Leadership

Officers & Trustees

  • Paul A. Volcker - Honorary Chairman

    Paul A. Volcker, honorary chairman of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, was chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from August 1979 to August 1987. He is credited with playing the leading role in ending a period of high and rising inflation and restoring a base for sustained growth. Initially appointed to that position by President Carter for a four-year term, he was reappointed in 1983 by President Reagan. On the completion of his second term as chairman, Mr.Volcker returned to private life, becoming chairman of the firm of James D. Wolfensohn, Inc., a company concentrating on the provision of investment banking services to a limited number of large domestic and international organizations. He retired as chairman and chief executive officer of Wolfensohn when that firm merged with Bankers Trust Company in 1996.

    In the course of his career, Mr. Volcker worked in the federal government for almost 30 years, serving in office under five presidents--John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. Immediately before becoming chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Mr. Volcker spent more than four years as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the principal operating arm of the system. In his two tours of duty as an official of the U.S. Treasury, Mr. Volcker served as undersecretary for monetary affairs from 1969 to 1974. In that position he was responsible for developing and implementing Treasury debt management and federal credit policies. On behalf of the United States, he conducted international monetary negotiations during the transition from the Bretton Woods fixed exchange rate system to the more flexible system of floating rates that has prevailed since the early 1970s. In the area of domestic finance, among other initiatives, Mr. Volcker initiated the auctioning of Treasury bonds, an approach that has become customary not only in the United States but in many other countries.

    On leaving Washington in 1987, he became Frederick H. Schultz Professor of International Economic Policy at Princeton University (now emeritus). Mr. Volcker also served as volunteer chairman of a newly formed, privately sponsored Commission on the Public Service. The commission addresses the difficulties associated with attracting, motivating, and retaining qualified people necessary for the effective functioning of the U.S. government. Both activities reflected Mr. Volcker's continuing interest in improving the professionalism and effectiveness of public service. Recently Mr. Volcker assumed chairmanship of the newly established Board of Trustees of the International Accounting Standards Committee and is overseeing a renewed effort to develop consistent, high-quality accounting standards acceptable to all countries.

    Mr. Volcker was bom in 1927 in Cape May, New Jersey, grew up in that state, and spent much of his early adult life there. He earned his B.A. at Princeton University in 1949 and an M.A. in political economy and government at the Harvard University Graduate School of Public Administration in 1951. He attended the London School of Economics as a postgraduate student in 1951-1952. Among his honorary degrees are those from his three alma maters: Princeton, Harvard, and London University. In 1998-1999, Mr. Volcker was honored by his appointment as the first Henry Kaufman Visiting Professor at the Stem School of Business at New York University. Paul A. Volcker is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Group of Thirty and of International House and cochairman of the Financial Services Volunteer Corps. He is also a trustee or a member of the Board of Directors of the Japan Society, the American Council on Germany, the American Assembly, and the Institute for International Economics. In addition, Mr. Volcker is an overseer of TIAA-CREF, the leading private retirement system in the United States. Mr. Volcker, a former chairman of the Trilateral Commission, also serves on a number of other public and private advisory boards.

  • Grace Kennan Warnecke - Chairman of the Board

    Grace Kennan Warnecke
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    Grace Kennan Warnecke has had a lifelong association with Russia and the former Soviet Union.   She currently serves as 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 2013. 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 and Azerbaijan.   In 2013 she was named a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.  She lives in New York City and Martha’s Vineyard.

  • Honorable Nancy E. Soderberg - Vice Chairman of the Board

    Nancy E. Soderberg has served in the White House as Deputy National Security Advisor, as an Ambassador at the United Nations, as an advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and on four presidential campaigns. She is President and CEO of Soderberg Global Solutions and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of N. Florida in Jacksonville, FL. She was appointed by President Obama as Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board in 2011. She previously served as President of Connect U.S. Fund and as Vice President of the International Crisis Group. She also serves on the Board of the Jacksonville Port Authority. She publishes and speaks regularly on national security policy and is the author of two books on American foreign policy.

  • Honorable Rosemary A. DiCarlo - President and Chief Executive Officer

    RDC headshotAmbassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo
    President

    Ambassador (ret.) Rosemary A. DiCarlo became President of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in August 2015.  She was concurrently appointed a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.  A career foreign service officer, Ambassador DiCarlo had a distinguished career as a U.S. diplomat, holding positions at the U.S. Department of State, National Security Council and the U.S. Information Agency.  Her specialized expertise includes Russia and the former Soviet space, Southeastern Europe, the Middle East as well as the management of broad multilateral initiatives.

    Ambassador DiCarlo is a former U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. In this capacity she represented the United States at the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly.  Prior to this assignment, she also held the positions of U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs to the United Nations and Director for U.N. Affairs at the National Security Council.

    At the Department of State, Ambassador DiCarlo served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, overseeing U.S. policy toward Southeast Europe during the critical period of negotiations on Kosovo’s status.  As Director for Democratic Initiatives for the New Independent States, she oversaw an initiative to promote democratization in the former Soviet republics. Her overseas assignments included the U.S. Embassies in Moscow and Oslo.  Earlier in her career, she served as Coordinator for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Information Agency.

    Ambassador DiCarlo is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Meritorious Service Award and the Department of State’s Sustained Superior Achievement, Superior Honor and Meritorious Awards.  She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merits from the President of the Republic of Kosovo and the Presidential Medal “Gjergji Kastriot Skenderbeu” from the President of the Republic of Albania.  She received an honorary doctorate from the University Haxhi Zeka in Peja, Kosovo.

    A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Ambassador DiCarlo also holds membership in the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and Women in International Security and serves on the Advisory Board of Global Cities.

    Before joining the U.S. Foreign Service, she was a member of the Secretariat of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University and speaks Russian and French.

  • 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
    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

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    Senior Vice President
    Project Director, Forum on Asia-Pacific Security

    Donald S. Zagoria is NCAFP Senior Vice President and Project Director for the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security (FAPS). FAPS runs 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 V. Connorton, Jr., Esq.
    Secretary

    JOHN CONNORTON is Of Counsel with the law firm of Hawkins, Delafield and Wood, LLP, having served as a Partner in the Firm for 38 years. Specializing in the law of public finance and municipal bonds, he has participated in a wide range of capital infrastructure project financings throughout the United States totaling in the tens of billions of dollars. Representative bond counsel clients include major power, energy, transportation, industrial development, environmental and housing public authorities and agencies, as well as various states and municipalities. Other representative clients include major investment banking firms and banks serving as underwriters for various public finance projects. He has also 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.

    A Naval Officer in Vietnam, he has long been also involved in numerous charitable, cultural, and civic activities, including his current 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 previously 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) in 2004 and the University of Ulster awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws in 2003.

  • Dr. George D. Schwab - President Emeritus

    Dr. George D. Schwab
    President Emeritus

    George D. Schwab, co-founded the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in 1974 and has served as its president since 1993. For the past twenty-six years he has been the editor of American Foreign Policy Interests, its bimonthly journal. 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.

  • Kevin Backus

    Kevin Backus is currently the Director of Cash Equities and Trading at BGC Financial. For over a decade, he has worked as an investment professional focused on global trading systems, strategies, implementation, and risk management. His current focus is on global macro strategies and international growth opportunities within developed and emerging markets. Mr. Backus is currently working with several industries to help bridge the global gaps between business in the United States and Emerging Markets in Asia, specializing in alternative energy and financing. In his free time, Kevin is actively aiding and fundraising for various Veterans Groups, Charitable Organizations, and Mentoring Programs. He is a member of the NCAFP and participates in other think-tank organizations focused on global development.

  • Honorable Donald M. Blinken

    Donald M. Blinken, U.S. Ambassador to Hungary from 1994 – 1998, is a native New Yorker. He graduated Harvard University Magna Cum Laude in Economics and co-founded the investment banking/venture capital firm of E.M. Warburg, Pincus & Co. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, President ofthe Mark Rothko Foundation, President of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and servedon the Boards of the New York Public Library and the New York Philharmonic. He is currently co-Chair of Columbia University’s European Institute and is a member of the Advisory Board of its School of Public and International Affairs. He also serves on theBoards of the Council of American Ambassadors, the National Committee on AmericanForeign Policy, the Project on Ethnic Relations, Central European University inBudapest, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Secretary General of the World Federation of United Nations Associations. Ambassador Blinken resides in New York City with his wife, Vera. His son, Antony, is U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and former Deputy National Security Adviser for President Barack Obama.

  • 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.

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  • Honorable Karl W. Eikenberry

    Karl W. Eikenberry is the William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and is a Distinguished Fellow with the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University.  He is also an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law, and researcher with The Europe Center.

    Prior to his arrival at Stanford, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 2009 until July 2011, where he led the civilian surge directed by President Obama to reverse insurgent momentum and set the conditions for transition to full Afghan sovereignty.

    Before appointment as Chief of Mission in Kabul, Ambassador Eikenberry had a thirty-five year career in the United States Army, retiring in April 2009 with the rank of Lieutenant General.  His military operational posts included commander and staff officer with mechanized, light, airborne, and ranger infantry units in the continental U.S., Hawaii, Korea, Italy, and Afghanistan as the Commander of the American-led Coalition forces from 2005-2007.

    He has served in 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 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 Commonwealth Office while studying at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense 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. His foreign and international decorations include the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross, French Legion of Honor, Czech Republic Meritorious Cross, Hungarian Alliance Medal, Afghanistan’s Ghazi Amir Amanullah Khan and Akbar Khan Medals, Taiwan’s Order of Resplendent Banner with Grand Cordon, and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal.

    Ambassador Eikenberry serves as a Trustee for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, The Asia Foundation, and the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the Council of American Ambassadors, and was previously the President of the Foreign Area Officers Association.  He has published numerous articles on U.S. military training, tactics, and strategy, and on Chinese ancient military history and Asia-Pacific security issues.  He has a commercial pilot’s license and instrument rating, and also enjoys sailing and scuba diving.  He is married to Ching Eikenberry.

  • Kimberly Kriger

    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.

  • Thomas J. Moran

    Thomas J. Moran - Mutual of America

    Thomas J. Moran has served as Chairman of the Board of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company since 2005. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company from October 1994 to March 2016 and as President from 1994 to 2015.  During more than four decades of service, Mr. Moran has participated in Mutual of America’s growth from a small retirement association to a mutual life insurance company with over $17 billion in assets.

    Chairman of Concern Worldwide U.S., Tom serves on the boards of directors of the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Educational Broadcasting System, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and the NYC Irish Hunger Memorial. He received membership to the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way and Excalibur membership. Awards include the NYC Police Foundation Commissioner’s Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

    With roots in Fermanagh and Tipperary, he serves on the Irish Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Board and the boards of the Irish Chamber of Commerce and the Ireland-U.S. Council. He earned a BS in math from Manhattan College. Tom and his wife, Joan, live in New York City.

  • Honorable Matthew Nimetz

    Matthew Nimetz is an Advisory Director at General Atlantic LLC. He joined the firm in January 2000 as Chief Operating Officer and is based in New York City. Mr. Nimetz was a Partner and Chairman at Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City, where he concentrated on corporate and international law from December 1980 through January 2000. Prior to December 1980, he served as an Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science, and Technology from February ... through December 1980 and as a Counselor of the Department of State from 1977 to1980. In those capacities, Mr. Nimetz supervised United States security assistance programs and the Department’s international scientific and technological programs, including scientific and technical cooperation, nuclear nonproliferation issues, environmental matters, and international communications activities of the United States government.

    He also supervised, among other things, United States policy on the Eastern Mediterranean (Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus) and relationships with Eastern European countries. From March 1994 through September 1995, Mr. Nimetz served as the President Clinton’s Special Envoy in the mediation of a dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. In 1999 he was appointed the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in connection with the continuing negotiations between those two parties and continues to serve in that capacity. Mr. Nimetz previously practiced law as an Associate and Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett between 1969 and 1977.

    He served in 1974 as an Executive Director at NY Governor-elect Hugh Carey’s transition. Mr. Nimetz’s previous federal government positions include service as a Staff Assistant to President Lyndon Johnson from July 1967 to January 1969 and as a Law Clerk to Justice John M. Harlan of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1965 to 1967. In addition, he served as a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 1975 to 1977. Mr. Nimetz serves as a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Member and former chair of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe, a Trustee of Central European University, and a Trustee of Committee for Economic Development. Mr. Nimetz served as the President at Harvard Law Review. He served previously as the Founding Chairman of World Resources Institute, as a Director of The Nature Conservancy of New York, a Trustee of Williams College, Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Levin Institute of the State University of New York, and a Director of The Revson Foundation and The Nature Conservancy of New York. Mr. Nimetz also served as the Chairman of the United Nations Development Corporation, as an Appointee of Mayors Koch and Dinkins from 1986 to 1994.

    Mr. Nimetz has done a LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1965, an M.A. from Balliol College, Oxford University in 1962 where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. from Williams College in 1960.

  • 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 Jeffrey R. Shafer

    Jeffrey R. Shafer established JRSHAFER INSIGHT in April 2011, through which he consults on global economic and financial developments and advises businesses on strategy, especially with respect to China, Japan and Korea.  Prior to this, Mr. Shafer had nearly 40 years of experience in economic analysis, financial policymaking and investment banking.

    Most recently he was Vice Chairman of Global Banking in Citigroup and Senior Asia Pacific Officer in New York where he was responsible for key Asia Pacific government and corporate client relationships.  Prior to this, he established and headed Citi’s Economic and Political Strategies Group, which was responsible for identification and analysis of key global economic and political issues for Citi’s investment and corporate bankers and clients. 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. While directing Citigroup’s privatization effort, he worked closely with governments around the world, including France (Credit Lyonnais), Japan (NTT), Korea (POSCO), India (VSNL), and China (China Life). He was also involved in landmark sovereign and quasi-sovereign bond transactions, including for Korea (where he was an adviser to the government in overcoming the financial crisis of 1997), Turkey, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

    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 was responsible for international economic and financial issues, focusing 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.  During this time he initiated efforts to broaden international cooperation on financial market oversight, negotiated financial services agreements in the Uruguay round of trade negotiations which established the WTO, developed exchange rate policy and played a central role in the initiative to provide financial support for Mexico when it became financially distressed in late 1994.

    From 1984 until 1993, Mr. Shafer held a series of high-level positions at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  During this time he was responsible for preparation of meetings of Working Party No. 3 of G-10 Finance Ministry and Central Bank Deputies, identified the OECD wide monetary and fiscal policies that were called for in light of current conditions, drove OECD work on structural reform, both across countries and in individual countries, led OECD participation in a G-7 mandated effort by the international organizations to provide advice on economic reform to the Soviet Union and oversaw research into emerging issues, including climate warming.

    Prior to the OECD, he served with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Federal Reserve Board and the Council of Economic Advisors.

    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 Yale, Carnegie Mellon and Columbia Universities.

    He was a commissioned officer on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968 with service with the 1st Infantry Division Artillery in South Vietnam.  He was awarded the bronze star with “V” and oak leaf cluster.

    He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of its International Affairs Fellowship Selection Committee.  He is also a member of the National Committee on US China Relations.

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  • 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 traditon of Professor Morgenthau that they merit this 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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