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Dr. Sherkoh Abbas, Jim Hanson, Richard Viguerie, Diana West

October 29th, 2014

Dr. SHERKOH ABBAS, President of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria:

  • Iran’s nefarious influence in conflict and ethnic divisions across the Middle East
  • The inadequate U.S. support for the Kurds fighting the Islamic State
  • Regional opposition to and subversion of Kurdish ambitions for an autonomous state

JIM HANSON, senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy:

  • Connections between so-called “Lone Wolf” attacks
  • The Islamic State's possible possession of chemical WMDs
  • Concerns about the Afghan security forces as U.K. and U.S. withdraw
  • Implications of eliminating the use and stockpiles of U.S. land mines

RICHARD VIGUERIE, Founder of ConservativeHQ.com:

  • An opportunity for conservative empowerment in the upcoming 2014 midterm elections
  • The self-inhibiting hesitance of Republican leaders to nationalize elections
  • Using online social media to quickly disseminate messages and empower politically conscious individuals

DIANA WEST, author of “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character”:

  • Dutch politician Geert Wilder’s plan to save the West from the global jihad
  • Connecting the dots of the “Lone Wolf” phenomenon
  • The transformation of some American mosques into seedbeds for jihadist indoctrination

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Matt Continetti, Burak Bekdil, Robert Stephan, Andy McCarthy

October 28th, 2014

MATTHEW CONTINETTI, editor-in-chief of the Washington Free Beacon

  • Explaining the “Poison Tree” of radical Islam
  • The underlying reality of a global jihad
  • The double-game of America's Arab allies
  • Dangers of using Somalia and Yemen as models for successful counter-terrorism strategy

BURAK BEKDIL, Turkish columnist for Hürriyet Daily:

  • How President Erdogan transformed a secular, Western-oriented Turkey into an Eastern-facing, Islamist nation
  • Increasing rates of government-condoned anti-Semitism in Turkey
  • Erdogan’s unique appeal to Turkish masses with conservative religiosity and welfare subsidies

Col. ROBERT STEPHAN (Ret), Former Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security:

  • Crisis planning for pandemics in the homeland
  • Ways to develop comprehensive plans and measures to account for the diverse array of threats to infrastructure
  • Reinforcing the energy grid in the wake of the California substation attack

ANDY McCARTHY, author of “Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment”:

  • Understanding the term “lone wolf” and the concept behind it
  • Self radicalization's application in the global jihad
  • The institutional and political structure of mosques

 

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Dr. Eric Reeves, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Gordon Chang

October 27th, 2014

Dr. SCOTT GOTTLIEB, former Director of Medical Policy Development at the Food and Drug Administration:

  • The threats the Ebola epidemic poses to the U.S. and the rest of the world
  • Benefits and risks of a mandatory quarantine system for healthcare workers returning from West Africa
  • Difficulties in developing a cure for Ebola
  • A healthcare professional’s view on the rules of engagement for American troops in the Ebola “Hot Zone"

Dr. ERIC REEVES, Director of the Sudan Aid Fund and author of "Compromising with Evil: An Archival History of Greater Sudan, 2007-2012”:

  • The disturbing content of recently leaked records from a secret Sudanese government and military meeting
  • Genocidal aims of the Sudanese regime
  • The ways in which American policy should change towards Sudan
REP. ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, Chairman Emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs:
  • Questioning whether Turkey is a true U.S. ally
  • The role of Arab nations in the war against the Islamic State
  • Will and should Congress have a say in a nuclear arms deal with Iran?
  • How Venezuela affects U.S. interests and security
GORDON CHANG, author of “The Coming Collapse of China”:
  • How credible is North Korea’s miniature nuclear weapons capability?
  • Kim Jong Un’s reappearance and North Korea’s most recent charm offensive
  • The status and prospects of the Hong Kong protests
  • Economic metrics reveal China’s deep seated economic challenges
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Michael Rubin

October 24th, 2014

MICHAEL RUBIN, Resident Scholar at AEI and author of “Dancing With the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes”:

PART ONE
  • A prognosis of U.S. policy in 2014 Iraq
  • Acting symbolically versus acting substantively against the Islamic State
  • American military intervention against IS: revenge or tactical?
PART TWO
  • Is the President taking the counsel of his military advisors?
  • President Obama’s misunderstanding of Turkey’s support for the Islamic State
  • An argument for closer U.S. ties with the Kurds
PART THREE
  • Deep penetration of Iraq's political and military leadership by pro-Iranian elements
  • Is a bad nuclear deal with Iran better than no deal at all?
  • Radical ideology's impact on Iran's decision making process on nuclear arms
PART FOUR
  • Egypt’s long fight against the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islam
  • Challenges President al-Sisi is up against in addressing Egypt’s domestic issues
  • Indications of a strained US-Egyptian relationship with the postponed sale of American military helicopters
  • Disproportionate blame placed on Israel for motivating Jihadist recruitment
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Rep. John Fleming, Tarek Fatah, Fred Fleitz, Diana West

October 23rd, 2014

Rep. JOHN FLEMING (LA-4), Member of the House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Natural Resources:

  • What’s animating the recent events in Canada?
  • Strategic implications of Vladimir Putin having nuclear capabilities in the Crimea
  • Stagnating US strategic and tactical nuclear forces
  • The potential for a dangerous executive amnesty for illegal immigrants in the US

TAREK FATAH, Canadian activist and author of “Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State”:

  • Addressing the political elements of Islam
  • The Canadian media's earlier treatment of Islamist ideology
  • The dangers of “two faced” allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar
  • How should President Obama respond to the threat Islamism poses to the free world?

FRED FLEITZ, senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy and former CIA analyst:

  • An intelligence analyst's perspective on "The New York Times" report of WMDs in Iraq
  • Concerns about President Obama’s foreign policy strategy
  • Possible motives and reasoning behind the Ottawa terror attack

DIANA WEST, author of  "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character”:

  • The attrition of the idea of America as a nation-state
  • A case for why deploying U.S. troops to fight Ebola is unconstitutional
  • Understanding the rules of engagement for American troops in West Africa
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Ted Bromund

October 22nd, 2014

TED BROMUND, Senior Research Fellow in Anglo-American Relations at the Heritage Foundation:

  • Safeguarding the U.S. Constitution from infringments in the realm of international treaties
  • The synthesis of a treaty to enforceable law
  • Today’s non-contractual nature of human rights treaties

PART TWO:

  • Examples of the Obama Administration bypassing Congress and the Senate
  • The Arms Trade Treaty's possible impact on the arming and resupplying of American allies
  • Treaties affecting the responsibility of Federal Courts to enforce gun control regulations

PART THREE:

  • The UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and American 2nd Amendment rights
  • Mexico’s biased handling of the 2015 Conference of States Parties Conference on the UN ATT
  • Congressional options to fight the ATT

PART FOUR

  • The Ottawa Convention's effect on U.S. anti-personnel land mine capabilities
  • A look at a NATO study on how land mines are essential to the U.S. military arsenal
  • The two primary components of the Iran nuclear treaty that will hurt the U.S.
  • Whether or not the U.S. should join the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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Rep. Steve Palazzo, Roger Noriega, Stephen Rademaker, Andy McCarthy

October 21st, 2014

Congressman STEVE PALAZZO (MS-4), member of the House Armed Services Committee, the Science, Space & Technology Committee, and the Committee on Homeland Security: 

  • Damaging effects of sequestration on the U.S. military coming to the fore in 2015
  • The difficulties of balancing the budget without compromising America’s security
  • A Congressional view on the security of the U.S. electrical grid and cyber warfare threats

ROGER NORIEGA, Former US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs: 

  • The lack of a legitimate political opposition in Bolivia’s recent elections
  • A potential for a shift from a socialist incumbent to a pro-business moderate in Brazil's upcoming runoff election
  • Venezuela’s controversial election to the U.N. Security Council
  • Latin American countries ban travel from Ebola-stricken countries in Africa

STEPHEN RADEMAKER, Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation: 

  • President Jimmy Carter and President Obama's different approaches to crisis management
  • The Administration’s false optimism in finding a serious arms control partner in Vladimir Putin
  • Reports that President Obama will circumvent Congress in order to finalize an unfavorable nuclear treaty with Iran

ANDY McCARTHY, former federal prosecutor and contributing editor with National Review Online:

  • Questioning the President’s leadership skills in the face of countless foreign policy issues
  • "Ebola Czar" Ron Klain's concerning lack of public health expertise
  • Comments by a moderate Muslim cleric that secular democracy must defeat the Islamic State

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Phyllis Schlafly, Patrick Poole, Reggie Littlejohn, Gordon Chang

October 20th, 2014

PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY, founder of Eagle Forum and author of “Who Killed The American Family?”:

         Implications of President Obama’s open border, pro-amnesty agenda

         Dangerous diseases that illegal child migrants are carrying across the Southern border

         How illegal immigrants help support big government in America

PATRICK POOLE, anti-terrorism consultant and regular contributor to PJ Media:

         The strategic importance of Baghdad International Airport in protecting Americans in Iraq

         Applying the lessons from the 9/11 Benghazi Attack to the situation in Baghdad

         Contingency plans for evacuating U.S. personnel if Baghdad falls to the Islamic State

         The latest failures to strengthen the Free Syrian army and other moderate rebels in Syria

REGGIE LITTLEJOHN, Founder and President of Women’s Rights without Frontiers:

         China’s coercive use of forced abortions to uphold its one-child policy

         Threats that China’s growing population of unmarried men may pose to domestic and international stability

         Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng’s persistence in revealing human rights abuses committed by the Chinese government

GORDON CHANG, author of “The Coming Collapse of China”:

         China’s failed social engineering policies and resulting population decline

         Differences in how India and China are faring in the world economy

         Will the reappearance of Kim Jong Un restore the status quo in North Korea?

         Recent spurts of violence in the Hong Kong protests

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Douglas Feith

October 17th, 2014

DOUGLAS FEITH, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and current Director of the Center for National Security Strategies at the Hudson Institute:

PART ONE

  • Understanding the true reach of the global Jihad
  • President Obama’s view of radical Islamist ideology
  • George W. Bush’s distinction between Islam as a religion versus Islam as a totalitarian tool of oppression

PART TWO

  • Identifying the distinctions between religious Islam and political Islamism
  • The challenges in criticizing the radical ideology of Islamism without condemning Islam as a whole
  • Common misconceptions about the Muslim Brotherhood

PART THREE 

  • Regional security implications of the intense rivalry between Qatar and Saudi Arabia
  • Turkish President Erdogan’s radical vision for reorienting Turkey from the West to the East
  • The complex relationship between ideology and fundamental security concerns in policy making

PART FOUR

  • The successes and failures of the three main elements of the War on Terror
  • Taking preventative measures against people converting to radical Islam
  • The need for a governmental office focused on radical ideology
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Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Ken Israel, Charles Faddis, and Caroline Glick

October 17th, 2014

Rep. PETE HOEKSTRA, retired Congressman and former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee:

  • The timing of the New York Times article on chemical weapons found in Iraq

  • Repercussions of the Bush Administration’s cover up of of its Iraqi chemical weapons discoveries

  • Weighing the possibility of the Islamic State obtaining chemical weapons in Iraq

Maj. Gen. KENNETH ISRAEL, USAF Ret., President of the Executive Committee of the Association of Old Crows:

  • Defining electronic warfare, what it entails, and what the U.S. needs to do to win

  • Steps needed to improve the functionality and efficiency of U.S. electronic warfare

  • The new battle ground of cyberspace

CHARLES FADDIS, former head of the CIA's WMD Terrorism Unit:

  • Grading the American government's response to a potential Ebola outbreak

  • Shortcomings in the U.S. defense against biological terror threats

  • The urgent need to secure America's borders in the midst of the debate over restricting air travel from West Africa

  • Debating the placement of National Guard troops at the southern U.S. border versus in West Africa

CAROLINE GLICK, author of "The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East":

  • Why Glick chose to enter the New York Time's controversial debate over "recognizing the non-existent state of Palestine"

  • The growth of anti-Israel sentiments in powerful European academic and political circles

  • Israel's response to international hostilities

 

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