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Frontiers of Freedom Hosts Conference on Saudi Arabia and UAE: Regional Adventures and U.S. Interests

Frontiers of Freedom hosted a conference entitled, “Saudi Arabia & UAE:  Regional Adventures & US Interests” that discussed the state of affairs in both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Both Saudi and the UAE are commonly referred to as US allies, but an honest and candid review of their actions reveals that while they may be nominal allies, they have a troubling history of regional adventures that harm both regional stability and US interests. It is well past time that American policy makers and media understand the nature of these complicated relationships. The following videos, preceded by a short bio of the associated speaker, are from the conference held today.

George Landrith is the president of Frontiers of Freedom, a public policy think tank devoted to promoting a strong national defense, free markets, individual liberty, and constitutionally limited government. Mr. Landrith is a member of the United Supreme Court bar. He appears frequently on television and radio news programs and has been quoted in many of the nation’s leading newspapers.

Bruce Fein served as an assistant director for the Office of Policy and Planning, special assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, and Associate Deputy Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Fein has testified before congressional committees on scores of occasions at the invitation of both Democrats and Republicans and regularly delivers lectures to visiting jurists from foreign countries under the auspices of the State Department.

J.D. Gordon is a former Pentagon spokesman who served during the Bush Administration. He is a retired Navy Commander and former national security adviser to Donald Trump. He regularly appears as a columnist and television commentator on a wide variety of media outlets.

Nabeel Khoury is a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Hariri Center for the Middle East. After twenty five years in the Foreign Service, Dr. Khoury retired from the U.S. Department of State in 2013 with the rank of Minister Counselor. In his last overseas posting, Khoury served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Yemen (2004-2007)

Bruce Fein, JD Gordon, and Nabeel Khoury, with Peter Roff as moderator, discuss the war in Yemen in this panel.

David Aufhauser is a former General Counsel of the US Treasury Department and the investment bank of UBS. He served as the Secretary’s representative on the Department of Justice Corporate Fraud Task Force and the Chairman of the National Security Council’s policy coordinating committee on terrorist financing.

Brian Saady is an author, freelance writer, and podcaster who firmly critiques both sides of the political aisle. His work has been published by a variety of news outlets spanning a wide spectrum of political ideologies. His primary objectives are exposing political corruption and crony capitalism.

Dr. Ben Freeman is the Director and founder of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy, where he works to expose how foreign governments are influencing U.S. public policy and elections. Dr. Freeman spear-headed the creation of the “Foreign Influence Database” while the National Security Fellow at the Project On Government Oversight.

David Aufhauser, David Saady, and Ben Freeman, with George Landrith as moderator, discuss money laundering and terrorism financing in this panel.

Senator Rand Paul, MD is one of the nation’s leading advocates of liberty. As a fierce advocate against government outreach, Dr. Paul has fought tirelessly to return government to its limited, constitutional scope. Dr. Paul came to Washington to shake things up and to make a difference.

Ryan Grim is The Intercept’s DC bureau chief. He was previously the Washington bureau chief for HuffPost, where he led a team that was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, winning once. Grim edited and contributed reporting to groundbreaking investigative project on heroin treatment that not only changed federal and state laws, but shifted the culture of the recovery industry.

Radha Stirling founded Detained in Dubai, a British-based non-profit organization to help foreigners abroad. She also campaigns for changes to the legal system of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to improve its process of law. After the detainment of her colleague and friend, Stirling opened a Civil & Criminal Justice Law Company, Stirling & Partners, specializing in extradition and Interpol cases for expert witness testimony in UAE extradition cases and civil litigation suits as a “country expert”.

Ryan Grim and Radha Stirling, with Kelley Vlahos as moderator, discuss human rights and domestic policy in this panel.

George Landrith closes the conference with his final remarks.