Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV, 1st district) is serving her sixth term as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the state of Nevada. For the Committee on Foreign Affairs, she holds membership in the Subcommittee on Europe and the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.
Amb. John R. Bolton, a Yale-educated attorney, is a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and has served in various positions for presidential administrations. He held appointments as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Mark Dubowitz is executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and heads the Iran Energy Project and the Coalition Against Terrorist Media. He has briefed the U.S. military, members of Congress, and European government and counterterrorism officials on a range of important terrorism issues. Dubowitz is the recipient of the German Bertelsmann Stiftung fellowship and is a frequent media contributor.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY 17th District) is a Democratic Congressman serving the 17th Congressional District of New York. He serves on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
Amir Fakhravar is an Iranian writer and journalist, and the recipient of the Annie Taylor Journalism Award. Since the age of 17, he had been imprisoned 19 times in Iran for his political activism. Fakhravar founded the Central Council of Iranian Freedom Movement and currently serves as the Secretary General of the Confederation of Iranian Students in Washington, DC.
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. is founder and president of the Washington-based Center for Security Policy. He has held positions as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Gaffney is a prolific writer for major media outlets and co-producer of the film Islam vs. Islamist.
Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former Middle East CIA specialist, is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He was previously a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and director of the Middle East Initiative at the Project for the New American Century. He recently authored The Islamic Paradox: Shiite Clerics, Sunni Fundamentalists, and the Coming of Arab Democracy.
Amb. Dore Gold is President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He served as Israelâ€™s 11th Ambassador to the United Nations, and was Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Reza Kahlili (pseudonym) is a former Iranian Revolutionary Guard member who spied for the CIA. He is the author of A Time to Betray, part of the curriculum of the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy of DOD. Khalili serves on the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran.
Anne Korin co-directs the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security and chairs the Set America Free Coalition. She has testified before Congress and writes extensively about ensuring national safety and economic security from foreign oil dependence. Korin is the co-author of Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century and Turning Oil into Salt.
Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) is serving his third term as Senator of Arizona, subsequent to four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committeeâ€™s Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security. Senator Kyl was listed as one of the 2010 Time Magazineâ€™s 100 most influential leaders of the world.
Dr. Michael Ledeen is a foreign policy specialist and holds the position of Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He has served as a consultant to the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Defense Department and was special adviser to the Secretary of State. Ledeen has been active in government, think tanks, academia, and media and has authored more than 20 books.
Prof. Bernard Lewis is regarded as one of the Westâ€™s leading scholars on the history of Islam and the Middle East. Lewis is Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He has published over 30 books.
Clare M. Lopez is a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on Middle East, national defense, and counterterrorism issues. Currently a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy and vice president of the Intelligence Summit, she formerly worked with the CIA, as a professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, and as Executive Director of the Iran Policy Committee.
Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and chairman of policy for the Committee on the Present Danger. May has held position as adviser to the Iraq Study Group of the United States Institute of Peace, was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion, and most recently awarded the U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant from the U.S. Department of State.
Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant General with more than 4,100 flying hours, including 407 combat missions during the Vietnam War. He served in NATO, Pacific Air Forces, and as commander of 11th Air Force in Alaska. He is a member of the Iran Policy Committee.
Chet Nagle consults for U.S. and foreign companies and is the author of Iran Covenant. His military career as a graduate of the Naval Academy earned him the Cuba Expeditionary Medal. After joining the Pentagonâ€™s International Security Affairs department, he became an Aeromaritime officer, and works with defense agencies in over 70 countries. He was awarded the Order of Oman, and established The Journal of Defense and Diplomacy.
Dr. Walid Phares, is the author ofÂ The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East. He is an advisor to the U.S. Congress on the Middle East, and teaches Global Strategies at National Defense University. Phares has extensivelyÂ published on Iranian strategic thinking since the 1980s.
Arnold E. Resnicoff served as a military officer and chaplain, and received numerous awards. He held position as National Director of Inter-religious Affairs for the American Jewish Committee and Special Assistant (for Values and Vision) to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. He was a board member of The Faith and Politics Institute and is presently a consultant on interfaith values and inter-religious affairs.
Dr. Harold Rhode is a former Foreign Affairs Specialist at the Pentagon, in the Office of Net Assessment, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He currently serves as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Hudson New York Institute.
Mohsen Sazegara, an original founder of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and former high ranking Iranian official, is a political dissident and activist residing in the United States. He was honored as a Visiting Fellow in Human Freedom at the Bush Institute and has held positions at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Yale Universityâ€™s Center for International and Area Studies, and Harvard University.
Henry Sokolski is executive director of the Non Proliferation Policy Education Center and professor at the Institute of World Politics. He served in the Department of Defense, the Executive Branch, and in intelligence. An expert on nuclear issues, he authored books, including Checking Iranâ€™s Nuclear Ambitions. He was a fellow at the National Institute for Public Policy, the Heritage Foundation, and the Hoover Institution.
Kenneth Timmerman is an investigative journalist and prolific political writer since the early 1980s. He is executive director of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran and founder of Middle East Data Project, Inc. Timmerman was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 by the former Swedish deputy premier.
Frances Townsend is the former Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush. She headed the Homeland Security Council, and worked at the Justice Department, and was first Assistant Commandant for Intelligence for the U. S. Coast Guard. She became National Continuity Coordinator under National Security Presidential Directive 51.
R. James Woolsey is a foreign policy specialist. He served as the Director Central Intelligence during the Clinton Administration, and is currently the Chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC. He is also a Senior Fellow at Yale Universityâ€™s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
Manda Zand-Ervin, an Iranian-born human rights activist and writer, is president and co-founder of the Alliance of Iranian Women, advocating for suffering women and children in Iran. She fled to Europe and then the U.S. after Ayatollah Khomeiniâ€™s takeover. Before the revolution, Zand-Ervin had held positions in the Iranian government ministries.