The Return to Great Power Competition

With Rachelle Peterson, Jim Fanell, Dakota Wood and Diana West

RACHELLE PETERSON, Director of Research Projects at the National Association of Scholars, Policy Advisor for the Heartland Institute:

  • The issue of ‘un-free speech’ in the U.S.
  • President Trump’s major efforts to support first amendment rights across college campuses
  • Dangerous implications of Confucius Institutes in America

JIM FANELL, Retired from US Navy in 2015 concluding 30 year career as a naval intelligence officer specializing in Indo-Asia Pacific security affairs with an emphasis on the Chinese Navy, Former National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University:

  • Implications of a very capable Chinese navy
  • The need to regard the Chinese as a formidable naval threat
  • Defining ‘Han-Centrism’

DAKOTA WOOD, Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs at the Heritage Foundation, Twenty-year career in the USMC, Former Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Recently served as a strategist for the United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command:

  • How China’s Navy compares to U.S. naval forces
  • Does U.S. still hold qualitative edge over adversarial forces?
  • What is the Budget Control Act?

DIANA WEST, Nationally syndicated columnist, Blogs at, Author of Death of the Grown UpAmerican Betrayal and Red Thread: A Search for Ideological Drivers Inside the Anti-Trump Conspiracy:

  • Dangers of Sharia blasphemy restrictions
  • The significance of freedom of speech
  • Asia Bibi is freed in Pakistan