Carla Anderson Hills

Carla A. Hills is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hills & Company, International Consultants, which advises companies on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad. Ambassador Hills served in the Cabinet of President George H.W. Bush as United States Trade Representative from 1989 to 1993 and in the Cabinet of President Gerald R. Ford as Secretary of the department of Housing and Urban Development from 1975 to 1977. She also served as Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, in the Ford Administration.

Mrs. Hills currently is a member of the International Advisory Boards of J.P. Morgan Chase, Rolls Royce, and the Coca-Cola Company, of the board of Gilead Sciences, and of the US Trade Representative’s Private Sector Advisory Group on India.

She also serves on a number of not-for-profit boards including as Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the International Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Chair of the National Committee on US-China Relations and of the Inter-American Dialogue; member of the Executive Committee of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and of the Trilateral Commission and member of the board of the International Crisis Group.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Hills received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, her law degree from Yale University, and studied at Oxford University. She is the recipient of a number of honorary degrees. In 2000, Mrs. Hills was awarded the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor given by the Mexican government to a non-citizen of that country.

Mrs. Hills resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Roderick M. Hills. They are the parents of four children.

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Israel Provoked This War

There seems to be near-universal agreement in the United States with President Barack Obama’s observation that Israel, like every other country, has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from threats directed at them from beyond its borders.

But this anodyne statement does not begin to address the political and moral issues raised by Israel’s bombings and land invasion of Gaza: who violated the cease-fire agreement that was in place since November 2012 and whether Israel’s civilian population could have been protected by nonviolent means that would not have placed Gaza’s civilian population at risk. As of this writing, the number killed by the Israel Defense Forces has surpassed 600, the overwhelming majority of whom are noncombatants.

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