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Herman Pirchner, Katherine Zimmerman, Qanta Ahmed, Bill Gertz

April 18th, 2014 ·

HERMAN PIRCHNER, founding President of the American Foreign Policy Council

  • Putin claims the right to use force in "New Russia," even as a deal to remove occupying forces from Eastern Ukraine is being brokered
  • Echoes of World War II—Putin purportedly protecting ethnic Russians in Eastern Ukraine
  • How long would ordinary Ukrainian and Russian troops be willing to fight each other?

KATHERINE ZIMMERMAN, senior analyst at AEI and Al Qaeda Team Lead at AEI's Critical Threats Project:

  • The significance of the video posted by Al Qaeda depicting a large public gathering of Al Qaeda leaders and fighters in Yemen
  • Did American intelligence know about the gathering? Why were there no drone strikes?
  • Al Qaeda is spreading, despite President Obama's rhetoric on the terrorist group

QANTA AHMED, author of "In the Land of Invisible Women," and featured interviewee in the film "Honor Diaries"

  • Debate over religious or cultural justification for female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Increasing rates of FGM in the Muslim diaspora communities in the West
  • FGM, honor killings, child marriage, and gender inequality among particular Muslim cultures

BILL GERTZ, Senior Editor at the Washington Free Beacon:

  • Multiple low altitude flyovers of a U.S. Navy warship in the Black sea by a Russian fighter jet—referred to by the US only as "unprofessional"
  • Russia's military build-up along Ukraine's Eastern border
  • Russia's denial of the "Open Skies" treaty which allows approved U.S. military over-flights throughout Russian airspace. Gertz has evidence that the US's reason for the cancellation of a flight was untrue.
  • The Obama Administration's refusal to provide Ukraine with lethal, non-lethal or force multiplying aid
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Daniel Gallington, Charles Brooks, Clare Lopez, Roger Noriega

April 16th, 2014 ·

DANIEL GALLINGTON, former bipartisan general counsel for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

  • Putin's KGB tactics and Russia's violation of weapons treaties
  • Why arms treaties historically favored Russia/USSR
  • Chinese pursuit of a "space control capacity"
  • Increasingly political nature of the Congressional intelligence committees, and the Senate Intel Democratic Staff's report on enhanced interrogation techniques
  • Concerns about the legal closeness of enhanced interrogation to torture

CHARLES BROOKS, Vice President and Client Executive for the Department of Homeland Security at Xerox:

  • Cyber-security's status as one of the most pressing concerns for the federal government, and DHS especially
  • An overview of the newly discovered Heartbleed bug and various other forms of vulnerabilities that exist within cyberspace
  • The soft target nature of social network sites and the steps that one can take to harden their personal information against cyber-attacks

CLARE LOPEZ, Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy:

  • Brandeis University's rescinding of an honorary doctorate invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a prominent critic of Islam, after protests
  • NYPD's decision to disband its covert unit tasked with "human terrain mapping" in local mosques
  • The Islamic Society of North America's "Safe Spaces Initiative," and understanding the historical use of mosques as centers of command and control for jihad
  • Problem with little to no mention of the Tsarnaev brothers or jihad on Boston Bombings anniversary

RORGER NORIEGA, former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States:

  • U.N. report labeling Latin America as the most dangerous region in the world
  • Recent negotations in Colombia between the government and a regional narco-trafficking organization known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)
  • The tie between widespread criminality and narco-trafficking to a regional increase in immigration to the United States
  • The latest dialogue in Venezuela between government offices and opposition representatives
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Andrew McCarthy, Mark Krikorian, Monica Crowley, Kevin Freeman

April 15th, 2014 ·

ANDY McCARTHY, former federal prosecutor and author of "Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy"

  • 1-year anniversary of the Boston Bombing, and the intentional lack of references to the Tsarnaev brothers and jihad in the remembrance dialogue
  • Use of mosques and community centers as recruitment tools for Islamic supremacist ideology in the US 
  • New "safe spaces" initiative of Muslim American groups to confront surveillance in mosques
MARK KRIKORIAN, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies

  • Remarks on illegal immigration made by Jeb Bush, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate
  • The federal government's selective deportation policy enforcement 
  • The overall insecurity of the U.S.'s southern border

MONICA CROWLEY, author of "What the (Bleep) Just Happened?"

  • A reflection on the political landscape that led to the events in Ukraine 
  • Hilary Clinton's service as Secretary of State and the political repercussions of her foreign policy efforts with the Russian government 
  • The recent Russian MIRV (multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle) ICBM test launch 
KEVIN FREEMAN, author of "Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself Against the Coming Cyber-Econonmic Attack": 

  • Russian capabilities for crashing the US economy in retaliation for sanctions
  • Vulnerabilities created by America's reliance on the internet 
  • Vladimir Putin's intentions to get rid of the US dollar as the world's reserve currency
  • The means the US has to fight an economic war--fracking, hardening the grid, repatriating overseas corporate earnings
  • Heartbleed virus—who knew about it the last two years? 
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Jack Keane, Mario Loyola, Tom Popik, Gordon Chang

April 14th, 2014 ·

With Jack Keane, Mario Loyola, Tom Popik, Gordon Chang

General JACK KEANE (Ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army:

*Implications of US action vs. inaction in Syria
* Possibility for safely training and arming the Syrian moderate rebel forces
*Proposed limited strikes against Syrian government infrastructure, as Assad keeps secret chemical weapons
*First stage of a Russian military invasion of Ukraine

MARIO LOYOLA, former Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy during the Gorge W. Bush Administration

*The USSR-era formation of Ukraine's present-day boundaries
*Geo-politcal and strategic implications of further Russian expansion
*Recommendations to forward-deploy American and NATO troops in eastern Ukraine and countries bordering Russia
*US's refusal to grant Iranian UN Ambassador a visa because of his involvement in terror activities.

TOM POPIK, founder of the Foundation for Resilient Societies

* Recent congressional hearing, "Keeping the Lights On: Are We Doing Enough to Ensure the Reliability and Security of the Electric Grid?"
* Merits of publicizing level of grid vulnerability
* FERC, NERC, and self-regulation of the electric utilities

GORDON CHANG, columnist at

*Recent visit by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to China, and the Chinese's disdain for his "kowtowing"
*US's diminishing focus on human rights in China
*The possible benefits of President Obama's upcoming Asia trip

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Bill Gertz, Tim Wilson, Roger Noriega, Cliff May

April 11th, 2014 ·

BILL GERTZ, Senior Editor at the Washington Free Beacon, scrutinizes the Administration's Pivot to Asia policy. Gertz details that this policy has been largely reduced to rhetorical measures and exercises with regional allies, while neglecting any real signs of military force projection.

TIM WILSON, visiting fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains how Iranian shipping patterns indicate that the easing of sanctions has allowed for a significant boost to its economy. Wilson contends that the level of economic prosperity in post-sanction relief Iran is far greater than what the State Department intended.

ROGER NORIEGA, former Ambassador to the Organization of American States, questions the validity of the talks between Venezuelan dissidents and the Maduro regime. Noriega also expresses support for the "Cuban Twitter" funded by USAID, which recently came under fire at a Congressional hearing.

President of Foundation for Defense of Democracies CLIFF MAY contends that Vladimir Putin is content with being a "19th century man," as Secretary John Kerry referred to him. May also establishes that Kerry's declaration that the era of the Monroe Doctrine is over will welcome hostile forces to the Western Hemisphere. Finally, May lays out why PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas does not necessarily have the authority to make a deal with Israel.

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Rep. Mike Kelly, Henry Nau, Bill Roggio, Fred Fleitz

April 10th, 2014 ·

Congressman, MIKE KELLY (PA-3) contends that the U.N Arms Treaty threatens United States' sovereignty and dilutes American leverage on the international stage.

HENRY NAU, author of "Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman and Reagan," defines the term "conservative internationalism." Nau goes on to outline specific cases, notably Syria, in which the term can be usefully applied.

BILL ROGGIO, managing editor of the Long War Journal, reports on the Syrian civil war. He argues that the lack of moderate groups fighting in the country means U.S. support could have devastating consequences for the region.

Fred Fleitz, senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy, critiques a report regarding Bush-era enhanced interrogation programs conducted by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

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Zalmay Khalilzad, Jerry Boykin, Gordon Chang, Roger Robinson

April 2nd, 2014 ·

ZALMAY KHALILZAD, formerly a US Ambassador to the UN, Afghanistan, and Iraq, lays out what remaining leverage Russia has over the US in Afghanistan. He also explains why he is hopeful that this Saturday's presidential elections in Afghanistan will see a president elected who is in favor of a bilateral security agreement with the US. 

Lt. Gen. JERRY BOYKIN, Executive Vice President of the Family Research Council, argues that social experimentation is turning the US military into a homeland defense force, unable to respond effectively to problems overseas. He also reports on the FBI's apparent severing of ties with the controversial Southern Poverty Law Center. 

GORDON CHANG, of and World Affairs Journal, weighs in on the rationale leading up to North Korea's recent non-lethal shelling into South Korean waters. Chang goes on to discuss an array of topics that include China's courting of South Korea, President Obama's recent effort to restore Korean-Japanese relations, and First Lady Michelle Obama's trip to China.

Former Senior Director of International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council ROGER ROBINSON draws parallels between the implementation of economic warfare in the U.S.S.R. of old and Putin's Russian Federation of today. He details further several measures by which the United States and its NATO allies can best combat Russia's economic strategy.

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Adam Kredo, Fred Fleitz, Nonie Darwish, Rich Miniter

March 28th, 2014 ·

Senior Writer for the Washington Free Beacon, ADAM KREDO, addresses the discontinuation of Tomahawk and Hellfire missile production. Without viable replacement options, this will leave behind significant void once these missile stockpiles have been fully depleted in an estimated 18 months. He also discusses the ramifications of depleting U.S. military assets during a period of global geo-politcial instability.

FRED FLEITZ, senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy, examines the Metadata program and the proposed changes to the program the President and others in the government want to make.

RICH MINITER, author of "Eyes on Target," gives an inside look into his new book, highlighting experiences and stories from the Navy Seals' most harrowing missions.

NONIE DARWISH, Egyptian-American human rights activist and author of "The Devil We Don't Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East," sheds light how the recognition of Shariah-adherent wills in British common law sets back progress of women's rights.

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Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Cdr. Kirk Lippold, Andrew McCarthy, Bill Roggio

March 27th, 2014 ·

Congressman JIM BRIDENSTINE, of the 1st district of Oklahoma, explains how energy and defense budget issues influence US foreign policy options in their relevance to managing US interests in Russia and Ukraine.

Former Naval Commander (Ret.) KIRK LIPPOLD, lays out a strategy for Naval leadership to counter decreasing capabilities.

ANDY MCCARTHY, author of Spring Fever, lists the precedents of the Clinton and the Obama Administrations that tie the US's hands in terms of responding to Vladmir Putin and the annexation of Crimea.

BILL ROGGIO, of the Long War Journal, discusses Obama's upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia. He further details how both the Saudi and Turkish governments have policies of leniency towards jihadist members actively engaged in "external Jihad" operations.
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With Rep. Lamar Smith, Riki Ellison, Paul Kengor, Chris Griffin

March 25th, 2014 ·

Representative LAMAR SMITH, chair of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, makes the case for why immigration reform would be counterproductive, and why the US should focus its efforts on securing the borders first.

RIKI ELLISON, of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, discusses Putin's aggression in Ukraine and the appropriate NATO response.

PAUL KENGOR, historian, professor of political science at Grove City College and author of "11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative", examines how President Reagan's "peace through strength" principle can effectively be implemented into today's foreign policy scene.

CHRIS GRIFFIN, the executive director of the Foreign Policy Initiative, goes through the policy recommendations made in a recent open letter produced by FPI concerning Ukraine. The letter advises more support for Ukraine, greater efforts to isolate Russia, and strengthening NATO.

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