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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.

Paul Begala (Exclusively WSB)

Paul Begala has seen it all—government united, government divided, gridlock and clear sailing. He now draws on his extensive experience to give audiences an understanding of the impact of today’s political landscape on such issues as the economy, budget deficit, health care, immigration, the future of Social Security and Medicare, U.S. foreign policy, the on-going war in Afghanistan, the unrest in the Middle East and other critical issues facing the country here at home and around the world.

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.

In today’s political culture Democrats and Republicans divide on practically everything from the war in Afghanistan to gay marriage to health care to Supreme Court nominations. Is the intensity and animosity of today’s political climate unprecedented or exaggerated? Or is this just business-as-usual Washington politics? And how has an intense political climate impacted the Trump Administration’s agenda and its working relationship with Congress? A well-known Republican who has crossed party lines throughout his political career to pursue important common purposes, Bill Bennett has the pulse of the American electorate as the host the popular, nationally-syndicated radio program Bill Bennett’s Mornings in America. In this timely presentation, Bennett gets to the truths behind the current political prevailing sentiments and engages in a lively conversation on the issues moving the American electorate.

Michelle Bernard (Exclusively WSB)

At a time when American politics are increasingly polarized, political analyst Michelle Bernard brings audiences a refreshingly centered in-depth look at some of the day’s most complex topics and distills multifaceted stories into a thought-provoking analysis. Whether the issues are national security and terrorism, foreign policy, education or the economy, Bernard provides an up-to-the-minute look at the breaking news shaping our world. She provides thoughtful examination on the role of culture, race, gender and religion in electoral politics as well as the media’s role in shaping political campaigns. Bernard is also able to look back on Barack Obama’s presidency, examine what impact the election of the Nation’s first African American president has had on race relations in America and around the world, and if advocacy of personal responsibility and stable families has become a call to arms to minorities and people of color. In this informative talk, Bernard helps audiences understand the challenges both political parties face in these fractious times. Calling for an increase in civil discourse, she firmly believes that this enormous political divide can be bridged, and provides effective policy solutions that are needed on issues of both domestic and international importance.

Drawing on his years studying leadership at the Harvard Business School and as a presidential historian, Beschloss, customizing his presentation for each audience, picks the most brilliant successes and the most lethal mistakes made in business and politics – and shows what they can teach us.

From his talks with presidents, Supreme Court justices, diplomats and members of Congress and his quarter-century in the capital, Beschloss reveals the hidden side of important personalities and behind-the-scenes developments that may soon have a major impact on your life.

How do we make sense of the world today and America’s role in addressing complex global challenges? This question has created a new divide, but not along established lines—Democrat versus Republican, liberal versus conservative. Rather, the chasm is between those with very different ideas about how to manage the forces of change. Increasing numbers of Americans question the merits of being open to the world. They worry that refugees pose a threat to their physical security and immigrants to their identity, free trade comes at their expense, and global engagement is more a burden than a benefit. The argument that we’re better off pulling up the drawbridge is understandable.

But it misses the reality that an increasing number of challenges—from epidemics to climate change, violent extremism to cyber terrorism—are beyond the capacity of any one nation to address. It denies the importance of a U.S.-led global order that keeps people, products, ideas, and capital flowing with common rules, norms, and institutions. Go inside senior national security and foreign policy deliberations to learn how this debate over America’s role in the world impacts our daily lives.

Hear from one of our nation’s top diplomats why U.S. global engagement matters for every American and what we need to do to ensure its benefits reach more of our citizens. 

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