steering committee

Anna Fotyga

Member of European Parliament, Poland

Anna Fotyga has been a Member of the European Parliament from Poland since 2004 and is currently Chair of the European Parliament Security and Defense Subcommittee. From 2006 to 2007, she served as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Gary Schmitt

Resident Scholar, Co-Director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies and Director of the Program on American Citizenship, American Enterprise Institute

Gary J. Schmitt is a resident scholar in strategic studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) where he studies national security and longer-term strategic issues affecting America’s security at home and its ability to lead abroad.

Günter Krings

Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of the Interior (Germany)

In addition to his current position as Parliamentary State Secretary, Günter Krings has been chairman of the Bundestag group of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) parliamentarians from North Rhine-Westphalia since 2017.

Jeffrey Gedmin

Senior Fellow, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
In addition to his position at Georgetown University, Jeffrey Gedmin is also a senior adviser at Blue Star Strategies. From 2011 to 2014, Gedmin was president and CEO of the London-based Legatum Institute.

Lucinda Creighton

Former Irish Minister of State for European Affairs

Lucinda Creighton is the CEO of Vulcan Consulting LTD. From 2012 to 2014, she served as Vice President of the European People’s Party – the largest political party in Europe.

Petr Kolář

Chairman, European Values Initiative; former Czech Ambassador to U.S. and Russia
Petr Kolář is a Czech Politician who has served as Czech Ambassador to Russia, the United States, and Sweden. From 2003 to 2005, he was Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister for Bilateral Relations for the Czech Republic.

Sandra Kalniete

Member of European Parliament, former Minister of Latvia
Sandra Kalniete has been a Member of the European Parliament for Latvia for the European People’s Party since 2009. From 2002 to 2004, she served as Foreign Minister of Latvia.