ABOUT JHI


 

The John Hay Initiative is a volunteer network of over 250 foreign policy, defense, and intelligence experts who advise elected officials and candidates for public office. It has countered the neo-isolationist strains of thought in both of our major political parties by articulating and defending conservative internationalism.  The Initiative is named for John Hay, private secretary to Abraham Lincoln, Secretary of State under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, and the most able diplomat of his generation. It emphasizes the importance of self-confident American leadership to secure our country, foster international peace and economic prosperity, strengthen our friends, and uphold values of liberty and the rule of law. JHI was founded in 2013 by Eliot Cohen, Eric Edelman, and Brian Hook.

 

Steering Committee

Eliot Cohen

Eliot Cohen

Eric Edelman

Eric Edelman

Brian Hook

Brian Hook

 

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Martha R. Simms

Martha R. Simms

Martha R. Simms acts as Director of Operations for the John Hay Initiative. She joined JHI in 2014 after having worked at Wachtell Lipton LLP. She has a M.A. from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a B.A. from Tufts University


ADVISORY COUNCIL

Secretary Michael Chertoff
Senator Norm Coleman
Paula Dobriansky
Robert Kagan
General Michael Hayden

Judge Michael Mukasey
Governor Tim Pawlenty
Governor Mitt Romney
Senator Jim Talent
Rich Williamson, in memoriam