The Ongoing War in the Persian Gulf: Why Does It Matter to the US?

About the speaker David Des Roches is Associate Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Security Studies at National Defense University. Prior to this, he was the Defense Department director responsible for policy concerning Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, the … Continue reading

Liberty in the Things of God: The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom

This Westminster talk was discussed in Juicy Ecumenism. Read the article, “The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom,” here. About the speaker Robert Louis Wilken is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity emeritus at the University of … Continue reading

The Effect of US Sanctions on Iran’s Economy

About the speaker Dr. Saeed Ghasseminejad is a senior Iran and financial economics advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, specializing in Iran’s economy and financial markets, sanctions and illicit finance. Born and raised in Iran, Saeed earned his Ph.D. … Continue reading

ISIS’ Leaderless Revolution And The Sri Lanka Attacks

About the speakers MeiLee Dozier MeiLee Dozier is an Asia-focused analyst with over 13 years of experience living and working in the region and nearly a decade devoted to in-depth analysis of its shifting geopolitical landscape, as well as its domestic … Continue reading

Which Revolution Will Succeed in Sudan?

A Sudanese intellectual leader recently said that, after the ouster of strongman Omar al-Bashir in April, the current turmoil in that country presents “a time of great hopes and terrifying fears.” The fear was manifest on June 3rd, when security … Continue reading

Caliphaters and Apocalyptic Jihad

About the speaker Dr. Richard Landes is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Communication at Bar-Ilan University (2015 to present). He is the author of a number of books, including Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience. Of his topic, … Continue reading

The Art of Peace: Engaging a Complex World

Watch her speaker playlist About the speaker Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon is a Senior Fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, and teaches at American University. For several decades, she has been one of the finest analysts and best … Continue reading

Purifying the Land of the Pure: Pakistan’s Religious Minorities

Watch her speaker playlist About the speaker Farahnaz Ispahani is the author of the recently released book Purifying The Land of The Pure: Pakistan’s Religious Minorities. In 2015, she was a Reagan-Fascell Scholar at the National Endowment for Democracy, in Washington, DC where she worked on Women and Extremist … Continue reading

US Strategy in the Middle East till 2020: Will it Work?

Watch his speaker playlist About the speaker Dr. Walid Phares, who served as a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump and Mitt Romney and is Fox News national security expert, will assess US policy towards the Greater Middle East from … Continue reading

The Future of the War on Terror – ISIS and After

Watch his speaker playlist About the speaker Ilan Berman is Senior Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. An expert on regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Russian Federation, he has consulted for … Continue reading