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Interviewing Def. Sec. Hagel, Live on CNN – Newport, RI, Sept 3, 2014

Naval War College, Newport, RI – Sept 3, 2014 On Sept 3, I sat down with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for a town hall meeting at the Naval War College in Newport, RI – an interview broadcast live on CNN: It was a rare opportunity to dig deep with the secretary with the US locked..

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What is Putin’s End Game in Ukraine? – Washington, August 16, 2014

This week, another convoy of Russian military vehicles crossed into Eastern Ukraine from Russia. For the first time, Ukraine claimed to destroy it, Ukrainian president Petro Poroschenko tweeting, “We won’t tolerate any invasion!” US officials wouldn’t use the word invasion, accusing Moscow of “repeated Russian and Russian-supported incursions”. “He’s got lots of options here, and..

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Cairo, traveling with Secretary Kerry – May 22, 2014

This is the first stop on a crucial Mideast trip at a crucial time. The focus for Secretary of State John Kerry, who I’m traveling with, will be galvanizing a regional response to the alarming advance by ISIS in Iraq and Syria as well as prodding Iraq to form an inclusive government that recognizes “the..

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