Board of Directors
Solomon Passy, Honorary President
Richard Conn Henry, President
Patricia Luce Chapman, Vice President
D. Bruce Shine, Chairman of the Board
Domenec Ruiz Devesa, Vice Chairman of the Board
Yuli Yeliseyev, Treasurer
Mitch Yoshida, Secretary
Tiziana Stella, Executive Director
Daniel S. Cartwright
Cynthia Hearn Dorfman
Hon. Paul Findley
Steve H. Hanke
William M. Irvine
Donald N. Jensen
David B. Shine
John D. Willard V
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.
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.
Erik Johnson, Treasurer, was on the staff of AUD and the 21st Century Foundation from 1992-94. In 1995, he became an AUD Board member and Chair of the Frank Fund Committee. From 1996 to 1999, Johnson was Director of Policy Studies at the Center for International Private Enterprise, an affiliate of National Endowment for Democracy. He joined the World Bank in 1999, and has focused mainly on the issues of knowledge management, capacity building and community-driven development. He is author of several publications on knowledge management, the role of think-tanks, and civil society in policymaking.
Cynthia Hearn Dorfman, Secretary, joined Federal Union more than 30 years ago, serving as Director of Youth for Federal Union and on the Federal Union/AUD Boards. She also wrote and edited publications for the organization contributing to Freedom & Union magazine. She was the Co-Director of the Europe/America Youth Conference in 1976 and served on the Executive Committee of the United States Youth Council in 1977-78. She earned a master's degree in international relations from International College. She was a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 2001. A recipient of the Vice President's "Reinventing Government", Cynthia is currently an executive with a U.S. government agency.
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 an Associate Fellow at the Institute for International Affairs (IAI) in Rome, exploring Turkey-EU relations, NATO-Russia relations and supervising the newly established strategic partnership between IAI and the German Marshall Fund. He has worked at the European Commission for Directorate General Enlargement. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policies and at the Center for Transatlantic Relations where he worked on the impact of the war in Iraq on transatlantic relations. 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 US 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.
Domenec Ruiz Devesa is a lawyer, an economist, and a foreign policy specialist. He was born in Alicante (Spain) in 1978, graduating 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 been working on development policy since 2005 with the Inter-American Development Bank and with the World Bank in the Latin American and the Caribbean region. He writes regularly on transatlantic and European affairs in Cafebabel, Freedom and Union, Temas para el Debate and Diario Informacion. Devesa also serves 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 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.
Hon. Paul Findley was a Member of Congress from Illinois from 1961-83. As a former member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he focused on advancing the project of transatlantic federation. He served as assistant editor for Freedom & Union magazine in 1948-49, and has been a long-serving member of the Boards of Federal Union/AUD/Streit Council. Hon. Findley has been a newspaper publisher and is the author of several books. He has been recognized for his accomplishments in Who’s Who in America.
Nicholas Hager, a Juris Doctor candidate at the University of Wisconsin School of Law, is a longtime student of global governance and is particularly interested in the political dynamics of international legal institutions such as the International Criminal Court. Nicholas obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Government (with Honors) as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from George Mason University in addition to a Master of Science in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Chris Hamer, Ph.D. , is a Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Physics at the University of North 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 Responsbility (Australia). He wrote a book titled A Global Parliament: Principles of World Federation.
Steve H. Hanke, Ph.D., is a Professor of Applied Economics and Co-Director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Troubled Currencies Project at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., a Senior Advisor at the Renmin University of China’s International Monetary Research Institute in Beijing, a Special Counselor to the Center for Financial Stability in New York, and a contributing editor at Globe Asia Magazine and at Central Banking in London. Prof. Hanke is also a member of the Charter Council of the Society of Economic Measurement and of Euromoney Country Risk’s Experts Panel. In the past, he taught economics at the Colorado School of Mines and at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as a Member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers in Maryland in 1976-77, as a Senior Economist on President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers in 1981-82, and as a Senior Advisor to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress in 1984-88. Prof. Hanke also served as a State Counselor to both the Republic of Lithuania in 1994-96 and the Republic of Montenegro in 1999-2003. He was an Advisor to the Presidents of Bulgaria in 1997-2002, Venezuela in 1995-96, and Indonesia in 1998. He played an important role in establishing new currency regimes in Argentina, Estonia, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ecuador, Lithuania and Montenegro. Prof. Hanke also advised the governments of many other countries, including Albania, Kazakhstan and Yugoslavia.
William M. Irvine, Ph.D., is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is also Vice President of the Commission on Bio-astronomy at the International Astronomical Union. 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 in1977 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. Don is currently Director of Communications at radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Washington DC (previously RFE/RL Director in Prague), and is also 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 currently an Adjunct Professor in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as well as Senior Fellow in the Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Research Professor of Political Science at the University of California. He was previously a Director of the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA, the President of the International Studies Association, and has served on the Policy Planning Council of the Department of State. Rosecrance has 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 has 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.
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 the spring of 2006 he was a Humanities Fellow at UMBC. He is 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, Mr. Willard had a previous 18-year career as an environmental, health, and safety consultant.
Yuli Yeliseyev 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 joined the Streit Council as a Research Fellow in June 2010. 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.