Leading Thinkers 2009: The AfPak Theater: Militant Islam, Stability and Security

  • Dr. Hassan Abbas, a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, is author of Pakistan’s Drift into Extremism: Allah, the Army and America's War on Terror
  • Christian Brose, a Senior Editor at Foreign Policy, is a former policy advisor and Chief Speechwriter to Secretary of State Rice
  • Ambassador Wendy Chamberlain, President of the Middle East Institute, formerly served as the United States’ Ambassador to Pakistan
  • Dr. Ariel Cohen, a Senior Research Fellow of The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at The Heritage Foundation, focuses on energy security and Central Asia
  • Dr. Catherine Dale, a Specialist in International Security at the Congressional Research Service, is the lead CRS expert on strategy and operations in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Senior International Affairs and Trade Advisor with Baker Hostetler and a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, previously served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs
  • Mark Dubowitz, Executive Director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, has worked extensively on the issue of how terrorist media outlets are used as communications and operational weapons
  • Dr. Christine Fair, a Senior Political Scientist with the RAND Corporation, formerly served as a political officer to the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan
  • Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, focuses on the national security implications of illicit economies and strategies for managing them and is a security studies professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service
  • Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Director of FDD's Center for Terrorism Research and Vice President of Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA agent with experience in South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East, is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Vanessa Gezari, a former staff writer for the Chicago Tribune in Afghanistan and current contributor to the Washington Post Magazine and Slate, is writing a book on the evolving U.S. strategy in Afghanistan
  • Stacia George, USAID’s Office of Transition Initiative’s Deputy Team Leader for Asia and the Middle East, recently returned from Pakistan where she served as OTI’s Country Representative for their program in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas
  • Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a former policy expert of the Hungarian Defense Ministry, is the Executive Director of the Institute for Transitional Democracy and International Security in Budapest.
  • Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, is author of the book Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military
  • Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad, Afghanistan's Ambassador to the United States
  • Imran Ahmad Khan, is the President and Co-Founder of the Transnational Crisis Project
  • Jonathan Kay, a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, is Managing Editor for Comment at Canada’s National Post
  • Clifford May, a former New York Times foreign bureau chief, is President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Shuja Nawaz, Director of the Atlantic Council of the United States’ South Asia Center, is author of Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within
  • David Rivkin, a partner at Baker Hostetler, is Co-Chairman of Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center for Law and Counterterrorism
  • Candace Rondeaux, a staff writer at the Washington Post, was the Post’s Islamabad/Kabul bureau chief in 2008 and 2009
  • Bret Stephens, a member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, writes the paper’s "Global View" column on foreign affairs
  • Joshua White, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement and a Ph.D. candidate in South Asia studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS.
  • Col. (ret.) Tom Wilhelm, Director of the Army's Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO), was formerly Director of Defense Resources for the Office of Military Cooperation-Afghanistan and the Chief of Ground Forces Liaison to the Pakistani General Staff