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The Case for War: In Defense of Freedom

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Richard Perle is Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Washington D.C. (1987-present) where he had directed its commission on Future Defenses. He is a leading authority on national security, military requirements, arms proliferation and defense, and regional conflicts.

Perle served the Reagan administration as assistant Secretary of Defense from 1981 to 1987, and served on the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee from 1987 to 2004. He was Chairman of the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2003 under the Bush Administration.

Perle attended the University of Southern California, earning a B.A. in international politics in 1964. He also studied at the London School of Economics and obtained an M.A. in political science from Princeton University in 1987.

He has held fellowships at Princeton University, Ford Foundation, and American Council of Learned Societies.

Perle served in the office of Senator Henry Jackson from 1969 to 1980.  He is currently a patron of the Henry Jackson Society.

Richard Perle writes frequently for the op-ed pages of The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Daily Telegraph and The London Observer.

Perle is the author of three books: An End To Evil: How to Win The War On  Terror  (with David Frum) 2003, Hard Line (A novel), 1992,  Reshaping Western Security (ed.), 1991,

In 1992 he produced the PBS feature THE GULF CRISIS: THE ROAD TO WAR

Perle has long been an advocate of regime change in Iraq. He has been a strong critic of the role the United Nations plays in international relations.

 

Abdel Bari Atwan

Abdel Bari Atwan

Abdel Bari Atwan
The editor in chief of Al-Quds Al Arabi, a London-based daily newspaper, Atwan is one of the few journalists to interview Osama bin Laden. Atwan calls Perle out for playing into bin Laden’s hands by engaging in a war in the Middle East.

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Stacy Bannerman

Stacy Bannerman

Stacy Bannerman
Bannerman, who became a member of the activist group Military Families Speak Out after her husband served in Iraq, confronts Perle at an anti-war rally where he goes to hear from some of his critics.  She confronts him about what she feels is the misuse of information to encourage the American people to support the war.  She is the author of When The War Came Home: An Inside Account of Citizen Soldiers and The Families Left Behind. Learn more about Bannerman and her work Off-site link

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Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan
Founder and editor of The American Conservative and a political analyst for MSNBC, Buchanan has served three presidents in the White House.  He confronts Perle on the concept of Democratic Imperialism, which is his term for the administration’s foreign policy.  He argues that the concept central to that foreign policy, of removing tyranny from the planet, is an unachievable objective and one that goes against traditional American foreign policy.

Amir Abbas Fakhravar

Amir Abbas Fakhravar

Amir Abbas Fakhravar
Iranian dissident Fakhravar was imprisoned after campaigning for democratic reforms while a student in Tehran. In May 2005, Fakhravar received leave from prison to participate in university exams, after which he didn't return. He left Iran in May 2006. He meets Perle to describe the torture he suffered in jail, and to discuss the regime in Iran.

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Richard Holbrooke

Richard Holbrooke

Richard Holbrooke
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Holbrooke is now a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.  He began his diplomatic career in 1962 as a representative in Vietnam and has held positions in various White House administrations, with the Peace Corps and Princeton University, among others.

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Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky
Former Soviet dissident Sharansky spent nine years in Soviet prisons and labor camps. Outside the jail where he was incarcerated in Moscow, he tells Perle how he learnt of President Reagan's "Evil Empire" speech, and how it gave him hope.

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Haris Silajdzic

Haris Silajdzic

Haris Silajdzic
Silajdzic, former prime minister of Bosnia, first met Perle at the negotiations for the Dayton Agreement (when Perle was assisting the Bosnian Muslim delegation). In Sarajevo, Perle and Silajdzic discuss the morality of intervention in international conflicts. 

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Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins
Distinguished British journalist and former editor of The London Times, Jenkins has been a fierce critic of the role of UK and US forces in Afghanistan, following their overthrow of the Taliban regime in 2001.

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