Andrew J. Bacevich

President

Andrew J. Bacevich grew up in Indiana, graduated from West Point and Princeton, served in the army, became an academic, and is now a writer. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than a dozen books, among them: The New America Militarism (2005), The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008), Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War (2010), America’s War for the Greater Middle East (2016), and The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory (January 2020). He is Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University and has held fellowships at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Academy in Berlin.

Eli Clifton

Research Director, Democratizing Foreign Policy Program

Eli Clifton is an investigative journalist who focuses on money in politics and U.S. foreign policy. He previously reported for the American Independent New Network, ThinkProgress, and Inter Press Service. Clifton is co-author of the Center for American Progress’s report Fear Inc.: The Roots Of the Islamophobia Network In America. Eli has been a fellow at The Nation Institute and the Type Media Center. His work has appeared on PBS/Frontline’s Tehran bureau, The Intercept, the South China Morning Post, Right Web, LobeLog, Salon, Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, Slate, Gawker, and ForeignPolicy.com. Eli holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College and a master’s degree in international political economy from the London School of Economics.

Suzanne DiMaggio

Chairman, Board of Advisors

Suzanne DiMaggio is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she focuses on U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East and Asia. She is one of the foremost experts and practitioners of diplomatic dialogues with countries that have limited or no official relations with the United States, especially Iran and North Korea. For nearly two decades, she has led these track 1.5 and track 2 conversations to help policymakers identify pathways for diplomatic progress on a range of issues, including regional security, nonproliferation, and bilateral relations. She is an Associate Senior Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Previously, she was a Senior Fellow at New America and the Vice President of Global Policy Programs at the Asia Society. She holds a BA from New York University and an MA from the City College of New York (CUNY).

Meiyee Mak

Director, Business Operations

Meiyee Mak has fifteen years of experience working in marketing, advertising, and technology companies in New York and Hong Kong, focusing on project and event management. As an associate director at a trade publication group and then a marketing promotion technology company, she established team structures and processes and oversaw client services operations. Meiyee holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College and a master’s degree in media management from the New School.

Trita Parsi

Executive Vice President

Trita Parsi is an award-winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for his 2007 book, Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press). He is the founder and former president of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on US foreign policy in the Middle East. Parsi has extensive experience on Capitol Hill and at the United Nations, including work at the UN Security Council. He holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Uppsala University and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. His latest book is Losing an Enemy – Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy (Yale University Press). He teaches at Georgetown University.

Stephen Wertheim

Research Director, Ending Endless War Program

Stephen Wertheim is a historian of U.S. foreign policy and international order. He is a Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. His award-winning scholarship has explored the rise of U.S. global power, ideas of internationalism and international organization, concepts of grand strategy, and the ethics of humanitarian intervention. Stephen regularly writes essays on current affairs; these have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. He was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University; a permanent faculty member at Birkbeck, University of London; and a research fellow at King’s College, University of Cambridge, and Princeton University. He received a PhD in History from Columbia University and an AB summa cum laude from Harvard University.