William SchneiderWilliam Schneider

William Schneider, a leading U.S. political analyst, is the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor Public Policy at George Mason University and Distinguished Senior Fellow and Resident Scholar at Third Way in Washington, DC. He has been the Cable News Network's senior political analyst since 1990. He is also a contributing editor to National Journal and The Atlantic Monthly .

Schneider has been labeled "the nation's electionmeister" by The Washington Times and "the Aristotle of American politics" by The Boston Globe . Campaigns and Elections Magazine called him "the most consistently intelligent analyst on television." He is a member of the CNN political team that was awarded an Emmy for its 2006 election coverage and a Peabody for its 2008 coverage.

Schneider received his BA from Brandeis University and his PhD in political science from Harvard University, where he subsequently taught in the Department of Government. From 1990 through 1995, he was the Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Visiting Professor of American Politics at Boston College. In 2002, he was the Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brandeis University. He received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Brandeis University in 2008.

In 2003, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University awarded Schneider its Centennial Medal for contributions to society. In 2001, he received the Julian P. Kanter Award for Excellence in Television from the American Association of Political Consultants. He is also the recipient of the Brandeis University Pride Award and the Alumni Achievement Award.

In 2009, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems presented Schneider with a special award "for his extensive coverage and keen insight of the 2008 United States presidential elections . . . showcasing democracy in action" to the world.

William Schneider is co-author, with Seymour Martin Lipset, of "The Confidence Gap: Business, Labor and Government in the Public Mind." His columns appear regularly in National Journal . He has also written extensively on politics and public opinion for The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post and other publications. Schneider's analysis is regularly featured on CNN's "The Situation Room," "Lou Dobbs Tonight," "CNN.com Live," "American Morning' and CNN International.

Ömer TaşpinarÖmer Taşpinar
Brookings Institution

Dr. Ömer Taşpınar is professor of national security strategy at the U.S. National War College and the director of the Turkey Program at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Taspinar was previously an assistant professor in the European Studies Department of the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he is still teaching as adjunct professor. He has held consulting positions at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights in Washington, and at the Strategic Planning Department of TOFAS-FIAT in Istanbul. The courses he is teaching at the National War College and SAIS are "Islam and the West," "Non-Military Elements of Statecraft," "Turkey and its Neighbors," and "The Political Economy of Globalization."

Dr. Taspinar's research focuses on Turkey, the European Union, transatlantic relations, political Islam, Muslims in Europe, and American foreign policy in the Middle East. He is the author of two books: Political Islam and Kurdish Nationalism in Turkey: Kemalist Identity in Transition (Routledge, 2005) and Winning Turkey: How America, Europe, and Turkey Can Revive a Fading Partnership (with Philip Gordon) (Brookings Institution Press, 2008). His third book, Fighting Radicalism with Human Development: The Political Economy of Education, Employment, and Freedom in the Islamic World, will be published by Brookings in 2009.

Dr. Taspinar is also the author of numerous articles and opinion pieces in leading newspapers and international affairs journals, including among others, Foreign Affairs, Survival, Newsweek, The New Republic Online, The Washington Quarterly, and The Washington Post. Some of his recent publications include "The Old Turks Revolt: When Radical Secularism Endangers Democracy" (Foreign Affairs, Nov/Dec. 2007); "Turkey's Fading Dream of Europe" (Current History, January 2007); "Turkey on the Brink" (Washington Quarterly, Summer 2006); "Turkey and Russia: Axis of the Excluded?" (Survival, Spring 2006); "The United States and Turkey's Quest for EU Membership" in Turkey and the EU: Internal Dynamics and External Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); "Turkey on the Brink" (Washington Quarterly, Summer 2006); "New Parameters in US-German-Turkish Relations" (AICGS, February 2005); "The Anatomy of Anti-Americanism in Turkey" (Insight Turkey, July-August 2005); "Europe's Muslim Street" (Foreign Policy, March-April 2003); and "An Uneven Fit: The Turkish Model and the Arab World" (Brookings Analysis Paper, August 2003).

Dr. Taspinar writes weekly columns for two newspapers in Turkey: Today's Zaman and Sabah as well as a monthly article for Forbes Magazine Turkish edition. He has a PhD and MA in European studies and international economics from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and a BA in political science from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Taspinar speaks French, Italian, and Turkish (native).

Theodore H. Kattouf
Theodore H. Kattouf was named president and C.E.O. of AMIDEAST on September 2, 2003. During his tenure, the organization's revenues have increased 300 percent and its endowment has quadrupled. The organization is based in Washington, DC, and has 23 offices and facilities located in 14 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Prior to joining AMIDEAST, Mr. Kattouf had a 31-year career in the United States Foreign Service with postings in Kuwait, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, DC. In 1982-83, Mr. Kattouf was a Department of State midcareer fellow at Princeton University.

President Clinton nominated Mr. Kattouf as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, and he was confirmed by the Senate in September 1998. During his tenure, U.S.-U.A.E. cooperation significantly expanded in a number of fields intended to bolster Gulf security and combat terrorism. The embassy played a particularly crucial role in concluding an $8 billion commercial sale of U.S. fighter aircraft and U.S.G.-assisted training. He was subsequently nominated by President Bush as ambassador to Syria and confirmed by the Senate in August 2001.

During his Foreign Service career, Ambassador Kattouf received the Cobb Award for outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of U.S. companies abroad, two Meritorious Honor Awards, four Senior Performance Awards, and one Presidential Honor Award. He was also elected a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and was named a "Distinguished Alumni" by his alma mater in June 2008. After graduating, he served four years in the United States Army infantry, attaining the rank of captain.

Shibley TelhamiShibley Telhami
University of Maryland, College Park

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. Before coming to the University of Maryland, he taught at several universities, including Cornell University, the Ohio State University, the University of Southern California, Princeton University, Columbia University, Swarthmore College, and the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his doctorate in political science.

Professor Telhami has also been active in the foreign policy arena. He has served as Advisor to the US Mission to the UN (1990-91), as advisor to former Congressman Lee Hamilton, and as a member of the US delegation to the Trilateral US-Israeli-Palestinian Anti-Incitement Committee, which was mandated by the Wye River Agreements. He also served on the Iraq Study Group as a member of the Strategic Environment Working Group. He has contributed to The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times and regularly appears on national and international radio and television. He has served on the US Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World, which was appointed by the Department of State at the request of Congress, and he co-drafted the report of their findings, Changing Minds, Winning Peace. He has also co-drafted several Council on Foreign Relations reports on US public diplomacy, on the Arab-Israeli peace process, and on Persian Gulf security.

His best-selling book, The Stakes: America and the Middle East (Westview Press, 2003; updated version, 2004) was selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the top five books on the Middle East in 2003. His other publications include Power and Leadership in International Bargaining: The Path to the Camp David Accords (1990); International Organizations and Ethnic Conflict, ed. with Milton Esman (1995); Identity and Foreign Policy in the Middle East, ed. with Michael Barnett (2002), A Decade of Reflections on Peace, ed. (forthcoming), and numerous articles on international politics and Middle Eastern affairs.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of the Education for Employment Foundation, several academic advisory boards, and has served on the boards of Human Rights Watch (and as Chair of Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch/Middle East). He has also served on the board of the United States Institute of Peace. Professor Telhami was given the Distinguished International Service Award by the University of Maryland in 2002 and the Excellence in Public Service Award by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents in 2006.

Robert A. PastorRobert A. Pastor
American University

Dr. Robert A. Pastor is professor of international relations and founder and codirector of the Center for North American Studies and the Center of Democracy and Election Management at American University. From 2002-2007, as vice president of international affairs, he expanded and redesigned AU's international programs, including doubling the percentage of the student body studying abroad, increasing the sites from 12 to 108, creating a new program to bring the best international students to AU for their "junior year," and establishing the American University of Nigeria, the premier private university in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Pastor has combined a career of scholarship, teaching, and public policy in government and in nongovernmental organizations. He was national security adviser for Latin America (1977-81), consultant to the Departments of State and Defense, and was nominated ambassador to Panama by President Clinton. From 1985 until arriving at AU, Dr. Pastor was professor of political science at Emory University, and fellow and founding director of the Carter Center's Latin American and Caribbean Program and the Democracy and China Election Projects. At The Carter Center, he founded and served as the executive secretary of the Council of Freely-Elected Heads of Government, a group of 32 leaders of the Americas, chaired by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. This council mediated elections in more than 30 countries around the world.

He received his PhD in political science from Harvard University and an MPA. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the author or editor of 16 books, including most recently, Toward a North American Community: Lessons from the Old World for the New (2001); Exiting the Whirlpool: U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Latin America and the Caribbean (2001); and A Century's Journey: How the Great Powers Shape the World (1999). Dr. Pastor was a Peace Corps volunteer in Malaysia, a Fulbright professor in Mexico, and a visiting professor at Harvard University.

Dr. Pastor has been a foreign policy adviser to each of the Democratic presidential candidates since 1976. He was the senior adviser to the Carter-Nunn-Powell Mission to restore constitutional government in Haiti in 1994. He was the vice chair of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on North America, and he was also executive director of the Commission on Federal Election Reform. In 2007-08, he was interim codirector of The Elders, a group of distinguished leaders led by Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, and he remains a consultant on conflict resolution in the Middle East to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Nicholas BurnsR. Nicholas Burns
Harvard University

Ambassador Nicholas Burns is professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Atlantic Council, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and the Appeal of Conscience Foundation. In summer 2008, he was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC.

Ambassador Burns served in the United States Foreign Service for 27 years until his retirement in April 2008. He was under secretary of state for political affairs from 2005 to 2008, the nation's highest-ranking career diplomat. In this position, he led negotiations on Iran, India, Kosovo, and many other issues and oversaw U.S. diplomatic efforts in each region of the world. Prior to that, he was U.S. ambassador to NATO from 2001 to 2005 and ambassador to Greece from 1997 to 2001.

During his career in the State Department, Ambassador Burns was State Department Spokesman for Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher (1995-1997). He also served for five years (1990-1995) at the White House during the collapse of the Soviet Union where he was special assistant to the president for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs and a member of the National Security Council staff. Ambassador Burns also served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem in 1985-87 when he coordinated U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank, and at the American Embassies in Egypt and Mauritania.

He has received honorary doctorates from 10 American universities, the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award (from Condoleezza Rice), the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Johns Hopkins University, and the Boston College Alumni Achievement Award. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Order of Saint John, and Red Sox Nation. Ambassador Burns has a BA in history from Boston College (1978), where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He has an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1980). He also earned the Certificat Pratique de Langue Francaise at the Sorbonne in 1977.

D. Bruce Johnstone
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
D. Bruce Johnstone is Distinguished Service Professor of Higher and Comparative Education Emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His principal scholarship is in international comparative higher education, higher education finance, governance, and policy formation. He directs the International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility Project, a nine-year examination into the worldwide shift of higher education costs from governments and taxpayers to parents and students. He continues to lecture, write, and consult on the economics and finance of higher education and on student finance, and is currently heading a World Bank team engaged in the reform of university finance in Kenya. During a 25-year administrative career prior to assuming his professorship at the University at Buffalo, Johnstone held posts of vice president for administration at the University of Pennsylvania, president of the State University College of Buffalo, and chancellor of the State University of New York system, the latter from 1988 through 1994.

Lee FritschlerA. Lee Fritschler
George Mason University

Dr. A. Lee Fritschler is a professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He was appointed to that position in the fall of 2003. Prior to that appointment he was vice president and director of the Center for Public Policy Education at the Brookings Institution. The center runs education programs in the United States and around the world for government and corporate executives and others.

Dr. Fritschler was sworn in as the assistant secretary for postsecondary education on November 17, 1999. He was nominated by President Clinton on June 18, 1999, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 10, 1999. He left the position on January 20, 2001. As assistant secretary, Fritschler was charged with setting the direction for higher education policy and administering the department's higher education programs, which include student, financial aid, FIPSE, GEAR UP, TRIO, international education, the Fulbright program, graduate programs, Developing Institutions, and the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, among others.

Prior to joining the department, Dr. Fritschler was president of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, from 1987 until his retirement in June 1999. As president of Dickinson, he emphasized international education, undergraduate science, and foreign languages. In 1991, Fritschler cofounded the Annapolis Group, a contingent of 110 presidents of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges created to build support for liberal arts programs in colleges. He was director of the Center for Public Policy Education at The Brookings Institution from 1981-1987, and served as the chairman of the U.S. Postal Rate Commission, after having been nominated by President Carter, from 1979-1981.

From 1977 to 1979, Fritschler was dean of the college of public and international affairs at the American University (AU) in Washington, DC, and in charge of managing two schools, three centers, 3,500 students, and some 100 full- and part-time faculty. He held a number of other academic and administrative positions at AU between 1964 and 1979.

Fritschler is the author of several books and numerous articles and a member of many boards and professional societies. His books include Smoking and Politics: Policy Making and The Federal Bureaucracy , now in its sixth edition. He, along with Bruce L.R. Smith and Jeremy D. Mayer, coauthored a book titled Closed Minds: Politics and Ideology in American Universities (Brookings Press, Washington, DC).

Fritschler earned a master's degree in public administration from Syracuse University (1960) and a doctorate in political science from the university's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (1965). He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Union College (1959) in New York.

Fritschler and his wife Susan reside in Potomac, Maryland. They have three children.