Rod Adams
Dr. Robert Barylski
Bob Bunting
Jill Dougherty
Amb. Harriet Elam-Thomas
Amb. Robert Gallucci
Roya Hakakian
Dr. Bruce Hoffman
Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré
Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Carla Koppell
Dr. David Lampton
Dr. Susan MacManus
Amb. John Malott
Dr. Mohsen Milani
Amb. Richard Morningstar
Nolan Peterson
Dr. Shelley Rigger
Amb. Dennis Ross
Amb. Eric Rubin
Dr. Peter Singer
Amb. Daniel Speckhard
Dr. Jeremi Suri
Martin Walker


Roya Hakakian is an Iranian-American writer and public speaker. Her works appear in leading English language publications including The New York Times, New York Review of Books and The Atlantic. She serves as a fellow at Yale University's Davenport College, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a former associate producer at CBS's 60 Minutes.

A founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, she has spoken on CNN as well as in Washington D.C. for the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. Her latest book, A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious, has been called a contemporary Tocquevillian account by the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe.

Ms. Hakakian is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship among many other prizes and has been called one of "the most important activists, academics and journalists of her generation."

She received her bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College.