Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness. He is the author of the new book Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, which focuses on the federal government’s failure to respond effectively to competitive challenges on issues such as trade, currency, worker retraining programs, education, and infrastructure. In addition, Alden is the director of the CFR Renewing America publication series and coauthor of a recent CFR Discussion Paper “A Winning Trade Policy for the United States.” (

John Blaxland is a Professor in International Security and Intelligence Studies, Director ANU Southeast Asia Institute, and Head at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU. He holds a PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MA in History from ANU, a BA (Hons) from UNSW and is a graduate of the Royal Thai Army Command and Staff College and the Royal Military Colllege, Duntroon (Blamey Scholar). He is a former Director Joint Intelligence Operations (J2), at Headquarters Joint Operations Command and was Australia’s Defence Attaché to Thailand and Burma/Myanmar.  He is a member of the ANU Academic Board as well as the Australian Army Journal editorial board and also an occasional commentator in the media. His books include The Secret Cold War:The Official History of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 1975-1989 (Allen & Unwin 2016), East Timor Intervention (MUP, 2015), The Protest Years (A&U, 2015), The Australian Army From Whitlam to Howard (CUP, 2014), Strategic Cousins (MQUP, 2006), Revisiting Counterinsurgency (LWSC, 2006), Information era Manoeuvre (LWSC, 2002), Signals (RASigs, 1999) and Organising an Army (SDSC, 1989). In 2014 he was awarded a Minerva Research Initiative grant for a project entitled “Thailand’s Military, the USA and China: Understanding how the Thai Military Perceives The Great Powers and Implications For the US Rebalance”. (

John Edwards completed in 2016 a term as a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute, an Adjunct Professor with the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy at Curtin University, and an economic consultant. He is a member of the board of CEDA, and was a member of the board of the Workplace Relations Agency. Prior to joining the RBA Board he headed economic planning and development for the Kingdom of Bahrain. From 1997 to 2009 Dr Edwards was Chief Economist for Australia and New Zealand for the global financial group, HSBC. Earlier he had been a principal economic adviser to Treasurer and then Prime Minister, Paul Keating. He has conducted inquiries into trade policy and industrial relations for the Australian government, and was seconded to the Australian Treasury in the lead-up to the 2009 global crisis. Earlier in his career he was a journalist in Canberra, Sydney and Washington for the Australian Financial Review and The Sydney Morning Herald. He has published a number of books, including the best selling biography KeatingThe Inside Story (Viking/Penguin 1996). His most recent publication is Beyond the Boom (Penguin Special/Lowy Institute June 2014). He holds a doctorate in economics from George Washington University. His economic analysis and commentaries have appeared in the Financial Times, the Australian Financial ReviewThe Australian, the Nikkei Asian Review and The Washington Post.

Peter Layton is a Visiting Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University.  His background includes an extensive defence experience including teaching grand strategy at the Eisenhower College, US National Defence University. For his work at the Pentagon, he was awarded the US Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Public Service Medal.  He has a doctorate from the University of New South Wales on grand strategy and undertook a Fellowship at the European University Institute.  His research interests include grand strategy, national security policies particularly as relates to middle powers, defence force structure concepts and armed non-state actors. He contributes regularly to the public policy debate on defence and foreign policy issues

Noëlle Lenoir focuses her practice on competition law, public business law and economic regulations – both at the national level and at the European level. She also has solid experience in data protection law, covering a wide scope of areas in this respect such as data breach prevention and incident response, government and internal investigations, cross-border data transfer and e-discovery, controllers’ and processors’ liability, global compliance and risk management, privacy policies and EU data counseling, consumer protection and class action litigation defense as well as advertising and internet marketing. She also advises on confidential business information and misappropriation of trade secrets as well as on matters in relation with the blocking statute. She served as French Minister of European Affairs from 2002 to 2004. She was also the first woman and the youngest person ever to have served on the French Constitutional Court and has been a member of the Conseil d’Etat (France’s highest court in administrative and tax matters) since 1984. (

Adfer Shah is a New Delhi-based Sociologist and columnist at various reputed international and national media groups. Being an academic he has more than fifty publications besides hundreds of conceptual articles to his credit. He has been writing on South Asia’s socio-political realities at Eurasia Review since 2012, where he is Special Correspondent for South Asia Affairs and Associate Editor for South Asia since 2014. His first book on Kashmir-Yearning for Peace (ISSN: 978-3-659-55971-6) was published in Germany in December 2016.Reach him at