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Ambassador James F. Jeffrey is distinguished visiting fellow at The Washington Institute where he focuses on U.S. strategies to counter Iran's efforts to expand its influence in the broader Middle East.

One of the nation’s most respected diplomats, Ambassador Jeffrey has held a series of highly sensitive posts in Washington, D.C., and abroad. In addition to his service in Ankara and Baghdad, he served as assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor in the George W, Bush administration, with a special focus on Iran... Read More »

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad is President and CEO of Khalilzad Associates LLC, an international advisory firm that serves global businesses and non-profits.

Ambassador Khalilzad’s distinguished public service career includes tenure as US Ambassador to Afghanistan (2003-2005), US Ambassador to Iraq (2005-2007), and US Ambassador to the United Nations (2007-2009). Prior to those positions, he served as Special Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan (2001-2003) and at the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for... Read More »

Frank G. Mancuso has had a distinguished career in the entertainment and communication industry spanning four decades, culminating with his leadership of Paramount Pictures Corporation and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.  During his tenure as Chairman/CEO of MGM, he successfully revived the renowned studio by rebuilding both its film and television operations, acquiring both Orion Pictures Corporation and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and effectively led it through the process of once again becoming a public company. Under his leadership, MGM... Read More »

Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty III is Chairman and President of McLarty Associates, formerly Kissinger McLarty Associates. McLarty is also the Chief Executive Officer of McLarty Companies. From 1993-1994 McLarty was the White House Chief of Staff. He followed that position by serving as a counselor to President Clinton, a member on the National Economic Council, and a Special Envoy for the Americas. As Special Envoy, McLarty was actively involved in the creation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Farah Pandith has been a political appointee in the George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama administrations. She left government at the end of January 2014 for Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she maintains an affiliation. She is driving efforts to counter extremism through new organizations, programs, and initiatives. She was appointed the first-ever special representative to Muslim Communities in June 2009 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Office of the Special Representative was... Read More »