Jochen Bittner has been a political editor with Germany's newsweekly Die Zeit since 2001. He also is a regular Contributing Writer for the International New York Times. Before joining the Die Zeit, he worked as freelancer for various publications, among them the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Die Welt. Following the 9/11 terror attacks, he kept a special focus on terrorism, security and intelligence affairs. From 2007 to 2011 he was Die Zeit's European and Nato Correspondent in Brussels. His latest book Not this way, Europe! deals with the shortcomings of the European Union.
Simon Fraser is Deputy Chairman of Chatham House and serves as Adviser to the Europe Programme. He is also Managing Partner of Flint Global. He previously served as Permanent Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Head of the UK Diplomatic Service from August 2010 to July 2015. Prior to that he was Permanent Secretary at the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He has also served as Director General for Europe in the FCO; Chief of Staff to European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson; political counsellor at the British embassy in Paris; and Head of Policy Planning in the FCO. He is currently Visiting Professor at King’s College London and Adjunct Professor at Sciences Po.
Dr Jackson Janes is the President of the AICGS at Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. He was Director of the European office of The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Bonn (1980–85), and the German-American Institute in Tübingen (1977–79). He chaired the German Speaking Areas in Europe programme at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington DC (1999–2000) and was President of the International Association for the Study of German Politics (2005–10). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the US Atlantic Council.
Dr Sylke Tempel is editor-in-chief of Internationale Politik and the Berlin Policy Journal, both published by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). She also teaches International Affairs and Contemporary German History at the Stanford Study Center Berlin and she was Visiting Professor at Stanford University, CA. Previously, Tempel has worked as Near East correspondent for several German newspapers and magazines. She holds an M.A. from Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, in Political Science, Jewish Studies and Journalism and a PH.D in Political Science, History and Jewish Studies from the University of Armed Forces, Munich.