Political reporter, television pundit and author, Eleanor Clift is currently a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and her column, “Capitol Letter,” is posted each week on the Newsweek and MSNBC websites. She is a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated show The McLaughlin Group and a political contributor for the Fox News Channel.
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A world-renowned expert in terrorism and kidnappings, Brian Michael Jenkins serves as the Senior Advisor to the President of the RAND Corporation. He is also the Director of the National Transportation Security Center at the Mineta Transportation Institute. Following the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, he was part of the team that identified terrorist threats and developed new security measures. His latest book is The Long Shadow of 9/11: America’s Response to Terrorism.
A former special assistant to President Obama, Ambassador Dennis Ross is a scholar on the Middle East. He played a key role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process, working as point man in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. Ambassador Ross is now counselor at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He’s written many books on the peace process, most recently Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East.
Karl Eikenberry was the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 2009 until July 2011, where he led the civilian surge directed by President Obama to reverse insurgent momentum and set the conditions for transition to full Afghan sovereignty. Before that, he had a 35 year career in the United States Army, retiring in April 2009 with the rank of Lieutenant General. His military operational posts included commander and staff officer with mechanized, light, airborne, and ranger infantry units in the continental U.S., Hawaii, Korea, Italy, and Afghanistan as the Commander of the American-led Coalition forces from 2005-2007. He has served in various policy and political-military positions, including Deputy Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee; Director for Strategic Planning and Policy for U.S. Pacific Command; U.S. Security Coordinator and Chief of the Office of Military Cooperation in Kabul, Afghanistan; Assistant Army and later Defense Attaché at the United States Embassy in Beijing, China. He is currently a Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.
Alberto Gonzales was the 80th Attorney General of the United States, having been appointed to the post by President George W. Bush in February 2005. He was the first Hispanic to hold that position and is the highest-ranking Hispanic government official ever. In addition, he is the only lawyer in the nation’s history to serve as both the White House Counsel and Attorney General. He is widely considered a key architect of the War on Terror and has been very outspoken on such issues as immigration, the rights of children and fighting against sexual predators. He also served as George W. Bush’s General Counsel while he was Governor of Texas, and subsequently as Secretary of State of Texas, and as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court. He is currently the Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law at Belmont University, in Nashville, and has also recently joined the law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis.
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