Stephen Adler Editor-in-Chief
Reuters News Executive Vice President of News Thomson Reuters
Marwan Muasher Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Vice President of Studies
Anne-Marie Slaughter Former Director of Policy Planning
United States Department of State
AMJAD ATALLAH Bureau Chief for the Americas
Al Jazeera English
Inspired by The Atlantic's enduring partnership with the Aspen Ideas Festival, the third-annual Washington Ideas Forum gathers an audience of 600 people, including government officials, top business executives, global thought leaders, academics, and celebrities. It is the place to hear - and meet - the most prominent thinkers of our time.
This October 5 and 6, the Forum will once again bring the best and brightest to the table for debate, conversation, and idea-sharing.
Stephen J. Adler is the editor-in-chief of Reuters News and executive vice president of News at Thomson Reuters.
Adler was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of BusinessWeek from 2005 to 2009. Adler was Deputy Managing Editor at the Wall Street Journal from 1988 to 2004 and Editor of the American Lawyer Magazine from 1983-1988.
Amjad Attalah is Bureau Chief for the Americas at
Al Jazeera English.
Marwan Muasher is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, where he oversees the Endowment's research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East. Muasher served as foreign minister (2002–2004) and deputy prime minister (2004–2005) of Jordan, and his career has spanned the areas of diplomacy, development, civil society, and communications. He is also a senior fellow at Yale University.
Muasher began his career as a journalist for The Jordan Times. He then served at the Ministry of Planning, at the prime minister's office as press adviser, and as director of the Jordan Information Bureau in Washington.
In 1995, Muasher opened Jordan’s first embassy in Israel, and in 1996 became minister of information and the government spokesperson. From 1997 to 2002, he served in Washington again as ambassador, negotiating the first free trade agreement between the United States and an Arab nation. He then returned to Jordan to serve as foreign minister, where he played a central role in developing the Arab Peace Initiative and the Middle East Road Map.
In 2004 he became deputy prime minister responsible for reform and government performance, and led the effort to produce a ten-year plan for political, economic, and social reform. From 2006 to 2007, he was a member of the Jordanian Senate.
Most recently, he was senior vice president of external affairs at the World Bank from 2007 to 2010. He is also the author of The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation.
Anne-Marie Slaughter is currently the President and CEO of New America, a think tank and civic enterprise with offices in Washington and New York. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011 she served as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from USAID and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe.
Marwan Muasher, former Foreign Minister of Jordan, argues that the Arab Spring revolutions are not very concerned about the opinion of the United States in their conflict, and that progress on the logjam between Israelis and Palestinians would do the most to improve American credibility in the region.