Daily Briefing - Wednesday September 22, 2010

Michael Hunt is the Everett H. Emerson Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He specializes in U.S. foreign relations and international and global history. His books include The American Ascendancy: How the United States Gained and Wielded Global Dominance; Ideology and U.S. Foreign Policy; and Lyndon Johnson's War: America's Cold War Crusade in Vietnam, 1945-1968. 

Perry Link holds the Chancellorial Chair for Innovative Teaching across Disciplines is also a professor of camparative Literature and Foreign Languages at the University of California, Riverside. He is one of the world's foremost experts on China’s language, culture, and people. He has translated many Chinese stories, writings and poems into English. He edited the "Tiananmen Papers," a collection of documents leaked by a high-level Chinese official that helped chronicle the events that led up to and followed the pro-reform student protests that were brutally quashed in June 1989. In 1996, the Chinese government blacklisted Perry Link as a result of that publication.

Toby Miller is chair of the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. After working in broadcasting, banking, and civil service, Toby Miller became an academic in the late 1980s, and went on to become one of the world’s leading analysts of popular culture, media, and their connection to the politics of everyday life. His books include Technologies of Truth: Cultural Citizenship and the Popular Media, Globalization and Sport, Sportsex, Global Hollywood, Cultural Citizenship: How Conservatives and Neoliberals Captured the Cultural Politics of Television and How We Can Take It Back, Makeover Nation: The United States of Reinvention, and his latest, Television Studies: The Basics.

Daily Briefing - Tuesday September 21, 2010

Garrett Gruener is the founder of Ask.com and a co-founder of Alta Partners. Mr. Gruener holds advanced degrees political science and technology policy, and is a specialist in information technology with more than two decades of experience in software development, systems engineering and corporate development.He sits on the boards of directors of several companies, including Ask Jeeves and Nanōmix. In 2003, he ran for governor of California in the special recall election. His editorial, "I'm Rich, Tax Me More," appeared in Monday's Los Angeles Times.

Jeff Gottlieb is a senior writer for the Los Angeles Times. Along with his partner, Ruben Vives, he broke the story of outrageous pay scales for officials in the City of Bell. He has been covering the story ever since. In a cover story for Tuesday’s LA Times, Gottlieb and Vives explain how an audit determined that Bell spent nearly $95,000 repaying former City Manager Robert Rizzo’s loans. As copies of the newspaper arrived on doorsteps in Bell this morning, police were arresting Rizzo and six other city officials.

Michael Krepon is the founder and President Emeritus of the Henry L. Stimson Center. He directs programming at the Stimson Center on South Asia, arms control, and space security. He is also a Diplomat Scholar and Visiting Lecturer in the Politics Department at the University of Virginia. Previously, he worked in the Carter Administration, on Capitol Hill, and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has written and edited more than a dozen books including Cooperative Threat Reduction, Missile Defense, and the Nuclear Future, Space Assurance or Space Dominance? The Case Against Weaponizing Space, Nuclear Risk Reduction in South Asia, and Better Safe Than Sorry: The Ironies of Living with the Bomb. He recently published an article titled, “The Flood.”

Background Briefing - Sunday September 19, 2010


Special Guests: Peter Ward


Daily Briefing - Thursday September 16, 2010

Roderic Camp is the Philip McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont Mckenna College. He serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. He is the author twenty-five books on Mexico, his most recent publications include Politics in Mexico, the Democratic Consolidation and Mexico’s Military on the Democratic Stage. 

George Grayson is a professor of comparative politics at the College of William and Mary. He has written more than twenty books and monographs, including The North American Free Trade Agreement: Regional Community and the New World Order, Oil and Mexican Foreign Policy, and Mexican Messiah: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. He is an associate scholar of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and writes a weekly column for the Mexican magazine, Milenio Semanal. His newest book is, Mexico: Narco-Violence and a Failed State?

Manuel Suárez-Mier is Senior Economist at the Bank of America, and he writes a weekly column in Mexico City’s leading financial newspaper, El Economista. Prior to that, he was with CIDAC, Mexico’s leading independent think-tank and professor of economics at Mexican Autonomous Technological Institute, ITAM, where he conducted research on monetary and fiscal issues. Suárez-Mier spent five years in Washington D.C. as Minister for Economic Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in the U.S., and he was a visiting scholar at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Business in Washington D.C. More recently he represented the Attorney General of Mexico in the US when the Merida Initiative, a plan for both nations to jointly fight transnational criminal organizations, was negotiated and approved by the US Congress. Suárez-Mier has published widely on public finance, economic development and monetary policy. Most recently, he co-authored The Amero: A Proposal for the Monetary Union of North America.

Dr. Pamela K. Starr is Director of the US-Mexico Network at the University of Southern California, an associate professor in Public Diplomacy and the School of International Relations, and a university fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Her research and writing focuses on two main topics: contemporary Mexico – its politics and policy-making, foreign policy, and relations with the United States – and the politics of economic policy-making across Latin America. She came to USC from the Eurasia Group, one of the world's leading global political risk advisory and consulting firms, where she was senior analyst responsible for Mexico. Prior to that, she spent eight years in Mexico as a professor of Latin American political economy at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), a private university in Mexico City.

Daily Briefing - Wednesday September 15, 2010

Special Guests: Adele Stan, Joe Bageant, & Craig Holman