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Senior Advisors

Karen Donfried is president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Previously she was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. She was the president’s principal advisor on Europe and led the interagency process on the development and implementation of the president’s European policies. Prior to the White House, Donfried served as the national intelligence officer (NIO) for Europe. As NIO, she directed and drafted strategic analysis to advance senior policymakers’ understanding of Europe. From 2014-2016, Donfried served as vice chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States; in 2017, she became a member of WEF’s Europe Policy Group. Donfried is a member of the Team of External Advisors to the President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. She was a member of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2015-2017. Donfried has a Ph.D. and MALD from The Fletcher School.
Evelyn Farkas is former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. Previously she served as Senior Advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Commander, U.S. European Command, Special Advisor for the Secretary of Defense for the NATO Summit, was a Senior Fellow at the American Security Project, Executive Director of the bipartisan Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, and as a Professional Staff Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee conducting policy and budget oversight. Her issue areas included foreign and defense policy worldwide regarding special operations, combating terrorism, foreign military assistance, peace and stability operations, counternarcotics efforts, homeland defense, and export controls. She was a professor of international relations at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University. She served in Bosnia as a Human Rights Officer for OSCE in 1996, and as an Election Supervisor in 1997. In 2009, she was an election observer in Afghanistan. Farkas obtained her MA and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School.
James Stavridis is former Dean of The Fletcher School. He is a retired four-star officer in the U.S. Navy and served as the NATO Supreme Allied Commander (2009-2013), responsible for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, piracy, and cyber security. Stavridis was also Commander of U.S. Southern Command (2006-2009), overseeing all military operations in Latin America. He was the longest serving Combatant Commander in recent U.S. history. Stavridis has also published eight books on leadership, the oceans, maritime affairs, and Latin America, as well as hundreds of articles in leading journals. He is a frequent commentator in the media and an established expert on security. Currently he is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist, an operating executive consultant at the Carlyle Group, and chairs the board of counselors at McLarty Associates. Stavridis holds a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and a MALD and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School.
James Warlick is Managing Director of Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev, and Partners office in Washington, D.C. responsible for U.S. and international clients, development of strategic client relationships, legislation, and public policy. Previously Warlick was a career diplomat in the U.S. Department of State for more than thirty years. He also served concurrently as Associate Professor of Law at Arizona State University in 2016. In his diplomatic career, Warlick was appointed as the U.S. co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group in 2013 to work on a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Warlick served as U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria (2009-2012) and as Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan in the office of the Secretary of State (2012-2013), where he had responsibility for negotiating a Bilateral Security Agreement with Afghanistan. Warlick holds a B.A. from Stanford University (1977), a Master of Letters in Politics from Wadham College, Oxford (1979), and a MALD (1980) from The Fletcher School.