America’s Roundtable — 2021 Highlights | Conversations with Mike Pompeo, Dr. Ben Carson, Natasha Srdoc, Joel Anand Samy, Victor Davis Hanson, Scott Taylor, Kimberly Yee, Steve H. Hanke and Ruth R. Wisse

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8 min readDec 19, 2021


America’s Roundtable 2021 Highlights — The State of America’s Economy | The China Threat | U.S Security Crisis at the U.S. Southern Border | The Rise of Anti-Semitism | The Abraham Accords — The Middle East

December 19, 2021 | Washington, DC — America’s Roundtable Radio, an initiative of International Leaders Summit brought together leading voices on key issues facing Americans and trusted allies abroad. The topics covered the state of the American economy, the threats to the U.S. and its allies emanating from the government of China and the Chinese Communist Party and the national security crisis at the U.S. southern border.

The distinguished guests on America’s Roundtable also discussed the the rise of anti-Semitism in America and Europe and the anti-Semitic laws in Europe blocking the restitution of Jewish property stolen by governments during World War II. In light of the challenges at hand, key leaders outline key accomplishments of The Abraham Accords, a year after its signing at the White House, led by President Donald. J. Trump and joined by leaders from the Jewish state of Israel, the Kingdom of the Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).

Secretary Mike Pompeo, Former U.S. Secretary of State, Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Former U.S. Congressman

“The exclusive interview is Secretary Mike Pompeo’s first with America’s Roundtable and takes place amid significant challenges on the foreign policy front,” said Natasha Srdoc, co-host of America’s Roundtable and co-founder, International Leaders Summit. “U.S. leadership in advancing peace through strength and its principled role in upholding the rule of law is being tested today by an emboldened China and Iran’s nuclear threat with its support of terror networks in the Middle East. In this conversation, Secretary Pompeo presented principled solutions in addressing these present dangers.”

“The greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality, is the counterintelligence and economic espionage threat from China.” — FBI Director Christopher Wray

Natasha Srdoc, Co-Founder, International Leaders Summit and Co-Host, America’s Roundtable delivers a keynote address at Jerusalem Leaders Summit in Israel. Photograph: Yossi Zamir, International Leaders Summit

Natasha Srdoc, Co-Founder, International Leaders Summit and Co-Host, America’s Roundtable

America’s Roundtable Co-Host, Natasha Srdoc, provides a timely commentary on the state of the US economy, and analysis of the $1 trillion infrastructure and $1.87 trillion climate and social spending bills.

Honorable Ben Carson, M.D., Founder and Chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute, 17th U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Dr. Ben Carson, Founder and Chairman, American Cornerstone Institute, Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Former Director of of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow at Hoover Institution, Stanford University and New York Times bestselling author.

Professor Victor Davis Hanson explains the decline and fall of the once cherished idea of American citizenship. Human history is full of the stories of peasants, subjects, and tribes. Yet the concept of the “citizen” is historically rare — and was among America’s most valued ideals for over two centuries. But without shock treatment, warns historian Victor Davis Hanson, American citizenship as we have known it may soon vanish.

In “The Dying Citizen — How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America,” Hanson outlines the historical forces that led to this crisis. The evisceration of the middle class over the last fifty years has made many Americans dependent on the federal government. Open borders have undermined the idea of allegiance to a particular place. Identity politics have eradicated our collective civic sense of self. And a top-heavy administrative state has endangered personal liberty, along with formal efforts to weaken the Constitution. As in the revolutionary years of 1848, 1917, and 1968, 2020 ripped away our complacency about the future. But in the aftermath, we as Americans can rebuild and recover what we have lost. The choice is ours.

Former Congressman Scott Taylor, U.S. Navy SEAL and Former Delegate Commonwealth of Virginia.

Former U.S. Congressman Scott Taylor

In this conversation on America’s Roundtable, the Honorable Scott Taylor, former U.S. Congressman and U.S. Navy SEAL, shared his thoughts on the 20th anniversary of September 11. He also focused on the collapse of Afghanistan and his direct engagement in the region over the past few weeks through private sector initiatives in rescuing our fellow-Americans and Afghan allies amid the chaotic U.S. withdrawal.

Honorable Scott Taylor’s clear insights will certainly inform and illuminate listening audiences on what transpired in real time within Afghanistan and the missteps that left many behind.

Honorable Kimberly Yee, State Treasurer of Arizona.

US — Israel | Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee Divests $143 Million from Ben & Jerry’s — Unilever for Boycotting Israel | Investing in Israel Bonds

The Honorable Kimberly Yee, State Treasurer of Arizona, joined America’s Roundtable for timely conversation on her leadership and the decisive actions taken in affirming Israel’s sovereignty, supporting the Jewish State’s economic future, and the efforts to invest in Israeli bonds. Her bold and principled leadership efforts led to other states taking similar actions in holding to account Ben and Jerry’s, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever.

— Divestment of $143 million from Ben & Jerry’s for boycotting Israel.

— The State of Arizona invests in Israeli Bonds.

The brilliant economist Dr. Steve Hanke, professor of applied economics and founder and co-director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, joined America’s Roundtable co-hosts Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy in a timely conversation on the U.S. Labor Department’s report on the rising inflation rate — now at 6.8%, the highest in nearly 40 years.

The Wall Street Journal | The Monetary Bathtub Is Overflowing

Many economists say inflation is transitory. It will be persistent.

By John Greenwood and Steve H. Hanke

“Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon,” Milton Friedman said. Inflation isn’t caused by temporary supply-chain disruptions. Take Japan during the 1979–80 oil crisis: Oil prices surged, but consumer prices remained stable. In China today, raw-material prices are soaring, but consumer prices have hardly budged. To explain what is happening in the U.S. economy, we present the bathtub theory of money and inflation. Money flows into the tub through the faucet. The bathtub has three drains.”

Ruth R. Wisse is the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Comparative Literature Emerita at Harvard University and senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund.

Conversation with Prof. Ruth R. Wisse | Anti-Semitism | Holocaust Education | Israel’s Sovereignty | Abraham Accords | Rule of Law | US-Israel Ties | United Nations

Professor Ruth R. Wisse’s pieces published in The National Affairs:

The Dark Side of the Holocaust Education

The Functions of Anti-Semitism

Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy: China’s Incursions into Taiwan’s Air Space | Implications of Global Tax Harmonization and Pandora Papers

Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy, Co-Founders, International Leaders Summit and Jerusalem Leaders Summit and Co-Hosts, America’s Roundtable | Photograph: Yossi Zamir, International Leaders Summit

Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy, co-founders of America’s Roundtable focusing on the U.S. economy, raising concerns about the future of economic policies impacting free markets, specifically the push for global tax harmonization at higher rates with low tax nations Estonia and Ireland surrendering their tax sovereignty.

They also cover tensions rise in S.E. Asia as 150 Chinese aircraft and warplanes enter Taiwan’s air defense zone while U.S. and allies bolster support for Taiwan. Britain dispatches carrier strike group on 28-week deployment — the UK’s new Indo-Pacific tilt.

America’s Roundtable radio program airs on 14 radio stations and 50 affiliate stations in Michigan and the Midwest, Mississippi and the South, and through ten major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Amazon, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Fireside and more. The weekly radio program from Washington, D.C. is co-hosted by Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy, co-founders of the International Leaders Summit and the Jerusalem Leaders Summit, and distinguished guest host Governor Phil Bryant and regular contributor Honorable Maurice McTigue, QSO.

America’s Roundtable hosts prominent leaders from business, healthcare, government, media, technology, trade, and the public policy arena to provide timely analysis and insights into public policies originating in Washington, D.C., and impactful events beyond America’s shores.