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Kristine Berzina is a senior fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy in the German Marshall Fund of the United States’s Brussels office. She focuses on U.S.-EU relations, NATO, and energy topics. Ms. Berzina, who lived in Moscow part-time from 2014 until 2016, also analyzes Russia’s foreign policy and writes about Baltic foreign policy and security issues. Berzina appears frequently in international media, including NPR, Deutsche Welle, Euronews, The Wall Street Journal, and Agence France-Presse.
Prior to joining the George Marshall Fund, Berzina worked on energy security, transatlantic cooperation, and climate change, and security in Berlin, Germany, and in Washington, D.C. A native of Latvia, Ms. Berzina grew up in the United States. She received her master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge and her bachelor’s in political science and history from Yale University. Berzina is a native speaker of English and Latvian, is fluent in German, and has a basic knowledge of Russian and French.
Dr. Al Camarillo is a past President of the American Historical Association - Pacific Coast Branch (2006) and of the Organization of American Historians (2012–13), the largest association in the nation for U.S. historians. He was appointed to the faculty in the Department of History at Stanford University in 1975. He has published and co-edited eight books and over three dozen articles dealing with the experiences of Mexican Americans and other racial and immigrant groups in American cities. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of the field of Mexican American history and Chicano Studies. Over the course of his career, Camarillo has received many awards and fellowships including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship and fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, The Huntington Library, and the Stanford Humanities Center. His awards for teaching and service at Stanford are numerous. He is the only faculty member in the history of Stanford University to receive the six highest awards for excellence in teaching, service to undergraduate education and Stanford alumni, and university-related public service. He has also been recognized for his many contributions to public service, most recently the “Spirit Award” by the California Latino Legislative Caucus. He is a regularly featured commentator on History Channel programs.
In addition to teaching and research, he has served in several administrative positions: founding Director of the Stanford Center for Chicano Research (1980–1985); founding Executive Director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (1985–1988); Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduates Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences (1991–1993); and founding Director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (1996–2002).
Steven Erlanger is the Chief Diplomatic Correspondent of The New York Times, based in Brussels since August 2017. He was London bureau chief of The New York Times for four years, from August 2013, after five years as bureau chief in Paris and before that, four years as bureau chief in Jerusalem. He has served as Berlin bureau chief, bureau chief for Central Europe and the Balkans, based in Prague, and chief diplomatic correspondent, based in Washington. From 1991 to 1995, he was posted in Moscow, after being Bangkok bureau chief and Southeast Asia correspondent from 1988 to 1991.
In New York, he was Culture Editor from 2002 to 2004.
Previously, he worked for The Boston Globe. He was European correspondent, based in London, 1983–87, and deputy national and foreign editor. He reported from Eastern Europe, Moscow, and revolutionary Iran.
He shared the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for a series on Russia and shared another for Explanatory Reporting for a series on Al Qaeda awarded in 2002. He also has won ASNE’s 2001 Jesse Laventhol prize for deadline reporting for his work in the former Yugoslavia and the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Prize in 2000. He was awarded the 2005 Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle East journalism. In 2013, France made him a chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur.
He was graduated from Harvard College in 1974 and studied Russian at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.
Bonnie Jenkins, J.D. is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS), a 501c3 nonprofit organization established in 2017. She is also a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Schools of Nursing and Veterinary Science. She was also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House.
From 2009 to 2017, she was an Ambassador at the U.S. Department of State (DoS) where she served as Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. In that role, Jenkins coordinated the Department of State’s programs and activities to prevent weapons of mass destruction (WMD) terrorism with programs funded by other U.S. Departments and Agencies, and with similar programs funded by other countries. She served as the U.S. representative to the 30-nation G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction and chaired the Global Partnership in 2012. Jenkins was the Department of State’s lead to the four Nuclear Security Summits that took place from 2010 to 2016. Jenkins was also a leading U.S. official in the launch and implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), the global effort to build country capacities to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease, and led engagement efforts with the nongovernmental sector in furtherance of the GHSA. She established the GHSA Next Generation Network, the GHSA Consortium and helped in the planning for the establishment of the GHSA Private Sector Roundtable. For her service as an Ambassador, she was the 2016 Department of State International Security and Nonproliferation Bureau’s nominee for the 2016 Secretary’s Award for Excellence in International Security Affairs.
Before returning to government in 2009, Jenkins served as Program Officer for U.S. Foreign and Security Policy at the Ford Foundation. She also served as Counsel on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission). Jenkins was the lead staff member conducting research, interviews, and preparing commission reports on counterterrorism policies in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on U.S. military plans targeting al Qaeda before 9/11. She served as General Counsel to the U.S. Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and worked at Rand Corporation focusing on Middle East weapons of mass destruction issues.