Strengthening the ties between the United States, United Kingdom, and the English speaking world.
The Anglosphere Society
Lee Cohen, NY Director of the Anglosphere Society is a foreign policy analyst and editorial writer specializing in the Anglo- American relationship. For years he advised the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee as Professional Staff with jurisdiction for Western Europe. He founded the thriving House US-UK Caucus to educate congress people, the media and public on the Special Relationship.
In his professional career, Lee Cohen assists global corporate and government leaders in fields including finance, law, the arts, luxury brands, and policy with media and communications strategy to magnify their messaging and bridge the NYC- Washington divide.
Mr. Cohen is a graduate of Northwestern University where he received his BA in French and Political Science; and of McGill University in Montreal where he received his MBA in Marketing and International Management.
James MacGuire was born in New York and educated at Johns Hopkins and Cambridge. For many years he worked in publishing and television at such companies as Time Inc., Macmillan, The Health Network, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In the last decade he has helped lead capital campaigns at Portsmouth Abbey School, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, the Archdiocese of New York, and the Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola. Away from work, MacGuire’s writing has been published in many national publications, and he is the author or co-author of ten books, the most recent of which is Real Lace Revisited. He chairs the Man O' War Project (www.mowproject.org), serves on the development committee of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and is a member of the International Lawn Tennis Club.
H. E. Vicki Downey, DGCHS, is a Lieutenant of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, overseeing the Eastern part of the United States. Having been a member of the Order since 2004 she was appointed to the Board of Councilors in 2011 and appointed Lieutenant in January 2016. Born and educated in the UK, Vicki moved to New York in 1999. Initially she was responsible for the immigration and importation department of a large Italian shoe company before transferring to a small independent Immigration Law firm in 2002.
In 2006, she was able to leave the corporate world to concentrate on her charitable endeavors. Initially, she concentrated on The Daughters of the British Empire (DBE), serving four years as New York State President and then it’s National President for an additional three years. In 2012, she was asked to become the Chief of Staff of the Mountbatten Institute, heading up its North American Operation. Vicki still remains President of her own small logistics company which specializes in helping nonprofit organizations. She still serves as an Honorary National Vice President for the DBE, is a World Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program and is on the Boards of The Anglosphere Society, The Allied Forces Foundation and the Victoria Home.
The founder of The Anglosphere Society, Amanda was previously the President of the Atlantic Bridge in the United States, founded by Liam Fox, former Secretary of Defense for the United Kingdom. The mission of the AtlanticBridge was to promote the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom with a particular focus on national security and counter-terrorism.
Amanda founded The Anglosphere Society in 2012 with a broader mission to promote the traditional Western values of the four freedoms articulated by President Roosevelt with a special emphasis on freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
Amanda also serves on the Board of American Humane, the nation's premier animal welfare organization and until recently on the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the St. George’s Society.
President Roosevelt 1-6-1941: In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression–everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way–everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want–which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants-everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear–which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor–anywhere in the world.
Arbana Xharra is an Albanian investigative journalist from Kosovo, an expert on Islamic radicalization and the rise of Islamic State ideology in Western countries. She has authored a series of investigative reports since 2012 on religious extremists and Turkey’s Islamic agenda operating in the Balkans.
By evaluating Islamic extremists operating in Kosovo, she discovered links with terrorist organizations. Uncovering operational and financial links, Xharra was able to assist the government in efforts to address the problem, but the reports caused her to receive death threats and public attacks on her reputation.
Despite being beaten to the point of hospitalization in May 2017, and subjected to repeated death threats, Arbana continues to write about Islamic radicalization. Her articles were published in numerous world media and in credible journals such as the School of Advanced International Studies – Johns Hopkins.
She has won numerous awards for her reporting and was a 2015 recipient of the International Women of Courage Award from the US State Department. Arbana moved to New York in February 2018 seeking asylum with her two children. She is an expert on Social Media, developing public relations campaigns and strategies.
Since April 2018 she has co-authored with NYU Professor of International Relations, Alon BenMeir, several articles on the aforementioned topics.
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Jacqueline brings nearly 30 years of experience in the business of government relations, public policy, communications, and management to her clients. She has served in senior executive positions at the White House, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Office of the Governor for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and other high-profile positions, including Senior Policy Advisor and Director of External Relations for the Office of Public Health and Science at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Since leaving the federal government in 2009, she has offered consulting services to assist public and private sector clients within the fields of healthcare, public health, medicine, and education. Select non-profit and corporate clients include: Embassy of Hungary, Yale Center for Health Solutions, Ponce School of Medicine, St. Kitts School of Medicine, Sabia Net, Pfizer, AT &T, and VisíonAmericas.
In addition to these corporate clients, Jacqueline also serves Catholic and faith-based non-profit organizations such as The Catholic Association, Concerned Women for America, the Anglosphere Society and Americans United for Life and the American Conservative Union.
She is a founder and active member of the Board of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, the Executive Director of the International Catholic Legislators Network, and a member of the Catholic Advisory Board for the Museum of the Bible. She is also a member of Regnum Christi and a founding member of Cana Uncorked.
Jacqueline received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.
An international human-rights lawyer for over thirty years, Nina Shea directs the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute. Shea works extensively for the advancement of individual religious freedom and other human rights in U.S. foreign policy as it confronts an ascendant Islamic extremism, as well as nationalist and remnant communist regimes. She undertakes scholarship and advocacy in defense of those persecuted for their religious beliefs and identities and on behalf of diplomatic measures to end religious repression and violence abroad, whether from state actors or extremist groups. Shea was appointed to the U.S. House of Representatives to serve seven terms as a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom (June 1999 - March 1212).
Taber began her career as a publisher of women's magazines. In recognition of her distinguished publishing career, she has been recognized with such awards as Outstanding Woman in Business, Outstanding Media Person of the Year; World's Who's Who of Women; and induction into the National Academy of Women Achievers.
She then founded FamilySecurityMatters.org, and within one year Taber - along with FSM's experts and executives - appeared in hundreds of media interviews for national radio and television audiences, and their OpEds were read in major market newspapers around the country. Taber was selected by the National Center for Policy Analysis's profile of "The Woman of the Month", citing her unique contributions to the economy, public policy and society as a whole.
Taber is co-author of "Reclaim American Liberty", published by University Press in 2011. Also in 2011, Taber was awarded both the U.S. Counterterrorism Advisory Team's (USCTAT) Winston Spencer Churchill Award and the Combatant's Cross, the highest recognition by the USCTAT. Taber's awards were presented for her exemplary work since Sept. 11, 2001 in promoting and supporting both public awareness of national security and the importance of public participation.
Jacqueline Halbig von Schleppenbach, M.A.
Rosemary P. Sullivan started her own management consulting business in 1996 which provides financial and operational services to communications and non profit clients. She acts as General Manager for TAS. Other clients include: Family Security Matters, Chief Executive Magazine, Remedy Health Media and GVM Media Services.
Clark Judge is managing director of the White House Writers Group, a policy and communications consulting firm based in Washington, DC. He served in the Reagan Administration in capacities related to government management, urban policy, and international economic policy before becoming a speechwriter and special assistant for Vice President Bush and President Reagan.
Since leaving the White House, his writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, NewYorkTimes.com, Policy Review, and numerous other publications. He is also chairman of the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco, a domestic policy think tank.