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Bret Baier (Exclusively WSB)

Before moving to his post at the White House, Bret Baier was based at the Pentagon where he covered the military and intelligence communities. In those five years, Baier traveled to Iraq 12 times and to Afghanistan 11 times, giving him a one-of-a-kind perspective on the U.S.-led war on terror. With gripping stories from those trips and inspiring tales from his experiences with American troops on the frontlines, Baier is one of the only reporters in Washington with the ability to speak from first-hand experiences in war zones while conveying an insider’s knowledge of the high-stakes politics of war.

James Baker, III (Exclusively WSB)

Mr. Baker served as secretary of state as the Soviet Union collapsed and the Cold War ended, leaving the United States in a uniquely preeminent position – diplomatically, militarily and economically. Now, he says, terrorism and the development and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction have summoned the United States to a new and more difficult kind of leadership, both for our nation's own protection and to preserve peace and stability around the world. Mr. Baker reviews these and other global challenges, such as turmoil in Ukraine and the Middle East, North Korea's nuclear challenge, the need to integrate China into the international system, and the continuing battle for free trade and investment.

José Manuel Barroso (Exclusively WSB)

With an equal measure of sincerity and wit, José Manuel Barroso draws on his vast experiences to put the current geopolitical environment into context during this engaging and enlightening presentation. Audience members take away a modern and rationalized understanding of the geopolitical, economic and cultural pressures that must be faced to continue strengthening Europe’s global influence, create stability for the world’s citizens, and to promote a growth environment for multinational business.

José Manuel Barroso (Exclusively WSB)

In this moderated discussion, José Manuel Barroso examines subject matters such as: the future of the European Union, international security, the global economy, geopolitical trends, multicultural solidarity, emerging markets, and major nations of global concern such as America, China, Russia, Germany and Brazil. This presentation is focused and tailored to meet the specific needs of your audience.

With traditional journalism watchdog groups like the Columbia Journalism Review now asleep at the switch, traditional investigative reporting may be the only way to can stop the downward spiral in journalism standards on the Israeli-Palestinian and other Middle East conflicts.   Behar is one of the only highly-regarded mainstream media reporters who is deeply exposing bias, laziness and sloppiness in the Western media world’s coverage of this region.  He’s done it in Forbes, and more recently in the Mideast Dig, which he and his growing top-notch team aim to become a multilingual, multilingual and multinational investigative news operation.  The Dig’s focus includes Iran; the financing of global terrorism; Islamic extremism; organized crime; the boycott-Israel movement; and the many under-the-radar business ventures between the region’s Jews and Arabs.

Dramatic events in just the last three years have swept away many of the certainties and assumptions that businesses relied on to advance their global operations. In the broader Middle East, the events of the Arab Spring have radically reconfigured societies and often upended expectations about what kind of security states can provide. Terrorist violence has spread into new regions in Africa, while elsewhere, countries such as Brazil, Greece and Turkey have experienced widespread demonstrations and social unrest. At the State Department and the White House, Daniel Benjamin served at the center of international security policymaking, and he provides the audience with a map of the new global instability, separating myths from realities and explaining the forces that drive these transformations.

Since before the first al Qaeda attacks against American embassies in East Africa to the present day, Daniel Benjamin has been involved in America’s efforts to combat contemporary terrorism. As the longest-serving ambassador-at-large and chief of the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau and a White House counterterrorism official in the 1990s, Benjamin has been intimately involved in crafting the strategies that have weakened the world’s most formidable terrorist threat. Winner of the Council on Foreign Relations book award for The Age of Sacred Terror—a New York Times Notable Book—Benjamin provides a global perspective on the changing terrorist threat. He describes how the al Qaeda core in Pakistan has been crippled, and gauges the threats that have evolved in Yemen, Iraq and various parts of Africa. He examines the problem of Iran, the world’s foremost sponsor of terror, and its partner Lebanese Hezbollah. He describes how the Arab Spring has transformed the security landscape and the approaches we need to take to lock in the security gains of recent years. He also looks over the horizon at the long-term danger posed by the conflict in Syria and the sectarian strife now reshaping the Middle East and Persian Gulf.

Ben S. Bernanke (Exclusively WSB)

Drawing on his extraordinary career as chairman of the Federal Reserve, Dr. Ben S. Bernanke examines the current U.S. and global economic landscape and the key challenges facing the world today. His presentations are customized for each audience with conversational questions and answers from an interviewer.

John Bolton (Exclusively WSB)

Donald Trump’s inauguration as President heralds the possibility of dramatic changes in the global business environment. Ambassador John Bolton shares his unique understanding of President Trump’s agenda and policies, as well as what businesses should expect from his administration. Will President Trump reverse most Obama Administration policies, or will we see more continuity than the pundits and analysts have been predicting? Based on his international and diplomatic experience under three presidential administrations, Ambassador Bolton discusses:

  • What to expect from President Trump’s security policy, which could have far-reaching implications on financial and economic stability, particularly in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East
  • The impact of U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade agreements on international partnerships and the global business environment
  • The current political risk assessment of any given market or markets, grounded in history and projected forward for business-planning purposes
  • Key insight into trends to consider over the next several months, and future business outlook during the Trump Administration

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