Board of Directors
Solomon Passy, Honorary President
Richard Conn Henry, President
Patricia Luce Chapman, Vice President
D. Bruce Shine, Chairman of the Board
Domènec Ruiz Devesa, Vice Chairman
Yuli Yeliseyev, Treasurer
Mitch Yoshida, Secretary
Tiziana Stella, Executive Director
Solomon Passy, Ph.D., Honorary President, began developing a concept of an Atlantic destiny for a future post-Communist Eastern Europe during the Cold War. In 1991, he founded the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, the first pro-NATO nongovernmental organization ever formed in a non-NATO country, leading it until 2001, when he moved onto Bulgarian politics taking an active role in gaining an invitation for Bulgaria to join NATO in 2002. From 1996-99, he was served as the Vice President of the Atlantic Treaty Association in Paris. He held the chairmanship of the UN Security Council from September 2002 until December 2003; during this time, he was also the Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE in 2004 as well as the Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2001-2005. During this four-year period as Foreign Affairs Minister, Bulgaria gained membership in NATO. During his tenure, Bulgaria also concluded negotiations with the European Union on accession in 2004, signed and ratified the Accession Treaty in 2005. Finally, during his tenure as the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Bulgaria (2005-present), Dr. Passy witnessed the country's success in finalizing all procedures for joining the European Union in 2007. Currently, Dr. Passy is also the President of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria.
Richard Conn Henry, Ph.D., President, is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Director of the Maryland Space Grant Consortium at The Johns Hopkins University. From 1976 to 1978, he was the Deputy Director at the Astrophysics Division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He was also a Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, where he received his Ph.D.
D. Bruce Shine, Chairman, became interested in Atlantic federation while he served on the staff of the late U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver (D-TN), an active supporter of Streit's goal of an Atlantic Union. Shine served as a member of the staff of the International Secretariat of NATO in Paris. He then was Director of Education for Federal Union in the 1960s, and has been on the Boards of Federal Union/Association to Unite Democracies/Streit Council for the last 40 years. An attorney, Shine is a former Democratic National Committeeman (TN); former Deputy Special Counsel to the Vice President of the United States; and former Commissioner of Aging in Tennessee. He is General Counsel to the Textile and Garment Council, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC; as well as being a visiting fellow, International Maritime Law Institute, Malta; and Honorary Consul, Republic of Malta. He is also the author of numerous law review articles on European Union employment law, as well as legal writings on the need for political federalism as an essential ingredient for the EU's long-range development. He is a past chair of the EU Law Section, European Union Studies Association. Shine was named by Tennessee Business Magazine to its lists of the "Best Lawyers in Tennessee" from 2005 through 2009.
Tiziana Stella, Ph.D., Executive Director, since 2004, she has been responsible for all major projects as well as staff management, including overall program and research planning and management. She is a specialist in transatlantic relations, NATO, European integration, U.S. foreign policy and federalism. Dr. Stella earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Pavia, Italy. She was a Fulbright Scholar in the US, and a researcher with several Italian and American think tanks and NGOs including the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi and the Fondazione Firpo. She worked for the Council for a Community of Democracies in preparation of the Warsaw 2000 conference that, under the leadership of Madeleine Albright, established the Community of Democracies. From 2001 to 2004, she directed the Euro-Atlantic Institute for International Integration Studies. She has been a speaker at numerous international conferences on issues related to transatlantic relations, NATO, the EU, and cooperation among the democracies. She has taught at the University of Tubingen, Germany, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and the Moscow State University. She has also led seminars for the National Guard Institute of National Defense Studies in Washington, and at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA. Dr. Stella is the author of several publications on the history and prospects of transatlantic relations.
Emiliano Alessandri, Ph.D., is a Visiting Professor with the Transatlantic Affairs Program at the College of Europe, where he explores U.S. and EU policy toward the Middle East and North Africa. He is also a Senior Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a Scholar with the Middle East Institute, a Research Associate with the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, a Scientific Board Member of the NATO Defense College Foundation, an Advisory Board Member of the U.S.-Italy Global Affairs Forum, an Editorial Board Member of the international affairs journal International Spectator, and serves as a Senior Cooperation Officer with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He was an Associate Fellow at the Institute for International Affairs in Rome, a Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policies, and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations. He has also worked at the European Commission for Directorate General Enlargement. He first became interested in the future of NATO during his undergraduate studies at the University of Bologna, and grew during his graduate studies at SAIS, Johns Hopkins; his master's thesis examined the significance of the creation of NATO in the U.S. diplomatic tradition. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge where he researched the intellectual and historical origins of the concept of the "Atlantic Community," NATO-EU defense and economic relations, and the idea of a League of Democracies. In 2007, he was a Research Fellow at the Streit Council.
Domènec Ruiz Devesa, Vice Chairman, is a Member of the European Parliament from Spain. A lawyer, economist, and foreign policy specialist, he was born in Alicante, Spain in 1978. He graduated in 2002 from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid with degrees in Law and Economics, and from Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia with a degree in Political Science and Sociology. He was appointed by the Spanish government to the European Youth Convention held in Brussels in July 2002. In 2005, Devesa obtained an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), concentrating in European Studies and American Foreign Policy. His master's thesis is entitled "Atlanticism and Europeanism" and dwells on the common misconception about the apparent contradiction of these two ideas. Devesa has worked on development policy with the Inter-American Development Bank and with the World Bank in the Latin American and the Caribbean region. He has written on transatlantic and European affairs in Cafebabel, Freedom and Union, Temas para el Debate and Diario Informacion. Devesa previously served as President of the Washington European Society (WES) and Secretary General of the Spanish Socialist Worker's Party (PSOE) of Washington, D.C.
Daniel S. Cartwright joined Federal Union in 1975, where he was active in Youth for Federal Union. He joined the Federal Union/AUD Board in the 1970s and has served as a Director ever since. An attorney and head of his own firm, Cartwright is a frequent lecturer on legal and ethical issues, and has also been President of the Houston Council for Drugs and Alcohol. Dan received the Waggoner Foundation's Jay Waggoner Distinguished Service Award in 2001. He served on the 2008 National Presidential Campaign Committee of Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).
Patricia Luce Chapman, Vice President, joined Federal Union after WWII. She served on the Board of the Atlantic Union Committee and has been a Director continuously on the Boards of Federal Union/AUD/SC. She was also Executive Director of Federal Union for seven years in the late 1970s. Patricia founded the Citizens for a Convention of Western Democracies (CON-WEST), a project of Federal Union in 1979-82. She has also been a member of the Standing Conference of Atlantic Organizations, and in 1983 she created the Micronesia Institute, which she led until 1998. She has participated in and led several conferences including ones at Wilton Park, Ditchley Park, and at the Johnson Center. In 2015, Patricia published Tea on the Great Wall: An American Girl in War-Torn China.
Nicholas Hager, is a Magistrate at the Supreme Court of Virginia. He was an Associate at Molden and Associates and a Research Assistant at the Emory University School of Law. He holds a Juris Doctor in International Law and Legal Studies from the Emory University School of Law, a Master of Science in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government (with Honors) and Philosophy from George Mason University. A longtime student of global governance, he is particularly interested in the political dynamics of international legal institutions such as the International Criminal Court.
Chris Hamer, Ph.D., is an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He obtained his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, and then held research positions at the Universities of Cambridge, Liverpool and Melbourne, before becoming a Senior Research Associate at the Australian National University for seven years, and finally joining the faculty at UNSW. He founded the World Citizens Association (Australia), and is President of Scientists for Global Responsibility (Australia). He wrote a book in 1998 entitled A Global Parliament: Principles of World Federation. More recently, he has become President of the Coalition for a World Security Community of democratic nations, see their website at https://coalitionforawsc.org/.
Steve H. Hanke, Ph.D., is a Professor of Applied Economics and Co-Director of The Johns Hopkins Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise. He is a well-known currency reformer, a currency and commodity trader, a contributing editor at Central Banking in London, a contributor at National Review, and a former columnist at Forbes Magazine. Prof. Hanke served on President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, has been an adviser to five foreign heads of state and five foreign cabinet ministers, and held a cabinet-level rank in both Lithuania and Montenegro. He has been awarded seven honorary doctorate degrees and is an Honorary Professor at three foreign universities. He was President of Toronto Trust Argentina in Buenos Aires in 1995, when it was the world’s best-performing mutual fund. In 1998, he was named one of the twenty-five most influential people in the world by World Trade Magazine.
William M. Irvine, Ph.D., is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to joining the Advisory Board at the Streit Council, he was a member of Federal Union and later AUD. Irvine was Visiting Professor at the National Astronomical Observatories in Japan in 1990, as well as Acting Scientific Director at the Onsala Space Observatory in Sweden from 1979-81. He also was Visiting Professor at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology in 1977 and Chairman of the Division for Planetary Sciences at American Astronomical Society from 1973-74. Irvine has published extensively.
Donald N. Jensen holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in government from Harvard, taught at Harvard, Cornell, and Stanford Universities, was in the Foreign Service from 1985 to 1996 serving as Deputy Chief at the U.S. Embassy's Political/Internal Section in Moscow and Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Jenson was a consultant/commentator for the PBS program "Return of the Czar," which won the Overseas Press Club's Edward R. Murrow Award for distinguished reporting of international affairs in 2001. He is currently an Associate Fellow at the Gino Germani Institute for Social Sciences and Strategic Studies. He was previously a Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, a Visiting Scholar at NATO Defense College, the Director of Communications at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Washington DC (previously RFE/RL Director in Prague), and a Visiting Professor of Comparative Politics at George Washington University. Jensen was recognized for his work in the publication of Who's Who in America.
Richard Rosecrance, Ph.D., is an Associate with the International Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is also a Research Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was previously an Adjunct Professor in Public Policy at the Kennedy School, a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, Director of the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA, and President of the International Studies Association. Rosecrance also served on the Policy Planning Council of the Department of State. He held university posts at Cornell and Berkeley and visiting positions at IISS, Kings College (London), the London School of Economics, the European University Institute (Florence), and the Australian National University. He received, among many others, Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Ford, Carnegie, and most recently, Fulbright fellowships. His books include The Rise of the Trading State (1986); The Rise of the Virtual State (1999); and No More State? (2006, editor). He is at work on a book called Mergers and International Politics, which compares the U.S. with European political and economic strategies.
Steven Rosenberg joined the AUD Board in the early 1990s. An attorney with his degree from St. John's University, Rosenberg served as general counsel for New York City's Office for Economic Development before working as Chief of Party on five USAID-funded public-administration reform projects in Central and Eastern Europe, including Albania, the Czech Republic and currently in Belgrade.
David B. Shine has B.A. in history from Hanover College and a M.S. in British and European history from the University of Edinburgh. He is currently with an employment agency and working on another degree. He has also been involved in a number of statewide political campaigns in communications and grassroots building.
Rick Wicks joined AUD in the 1980s and was AUD Administrative Director in 1986-87. He joined the AUD Board in 1990 and was AUD Treasurer in 1990-92, before moving to Sweden. In 2002 he assisted with the organization of AUD's international conference in Moscow on "Euro-Atlantic Integration and Russia after 9/11.” Rick, a co-founder of World Democracy News, was its editor in 1987-89, as well as Vice President and President of the World Government Organizations Coalition, 1988-90. Rick has previously worked as manager/accountant of an international economics consulting firm (BIDE/DAI) with USAID-funded projects, and recently completed his doctorate in economics at Goteborg University in Sweden. He is also a member of the Swedish Atlantic Council.
Rev. John D. Willard V received his B.A. from Loyola College in Baltimore and a M.A. in History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In January of 2015 he was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priesthood in the Episcopal Church. He was Assistant Director for the Martha Ross Center for Oral History, housed at the UMBC, and has taught in the Humanities Center, as well as the History Department. He is the author of numerous articles and narratives on the subjects of his projects. In addition to his efforts in academic history, he had a previous 18-year career as an environmental, health, and safety consultant. His ministries involve mostly marginalized populations, and special mission emphasis on the indigenous people of Guatemala. Rev. Willard works as a chaplain, and operates a small “housing first” ministry from his home in Central Virginia.
Yuli Yeliseyev, Treasurer, studied economics on a scholarship from Gettysburg College, graduating magna cum laude. He earned his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Rochester, and certified as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Yeliseyev has also started Ph.D. coursework in economics at the University of Virginia. From 1999 to 2002, he worked as an economist with PlanEcon, covering macroeconomic and political developments in Russia and the Central Asian republics. He is currently a financial advisor, providing investment management and financial planning services, and serves as Treasurer of the Capital Investment Association.
Mitch Yoshida, Secretary, is a Research Fellow at the Streit Council. Previously, he earned an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University, where his studies centered on U.S. national security policy and transatlantic relations. Mitch has worked for the West European Studies and America and the Global Economy programs at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Security Studies Program at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, and the Council of Europe. His current research interests include the European Union’s Common Security and Defense Policy and the durability of post-war international orders. He also holds a B.A. in international relations, economics, and history from Syracuse University.