Officers & Trustees
Honorable Jeffrey R. Shafer - Chairman of the Board
Jeffrey R. Shafer is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. He is a Member of the Management Board of S&P Global Ratings. He has provided advice on economic and political developments as founder and principal of JRSHAFER INSIGHT since April 2011. He is Chairman of the Board of mCD IP corporation, a fintech startup offering a new deposit product to facilitate banks’ meeting post crisis stable
Previously he was Vice Chairman of Global Banking in Citigroup. He served as Senior Asia Pacific Officer in New York. Prior to this, he established and headed Citi’s Economic and Political Strategies Group. Still earlier in his fourteen years with Citi he worked with governments in Asia, Latin America and Europe on financial stabilization, liability management, debt issuance and privatization.
From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Shafer was Assistant Secretary and subsequently Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for International Affairs. At the Treasury Department, he focused on strengthening economic growth and financial stability in both developed and developing countries, fostering financial market development and liberalization, and strengthening the IMF and multilateral development banks. He was also responsible for the inter-agency CFIUS process to review foreign investment in the United States.
From 1984 until 1993, Mr. Shafer held a series of high-level positions at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Prior to the OECD, he served with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Federal Reserve Board and the Council of Economic Advisors. He served as an officer with the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1967-68.
Mr. Shafer holds a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Yale University. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon and Yale Universities.
In addition to his role with the NCAFP, he is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the National Committee on U.S China Relations.
Honorable Nancy E. Soderberg - Vice Chairman of the Board
With over thirty years of experience in foreign policy, former Ambassador Nancy Soderberg has served in the White House, the United Nations, the United States Senate and on four presidential campaigns. She also has senior level experience in the nonprofit world. She has a deep understanding of policy-making and negotiations at the highest levels of government and the United Nations. She has promoted democracy and conflict resolution worldwide.
Ambassador Soderberg is President and CEO of Soderberg Global Solutions, an international consulting firm. She is also the Director of the Public Service Leadership Program at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. She is on the Board of Advisors to the President of the Naval Postgraduate School and Naval War College. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed her as Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board, an advisory committee established by Congress to promote public access to U.S. national security decisions, a position she held through 2014. She served on the Board of the Jacksonville Port Authority 2013 to 2015.
From 2009 to 2013, Ambassador Soderberg served as President of Connect U.S. Fund, a Washington, D.C. based foundation that promotes responsible global engagement. From 2001 to 2005, she ran the New York office of the International Crisis Group as Vice President. In that capacity, she advocated conflict prevention at the United Nations and other multilateral institutions. In 1997, President Bill Clinton appointed her to serve as Alternate Representative to the United Nations as a Presidential Appointee, with the rank of Ambassador. Her responsibilities included representing the United States at the Security Council on a wide range of current national security issues, including conflict resolution, promotion of democracy abroad, trade policy, and arms control. Ambassador Soderberg represented the United States in negotiations at the Security Council, participated in missions to key conflict areas, and promoted U.S. national security policy at the United Nations and with the leadership of other nations.
From 1993 to 97, she served as the third ranking official of the National Security Council at the White House, as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, following her role as Staff Director of the National Security Council. She was responsible for day-to-day crisis management, briefing the President, developing U.S. national security policy at the highest levels of government, and handling issues regarding the press and Congress. She also served as President of the Sister Cities Program of the City of New York from 2002 to 2006.
Prior to serving at the White House, Soderberg served as the Foreign Policy Director for the Clinton/Gore 1992 Campaign, as well as the Transition Team, and worked as the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She has been active in national Democratic politics since the early 1980's, serving in a variety of capacities in national president campaigns since 1984.Ambassador Soderberg publishes and speaks regularly on national security policy. Her second book, The Prosperity Agenda: What the World Wants from America–and What We Need in Return, written with Brian Katulis, was published in July 2008. It argues for American leadership in tackling the world’s challenges in exchange for the world assisting us with our threat. Her 2005 book, The Superpower Myth: The Use and Misuse of American Might, analyzes the use of force and diplomacy over the last decade. She is a regular commentator on national and international television and radio, having appeared on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, BBC, Fox, National Public Radio, the Lehrer News Hour, CNN Crossfire, and The Daily Show. She speaks fluent French. She earned a Masters of Science Degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Vanderbilt University.
Honorable Susan M. Elliott - President and CEO
Susan M. Elliott, Ambassador (ret.) is an accomplished diplomat with an earned doctorate from Indiana University. During her 27-year diplomatic career, Ambassador Elliott held a variety of leadership positions at the U.S. Department of State. She became President and CEO of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in August 2018.
From 2015 to 2017, Ambassador Elliott served as the Civilian Deputy and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander of the United States European Command. Ambassador Elliott was the U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan from 2012 to 2015. Prior to her Ambassadorial appointment, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
Ambassador Elliott served on the faculties of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia before joining the U.S. Department of State in March 1990. During her Foreign Service career, Ambassador Elliott worked in a variety of overseas and Washington-based assignments. Her previous overseas assignments include Minister Counselor for Political Affairs in Moscow, Russia; Principal Officer in Belfast, Northern Ireland; Deputy Economic Counselor and Visa Section Chief in Athens, Greece. Other overseas assignments include Moscow, Russia and Lima, Peru.
Ambassador Elliott worked on the staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a Deputy Executive Secretary and Director of the Executive Secretariat Staff. Earlier in her career she reported on conflicts in the countries of the former Soviet Union when she worked in the Office of the Coordinator for Regional Conflicts in the New Independent States.
Richard R. Howe, Esq. - Executive Vice President and Treasurer
Richard Howe, Esq.
Executive Vice President and Treasurer
Richard Howe joined the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell in 1967 and became a partner in the Firm’s General Practice Group in 1974. He retired as a partner at the end of 2009 and now is of counsel to the Firm. He continues to practice particularly in corporate and securities law matters, broker-dealer and investment adviser regulation, insurance law matters and legal opinions. Mr. Howe serves on Sullivan & Cromwell’s Opinion Practice Committee and advises the Firm on insurance matters. He is currently Co-Chair of the TriBar Opinion Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of the Working Group on Legal Opinions Foundation. He is also President and a director of Peoples’ Symphony Concerts of New York City and a member and director of The Corporation of Yaddo of Saratoga Springs, New York.
Mr. Howe was chair of the New York State Bar Association Business Law Section from 1992 to 1993, chair of its Committee on Securities Regulation from 1982 to 1986, a member of the TriBar Opinion Committee since its formation in 1979, a member of the New York County Lawyers’ Association Board of Directors from 1983 to 1989, chair of that Association’s Committee on Corporation Law from 1983 to 1989, a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Corporation Law from 1977 to 1979. He continues to serve on the American Bar Association Committees on Federal Regulation of Securities, Legal Opinions and Corporate Documents and the New York State Bar Association Committee on Securities Regulation.
Donald S. Rice, Esq. - Senior Vice President
Donald S. Rice is a Trustee and Senior Vice President of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP). He has been actively involved in a number of the NCAFP’s Track II Projects, including U.S., China and Cross Strait Relations, Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and Central Asia/Caspian Sea Basin Region, requiring travel to the involved regions and participation in numerous roundtables and preparation of reports with policy recommendations. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he co-chaired delegations of banking lawyers to Moscow (on behalf of the Soviet American Banking Law Working Group – SABLAW) and to Mongolia (on behalf of the Financial Services Volunteer Corps – FSVC) assisting in the drafting of banking laws and regulations and the training of bankers. He has retired from the practice of law (formerly a partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP) and has also been a banker (formerly Vice Chairman of The Bowery Savings Bank). He is a Director of Flowers National Bank, a Member and former Chairman of Yaddo, the artists’ colony in Saratoga Springs New York, a Trustee of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy at the JFK School at Harvard University. He holds degrees from Harvard University (ABmcl ’61 and LLB/JDcl ’64) and New York University (LLM in taxation ’65).
Professor Donald S. Zagoria - Senior Vice President
Donald S. Zagoria
Senior Vice President
Donald S. Zagoria is Senior Vice President of the NCAFP, and served as the Project Director for the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security (FAPS) from its founding until 2020. Under his direction, FAPS initiated and continues to run six major Track II dialogues on regional security issues in the Asia-Pacific.
Prior to joining the NCAFP, Professor Zagoria was a consultant during the Carter Administration to both the National Security Council and the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the State Department. He has also worked for the RAND Corporation and taught courses on United States foreign policy and international relations of East Asia at Hunter College for many years. Professor Zagoria is also actively associated with the East Asian Institute of Columbia University, has been a member of several Columbia University study groups and is actively involved with the Asia Society and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has written or edited four books and more than 300 articles on relations among the great powers in the Asia-Pacific region.
Professor Zagoria earned his B.A. at Rutgers University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University.
John V. Connorton, Jr., Esq. - Secretary
John Connorton practiced law at Hawkins, Delafield and Wood, LLP for 43 years. Specializing in the law of public finance and municipal bonds, he participated in a wide range of capital infrastructure project financings throughout the United States. Representative bond counsel clients included major power, energy, transportation, industrial development, environmental and housing public authorities and agencies, as well as various states and municipalities. Other representative clients included major investment banking firms and banks serving as underwriters for various public finance projects. He has served as special counsel to a number of large universities and corporations, including those doing business in Northern Ireland. He served as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee for over 16 years.
He served as an Assistant Counsel to the Governor of the State of New York, during which time he participated in drafting and negotiating legislation rescuing the Urban Development Corporation from insolvency; authorizing the creation of the Municipal Assistance Corporation for The City of New York; authorizing the creation of Emergency Financial Control Boards for the cities of New York and Yonkers; and authorizing the creation of the Public Authorities Control Board.
As a Naval Officer, he deployed twice to Vietnam on board USS Vancouver LPD-2. He has long been also involved in numerous charitable, cultural, and civic activities, including his involvement as a member of the Boards of the Alliance for Downtown, the Downtown Lower Manhattan Association and the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. He has also served as a Partner in the Partnership for the City of New York and a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Political Science, the Citizens Union, the Flax Trust, the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, the College of Mount St. Vincent and the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution, and as a member of the New York State Health Financing Council, the New York State Temporary Commission on State and Local Fiscal Policies, the New York State Hazardous Waste Disposal Advisory Committee and the New York State Court Facilities Task Force. He has also served as the Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Chairman of the Committee on International Arms Control and Security Affairs of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
In recognition for services to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Connorton an honorary “CBE” (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) and the University of Ulster awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws.
Dr. George D. Schwab - President Emeritus
George D. Schwab, co-founded the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in 1974 and served as its president from 1993-2014. In the fall of 2001 the National Committee received a private endowment designed to honor the work of Professor Schwab which led to the creation of the George D. Schwab Foreign Policy Briefings. Speakers at the briefings range from heads of state, foreign ministers, ambassadors, officials of international organizations, and other foreign policy practitioners and experts. They are held throughout the year to give members and guests the opportunity to extend and enhance the understanding of issues that affect the national interests of the United States.
George D. Schwab earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and taught there until he joined the faculty of the Department of History at the City College of the City University of New York (CUNY) in 1960. He is now professor emeritus of history (City College and the Graduate Center).
George D. Schwab is the author, editor, and translator of numerous books and articles. The Challenge of the Exception: An Introduction to the Political Ideas of Carl Schmitt Between 1921 and 1936 (1970, 2nd ed. 1989) has been translated into Japanese (1980) Italian (1986) and Chinese (2011). Professor Schwab’s translation (with Erna Hilfstein) of an introduction to Carl Schmitt’s The Leviathan in the State Theory of Thomas Hobbes appeared in 1996. A second printing of his translation of an introduction to Carl Schmitt’s The Concept of the Political was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1996. Two printings of his translation of an introduction to Carl Schmitt’s Political Theology: Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty were issued by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Press in 1985 and 1988 and the University of Chicago Press reissued it with a new foreward in 2005. His most recent publications include “The National Committee on American Foreign Policy’s Focus on Russia,” The Harriman Economic and Business Review, vol. 1, no. 1 (January 2000), and Carl Schmitt, A Note on a Qualitative Authoritarian Bourgeois Liberal (2000). He coauthored Journey to Belfast and London with William J. Flynn, published by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in February 1999. Dr. Schwab has also edited and contributed chapters to books on the cold war titled United States Foreign Policy at the Crossroads; Eurocommunism: The Ideological and Political-Theoretical Foundations; Ideology and Foreign Policy; and Détente in Historical Perspective.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Professor Schwab received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 1998. He serves on several committees of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Latvian President’s Commission of International Historians. In 2002 he received the Order of the Three Stars, Latvia’s highest honor, in a ceremony held in Riga.
Grace Kennan Warnecke - Chair Emeritus
Grace Kennan Warnecke
Chair Emeritus & Trustee
Grace Kennan Warnecke has had a lifelong association with Russia and the former Soviet Union. She is formerly Chairman of the Board of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and is outgoing chair of the National Advisory Council, Harriman Institute, at Columbia University, as well as a member of the Advisory Council of the Kennan Institute. She served as country director for Winrock International in Kyiv, Ukraine, from 1999 to 2003. The former president of SOVUS Business Consultants, she was also the founder and project supervisor of the Volkhov International Small Business Incubator in Russia and executive vice president of the Alliance of American and Russian Women.
She was founding executive director of the American-Soviet Youth Orchestra and associate producer of the prize-winning PBS documentary The First Fifty Years: Reflections on U.S.-Soviet Relations. As a professional photographer she was senior editor of A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union. She has served as an election observer in Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Georgia. In 2013 she was named a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
Grace is the author of Daughter of the Cold War, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2018.
She lives in New York City and Martha’s Vineyard.
Honorable David Adelman
Ambassador Adelman is a partner in the New York office of Reed Smith LLP who also frequently works out of Reed Smith’s offices in Hong Kong and Singapore. David represents financial institutions in regulatory matters and advises clients on trans-Pacific trade and investment issues.
David served as the 15th United States Ambassador to Singapore, concluding his term in 2013. During his term as U.S. Ambassador, David led eight trade missions to India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam. His 2012 trade mission to Nepyidaw was the first American business delegation to the capital of Myanmar.
He launched the U.S.-Singapore Strategic Partnership Dialogue and established a Third Country Training Program to address health, educational and environmental issues in South East Asia. David was awarded the U.S. State Department Superior Honor Award for his diplomatic leadership. Also during his tenure, the United States and Singapore jointly agreed for the first time to the forward deployment of U.S. Navy vessels to Singapore. His work earned David the United States Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest award granted by the U.S. Navy to non-military personnel.
Subsequent to his service as a diplomat, David served as a member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Capital Markets Committee and the Executive Board of the Hong Kong Treasury Markets Association. He also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. David is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and teaches international relations at New York University. He serves on the Southeast Asia Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
David was an instructor in the Honors Program at the University of Georgia, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. David received his J.D. from Emory University and a master’s from Georgia State University. He is a frequent speaker on international affairs and infrastructure development.
Andrew L. Busser
Andrew L. Busser is Managing Director of Strategy located in Pitcairn’s New York office. Andy’s primary roles are to advise wealthy families on long-term strategic investment and wealth matters as well as to cultivate, manage, and deepen relationships with families and single family offices both in the New York region and nationally.
With over 25 years as an advisor, investment manager, and strategy consultant, Andy has extensive experience advising families, individuals, and single family offices. Most recently, Andy was a partner at Symphony Capital, a healthcare-focused investment manager of private equity and hedge funds. Prior to that, he co-founded Wilkerson Partners, a management consulting and advisory firm that worked with wealthy families, investors and management teams with a focus on the healthcare industry, and he served as a management consultant at The Wilkerson Group/IBM Healthcare Consulting. Andy began his career in commercial management at The DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Co.
Andy holds an AB in History from Colgate University. Outside his professional duties, he has served on multiple boards of both public and private companies and on the boards of the Colgate University Alumni Corporation and Lincoln Center Education.
Honorable Karl W. Eikenberry
Karl Eikenberry is a former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (retired). He is a senior advisor to the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Defense on its defense and military transformation plan. He is also a faculty member of Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
From 2011-2019 he was the Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University. He was also an affiliate with the Stanford University Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies' Center for International Security and Cooperation; Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law; and The Europe Center.
Prior to his arrival at Stanford, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009 until 2011. Before appointment as Chief of Mission in Kabul, Ambassador Eikenberry had a thirty-five year career in the United States Army, retiring with the rank of lieutenant general. His military operational posts included as commander and staff officer with mechanized, light, airborne, and ranger infantry units in the continental U.S., Hawaii, Korea, Italy, and as the Commander of the American-led Coalition forces in Afghanistan. He held various policy and political-military positions, including Deputy Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium; Director for Strategic Planning and Policy for U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith, Hawaii; U.S. Security Coordinator and Chief of the Office of Military Cooperation in Kabul, Afghanistan; Assistant Army and later Defense Attaché at the United States Embassy in Beijing, China; Senior Country Director for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans, and Policy on the Army Staff.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, has earned master’s degrees from Harvard University in East Asian Studies and Stanford University in Political Science, and was a National Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Ambassador Eikenberry earned an Interpreter’s Certificate in Mandarin Chinese from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office while studying at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence Chinese Language School in Hong Kong and has an Advanced Degree in Chinese History from Nanjing University in the People’s Republic of China.
His military awards include the Defense Distinguished and Superior Service Medals, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Ranger Tab, Combat and Expert Infantryman Badges, and master parachutist wings. He has received the Department of State Distinguished, Superior, and Meritorious Honor Awards, Director of Central Intelligence Award, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award. He is also the recipient of the George F. Kennan Award for Distinguished Public Service and Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Centennial Medal. Ambassador Eikenberry has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from North Carolina State University, an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from Ball State University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from the University of San Francisco.
His foreign and international decorations include the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross, French Legion of Honor, Afghanistan’s Ghazi Amir Amanullah Khan and Akbar Khan Medals, and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal.
Ambassador Eikenberry is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, co-directs the Academy’s project on civil wars, violence, and international responses, and serves on the Academy’s Committee on International Security Studies. He is member of the Task Force on Prevention and Fragility mandated by the United States Congress, and of the Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward China sponsored by the Asia Society and University of California San Diego 21st Century China Program.
He belongs to the boards of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, The Asia Foundation, American Councils for International Education, Asia Society of Northern California, National Bureau of Asian Research, and National Committee on American Foreign Policy; is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Liechtenstein Institute for Self-Determination, Princeton University; serves on the United States Institute of Peace’s Flag Officer Advisory Group; and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and American Academy of Diplomacy. He was previously the President of the Foreign Area Officers Association and a board member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
His articles and essays on U.S. and international security issues have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, The American Interest, American Foreign Policy Interests, Lawfare, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Lawfare, Foreign Policy, Survival, Dædalus, The Financial Times, Parameters, and Military Review.
Thomas S. Hexner
Thomas S. Hexner
Thomas Hexner is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Value Trust Capital LLC, a New York based investment firm. He also serves as President of the Hexner Foundation. Mr. Hexner was formerly the President of Bernstein Investment Research and Management where he was responsible for their global private client business for over 15 years.
Mr. Hexner has been involved with a variety of organizations and currently serves on the Board of Regents of Georgetown University. He spent 12 years on the Board of Trustees of The Browning School in Manhattan, most recently as Treasurer. His family foundation supports several educational initiatives with a focus on promoting awareness of and fostering communication on global issues.
Mr. Hexner is a graduate of Hamilton College.
Kimberly Kriger is Managing Director at Kekst and Company, a leading strategic, corporate and financial communications firm, where she has worked since 1998, and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and co‐heads the firm’s financial restructuring practice. Kimberly has nearly two decades of experience across the fields of communications, law and business, counseling clients across a wide range of industries – from energy, finance and airlines to educational publishing, entertainment and technology, manufacturing, and many more – in the U.S. and internationally, on some of the most high profile and complex corporate situations. Her work with executives and Boards involves strategic
planning and multi‐stakeholder messaging in corporate reputation management and on sensitive
corporate governance matters, mergers & acquisitions, cross‐border transactions, capital markets
challenges, shareholder activism, litigation support, and media and investor relations. Kimberly advises
global blue chip companies, private equity firms, educational institutions and nonprofits. Her
international practice includes developing and executing high‐stakes communications programs in
media, shareholder and community relations for clients in Asia, Australia, Russia, Europe and Israel.
Kimberly previously was communications director for SOVUS Business Consultants, the US‐Russia
consultancy, and worked in the Investment Funds Group of the Overseas Private Investment
Corporation, as a marketing and communications specialist for an infrastructure services firm, and as a
researcher at the Kennan Institute.
In addition to serving on our Board, Kimberly is on the National Advisory Council of the Harriman
Institute at Columbia University, the Advisory Council of New York City Audubon, and is a member of the Wellesley Business Leadership Council. She holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia
University, where she was on the editorial board of the Journal of International Affairs, and holds a B.A.
cum laude in Political Science from Wellesley College.
Brendan R. McGuire, Esq.
Brendan R. McGuire is a partner with the law firm WilmerHale. Mr. McGuire advises clients on managing, anticipating and mitigating complex legal and regulatory issues related to white-collar enforcement, as well as money laundering, national security, cybersecurity and privacy, and export controls and economic sanctions. An accomplished trial lawyer and litigator, he joined the firm after serving for more than 10 years as an Assistant US Attorney in the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
During his tenure as Assistant US Attorney, Mr. McGuire was appointed to lead the two most sensitive units within the Southern District's Criminal Division. First, he served as Chief of the Public Corruption Unit for three years, and then, more recently, as Chief of the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. Prior to his supervisory positions, as a member of the Terrorism Unit, Mr. McGuire handled some of the most significant terrorism cases within the Department of Justice, including the 2009 kidnapping of Captain Richard Phillips by Somali pirates on the Indian Ocean, the 2010 prosecution of Faisal Shahzad for the attempted bombing of Times Square, and the 2011 prosecution of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout for conspiring to kill Americans.
As Chief of the Public Corruption Unit, Mr. McGuire led some of the most notable investigations and prosecutions of New York officials in recent years, as well as cases involving violations of the federal fraud and bribery statutes, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities fraud, healthcare fraud and tax evasion. He also oversaw multiple corporate prosecutions, including the settlement of the largest municipal fraud case in history.
During his tenure as Chief of the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit, Mr. McGuire supervised investigations and prosecutions of international and domestic terrorism, money laundering, violations of economic sanctions and export control laws, espionage and global narcotics trafficking. In that position, he regularly coordinated criminal investigations with the intelligence community, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Defense, the Department of State and foreign governments.
Prior to his government service, Mr. McGuire practiced as a litigator at two prominent New York law firms where he specialized in white-collar defense and corporate investigations. He also clerked for the Honorable Peter K. Leisure of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Honorable Thomas Pickering
Ambassador Thomas Pickering retired from the State Department as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. In a diplomatic career with service in each of the major continents, Ambassador Pickering reached the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador; Nigeria, and Jordan. He also was the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York, where he led the U.S. effort to build a coalition in the UN Security Council during and after the first Gulf War. He has held additional positions in Tanzania, Geneva, and Washington, including as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs and as Executive Secretary of the Department and Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger.
Ambassador Pickering was awarded the Distinguished Presidential Award in 1983 and 1986, and the Distinguished Service Award, the U.S. Department of State’s highest honor, in 1996. He also holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. Ambassador Pickering was presented with the Hans J. Morgenthau Award for Distinguished Public Service from the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in 1993.
After retiring from the State Department in 2000, Ambassador Pickering joined The Boeing Company as Senior Vice President International Relations and member of the Executive Council, where he was responsible for the Company’s relations with foreign governments and the globalization of Boeing. Ambassador Pickering holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College, an M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a second M.A. from the University of Melbourne in Australia, where he studied under a Fulbright Scholarship. He speaks French, Spanish, and Swahili fluently and also is proficient in Arabic, Hebrew and Russian.
Honorable Harry K. Thomas, Jr.
Harry K. Thomas Jr. is a Senior Kissinger Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute, a private business consultant and an international affairs lecturer. Over his 34-year Foreign Service career, he represented the United States abroad as Ambassador three times and served in senior positions at the State Department and the White House. He retired in March 2018 with the rank of Career Minister.
He served as ambassador to Zimbabwe, the Philippines and Bangladesh. Ambassador Thomas also served as the State Department’s Executive Secretary and Special Assistant to Secretary Rice, Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources, Director for South Asia at the National Security Council and Director of the Operations Center.
Ambassador Thomas speaks Spanish, Hindi, Bengali and conversational Tagalog. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and holds a master’s from Columbia University. Ambassador Thomas holds Honorary Doctorates from the College of the Holy Cross, Loyola University of Maryland and Angeles University Foundation of the Philippines and was the Commencement Speaker at these institutions.
He is a member of the College of the Holy Cross and Care for the Homeless Board of Trustees and Chairperson of the Winter4Kids Board of Trustees. Ambassador Thomas is the recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award; the Arnold L. Raphel Memorial Award for Mentoring; the Senior Foreign Service Presidential Award and several Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards; the Order of Sikatuna of the Philippines for Exceptional Service and the In Hoc Signo Vinces Award from the College of the Holy Cross.
He is married to Mithi Aquino-Thomas and has three adult children. They reside in Fairfax, Virginia. He is a fervent fan of New York sports teams, enjoys snorkeling, golf and connecting with social media friends in the global community.
Nicholas R. Thompson
Nicholas Thompson is the CEO of The Atlantic, a position he has held since February 2021. He was previously the editor-in-chief of WIRED. Under his leadership, WIRED broke massive, and much-lauded, stories about Facebook, cyber-warfare, the Robert Mueller investigation, and numerous other topics. During Thompson’s tenure, Wired’s digital subscriptions climbed almost 300 percent. The magazine won a National Magazine Award for design and photography and been named a finalist for General Excellence. Wired was also named one of Ad Age’s A-List digital publishers and won numerous honors from The Webby Awards, The Shorty Awards, and The Society of Publication Designers. Thompson’s most recent story about Facebook was a finalist for a Loeb Award. Upon leaving, he wrote a note to staff about his experience reading and running the magazine.
Mr. Thompson previously served as the editor of newyorker.com from 2012 to 2017, where he oversaw and managed the magazine’s fast-growing Web Site. During that time, the number of monthly readers increased seven-fold. He also led the redesign and replatforming of the site, the launch of the New Yorker Today app, and the introduction of a metered paywall. The work he led is summarized in this article: "How the New Yorker grew its digital audience by focusing on quality." Previously, he was a senior editor at The New Yorker where he edited stories about Earl Sweatshirt, Mullah Omar, Barack Obama’s foreign policy, and many other topics.
Mr. Thompson is also a contributor for CBS News, where he discusses technology on CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News. He is also a co-founder of The Atavist, a software company and National Magazine Award-winning digital publication that was acquired by WordPress in 2018. His book, “The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War,” was published in 2009 and hailed as “brilliant” by The Washington Post. The Washington Times said it “may be the most important political biography in recent memory.”
He has also been a senior editor at WIRED, a senior editor at Legal Affairs and an editor at the Washington Monthly. Stories that he has edited and assigned have won many major awards and been made into films—including Ben Affleck’s Argo. Prior to becoming a journalist, Mr. Thompson released three albums of acoustic guitar music, worked at Penguin Computing, and co-wrote a book about comparative economic development in West Africa and Southeast Asia. He is an avid runner, and in 2019 he finished the Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:29. In 2020, he set the American record for men 45+ in the 50k race.
Mr. Thompson has written about politics, technology, and the law for numerous publications, and was for many years a senior fellow in the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. One favorite piece was this one on his long friendship with Svetlana Stalin. He also wrote the introduction to “The Best Magazine Writing of 2017,” published by Columbia University Press. He has appeared multiple times on every major cable and broadcast news network. He has given public speeches on numerous topics including the most important issues facing the tech industry, the future of narrative journalism, the way computers are changing our minds, the role of technology in political revolutions, and the way that Silicon Valley thinks about circular economics. He has testified in front of the Mexican Senate about fake news and moderated, or spoken at, numerous events including those hosted by WIRED, The New Yorker, the World Economic Forum, CES, Google Zeitgeist, Google I/O, Techonomy, The 92nd Street Y, Aspen Ideas, Aspen Ideas Abu Dhabi, West Point, Columbia Journalism School, The New York Public Library, and The Council on Foreign Relations. Thompson currently serves on the boards of The Stanford Daily and the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. He was a United States Truman Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors from Stanford University where he earned a double major in Earth Systems and Political Science, while also completing a third degree in Economics. At Stanford, he cofounded a bipartisan publication for thought and debate called The Thinker and supported it by selling ads.
Nicholas Thompson is represented by the Lavin Agency and Helen Shabason. To inquire about speaking engagements, please visit Mr. Thompson’s speaker page. Mr. Thompson can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, where he was named the fourth most influential person of 2018.
Susan A. Thornton - Forum on Asia Pacific Security
Susan A. Thornton
Project Director, Forum on Asia-Pacific Security
Susan A. Thornton is Project Director of the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security at the NCAFP, Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center. In 2018, she retired from the State Department after a 28-year diplomatic career focused primarily on East and Central Asia. In leadership roles in Washington, Thornton worked on China and Korea policy, including stabilizing relations with Taiwan, the U.S.-China Cyber Agreement, the Paris Climate Accord and led a successful negotiation in Pyongyang for monitoring of the Agreed Framework on denuclearization.
In her 18 years of overseas postings in Central Asia, Russia, the Caucasus and China, Thornton’s leadership furthered U.S. interests and influence and maintained programs and mission morale in a host of difficult operating environments. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she was among the first State Department Fascell Fellows and served from 1989–90 at the U.S. Consulate in Leningrad. She was also a researcher at the Foreign Policy Institute from 1987–91. Thornton holds degrees from the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Bowdoin College. She speaks Russian, Mandarin Chinese and French, is a member of numerous professional associations and is on the Board of Trustees for the Eurasia Foundation.
Hans J. Morgenthau
Hans J. Morgenthau, (1904-1980) was a founder of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in 1974 and its first chairman. As he defined and illuminated the national interests of the United States from the perspective of political realism, he became a seminal theorist of international relations. Accordingly, the National Committee's Hans J. Morgenthau Award is presented in his memory to individuals whose intellectual and practical contributions to American foreign policy have been judged to be so exemplary in the tradition of Professor Morgenthau that they merit the singular award.
Born and educated in Germany, he fled his country at the age of 33 and settled permanently in the United States where he was appointed to prestigious university positions, including chairs named for the Albert A. Michelson Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and Modern History at the University of New York (CUNY). In addition to teaching at CUNY's Graduate Center, he served as a visiting professor at Harvard, Columbia, Northwestern, the University of California, and Yale. Professor Morgenthau was an adviser to both the U.S. State Department and the Defense Department.
His acclaimed work in the fields of international relations and foreign affairs includes Politics Among Nations; Science: Servant or Master?; A New Foreign Policy for the United States; Politics in the Twentieth Century; and, In Defense of the National Interest.
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