Shoshana Bryen has more than 30 years experience as an analyst of US defense policy and Middle East affairs, and has run programs and conferences with American military personnel in a variety of countries. Formerly Senior Director for Security Policy at JINSA, Ms. Bryen was for 17 years the author of the widely read and re-published JINSA Reports. After serving as JINSA's Executive Director during the 1980s, she focused on planning and running national security-related programs and conferences in the United States and Israel, as well as organizing professional trips to Israel, Jordan, Taiwan and elsewhere. She has worked with the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College and the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, and has lectured at the National Defense University. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Sun, Defense News and other outlets, as well as in JINSA Reports.
Since 2004, Mrs. Bryen has served on the Advisory Board of the Aleethia Foundation, which provides dinners and other recreational opportunities for soldiers, primarily amputees, wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also serves on the Board of Friends of the Jewish Chapel at the United States Naval Academy.
Robert Levinson, 67, an American citizen, is a retired DEA and FBI agent. In 2007, while researching a cigarette smuggling case as a private investigator, he was abducted in Iran and has since been held hostage.