Jamelle Bouie is the chief political correspondent for Slate magazine. Before Slate, he wrote on politics and policy for The American Prospect and The Daily Beast. He is based in Washington D.C., and his work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Nation, The Atlantic, and the New Yorker website. Jamelle is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and attended the University of Virginia, where he graduated with degrees in political and social thought, and government.
Rosa Brooks is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. From 2009-2011, Ms. Brooks served as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. During the Clinton Administration, she also served as a senior advisor at the US Department of State. Ms. Brooks spent four years as an opinion columnist for The Los Angeles Times, and currently writes a weekly column for Foreign Policy. She is a frequent contributor to other print and TV media outlets as well. Brooks received her A.B. from Harvard, a master’s degree from Oxford, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Karoun Demirjian covers defense and foreign policy and was previously a correspondent based in the Post’s bureau in Moscow, Russia. Before that, she reported for the Las Vegas Sun as its Washington Correspondent, the Associated Press in Jerusalem, the Chicago Tribune, Congressional Quarterly, and worked at NPR.
Richard Eichenberg is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. He has held grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and the Social Science Research Council. Professor Eichenberg’s research focuses on public opinion, foreign policy, European integration, and gender politics. His articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, International Organization, International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Mershon International Studies Review, Policy Sciences, Public Opinion Quarterly, and World Politics.
Professor Eichenberg serves as an academic advisor for Transatlantic Trends, the German Marshall Fund’s annual survey of American and European public opinion on security issues.
Douglas C. Foyle
Douglas C. Foyle is an Associate Professor of Government and a recipient of Wesleyan’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2009). He held the Douglas J. and Midge Bowen Bennet Associate Professor of Government chair from January 1, 2008 to June 30, 2013. His teaching and research specializations include U.S. Foreign Policy, international security, and the influence of public opinion and elections on foreign policy. He completed his A.B. in political science at Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science with specialties in the fields of international relations and international security at Duke University. In addition to other articles and book chapters, his book Counting the Public In: Presidents, Public Opinion, and Foreign Policy (Columbia University Press, 1999) considers the role that public opinion has on American foreign policy decision making. Among other projects, he is currently working on a book examining the influence of elections in foreign policy decision making. He was elected to four-year terms on the Board of Education in Glastonbury, Connecticut in 2009 and 2013.
Mike Gallagher was the Foreign Policy Director for Governor Scott Walker’s presidential campaign. He previously worked as the Republican Professional Staff Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for Middle East North Africa and Counter-Terrorism. Mike spent seven years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he deployed twice to Al Anbar Province between 2007 and 2008 as a commander of intelligence teams. Mike is a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member, a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at Georgetown University and holds a Master’s in Government from Georgetown, a Master’s in Security Studies from Georgetown, a Master’s of Science in Strategic Intelligence from National Intelligence University, and a Bachelor’s from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He’s from Green Bay, WI.
Susan Glasser is the Editor of POLITICO. She was also the founding editor of POLITICO Magazine, the award-winning publication featuring both long-form reporting and opinion journalism. Launched in November 2013, the magazine publishes daily online and bimonthly in print, with a unique blend of hard-hitting reporting and original insight and analysis — from first-person essays, like “Confessions of a Former TSA Agent” that became POLITICO’s most-read article ever, to deeply reported narratives, like its launch cover story, “Locked in the Cabinet,” by Glenn Thrush. Glasser joined POLITICO after several years as editor-in-chief of the award-winning magazine Foreign Policy, overseeing its relaunch in print and as a daily online magazine. During her tenure, the magazine was recognized as a finalist for 10 National Magazine Awards and won three of the magazine world’s highest honors. Before that, Glasser worked for a decade at The Washington Post, where she was a foreign correspondent, editor and political reporter. She and her husband, New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker, spent four years as co-chiefs of the Post’s Moscow Bureau, throughout President Vladimir Putin’s first term. Their book, Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution, was published in 2005. Glasser also covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as a correspondent for the Post, including the battle of Tora Bora and the invasion of southern Iraq. As an editor at the Post, Glasser held a number of senior positions, including assistant managing editor for national news and editor of Outlook, the Post’s weekly section of commentary and ideas. She started at the Post in 1998 as deputy national editor overseeing the Monica Lewinsky investigation and subsequent impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and later served as a national political reporter, covering the intersection of money and politics. Prior to the Post, Glasser worked for eight years at Roll Call, the newspaper covering the U.S. Congress, where she rose from an intern to be the top editor. A graduate of Harvard University, Glasser lives in Washington with Baker and their son.
Marie Harf is the Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications to Secretary of State John Kerry. She previously served as State Department Deputy Spokesperson and senior advisor to and spokesperson for Chuck Hagel during his Secretary of Defense confirmation. During the 2012 election, Ms. Harf was Associate Policy Director responsible for all national security and foreign policy issues on President Obama’s re-election campaign. She developed and implemented the campaign’s national security policy and communications strategy, which included establishing and coordinating high-level outside teams to amplify the campaign’s message and writing foreign policy speeches, op-eds, and scripts to be used by campaign surrogates and representatives. Ms. Harf was also a member of President Obama’s debate preparation team. She began her career in 2006 at the Central Intelligence Agency as a Middle East analyst, later serving as its Media Spokesperson until 2011. Ms. Harf received her Master’s Degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Indiana University in Political Science with concentrations in Jewish Studies and Russian and Eastern European Studies. She is a native of Granville, Ohio.
Brian Hook is the founder of Latitude, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Washington, DC. He is a co-founder of the John Hay Initiative. Mr. Hook served on the Romney campaign staff as Senior Advisor on Foreign Policy. He also chaired the foreign policy and national security task forces of the Romney Readiness Project. From 2010-2011, he was the foreign policy director of Governor Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign. Mr. Hook held a number of senior positions in the Bush Administration, including Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations; Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Special Assistant to the President for Policy in the White House Chief of Staff’s office; and Counsel, Office of Legal Policy, at the Justice Department. He practiced corporate law at Hogan & Hartson in Washington from 1999-2003. Before practicing law, he served as an advisor to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and to U.S. Congressman Jim Leach.
Ian Johnstone, Professor of International Law, served in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of United Nations before joining Fletcher. He is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook on International Organizations. Other recent publications include The Power of Deliberation: International Law, Politics and Organizations (Oxford University Press, 2011); “When the Security Council is Divided: Imprecise Authorizations, Implied Mandates and the Unreasonable Veto” in Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force (forthcoming, 2014); “The UN Security Council and International Law,” in The UN Security Council in the 21st Century (forthcoming, 2014); “Law-making by International Organizations,” Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations (2012); “Managing Consent in Contemporary Peacekeeping Operations,” International Peacekeeping (2011); and “Legislation and adjudication in the UN Security Council: bringing down the deliberative deficit,” American Journal of International Law (2008). From 2005-2007, he was the lead author and founding editor of the Annual Review of GlobalPeace Operations. He is currently on the editorial boards of Global Governance journal and International Organizations Law Review. Johnstone, recipient of the James L. Paddock Teaching Award in 2005, teaches courses in international organizations and peace operations. He continues to serve as a regular consultant to the United Nations, and is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University. A citizen of Canada, he holds an LL.M degree from Columbia University and JD and B.A. degrees from the University of Toronto.
Liz Mair is a communications expert, new media adviser, political consultant and blogger, who writes principally about politics, with additional commentary on sports, travel and other assorted topics. She is the founder and President of Mair Strategies LLC. A libertarian Republican and Arsenal FC fan, Liz served as Online Communications Director at the Republican National Committee during 2008, where she led an aggressive and groundbreaking online media outreach effort aimed at electing John McCain, Sarah Palin and Republicans across the country. During the 2010 cycle, she advised Carly Fiorina on online communications. She also consulted for Gov. Rick Perry during his presidential run. Liz was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and lived in the United Kingdom for ten years. There, she earned an MA in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews and attended law school, ultimately practicing corporate law in the City of London for three years. Liz also holds a certificate in Political and Social Sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Suzanne Maloney is Deputy Director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and a Senior Fellow at Brookings Center for Middle East Policy, where her research focuses on Iran and Persian Gulf energy. She is the editor of Markaz, a blog on politics in and policy toward the Middle East published by the Brookings Institution. Her books include and Iran’s Political Economy since the Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Iran’s Long Reach (USIP, 2008.) Maloney previously served as an external advisor to senior State Department officials on long-term issues related to Iran. Before joining Brookings, she served on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, as Middle East advisor for ExxonMobil Corporation, and director of the 2004 Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on U.S. Policy toward Iran, chaired by former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and Defense Secretary Robert Gates. She holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Gautam Mukunda is an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Behavior Unit of Harvard Business School. Before joining the business school he was the National Science Foundation Synthetic Biology ERC Postdoctoral Fellow resident at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International Studies. He received his PhD from MIT in Political Science and an A.B. in Government from Harvard, magna cum laude. His research focuses on leadership, international relations, and the social and political implications of technological change. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and MIT’s Security Studies Program and Program on Emerging Technologies.
Laura Rosenberger is Foreign Policy Advisor for Hillary for America, where she develops the campaign’s national security policies, messaging, and strategy. Prior to joining the campaign, she served for over a decade in a range of foreign policy and national security positions at the State Department and the White House’s National Security Council (NSC). Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken and as then-Deputy National Security Advisor Blinken’s Senior Advisor, advising him on the full range of national security policy. In her role at the NSC, she also managed the interagency Deputies Committee, the U.S. government’s senior-level interagency decision-making forum on our country’s most pressing national security issues. Laura also has an extensive background in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly Northeast Asia. She served as NSC Director for China and Korea, managing and coordinating U.S. policy on China and the Korean Peninsula, and in a variety of positions focused on the Asia-Pacific region at the Department of State, including managing U.S.-China relations and addressing North Korea’s nuclear programs. She also served as Special Assistant to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns, advising him on Asia-Pacific affairs and on nonproliferation and arms control issues.
Laura’s commitment to serving the American people began in 2004 when she joined the State Department as a Presidential Management Fellow. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received her Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University’s School of International Service, and received her Bachelors’ degrees with honors from Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College in Sociology, Psychology and Women’s Studies. She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and is an avid Steelers fan.
Elizabeth N. Saunders is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University and, for 2015-2016, a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her research and teaching interests focus on international security and U.S. foreign policy, including the presidency and foreign policy, and the politics of using force. Her book, Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions, was published in 2011 by Cornell University Press in the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs Series and won the 2012 Jervis-Schroeder Best Book Award from APSA’s International History and Politics section. She has previously been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC; a postdoctoral fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University; a Brookings Institution Research Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies; and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her work has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, International Security, the American Journal of Political Science, and International Studies Review.
Kori Schake is a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. She has formerly worked in the Departments of State, Defense, on the National Security Council Staff, and as senior policy director of the 2008 McCain-Palin presidential campaign. She also previously held the Distinguished Chair in International Security Studies at the United States Military Academy. She is the author most recently of State of Disrepair: Fixing the Culture and Practices of the State Department. Her forthcoming book is a history of the transition from British to American hegemony.
Dina Smeltz joined The Chicago Council in February 2012 as a senior fellow for public opinion and foreign policy. She has over 20 years of experience in designing and fielding international social, political and foreign policy surveys. As the director of research in the Middle East and South Asia division (2001-2007) and analyst/director of the European division (1992-2004) in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the US. State Department’s Office of Research, Smeltz conducted over a hundred surveys in these regions and regularly briefed senior government officials on key research findings. Her experience includes mass public and elite surveys, as well as qualitative research. She has written numerous policy-relevant reports on Arab, Muslim, and South Asian regional attitudes toward political, economic, social, and foreign policy issues. Her writing also includes policy briefs and reports on the post-1989 political transitions in Central and Eastern Europe, and European attitudes toward a wide range foreign policy issues including globalization, European integration, immigration, NATO, and European security. With a special emphasis research in post-conflict situations (informally referred to as a “combat pollster”), Smeltz has worked with research teams in Bosnia, Kosovo, Cyprus, Israel-Palestinian Territories, and in Iraq (2003-2005), where she was one of the few people on the ground who could accurately report average Iraqis impressions of the post-war situation. In the past three years, Smeltz has consulted for several NGOs and research organizations on projects spanning women’s development in Afghanistan, civil society in Egypt, and evaluating voter education efforts in Iraq. Smeltz has an MA from the University of Michigan and a BS from Pennsylvania State University.
Douglas Stafford, bio forthcoming
Bruce Stokes is director of global economic attitudes at Pew Research Center, where he assesses public views about economic conditions, foreign policy and values. He is also a non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund and an associate fellow at Chatham House. He is the former international economics correspondent for the National Journal, a former senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund and a former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is a member. Stokes is co-author of America Against the World: How We Are Different and Why We Are Disliked (Times Books, 2006). He is the author of the recent Pew Research Center studies Americans, Japanese: Mutual Respect 70 Years After the End of WWII, Germany and the United States: Reliable Allies, Faith in European Project Reviving, Global Publics: Economic Conditions are Bad and Global Publics Back U.S. on Fighting ISIS, but Are Critical of Post-9/11 Torture. Stokes is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including CNN, BBC, NPR, NBC, CBS and ABC and is a frequent speaker at major conferences around the world.
Dr. Jeffrey W. Taliaferro
Jeffrey W. Taliaferro is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University, where he has taught since 1997. His research and teaching focus on security studies, international relations theory, international history and politics, United States foreign policy, intelligence and U.S. national security. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Duke University and a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.
Karen Tumulty is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where she received the 2013 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. She joined the Post in 2010 from TIME Magazine, where she had held the same title. During her more than 15 years at TIME, Tumulty wrote or co-wrote more than three dozen cover stories. She also held positions with TIME as congressional correspondent and White House correspondent. Before joining TIME in 1994, Tumulty spent 14 years at the Los Angeles Times, where she covered a wide variety of beats. During her time there, she reported on Congress, business, energy and economics out of Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. Tumulty is a native of San Antonio, Texas, where she began her career at the now-defunct San Antonio Light. Tumulty holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas-Austin and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is married to Paul Richter, who covers the State Department for the Los Angeles Times. They have two sons, Nicholas and Jack.
Lynn Vavreck is a professor of political science and communication studies at UCLA and a contributing columnist to The Upshot at The New York Times. She teaches courses on and writes about campaigns, elections, and public opinion. Professor Vavreck has published four books, including The Message Matters, which Stanley Greenberg called “required reading” for presidential candidates, and The Gamble, described by Nate Silver as the “definitive account” of the 2012 election. Her research on survey methods, sampling, and the effects of campaigns has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. The American Political Science Association recognized her with an award for her research on the rapid decay of the effects of political advertising. Professor Vavreck has served on the advisory boards of the British and American National Election Studies and is the co-founder of the Cooperative Campaign Analysis Project. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester and held previous appointments at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and The White House. In 2014, she hosted Hillary Clinton at UCLA’s Luskin Lecture on Thought Leadership and in 2015 was named an inaugural Andrew F. Carnegie Fellow.
You can follow Lynn Vavreck on Twitter at @VAVRECK. Her website can be found at www.lynnvavreck.com. She writes regularly for The Upshot at The New York Times (www.nytimes.com/upshot).
Alex Wong is the Foreign Policy Advisor & General Counsel to Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). He advises the Senator on all issues related to national security, international relations, the judiciary, and law enforcement. He is also the Senator’s chief legal counsel.
Prior to his current role, Alex was an attorney with Covington & Burling LLP, an international law firm based in Washington, D.C. He provided Fortune 100 clients strategic and legal advice on international trade matters, congressional and executive-branch investigations, and compliance with federal and state election laws and regulations.
Alex was the Foreign & Legal Policy Director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign. In that role, he was the campaign’s chief official responsible for developing foreign, defense, intelligence, judicial, and law enforcement policy and closely advising the nominees on these matters.
From 2007 to 2009, Alex served as Iraq Rule of Law Advisor for the U.S. Department of State, designing and managing the Department’s efforts to bolster Iraq’s judicial branch and anticorruption agencies. Working in both Baghdad and Washington, Alex’s work contributed to the establishment of the Judicial Development Institute in Baghdad, the Anbar Rule of Law Complex in Ramadi, and capacity building programs for Iraq’s anti-corruption investigatory agency. Alex also managed a legislative assistance program that counseled Iraqi lawmakers on the reform of the country’s criminal code and procedures.
Alex clerked for the honorable Janice Rogers Brown of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School where he was the Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review and an editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelors degree in English literature and French.
Consul General Yehuda Yaakov
Yehuda Yaakov brings to the position of Consul General of Israel to New England more than two decades of experience in public diplomacy and strategic affairs. He has been a member of Israel’s Foreign Service since 1989, previously serving outside of Israel in New York and New Zealand. For more than a decade, Yaakov has played an important role in formulating and implementing Israel’s diplomatic approach to managing strategic challenges. Since 2008 he has focused on the public-diplomacy aspects of the Iranian crisis, work for which he received the Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General’s award for excellence in 2012. Beforehand he led the department for the prevention of non-conventional weapons (2004-2007), a position he assumed after establishing and running the homeland security and counter-terrorism desk (2001-2004). From 1997-2001, Yaakov served as Consul for Media and Public Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, where he oversaw the operation of Israel’s extensive public affairs and media relations apparatus. He left for the Consulate General of Israel to New York after being the Ministry of Foreign Affairs arms control adviser (1995-1997), serving prior to that as deputy ambassador in the Israeli Embassy to New Zealand, in Wellington (1992-1995). His diplomatic career has also included academic pursuits. In the spring of 2013 he published a translated version of his Haifa University master’s thesis analyzing the nuclear negotiations strategy of Iran’s currant president Hassan Rouhani. Yaakov grew up in Queens, New York, and received a BA in journalism and international relations from Syracuse University in 1982. The following year he immigrated to Israel where he served in the Israel Defense Forces. He and his wife Ofra of 28 years have two adult-age daughters. Despite his New York background, Yaakov is totally committed to Red Sox nation.
Lana is an award-winning television reporter and producer with ABC News. Among her accolades are 4 Emmy awards, 3 Edward R. Murrow awards and 2 Newswomen of NY Frontpage awards. She is an expert in TV, online video and print communications. For many years, Lana was the anchor producer for Diane Sawyer before rising to the position of Coordinating Producer, and most recently, serving as an on-air correspondent for ABC Newsone. Lana has reported from Haiti, Korea, Hong Kong, South Africa and throughout the United States. She also served as a top communications strategist for the President of Columbia University as well as various political and elected officials.
Lana enjoys travel and gets a particular thrill from heights. She has trained with NASA scientists, flown in Zero Gravity, climbed into a clear-bottomed crane on top of the World Trade Freedom Tower and is the first woman to climb the barrels of the George Washington Bridge. Lana is a Fulbright Scholar, a Truman Scholar, and has been honored by Glamour Magazine. Lana has a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism & Mass Communications from the University of Iowa, where she served as President of the student body and now serves on the Honors Advisory Board for the University.