Jeffrey Laurenti, a commentator on international affairs for several news media, including the Huffington Post, was senior fellow at The Century Foundation on international affairs until 2013, and served as director for the foundation’s international task force on Afghanistan and as co-director of its peace and security initiative with the Center for American Progress. He was deputy director of the United Nations Foundation's United Nations and Global Security initiative that supported Kofi Annan's high-level panel on threats, challenges, and change. Laurenti served as executive director of policy studies at the United Nations Association of the United States until 2003, then for seven years as a member of the Association's national board of directors. He is the author of numerous journal articles, op-ed commentaries, and studies on issues confronting the international community, from resolution of conflict and human rights to environmental policy and the financing of international organizations. He was public member of a State Department promotion board in 2001 and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Laurenti was the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey’s 4th District in 1986, has advised several presidential campaigns, and from 1978 to 1984 was executive director of the New Jersey Senate. He was graduated magna cum laude in government from Harvard College and earned his M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.