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ADVISORY: Conference Call on President Bush’s Trip to the G8 Summit
Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Conference Call on President Bush’s Trip to the G8 Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday, June 4, at 1:30 PM EDT the Center for American Progress will host a conference call with Senior Fellows Joseph Cirincione, Brian Katulis, and Denis McDonough to discuss the president’s upcoming trip to the G8 Summit in Germany.

As the president heads overseas, he finds himself at odds with his fellow G8 members over a host of issues, foremost among them global warming, Iraq, and Iran. CAP fellows will preview President Bush’s trip and discuss the policies the United States should be pursuing in those areas.

Also on Monday, the Center will release a series of columns to help G8 policymakers focus on combating climate change with meaningful policy proposals that could help developed and developing nations alike cope with the onslaught of global warming. CAP staff and senior fellows will present the key issues they feel would best explain the complexity of the challenges ahead alongside a set of clear solutions in the areas of the Doha Round, Climate Debt, Energy Security, learning from the EU on Cap-and-Trade, and creating an E8 Summit.

Please email John Neurohr at [email protected] if you plan to attend the call.

WHAT: Teleconference – Conference ID G8 Summit

WHEN: Monday, June 4, 2007 at 1:30 PM EDT

WHERE: By telephone 1-800-658-0035

WHO: Joseph Cirincione, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress

Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress

Denis McDonough, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress


Joseph Cirincione

Joseph Cirincione is Vice President for National Security and author of the new book, Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (Columbia University Press, Spring 2007). Prior to joining the Center in May 2006, he served as director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for eight years. He is the co-author of Contain and Engage: A New Strategy for Resolving the Iran Nuclear Crisis (Center for American Progress, March 2007), Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats (Second Edition, 2005), and Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security (March 2005). He teaches at the graduate School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

In May 2004 The National Journal listed Cirincione as one of the 100 people whose ideas will shape the policies of the next administration. The World Affairs Councils of America also named him one of 500 people whose views have the most influence in shaping American foreign policy. Cirincione worked for nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Government Operations, and served as staff director of the Military Reform Caucus. He is the author of over two hundred articles on defense issues, the producer of two DVDs on proliferation, is a frequent commentator on these issues in the media, and he has given over one hundred talks around the world in the past two years. He was featured in the award-winning 2006 documentary “Why We Fight.” He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has held positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is an honors graduate of Boston College and holds a Masters of Science with highest honors from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. He is happily married with two children.

Brian Katulis

Brian Katulis a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. At the Center, his work examines U.S. national security policy in Middle East and democratization, with a focus on Iraq. Prior to joining the Center, Katulis lived and worked in the Middle East for the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, including projects in Egypt, Iraq, and the Palestinian territories. From 2000 to 2003, he worked as a senior associate at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. His previous experience includes work in the Near East and South Asian Directorate of the National Security Council and the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State during the Clinton administration. He has published articles in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. Katulis received a graduate degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs.

Katulis also works with the Center for American Progress project, Middle East Progress.

Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough is Senior Fellow and Senior Adviser to Distinguished Senior Fellow Tom Daschle at the Center for American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, McDonough was Legislative Director for Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado. From July 2000 to December 2004, McDonough was Foreign Policy Advisor to Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. In that role, McDonough worked extensively on legislation related to the war on terrorism, the response to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, Iraq, and the greater Middle East.

Prior to his time working in the Senate Leadership, McDonough was a Fellow with the Robert Bosch Foundation of Stuttgart, Germany from 1999 to 2000. During that yearlong fellowship, McDonough worked with the Bundestag in Berlin and the German Chapter of Transparency International in Munich. From 1996 to 1999, McDonough was a member of the Democratic Professional Staff of the House International Relations Committee, where he was focused on U.S. policy in Latin America. He earned a master’s degree from Georgetown University in 1996 and graduated summa cum laude from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN in 1992.

As a regular commentator on television, radio, and in print, McDonough’s works have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, and elsewhere. He speaks Spanish and German.