This morning, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced his foreign policy and national security advisory team.
Among the advisers are several think tankers. Romney drew heavily from the Heritage Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, but also the Council on Foreign Relations, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, American Enterprise Institute and Brookings.
“America and our allies are facing a series of complex threats,” said Romney in a released statement.“To shape them before they explode into conflict, our foreign policy will have to be guided by a strategy of American strength. I am deeply honored to have the counsel of this extraordinary group of diplomats, experts, and statesmen.”
Here is a list of think tankers on the Romney foreign policy team:
•Kim Holmes, Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation; Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (2001-2005)
•Robert Kagan, Syndicated Columnist; Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Center on United States and Europe; Board Member of the Foreign Policy Initiative
•Daniel Senor, Partner at Rosemont Capital; Coalition Provisional Authority Spokesman and Senior Advisor (2003-2004); Council on Foreign Relations; Director and Co-Founder, Foreign Policy Initiative
•Jim Talent, Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation; United States Senator (R-MO) (2002-2007)
•Dov Zakheim, Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) (2001-2004); Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Planning and Resources (1985-1987)
In addition, Romney announced several working groups and who will be leading them.
Afghanistan & Pakistan Working Group: Ashley Tellis, Co-Chair, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Senior Adviser to the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs (2003)
Europe Working Group: Nile Gardiner, Co-Chair, Director of the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom; Foreign Policy Researcher for British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (2000-2002)
International Assistance Working Group: Grant Aldonas, Co-Chair, Senior Adviser at Center for Strategic and International Studies; Under Secretary for International Trade at the Commerce Department (2001-2005); Member of the Board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (2001-2005) and Daniel Runde, Co-Chair, Director of Prosperity and Development at Center for Strategic and International Studies; Former Director of the Office of Global Development Alliances at USAID (2005-2007); Head of Philanthropy Relations at the International Finance Corporation (2007-2010)
Latin America Working Group: Ray Walser, Co-Chair, Senior Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation; Director of the Foreign Service Institute’s Western Hemisphere Area Studies program (2005-2007); 27-year Foreign Service Officer
Russia Working Group: Leon Aron, Co-Chair, Resident Scholar and Director of Russian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute; Author of Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life and other noted works; Contributed to The New Russian Foreign Policy