David Goldman: Will China overtake the U.S. as the world’s leading superpower?

Watch his speaker playlist here About the speaker David Goldman is an American economist, music critic, and author, best known for his series of online essays in the Asia Times under the pseudonym Spengler. He is the Wax Family Fellow … Continue reading



Shmuel Bar: The Demise of the Arab State, Re-Tribalization, and the Emergence of “Jihadistans” in the Next Five Years

Watch his speaker playlist here About the speaker Dr. Shmuel Bar served for thirty years in the Israeli government, first in the IDF Intelligence and then in the analytic and operational positions in the Israeli Office of the Prime Minister. Since the mid … Continue reading



Ahmet Yayla

Watch his speaker playlist here About the speaker Ahmet S. Yayla, Ph.D. is co-author of the book, ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate. He is the former Deputy Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent … Continue reading



The Future of Iraqi Kurdistan, the Kurdish Independence Referendum, Women’s Rights, and What Happened under ISIS in Iraq

Watch her speaker playlist About the speaker In 2014, Sarwah won a seat in the Iraqi Parliament as a member of the Goran (Change) party. Defending women’s rights and democracy in Kurdistan and the Iraqi Parliament, Sarwah recently became the … Continue reading



The Sunni Response to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – Toward MAD or Stability?

About the speaker Robert “Bud” McFarlane was National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan from 1983 to 1985. Transcript Robert R. Reilly: Our speaker tonight needs very little introduction because of his distinguished reputation and you know of course of … Continue reading



Winning Battles, Losing Wars: Rethinking U.S. Strategy in the Middle East

Watch his speaker playlist About the speaker Michael Eisenstadt is the Kahn Fellow and director of The Washington Institute’s Military and Security Studies Program. A specialist in Persian Gulf and Arab-Israeli security affairs, he has published widely on irregular and … Continue reading



A New U.S. Response to Upheaval in the Middle East

A New U.S. Response to Upheaval in the Middle East Walid Phares BAUI University Provost and Director for international studies. September 6, 2013 U.S. Capitol Visitor Center – Room HVC 201RSVP: info@westminster-institute.org Dr. Walid Phares, who served as a foreign … Continue reading



Iran’s Global Ambition

Watch his speaker playlist here About the speaker Dr. 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 … Continue reading