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Michael Breen and Christopher Griffin are the co-editors of Millennial Letters, a World Affairs blog that features commentary written by rising US foreign and defense policy leaders and opinion makers from the millennial generation. Though representing two different political perspectives, the co-editors are joined by their common view that American engagement and leadership is essential to promoting Western values abroad, as well as securing an international order in which a just peace and prosperity can flourish.


MICHAEL BREEN is the executive director of the Truman National Security Project and its partner organization, the Center for National Policy. Breen is a decorated former Army officer, whose service included combat leadership assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the military, he clerked in the Office of White House Counsel, where he focused on national security matters and assisted with the confirmation of Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Breen co-founded the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, a groundbreaking legal and policy advocacy organization working to establish and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees, and has worked with refugees at high risk on the ground in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. He now serves on IRAP’s Board, as well as the Board of Yellow Ribbons United, a foundation that leverages the platform of professional football to serve the military community. Mike is a proud New Hampshire native and a member of the NH Bar Association. He lives in Washington with his wife and daughter.


CHRISTOPHER GRIFFIN is the executive director of the Foreign Policy Initiative. Previously, he served as legislative director to Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (ID-CT), advising the senator on the full range of legislative proposals and key votes. Prior to joining Senator Lieberman's staff, Griffin was a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy (2005-2008), where he focused on U.S. foreign and defense policy toward the Asia-Pacific. Griffin's writings have been published in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. Griffin received a B.A. in international studies from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and an M.A. in international studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.