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Ivo Daalder - Rebecca Costa

November 20th, 2014

Ivo H. Daalder is currently the President of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Prior to this, he was appointed United States Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary by President Barack Obama in May 2009. Daalder also served time as a Director for European Affairs on President Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995 to 1997. In this position he was responsible for coordinating United States policy toward Bosnia. Daalder was as a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution and is the author of twelve books.

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Alan Dershowitz - Rebecca Costa

November 13th, 2014

Alan Morton Dershowitz is an American lawyer, jurist, accomplished author, and political commentator. He graduated from Yale Law School and went on to serve as clerk for the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Supreme Court Associate Justice Arthur Goldberg. Dershowitz later joined the faculty of Harvard Law School and was made a full professor in 1967 at the age of 28, which made him the youngest full professor of law in the school’s history at the time. Much of his legal career is focused on criminal law that often involved high profile figures and he consistently takes on cases that provide a challenge.

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Robert “Bud” McFarlane - Rebecca Costa

November 6th, 2014

Robert Carl “Bud” McFarlane was the National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, serving from 1983 to 1985. McFarlane made the decision to resign in December of 1985 and roughly a year later in 1986, the Iran-Contra affair was exposed. McFarlane pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of withholding information from congress and was found guilty but was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Following the Iran-Contra affair, McFarlane went on to co-found McFarlane Associates Inc. and currently serves on several boards including the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP).

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Christine Todd Whitman - Rebecca Costa

October 30th, 2014

Christine Todd Whitman is an American politician and author who served as the 50th Governor of New Jersey from 1994 to 2001 and was the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Bush administration from 2001 to 2003. Whitman is first, and up to this point, the only female governor for the state of New Jersey. Since leaving the EPA, she has served as President of The Whitman Strategy Group, a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues. She is also co-chair of the Republican Leadership Council, which she founded with Senator John Danforth.

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Carol Moseley Braun - Rebecca Costa

October 23rd, 2014

Carol Moseley Braun is an American politician who represented Illinois in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1999. She was the first African-American woman to win an election to the U.S. Senate after defeating opponent Richard Williamson. In 1999, President Bill Clinton appointed Moseley Braun U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. In 2003, she campaigned for Democratic presidential nomination but was unsuccessful. Following her career in public office, Moseley Braun decided to follow her passion in agriculture to start Good Food Organics, a Certified USDA Organic and Biodynamic products company, in 2005.

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Edward O. Wilson - Rebecca Costa

October 16th, 2014

Edward Osborne “E.O.” Wilson is a notable American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist, and author. Wilson is most known for is his advancements in myrmecology, the study of ants, and he is considered to be the world’s leading authority on the subject. Some of his other career achievements include being a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time Pulitzer recipient, and is considered in the scientific world to be “the father of sociobiology” and “the father of biodiversity.” Wilson is currently the Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus in Entomology at Harvard University.

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Dan Fishbein - Rebecca Costa

October 9th, 2014

Dan Fishbein has been the President of Sun Life Financial U.S. since April of this year. As president, he oversees the company’s U.S. insurance operations and is the authority that the Sun Life International (Bermuda) Operations report to. Fishbein started out by receiving a Bachelor’s and Doctor of Medicine from Boston University and completed the Executive Education Finance Program at Wharton Executive Education. He is also a member of Massachusetts and Maine Medical Societies and an active Board Member of Spurwink Services.

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Josh Rushing - Rebecca Costa

October 2nd, 2014

Josh Rushing is the co-host of Al Jazeera’s “Fault Lines,” an award winning investigative documentary series produced and broadcasted by Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera America. Since helping launch the show in 2009, Rushing has appeared in 28 episodes of “Fault Lines,” covering a wide range of issues such as NSA surveillance and the drug war. Prior to joining Al Jazeera English in 2005, Rushing served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Rushing was featured in the motion picture documentary “Control Room” and his writing and photography have been published in several media outlets, including National Geographic.

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Tom Ridge - Rebecca Costa

September 25th, 2014

Thomas Joseph Ridge served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania, and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. His most notable government role was his position as the first US Secretary of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005 that was created by President George W. Bush following the September 11 terrorist attacks. Ridge has also served on the boards of several companies including The Hershey Company and Exelon Corporation. He is currently the founder and CEO of Ridge Global LLC, a security consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.

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John Dean - Rebecca Costa

September 18th, 2014

John Wesley Dean III served as the White House President Richard Nixon from July 1970 until April 1973. He was involved in the Watergate Burglaries and then the Watergate scandal cover-up. He pleaded guilty to one felony account in exchange for being a key witness for the prosecution. After Watergate, Dean moved on to become an investment banker, lecturer and author. His latest book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It, was published this July. In this book, Dean takes a closer look at Nixon’s recordings and puts aside any speculation by giving an account of what actually happened in regard to Nixon’s involvement Watergate.

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