Margaret Carlson is a political insider and a widely read political columnist for The Daily Beast Bloomberg News. In 1988, Carlson joined TIME magazine and served as White House correspondent and deputy Washington bureau chief. From 1994-2005, she wrote the “Public Eye” column for TIME magazine, becoming the first female columnist in the magazine′s history. At CNN, Carlson served as a weekly panelist on The Capital Gang for 15 years while making further appearances on fellow network programs The Insider and Crossfire.
Kenneth R. Weinstein is president and chief executive officer of Hudson Institute, the Washington-based policy organization dedicated to promoting a secure, free and prosperous future through U.S. global leadership and international engagement. Weinstein serves as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors and on the United States trade representative’s advisory committee for trade policy and negotiations. He speaks has been decorated with a knighthood in arts and letters by the government of France. He is a native of New York City.
Ambassador Philip T. Reeker is the Acting Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs since March 18. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Reeker assumed his duties as the USEUCOM Civilian Deputy and POLAD November 2017 and will continue to serve in this position until May 31, 2019. From July 2011-2013, Ambassador Reeker served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs focused on the Balkans, Central Europe, and Holocaust Issues. He was U.S.
Ivan Krastev is a Bulgarian political scientist. He is chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies, Sofia and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM).
Ian Lesser is vice president at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and a member of GMF’s executive team, managing programs across the organization. He also serves as executive director of the Transatlantic Center, the Brussels office of GMF, and leads GMF’s work on the Mediterranean, Turkey, and the wider Atlantic. Prior to joining GMF, Dr. Lesser was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and vice president and director of studies at the Pacific Council on International Policy.
Ron Johnson is the senior U.S. senator for Wisconsin and a member of the Republican Party. Johnson was elected to the Senate in 2010 and subsequently re-elected in 2016. Prior to his election to the Senate, he was chief executive officer of PACUR, LLC, a polyester and plastics manufacturer. From operating the equipment, to keeping the company books and selling its products, Senator Johnson has been involved in every function of the business, and it is this body of experience and private sector perspective that he now brings to the Senate.
Karel Verhoeven is the editor-in-chief of De Standaard, the newspaper of record in Belgium. He has been leading the Brussels-based newspaper since 2010. Verhoeven is a political philosopher and went on to write a Ph.D. in comparative literature and literary theory focusing on the transformative epistemological power of laughter in novels. He started his journalism career in crime reporting. In the late 90s, he covered the war in Kosovo and did broad European reporting.
Amos Yadlin was named executive director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in November 2011 after more than 40 years of service in the Israel Defense Forces, nine of which he was a member of the IDF General Staff. From 2006-2010, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yadlin served as the IDF’s chief of military intelligence.
Nora Müller heads the International Affairs Department of Körber Foundation, one of Germany’s largest private foundations. From 2004-2006, Nora served as an advisor in the Middle East division of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. In 2007, she joined the International Affairs Department of Körber Foundation to establish and build up the Körber Dialogue Middle East. Nora holds a joint M.A. in European Studies from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin as well as a B.A. from Tel Aviv University.