Daily Briefing - Wednesday August 25, 2010

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Sherle Schwenninger directs the New America Foundation's Economic Growth Program, and the Global Middle Class Initiative. He was Founding Editor of World Policy Journal, and he served as Director of the World Policy Institute at The New School. Mr. Schwenninger also was Senior Program Coordinator for the Project on Development, Trade, and International Finance at the Council on Foreign Relations, and is the author, with Walter Russell Mead, of A Financial Architecture for Middle-Class-Oriented Development.

Dr. John Mueller is a political scientist in the field of international relations as well as an award-winning scholar of the history of dance. He is recognized for his ideas concerning "the banality of ethnic war" and the theory that major world conflicts are quickly becoming obsolete. His books include Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them and Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda. He currently is the Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and a professor of both political scienceand dance at The Ohio State University.

Jaydee Hanson is senior policy analyst for the Center for Food Safety, a non-profit organization that has called for stronger food regulations and an end to an era where food safety regulation has been left in the hands of the corporations producing our food. He works on issues related to pathogens in the food supply and also genetically engineered and cloned animals. Previously, he directed the Human Genetics Policy of the International Center for Technology Assessment. He also served as the United Methodist Church’s staff director of genetics and bioethics issues.