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Wajahat Ali is a columnist at The Daily Beast and a Senior Fellow at The Western States Center and Auburn Seminary. He has previously been a New York Times contributing op-ed writer, CNN commentator, host for Huff Post, and co-host of Al Jazeera America’s The Stream. He is also a recovering attorney and playwright. He is currently working on his first book, “Go Back To Where You Came From: And, Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American” scheduled for Spring 2022 publication. He makes Pakistani food and Lego sets “for his kids” during his free time.
Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) spent more than thirty years in the U. S. Navy, rising to the rank of four-star admiral. He was Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and previously commanded U. S. Southern Command, overseeing military operations through Latin America. At sea, he commanded a Navy destroyer, a destroyer squadron, and an aircraft carrier battle group in combat. He holds a Ph. D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he recently served five years as dean. He received fifty medals in the course of his military career, including twenty-eight from foreign nations. He has published nine other books, including 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, with Elliott Ackerman, and is chief international analyst for NBC News and a contributing editor for Time magazine. He is currently the Vice Chair, Global Affairs of the Carlyle Group and the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Rockefeller Foundation.