Nile Gardiner

former Advisor to Rudy Giuliani

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Senior Fellow in Anglo-American Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation and Director of its Freedom Center; Advisor to Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign; former aide to then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Nile Gardiner on KCRW

Both  Barack Obama  and  John McCain  have now indicated they will show up tonight to debate foreign policy at the University of Mississippi.  What are the voters learning about the…

Foreign Policy and Tonight's Debate

Both Barack Obama and John McCain have now indicated they will show up tonight to debate foreign policy at the University of Mississippi.  What are the voters learning about the…

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General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker have moved to the  House side of Capitol Hill  today with the same message they had for the Senate: After the surge is over, stop…

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