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Norman Bailey is an adjunct professor of economic statecraft at the Institute of World Politics, and senior fellow at the Potomac Foundation. He serves on various boards of directors and editorial and advisory boards, and is vice chairman of the Americas Forum. Since 1984, Mr. Bailey has been an international economic consultant to governments, government agencies, corporations, banks, investment banking firms, trade associations, and trading companies on five continents. Previously, he was special assistant to President Ronald Reagan for national security affairs, and senior director of international economic affairs on the staff of the National Security Council in the White House. Before serving in the Reagan administration, Mr. Bailey served as an economist on the staff of Mobil International Oil Company, and founded Overseas Equity Inc., which prepared investment studies for clients in the financial field. He also served as president of Bailey, Tondu, Warwick and Co., Inc., an investment banking firm specializing in debt and equity transactions in the developing world. Mr. Bailey has authored, coauthored, and edited various hundreds of articles and a number of books, including Latin America in World Politics, Operational Conflict Analysis, The Mexican Time Bomb, and The Strategic Plan That Won the Cold War.

Scott Carmichael, the senior security and counterintelligence investigator for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), served as the lead case agent for the DIA on the Ana Montes espionage investigation. He has been investigating attempts by foreign intelligence services to penetrate DIA operations worldwide for nearly twenty years. Prior to that, he was a Chinese-Mandarin linguist in the U.S. Navy and a special agent of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. His contributions toward the successful resolution of national security matters have earned Mr. Carmichael the DIA Civilian Expeditionary Medal and Award for Meritorious Civilian Service, the Defense Intelligence Director’s Award, the Department of Defense Counterintelligence Award, and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, among other awards and various forms of recognition. Prior to his work with the DIA, Mr. Carmichael was a special agent with the National Criminal Investigation Service and a police officer in Wisconsin.

Paul Crespo is an analyst, consultant, and commentator in Miami. An adjunct fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C., he teaches U.S. and world politics at the University of Miami. A 2004 Journalism Fellow with the Phillips Foundation, Mr. Crespo earlier was a member of the Miami Herald’s editorial board, where he also wrote a regular column. He has written regularly for Tiempos del Mundo (the Washington Times’ weekly Spanish-language sister publication). He now writes for various national and international venues, American Legion Magazine, Human Events, and He also co-hosts a political talk show in Spanish with Univision Radio’s WQBA 1140AM. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Sky News, Telemundo, and Univision, as well as numerous local TV shows. He has a regular world affairs show with TV Martí (U.S. government broadcasting to Cuba). A former U.S. Marine Corps combat arms and intelligence officer, Mr. Crespo served in Europe, the Far East, and the United States in airborne, air assault, artillery, and special operations units.

Roger F. Noriega is a visiting fellow at AEI, coordinating the Institute’s program on Western Hemisphere issues. Twice appointed by President George W. Bush (and confirmed by the U.S. Senate) and with a ten-year career on Capitol Hill, Mr. Noriega’s breadth of experience offers strategic vision and practical insight on the Americas. As assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, Mr. Noriega managed a 3,000-person team of professionals in Washington, D.C., and fifty diplomatic posts to design and implement political and economic strategies in Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. As U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Mr. Noriega coordinated complex and sensitive multilateral diplomacy in a thirty-four-member international organization to bolster OAS efforts to promote trade, fight illicit drugs, and defend democracy. Mr. Noriega has held various other positions, including senior policy advisor with the U.S. mission to the OAS; many program management and public affairs positions with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State; press secretary and foreign policy advisor for U.S. representative Robert Whittaker (R-Kan.); and research assistant for the secretary of state of Kansas.

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Monday, October 27, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
State income taxes and the Supreme Court: Maryland Comptroller v. Wynne

Please join AEI for a panel discussion exploring these and other questions about this crucial case.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
For richer, for poorer: How family structures economic success in America

Join Lerman, Wilcox, and a group of distinguished scholars and commentators for the release of Lerman and Wilcox’s report, which examines the relationships among and policy implications of marriage, family structure, and economic success in America.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The 7 deadly virtues: 18 conservative writers on why the virtuous life is funny as hell

Please join AEI for a book forum moderated by Last and featuring five of these leading conservative voices. By the time the forum is over, attendees may be on their way to discovering an entirely different — and better — moral universe.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A nuclear deal with Iran? Weighing the possibilities

Join us, as experts discuss their predictions for whether the United States will strike a nuclear deal with Iran ahead of the November 24 deadline, and the repercussions of the possible outcomes.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
The forgotten depression — 1921: The crash that cured itself

Please join Author James Grant and AEI senior economists for a discussion about Grant's book, "The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself" (Simon & Schuster, 2014).

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