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 

Daily Briefing - Tuesday September 14, 2010

Congressman Bob Filner represents California’s 51st District which includes much of southern San Diego, Chula Vista, National City, and all of Imperial County. In 1961 he participated in the Freedom Rides, and spent two months in a Mississippi jail as a result. This morning he joined a public demonstration against a bank foreclosure of a home owned by a mother who has one autistic child and another battling cancer and whose bank refused to even negotiate to modify her loan. 

Jeffrey Stempel is the Doris S. and Theodore B. Lee Professor of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas’s William S. Boyd School of Law. He has extensive experience in insurance law, and has authored books and articles on the subject, including Litigation Road: The Story of Campbell v. State Farm and Stemepl on Insurance Law. 

William D. Hartung is Director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation Previously, Mr. Hartung worked for 15 years as Director of the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute at the New School in New York City. He was also a policy analyst and speech writer for New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams, and a project director at the New York-based Council on Economic Priorities. His books include, How Much Are You Making on the War Daddy? A Quick and Dirty Guide to War Profiteering in the Bush Administration, Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War, and coming out in December, Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex

Daily Briefing - Monday September 13, 2010

John Dean became Counsel to the President of the United States Richard Nixon in July 1970 at age thirty-one. Prior to that, John Dean was Chief Minority Counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, the Associate Director of a law reform commission, and Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States. Today, John Dean is a best-selling author who writes on the law, government, and politics. He recounted his days in the Nixon White House and Watergate in two books, Blind Ambition and Lost Honor. He has authored eight books in total, including the best-sellers Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush, Conservatives Without Conscience and Broken Government: How Republican Rule destroyed the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches. His latest, co-authored with Barry M. Goldwater is Pure Goldwater.

Peter A. Brown is the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, where he is the chief spokesman for the Florida and Ohio polls. He has more than 30 years of experience as a political journalist and editor in Washington, D.C., New England and Florida. Previously he was a political reporter for United Press International. He also served as the White House correspondent and then political editor for Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C.

Hakan Özoglu is a professor of Middle Eastern history at the University of Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, he taught at the University of Chicago. Professor Ozoolu grew up in Istanbul, played soccer professionally, and then worked as a journalist in several Turkish daily newspapers before coming to the United States for his doctoral work in history. His most recent book is, Kurdish Nobles and the Ottoman State.

Background Briefing - Sunday September 12, 2010

Colonel Lawence Wilkerson was Secretary of State Colin Powell's Chief of Staff at the Department of State from August 2002 to January 2005. He began working with Powell as his Deputy Executive Officer starting in 1989, Upon Powell's retirement from active service in 1993, Colonel Wilkerson served as the Deputy Director and Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia. Wilkerson rejoined Powell’s staff as a civilian in the State Department. In October of 2005, Colonel Wilkerson, after considerable soul searching, went public with his knowledge that Vice President Cheney had provided the "guidance" that led to America's torture disgrace in Guantanamo, Abu Ghriab and elsewhere. He currently teaches courses at the College of William & Mary and George Washington University.

Robert Baer managed agents from the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, from 1976 to 1997, working against Hizbollah, Al-Qaeda, and other terrorist organizations. He is the author of several New York Times bestsellers including Sleeping with the Devil, about the Saudi royal family and its relationship with the United States; See No Evil, which recounts Baer's years as a top CIA operative and provided the basis for the acclaimed film Syriana, which earned George Clooney an Oscar for his portrayal of Mr. Baer; and The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower.

Melvin Goodman is senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. His 42-year government career included service at the CIA, State Department, Defense Department and the US Army. In 1991 he was one of three former CIA officials to testify before the Senate against the nomination of Robert Gates as director of central intelligence on the grounds that he had slanted intelligence to suit policy. His latest book is "Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA." He has a new article, entitled "The Self-Inflicted Wounds of 9/11."