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Reestablishing the Bipartisan Center in American Foreign Policy

Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) is a nonprofit founded by former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton and U.S. Senator Warren Rudman to advance bipartisanship on today’s critical national security and foreign policy challenges.

We believe that the United States is being ill-served by the growing partisan divide surrounding its national security and foreign policy. Although partisan rancor has traditionally stopped “at the water’s edge,” this tradition of bipartisan cooperation has eroded significantly in recent years in negative and harmful ways.

Policy differences must always be debated, but growing partisan bitterness dangerously interferes with substantive discussion of our national security and foreign policy. The Partnership for a Secure America is a not-for-profit organization created to address this growing problem and help foster bipartisan, consensus driven, national solutions to the major national security and foreign policy challenges facing our country.

Partnership for a Secure America’s goals are:

  • To heighten public awareness of and support for a bipartisan national security and foreign policy;
  • To bring leading Democrats and Republicans together to seek common ground in national security and foreign policy; and
  • To accomplish the above tasks through the use of the most effective tools of modern communications.

To Achieve these ends, PSA:

  • Develops and seeks bipartisan consensus on a series of national security and foreign policy issues;
  • Works to build coalitions to support recreating the bipartisan center in American national security and foreign policy;
  • Conducts a national free and paid media campaign using the most sophisticated communication tools based on joint, bipartisan positions; and
  • Organizes national events including town hall meetings, conferences, and speaker series to support the bipartisan center in American national security and foreign policy.

Madeleine Albright

Secretary of State 1997-2001

William Cohen

Secretary of Defense 1997-2001

Paula Dobriansky

Undersecretary of State 2001-2009

Lee Hamilton

Congressman (D-IN) 1965-1999

Gary Hart

Senator (D-CO) 1975-1987

Carla A. Hills

US Trade Representative 1989-1993

Jeh Johnson

Secretary of Homeland Security 2013-2017

Nancy Kassebaum Baker

Senator (R-KS) 1978-1997

Thomas Kean

Governor, New Jersey 1982-1990, 9/11 Commission Chair

John Lehman

Secretary of the Navy 1981-1987

9/11 Commission 2003-2004

Donald McHenry

Ambassador to UN 1979-1981

Robert McFarlane

National Security Advisor 1983-1985

Admiral Michael Mullen (U.S. Navy, Ret.)

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 2007-2011

Sam Nunn

Senator (D-GA) 1972-1996

Leon Panetta

Secretary of Defense 2011-2013

General David Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency 2011-2012

Thomas Pickering

Undersecretary of State 1997-2000

George Shultz

Secretary of State 1982-1989

Frank Wisner

Undersecretary For Defense Policy 1993-1994

William Perry

Secretary of Defense 1994-1997

Frances Townsend

Homeland Security Advisor 2004-2008

Andrew Semmel


Chip Andreae


Jamie Metzl


Graeme Bannerman

Board Member

Thomas Miller, Ambassador

Board Member

Ronak Desai

Board Member

Jim Dyer

Board Member

Jodi Herman

Board Member

Peter Cleveland

Board Member

David Welch, Ambassador

Board Member

Lynne Weil

Board Member

Curtis M. Silvers

Executive Director

John Sullivan

Programs Director

Jenifer Mackby

Senior Advisor

Brooke Lennox

Programs Assistant


Partnership for a Secure America is an equal opportunity employer. PSA does not discriminate based on race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.

Madeleine Albright

Madeleine K. Albright 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.

William Cohen

From his very first days in Washington, Secretary Cohen was singled out as a future American leader. In 1974, during his very first term in Congress, TIME magazine named him as one of “America’s 200 Future Leaders,” and the following year the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce named him one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Men in America.”

This reflected, in part, the national prominence Secretary Cohen attained as a freshman Republican Congressman who was tasked by the House Judiciary Committee to build, on national television, the evidentiary base for impeachment of President Nixon — and who then cast one of the critical votes to impeach. But it also reflected the recognition that the intellectual clout, integrity, independence, and public persuasiveness he demonstrated during the Watergate hearings portended a future without bounds on the national scene. Internationally, Secretary Cohen’s reputation also took root as, despite the political risk it could entail for a freshman Congressman, he traveled to Thailand in 1974 to reassure a stalwart ally following the U.S. military withdrawal from Vietnam. In the process, Secretary Cohen established relationships that have flourished there and elsewhere around the globe over the quarter century since.

In 1978, he was propelled into the Senate, defeating a highly respected incumbent. During his first weeks in the Senate, he was singled out to be chairman of two powerful subcommittees, the Armed Services Committee’s Seapower and Force Projection Subcommittee and the Governmental Affairs Committee’s Government Oversight Subcommittee. The former was responsible for tens of billions of acquisition dollars for naval vessels and long-range transport aircraft, as well as U.S. security policy in East Asia, the Middle East and the Persian Gulf. The latter was responsible for reforming the procurement process for the entire Federal Government. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aging, Secretary Cohen led efforts to improve the efficiency of Medicare and other health care programs and was a central player in the health care reform debates of the 1990s. Secretary Cohen also was a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence for a decade, serving half that time as Vice Chairman, overseeing a large budget involving some of the Nation’s most advanced technology.

His experience and expertise led to his selection to serve on the “Iran-Contra Committee.” His sustained leadership on environmental issues gave him the distinction of being the only Republican Senator endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters re-election after re-election, while his efforts on behalf of small business and early leadership in reversing federal deficits won him awards from the National Federation of Independent Businessmen and the National Taxpayers Union.

Secretary Cohen’s international expertise was recognized by his selection to the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations from 1989 to 1997, whose Middle East Study Group he chaired. He has chaired and served on numerous other study groups and committees at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the School for Advanced International Studies, and the Brookings Institute. He established and led U.S. delegations to the annual Pacific Dialogue in Kuala Lumpur, as well as the American-Arab Dialogue in Cairo, both regional conferences on economic and security issues. Beginning in 1985, he led the U.S. delegation of senior Executive Branch officials and Members of Congress to the annual Munich Conference on Security Policy, which brings together senior government and industrial officials from throughout Europe and Asia.

Secretary Cohen’s service in the House and Senate was marked by electoral success, as well. He was undefeated in six consecutive Maine elections, winning each by wide margins. In 1996, again expected to easily defeat whomever would be nominated to challenge him, Secretary Cohen stunned Maine and Washington by announcing he would not seek re-election. Frustrated with partisan gridlock, Secretary Cohen announced he would return to private life to promote international business and, through his writings and the media, a more thoughtful public discourse on national political issues. He also launched the William S. Cohen Center for International Policy and Commerce at the University of Maine.

President Clinton interrupted these plans, however, when he asked Secretary Cohen to lead the Department of Defense, the first time in modern U.S. history when a President has chosen an elected official from the other party to be a member of his cabinet. At his January 1997 confirmation hearing, Secretary Cohen set forth his prioritized objectives as Secretary and completed his tenure having accomplished them all. Reversing a steady decline in defense budgets that began in the 1980s, Secretary Cohen succeeded in modernizing the military and maintaining its readiness to fight; reversing recruitment and retention problems by enhancing pay and other benefits; and strengthening security relationships with countries around the world in order to reorient them from the Cold War to the challenges of a new era. Under his leadership, the U.S. military conducted the largest air warfare campaign since World War II, in Serbia and Kosovo, and conducted other military operations on every continent. During his tenure, Secretary Cohen held substantive meetings with foreign leaders in over 60 countries.

A published author of eleven works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry; a futurist with degrees in classical Latin and Greek; the son of a working-class family who rose to the highest levels in government, it was natural for the Christian Science Monitor to call him “a true Renaissance Man.” He is also an accomplished athlete and was named to the Maine all-state high school and college basketball teams, and, while at Bowdoin, he was inducted into the New England All-Star Hall of Fame. In 1987, he was named by the National Association of basketball Coaches to the Silver Anniversary All Star Team, and in 2001, the NCAA presented him with its Theodore Roosevelt Award. Secretary Cohen is currently a member of the Board of Directors of CBS Corporation.

After 31 years of public service, Secretary Cohen leaves behind a record of unparalleled accomplishment, integrity, and respect, and takes with him unrivaled knowledge, reputation, and relationships, across America and around the globe.


Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Chair of the 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. In this position, she was responsible for designing and implementing corporate strategy in Washington, DC and other key capitals around the globe. During this time, she also held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy.

From May 2001 to January 2009, Dr. Dobriansky served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs (longest serving in history.) In February 2007, she was appointed the President’s Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. Prior to her Presidential appointments, Dr. Dobriansky served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington Office of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was also the Council’s first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Her other government appointments include Associate Director for Policy and Programs at the United States Information Agency, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the 1985 U.N. Decade for Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, the White House. From 1997-2001, she served on the Presidentially-appointed U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

Dr. Dobriansky received a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude in International Politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University. She is a Fulbright-Hays scholar, Ford and Rotary Foundation Fellow, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a recipient of various honors, including the Secretary of State’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, and high-level international recognition such as the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of Poland, Poland’s Highest Medal of Merit, Grand Cross of Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, National Order “Star of Romania”, Hungary’s Commander’s Cross Order of Merit and Ukraine’s Order of Merit. She has also received three Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters and one Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Dr. Dobriansky serves on various boards, including Freedom House, the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue, and American University in Afghanistan. Previous boards have included the Western NIS Enterprise Fund, National Endowment for Democracy (Vice Chair), and George Mason University Board of Visitors. She has lectured and published articles, book chapters, and op-ed pieces on foreign affairs-related topics. For three years, she hosted Freedom’s Challenge and co-hosted Worldwise, the international affairs programs on National Empowerment Television. She has been interviewed widely on television and radio and has testified frequently before the Senate Foreign Relations and House International Relations Committees.


Lee H. Hamilton is Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was previously the Director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Prior to becoming Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Mr. Hamilton served for thirty-four years as a United States Congressman from Indiana. He is a member of the advisory council for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and in December, 2002, he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission).

During his tenure in Congress, he served as Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (now the Committee on International Relations), and chaired the Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East from the early 1970s until 1993. Mr. Hamilton also served as Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran. Mr. Hamilton served as Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, working to promote long-term economic growth and development, global market competition, and a sound fiscal policy. Mr. Hamilton served as a Commissioner on the United States Commission on National Security in the 21st Century (better known as the Hart-Rudman Commission), and was Co-Chair with former Senator Howard Baker of the Baker-Hamilton Commission to Investigate Certain Security Issues at Los Alamos.

He now serves as Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. Mr. Hamilton has been awarded the Knight Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1999, the Paul H. Nitze Award for Distinguished Authority on National Security Affairs in 1999, the American Political Science Association Hubert H. Humphrey Award in 1998, the American Bar Association CEELI Award in 1998, the Center for Civic Education Civitas Award in 1998, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 1998, the Center for National Policy Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award in 1997, the American Political Science Association Outstanding Legislator Award in 1997, the Indiana University President’s Medal for Excellence in 1996, and the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study Distinguished Citizen Fellow in 1994.

Other awards of distinction include the Central Intelligence Agency Medallion in 1988, the Defense Intelligence Agency Medallion in 1987, the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1985, and the Knight of the French Legion of Honor in 1984.


Gary Hart is Senior Counsel to Coudert Brothers, a multinational law firm.

He was a United States Senator for Colorado from 1975 to 1987. In 1984 and 1988 he was a candidate for his party’s nomination for President. During his twelve years in the Senate, he served on the Armed Services Committee, the Senate Environment Committee, Budget Committee, and Intelligence Oversight Committee. He was co-chair of the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century. He was president of Global Green, the U.S. affiliate of Mikhail Gorbachev’s environmental foundation, Green Cross International. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund, a former member of the Defense Policy Board, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was co-chair of the Council task force that produced the report: “America Unprepared- America Still at Risk”, in October, 2002.

Senator Hart has been Visiting Fellow, Chatham Lecturer, and McCallum Memorial Lecturer at Oxford University, Global Fund Lecturer at Yale University, and Regents Lecturer at the University of California.


Carla A. Hills is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hills & Company, International Consultants, which advises companies on global trade and investment issues.

Ambassador Hills served as U.S. Trade Representative (1989-93), in the first Bush Administration, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice in the Ford Administration. She serves on four corporate boards. She also serves as Chair of the National Committee on US-China Relations; Vice Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Inter-American Dialogue; member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for International Economics and of the Trilateral Commission, Co-Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and trustee of the US-China Business Council.

Ambassador Hills is the recipient of a number of honorary degrees. In 2000 she was awarded the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor given by the Mexican government to a non-citizen.


Jeh Johnson is a partner in the Paul, Weiss Litigation Department and member of the Firm’s Management Committee. Secretary Johnson led the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from December 2013 to January 2017, where he was responsible for counterterrorism; cybersecurity; border, port, aviation and maritime security; enforcement and administration of immigration laws; response to national disasters; detection and prevention of nuclear, chemical and biological threats; and the protection of critical infrastructure and the nation’s leadership. Secretary Johnson is credited with building a more effective, cohesive Department of Homeland Security and with raising morale. He served as the public face of the U.S. government’s homeland security mission, engaging with the press on numerous occasions and testifying before Congress 26 times. Secretary Johnson managed 230,000 employees in 22 different components and agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration, the Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Secret Service.

Between 2009-2012, Secretary Johnson served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense, where he was a primary legal architect for the military’s counterterrorism missions in the Obama Administration, and was responsible for the prior legal approval for every military operation authorized by the President and the Secretary of Defense. He co-authored the 2010 report that paved the way for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law by Congress. In his book Duty, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called Johnson “the finest lawyer I ever worked with in government – a straightforward, plain-speaking man of great integrity, with common sense to burn and a good sense of humor.”

Between 1998-2001, Secretary Johnson served as General Counsel of the U.S. Air Force. He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1989-1991, trying 12 cases before a jury and arguing 11 appeals in three years.

Secretary Johnson has received numerous awards and acknowledgments, including three Department of Defense medals for distinguished public service and nine honorary degrees. On three occasions, Secretary Johnson has been a guest lecturer or debater at the distinguished Oxford Union in England, and in 2015 delivered the annual Green Foundation Lecture at Westminster College in Missouri. His November 2012 address at the Oxford Union, “How Will the War Against al Qaeda End?,” received international attention and acclaim. Secretary Johnson received a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from Morehouse College.


Nancy Kassebaum-Baker was a United States Senator from Kansas (1979-1997).

She was a member of the Kansas governmental ethics commission from 1975-1976 and a member of the Kansas committee for the humanities from 1975-1979. She was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on November 7, 1978, for the six-year term commencing January 3, 1979. She was subsequently appointed by the Governor on December 23, 1978 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James B. Pearson, for the term ending January 3, 1979. She was reelected in 1984 and again in 1990 and served from December 23, 1978, to January 3, 1997. She was not a candidate for reelection in 1996.

She served as chairman on the Committee on Labor and Human Resources (One Hundred Fourth Congress).


Thomas H. Kean is the former governor of New Jersey (1982-1990) and served for ten years in the New Jersey Assembly, rising to the positions of majority leader, minority leader, and speaker. As governor, he served on the President’s Education Policy Advisory Committee and as chair of the Education Commission of the States and the National Governor’s Association Task Force on Teaching.

Governor Kean was Chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission). While president of Drew University, Governor Kean served on several national committees and commissions. He headed the American delegation to the UN Conference on Youth in Thailand, served as vice chairman of the American delegation to the World Conference on Women in Beijing; and served as a member of the President’s Initiative on Race. He also served on the National Endowment for Democracy. He is chair of the Newark Alliance and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and former chair of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Educate America, and the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.

Governor Kean is on the board of a number of organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund.


Dr. Lehman co-founded JFLCO in 1992 and has been involved in all aspects of the firm’s private equity investment and management activities. Immediately prior to forming JFLCO, he spent three years as a Managing Director in Corporate Finance at PaineWebber, Inc., where he led the Aerospace and Defense Group.

From 1981 to 1987, Dr. Lehman served as Secretary of the U.S. Navy. As the chief executive of the Navy, he was responsible for the management of 1.2 million people, an annual budget of $95 billion and total assets equivalent to those of the seven largest Fortune 500 corporations combined. Prior to being appointed Secretary of the Navy, Dr. Lehman served as President of the aerospace consulting firm Abington Corporation, a delegate to the Mutual Balanced Force Reductions negotiations, Deputy Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and a senior staff member to Dr. Henry Kissinger at the White House. For more than two decades, Dr. Lehman flew various tactical aircraft for the Naval Reserve.

Previously, he has served on the boards of Ball Corporation, TI Group plc, Westland Helicopter plc, Sedgwick plc and many of JFLCO’s investments. He is also Chairman of the Princess Grace Foundation and an Overseer of the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he was also a member of the 9/11 Commission and the National Defense Commission.

A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Lehman earned a B.S. from St. Joseph’s University, a B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.


Donald F. McHenry served as Ambassador and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from September 1979 until January 20, 1981.

As chief United States representative to the United Nations, he also served as a member of President Carter’s Cabinet. At the time of his appointment, Ambassador McHenry was Ambassador and U.S. Deputy Representative to the UN Security Council, a position to which he was appointed in March 1977.

Ambassador McHenry has studied, taught and worked primarily in the fields of foreign policy and international law and organizations. He joined the U.S. Department of State in 1963 and served eight years in various positions related to U.S. foreign policy. In 1966 he received the Department’s Superior Honor Award. In 1971, while on leave from the Department, he was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. and an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York. In 1973, after leaving the State Department, he joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. as a project director in Humanitarian Policy Studies. In 1976 he served as a member of President Carter’s transition staff at the State Department before joining the U.S. Mission to the UN.

During his career, Ambassador McHenry represented the United States in a number of international fora and as the U.S. negotiator on the question on Namibia. He served as Presidential Envoy to Nigeria; a member of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s eminent persons mission to Algeria; and, leader of a consulting mission on Senegal elections.

Activity after public service

Ambassador McHenry is a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Stock Exchange, the Board of Directors of Fleet Boston Financial, GlaxoSmithKline, AT&T, International Paper, the Council of Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation, the Johnson Foundation, the National Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mount Holyoke College, Mayo Foundation, and the World Peace Foundation.

Ambassador McHenry has taught at Southern Illinois, Howard, American and Georgetown Universities. He is the author of Micronesia: Trust Betrayed (Carnegie Endowment, 1975) and numerous other articles published in professional journals and newspapers.

Ambassador McHenry is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Memberships and Affiliations

– Board Director of the Coca-Cola Company
– Chairman of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Fund
– Chairman Emeritus of Africare
– Director of the Institute for International Education, Illinois State University Foundation
– Director of The American Assembly
– Director, the American Ditchley Foundation
– Director, the Peterson Institute For International Economics
– Honorary Director, The Brookings Institution
– Member of Board of Governors of Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute
– Member of Institute for International Economics
– Editorial Board Member of Foreign Policy Magazine
– Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
– Trustee Emeritus of Columbia University
– Trustee Emeritus of Mayo Foundation
– Senior Advisor to the National Democratic Institute
– Advisor to the Women’s Foreign Policy Group
– Advisor to the Washington Centre


Robert C. (Bud) McFarlane serves as the Chairman of McFarlane Associates. Mr. McFarlane was the National Security Advisor under President Reagan from 1983-1985. In 1971 he was named a White House Fellow and served in the Office of Legislative Affairs in the White House. Following that assignment he became Military Assistant to Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft. Near the end of this five-year assignment to the White House he was appointed by President Ford as his Special Assistant for National Security Affairs and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy & Marine Corps’ highest peacetime military decoration. In 1981 he was appointed by President Reagan and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Counselor to the Department of State. In 1982 President Reagan appointed Mr. McFarlane as his Deputy National Security Advisor. In 1983 he was appointed by the President as his Special Representative in the Middle East. Following that assignment he returned to the White House and was appointed to the Reagan Cabinet as National Security Advisor.

He is a co-founder (with Dr. Henry Kissinger) and Vice Chair of the America-China Society, serves on the Board of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the White House Fellows’ Foundation, and has been a member of the Boards of The Travelers, Dillon Read (France Fund), and Church & Dwight.

Admiral Michael Mullen (U.S. Navy, Ret.)

Considered one of the most influential Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in history, Admiral (Ret.) Mike Mullen takes a fresh approach to the most important geopolitical issues of the 21st century, including America’s position in the world and how economic health directly impacts our National Security. Mullen believes our national debt is our greatest security threat.

Mullen, who spent four years as Chairman—the top military advisor to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama—is a broad-minded, intellectually curious leader widely recognized as an “honest broker” by policymakers, Members of Congress and senior military officers. He brought bold and original thinking to the work of strengthening the U.S. military and advocating for those who serve.

Mullen oversaw the end of the combat mission in Iraq and the development of a new military strategy for Afghanistan, while promoting international partnerships, new technologies and new counter-terrorism tactics culminating in the killing of Osama bin Laden.

A 1968 graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Mullen sought challenging positions including command at every level to develop his leadership skills during his naval career. He rose to be Chief of Naval Operations prior to assuming duties as Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Since retiring from the Navy, Mullen has joined the boards of General Motors, Sprint, and the Bloomberg Family Foundation. He teaches at the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He is also known for his efforts on behalf of service members, veterans, and their families. He is renowned for his role in dismantling “don’t ask, don’t tell” and allowing gay service members to serve openly.

Today, he shares with audiences his deep experience in leading change in complex organizations, his assessment of geopolitical relationships, diversity implementation, crisis management, economic policy, risk management and the growing and existential threat of cyberattacks.


Sam Nunn is co-chairman and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a charitable organization working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

He served as a United States Senator from Georgia for 24 years (1972-1996) and is retired from the law firm of King & Spalding. During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Senator Nunn served as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He also served on the Intelligence and Small Business Committees.

His legislative achievements include the landmark Department of Defense Reorganization Act, drafted with the late Senator Barry Goldwater, and the “Nunn-Lugar” Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which provides assistance to Russia and the former Soviet republics for securing and destroying their excess nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

In addition to his work with NTI, Senator Nunn has continued his service in the public policy arena as a distinguished professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech and as chairman of the board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

He is a board member of the following publicly-held corporations: Chevron Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company, Dell Inc., General Electric Company, Internet Security Systems, Inc., and Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.


Leon E. Panetta is Chairman of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy and Former Secretary of Defense. Co-founder of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, Leon Panetta returned to the Institute on February 27, 2013, after serving as the 23rd Secretary of Defense.

A Monterey native and Santa Clara University School of Law graduate,
Secretary Panetta began his long and distinguished public service career in 1964 as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and upon discharge went to work in Washington as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senate Minority Whip Tom Kuchel of California. In 1969, he was appointed director of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, where he was responsible for enforcing equal education laws, and later he served as executive assistant to the mayor of New York City. He then returned to Monterey, where he practiced law until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976.

Serving his Central Coast district in Congress for sixteen years, Secretary Panetta was a key participant in agriculture, healthcare, marine, and federal budget issues, and from 1989 to 1993 he chaired the House Budget Committee. He authored a wide range of legislation, including the Hunger Prevention Act of 1988, Medicare and Medicaid coverage for hospice care for the terminally ill, and numerous measures to protect the California coast, including creation of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

In 1993, Secretary Panetta left Congress to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget for the incoming Clinton administration. There, he was instrumental in developing the policies that led to a balanced federal budget and eventual budget surpluses. In 1994, he accepted appointment as the president’s chief of staff, and immediately brought order and focus to White House operations and policy making.

Upon leaving the Clinton administration in 1997, Secretary Panetta joined with his wife Sylvia to establish and co-direct the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University, Monterey Bay. Reflecting Secretary Panetta’s own ideals and personal example, the nonpartisan, not-for-profit study center seeks to attract thoughtful men and women to lives of public service and prepare them for the policy challenges of the future. In addition, Secretary Panetta developed programs for the Institute, such as its Leon Panetta Lecture Series, Congressional Internship Program and Leadership Seminar, that help to inform Americans about the critical issues facing our communities, states and nation in the 21st century. Institute programs also aim to inspire a deeper engagement in the democratic process while simultaneously setting a public example of service and commitment.

Returning to public service in the Obama Administration as Director of the CIA, he ran the operation that brought Osama bin Laden to justice, and, as Secretary of Defense, led the effort to develop a new defense strategy, helping bring two wars to an end, and opened up opportunities for everyone to serve in the military. Secretary Panetta chronicles his life in public service in his memoir Worthy Fights, which was published by Penguin Press in the fall of 2014.

Over the years Secretary Panetta has served on numerous boards and commissions. He co-chaired California Forward, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative and Governor Schwarzenegger’s Council on Base Support and Retention. In 2006, he served on the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan national commission seeking a new course for the war in Iraq.

Secretary Panetta is the recipient of many awards and honors. His most recent awards include: the California Teachers Association’s Friends of Education Award; the Judicial Council of California’s Stanley Mosk Defender of Justice Award; The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award; the Sons of Italy Foundation’s National Education & Leadership Award; the Peter Benchley Ocean Award for “Excellence in Policy”; and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance’s William Oliver Baker Award.


General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus is one of the most prominent U.S. military figures of the post-9/11 era. During his 37-year career in the United States Army, General Petraeus was widely recognized for his leadership of the Surge in Iraq, which retrieved a desperate situation and reduced violence in Iraq by well over 85%; for his oversight of the organization that produced the U.S. Army’s counterinsurgency manual and overhauled all aspects of preparing U.S. Army leaders and units for deployment to combat; and for his command of coalition forces in Afghanistan as they reversed the momentum of the Taliban and enabled the commencement of the transition of tasks to Afghan forces and institutions.

A graduate with distinction from the United States Military Academy, General Petraeus is the only person in U.S. Army history to be the top graduate in both the U.S. Army’s challenging Ranger School and the year-long U.S. Army Command and General Staff College course. He also earned a Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary program of international relations and economics from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and later completed a fellowship at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

General Petraeus’ military career was distinguished by significant achievements during assignments in Cold War Europe, Central America, the United States, Haiti, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the greater Middle East and central Asia. His career culminated with six consecutive commands as a general officer, five of which were in combat, a record believed unmatched in the post-World War II era.

After General Petraeus’ retirement from the military, and following confirmation by the Senate with a vote of 94-0, he served as Director of the CIA, during which time the Agency played the central role in a number of important achievements in the global war on terror, established an overarching strategic campaign plan for the Agency, and pursued initiatives to invest additional resources in the Agency’s most important element, its human capital.

General Petraeus is now a Partner with the global investment firm KKR and the Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, a position he has held for over three years. He is also a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College, a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California, a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, Co-Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Institute’s Global Advisory Council, Senior Vice President of the Royal United Services Institute, and a member of the boards of the Institute for the Study of War, the Atlantic Council, and seven veterans service organizations. He is also engaged in personal venture capital investing.

Over the past decade, General Petraeus was named one of America’s 25 Best Leaders by the U.S. News and World Report, a runner-up for Time magazine’s Person of the Year, the Daily Telegraph man of the year, a Time 100 selectee, and one of Foreign Policy magazine’s top 100 public intellectuals. He has been awarded numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO, and United Nations medals, including four awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Combat Action Badge, and Master Parachutist Wings, as well as the Madison Medal from Princeton University. He has also been decorated by 13 foreign countries.


Thomas Pickering is Vice Chairman of Hills & Co., International Consultants, having retired in 2006 as a Boeing senior vice president for International Relations and a member of the Boeing Executive Council. He joined Boeing in January 2001 upon his retirement as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

Mr. Pickering served as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs since May 1997. Prior to that, he served briefly as the president of the Eurasia Foundation. Mr. Pickering held the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. He has served as U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Mr. Pickering also served on assignments in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

From 1989 to 1992, he served as Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York. He also served as Executive Secretary of the Department of State and Special Assistant to Secretaries William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger from 1973 to 1974. Between 1959 and 1961, he served in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the State Department, in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and from 1962 to 1964 in Geneva as political adviser to the U.S. Delegation to the 18-Nation Disarmament Conference.

In 1984, he was awarded an honorary doctor-in-laws degree from Bowdoin College, and has received similar honors from 12 other universities. In 1983 and in 1986, Pickering won the Distinguished Presidential Award and, in 1996, the Department of State’s highest award – the Distinguished Service Award. He is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations.


George Pratt Shultz has had a distinguished career in government, in academia, and in the world of business. He is one of a handful of individuals who have held four different federal cabinet posts; he has taught at three of this country’s greatest universities; and for eight years he was president of a major engineering and construction company.

Mr. Shultz was born in New York City on December 13, 1920, and grew up in Englewood, New Jersey. He attended Princeton University, graduating in 1942 with a B.A. in economics. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served through 1945. He then resumed his studies, this time at MIT, where he earned a Ph.D. in industrial economics in 1949. From 1948 to 1957 he taught at MIT, taking a leave of absence in 1955 to serve as a senior staff economist on the President Eisenhower’s Council of Economic Advisors.

In 1957, Mr. Shultz joined the faculty of The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business as a professor of industrial relations. He was named Dean five years later. From 1968 to 1969 he was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

He returned to government when he was appointed Secretary of Labor by President Nixon in 1969. In June 1970, he became Director of the Office of Management and Budget. In May 1972, he was named Secretary of the Treasury, a post he held for two years. During this period, Mr. Shultz also served as Chairman of the Council on Economic Policy, negotiated a series of trade protocols with the Soviet Union, and represented the United States at the Tokyo meeting on the General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade.

Mr. Shultz left government service in 1974 to become President and Director of the Bechtel Group, Inc., where he remained until 1982. While at Bechtel, he maintained his close ties with the academic world by joining the faculty of Stanford University.

Mr. Shultz held two key positions in the Reagan administration: Chairman of the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board (1981-82) and Secretary of State (1982-89). As Secretary of State, he played a key role in implementing a foreign policy that led to the successful conclusion of the cold war and the development of strong relationships between the United States and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region including China, Japan, and the ASEAN countries.

After leaving office, Mr. Shultz rejoined the Bechtel Group as Director and Senior Counselor. He also rejoined Stanford as professor of international economics at the Graduate School of Business and as Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution. In 2001, Mr. Shultz was named the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

In January 1989, Mr. Shultz was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He is also a recipient of the Seoul Peace Prize (1992), the West Point Sylvanus Thayer Award (1992), the Eisenhower Medal for Leadership and Service (2001), the Reagan Distinguished American Award (2002), and The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training’s Ralph Bunche Award for Diplomatic Excellence (2002). Other honors awarded in 2002 include the Elliot Richardson Prize for Excellence and Integrity in Public Service, The James H. Doolittle Award, and the John Witherspoon Medal for Distinguished Statesmanship. The George Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia, was dedicated in a ceremony on May 29, 2002. Mr. Shultz was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association in 2005. He received The American Spirit Award from The National World War II Museum in 2006. In 2007, he received the George Marshall Award from the United States Agency for International Development and the Truman Medal for Economic Policy. He received the Rumford Prize from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2008 and the Commandant’s Leadership Award from the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation in 2009. In 2011, he received the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

Mr. Shultz’s publications include Ideas & Action, Featuring 10 Commandments for Negotiations (2010); Ending Government Bailouts as We Know Them, coedited with Kenneth E. Scott and John Taylor (2010); Putting Our House in Order: A Citizen’s Guide to Social Security and Health Care Reform, with John B. Shoven (2008); Turmoil and Triumph: My Years as Secretary of State (1993); Economic Policy Beyond the Headlines, with Kenneth Dam (1977); Workers and Wages in the Urban Labor Market, with Albert Rees (1970); Guidelines, Informal Controls, and the Marketplace, with Robert Aliber (1966); Strategies for the Displaced Worker: Confronting Economic Change, with Arnold Weber (1966); Management Organization and the Computer, with Thomas Whisler (Eds.) (1960); Labor Problems: Cases and Readings, with John Coleman (1959); The Dynamics of a Labor Market, with Charles Myers (1951); Pressures on Wage Decisions (1951); Causes of Industrial Peace Under Collective Bargaining, Case Study No. 10, with Robert P. Crisara (1951); and Causes of Industrial Peace Under Collective Bargaining, Case Study No. 7, with Charles A. Myers (1950).

Mr. Shultz holds honorary degrees from Notre Dame, Columbia, Loyola, Pennsylvania, Rochester, Princeton, Carnegie-Mellon, CUNY, Yeshiva University, the Weizmann Institute of Science, Baruch College of New York, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tbilisi State University in the Republic of Georgia, Technion, Keio University in Tokyo, Williams College, and Peking University.

Mr. Shultz is honorary chairman of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, advisory council chair of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency at Stanford University, chair of the MIT Energy Initiative External Advisory Board, and chair of the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy. He serves on the boards of directors of Acuitus, Fremont Group, and Theranos.


Frank G. Wisner is an International Affairs Advisor at Patton Boggs, LLP. A career diplomat with the personal rank of Career Ambassador, he previously served as Ambassador to India from 1994‐1997. Additionally, he held the positions of Ambassador to Zambia (1979‐82), Egypt (1986‐91), and the Philippines (1991—92). Mr. Wisner has served in a number of positions in the U.S. government, including Undersecretary of Defense for Policy (1993‐94), Undersecretary of State for International Security Affairs (1992‐93), Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs (1982‐86), and Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of State (1977). During the course of his career, Frank Wisner served in the Middle East and South and East Asia.

After leaving government service, Mr. Wisner joined the American International Group, where he was named Vice Chairman, External Affairs. He returned to government in 2005 to represent the Secretary of State as her special representative to the Kosovo status talks.

Today Mr. Wisner is a member of the Boards of Directors of EOG Resources and Ethan Allen, as well as the boards of numerous non‐profit organizations. He is an advisor to Kissinger Associates.

A native of New York, Mr. Wisner was educated at Princeton University.


William J. Perry currently serves as the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor at Stanford University, with a joint appointment in the School of Engineering and the Institute for International Studies. He is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and co-director of the Preventive Defense Project, a research collaboration of Stanford and Harvard Universities.

Dr. Perry was the 19th Secretary of Defense under President Clinton, serving from February 1994 to January 1997. As Secretary of Defense, he was instrumental in implementing and strengthening the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. He also served as Deputy Secretary of Defense (1993-1994) and Under Deputy Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

Dr. Perry has extensive business experience and currently serves on the boards of several high-tech companies and is chairman of Global Technology Partners. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Perry has received numerous awards and decorations from U.S. and foreign governments, non-governmental organizations and the military, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997.


Frances Fragos Townsend is the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs at MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings, Inc. Ms. Townsend was a corporate partner at the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP. Previously, she served as Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council from May 2004 until January 2008. She previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism from May 2003 to May 2004. Ms. Townsend is a contributor for CNN as a counterterrorism, national and homeland security expert. Prior to serving the President, Ms. Townsend was the first Assistant Commandant for Intelligence for the U. S. Coast Guard. Before that, Ms. Townsend spent 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice under the administrations of President George H. W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. Ms. Townsend is a Director and chairs the compensation committees of 2 private company Boards. She serves on numerous government advisory and nonprofit boards. Ms. Townsend chairs the Board of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.


Dr. Andrew Semmel is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Partnership for a Secure America. Since January 2008, Dr. Semmel has been a private consultant at AKS Consulting.
Dr. Semmel joined the Department of State in Spring 2003 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Nuclear Nonproliferation in the Department’s Bureau of Nonproliferation and continued in that role in the newly formed Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. His primary responsibilities included the development and execution of policies and initiatives to stem the spread of nuclear weapons, associated technologies and know-how, including export controls.

From September 2001 to January 2003, he served as the Executive Director of the U.S.-China Security Review Commission. He was responsible for the Commission’s public hearings, research, briefings, foreign travel, and the preparation of an annual report of findings and recommendations to the Congress on the security implications of economic and financial relations between the U.S. and China.

He served on the personal staff of Senator Richard G. Lugar from 1987 to 2001, where he was the Senator’s senior Legislative Assistant for Foreign Policy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has been a Tenured Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati. He has also been an Adjunct Visiting Professor in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program (MSFS) at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1981, he took a position with the Department of Defense as a Foreign Affairs Specialist in the Defense Security Assistance Agency (DSAA). He served as Chief of the Analysis Division of DSAA until he moved to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in February 1985.

He enjoys jogging, fishing, hiking, gardening, most sports, film, reading and cooking. He is married and has an adult son.


Chip is the founder and President of Andreae & Associates, Inc., a Washington, DC-based consulting firm specializing since 1991 in risk management and government relations strategies for international firms operating in emerging markets and across the globe.

He worked for 15 years on Capitol Hill, including 4 years with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and 5 years as Chief of Staff for Senator Richard Lugar. As Chief of Staff, Mr. Andreae led numerous Senate staff delegations to the Near East, Latin America and Africa.

Working with the International Republican Institute, Mr. Andreae helped train newly-created political parties for two years in Bulgaria, two years in Romania, and two years in South Africa. He also has served on over a dozen election observer missions around the world on behalf of the U.S. Government.

Prior to establishing Andreae & Associates, Mr. Andreae worked for two years as Vice President and Partner of the RCF Group, a Washington-based consulting firm. He was a founding partner of Andreae, Vick & Associates for 7 years beginning in 1996. In addition to his consulting practice, Mr. Andreae has served as a Visiting Lecturer at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Mr. Andreae holds an M.A. in Government from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science and History from Denison University.

Dr. Jamie Metzl

Jamie Metzl is a partner in Cranemere LLC, a global private equity company, and a Senior Fellow of the Asia Society. In 2004 he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District in Kansas City. Jamie has served as Senior Fellow and Coordinator for Homeland Security Programs at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he directed the CFR Task Force on Emergency Responders, as Deputy Staff Director and Senior Counselor of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as Senior Coordinator for International Public Information and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and as Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs on the National Security Council.

At the White House, he spearheaded the President’s initiative on International Public Information, drafted Presidential Decision Directive PDD-68 on the same subject, and coordinated United States Government international information campaigns for Iraq, Kosovo, and other crises. He was a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) from 1991 to 1993, where he helped establish a nation-wide human rights investigation and monitoring unit for Cambodia.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former White House Fellow, he holds a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian history from Oxford University, a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. Jamie Metzl has appeared widely on national media, including on Meet the Press and the Today show, he has written a book on human rights in Southeast Asia, and his other writing has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and many other publications. He has completed three ironman triathlons and 20 marathons. His novel The Depths of the Sea was published by St. Martin’s Press in May 2004.sity.


Graeme Bannerman is a Scholar at the Middle East Institute. As such, he frequently provides commentary on Middle Eastern issues for numerous American and international media outlets including the BBC, Canadian National television, NBC, CBS, PBS News Hour, Fox News, al-Hurra, al-Jazeera, and others. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Hands along the Nile and serves on the Board of Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.

Prior to joining the Middle East Institute, he founded and served as President of Bannerman & Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. Bannerman & Associates, Inc. worked with a variety of international clients primarily in the Middle East.

He served on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1979 until 1987. His last position was Committee Staff Director. From 1979 through 1984, he was the Committee’s professional staff member responsible for the Middle East and South Asia.

Before working for the Senate, he was employed by the Department of State, as a Middle Eastern Affairs Analyst and on the Policy Planning Staff. He worked on Arab-Israeli affairs during the time of Camp David and the negotiation of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.

Dr. Bannerman taught at several institutions including Georgetown University, George Washington University, and The American University in Beirut. He holds a doctorate in Modern Middle Eastern History from the University of Wisconsin, a MA in South Asian studies from the University of Wisconsin, a MA in Modern Middle Eastern history from The American University in Beirut, and a BA degree from Northwestern University.


Tom Miller is currently the President/CEO of International Executive Service Corps, a non-profit that furnishes expertise to the developing world to train in best business practices. In addition, in 2011, Tom was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be the Chair of the Board of the International Commission on Missing Persons, an internationally acclaimed organization that identifies missing persons in many countries by using DNA-matching and other techniques. In 2009, Tom was President and CEO of the United Nations Association of the U.S. From 2005-08, he served as CEO of Plan International, a large nongovernmental organization that works in 66 countries to improve the lives of children in developing countries.

A 29-year career diplomat, Tom’s experience in the Foreign Service spanned many continents. From 2001-04, he served as U.S. ambassador to Greece, where he focused on the security concerns of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and domestic counter-terrorism. From 1999-2001, as U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, he worked on helping the country recover after a devastating war. From 1997-99, he was Special Coordinator for the Cyprus negotiations (rank of ambassador). He was also posted to Thailand as well as the State Department in Washington, where he focused on North Africa, the Middle East, and counter-terrorism issues.

A native of the Chicago area, Tom holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, two Masters degrees and a B.A., all from the University of Michigan.


Mr. Desai is an emerging scholar in the fields of law and foreign policy. He has written and published extensively in these arenas, with his writing focused on US-India relations, international security, sanctions enforcement, governance, and corruption.

Previously, he was an attorney at the law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington D.C. Prior to this, Mr. Desai was a Law and Security Fellow working at New America’s International Security Program (ISP). While there, he supported the ISP’s goal of providing evidence-based analysis of tough security challenges facing policymakers and the public. Additionally, before his time at New America, Mr. Desai spent two years on Capitol Hill, working as a Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi.

Formerly, Mr. Desai was an attorney at O’Melveny & Meyers LLP in Washington DC where his practice includes a wide range of litigation, regulatory, and public policy matters. He has represented clients in front of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Department of Commerce, and the House and Senate Ethics Committees. He has also litigated in state and federal court on both the trial and appellate levels. He conducts white collar, export control, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations for individual and multinational clients around the world.

In addition to his private sector work, Mr. Desai has also worked extensively in the public sector. Over the past decade, he has garnered exhaustive experience on Capitol Hill, most recently serving as a legislative fellow at the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Border Security and International Law in the United States House of Representatives. In 2006, Mr. Desai was involved in efforts to help secure Congressional approval for the landmark US-India Civilian Nuclear Deal, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush that same year.

Mr. Desai is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Belfer Center’s India and South Asia Program at Harvard University. He is also member of the Aspen India Strategy Group and a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project. He teaches a popular course on US foreign policy toward South Asia at the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Desai earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. In 2011, he earned joint public policy and law degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Law School, from which he graduated magna cum laude.


Jim Dyer is a Senior Advisor at Baker Donelson. He has a long history of public service, serving as clerk and staff director on the House Committee on Appropriations for 10 years and as Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Mr. Dyer serves as a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds the distinguished public service award from the US Navy.

Mr. Dyer handled legislative affairs for the U.S. Department of State for two years and later served as a budget consultant to the Secretary of the Navy. In addition to his public sector work, Mr. Dyer has also worked extensively in the private sector. He directed government relations for the Philip Morris Companies, Inc., and for the Power Systems Division of United Technologies Corp. He is a member of the board of directors for Ford’s Theater and the Chairman’s Advisory Board at the US Institute for Peace, and also serves on the boards of the National Zoo and the U.S. Capitol Historic Society.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and has done graduate work in Legislative Affairs at George Washington University. He also holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Scranton.


Jodi Herman is the Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs at the National Endowment for Democracy. Herman previously served as the Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for Ranking Member Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD). Prior to that, she served as the Chief Counsel and Deputy Staff Director for the same committee. She also worked for Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2000, and joined his Senate office in 2010. Ms. Herman has also worked in private practice at the law firm Mowry & Grimson in Bethesda, MD, and served in the Clinton Administration as a Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador at the Organization of American States. Her current position is her second job at NED, having served as a congressional liaison from 2001 to 2003. Ms. Herman holds a Juris Doctor with Honors from The George Washington University’s School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from American University’s School of International Service.


Peter Cleveland is Vice President of Global Government Affairs at the largest contract semiconductor company in the world. Responsibilities involve overseeing policy, legislative, legal, regulatory and standards matters. TSMC manufactures leading edge silicon and is highly valued with a $400 billion market capitalization.

Previously, Mr. Cleveland worked at Intel as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. He also served on Capitol Hill for sixteen years for lawmakers on the Senate Finance and Foreign Relations Committees and Chief of Staff for California Senator Dianne Feinstein. Mr. Cleveland’s past experience includes advising clients as an attorney in private practice. He graduated from Columbia University (BA) and Georgetown University (JD), and he is a Member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars and Council on Foreign Relations.

Over a twenty-five year career, Mr. Cleveland was elected to chair the BOD of trade associations -- such as the Information Technology Industry Council and the Trans Atlantic Business Council -- and helped drive industry consensus on challenging issues, including: U.S. tariffs on Chinese product impors, immigration reform, IP protection, free trade agreements and tech export controls.

Additionally, Mr. Cleveland has published op-eds on technology law and made TV media appearances on key subjects, and he was cited in Politico’s annual survey for many years as a top corporate representative in Washington, DC.


Ambassador David Welch has a broad range of knowledge and experience in government and in business, both internationally and in the United States. Welch recently retired after 10 years (2009-2019) with Bechtel, a global engineering and construction firm, where he was a Senior Vice President and Partner, supervising international and government affairs; Bechtel’s regional representatives in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America; the Washington D.C. office; global corporate security; and internal and external corporate communications. He was a board member of the U.S.-Saudi Business Council, the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council and the U.S.-Egypt Business Council, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy. He is currently a Director of OCI NV, a global fertilizer firm with operations in the United States, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. 

Ambassador Welch served 32 years (1977-2008) with the U.S. Foreign Service. He was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to senior positions in successive Democrat and Republican administrations. In 2008, he attained the lifetime rank, confirmed by the Senate, of Career Ambassador. When he retired from government, David was Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (2005-2008), the senior-most U.S. diplomat for the region. He served as Ambassador to Egypt (2001–2005) and Assistant Secretary for International Organizations (1998–2001). He was also acting Chief of Mission in Saudi Arabia (1992-1994) during an interregnum between Ambassadors. David was on the National Security Council staff at the White House (1989-1991), and also served in Pakistan, Syria, and Jordan. He was the recipient of numerous awards during government service, including a Group Award for Valor. 

David Welch is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.


Lynne Weil is Director of External Affairs at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET). Prior to joining CSET, Lynne spent a dozen years on Capitol Hill – moving from congressional fellow to Senate Foreign Relations Committee press secretary to communications director for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs – and four years in the Executive Branch, as a State Department senior advisor and a senior executive with the Broadcasting Board of Governors, now the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Lynne teaches policy skills to graduate students as adjunct faculty at American University’s School of International Service and George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She’s a member of the PYXERA Global board of directors. Previously, Lynne was a journalist for NPR, the BBC, The New York Times and others. She earned an MPP at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a B.A. in Communication Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


Curtis M. Silvers is the Executive Director of Partnership for a Secure America (PSA). He oversees program development and operations in pursuit of PSA’s mission to advance bipartisan approaches to U.S. national security and foreign policy challenges. Mr. Silvers has over thirty-years’ experience analyzing Congress and creating lasting foundations of support centered on common interests of political, business, and other stakeholders. Earlier in his career Mr. Silvers served as the principal advisor to Senator Fred Thompson for all foreign policy, defense, and international trade issues. Prior to working for Senator Thompson, he was on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under the Chairmanship of Senator Richard Lugar. Mr. Silvers also worked at Bannerman and Associates, Inc. as a foreign policy consultant to numerous foreign governments, international educational institutions, and business organizations. He is a founding partner of the government relations consulting company Vanguard Government Strategies and served as Executive Vice President of an international trade NGO, helping transform it into a robust and effective member-based chamber for the 21 st Century.


John is the Programs Director at PSA. He is native of Falls Church, Virginia and received his B.A. from the Catholic University of America, where he was on the men’s lacrosse team. Before joining PSA, John was a professional staff member with the House Homeland Security Committee working on the Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee. John was also a Deputy to the Member Service Director for the full committee and served as a Legislative Assistant & Clerk. He has also interned at the Office of Congressman Ed Royce, the Heritage Foundation, and AMIDEAST.


Jenifer Mackby is a Senior Advisor at the Partnership for a Secure America, focusing on international security issues, including a project on Strengthening the International Atomic Energy Agency. Previously, she worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Asian and European Trilateral Nuclear Dialogues, U.S.-U.K. Nuclear Cooperation, Strengthening the Global Partnership, and a Russian-European study on bioterrorism, among others. Ms. Mackby served as senior political affairs officer for the negotiations on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), the Group of Scientific Experts, Transparency in Armaments and the Biological Weapons Convention review process at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, and then as secretary of the work on verification at the CTBT Organization Preparatory Commission in Vienna. She also worked in the United Nations on nuclear, biological, conventional, and outer space issues. She has co-authored a number of books and has written articles for the New York Times, Newsweek, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, publications of the National Defense University and the European Union Joint Research Center. Ms. Mackby has served as rapporteur for several international conferences, and has spoken at conferences in Europe, Asia, South America and the US. She has lectured at universities and speaks fluent French and Spanish.

Brooke Lennox

Brooke is the Programs Assistant at PSA. She was born and raised in the Bay Area of California and received a B.A in International Relations and Psychology from University of Michigan. She has interned at Center for the National Interest, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and the National Security Archive and most recently, she completed a traineeship at the European Union Delegation in Washington DC.