America is at war, but most Americans don’t know it. Covert information warfare is waged by world powers and rogue states—like Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea—and groups like ISIS. Bill Gertz describes how technology has revolutionized modern warfare, how the last administration failed to meet this challenge, and what we can do to fight back.
How the Iranian Revolution Changed the Role of the Shia Clergy
Mehdi Khalaji is the Libitzky Family fellow at The Washington Institute, focusing on the politics of Iran and Shiite groups in the Middle East. A Shiite theologian by training, Mr. Khalaji has also served on the editorial boards of two prominent Iranian periodicals and produced for the BBC as well as the U.S. government's Persian news service.
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.