This week on Banter, AEI Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies Robert Doar joined the show to discuss his career, poverty alleviation, and the role of think tanks in the United States. Robert was recently selected by the AEI Board of Trustees to serve as AEI’s twelfth president beginning in July 2019. During his tenure at AEI, Robert served as co-chair of the National Commission on Hunger and was a lead member of the AEI-Brookings Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity. He also contributed to “Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the American Dream,” “This Way Up: New Thinking About Poverty and Economic Mobility,” and “Work, Skills, Community: Restoring Opportunity for the Working Class” and served as editor of “A Safety Net That Works: Improving Federal Programs for Low-Income Americans.”

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This week on Banter, AEI resident scholar Michael Rubin joined the show to discuss the revolution’s legacy and what it means for Iran, the Middle East, and the United States today. We also discuss the legacy of the Shah, the lessons other Middle East nations drew from his fall, and whether we can expect the regime to exist for a 50th, 60th, or 70th anniversary of the revolution. A teaser of his answer: “There is a tremendous appetite for a regime change in Iran. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be pro-American.”

Michael Rubin is the author of numerous books, including “Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes,” and “Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos.” He holds a PhD in history from Yale, and lived in post-Revolution Iran. He has extensive experience advising US policy toward the Middle East and is a frequent commentator on Middle East politics.

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This week on Banter, AEI visiting fellow Roger Noriega joined the show to discuss the past, present, and future of Venezuela. We cover Venezuela’s history since Hugo Chavez first took power, the ongoing power struggle between Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó, and what all this means for US policy moving forward.

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This week on Banter, Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy Nicholas Eberstadt joins the show to discuss his new report, “China’s demographic outlook to 2040 and its implications: An overview.” In this episode Dr. Eberstadt discusses how the structure of China’s population will likely change over the coming decades, what effects this may have on China’s domestic and foreign policy, and what this means for the United States.

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This week on Banter, AEI Resident Scholar Ken Pollack joins the show to discuss his new book “Armies of Sand: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness.” The book describes four explanations as to why Arab militaries have performed so poorly since World War II. In this episode, Dr. Pollack analyzes each explanation and explains why understanding Arab military effectiveness matters, given the changing balance of power in the Middle East.

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This week on Banter, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Isabel Sawhill joins the show to discuss her new book “The Forgotten Americans: An Economic Agenda for a Divided Nation.” The book describes how we can promote work and increase opportunity and economic mobility for working class Americans. Following the book’s publication, Sawhill published an essay describing focus groups she hosted in Syracuse, New York, Greensboro, North Carolina, and St. Louis, Missouri, where she discussed the ideas included in her book. You can read this essay and more at the links below.

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This week on Banter, AEI Visiting Scholar Roger Bate joined the show to discuss the rise of illicit fentanyl use in America. An expert on international health policy, Bate recently authored a report on how policies to combat America’s opioid epidemic have contributed to an increase in fentanyl use and fatal overdoses.

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This week on Banter, Robert Doar and Ben Harris joined the show to discuss a new report on the issues plaguing the American working class and possible bipartisan policy solutions. The report, Work, skills, and community: How to rejuvenate the American working class, was authored by a group convened by Opportunity America and cosponsored by AEI and the Brookings Institution. Doar is AEI’s Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies and Harris is the chief economist and senior adviser at Results for America and the former chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. Both participated in an AEI event presenting the report.

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This week on Banter, former prime minister of Slovakia Mikuláš Dzurinda joined the show to discuss European politics, transatlantic relations, and his tenure as prime minister from 1998 to 2006. Currently, he serves as the president of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the official think tank of the European People’s Party

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This week on Banter, Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Oren Cass joins the show to discuss his new book “The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America.” The book encourages policymakers and the public to rethink the decades-long economic consensus that prioritized increased consumption. Cass argues for a new way of thinking that values production and provides opportunities for American workers to support their families and communities. Cass participated in an AEI public event alongside the Brookings Institution’s Isabel Sawhill and IBM’s Stanley Litow on work, skills, and mobility in late October. Check out the full event video at the link below.

 

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This week on Banter, AEI Senior Fellow Karlyn Bowman and Resident Scholar Norm Ornstein joined the show for a postelection analysis of the 2018 midterm elections and a 2020 elections outlook. They explain what happened in the US House of Representatives and Senate and how these results matter in the coming years. Earlier today, Karlyn, Norm, and their colleague Michael Barone hosted a public event as part of AEI’s Election Watch series, which has been going on since 1982.

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This week on Banter, AEI Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow Clay Fuller joined the show to discuss combating transnational criminal organizations and the authoritarian regimes that facilitate their activities. Clay’s work at AEI focuses on authoritarian survival, corruption, and how dictators, terrorists, and criminals use free markets to legitimize their actions. Earlier this week, he and AEI Visiting Fellow Roger Noriega hosted an event at AEI on dismantling transnational organized crime networks in the Americas. You can watch the full event video at the link below.

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This week on Banter, AEI Resident Scholar and Codirector of AEI’s Center on Housing Markets and Finance Lynn Fisher joined the show to discuss affordable housing and the current state of US housing markets. This week, Dr. Fisher and the center are hosting the seventh annual AEI-CRN conference on housing markets and finance. You can watch the full event video at the link below.

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This week on Banter, AEI Senior Fellow and Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies Peter Wallison joins the show to discuss his new book “Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance to Rein in the Administrative State.” The book argues that the executive branch’s administrative agencies have gradually taken over the legislative role of Congress and that the judicial branch bears the primary responsibility for this development because it has failed to enforce the separation of powers.

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This week on Banter, AEI Resident Scholar Karen Young joins the show to discuss the regional social and political implications of economic reforms underway in the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries– Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, and Oman. She recently published a report detailing the specific economic reforms in these countries which you can find at the link below. In addition to her work at AEI, Young also teaches courses on the international relations and economy of the Middle East at George Washington University and at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

 

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This week on Banter, we’re joined by AEI Resident Scholar Ken Pollack to discuss the rise of Qayis al-Khazali in Iraq. Khazali, a violent terrorist who leads the Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) network, was captured and interrogated by US-led coalition forces in 2007. The recently declassified tactical interrogation reports paint a fascinating portrait of anti-American Shia forces in Iraq. AAH captured 15 seats in Iraq’s parliamentary elections in May. How did Khazali rise to political prominence and what implications does that have for the future of Iraq? You can find links to a brief report Dr. Pollack published in August about the Khazali network and the Khazali interrogation reports below.

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This week on Banter, we’re joined by William & Mary Law School professor James Dwyer to discuss his new book, “Liberal Child Welfare Policy and its Destruction of Black Lives.” Dwyer, a self-described liberal, explains how the child welfare policies promoted by liberals have contributed to the intergenerational cycle of dysfunction in America’s poorest communities. He recently joined AEI Visiting Fellow Naomi Schaefer Riley at AEI for a discussion of the book. You can watch the full event video at the link below.

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This week on Banter, we’re joined by AEI Senior Fellow Karlyn Bowman to discuss the 2018 midterm elections, including what the latest polls are showing about the chances of a blue wave this November and how big of a factor Trump will be for voters. At AEI, Bowman analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects and speaks frequently about the evolution of American politics due to key demographic and geographic changes.

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This week on Banter, we’re joined by president of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem, Dr. Yoram Hazony, to discuss his new book “The Virtue of Nationalism.” Hazony relies extensively on history, political philosophy, and theology to argue that nationalism isn’t the threat it’s recently been made out to be, but rather, a beacon of hope for humanity and the best way to organize our global political system.

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This week on Banter, we’re joined by former Portuguese Europe Minister Bruno Maçães to discuss his new book “The Dawn of Eurasia.” Maçães argues that the new global order can best be described as ‘Eurasian’ and highlights the importance of thinking on a super-continental scale. Maçães is currently a Senior Advisor at Flint Global in London and Senior Fellow at Renmin University, Beijing and the Hudson Institute in Washington.

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