Advisory Council

New America's International Security Advisory Council works directly with Peter Bergen, director of the International Security Program, and Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America, to help advance the creativity and impact of the organization’s international security policy work. The council supports the program and contributes to the research design through private roundtables and public conferences. The council also helps identify priorities, ideas, and innovations responsive to the big questions facing American decision-makers.


Chris Bowie
Northrop Grumman

Steve Coll
Columbia University

Gregory Craig
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Scott Delman
DGZ Capital

Tom Freston
Firefly 3 LLC

Robert H. Niehaus
GCP Capital Partners

James O'Brien
Arizona State University

George R. Salem
DLA Piper

Fareed Zakaria
CNN, Washington Post

International Security Advisory Council members receive privileges including:

  • Invitation to Advisory Council Meetings and Dinners: Members meet twice a year for intimate, highly-charged discussions on key policy topics related to the respective program. Throughout the year members regularly engage with New America’s President Anne-Marie Slaughter, Program Directors, Fellows, key leadership, and board members to gather data and formulate and broadcast ideas on issues that are mutually important.

  • Invitation to salon breakfasts at the CORE: Club in New York City provide an opportunity to interact with policy-makers, business leaders, and some of the foremost thinkers in the United States on topics of leadership and innovation. Recent events have featured Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google, Inc., Ta-Nehisi Coates, national correspondent at The Atlantic, and New York venture capitalists Fred and Joanne Wilson.

  • Opportunities to attend 200+ live events each year. These DC and NYC events bring policy to life, amplifying the big ideas backed by expert research and analysis that New America is built to produce. As continued thanks for this level of support, members are also invited to private receptions and meet-and-greets with event guests and speakers.

  • Subscription to New America’s Best-Sellers Book Club. New America’s Fellows Program supports talented journalists, academics and other public policy analysts who offer a fresh and often unpredictable perspective on the major challenges facing our society. The result of many fellowships are exciting, important and impactful non-fiction best-sellers like Chris Leonard’s The Meat Racket, Amanda Ripley’s The Smartest Kids in the World, Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial, and Dana Goldstein’s The Teacher Wars.

All New America donors receive appropriate recognition on the New America website.

For more information, please contact Meredith Hanley, Director of Development, at (202) 596-3367 and by e-mail at