As the world urged Saddam Hussein to disarm, Chief UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blix and his team- through on-site inspections - tried to determine if the Iraqi leader was complying.
Afshin Molavi is the author of Persian Pilgrimages: Journeys Across Iran (Norton, 2002), which was nominated for the Thomas Cook literary travel book of the year and described by Foreign Affairs as a brilliant tableau of todays Iran.
Anatol Lieven, a former senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, previously covered Central Europe for The Financial Times; Pakistan, Afghanistan, the former Soviet Union, and Russia for The Times (London), and India as a freelance journalist.
Ashraf Ghani was a key figure in rebuilding Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, and is a leading advocate for foreign investment (rather than foreign aid) as a tool for economic development and the eradication of poverty.
Cynthia Schneider studies culture and politics -- watching how novels, TV shows and cultural engagement around the globe (and especially within the Muslim world) might lead to political change. She was the US ambassador to the Netherlands from 1998 to 2001.
Dan Carrison is a nationally recognized speaker and business writer and is the coauthor of the best-selling Semper Fi: Business Leadership the Marine Corps Way.
Daniel Levy is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Prospects for Peace Initiative at The Century Foundation.
Fred M. Ssewamala is Assistant Professor of Social Work in the Columbia University School of Social Work, and a Faculty Associate with the Center for Social Development at Washington University (St. Louis).
After 34 years of service in the United States Army, General Wesley Clark has taken on the roles of investment banker, author, MSNBC military analyst, businessman, presidential candidate and television host.
Economist George Ayittey sees Africa's future as a fight between Hippos -- complacent, greedy bureaucrats wallowing in the muck -- and Cheetahs, the fast-moving, entrepreneurial leaders and citizens who will rebuild Africa.
James P. Pinkerton worked in the White House under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Since leaving government in 1993, he has been a columnist for Newsday, a contributor to the Fox News Channel, and a regular on Fox’s Newswatch show.
Janine Turner is an Emmy nominated actress and host of "All American Common Sense" on Sirius/XM. She is a leading conservative and much-in-demand political pundit on FOX News, CNN, and other programs.
Karen L. Murrell is the founder and president of Higher Heights Consulting and Training, a privately held firm located in Silver Spring, Maryland, that works with the financial services industry to develop programs and products to improve the financial well-being of lower-income consumers.
Kathryn Schulz is the author of "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error," and writes "The Wrong Stuff," a Slate series featuring interviews with high-profile people about how they think and feel about being wrong.
Maria Figueroa Kupcu specializes in the development of international advocacy campaigns, with particular expertise in stakeholder engagement in the global policymaking process.
Senior Fellow in the Transatlantic Relations Program of the Atlantic Council in Washington DC; Senior Advisor to the Institut de Relations Internationales StratÃ©giques et in Paris (IRIS); Writer on international relations, politics and business
Robert Wright is the author of The Moral Animal: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology (Peter Smith, 1997) and Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny (Pantheon, 2000).
Ron Kirk is the former United States Trade Representative, and served as President Obama's principal trade advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on trade issues.
Tim Golden is an investigative journalist who writes about legal policy in the fight against terrorism and other issues related to the treatment of terror suspects.
Lakshmi Pratury is the co-host of TEDIndia 2009, host of The INK Conference and founder of Ixoraa Media, whose mission is to strengthen the ties between United States and India through sponsored corporate, cultural, and media events.
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