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Toward an Effective Middle East Policy

December 9, 2011


John Hannah is a senior fellow at FDD and has almost two decades of experience at the highest levels of U.S. foreign policy. From 2001-2009, he served as one of Vice President Dick Cheney's most trusted aides on national security issues. During the first term of President George W. Bush, he was the Vice President's deputy national security advisor for the Middle East, where he was intimately involved in U.S. policy toward Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, the peace process, and the global war on terrorism. In President Bush's second term, Mr. Hannah was elevated to the role of Vice President Cheney's national security advisor, where he served as the Vice President's top advisor on the full panoply of international issues from the Middle East to North Korea to Russia. In his previous government service, Mr. Hannah worked as a senior advisor on the staff of Secretary of State Warren Christopher during the administration of President Bill Clinton, and as a senior member of Secretary of State James A. Baker's Policy Planning Staff during the presidency of George H.W. Bush.

Ambassador John Limbert is a professor of international affairs at the U.S. Naval Academy. He was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran in the State Department. Amb. Limbert served for 33 years in the Foreign Service, retiring with the rank of Minister-Counselor. While there Amb. Limbert was President of the American Foreign Service Association and Amb. to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Before that he was Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the U.S. State Department. Amb. Limbert holds the Department of State's highest award - the Distinguished Service Award - and other department awards, including the Award for Valor, which he received after fourteen months as a hostage in Iran.

Stephen Rademaker is a principal at the Podesta Group. He has a wide-range of experience working on national security issues in the White House, the State Department, and the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Mr. Rademaker had lead responsibility, as a House staffer, for drafting the legislation that created the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Rademaker served as an Assistant Secretary of State from 2002 through 2006, heading three bureaus of the State Department. He directed the Proliferation Security Initiative, as well as nonproliferation policy toward Iran and North Korea, and led strategic dialogues with Russia, China, India and Pakistan. In 2007, Mr. Rademaker served as Senior Counsel and Policy Director for National Security Affairs for then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN). Previously, Mr. Rademaker served as General Counsel of the Peace Corps, Associate Counsel to the President in the Office of White House Counsel, and as Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council.

R. James Woolsey is Chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and former Director of Central Intelligence. He is also Chair of Woolsey Partners LLC and a Venture Partner with Lux Capital Management. In addition, he is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Amb. Woolsey previously served in the U.S. government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations.


Mark Dubowitz is executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. His policy work focuses on Iran and Syria, sanctions, and on the use of technology to encourage democratic change. Mr. Dubowitz is head of FDD's Iran Energy Project, which provides research and analysis on Iran energy sanctions and tracks the role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran's energy sector. He directs FDD's Iran Human Rights Project which provides research on Iranian human rights abuses and on sanctions designed to hold accountable Iranian officials and international companies supporting these abuses. Mr. Dubowitz co-leads FDD's work on Syria sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad and is a founding member of the FDD Syria Working Group.