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Ivo H. Daalder, Ph.D.

Kathleen Hicks, Ph.D.

Mark Landler

Adam Liptak

Thomas Ricks

Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009–2013.

Prior to his appointment as ambassador to NATO by President Obama, Daalder was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in American foreign policy, European security and transatlantic relations, and national security affairs. Before joining Brookings in 1998, he was an associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and director of research at its Center for International and Security Studies. He also served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995–1997.

Ambassador Daalder is the author and editor of 10 books, including The Empty Throne: How America Abdicated Its Global Leadership (with James M. Lindsay) to be published in fall 2018. Other books include In the Shadow of the Oval Office: Profiles of the National Security Advisers and the Presidents they Served — From JFK to George W. Bush (with I. M. Destler); and, the award-winning America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy (with James M. Lindsay). Daalder is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the world’s leading newspapers, and a regular commentator on international affairs on television and radio.

Ambassador Daalder was educated at the universities of Kent, Oxford, and Georgetown, and received his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is married to Elisa D. Harris and they have two sons.

Dr. Kathleen Hicks is senior vice president, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and director of the International Security Program at CSIS. With over 50 resident staff and an extensive network of nonresident affiliates, the CSIS International Security Program undertakes one of the most ambitious research and policy agendas in the security field. Dr. Hicks is a frequent writer and lecturer on geopolitics, national security, and defense matters. She served in the Obama administration as principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy and deputy under secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and forces. She led the development of the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance and the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review. She also oversaw Department of Defense contingency and theater campaign planning. From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Hicks served as a senior fellow in the CSIS International Security Program. From 1993 to 2006, she served as a career civil servant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, rising from Presidential Management Intern to the Senior Executive Service.

Dr. Hicks is concurrently the Donald Marron Scholar at the Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She serves on the Boards of Advisors for the Truman Center and SoldierStrong and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Hicks served on the National Commission on the Future of the Army and currently serves on the Commission on the National Defense Strategy. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.P.A. from the University of Maryland, and an A.B. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Mount Holyoke College. She is the recipient of distinguished service awards from three secretaries of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and received the 2011 DoD Senior Professional Women’s Association Excellence in Leadership Award.

Mark Landler has been a White House correspondent for The New York Times since March 2011, covering the presidencies of Barack Obama and Donald J. Trump. Previously, he was the newspaper’s diplomatic correspondent, covering Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In 25 years at The Times, Landler has been the bureau chief in Hong Kong and Frankfurt, European economic correspondent, and a business reporter in New York. He began his career at the paper as a copy boy, and has reported from 70 countries on five continents.

In 2008, Landler won an Overseas Press Club award and the Grantham Prize for his work on a series about pollution in China.

He is the author of Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the Twilight Struggle over American Power (Random House), which was named one of the best books of 2016 by the Financial Times.

Prior to joining The Times, Landler was a reporter and media editor at Business Week magazine. He is a 1987 graduate of Georgetown University, where he was editor of the college paper, The Hoya. In 1997, he was a Reuter Fellow at Oxford University. He lives with his wife and two children in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Adam Liptak covers the Supreme Court for The New York Times.

He joined The Times as a copyboy after graduating from Yale, gaining expertise in fetching coffee and running errands. He returned to Yale for a law degree and went on to practice law for 14 years, specializing in First Amendment issues, first at a Wall Street law firm and then in the legal department of The Times. Liptak rejoined the paper’s news staff in 2002 as its national legal correspondent. In 2007, he launched Sidebar, a column on legal affairs. In 2008, he became the paper’s Supreme Court correspondent.

Liptak was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting in 2009 and received the Scripps Howard Award for Washington reporting in 2010. He was awarded Hofstra University’s Presidential Medal and an honorary doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and Business Week. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School and has taught courses at Yale Law School and New York University School of Law.

Thomas Ricks is a visiting fellow at Bowdoin College’s history department. He writes the The Long March column for Task & Purpose. He formerly wrote The Best Defense, which was named the best blog of the year by the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2010, for Foreign Policy magazine, where it averaged 50,000 page views a week. He is also the military history columnist for The New York Times Book Review.

Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. Until the end of 1999 he had the same beat at the Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for 17 years. He reported on U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He was part of a Wall Street Journal team that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2000 for a series of articles on how the U.S. military might change to meet the new demands of the 21st century. The series is posted here.

Ricks also was part of a Washington Post team that won the 2002 Pulitzer prize for reporting about the beginning of the U.S. counteroffensive against terrorism. Those articles are posted here.

He is the author of six books. His best known is Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003–05, which was a number one New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. His second book on that war, The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006–08, was published in 2009. That was followed by The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today. He also wrote Making the Corps, which won the Washington Monthly’s Political Book of the Year award. His first novel, A Soldier’s Duty, about the U.S. military intervening in Afghanistan, was published by Random House in June 2001 — some four months before the U.S. actually did intervene there. His most recent book, his fourth consecutive New York Times bestseller, is Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom (May 2017).

He also has written on defense matters for the Atlantic Monthly and other publications.