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Michael Cahana

Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana is the eighteenth Senior Rabbi to serve Congregation Beth Israel in Portland. He has served on the Central Conference of American Rabbi's Committee on Human Sexuality and chaired its ad hoc committee on Physician Assisted Suicide. He continues to serve on community boards and inter-religious councils, and is a past President of the Oregon Board of Rabbis.

Ted Carpenter

Ted Carpenter argues that the policy is bad for the economies of both the US and our Latin American neighbors, that it fills our prisons and diverts attention from more serious crimes and that, at best, it has had a marginal impact on recreational drug use. Carpenter is the author or editor of 10 books on international affairs. A contributing editor to the National Interest, his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy and The Wall Street Journal. He is a frequent guest on radio and TV around the world.

John Chan

John Chan has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, sales and business development, mostly in China where he has been living since 1993. He first began working there as a consultant in industries that included insurance, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, and publishing. China Streetsmart—What You MUST Know to Be Effective and Profitable in China is one of the best-selling books on doing business in China.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post. He is the author of Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan, published in June 2012 by Knopf. From 2009 to 2011, he reported on the war in Afghanistan for The Post, traveling extensively through the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar to reveal the impact of President Obama’s decision to double U.S. force levels.

He has served as The Post’s national editor and as an assistant managing editor. In 2003 and 2004, he was The Post’s bureau chief in Baghdad, where he was responsible for covering the reconstruction of Iraq and supervising a team of Post correspondents. Before the U.S.-led war in Iraq, he was The Post’s bureau chief in Cairo. Prior to that assignment, he was The Post’s Southeast Asia correspondent, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the months following September 11, 2001, he was part of a team of Post reporters who covered the start of the war in Afghanistan and events in Pakistan.

He the author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City, a best-selling account of the troubled American effort to reconstruct Iraq. The book, which provides a firsthand view of life inside Baghdad’s Green Zone, won the Overseas Press Club book award, the Ron Ridenhour Prize and Britain’s Samuel Johnson Prize. It was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2007 by the New York Times. It also was a finalist for the National Book Award and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism.He joined The Post in 1994 as a reporter on the Metropolitan staff. He subsequently served as the paper’s Washington-based national technology correspondent. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he holds a degree in political science from Stanford University, where he was editor in chief of The Stanford Daily. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Peter Chilson

PETER CHILSON teaches writing and literature at Washington State University. He is the author of the travelogue Riding the Demon: On the Road in West Africa (University of Georgia Press, 1999), which won the Associated Writing Programs Award in nonfiction, and the story collection Disturbance-Loving Species: A Novella and Stories (Mariner Books, 2007), winner of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Fiction Prize and the Maria Thomas Fiction Prize. His essays, journalism, and short stories have appeared in Foreign Policy, the American Scholar, Gulf Coast, High Country News, Audubon, and Ascent, among other publications, as well as twice in the Best American Travel Writing anthology. Chilson first traveled to West Africa in 1985 as a volunteer in the Peace Corps, teaching junior high school English in the village of Bouza, Niger, near the border with Nigeria. A longtime visitor to Mali pursuing scholarly inquiries on the subject of French West Africa and the history of its borders, he traveled to Mali in 2012 for the Foreign Policy-Pulitzer Center Borderlands project, witnessing one of the tumultuous year’s attempted coups in the capital of Bamako and becoming one of the few Western journalists to visit the country’s troubled northern half to see firsthand the effects of civil war and the new breakaway jihadist state.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th U.S. Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013, after nearly four decades in public service. Her "smart power" approach to foreign policy repositioned American diplomacy and development for the 21st century. Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world, reasserting the United States as a Pacific power, imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea, responding to the Arab Awakening and negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. Earlier, as First Lady and Senator from New York, she traveled to more than 80 countries as a champion of human rights, democracy, and opportunities for women and girls. Clinton also worked to provide health care to millions of children, create jobs and opportunity, and support first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero. In her historic campaign for President, Clinton won 18 million votes. 

President Bill Clinton

William Jefferson Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice — first in 1992 and then in 1996. Under his leadership, the country enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs. President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results.

Paul Collier

Paul Collier is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University. Collier is considered one of the big thinkers on development, and his work exploring the nexus of politics, poverty, and economics (and now natural resources) has been called arresting, provocative, engaging and penetrating. He is the author of several previous books including Wars, Guns and Votes (2009) and The Bottom Billion (2007) which won both the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award and the Economist's Gelder Prize for best nonfiction book.

William Conerly

Conerly is author of Businomics: From the Headlines to the Bottomline: How to Profit in Any Economic Cycle, Conerly is ideally suited to address these issues. As co-author of Thinking Economics, a high school textbook in multimedia format used in 24 states, Conerly can explain complexity in simple terms. He has been quoted in Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and interviewed on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CNBC, CNN as well as many local stations.He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University. He is chief economist of, and was previously Senior Vice President at First Interstate Bank. He is chairman of the board of Cascade Policy Institute, a member of Governor Ted Kulongoski's Council of Economic Advisors, and a Senior Fellow at The National Center for Policy Analysis.

Sean Crowe

Seán was the head of the Sinn Féin mission to the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation at Dublin Castle and was a member of Sinn Féin's talks team. Seán represented the party in the multi-party negotiations that led up to the Good Friday Agreement and was a member of the Sinn Féin team, headed by Gerry Adams MP, which met with An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. He has travelled internationally, particularly in Europe, to promote the party's peace strategy. He was elected as a Councillor on South Dublin County Council in the Local Government Elections on 11 June 1999.

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