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Jovan Babic

Jovan Babic is an International Visiting Professor at Portland State University and professor of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade, with expertise in Business Ethics, Computer Ethics and International Relations.

Andrew Bacevich

Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University, retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel. He is the author of The New American Militarism, among other books. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the recipient of a Lannan award and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Jamal Badawi

Dr. Jamal Badawi is Professor Emeritus at St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he served as Professor of both Management and Religious Studies. During its May 2008 Convocation, Saint Mary's University granted him an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law in recognition of his promotion of "a better understanding of Islam" and contribution "to civil society around the world." He completed his undergraduate studies in Cairo, Egypt and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Cali Bagby

Cali Bagby works as a freelance print, still and video journalist in Eugene, Oregon. Cali Bagby was embedded with the Oregon Army National Guard from Charlie Company, 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation, a Medevac Unit based out of Salem, Ore. Her work from Iraq has been published at,, and the Oregonian.

Kerim Balci

Turkish writer, journalist and academician Kerim Balci is currently the editor in chief of Turkish Review, a bimonthly journal published by Zaman Media Group of Turkey. Balci is a frequent columnist in Today’s Zaman and Zaman dailies and a correspondent to several local and international TV channels on issues related to the Middle East. Apart from his professional job in journalism, Balci works with interfaith dialogue groups in Europe to promote multiculturalism in Europe.

Arthur Balizan

Mr. Arthur Balizan is the special agent in charge (SAC) of the FBI’s Portland Division. Mr. Balizan has worked in many areas of the FBI: general criminal, drug, and terrorism investigations, white collar crime, and cyber and civil rights programs. At the U.S. Embassy in Colombia he provided training to Colombian law enforcement entities.

Hussein Banai

His research interests lie at the intersection of international relations and political theory with special focus on democratic politics in the modern Middle East.


Ehud Barak

The tenth prime minister of Israel (1999-2001), Ehud Barak is the most decorated soldier in the history of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). After reaching the rank of Lieutenant General, Barak gradually moved into the political realm and in 1995 was appointed Minister of the Interior. When Rabin was assassinated, Barak became Minister of Foreign Affairs under Shimon Peres. In 1996 Barak was elected to the Knesset, and in 1999 he was elected Prime Minister. During his two years in office Barak tried unsuccessfully to pursue peace negotiations with Syria and with Palestinian groups, and he was criticized for pulling troops out of Lebanon. In 2001 he was succeeded by Ariel Sharon.

Nick Barham

Nick Barham is Global Director of W+K Tomorrow at Wieden + Kennedy.  He started his advertising career in London before moving to Shanghai to join Wieden+Kennedy as Planning Director. Nick has written for a variety of publications including Dazed & Confused, The Guardian and The Financial Times and is also the author of Disconnected, a book exploring the worlds of British teenagers.

Dr. Thomas Bartlett

Dr. Thomas Bartlett began his career as the Advisor for Political and Security Affairs for the United States’ permanent mission to the United Nations. He served as President of the American University in Cairo, Egypt, as President of Colgate University and then the President of the Association of American Universities. He went on to become the Chancellor of the State Systems of Higher Education for Alabama, Oregon and New York. He also served as a member and then chairman of the US-Japan Foundation.

At age 72, he retired from all boards, but was called back to Egypt to fill in as interim president of the American University in Cairo while its Board of Trustees carried out a search for a new president. He has been on the Board of International Association of Universities for the past 10 years and has been awarded 8 Honorary Degrees. Currently he is on the board of the American University of Kuwait and serves as Board Chair for the World Affairs Council of Oregon. 

Dr. Bartlett received a B.A. in Political Science & International Relations at Stanford University, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where he earned his M.A. and then he went back to Stanford to earn his Ph.D. in Political Science.

Steve Bass

Steve Bass has been President and CEO of Oregon Public Broadcasting since 2005. Prior to that he was president and CEO of Nashville Public Television; vice president and manager of television stations for WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts; vice president and general manager at WGBY in Springfield, Massachusetts; and worked for a number of years as part of the fundraising arm of the Public Broadcasting Service in Washington, D.C.

Yoram Bauman

Yoram Bauman has shared the stage with Robin Williams and Paul Krugman, appeared in TIME, The New York Times, and on PBS Newshour and NPR, and in venues ranging from the New York Improv to the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting, and notably on YouTube, where his videos have had over one millon hits. He is the co-author of the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics.

He grew up in San Francisco, received an undergraduate degree in mathematics at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, then attended graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, receiving a Ph.D. in Economics in 2003.

Peter Bechtold

Dr. Peter Bechtold has had a long and distinguished career researching and teaching about the Middle East, North Africa and Central and Southwest Asia. He is chairman emeritus of Near East and North Africa Area Studies at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. Currently he is the Director of the Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University.

Jeremy Ben-Ami

Jeremy Ben-Ami is Executive Director of J Street and JStreetPAC, the political voice of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. From 2003-4, he was Policy Director for Howard Dean's presidential campaign; in 2001, he was one of the managers of Mark Green's Mayoral campaign in New York City; and, from 1992 through 1996, he worked for former President Bill Clinton, serving for two years as the President's Deputy Domestic Policy Advisor.

Mary Bergstrom

Mary Bergstrom is founder of The Bergstrom Group, a Shanghai-based insights consultancy and has worked with a variety of youth and women-focused brands and earned a reputation for understanding consumer trends and evolutions. Her book, All Eyes East: Lessons from the Front Lines of Marketing to China’s Youth has been feature in a variety of media including the Financial Times, the Huffington Post, and Women’s Wear Daily.

William Bernstein

A financial theorist and economic historian, William Bernstein is the author of several previous books, including The Intelligent Asset Allocator and The Birth of Plenty. Writing in Foreign Policy, Yale historian, Paul Kennedy, praised Bernstein for his rare ability “to make connections between events over centuries” and “make sense of the broad sweep of history.” A Splendid Exchange was short-listed for the prestigious Financial Times Goldman Sachs Business book of the year in 2008.

Jagdish Bhagwati

University Professor, Economics and Law, at Columbia University and Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, he has combined seminal scientific contributions to the postwar theory of commercial policy, strengthening greatly the case for Free Trade, with several bestselling books and op-ed essays in leading newspapers and magazines on current trade policy issues. Bhagwati was Economic Policy Adviser to the Director General, GATT (1991-93) and Special Adviser to the UN on Globalization. He has been celebrated with six festschrifts (volumes of writings in his honor) an has received several honorary degrees. His many awards include the Freedom Prize (Switzerland), the Bernhard Harms Prize (Germany) and the Thomas Schelling Award (Harvard's Kennedy School). Bhagwati has also been honored with the highest civilian awards from the Governments of India (Padma Vibhushan) and Japan (Order of the Rising Sun: Gold and Silver).

Fatima Bhutto

Fatima graduated from Columbia University in 2004, majoring in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2005 with a Masters in South Asian Government and Politics. She is the author of two books: Whispers of the Desert and 8.50 a.m. 8 October 2005.She covered the Israeli Invasion and war with Lebanon from Lebanon in the summer of 2006 and also reported from Iran in January 2007 and Cuba in April 2008.Fatima’s work has appeared in the New Statesman, Daily Beast, Guardian, and The Caravan Magazine.

Representative Earl Blumenauer

A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer has devoted his entire career to public service. After serving in the Oregon Legislature, on the Multnomah County Commission, and on Portland City Council, he was elected to Congress in 1996. He served on both the International Relations Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, until joining the exclusive Ways and Means Committee and the Budget Committee in 2007. He holds an undergraduate degree and a law degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

Peter K. Bol

Peter K. Bol is the Charles H. Carswell Professor East Asian Languages and Civilizations. His research is centered on the history of China’s cultural elites at the national and local levels from the 7th to the 17th century. He is the author of "This Culture of Ours": Intellectual Transitions in T'ang and Sung China, Neo-Confucianism in History, coauthor of Sung Dynasty Uses of the I-ching, co-editor of Ways with Words, and various journal articles in Chinese, Japanese, and English. He led Harvard’s university-wide effort to establish support for geospatial analysis in teaching and research; in 2005 he was named the first director of the Center for Geographic Analysis. He also directs the China Historical Geographic Information Systems project, a collaboration between Harvard and Fudan University in Shanghai to create a GIS for 2000 years of Chinese history. In a collaboration between Harvard, Academia Sinica, and Peking University he directs the China Biographical Database project, an online relational database currently of 120,000 historical figures that is being expanded to cover the Chinese political elite over the last 2000 years.

John Bolton

John R. Bolton, a diplomat and a lawyer, has spent many years in public service. From August 2005 to December 2006, he served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations. From 2001 to 2005, he was under secretary of state for arms control and international security. At AEI, Ambassador Bolton's area of research is U.S. foreign and national security policy.

Richard Boly

Richard Boly is a career U.S. diplomat. He was previously a National Security Affairs Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he launched the Global Entrepreneurship Program. Richard is the most junior diplomat to win the Cobb Award for commercial diplomacy. In a prior life, he was the first Presidential Management Fellow with the Inter-American Foundation, was a consultant with the Inter-American Development Bank, and founded and ran a shrimp hatchery in coastal Ecuador.


Bono was born Paul Hewson on May 10, 1960, in Dublin, Ireland. He joined U2 while still in high school. Their sixth album "The Joshua Tree," made them international stars. Bono has used his celebrity to call attention to global problems, including world poverty, and AIDS. Bono was named one of Time magazine's Persons of the Year in 2005 and Queen Elizabeth II made him an honorary knight in 2007.

Katherine Boo

Katherine Boo, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a MacArthur Fellow, spent three years documenting the lives of people in the “undercity” of Annawadi, a squalid and overcrowded migrant settlement of some 3,000 people squatting since 1991 on a half-acre of land owned by the Sahar International Airport in Mumbai.

Mark Bowden


Mark Bowden is the author of nine books, including Black Hawk Down, The Best Game Ever, Bringing the Heat, Killing Pablo, and Guests of the Ayatollah. He reported at The Philadelphia Inquirer for 20 years and now writes for Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, among other publications. 

Gro Harlem Brendtland

First woman Prime Minister of Norway; a medical doctor who champions health as a human right; put sustainable development on the international agenda. Brendtland was Norway's first woman Prime Minister and the Director-General of the World Health Organisation from 1998 to 2003.

Khalida Brohi

Khalida Brohi (24) is the founder of Sughar Empowerment Society, a nonprofit social enterprise in Pakistan providing tribal and rural women opportunities and skills to launch and sustain rural businesses. Brohi was named one of Newsweek magazine’s 25 under 25 and was given the Woman of Impact Award by the Women in the World Foundation.

David Brooks

David Brooks became a New York Times Op-Ed columnist in September 2003. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer." He is the author of "Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There" and “On Paradise Drive : How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense,” both published by Simon & Schuster. His most recent book is “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement,” published by Random House in March 2011.

Zbigniew Brzezinski

Zbigniew Brzezinski served as national security advisor to the president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. In 1981, Zbigniew Brzezinski received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in the normalization of U.S. Chinese relations, and for his contributions to the human rights and national security policies of the United States. He has authored many books, including: The Grand Failure: The Birth and Death of Communism in the 20th Century Game Plan: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperative, etc.

Majka Burhardt

Majka Burhardt is a writer, climber, filmmaker, and guide. She has traveled throughout the world by bike, canoe, and – more often than not – by hand and foot. For the past two decades, Majka has journeyed from the Roof of Africa to the waters of the Arctic, and her stories of unlikely human interaction inspire and inform international audiences. Majka is the author of two books: Coffee Story: Ethiopia and Vertical Ethiopia. She is Executive Producer of the 2010 film, Waypoint Namibia and the forthcoming Lost Mountain.

Robert Burrowes

Robert D. Burrowes was adjunct professor in the Political Science Department and the Henry M. Jackson School of international Studies (JSIS) at the University of Washington from the beginning of the 1990s until his formal retirement in 2003. He is the author of The Yemen Arab Republic: The Politics of Development, 1962-1986; Historical Dictionary of Yemen, 2nd ed.; and the entry on “Yemen” in the 2000 edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. Throughout a distinguished career, Burrowes has been a consultant and writer on Yemeni affairs for USAID, Exxon, the Middle East Institute; President, American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS); and author of numerous articles and papers on the region.

Jason Busch

Jason Busch is Executive Director of Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET), a nonprofit public-private partnership funded by the Oregon Innovation Council to support the responsible development of wave energy in Oregon and the jobs this new industry will create.  Prior to joining Oregon Wave Energy Trust, Mr. Busch was Principal at Sustainable Legal Solutions LLC, where he provided legal services specializing in renewable energy company start-ups and project development.

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