DECEMBER 10, 2017
Analysis on the Middle East"
Clare M. Lopez
M. Lopez is a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus
on national defense, Islam, Iran, and counterterrorism issues.
Currently a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy and vice
president of the Intelligence Summit, she formerly was a career
operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, a professor
at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies,
Executive Director of the Iran Policy Committee from 2005-2006, and
has served as a consultant, intelligence analyst, and researcher for
a variety of defense firms. She was named a Lincoln Fellow at the
Claremont Institute in 2011.
Already an advisor to EMP Act America, in February 2012 Ms. Lopez
was named a member of the Congressional Task Force on National and
Homeland Security, which focuses on the Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP)
threat to the nation. She is deputy director of the U.S.
Counterterrorism Advisory Team for the Military Department of the
South Carolina National Guard and serves as a member of the Boards
of Advisors/Directors for the Center for Democracy and Human Rights
in Saudi Arabia, the Clarion Fund, the Institute of World Affairs,
the Intelligence Analysis and Research program at her undergraduate
alma mater, Notre Dame College of Ohio, and United West. She has
been a Visiting Researcher and guest lecturer on counterterrorism,
national defense, and international relations at Georgetown
University. Ms. Lopez is a regular contributor to print and
broadcast media on subjects related to Iran and the Middle East and
the co-author of two published books on Iran. She is the author of
an acclaimed paper for the Center,
The Rise of the Iran Lobby and co-author/editor of the Center's
Team B II study, "Shariah: The Threat to America".
Ms. Lopez received a B.A. in Communications and French from Notre
Dame College of Ohio and an M.A. in International Relations from the
Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She completed Marine Corps
Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, Virginia before
declining a commission, in favor of joining the CIA.
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Happening in Congress" -
Fitch, President &
Part of the
mission of the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is to
explain how Congress REALLY works, often dispelling myths that
endlessly emerge in the media. Recently I appeared on CSPAN's
"Washington Journal" and had the opportunity to tear down some of
these myths. Below are some excerpts and link the full interview.
LINK TO FULL
ON PERKS. “Most
of the perks that Congress have gotten over the decades have been
whittled away by law and regulation and practice, and there are only
a few left. Most of the things you’ve heard are not true.”
BENEFITS. “This is the frustrating thing when I talk about the
perks. This information gets exaggerated and people want to portray
them [Congress] getting special subsidies. It’s just not that way.
[Members of Congress and staff] are treated just like regular
employees working for a large organization….The myth out that is
that Members of Congress get all these extra benefits. It is just
ENGAGEMENT WITH CONGRESS. “We have been studying citizen engagement
for the last 15 years, looking at what works and what helps build
better relationships between citizens and lawmakers. One the myths
out there that CMF hopes to dispel is that citizen voices do not
make a difference. We did a survey of congressional staff and asked
this question, “If your member of Congress has not arrived at a firm
decision on an issue, how much influence does the following advocacy
strategies have on his or her decision. The number one answer, at
94%, was in-person visits from constituents. The one thing our
research shows that people getting engaged is a good thing for our
ON RESOURCES FOR
CONGRESS. "People think Congress has all these resources and staff.
In fact Congress hasn’t increased its resources since 1974, and the
House of Representatives cut its budget by 20 percent since 2011 for
each Member office.
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