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Romuald Sciora

Romuald Sciora

Founder and Director

Born in Paris in 1970, Romuald Sciora is viewed as "one of the most brilliant representatives of the new generaion of intellectuals committed to the world stage" and as one of the most knowledgeable specialists on the United Nations.

As a writer, he has co-published two books with the United Nations, including one with a foreword by French President Jacques Chirac. These books benefited from the participation of various intellectuals from different backgrounds such as Noam Chomsky, Joseph Stiglitz, and Schlesinger. Sciora has also written a book about the Middle East along with two plays.

As a filmmaker, he has produced more than a dozen political documentaries including a TV series devoted to the United Nations and broadcast in more than 20 countries.

He is the only one to have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with – for a work of this kind – all the UN Secretaries-General, from Kurt Waldheim to Ban Ki-moon.

He also edited a special issue of the French monthly Le Monde diplomatique devoted to the UN and gave numerous conferences on the subject at Columbia University, the United Nations Headquarters, and UNESCO among others.

Romuald Sciora received the insignia of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Officer in the National Order of the Cedar.

Married, he lives in the United States. He runs the French-American Global Forum with Estelle Moser, his main collaborator for numerous years.



Jean-Marie Colombani

Jean-Marie Colombani

Senior Advisor

Jean-Marie Colombani is a French journalist, and was the editor of the daily newspaper Le Monde from 1994 until 2007. He is now the President of Slate.fr. He published over the last 20 years more than a dozen books about French politics and the US. He co-authored with Walter Wells "Dangerous De-Liaisons: What's really behind the war between France and the US". He is a contributing writer to several foreign media and has his own TV show on the French public channel public Sénat.



James Traub

Harvey Feigembaum

Senior Advisor

Harvey Feigenbaum is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.

He is the author of a number of books, including The Politics of Public Enterprise (Princeton). He has also written in many professional journals. He has appeared regularly on television and radio in Europe, Canada and Australia.

Prof. Feigenbaum received his BA (with Distinction) in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, the Diplome en Relations Internationales from the Insitut d'Etudes Politique de Paris, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an expert on the political economy of Western Europe and a specialist on France.



James Traub

James Traub

Senior Advisor

JAMES TRAUB is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a weekly columnist for foreignpolicy.com. He writes about foreign policy and national security, and in recent years has reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Turkey and elsewhere. He has written five books; the most recent are The Best Intentions, about the United Nations during the time of Kofi Annan, published in 2006, and The Freedom Agenda, a book about democracy promotion published in 2008. He is currently writing a biography of John Quincy Adams.



Michael Shank

Michael Shank

Senior Fellow

Michael Shank is the Senior Policy Advisor and Communications Director for US Congressman Michael Honda (D-CA) (all commentary is made in personal capacity and does not reflect the official views of Rep Honda). Michael is also an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Board Member of the National Peace Academy, and Associate at the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict.

Michael's career over the past 20 years has involved UN, government and non-governmental organizations in the US, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America, as an adviser on diplomatic, economic, energy, and environmental security and policy initiatives.

A doctoral candidate at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Michael contributes to the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Economist, CNN, The Washington Times, New York Times, Washington Post, US News and World Report, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Nation, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill, Huffington Post, among others. Additionally, Michael is a frequent on-air analyst for FOX News, CCTV News, Al Jazeera, Russia Today, CTV News and Voice of America's Pashto, Dari, Urdu and Somali services.


Some Speakers of FAGF


Gordon Adams

Gordon Adams

Dr. Gordon Adams is Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University.

Prior that position he was a Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the Security Policy Studies Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, and worked as Deputy Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

Between February 1993 and December 1997, Dr. Adams was the senior White House official for national security and foreign policy budgets, as Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget. He was responsible for oversight over all US foreign affairs and national security budgeting.

Dr. Adams has published widely on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and national security budgets. He is extensively used by the nation's media for comment on U.S. national security policy.



Se Joao Vale De Almeida

Se Joao Vale De Almeida

Se Joao Vale De Almeida is the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.

Prior to his appointment in Washington, he served as the Director General for External Relations at the European Commission.

From 2004 to 2009 Mr. Vale de Almeida was the Head of Cabinet for European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. Earlier in his career, Mr. Vale de Almeida held several senior positions in the European Commission.

Mr. Vale de Almeida joined the European Commission in 1982 at the European Commission Delegation in Lisbon, after spending seven years as a journalist.

He holds a degree in history from the University of Lisbon and has studied journalism and management in the United States, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom.



Steve Clemons

Steve Clemons

Steve Clemons is Washington Editor-At-Large for The Atlantic and Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE and QuartzLIVE. At AtlanticLIVE, The Atlantic's premium events division, Clemons develops concepts and editorial content and leads programs as an interviewer, moderator, and host.

Clemons was one of Washington's early political bloggers, publishing the widely read and influential Washington Note, now included in the family of blogs at TheAtlantic.com. He frequently writes about topics related to foreign policy, defense, and international economic policy. Clemons' work has appeared in many of the major leading op-ed pages, journals, and magazines around the world.



Heather A. Conley

Heather A. Conley

Heather A. Conley is senior fellow and director of the Europe Program at CSIS.

Prior to joining CSIS, Ms. Conley was a senior adviser to the Center for European Policy Analysis. From 2005 to 2008, she was the executive director of the Office of the Chairman of the Board at the American National Red Cross. From 2001 to 2005, she served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibilities for U.S. bilateral relations with the 15 countries of northern and central Europe. From 1994 to 2001, she was a senior associate with an international consulting firm led by former U.S. deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage.

Ms. Conley began her career in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State where she served as the State Department liaison for the U.S. Department of Defense's Global Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP). Following this assignment, she was selected to serve as special assistant to the coordinator of U.S. assistance to the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. Ms. Conley received her B.A. in international studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).



Kemal Dervis

Kemal Dervis

Kemal Dervis is Vice President and Director of the Global Economy and Development Program at The Brookings Institution. Until February 2009, he was the Executive Head of the United Nations Development Programme and Chair of the United Nations Development Group. In 2001-2002, as Minister of Economic Affairs and the Treasury of Turkey, he was responsible for launching Turkey’s successful recovery from a devastating financial crisis. He is also a Member of the Board of Overseers of Sabanci University in Istanbul and will contribute to the work of that university.

Prior to his tenure as Minister of Economic Affairs, Kemal Derviş had a 22-year career at the World Bank, where he served as Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa and Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management. From the end of 2002 to the summer of 2005, he was a member of the Turkish Parliament representing his native city of Istanbul.



Stephen Flanagan

Stephen Flanagan

Stephen Flanagan holds the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Diplomacy and National Security at CSIS. Before joining CSIS in 2007, he served as director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies and vice president for research at the National Defense University (NDU) for seven years. He held several senior positions in government between 1989 and 1999 where he helped develop U.S. strategy for the post-Cold War era, including special assistant to the president and senior director for Central and Eastern Europe, National Security Council Staff; associate director and member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff; and national intelligence officer for Europe. Earlier in his career, he was a professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In 2009-2010, he served as lead adviser to former secretary of state Madeleine Albright in her capacity as chair of the Group of Experts that developed the foundation for NATO's Strategic Concept.



James Goldgeier

James Goldgeier

James Goldgeier is Dean of the School of International Service, American University.

Prior to joining American University, he was a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. He taught previously at Cornell University, and has held appointments at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation, the State Department, the National Security Council staff, the Brookings Institution, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Library of Congress, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Hoover Institution, and the German Marshall Fund's Transatlantic Academy. From 2001-2005, he directed GWU's Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Dean Goldgeier's areas of expertise include contemporary international relations, American foreign policy, and transatlantic security. He is the author of several books.



Charles Kolb

Serge Halimi

Serge Halimi is a non-fiction writer and journalist. He has been the director of the French monthly Le Monde diplomatique since March 2008.

Prior to holding this position he worked as a journalist for the magazine since 1992.

From 1994 to 2000 he taught as an Associate Professor at Paris VIII University.

Serge Halimi received a Ph.D. in political science from Berkeley University. He is considered one of the major intellectuals in France and he has published several books, including Le Grand Bond en Arrière. He specializes in the United States and in political economy.



Congressman Hank Johnson

Congressman Hank Johnson

Congressman Hank Johnson is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 4th congressional district, serving since 2007.

He is a member of the Democratic Party. He is one of the first two Buddhists to serve in the United States Congress.

Since his election to Congress, he has consistently supported legislation to ensure that all Americans have access to employment opportunities and affordable health care. He has championed consumer protection, education, civil liberties and support for public safety.

Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Johnson served twelve years as a DeKalb County magistrate judge, five years as a county commissioner and three years as chair of the DeKalb County Budget Committee.



Charles Kolb

Charles Kolb

Charles Kolb is President of the Committee for Economic Development (CED) in Washington, D.C. He has held this position since September 1997.

Prior to joining CED, he served as General Counsel and Secretary of United Way of America from 1992 to 1997. During his nearly ten years of government service, he has held several senior-level positions. He served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy (1990-1992). From 1983 to 1990, he held three other government positions: Assistant General Counsel, Office of Management; Deputy General Counsel for Regulations and Legislation and Deputy Under Secretary for Planning, Budget and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Education.



Charles Kupchan

Charles Kupchan

Dr. Charles Kupchan is a Professor of International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University. He is also a Whitney H. Shepardson Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Kupchan was Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council during the first Clinton administration. Before joining the NSC, he worked in the U.S. Department of State on the Policy Planning Staff. Prior to government service, he was an Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University.

He is the author of several books, including No One's World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn, How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace, The End of the America Era: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Geopolitics of the Twenty-first Century and numerous articles on international and strategic affairs.

Kupchan received a B.A. from Harvard University and a M.A and Ph.D from Oxford University.



Jean-David Levitte

Jean-David Levitte

Jean-David Levitte has had a distinguished and outstanding career in the French Foreign Service, serving on the staff of three French Presidents and holding various senior positions in the French Foreign Service.

Mr. Levitte joined the Foreign Service in 1970. He was first posted to Hong Kong and Beijing in the early 1970s. Following appointments at the Foreign Ministry's Africa Bureau and the French Mission to the UN, Mr. Levitte was named Deputy Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister in 1986, a position he held until 1988 when he was designated Ambassador to the UN in Geneva.

From 1990, he held senior positions in the French Foreign Ministry, and served as Senior Diplomatic Adviser and sherpa for President Chirac from 1995 to 2000. President Chirac appointed him France's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2000, and he served as Ambassador to the United States from 2003 to 2007.

After the presidential elections in May 2007, President Sarkozy asked Ambassador Levitte to be his Senior Diplomatic Adviser and sherpa.



Bernard-Henri Levy

Bernard-Henri Levy

Bernard-Henri Levy is a French bestselling author and philosopher.

He is the author of over 30 books since 1973, including works of philosophy, fiction and biography. "American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville" was a New York Times bestseller (2006). Mr. Lévy is one of the most esteemed and bestselling writers in Europe. His work has been translated into many languages.

He has also directed films, including "Bosna!", about the Bosnian conflict. His most recent film, called "The Oath of Tobruk", is about the war in Libya and the defeat of Kadhafi. This documentary film has been released in France this summer and has started to be distributed in many countries.



François Rivasseau

François Rivasseau

François Rivasseau was appointed Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the United States in April 2011. Prior to joining the Delegation, he served from 2007 until 2011 as the Deputy Head of Diplomatic Mission at the French Embassy to the United States.

Mr. Rivasseau has spent much of his career working on disarmament, security, and multilateral affairs. He served as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva where he chaired the Geneva Forum.

A native of Bordeaux (1954), Mr. Rivasseau holds degrees from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux and University of Bordeaux III, as well as a Ph.D. in law from the University of Bordeaux I. He studied at the prestigious École Nationale d'Administration in Paris, France (1979-1981).

Mr. Rivasseau has been honored with the Chevalier of the French Order of Merit, the Chevalier of the French Order of the Legion of Honor, and the Chevalier of the German Order of Merit (2nd degree).

He currently serves also as a Member of the Advisory Board on Disarmament of the UN Secretary-General.



Anne-Cécile Robert

Anne-Cécile Robert

Anne-Cécile Robert is a journalist and Associate Professor at l'Institut d'Etudes Européennes at Paris VIII University. She is the editor and head of development and international editions of the French monthly Le Monde diplomatique. She specializes in European institutions and in Africa. She is the author of several books, including Afrique année Zéro. Robert received a Ph.D in European Law in 1997.



Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009-2011 she served as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary's Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor conferred by the State Department, for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. She also received a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Dr. Slaughter is a frequent contributor to both mainstream and new media, publishing op-eds in major newspapers, magazines and blogs around the world.

Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002-2009, where she rebuilt the School's international relations faculty and created a number of new centers and programs. She has written or edited six books and over 100 articles. From 1994-2002, Dr. Slaughter was the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law and Director of the International Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School.


Julianne Smith

Julianne Smith

Julianne Smith is deputy National Security Advisor at Office of the Vice President Joe Biden.

Prior this position she was principal director, European/NATO Policy at the Pentagon and senior fellow and deputy director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Before coming to CSIS, Ms. Smith worked at the German Marshall Fund as a program officer on the Foreign Policy program.

She also worked at the Association of the U.S. Army and on the 1999 Kosovo conflict and post-conflict reconstruction at the British American Security Information Council.

She has also worked in Germany, both for the Conflict Prevention Network at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and the German Parliament – where she worked on the first round of NATO enlargement for Parliamentarian Rudolph Seiters.



Lawrence H. Summers

Lawrence H. Summers

Lawrence H. Summers is President Emeritus of Harvard University. During the past two decades he has served in a series of senior policy positions, including Vice President of Development Economics and Chief Economist of the World Bank, Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, Director of the National Economic Council for the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2011, and Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, from 1999 to 2001.

He received a bachelor of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975, and was awarded a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1982. In 1983, he became one of the youngest individuals in recent history to be named as a tenured member of the Harvard University faculty. In 1987 Mr. Summers became the first social scientist ever to receive the annual Alan T. Waterman Award of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and in 1993, he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, given every two years to the outstanding American economist under the age of 40.

He is currently the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University.


     
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