 1992, she served as President of the Center for National Policy. Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter's National Security Council and White House staff and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie.
Dr. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Albright serves on the Boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute and the Center for a New American Security. In 2009, Dr. Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO's New Strategic Concept.
Dr. Albright is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir, (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2006); Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership (2008); and Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box (2009).
Dr. Albright received a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and Master's and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University's Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute.
is Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the U.S. Earlier in his career, while serving as his country's Permanent Representative to the UN, he was appointed vice president of the 59th session of the General Assembly and vice president of the Economic and Social Council. Previously, he was counselor of political affairs at Azerbaijan's permanent mission to the UN. He received his degree in oriental studies from Azerbaijan State University and his postgraduate degree from the Oriental Studies Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow.
Ambassador Pavlos Anastasiades
His Excellency Pavlos Anastasiades has been the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the U.S since 2010. Previously, he served as Cyprus's Ambassador to Sweden and Norway. He has also been Director of the Foreign Minister's Office in Nicosia and served at the EU Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nicosia.
is the President of American Values. Bauer is a leading Christian advocate for a strong and secure Israel and has devoted considerable time and energy to strengthening the shared values of the Israeli/American alliance. Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan's administration from 1980-1988 as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan's Chief Domestic Policy Advisor. While serving at the Education Department, Bauer was named Chairman of President Reagan's Special Working Group on the Family. His report, "The Family: Preserving America's Future," was presented to the President in December 1986. Completing his service in the Reagan White House in late 1988, Gary Bauer became President of the Family Research Council and a Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family.
is the Ambassador of Australia to the U.S. He previously served in the Australian House of Representatives from 1980 to 2007, and was leader of the Australian Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1996-2001 and in 2005-06. He served as Deputy Prime Minister in 1995-96. Ambassador Beazley holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Western Australia. Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for Western Australia in 1973, he completed a Master of Philosophy degree at Oxford University.
is Senior Political Writer for The Daily Beast; Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science at City University of New York; and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. He previously served as editor of The New Republic. Among his numerous books are The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris. Beinart has written for Time, The New York Times and the New York Review of Books. His most recent essay, "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment," received considerable attention. Beinart is a graduate of Yale University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.
President Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Berrocal
is the 49th and current President of the Republic of Panama. Prior to assuming this position, President Martinelli served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal and as Minister for Canal Affairs. Martinelli heads the Democratic Change party.
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is Singapore's Ambassador to the U.S. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Executive Director of the Singapore International Foundations and Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, and was Founder and Director of the Institute of Policy Studies. She has been Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as well as High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to Mexico. Ambassador Chan has published numerous articles and books on politics in Singapore, Southeast Asia and international security. She was educated at the University of Singapore and Cornell University.
Chan Heng Chee
Michael T. Eckhart
is Managing Director and Head of Environmental Finance Strategies for the Institutional Clients Group at Citigroup in New York. Previously, Mr. Eckhart was the founding President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a Washington DC-based nonprofit organization with over 650 organizational members in wind, solar, hydro, ocean, geothermal, biomass, biofuels and waste sources of electricity, thermal energy, hydrogen and fuels. Mr. Eckhart received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He served in the US Navy Submarine Service prior to college. Mr. Eckhart is a 2009 recipient of the Corporate Responsibility Award for Social Entrepreneurship, a 2008 recipient of the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship which included a $1 million grant, a 2006 recipient of RSF’s Good Deal for All Award, and a four-time invited participant in the Clinton Global Initiative.
was Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1998 to 2005. His political career began in the State of Hesse where, from 1985 to 1987, Joschka Fischer held the office of Minister for the Environment and Energy – making him the country’s first cabinet minister from the Green Party. After serving four years as political group chairman for the Greens in the Hessian Landtag, the State Assembly, he held the offices of Deputy Minister-President of the State of Hesse and Hessian State Minister for the Environment, Energy and Federal Affairs from 1991 to 1994. In 1994, Fischer entered federal politics and became co-chairman of the Green Party’s federal parliamentary group. From 2006 to 2007, Joschka Fischer held a professorship at the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University (USA). He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group and of the Executive Board of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Lorna Fitzsimons is the CEO of Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM). BICOM is a professional, independent, not-for-profit organisation devoted to creating a more supportive environment for Israel in the UK. Previously, Lorna Fitzsimons served as Member of Parliament, she was one of the youngest MPs to be elected. While in Parliament, she served as chair of the APPG on Kashmir as well as a member of Labour Friends of Israel. She was parliamentary aide to Robin Cook and was also on the Procedures and Modernisation Select Committees. In addition, Lorna was a member of the Hansard Society Board and chair of the Historic Parliamentary Labour Party Women's Committee, comprised of 101 female MPs. Upon leaving Parliament in 2005, Lorna set up her own consultancy and became a senior visiting fellow at the Defence Academy, which is responsible for post-graduate education and training for members of the UK Armed Forces and Ministry of Defence Civil Servants.
ambassador carlos gianelli derois
is Uruguay's Ambassador to the U.S. Prior to this appointment, he served as Ambassador to the Netherlands, Director-General of International Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and coordinator of the free-trade agreement negotiations with Mexico, as well as Ambassador to Mexico with concurrent accreditation to the Bahamas. He also served as Director-General for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia with concurrent accreditation to the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman, and the Uruguayan Alternate Representative to the United Nations in New York. Ambassador Gianelli holds a master's degree in social studies from the Bariloche Foundation in Argentina and a doctorate from the law and social studies faculty in Montevideo.
is a National Correspondent for the Atlantic. Before joining the Atlantic in 2007, he was Middle East correspondent, and Washington correspondent, for the New Yorker. Previously, he was a correspondent for the New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine. He has also written for the Forward, and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post. His book, Prisoners, has been hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post, and other publications. Goldberg is the recipient of the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.
is the Founder and President of the Reut Institute, an innovative policy group designed to provide real-time, long-term strategic support to Israeli leaders and decision-makers. Previously, he served in the Office and Bureau of Prime Minister Barak as secretary and coordinator of the Israeli negotiation team to the permanent status negotiations between Israel and the PLO (1999-2001). He is the Founder of the Yesodot Group for reforming Israeli governance, and was a founding member of a group that worked to realize the vision of the Birthright Israel program. Gidi has extensive background in policy planning. He writes regularly on Israeli national security, socioeconomic issues, regional developments and Israel-Diaspora relations. He is a graduate of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and Tel-Aviv University's Schools of Law and Economics.
Yossi Klein Halevi
Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute; contributing editor, The New Republic author. He was previously a senior fellow at the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem think-tank, and a columnist for The Jerusalem Post. He writes occasionally for The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books including At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God With Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land. Born in New York, he has a B.A. in Jewish Studies from Brooklyn College and a master's in Journalism from Northwestern University.
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Saad Eddin Ibrahim
is a leading Egyptian pro-democracy activist and a sociologist. In 1988, he founded the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies at the American University of Cairo, creating one of the few independent research institutions in the Arab world. He was arrested under the Mubarak regime for criticizing the president and spent three years in jail. The case received unprecedented attention in the West, especially in the United States, which pressured the Mubarak regime to release him. Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim has earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cairo in 1960 and completed his doctorate at the University of Washington in 1968 in sociology. He has more than 30 authored or edited books and more than one-hundred scholarly articles, and has previously taught at UCLA, Columbia, the American University of Cairo, and Indiana University. Ibrahim has founded and directed a number of think tanks, policy institutes and advocacy organizations in the Arab countries, including the Arab Human Rights Organization (AHRO), the Arab Thought Forum (ATF), and the Arab Board for Childhood and Development (ABCD). He has been the recipient of many awards for his work in human rights.
is an expert and frequent commentator on U.S. national security, foreign policy and U.S.-European relations. He writes a monthly column on world affairs for the Washington Post and is a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard and the New Republic. He is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Prior to Brookings, Kagan spent 13 years as a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 1984 to 1988, while serving in the State Department's Office of Policy Planning, he was principal speechwriter for Secretary of State George Shultz, and deputy for policy in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. Kagan is a prolific author on U.S. foreign policy. His most recent book is The Return of History and the End of Dreams (Knopf, 2008). His previous book, Dangerous Nation: America's Place in the World from its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the 20th Century, (Knopf, 2006) won the 2008 Lepgold Prize and was a finalist for the 2007 Lionel Gelber Prize. An earlier book, Of Paradise and Power (Knopf, 2003), was a New York Times bestseller, and a bestseller as well in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Canada. He has been named one of Foreign Policy magazine's "Top 100 Global Thinkers."
Dr. Thomas de Maizière
has been Germany's Federal Minister of Defence since March 2011. Prior to assuming the post, de Maizière served as Federal Minister of the Interior, and before that was Head of the Federal Chancellery under Chancellor Angela Merkel. He holds a doctorate of law (Dr. jur.) from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. He completed his military service with the 142nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion in Koblenz and is a reserve officer, holding the rank of first lieutenant.
is the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the U.S. He previously served as his country's ambassador to Italy, Malta, and Albania; Portugal; and Angola, and was Morocco's permanent representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. In his current capacity he has overseen the execution of the free-trade agreement between Morocco and the U.S. The author of numerous studies on economic issues, he holds a baccalaureate degree from the French Lycée Charles Lepierre and a graduate degree from the HEC Graduate School of Business.
Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov
is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and a former member of the European Parliament. He previously served as Minister of Defense. As a member of the European Parliament, Mladenov was on the committees on Internal Market and Consumer Protection and Foreign Affairs, and the Subcommittee on Security and Defense.
is Ambassador of New Zealand to the U.S and a former Prime Minister of New Zealand (1990-93). Immediately prior to his current appointment he served as Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), where he oversaw the launch of the Doha Development Round. He has held government a number of other senior political positions, including Trade Minister, Foreign Minister, Minister of Tourism, Minister for the America's Cup, and Deputy Minister of Finance. He is the recipient of numerous honors from governments in Africa, Europe and South America, and has been awarded New Zealand's highest honor, the Order of New Zealand. The most recent of his many books is Saving Globalisation.
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is Israel's ambassador to the United Kingdom. He has also served in several other European capitals and the United States, and has been Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
is editor of Foreign Affairs, where he served as managing editor for a decade. Previously, he was Olin Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, serving as Chairman of the Council's Roundtable on Terrorism and director of numerous Council study groups. He has been on the staff of The National Interest and The Public Interest. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard and has taught American foreign policy at Princeton and Columbia. The most recent of his many books is How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle.
is Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S. Prior to his appointment in 2006, he was foreign policy advisor and international spokesperson for President Felipe Calderón's campaign, and after Calderon's victory became coordinator for foreign affairs on the transition team. Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Sarukhan served as executive director of the nongovernmental Bilateral Commission on the Future of United States-Mexican Relations. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from El Colegio de México and an M.A. in American Foreign Policy from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, which he attended as a Fulbright scholar and Ford Foundation fellow.
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld
is the executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly. Prior to this position she served as director of rabbinic development for the Rabbinical Assembly where she oversaw the revision of the placement process for rabbis graduating from North American seminaries and worked on all aspects of their training and placement. She has advanced numerous landmark projects of the Conservative rabbinate, including a study of women rabbis that was released in 2004, and follow-up programs to further the career advancement of female clergy. She has worked on issues of clergy self-awareness and boundaries and launched multiple intervention programs for Jewish communities in crisis following clergy transition, conflict, misconduct and tragedy. Rabbi Schonfeld is a well-known, respected and much-beloved rabbi. She was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1997, where she had the honor of serving as commencement speaker. She served as the director or Synagogue Affairs at the American Jewish World Service from 2001 to 2002 immediately following her pulpit at the historic Manhattan synagogue, as well as Senior Rabbi at The Society for the Advancement of Judaism from 1996 to 2001. The winner of many awards, honors and fellowships, Rabbi Schonfeld graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1987.
is Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India to the U.S. He previously served as Ambassador of India to Israel, and before that was a member of the Permanent Mission of India to the UN. He has a master's degree in economics from Delhi University, where he taught for two years before joining the public service.
Maina Chawla Singh
is a professor at the University of Delhi and an author. Her research has focused on gender and cross-cultural missionary work in colonial India. In 2008-09, Singh was Hadassah-Brandeis Scholar and Schusterman Fellow at Brandeis University. She is currently affiliated with American University in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Singh's most recent book is Being Indian, Being Israeli: Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in the Jewish Homeland, which explores the Indian Jewish community of Israel.
is serving his 16th term in the U.S. House of Representatives where he is Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, and is a senior member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He also serves as Special Representative on Human Trafficking for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and is an executive member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Representative Smith has co-chaired several bipartisan Congressional caucuses, including one on combating anti-Semitism. In 2008, Smith received AJC’s Soviet Jewry Liberty Award for his strong advocacy on behalf of Soviet Jewish refuseniks and his role as a member of the Helsinki Commission. Representative Smith is also known as a leader in combating anti-Semitism; in November 2010, he gave the keynote address at the Ottawa conference of the Interparliamentary Coalition Combating Anti-Semitism (ICCA) where Rep. Smith leads a working group addressing issues of policing and prosecuting anti-Semitic hate crimes. In addition, Rep. Smith remains dedicated to protecting and defending human rights; he authored Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (P.L. 106-386), signed into law by President Clinton, which strengthens protections for victims of trafficking and violence.
Chris Smith (R-NJ)
is President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. Previously, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democratic member for seven terms, representing Florida's 19th district. During the presidential campaign of 2008, Congressman Wexler was an advisor on Middle East and Israel issues to Barack Obama. While serving in Congress, Wexler was Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a member of the Middle East Subcommittee. He co-founded the Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations, the Taiwan Caucus, and the Indonesia Caucus.
is a visiting scholar at Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University and Visiting Fellow at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London.
He was a Senior Fellow at United States Institute of Peace (USIP) – in Washington, D.C., and he is the founder of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies in Syria. In 2008, Ziadeh also co-founded and served as the executive director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C. Before that, Ziadeh was chief in-editor of Tyarat magazine in 2001-2002 and secretary of the Syrian Organization for Transparency. He was a researcher with the UNDP project "Syria 2025" and was named best researcher in the Arab world in political science by Jordan's Abdulhameed Shoman Foundation in 2004. Ziadeh has been one of the major players in "Damascus Spring," a period of intense debate about politics and social issues and calls for reform in Syria after the death of President Hafez al-Assad in 2000. He is a frequent political commentator to several U.S., European, and Middle East Media like Aljazeera, Alarabiya, B.B.C and Alhura. He is also writes a bimonthly op-ed for the leading Arab daily Al-Hayat.
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