Michael Sheehan, Executive Director

Ambassador Michael A. Sheehan is the executive director of Madison Policy Forum. He has a 35 year career in public service at the Departments of State and Defense, the United Nations, and NYPD. He is also a career officer and graduate of USMA 1977 and has a master’s Georgetown University School of Foreign Service 1988.


Karen Greenberg, Senior Fellow

Karen J. Greenberg, a noted expert on national security, terrorism, and civil liberties, is Director of the Center on National Security. She is the author of The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days (Oxford University Press, 2009), which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post and Slate.com.

Her newest book, Rogue Justice:The Making of the Security State (Crown, 2016), explores the War on Terror's impact on justice and law in America. She is co-editor with Joshua L. Dratel of The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (Cambridge University Press, 2005); editor of the books The Torture Debate in America (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Al Qaeda Now (Cambridge University Press, 2005); and editor of the Terrorist Trial Report Card, 2001–2011.

Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The National Interest, Mother Jones, TomDispatch.com, and on major news channels. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Kelly Bedard, Research Associate

Kelly E. Bedard is a research associate for the energy project. She recently graduated with her master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and received her bachelor's in 2015 from Michigan State University. She has interned with the Military Staff Committee at the US Mission to the United Nations and returned to serve as the assistant to the U.S. Public Delegates for UN General Assembly ’71.