CEPA’s International Leadership Council (ILC) is a high-level group of global thought leaders and decision-makers who share CEPA’s core mission of strengthening the transatlantic alliance and advise on CEPA’s strategic vision.

Co-Chair

H.R. McMaster, Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow; Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Lieutenant General (Ret.), United States Army; Former US National Security Advisor

Annegret Kramp-KarrenbauerFormer Minister of Defense, Federal Republic of Germany

Members

Anne ApplebaumStaff Writer, The Atlantic; Senior Fellow, SNF Agora Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Pulitzer Prize winning author of Gulag: A History

Stephen BiegunUS Deputy Secretary of State (2019-2021); Visiting Policy PractitionerWeiser Diplomacy Center, University of Michigan

Carl BildtPrime Minister, Kingdom of Sweden (1991-1994); Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Sweden (2006-2014); Special Envoy for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, World Health Organization

Francis FukuyamaPolitical ScientistAuthor of The End of History and the Last ManOlivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

Timothy Garton AshHistorianPolitical AuthorProfessor of European Studies, Oxford University

Toomas Hendrik IlvesPresident, Republic of Estonia (2006-2016); Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Estonia (1996-1998, 1999-2002); Member of the European Parliament (2004-2006)

Matthew KaminskiEditor-in-Chief, POLITICO

David KramerUS Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (2008-2009); Bradford M. Freeman Managing DirectorGlobal Policy, George W. Bush Institute

Ivan KrastevPolitical ScientistAuthorChair, Centre for Liberal Strategies

Linas LinkevičiusMinister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Lithuania (2012-2020); Minister of National Defense, Republic of Lithuania (1993-1996, 2000-2004)

Zhanna NemtsovaCo-Founder, Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom

Ine Eriksen SøreideMinister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Norway (2017-2021); Minister of National Defense, Kingdom of Norway (2013-2017); Member of Parliament, Kingdom of Norway

Stephen Twitty, Lieutenant General (Ret.), Deputy Commander, US European Command (2018-2020); Founder, Twitty and Associates LLC

Eckart von KlaedenMember of Parliament, Federal Republic of Germany (1994-2013); Vice President and Head of External Affairs, Daimler AG