Jean-Louis Baourgeois wears many hats – active relaxivist, global traveller, published author, African clown, architectural historian, social justice and environmental activist.
He is the author of the volume “Spectacular Vernacular: the Adobe Tradition” with photographs taken by his late wife Carollee Pelos, which established him as an expert on the subject.
In 1978 Bourgeois and Pelos travelled to Afghanistan on the “Magic Bus” by way of Europe, Turkey, Iraq and Iran arriving in the capital Kabul at the time of the Soviet occupation of that country. The couple were able to overcome the travel restrictions in place at the time and document the country’s rich, centuries-old adobe architecture.
Bourgeois has a long history as an activist and supporter of many social justice causes, including the Free Leonard Peltier movement, Occupy Wall Street, and the opposition to NYU’s Sexton Plan.
Bourgeois was actively involved in helping the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of North Dakota in its battle to stop the $3.8 Billion Dakota Access Pipeline
Bob Coen is an award-winning filmmaker, investigative journalist and former war correspondent who has spent more than thirty years documenting struggles for social justice and challenging accepted narratives about our world.
Raised in southern Africa, his early work chronicled the post-colonial conflicts of the his home region and the anti-apartheid struggles of South Africa. He went on to become CNN’s roaming Africa correspondent for ten years and was awarded the Prix Bayeux for best television war correspondent for his coverage of the Liberian civil war in 1997.
Since 2001 he has concentrated on investigative documentaries mostly focused on the geo-politics of the 21st Century. His films have been broadcast by the world’s leading broadcasters, including PBS, ARTE, the CBC and NHK and have been recognized with several international awards.
He also works as a communications consultant and media advisor for the United Nations in various development and emergency efforts around the globe.
Matt Hoh has nearly twelve years experience with America’s wars overseas with the United States Marine Corps, Department of Defense and State Department. He has been a Senior Fellow with the Center For International Policy since 2010.
In 2009, Matthew resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan with the State Department over the American escalation of the war. Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, Matthew took part in the American occupation of Iraq; first in 2004-5 in Salah ad Din Province with a State Department reconstruction and governance team and then in 2006-7 in Anbar Province as a Marine Corps company commander. When not deployed, Matthew worked on Afghanistan and Iraq war policy and operations issues at the Pentagon and State Department from 2002-8.
Matthew’s writings have appeared in online and print periodicals such as the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Defense News, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He has been a guest on many news programs on radio and television networks including the BBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, MSNBC, NPR, Pacifica. and RT. The Council on Foreign Relations has cited Matthew’s resignation letter from his post in Afghanistan as an Essential Document. In 2010, Matthew was named the Ridenhour Prize Recipient for Truth Telling. Matthew is a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Public Accuracy, an Advisory Board Member for Expose Facts, North Carolina Committee to Investigate Torture, Veterans For Peace and World Beyond War, and is an Associate Member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).
Shukria Dellawar has served as a peace and security expert, human rights advocate, and a gender specialist.
She is currently the Friend’s Committe on National Legislation’s Legislative Associate for the Prevention of Violent Conflict and the Coordinator of the Prevention and Protection Working Group.
Over the course of the last decade, Shukria has worked in various capacities to maintain focus on peace-building efforts in Afghanistan.
She is a Senior Fellow with the Center for International Policy (CIP). She served as the Director of the Afghanistan Study group with CIP in 2012, working closely with policy-makers in Washington DC to address insecurity, corruption, and human rights violations.
Shukria has led several fact-finding missions to Afghanistan as a policy expert, bringing critical issues to the forefront of policy decisions. She has worked in the defense sector as a political analyst and cultural advisor and testified before Congress as a Subject Matter Expert in several briefings. Additionally, she has worked in the development sector on women’s empowerment.
Shukria holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degree from George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis & Resolution. She has contributed several op-eds to US newspapers. She is fluent in English, Dari, Pashto, and Urdu/Hindi.
GENERAL CHARLES KRULAK
Gen. Charles “Chuck” C. Krulak, is the former commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was appointed the 31st commandant of U.S. Marines Corps on July 1, 1995, a post he held until his retirement June 30, 1999.
General Krulak’s long and distinguished military career included two tours of duty in Vietnam and as commanding general of the 2nd Force Service Support Group at Camp LeJeune, N.C., during the Gulf War. His military honors include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star Medal, three Bronze Star medals, two Purple Heart Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, and French Legion of Honor, among many others.
Following his retirement from military service, General Krulak was named in 2001 as chairman and CEO of MBNA Europe Bank. He currently serves on the boards of several corporations and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Khadim is a university lecturer, public speaker, analyst and author. Khadim was the Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Communications for ILDG, Director General of AGLAH, Research Fellow with Amnesty International, Humphrey Fellow from Arizona State University, and the Head of Programming for the Berlin-based organization Transparency International in Afghanistan. He holds MBA from India and currently pursue his Masters of global management from Salford University-London.
Khadim writes for Pashto, Dari and English media outlets and is a regular TV commentator for international media on Afghanistan, regional and international political affairs. Currently, he leads the Center for Development and Peace Studies (CDPS) and has founded Diplomacy, Peace and Development (DPD) Research Center for professional engagement in governance, peace and security affairs.
Khadim has authored four books including International Political Chess and soon three more will be published.
Fellow Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at Institute for Policy Studies, focusing on Middle East, U.S. wars and UN issues.
She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. In 2001 she helped found and remains active with the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She works with many anti-war organizations, writing and speaking widely across the U.S. and around the world as part of the global peace movement. She has served as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East issues and was twice short-listed to become the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Phyllis has written and edited eleven books including, Ending the Us War in Afghanistan, Understanding ISIS & the New Global War on Terror, as well as the just-published 7th updated edition of her popular Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. She has also written Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the War on Terror and Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy U.S. Power.
Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of Antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show.
He’s the author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan.
In 2007, Horton won the Austin Chronicle‘s “Best of Austin” award for his Iraq war coverage on Antiwar Radio. He’s conducted more than 5,000 interviews since 2003.
Scott’s articles have appeared at Antiwar.com, The American Conservative magazine, the History News Network, The Future of Freedom, The National Interest and the Christian Science Monitor. He also contributed a chapter to the 2019 book, The Impact of War.