Michael Makovsky since 2013 has been President and CEO of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), a leading Washington, D.C.-based policy and educational organization focused on U.S. defense and national security issues in the Middle East. Makovsky

Jonathan Ruhe is JINSA Director of Foreign Policy. Prior to joining JINSA, he worked at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), where he focused on Middle East and Former Soviet Union security issues. His commentary has appeared in the Wall Street

Vice Admiral Bird, the son of a career naval officer, lived throughout the United States during his childhood and ultimately settled in Pensacola, FLA., where he graduated from Pensacola Catholic High School. In 1977, he graduated from the United States

Blaise Misztal is the Vice President for Policy at JINSA. His research interests include Iran and its nuclear program, U.S.-Turkey relations, countering extremism, and strategic competition. Most recently, Misztal was a Fellow at the Hudson Institute. Prior to that, he

Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, U.S. Navy (Ret.) is a native of Butler, Pa. (Western Pa.). He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, majored in Ocean Engineering, and was graduated and commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in June 1975. Admiral

IDF MG (ret.) Yaacov Ayish is the Julian and Jenny Josephson Senior Vice President for Israeli Affairs at the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA). General Ayish served in the IDF for 36 years and retired in 2016,

Ari Cicurel joined JINSA in September 2018 as a Policy Analyst and has been Assistant Director of Foreign Policy since January 2023. Ari is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he dual majored in Political Science and Judaic