Afghanistan: From the Great Game to the Global War on Terror
Ali Jalali is Afghanistan's Ambassador to Germany and designated Special Envoy to NATO. He served as Interior Minister from 2003-2005, creating a trained force of 50,000 Afghan National Police and 12,000 Border Police. He is also a Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at National Defense University in Washington D.C.
Chen Guangcheng is a blind Chinese civil rights activist, known internationally as "the barefoot lawyer." Blind since infancy, illiterate until his late teens, he taught himself law and became a fierce advocate for his country's voiceless poor. For his trouble, he spent more than four years in prison on charges of "disturbing public order" and was then held under strict house arrest in his heavily guarded home in Shandong province from 2010 to 2012.
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 U.S. Department of Homeland Security. From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Carafano served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council convened by the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. Shmuel Bar is an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in History of the Middle East from Tel-Aviv University. He heads “Shmuel Bar – Research and Consultancy Ltd.” and is also Senior Research Fellow at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research at the Technion University in Haifa.