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Paul Berman is a writer on politics and literature whose articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic (where he is a contributing editor), The New Yorker, Slate, The Village Voice, Dissent, and various other American, European and Latin American journals. He has reported at length from Europe and Latin America. He has written or edited eight books, including, most recently, Power and the Idealists: Or, the Passion of Joschka Fischer and Its Aftermath, with a new preface by Richard Holbrooke for the 2007 paperback edition; Carl Sandburg: Selected Poems, edited with an introduction, published in 2006 by the American Poets Project of the Library of America; and Terror and Liberalism, a New York Times best-seller in 2003.

Catherine Dale is a Specialist in International Security at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) where she provides analytical support to members and staff to help frame critical national security debates. Dr. Dale is the lead CRS Expert on strategy and military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and she also spearheads CRS's analytical focus on national security reform. She previously served in Iraq as the Political Advisor to the Commanding General of U.S. Army V Corps, and continued as POLAD for the Commanding General of Combined Joint Task Force-7. Dr. Dale also served as the Special Assistant to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.

Lt. Col. John Nagl is the President of the Center for a New American Security. He is also a member of the Defense Policy Board, a Visiting Professor in the War Studies Department at Kings College of London, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies. Dr. Nagl is the author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam and was on the writing team that produced the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. His writings have also been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Parameters, Military Review, Joint Force Quarterly, Armed Forces Journal, The Washington Quarterly, and Democracy, among others. He was profiled in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Magazine. Dr. Nagl is a distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy who served as an armor officer in the U.S. Army for 20 years. He led a tank platoon in Operation Desert Storm and was an operations officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star medal.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Editor of FDD’s The Long War Journal. He is the President of Public Multimedia Inc, a nonprofit media organization with a mission to provide original and accurate reporting and analysis of the Long War. Mr. Roggio embedded with the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army in Iraq in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and with the Canadian Army in Afghanistan in 2006. His articles have been published in The Weekly Standard, The National Review, The New York Post, The Toronto Times, and Die Weltwoche. He presents regularly at the US Air Force’s Contemporary Counterinsurgency Warfare School at Hulbert Field on the media and embedded reporting.


Scott Shane is a reporter in the Washington bureau of The New York Times, where he covers national security, intelligence, and terrorism-related topics. Before working for The New York Times, Mr. Shane was a reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where he was the Sun’s Moscow correspondent from 1988 to 1991. Mr. Shane is the author of Dismantling Utopia: How Information Ended the Soviet Union.