Elbridge Colby

Elbridge Colby is co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative and formerly served as the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development.

Wess Mitchell

Dr. A. Wess Mitchell is co-founder and principal at The Marathon Initiative and formerly served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.

Jakub Grygiel

Dr. Jakub J. Grygiel is a Senior Advisor at The Marathon Initiative and formerly served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State.

Edward Luttwak

Dr. Edward N. Luttwak is a Distinguished Adjunct Fellow at The Marathon Initiative and formerly served as a consultant to the U.S. government.

Matt Pottinger

Matt Pottinger is a Senior Advisor at The Marathon Initiative and formerly served as the U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor.

Advisory Board

Dennis C. Blair

Dennis C. Blair is a member of the Advisory Board at The Marathon Initiative. Blair previously served as Director of National Intelligence and Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, retiring from the U.S. Navy after a 34-year career with the rank of Admiral.

Thomas de Maizière

Thomas de Maizière has held various roles in German government, including head of the Federal Chancellery, Federal Minister of Homeland Security, and Minister of Defense, where he was a close confidant of Chancellor Angela Merkel. From 2009-2021 he was an MP in the German Bundestag. As co-chair of the NATO Reflection Group, he coordinated the preparation of the report “NATO2030: United for a new Era,” which offered extensive proposals for the successful strategic and political realignment of NATO.

Dhruva Jaishankar

Dhruva Jaishankar is Executive Director of the Observer Research Foundation America (ORF America) in Washington DC.  He is also a Non-Resident Fellow with the Lowy Institute in Australia and a monthly columnist for the Hindustan Times in India. His research and analysis centers on India’s relations with the United States, Japan, Australia, Southeast Asia, and Europe; defense and security policy; and globalization, democracy, and technology.

Robert Kaplan

Robert Kaplan is a member of the Advisory Board at The Marathon Initiative. He is also the Robert Strausz-Hupé Chair in Geopolitics at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the bestselling author of nineteen books on foreign affairs, most recently The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, the U.S. Government’s Greatest Humanitarian (Random House, 2021).

Mary Kissel

Mary Kissel is a member of the Advisory Board at The Marathon Initiative and EVP and Senior Policy Advisor at Stephens, Inc. Previously, Kissel served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and was a Member of Editorial Board of The Wall Street Journal.

Kent Lucken

Kent Lucken is a member of the Advisory Board at The Marathon Initiative and Managing Director of Citi Private Bank in Boston. Previously, Lucken was a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service and Foreign Policy Advisor for Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

Edward Luttwak

Dr. Edward N. Luttwak is a member of the Advisory Board and Distinguished Adjunct Fellow at The Marathon Initiative. Luttwak is the author of numerous books, most recently The Rise of China vs. The Logic of Strategy (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012).

Nadia Schadlow

Nadia Schadlow is a member of the Advisory Board at The Marathon Initiative and Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute. Previously, Schadlow was Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy.

Walter Slocombe

Walter B. Slocombe is a member of the Advisory Board at The Marathon Initiative and a Senior Counsel at the Washington, D.C., law firm Caplin & Drysdale. Previously, Slocombe served as U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.