Patrick Clawson

Watch his speaker playlist About the speaker Patrick Clawson is Morningstar senior fellow and director of research at the Washington Institute, where he directs the Iran Security Initiative, a flagship program focused on assessing the many points of challenge Iran poses to U.S. … Continue reading



The Taliban Revival: Violence and Extremism on the Afghan-Pakistan Frontier

Watch his speaker playlist About the speaker Hassan Abbas is Professor of International Security Studies and Chair of the Department of Regional and Analytical Studies at National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs (CISA). Aside from his expertise on … Continue reading



The Islam in Islamic Terrorism: The Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology

About the speaker Author Ibn Warraq‘s most recent book is The Islam in Islamic Terrorism: The Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology. In it, he takes the dogmas of jihadists seriously and critically examines the Islamic sources upon which they draw. … 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



Push and Pull of Religious Extremism: Who Are the Terrorists, How Are they Recruited, What Can We Do?

Watch his speaker playlist 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 … Continue reading



End of Christianity in the Cradle of Christendom?: A Report from Northern Iraq after ISIS

Watch David Eubank’s Speaker Playlist Watch Frank Wolf’s Speaker Playlist About the speaker David Eubank, former U.S. Army Ranger and Special Forces officer and founder of the Free Burma Rangers, will discuss his time spent on the front lines of … Continue reading



Unorthodox Thoughts In Regard to the Middle East Military Dimension

Unorthodox Thoughts In Regard to the Middle East Military Dimension Mark Helprin June 28, 2017 About the speaker Novelist Mark Helprin has written about defense and foreign relations for fifty years and advised officials at the highest levels from the … Continue reading



The Drivers of Russian Strategy in the Middle East

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



Islamism and Jihadism: The Challenge and the Threat for Trump

Watch his speaker playlist About the speaker Clifford D. May is the founder and President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a nonpartisan policy institute focusing on national security created immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks on the United States. … Continue reading



Next Steps in Immigration and National Security: The Global Response

Watch his speaker playlist About the speaker Dr. James Jay Carafano is the Heritage Foundation’s Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies. After the presidential election until the inauguration, he served as a leader of President-elect Trump’s transition team at the … Continue reading