Former Rep. Mike Rogers is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. (Chet Susslin)IN THE TANKS
After more than a decade in Congress, Mike Rogers retired at the end of last session — and he seems to be making up for lost time. "I need to find a way to raise the profile of national security issues in a way that real Americans can identify with," he tells me, explaining that he hopes his new post as a distinguished fellow with the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank, will allow him not only to contribute his ideas but also to have "policy impact." The Republican former chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee also recently announced the formation of a new nonprofit group — Americans for Peace, Prosperity, and Security — which launched in Iowa in February with the aim of promoting a "pro-national-security" dialogue among Republicans ahead of the 2016 elections. "I really believe in the institution of Congress," says the 51-year-old native of Livingston County, Michigan, "but, man, is it frustrating."
— Lucia Graves
Ed Gerwin is a senior fellow for trade and global opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute. (Chet Susslin)IN THE TANKS
Progressive Policy Institute
Ed Gerwin's first task at his new job was to write a report on why progressives should be encouraged rather than outraged by the Obama administration's approach to trade. "We have this very stale debate," says Gerwin, 60, who joined the Progressive Policy Institute last month as a senior fellow for trade and global opportunity, "and, for many progressives, their predetermined role seems to be always to oppose trade agreements." Gerwin hopes to help convince the Left to think differently, at least on this issue: "Sure, we should be pushing hard on labor and the environment," he says, "but just opposing everything that comes down the pike isn't a good way to advance your ideals." A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Gerwin spent much of his career as a partner at Winston & Strawn, where he advised clients on international trade and federal relations. Before moving to the Progressive Policy Institute, he was a senior fellow for trade and global economic policy at Third Way, another left-of-center think tank.