Marathon is funded by private individuals and foundations, as well as by grants from or contract work for the U.S. Government. We do not seek or accept funding from corporations or from foreign sources.

Elbridge Colby

Elbridge Colby is co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative, a policy initiative focused on developing strategies to prepare the United States for an era of sustained great power competition.

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 G. Grygiel

Dr. Jakub G. Grygiel is a senior advisor at The Marathon Initiative and a professor of politics at The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC). In 2017-2018 he was a Senior Advisor in the Office of Policy Planning at the Department of State.

Edward Luttwak

Dr. Edward N. Luttwak is a Distinguished Adjunct Fellow at The Marathon Initiative, a policy initiative focused on developing strategies to prepare the United States for an era of sustained great power competition.