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Ambassador Dennis Ross returned to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as counselor in December 2011. Formerly the Institute’s Ziegler Distinguished fellow and counselor from 2001-2009, he recently served two years as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, as well as a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for Iran.

For more than twelve years, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East... Read More »

Growing up as the granddaughter of immigrants from Russia and Poland, Tara Sonenshine always had a passion for giving back. Though they rarely spoke of it, Sonenshine knew of the difficulties her Jewish grandparents faced through pogroms and other discriminatory practices. She also knew that the United States was the beginning of a new life for them.

"When your roots are steeped in a history of discrimination, anti-Semitism, you recognize the importance of freedom and democracy, and you want to contribute to that," she says.

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Strobe Talbott has served as President of the Brookings Institution since 2002. He was previously Director of the Center for the Study of Globalization at Yale University. From 1993-2001 Talbott served as Ambassador-at-Large for the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union and then as Deputy Secretary of State. He entered government service after twenty-one years as a journalist for Time magazine, where he finished as Time's Editor-at-Large and foreign affairs columnist.

Talbott is the author of six... Read More »

Vin Weber is managing partner of the Washington, D.C. branch of Clark & Weinstock and Vice-Chair of the National Endowment for Democracy. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1993, representing Minnesota. A prominent Republican strategist, Weber was on the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations and on the US Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board. He served as the Bush-Cheney 2004 Plains States Regional Chairman and became the Policy Chairman for Romney for President Exploratory Committee in... Read More »

Nominated by President Obama in November 2009 and confirmed by the US Senate in February 2010 as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, Mr. Wilson served until March of 2012 as the Pentagon’s senior spokesman and principal communications strategist. In addition to the Secretary of Defense and the senior Pentagon civilian leadership, Mr. Wilson also worked closely with the National Security Council, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Service Chiefs and Secretaries and the Combatant Commanders, and led a worldwide... Read More »

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