TURMOIL: About our Speakers

Afsheen John Radsan is a professor at William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul where he teaches comparative counterterrorism, constitutional law, criminal law, and national security. He served as a federal prosecutor and as assistant general counsel at the CIA and is founder of the National Security Forum, which pursues the balance between liberty and security in American counterterrorism policies. Between assignments with the Justice Department and the CIA, he managed the Iran Commercial Initiative for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and served as a consultant for the American-Iranian Council and Search for Common Ground. He is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.


Tom Hanson is a Foreign Policy Consultant and a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer whose postings included East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and the former Soviet republic of Georgia. He also participated in the opening of new U.S. Embassies in Mongolia and Estonia. Mr. Hanson worked on the foreign relations committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and served as Director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C. He holds masters degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Geneva Institute of Advanced International Studies, and the National School of Administration in Paris.

Currently, Mr. Hanson is Program Secretary of the St. Paul- Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations, a member of MIC’s Great Decisions advisory committee, a frequent Great Decisions speaker, and a regularly featured commentator on Minnesota Public Radio.


J. Brian Atwood, Former Dean, Professor, and Chair, Global Policy Area of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, served for six years as Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) during the Administration of President William Clinton. In the Clinton Administration, Atwood led the transition team at the State Department and was Under Secretary of State for Management prior to his appointment as head of USAID

During the Carter Administration, Atwood served as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations. He was dean of Professional Studies and Academic Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute from 1981 to 1982 and the first president of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (1986 to 1993).

In 2001, Atwood served on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Panel on Peace Operations. He writes and speaks frequently on international development, post-conflict reconstruction, foreign policy, the role of the United Nations and other multilateral organizations in international affairs, and the United States’ role in the world order.

In January 2011, Atwood took a leave from the University to serve as chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). The DAC is a permanent forum of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that coordi- nates international development policy.


Susan Cornell Wilkes, a passionate advocate of education, the arts, solutions for social and human problems and global cooperation, is Founder and President of Adventures in Giving, LLC. She has worked with individuals, families, foundations and nonprofits in the United States and abroad in a thirty-year career as a leader and innovator.

She was Managing Director of Philanthropy for Family Financial Strategies Inc., an integrated financial services firm for families of wealth, where she served as Executive Director of several family foundations.

A native of Washington, DC and educated at Harvard, Ms. Wilkes launched her career in the independent sector as a co-founder of internationally acclaimed Up With People Inc.  A highly effective leader and manager, she has since founded or co-founded ten innovative local and national organizations or programs in San Francisco, Washington D. C., New York, Minnesota and Arkansas, where she collaborated with former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Skilled in mobilizing ideas, resources and diverse groups, she has developed and managed eleven successful nonprofit joint ventures and collaborations, some of which became national models.

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