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Nir Boms is a co-founder of Previously he was the founder the Center for Freedom in the Middle East and the Vice President of the Washington based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Mr. Boms lectures extensively on human rights in the Middle East and has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times,  The Asia Times, The National Interest,  and many other publications. He also participated in the writing of “Copts in Egypt, A Christian Minority Under Siege” (G2W-Verlag, 2006) and “The Long March to the West” (Valentine Mitchell, 2007).

His Ph...Read more

Daniel is a consultant specialising in emerging markets, defence, counter-terrorism and foreign policy issues, mainly the Commonwealth of Independent States, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
His focus is the politics and economies of oil- and gas-producing regions and nations, from Angola to Uzbekistan. He also writes on related manufacturing sectors, such as the automotive and petrochemicals industries. 
A trained journalist with a BA (hons) in Political Science and a MSc in Development Economics from the University of London, he has over 15 years of professional experience...Read more


Dr. Robert Darius is a former Adjunct Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences and former Military Historian.  
Education:BA, History, Glenville State College; MA, School of International Service, American Univ., Wash DC; MA and Ph.D., Government and Politics, Univ of Maryland, College Park, MD. 
Taught at U.S. Army War College and for OU/UC,Adult Educ. Center, Univ of Maryland,as an adjunct professor for over two decades. Served as Military Historian for U.S. Army for over 27 years. Dr. Darius is also a linguist--fluent in Farsi-- and an area specialist--Middle East...Read more

David Kilgour is co-chair of the Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran, a director of the Helsinki-based First Step Forum (, and New York-based NGO Advancing Human Rights. He is a former MP for both the Conservative and Liberal Parties in the south-east district of Edmonton and has served as the Secretary of State for Latin America and Africa, Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific and Deputy Speaker of the House and chair of committees of the whole House.Read more


David Matas is a international human rights, refugee and immigration lawyer in private practice in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He also holds a position as an adjunct professor in Immigration & Refugee Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba. In addition, Mr. Matas currently acts as Senior Honorary Counsel for B’nai Brith Canada. 

Mr. Matas was also appointed as a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court; the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust...Read more

Dr. Walid Phares is an American citizen of Lebanese descent who was born on December 24, 1957, grew up in Beirut, and emigrated to the United States in 1990. He holds undergraduate degrees in Law, Political Science, and Sociology from Saint Joseph University and the Lebanese University in Beirut. Following his undergraduate studies, Phares practiced law in Beirut for a period of time, then went on to obtain a Masters Degree in International Law from the Université de Lyon in France and a PhD in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the University of Miami....Read more

Kathryn Cameron Porter has served as a congressional chief of staff, electoral campaign manager, non-profit executive and consultant, and US presidential appointee.  She knows how to connect the dots and make things happen from on the ground projects in Afghanistan to business opportunities in Iraq and Kurdistan, and the possibilities inherent in moving issues in Congress and the Federal Government.

Kathryn Cameron Porter founded The Leadership Council for Human Rights in 2001.  Kathryn is an applied anthropologist with an extensive background in political, cultural and social...Read more

Carol Prunhuber, a journalist born in Caracas, Venezuela studied Literature in Caracas and pursued her Doctorate in Ibero American Studies in the University of Paris. She wrote for several Spanish-speaking newspapers —later working as a press attaché in Madrid for different organizations such as the Spanish Peace Movement (MPDL), Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Latin America (SECI) and summer courses at the University of Salamanca. She was foreign correspondent for daily newspaper El Nacional (Caracas) in Madrid during the 1980’s. In 1982, Prunhuber...Read more

Velma Anne Ruth, M.Ed. is President of ABS Community Research and President of Independent Review, Inc. Through ABS, Velma works with African organizations on health, water, alternative energy, economic growth, risk and transparency; plus Middle Eastern organizations supporting a range of issues including democracy, human rights, refugees, humanitarian aid, security, government and media relations. Through her partnership group Independent Review, Velma is currently working on economic and medical development internationally, cultivating the participation of major US corporations,...Read more

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