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Amb. Yoram Ettinger

January 30th, 2015

Amb. YORAM ETTINGER, formerly the Minister for Congressional Affairs to Israel's Embassy in Washington, DC:


  • Israel's role as America's "unsinkable aircraft carrier"
  • Why the American-Israeli alliance is at an all time high despite poor relations between leaders
  • American-Israeli ties as seen in the halls of Congress


  • Israel’s place at the center of the Iran nuclear debate
  • Nuclear-armed Iran is sure to test deterrence of Western powers
  • Iran’s “Death to America Day” in glorification of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran


  • Yemen in the context of the Sunni-Shia conflict: a historic invasion route to Saudi Arabia
  • How Iran plans to topple all pro-U.S. regimes in the Persian Gulf
  • Hezbollah and Hamas' roles as Iranian proxies
  • Historical precedents for stopping the nuclear ambitions of rouge regimes


  • The Iran, Hamas, and Islamic terrorism threats to Egypt and Israel
  • Israeli-Jordanian cooperation in aiding Syrian refugees
  • Is Israel a "life insurance policy" to Saudi Arabia?
  • Turkey’s posture towards the West since the rise of Erdoğan
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Rep. Lee Zeldin, Fred Fleitz, John Sitilides, Roger Noriega

January 29th, 2015

Rep. LEE ZELDIN (NY-1), House Foreign Affairs Committee Member and Co-Chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus:

  • What Netanyahu's invite tells about American support for Israel
  • Congress' role in American foreign policy
  • Reaffirming the U.S.-Israel alliance in light of the global Jihad

FRED FLEITZ, former CIA Analyst and Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy:

  • Capitol Hill Truth Squad briefing yesterday on the President's SOTU comments on the Iranian nuclear program
  • Global security implications of the Houthi takeover of Sana’a
  • Why the Obama Administration hasn’t labeled the Taliban an official terrorist organization
  • A meeting between State Department officials and Muslim Brotherhood representatives in Washington

JOHN SITILIDES, manager of the U.S. Department of State's professional development program for senior U.S. diplomats in Greece and Cyprus:

  • The unforeseen rise of the self-proclaimed radical left in Greece
  • The Syriza Party's plans for Europe, the Eurozone, and the European Union
  • How Syriza has already reneged on key elements of the European bailout
  • A potential Greek pivot to Russia and abandonment of the NATO alliance

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

  • Why the death of Alberto Nisman has consequences for Argentinian president Cristina Kirchner
  • Concerns the U.S. will appease Rául Castro by handing over control of Guantanamo Bay
  • The uncertain future of Venezuelan subsidy programs in light of a faltering economy—and just how generous are the subsidies?
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Bing West, Diana West, Fred Fleitz, Katherine Zimmerman

January 28th, 2015

BING WEST, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs:

  • Why Obama believes history will treat him favorably on foreign policy
  • Potential red lines that will force U.S. troops back into Iraq
  • The need for a new Anbar Awakening
  • American allies' mistrust of America’s role in defeating the Islamic State

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

  • Repression in Saudi Arabia and the Pentagon essay contest regarding the late King Abdullah
  • Controversy over the BBC’s hesitance to label the Charlie Hebdo attackers "terrorists"
  • The century-spanning discussion and debate over radical Islam
  • Will French authorities crack down on "no-go zones" and the urgent security threat posed by home-grown jihadists?

FRED FLEITZ, former CIA Analyst and Senior Fellow at Center for Security Policy:

  • Obama's recent statements concerning the dismantling of Iran’s nuclear program
  • How Iran is taking advantage of the U.S. power vacuum
  • The Middle East's looming nuclear arms race
  • Will Iran save the Obama Administration from itself?

KATHERINE ZIMMERMAN, Research Fellow and lead Al Qaeda Analyst on the American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project:

  • Shia Houthi rebels in control of Sanaa’a and the disbanding of the Yemeni government
  • Saudi Arabia’s options for confronting Iranian influence in Yemen
  • The role of U.S. counterterrorism policy in whatever governance arises in Yemen
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Rep. Chris Stewart, Fred Singer, Garry Kasparov, Andy McCarthy

January 27th, 2015

Rep. CHRIS STEWART (UT-02), member of the House Appropriations Committee and House Intelligence Committee:

  • Thoughts on the State of the Union Address and President Obama's worldview
  • The new Congress' role in fixing the problems of sequestration
  • Specific dangers of an EMP attack

Dr. FRED SINGER, former director of the National Weather Satellite Service and co-author of “Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years”:

  • A recent Senate resolution on climate change
  • Focusing on the "warming" in global warming and the bias behind current models
  • Controversies over methane levels in the atmosphere and man’s contribution to current carbon dioxide levels

GARRY KASPAROV, Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation and former world chess champion:

  • The 70th anniversary of the Soviet liberation of Auschwitz
  • Vladimir Putin’s open hostility towards democratic and free market principles
  • Russian disregard for Ukrainian sovereignty
  • Enforcing a global political agenda that prioritizes human rights

ANDY McCARTHY, former federal prosecutor:

  • Systematic repression and the supreme rule of shariah in Saudi Arabia
  • Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s foreign policy speech at the Henry Jackson Society in London
  • Muslim enclaves, also known as “no-go zones,” representing a serious security threat in Western Europe
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Rep. Peter Roskam, Joseph Humire, Bill Gertz, Gordon Chang

January 26th, 2015

Rep. PETER ROSKAM (IL-6), Subcommittee Chairman on Oversight of the House Ways and Means Committee:

  • Why Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress is vitally important
  • What is President Obama's Iranian pipe dream?
  • The nature of Congressional action on Iran
JOSEPH HUMIRE, Executive Director of the Center for a Secure Free Society, co-editor of “Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America”:
  • Alberto Nisman's death and a criminal case against Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman 
  • Is there a collusion between the government of Argentina, Iran, and Hezbollah?
  • Prospects concerning full normalization of relations and a democratic change in Cuba
BILL GERTZ, Senior Editor at the Washington Free Beacon:
  • Barack Obama’s foreign policy status at the time of the State of the Union
  • Developments in the Donetsk region and Russia's information warfare campaign
  • Chinese cyber espionage against the U.S. F-35 stealth fighter
  • Concerns behind the U.S. Special Operations Command's wargames in the Korean Peninsula
  • Chuck Hagel and U.S. nuclear disarmament 
GORDON CHANG, author of “The Coming Collapse of China” and “Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Against the World”:
  • President Obama’s trip to India
  • Cooperation between periphery countries in defiance of Beijing’s belligerent activities
  • Souring North Korea-China relations, and simultaneously strengthening North Korea-Russian relations 
  • How Sri Lanka fits into the picture of Chinese aspirations in the Indian Ocean
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Efraim Inbar, Caitlin Poling, Rep. Tom Marino, and Dr. Luis Fleischman

January 23rd, 2015

EFRAIM INBAR, Director of the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University:

  • Israeli-Saudi relations in light of the new Saudi King Salman
  • Iran and Hezbollah's new front against Israel in Syria
  • Continuing sour relations between Obama and Netanyahu

CAITLIN POLING, Director of Government Relations at the Foreign Policy Initiative:

  • Boko Haram 3.0 and the Islamic Caliphate in Africa
  • Boko Haram's relationship to other terror groups, such as Al-Shabaab and Al Qaeda
  • Logistical obstacles in the upcoming Nigerian election

Rep. TOM MARINO (PA-10), Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee:

  • Problems with European reliance on American funding to deal with security threats
  • The role of borders and immigration in American and European counterterrorism efforts
  • What is required for America to stay two steps ahead of plots against infrastructure
  • Why the threat of shariah in U.S. courts should not even be an issue

Dr. LUIS FLEISCHMAN,  author of “Latin America in the Post-Chavez Age: The Security Threat to the United States”:

  • The suspicious death of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman
  • A potential long-term relationship between Iran and Argentina
  • Growth of Iranian influence in the Western Hemisphere in response to contempt for the West
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Michael Rubin

January 22nd, 2015

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


  • Calibrating the Obama foreign policy doctrine into the realties of today’s threats
  • Obama's remarks on Iran in the State of the Union address
  • Will Obama's lasting legacy be the enabling and emboldening of dangerous rogue states?


  • Iranian rhetoric towards the United States, the Islamic Republic’s defense interests, and the destruction of Israel
  • The Iranian Revolution Guard's methods of exporting revolution
  • Iranian and Hezbollah agents killed in Golan Heights, Syria
  • Evidence of Iranian cyber intrusion in the U.S. electric grid and other important control systems


  • The Islamic State's dependency on Turkey
  • How Islamist groups feed into each other via Osama bin Laden's "strong horse"
  • Islamic terrorism's roots in religious interpretation
  • Evidence that Turkey has probably been sponsoring Boko Haram as well as the Islamic State


  • Nefarious activities of the Saudi government and royal family
  • Jordan and the UAE's condemnation of the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates
  • King Abdullah II's unpopularity in Jordan
  • Accusations that the Obama administration is appeasing dictators and harming relationships with Israel, Colombia, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan
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Keith Payne

January 21st, 2015

KEITH PAYNE, President and Co-Founder of the National Institute for Public Policy:


  • How the world has arrived in a "post-post-Cold War" era
  • Russia's geopolitical ambitions harken to the USSR's sphere of influence
  • Russia's publicly acknowledged modernization programs


  • Russia's prioritization of nuclear modernization versus the U.S. policy of gradual disarmament
  • Intelligence on Russian tactical nuclear weapons in the Crimea and violations of the 1987 INF Treaty
  • The "Great Underground Wall" of China


  • How estimations of China's nuclear capabilities are hindered by the Underground Great Wall
  • China's controversial decision to highlight hypothetical nuclear detonations and casualties on maps of the U.S.
  • Russia's history of reneging on reciprocity
  • Will President Obama's dreams of nuclear zero endanger his commitment to modernize the nuclear triad?
  • Current policy's impact on the morale of nuclear forces personnel
  • Should the United States resume testing of nuclear weapons?
  • The Guantanamo Bay deep water port as a possible base for Russian, Chinese, or Iranian attack submarines
  • How handing over control of Gitmo to Cuba would create a security risk for the Kings Bay, GA ballistic missile submarine base
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Rep. Rob Wittman, Jaime Suchlicki, Nina Shea, Andy McCarthy

January 20th, 2015

Rep. ROB WITTMAN, (VA-1) Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee:

  • National security in tonight's State of the Union address
  • Prospects for another sequester on the military
  • Why budget hawks must also be defense hawks
  • An assault on the strongest leg of the nuclear deterrent triad
JAIME SUCHLICKI, Director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami:
  • Is the U.S. giving too many concessions to Cuba?
  • Pattern of anti-American governments providing ‘economic life support’ to the Cuban regime
  • Should President Obama have waited until Rául Castro was out of power before normalizing relations?
  • Dangers of Russia, China, or Iran taking control of the Guantanamo Bay strategic port

NINA SHEA, Director of the Center for Religious Freedom and Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute:

  • Motivations behind the religious cleansing of Christians throughout the Middle East and Africa
  • Destruction of the religious diversity of the Middle East by the Islamic State
  • The surprising source of hate speech laws
ANDY McCARTHY, author of “Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment”:
  • The Obama Surge: the continued release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay
  • Polling that shows large numbers of French residents are unconcerned with the growth of shariah blasphemy doctrine in France
  • Threats posed by Islamic sympathizers inside the United States government
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Douglas Murray, Gal Luft, Rudy Atallah, Neil Munro

January 16th, 2015

DOUGLAS MURRAY, Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society:

  • Politicians’ distancing of Islam from recent terror attacks in France
  • Passive media tolerance of shariah blasphemy laws
  • What is the reality of radicalism in Birmingham, England?
RUDY ATALLAH, former Africa Counterterrorism director at the US Department of Defense:
  • The evolution of Boko Haram, and its recent attack on the town of Baga
  • Implications of next month’s Nigerian elections
  • Strengthening Boko Haram-Islamic State ties
  • Connections between the Paris supermarket terrorist and the nation of Mali

GAL LUFT, Co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security and Senior Adviser to the United States Energy Security Council:

  • How America’s new glut of natural gas threatens OPEC’s energy monopoly
  • Saudi Arabia’s plans to destroy fracking and natural gas in America
  • Why unintended consequences for other countries reliant on oil herald potential global disaster

NEIL MUNRO, White House Correspondent for the Daily Caller:

  • Why Islamic/Arab society has failed and how President Obama punishes America for this failure
  • The stifling of press freedom under the Obama Administration to silence mentions of Jihad
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