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Nouriel Roubini

Roubini, Nouriel

Professor, Economics and International Business, Stern School of Business, New York University.

Is a professor of economics and international business at the Stern School of Business, New York University, and co-founder and chairman of RGE Monitor, an economic and geo-strategic information service.… more

Arthur Laffer

Laffer, Arthur

Former member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board, “the Father of Supply Side Economics,” and President of Laffer Associates

Arthur Laffer is the Founder and Chairman of Laffer Associates, an economic research and consulting firm, and Laffer Investments, an investment management firm.  In the 1980s, his economic acumen and… more

Niall Ferguson

Ferguson, Niall

Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a senior research fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The bestselling author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus (2002) and The War of the World (2006), Niall also… more

Phil Gramm

Gramm, Phil

Vice Chairman, UBS Investment Bank

a former Republican senator from Texas, joined UBS Investment Bank as the vice chairman in December of 2002, after serving twenty-four years in Congress, eighteen as a senator. more

Jerry Saltz

Saltz, Jerry

Senior Art Critic for New York magazine

Saltz is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism. He has lectured at Harvard, The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and many others.… more

Max Boot

Boot, Max

Contributing Editor, Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times

Is one of America’s leading military historians and foreign-policy analysts. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, he is also a… more

Chuck Close

Close, Chuck


Chuck's work has been the subject of more than 150 solo exhibitions including many major museum retrospectives, and he has participated in almost 800 group exhibitions. Close was the recipient… more

Nir Rosen

Rosen, Nir

Author, Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World

Is the author of Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World, about civil war, sectarianism, occupation, resistance, terror and counterinsurgency from Iraq to Lebanon to Afghanistan.… more

Matthew Hoh

Hoh, Matthew

Former Official for the State Department

Is a former State Department official who resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan over US strategic policy and goals in Afghanistan in September 2009. Prior to his assignment… more

Amy Cappellazzo

Cappellazzo, Amy

International Co-Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art and Deputy Chairman at Christie's

Amy was appointed deputy chairman at Christie's in January of 2008 and has been the international co-head of Post-War and Contemporary Art since 2001. She has played an active role… more