Dr. Patrick Weil is one of the leading authorities in France on immigration and social policy. He recently served as a member of the French Presidential Commission for the "Implementation of the principle of Secularism within the French Republic" established by Jacques Chirac to look at the wearing of religious symbols in public schools. The Commission's findings led to the adoption of twenty-five different measures, including the banning of conspicuous religious symbols in France's public schools (commonly known as the 'headscarf law').
Dr. Weil is the first King Baudouin Foundation Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund and also serves as the director of the Center for the Study of Immigration, Integration and Citizenship Policies (CEPIC) at the University of Paris I - Sorbonne. He is a senior researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and a former Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Dr. Peter Mandaville is director of the Center for Global Studies at George Mason University and a leading specialist on Muslims in Europe.