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Gamal Helal is a former Senior Diplomatic Interpreter and Special Advisor to the U.S Government. Throughout Mr. Helal’s twenty years with the U.S. Government, he has been the Senior Diplomatic Interpreter for Presidents George H.W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, as well as numerous Secretaries of State and Defense and National Security Advisors. 

Mr. Helal began as an Arabic interpreter in the Department of State and played a critical role during talks with Iraq before the 1991 Gulf War. In 1993,... Read More »

Ambassador Martin Indyk is Acting Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution. He was previously head of The Saban Center for Middle East Policy and a senior fellow at Brookings. Indyk has served two tours as US Ambassador to Israel, where he helped to strengthen US-Israeli relations, reinforce the US commitment to advance the peace process, and substantially increase the level of mutually beneficial trade and investment.

Prior to his assignment in Israel, Indyk served as special... Read More »

Jennifer Maguire Isham is a former president of the Tribeca Film Festival. Previously she worked as a senior vice president for programming at CNN and as a senior vice president for programming and talent development for the domestic networks of the CNN News Group. She oversaw integrated programming initiatives between CNN and Time Inc., including projects such as CNN&TIME, the Apollo debates, and CNN&TIME political forums. In addition, she oversaw senior analyst Jeff Greenfield’s political specials and She joined CNN in... Read More »

Ambassador James F. Jeffrey is distinguished visiting fellow at The Washington Institute where he focuses on U.S. strategies to counter Iran's efforts to expand its influence in the broader Middle East.

One of the nation’s most respected diplomats, Ambassador Jeffrey has held a series of highly sensitive posts in Washington, D.C., and abroad. In addition to his service in Ankara and Baghdad, he served as assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor in the George W, Bush administration, with a special focus on Iran... Read More »

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad is President and CEO of Khalilzad Associates LLC, an international advisory firm that serves global businesses and non-profits.

Ambassador Khalilzad’s distinguished public service career includes tenure as US Ambassador to Afghanistan (2003-2005), US Ambassador to Iraq (2005-2007), and US Ambassador to the United Nations (2007-2009). Prior to those positions, he served as Special Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan (2001-2003) and at the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for... Read More »