Dr. Barry Blechman who is the co-founder of the Stimson Center, a prominent public policy institute in Washington D.C.. He was chairman of the Stimson's board from 1989 to 2007 and is currently a distinguished fellow focusing on nuclear disarmament.
Dr. Blechman has nearly 50 years of distinguished service in national security, and is an expert on political and military policies, military strategy, and defense budgets and industries. He has worked in the Departments of State and Defense and at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB.) He has served on the Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States (1998 - 1999), the Defense Policy Board (2002-2006) , and the Department of State Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy (2005-2008.) .
He holds a Ph.D from Georgetown University, has taught at several universities and has written extensively on national security issues. His most recent book is "National Perspectives on Nuclear Disarmament" (2010).
Dr. Daniel Brumberg, Senior Advisor at the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention and is also at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C. He focuses on issues of democratization and political reform in the Middle East and wider Islamic world. He is associate professor at Georgetown University and was formerly at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington. He has also taught at Emory University and the University of Chicago. he holds a Ph.D from the University of Chicago.
He has written extensively on political and social change in the Middle East and is on the editorial board of several journals dealing with the region and works closely with non-governmental organizations in the Arab world.