Advisory Board

John Davenport, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Fordham University. He also served as Associate Chair of Philosophy and Associate Director of Environmental Studies at Fordham, and in various offices for the Kierkegaard Society USA -- most recently as Society President. Professor Davenport has published and instructed widely on topics in free will and responsibility, existential conceptions of practical identity, virtue ethics, motivation and autonomy, theories of justice, and philosophy of religion. He has published and spoken about the need for a federation of democracies, and is currently working on a book titled A Federation of Democracies: Towards Universal Basic Rights and the End of Tyranny. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University.


Ettore Greco is the Executive Vice President of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome, and also Head of the Multilateralism and Global Governance Program of the institute. He was also Director of the IAI from 2008 to 2017. In 2008, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. He is an expert in transatlantic relations, EU foreign and security policy, EU enlargement and its constitutional reform, Balkan issues, and Italian foreign policy. Previously, he served as Adjunct Professor of EU Institutions and EU Foreign Policy at the University of Parma; Visiting Fellow at the WEU Institute for Security Studies; and Visiting Fellow at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. He is author of many publications on transatlantic matters. Greco received his M.A from the University of Pisa.

Lyubomir Ivanov, Ph.D., a native of Bulgaria, is an expert in foreign policy. Dr. Ivanov is a founding member of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria. He has been founding President of the Manfred Worner Foundation since 1994. He was Coordinator of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program for Bulgaria of the German Marshall Fund. Formerly a member of the Bulgarian Parliament and Chairman of the Greens Parliamentary Group, he was co-author of the new Bulgarian Constitution and in 1991 Parliamentary Secretary of the Foreign Ministry. From 2001 to 2005, he was an advisor to the Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and since 2002 has been a member of the Presidential Council on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. His numerous publications, including two books, cover many diverse subjects, such as foreign policy, mathematics and linguistics. He was educated at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at Sofia University, where he received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Logic and his M.Sc. in Mathematics.


Charlie Laderman, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in International History at King's College London, and part of the core team responsible for directing the Centre for Grand Strategy. He is also a Senior Research Associate at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, for the 2019-20 academic year. Before joining King's College London, he was a Research Fellow in History at Peterhouse, and an Affiliated Lecturer in Grand Strategy and Geopolitics at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. He completed his Ph.D. in International History at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in History and Politics from the University of Nottingham, and a Master of Philosophy in History from the University of Cambridge, receiving numerous awards for his  performance in each degree. He was previously a Fox International Fellow at the Whitney and Betty Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, and Smith Richardson Fellow in International Security Studies, both at Yale University, and an AHRC Fellow at the Kluge Center, Library of Congress. He has published articles in academic journals, periodicals and magazines, including Standpoint, the Social Affairs Unit and Law and Liberty, and has appeared as a commentator on BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking program to discuss American and international politics.

Brendan Simms, Ph.D., is a Professor of the History of European International Relations at the University of Cambridge. He is the founder and President of the think tank Project for Democratic Union, which supports a full political union of the Eurozone. Professor Simms also founded and is the President of the Henry Jackson Society, a think tank dedicated to fostering a strong British and European commitment to liberty; constitutional democracy; human rights; governmental and institutional reform; a robust foreign, security, and defense policy; and the transatlantic alliance. His publications include Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire 1714-1783 (2008) and Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia (2001).

Giles Scott-Smith, Ph.D., holds the Roosevelt Chair in New Diplomatic History at Leiden University, The Netherlands. His research interests broadly cover the role of non-state actors and public diplomacy in the maintenance of inter-state relations, particularly in the context of the 'transnational transatlantic'. From 2013-2016 he was Chair of the Transatlantic Studies Association. In 2017, as one of the organizers of the New Diplomatic History network (, he was a founding editor of Diplomatica: A Journal of Diplomacy and Society published with Brill. He is joint editor of the Key Studies in Diplomacy book series with Manchester University Press, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Contemporary History and New Global Studies. His forthcoming work includes The Transatlantic Era in Documents and Speeches 1989-2020 (Routledge, 2021).

Stanley R. Sloan, Ph.D., is the founding Director of the Atlantic Community Initiative, a Visiting Scholar at the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs at Middlebury College, and President of VIC-Vermont, a private consulting firm. He was educated at the University of Maine (BA), Columbia University's School of International Affairs (MIA), and American University's School of International Service (PhD). He served as a commissioned officer in the USAF and worked at the CIA, as NATO and European Community desk officer and Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Western Europe. He was employed by the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress from 1975 to 1999, and retired as the Senior Specialist in International Security Policy. From 1997 to 1998, he was the rapporteur for the North Atlantic Assembly (now NATO Parliamentary Assembly) special presidential report on "NATO in the 21 st Century." Dr. Sloan has lectured widely on Euro-Atlantic security issues at the NATO College in Rome, the Geneva Center for Security Policy, and the Wilton Park (UK) Foreign Office conference center. His most recent book, Permanent Alliance? NATO and the Transatlantic Bargain from Truman to Obama, was published in 2010.

Kenneth Weisbrode, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of History at Bilkent University, Turkey and has written and edited several books, including Old Diplomacy Revisited: A Study in the Modern History of Diplomatic Transformers; Churchill and the King: The Wartime Alliance of Winston Churchill and George VI; and The Atlantic Century: Four Generations of Extraordinary Diplomats who Forged America's Vital Alliance with Europe. He is also the co-founder of the Toynbee Prize Foundation's Network for the New Diplomatic History, and holds a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University.