Mike Abramowitz is director of the Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he leads the Museum’s efforts to make genocide prevention a national and international priority and to educate the public and policymakers about the ongoing threat of genocide and related crimes against humanity. Prior to joining the Museum in 20009, he had worked as a reporter and editor for the Washington Post since 1985, covering local and national politics, foreign policy, health care, and business. Between 2006 and 2009, he served as the Post’s White House correspondent, reporting on the Bush administration’s conduct of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and on the crisis in Darfur, and he served as national editor from 2000 to 2006. A graduate of Harvard University, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former nonresident fellow of the German Marshall Fund, and a former media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Madeleine K. Albright is chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and 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 US government. From 1993 to 1997, she served as the US permanent representative to the United Nations and was a member of the president’s cabinet. She is a professor in the practice of diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project. She is also the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation and a member of the US Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board, an advisory body. She served as co-chair of the Genocide Prevention Task Force, which, in 2008, outlined 34 practical policy recommendations to enhance the capacity of the US government to respond to emerging threats of genocide and mass atrocities. In 2012, she was chosen by President Obama to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.
Lloyd Axworthy, PC, OC, OM, is president and vice-chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. He enjoyed a political career spanning 27 years, spending six in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and 21 in the Federal Parliament, and held several cabinet positions, most notably minister of foreign affairs from 1996 to 2000. At the University of Winnipeg, he is working to renew the campus and its downtown community, with the view to making postsecondary education more accessible to inner-city, Aboriginal, new immigrant, and refugee students. He has served on the boards of a number of organizations, including the MacArthur Foundation, STARS Air Ambulance, the Conference Board of Canada, Apathy is Boring—Council on Youth Electoral Engagement, and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. In 2010, he was made an honorary member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. He received a BA from United College (now the University of Winnipeg) in 1961 and received an MA and PhD from Princeton University.
Sara J. Bloomfield has led the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for more than a decade, working to build a global institution that raises Holocaust awareness, confronts Holocaust denial, and advances genocide prevention. An adviser to museums around the world, she is a member of the International Auschwitz Council and serves on the board of the International Council of Museums/USA. She is a recipient of the Officers Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and three honorary doctorates. She joined the planning staff of the Museum in 1986 when it was a project in development and served in a variety of roles before becoming director in 1999.
R. Nicholas Burns is professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, faculty chair of the school’s programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia, and director of its Future of Diplomacy Project. He writes a biweekly foreign affairs column for the Boston Globe and is a senior foreign affairs columnist forGlobalPost. He is also director of the Aspen Strategy Group and a senior counselor at the Cohen Group. Until his retirement in April 2008, he served in the US Foreign Service for 27 years, including as undersecretary of state for political affairs from 2005 to 2008, ambassador to NATO from 2001 to 2005, ambassador to Greece from 1997 to 2001, and State Department spokesman from 1995 to 1997. Prior to that, he worked on the National Security Council staff, where he was senior director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia affairs and special assistant to President Bill Clinton and, earlier, director for Soviet affairs for President George H. W. Bush. He also worked at the American Consulate General in Jerusalem and in the American embassies in Egypt and Mauritania. He serves on the boards of several corporate and nonprofit organizations.
Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist whose writing appears twice weekly in the Washington Post and in nearly 100 other newspapers. The author of Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America’s Ideals and co-author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era, he appears regularly on PBS NewsHour, Face the Nation, and other programs. He also serves as senior advisor at ONE, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Until 2006, he was a top aide to President George W. Bush, serving as assistant to the president for policy and strategic planning, deputy assistant to the president, director of presidential speechwriting, and assistant to the president for speechwriting and policy advisor. Before joining the Bush campaign, he was a senior editor covering politics at US News & World Report. He also served as a speechwriter and policy advisor for Jack Kemp and as a speechwriter for Bob Dole during his 1996 presidential campaign.
Susan Glasser recently joined Politico as the editor of its new long-form and opinion project. Previously she served as editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy from 2010 until 2013 and as executive editor from 2008 to 2010. A longtime foreign correspondent and editor for the Washington Post, she and her husband, 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. She also covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as a correspondent for the Post. As an editor at the Post, she held a number of senior positions, including assistant managing editor for national news and editor of Outlook, the 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. Prior to that, she worked for eight years at Roll Call, where she rose from an intern to be the top editor. She graduated from Harvard University.
Heather Hurlburt is the executive director of the National Security Network, where her policy work focuses primarily on the politics of US foreign policy, counterterrorism and resilience, and the nexus of civilian and military approaches to conflict resolution. Before that, she ran her own communications and strategy practice, working on global and political issues with political, entertainment, and educational leaders. From 1995 to 2001, she served in the Clinton administration as special assistant and speechwriter to the president, speechwriter for Secretaries of State Albright and Christopher, and as a member of the Department of State’s policy planning staff. She has also worked for the International Crisis Group, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Congressional Helsinki Commission. She was named to Foreign Policy’s “FP 50” in 2012 and appears frequently as a commentator in print and new media. She has a BA from Brown University and an MA from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.
David Ignatius writes a twice-weekly foreign affairs column for the Washington Post and contributes to its Partisan blog. He has also written eight spy novels: Bloodmoney, The Increment, Body of Lies (which was made into a 2008 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe), The Sun King, A Firing Offense, The Bank of Fear, SIRO, and Agents of Innocence. He joined the Post in 1986 as editor of its Sunday Outlook section. In 1990 he became foreign editor and, in 1993, assistant managing editor for business news. He began writing his column in 1998 and continued even during a three-year stint as executive editor of theInternational Herald Tribune in Paris. Earlier in his career, he was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, covering at various times the steel industry, the Department of Justice, the CIA, the Senate, the Middle East, and the Department of State. He studied political theory at Harvard College and economics at Kings College, Cambridge.
Richard S. Williamson is a nonresident senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, a principal in the consulting firm Salisbury Strategies LLP, and a Buffet scholar and adjunct professor at Northwestern University. His work focuses on human rights, multilateral diplomacy, nuclear nonproliferation, and post-conflict reconstruction. Prior to those positions, he served as presidential special envoy to Sudan under President George W. Bush. Earlier in the Bush administration, Mr. Williamson, who has broad foreign policy and negotiating experience, served as ambassador to the United Nations for special political affairs and as ambassador to the UN Commission on Human Rights. Previously he served in several other senior foreign policy positions under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, including as assistant secretary of state for international organizations at the Department of State and as an assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs in the White House.