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Andrew J. Bacevich

ANDREW J. BACEVICH is a professor of international relations and history at Boston University. He graduated from the US Military Academy in 1969, later serving in Vietnam, Germany, El Salvador, and the Persian Gulf. He received his Ph.D. in American diplomatic history from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University in 1998, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University. Bacevich is the editor of The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy since World War II. His previous books include American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy, The Imperial Tense: Problems and Prospects of American Empire, and The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War. His essays and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and general interest publications including, Wilson Quarterly, National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Nation, American Conservative, and the New Republic. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, among other newspapers.

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Christopher Hitchens

CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, until his death in December 2011, was a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and a regular columnist for Slate. He was the author of numerous books and collections, including God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything; Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays; and Arguably. Born in 1949 in Portsmouth, England, Hitchens received a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1970. Mortality, a collection based on his final essays, was published in 2012.

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Helene Cooper

HELENE COOPER is the diplomatic correspondent for the New York Times. Prior to joining the Times in 2004, she spent 12 years at the Wall Street Journal covering international economics, foreign policy, and the war in Iraq. She is the author of The House at Sugar Beach, a memoir about growing up in Liberia.

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James S. Denton

James Denton is the Publisher and Editor of the bimonthly print journal World Affairs and its online daily edition at WorldAffairsJournal.org. He previously directed Freedom House and Heldref Publications. In a consulting capacity, he has represented Lech Walesa and Prime Ministers Viktor Orban of Hungary and Zoran Djindjic of Serbia, the OSCE, the National Democratic Institute, ABC News, RIA Novosti, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. He served in the US Navy as an anti-submarine warfare and communications officer as well as special operations. He has two perfect daughters and resides in Washington, DC.

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Jay Winik

JAY WINIK is a historian and the author of April 1865 and The Great Upheaval.

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Joshua Muravchik

JOSHUA MURAVCHIK has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal as “maybe the most cogent and careful of the neoconservative writers on foreign policy.” He is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies and formerly a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He has published more than three hundred articles on politics and international affairs, appearing in, among others, the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Times Magazine, Commentary, the New Republic, and the Weekly Standard. His most recent book is The Next Founders: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East. He is the author of eight previous books, including Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism (selected by Choice as one of the Outstanding Academic Titles of 2002) and Exporting Democracy: Fulfilling America’s Destiny. Muravchik, who received his Ph.D. in International Relations from Georgetown University, is also an adjunct scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and an adjunct professor at the Institute for World Politics. He serves on the editorial boards of World Affairs, Journal of Democracy, and the Journal of International Security Affairs. He formerly served as a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion, the Commission on Broadcasting to the People’s Republic of China, and the Maryland Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights.

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Leon Wieseltier

LEON WIESELTIER is the literary editor of the New Republic and author of Nuclear War Nuclear Peace, Against Identity, and Kaddish.

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P. J. O'Rourke

P. J. O’ROURKE is a correspondent for the Weekly Standard and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Holidays in Heck, Don’t Vote: It Just Encourages the Bastards, and Driving Like Crazy.

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Peter Collier

PETER COLLIER is a political commentator, editor, and author of numerous books, including The Kennedys: An American Drama and The Roosevelts: An American Saga.

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Robert Kagan

ROBERT KAGAN is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author, most recently, of The Return of History and the End of Dreams. He writes a monthly column for the Washington Post and is a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard and the New Republic. His previous books include Dangerous Nation: America’s Place in the World from its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the 20th Century, winner of the 2008 Lepgold Prize and a 2007 Finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize, and Of Paradise and Power. He served in the State Department from 1984 to 1988 as a member of the Policy Planning Staff, as principal speechwriter for Secretary of State George P. Shultz, and as deputy for policy in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and holds a Ph.D. in American History from American University.

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Ronald Steel

RONALD STEEL teaches American foreign policy at the University of Southern California. In his studies, he combines elements not only of history and political science, but also of sociology, psychology, economics, and political anthropology. Steel's interest is reflected in his books on the impact of American relations with other nations, and particularly with Europe, as well as those studies that deal with powerful personalities who have had a determinant influence on policies and events. Three of his books—Pax Americana, The End of Alliance, and Temptations of a Superpower—analyze the forces that have governed American foreign relations since World War II. Three other books—Imperialists and Other Heroes, Walter Lippmann and the American Century, and In Love With Night: The American Romance with Robert Kennedy—are biographical studies of key individuals in American society and politics. He has received the National Book Critics' Circle Award, the Bancroft Prize in American History, the American Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

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Roya Hakakian

ROYA HAKAKIAN is a fellow at Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center and the author, most recently, of Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, a study of the 1992 Mykonos killings of Iranian dissidents in Berlin. She is a founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center and serves on the board of Refugees International. She is a contributor to the Persian Literary Review and the weekend edition of All Things Considered. Her op-eds, essays, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Her memoir of growing up a Jewish teenager in post-revolutionary Iran, Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran, was Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year and Elle magazine’s Best Nonfiction Book of 2004. She is also a recipient of the 2008 Guggenheim fellowship in nonfiction. Hakakian came to the United States in 1985 on political asylum.

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Tom Gjelten

TOM GJELTEN is a correspondent for NPR. Over the years, he has reported extensively from Europe and Latin America, including Cuba. He was reporting live from the Pentagon when it was attacked on September 11, 2001. Subsequently, he covered the war in Afghanistan and Iraq invasion as NPR's lead Pentagon correspondent. Gjelten also covered the first Gulf War and the wars in Croatia and Bosnia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Colombia. From Berlin (1990–1994), he covered Europe’s political and economic transition after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Gjelten’s series From Marx to Markets, documenting Eastern Europe’s transition to a market economy, earned him an Overseas Press Club award for the the Best Business or Economic Reporting in Radio or TV. His reporting from Bosnia earned him a second Overseas Press Club Award, a George Polk Award, and a Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award. Gjelten’s books include Sarajevo Daily: A City and Its Newspaper Under Siege, which the New York Times called “a chilling portrayal of a city’s slow murder.” His 2008 book, Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause, was selected as a New York Times Notable Nonfiction Book.