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Itamar Marcus, Gordon Chang, Dr, Jaime Suchliki, Claudia Rosett

July 21st, 2014

ITAMAR MARCUS, Founder and Director of Palestinian Media Watch:

  • Differences between Hamas' long-term ideological goals and short-term political goals in the conflict with Israel
  • Fatah's masking of its anti-Semitic sentiments from the non-Arabic speaking world
GORDON CHANG, author of "The Coming Collapse of China":
  • Assessing the potential for instability as a result of China's "anti-corruption" campaign
  • Resistance in China towards the internal leadership of the Communist Party
  • The US Navy's displeasure with China for sending an intelligence ship to watch the RIMPAC exercises
Dr. JAIME SUCHLICKI, Director of the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies:
  • Putin's motives for strengthening Russian-Cuban ties, and that relationship's possible impact on tensions between Russia and the United States
  • Concerns that a satellite tracking station in Cuba will be a front for Russian eavesdropping operations
  • Potential next steps for Putin's expansion of Russian influence further into Latin America
  • The US's possible isolation in Latin America in contrast with countries like Russia finding new avenues of trade and building new relationships in the region
CLAUDIA ROSETT, Journalist In Residence at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies:
  • Mystery surrounding a North Korean cargo ship that entered the Gulf of Mexico, turned off its transponder for nine days, and is now run-aground off the coast of Mexico
  • Potential Russian involvement in the downing of airliner Malaysian MH-17
  • Extension of the Iranian nuclear negotiations past the July 20th deadline
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Paul Kengor

July 18th, 2014

PAUL KENGOR, author of "11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative":

Part 1:
  • The fundamental transformation of America's role in the world and who might be next to fill this power void
  • Polish concern about Russian aggression in Eastern Europe
  • The relationship between China's regional aggression and the perceived decline of American global leadership
Part 2:
  • Comparing the foreign policies of Presidents Obama, Carter, and Reagan
  • Putin's opinion of Obama's foreign policy, particularly towards Russia
  • Influence of President Obama's upbringing on his foreign policy decisions

Part 3:

  • Barack Obama's political background and relationship with US Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis
  • Influence of White House staffers Valerie Jarett and David Axelrod on the Administration
  • Arguing the need for a loyal opposition to hold the president accountable
Part 4:
  • A history of Hillary Clinton's religious beliefs, and a look at her current seemingly indifference to religious freedoms
  • Dangers of the Clinton-sponsored Istanbul Process
  • Recommendations for how the Republican Party can create a pro-American alternative to the status-quo
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Yoram Ettinger, Bill Roggio, Michael S. Smith II, Fred Fleitz

July 17th, 2014

Former Israeli Ambassador YORAM ETTINGER:

  • Situation report on the conflict between Israel and Hamas
  • Global consequences of not dealing successfully dealing with Hamas
  • Ways in which Israel can make use of the knowledge it gained from past disputes with Hamas

BILL ROGGIO, of The Long War Journal:

  • Exploitation of the U.S. border crisis by enemies of America
  • The conflict in Gaza and how Hamas is fairing
  • Analyzing why Israel is still viewed as a pariah by the international media, despite exercising restraint in its tactical strikes in Gaza
  • Iraqi military's recent surprise defeat in Tikrit at the hands of the Islamic State

MICHAEL S. SMITH II, co-founder of Kronos Advisory:

  • The concept of ba'yat amongst Al Qaeda and other terror groups
  • Growing rift between ISIS and Al Qaeda
  • Similarities in goals and ideologies among terror groups such as ISIS, Hamas, and Al Qaeda

FRED FLEITZ, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy:

  • Have the security implications of Chinese internet giant Alibaba's IPO entry into the US marketplace been sufficiently analyzed?
  • New reports about the NSA's data collection program
  • Approaching July 20th deadline for the Iranian nuclear talks, and the possibility of sanctions if a deal is not made
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Michael Ledeen, John Wagner, John Wohlstetter, Noah Pollak

July 16th, 2014

MICHAEL LEDEEN, Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies:

  • Status update on the nuclear talks with Iran
  • Uncovering the extent of Iran's global influence
  • What the United States can do in response to Iran's rising regional power
  • Arguing the need for a global response to a global war

JOHN WAGNER, former member of the CENTCOM task force that searched for Bowe Bergdahl:

  • Explanation of why the Pentagon has returned Bowe Bergdahl to active duty
  • Options for the Army as it investigates Bergdahl's disappearance
  • What are the potential legal and/or punitive outcomes for Bergdahl?

JOHN WOHLSTETTER, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute:

  • Hamas' rejection of the Egyptian-proposed cease-fire and the continuing conflict in the Gaza Strip
  • Societal differences between the Palestinian and Israeli populations
  • Could Israel and the Fatah government in the West Bank unify to combat Hamas in the Gaza Strip?

NOAH POLLAK, of The Weekly Standard:

  • Criticism of Hamas' tactics of placing critical terrorist infrastructure, leaders, and weapons in densely-populated civilians areas within Gaza
  • Hamas' use of UN and foreign aid to carry out its civil responsibilities to the citizens of Gaza
  • Israel's inability to adopt an isolationist foreign policy and the need for the international community to rally against state sponsors of terrorism
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Bill Cowan, Rebeccah Heinrichs, Daniel Silva, Andy McCarthy

July 15th, 2014

BILL COWAN, former member of the Pentagon’s Intelligence Support Activity:

  • The role the Syrian conflict played in helping the Islamic State emerge from al-Qaeda in Iraq
  • Analyzing the extent of Iranian influence within Iraq’s government
  • Intelligence and military options for the United States in Iraq
  • The national security threat posed by unknown people crossing the US’s southern border

REBECCAH HEINRICHS, a nuclear deterrence and missile defense expert who formerly managed the Congressional Missile Defense Caucus:

  • Problems within the U.S. Air Force missile crews responsible for maintenance and operations of the land-based leg of the US strategic triad
  • Failures to modernize U.S. nuclear forces and Ohio-class nuclear submarines
  • Solutions for improving the U.S. missile defense systems

DANIEL SILVA, #1 New York Times best selling author:

  • Origins of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge
  • The 14th anniversary of the Two State Solution’s rejection by Yasser Arafat
  • Silva’s new New York Times best seller, “The Heist”

ANDY McCARTHY, author of “Faithless Execution: Making the Case for the Impeachment of Barack Obama”:

  • Government inaction that helped lead to the current immigration crisis
  • Ways the Cloward-Piven Social Welfare Theory may be at work in U.S. immigration policy
  • The systemic problems facing the Obama administration
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Jason Black, Roger Noriega, Rep. John Fleming, Gordon Chang

July 14th, 2014

JASON BLACK, grid expert at Battelle Memorial Institute:

  • The vulnerabilities to and challenges of protecting the electrical grid
  • Steps that comprise a "holistic approach" to strengthening the security of the grid

ROGER NORIEGA, American Enterprise Institute:

  • Electrical grid incidents in Mexico and Arizona
  • How the Guatemalan and Mexican governments have played a role in the invasion of the southern U.S. border
  • Brazil's embarrassing loss in the World Cup and how it's contributing to political upheaval in the country
  • The current BRIC summit in Brazil and the challenges these economies face
Rep. JOHN FLEMING (LA-4), member of the House Armed Services Committee and former U.S. Navy Medical Officer: 
  • Hamas rocket attacks on Israel
  • The Caliphate newly established by the Islamic State
  • 1 Trillion in cuts to U.S. defense capability in the past five years
  • Missile defense and nuclear posture 
  • A surprising US agreement to collaborate with China on smart grid technology 
  • Implications of Chinese giant Alibaba's initial public offering for U.S. investors
  • Evidence of internal strife within the Chinese government
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Rep. Luke Messer, Lenny Ben-David, Bill Gertz, Fred Gedrich

July 11th, 2014

Rep. LUKE MESSER, Indiana's 6th District:

  • Japan's changing defense policy and the current US-Japanese relationship
  • Proposed IPO move to the U.S. Market by Alibaba, a company with known ties to the Chinese government
  • Israeli-American relations in light of the escalating violence between Israel and Hamas
LENNY BEN-DAVID, former Deputy Chief of Mission for Israel's embassy in Washington, DC:
  • Hamas's decision to order civilians to serve as human shields on houses identified as targets for Israeli air strikes
  • Evaluating the wisdom of relinquishing Gaza to the Palestinians
  • Questioning the notion that Fatah can be a viable partner for peace
  • The prospect for the use of ground forces to neutralize threats to Israel in Gaza
BILL GERTZ, of the Washington Free Beacon and Washington Times:
  • Rundown on two new parts to the Chinese military build up: Scramjet technology and a next generation nuclear attack submarine
  • Comments made by a US official indicating that the Chinese will be given access to US electric infrastructure
  • US policy towards Iraq and the Islamic State

FRED GEDRICH, foreign policy and national security analyst:

  • Threats of ballistic missiles to America's homeland security
  • The successes and failures of missile defense in the U.S.
  • Credible threats of an EMP attack against the U.S.
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Fred Fleitz, Joshua Muravchik, Bill Roggio

July 10th, 2014

FRED FLEITZ, fellow at the Center for Security Policy:

  • New documents leaked by Edward Snowden detailing NSA and FBI surveillance practices
  • Misleading claims made by Glen Greenwald about the NSA's spying targets in the American Muslim community
  • The Council on American Islamic Relations' connections to Hamas
JOSHUA MURAVCHIK, author of "Making David Into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel":
  • Influence of the works of Columbia University Professor Edward Said on the international attitude towards the US-Palestinian conflict
  • The current threat Hamas poses to Israel
  • State of the Obama Administration's relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel
  • Material and intellectual trends in the second half of the 20th century that transformed international attitudes towards Israel
  • The role the United Nations has played in legitimizing the demonization of Israel

BILL ROGGIO, editor of the Long War Journal:

  • ISIS and the shifting alliances in Syria and Iraq
  • Internal conflict within Al-Qaeda
  • The Iranian presence in Iraq
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Randy Weber, Diana West, Stuart Poole-Robb, Ace Lyons

July 9th, 2014

  • The porousness of the southern border serving as a magnet for human trafficking
  • Implications of providing aid to the illegal immigrants crossing the border: where does it end?
  • Details of Rep. Weber’s new bill to hold Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador accountable for the surge of illegal immigrants crossing the US's southern border
  • Public health concerns over the thousands of illegal aliens entering the US without medical examinations
DIANA WEST, author of "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character":
  • President Obama's request for nearly four billion dollars to stem the waves of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border
  • The creation of a future Democratic voting base in traditionally conservative states along the border thanks to lax immigration enforcement
  • Similarities in crises facing the United States and Israel

STUART POOLE-ROBB, former MI6 and UK military intelligence officer:

  • A look at Dragonfly, the foreign cyber-attack group that has spread malware to spy on—and potentially sabotage—US and EU energy companies
  • Dangers of cyber-terror to the electric grid
Admiral JAMES "ACE" LYONS, Former Commander and Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Head of the Center for Security Policy's Military Committee:
  • Iran's attempts to conceal its nuclear facilities from international inspectors, as the talks approach their deadline
  • Evidence for Iranian involvement in the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya
  • Is a Iranian/U.S. alliance wise to help defend Iraq against the Islamic State?
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Gordon Chang, Robin Simcox, Caroline Glick, Andy McCarthy

July 8th, 2014


  • Chinese internet giant Ali Baba's plans to enter the US capital markets
  • China's strategy for South Korea
  • Chinese-Taiwanese relations

ROBIN SIMCOX, research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society:

  • Background of ISIS leader Al Baghdadi and the current state of the newly-declared Caliphate
  • Reasons why ISIS is able to hold large amounts of territory while still having a relatively small fighting force
  • The fight between Al Qaeda and ISIS, and what notable Jihadi clerics in the region think about the group
  • Ways the threat in Iraq may spread to the West

CAROLINE GLICK, author of "The Israeli Solution":

  • Fatah's incitement of violence towards Israelis in response to the murder of a Palestinian teen
  • Why the Obama administration's support for the newly formed Fatah-Hamas Unity Government is in breach of US law
  • Ways the US can support Israel

ANDY MCCARTHY, author of "Faithless Execution":

  • Insights on the trial of recently caught Benghazi terror suspect Ahmed Abu Khattalah
  • Lawlessness in the Obama Administration
  • Reasons that members of the Executive Branch could be impeached for their actions
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