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The former GOP presidential candidate and Speaker of the House has been a vociferous proponent of the idea that the America faces an existential threat from “Islamofascists.”

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Michael Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, has spurred criticism for his hawkish critiques of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, with some saying his comments are out of line for a former military leader.

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Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul and 2016 GOP presidential candidate, is known for racist and reactionary rhetoric, in addition to his ignorance about nuclear weapons strategy, Middle East conflicts, and the value of allies.

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Former Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) was among the most strident Israel boosters and foreign policy hawks in Congress.

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James Woolsey, a former CIA director who views the “war on terror” as the “Long War,” is chairman of the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), one of Congress’s staunchest foreign policy hawks and a “pro-Israel” hardliner, has been a leading advocate of hardening sanctions on Iran.

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Robert Kagan, a cofounder of the Project for the New American Century, is a neoconservative policy pundit and historian based at the Brookings Institution.

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Frank Gaffney, director of the hardline neoconservative Center for Security Policy, is a longtime advocate of aggressive U.S. foreign policies, bloated military budgets, and confrontation with the Islamic world.

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Paul Wolfowitz, a visiting fellow at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, is a controversial former World Bank chief and Pentagon official who was closely involved in the decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

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Weekly Standard editor and PNAC cofounder Bill Kristol is a longtime neoconservative activist and Washington political operative.

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John Yoo is a former deputy assistant attorney general known for his extreme views on executive wartime powers and for helping author the George W. Bush administration’s infamous “torture memos.”

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A self-styled terrorism “expert” who claims that the killing of Osama bin Laden strengthened Al Qaeda, former right-wing Lebanese militia member Walid Phares wildly claims that the Obama administration gave the Muslim Brotherhood “the green light” to sideline secular Egyptians.

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Ilan Berman is vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, a think tank that promotes hawkish security polices and appears to be closely associated with the U.S. “Israel Lobby.”

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Michael Ledeen, a “Freedom Scholar” at the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies, has long been obsessed with getting the U.S. to force regime change in Tehran.

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Clare Lopez is a former CIA officer and rightwing activist who has argued that the Muslim Brotherhood and a shadowy “Iran Lobby” are working to shape Obama administration policy.

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Elliott Abrams is an ideological neoconservative based at the Council on Foreign Relations whose track record includes a criminal conviction for lying to Congress during the Reagan-era Iran-Contra affair.

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Victoria Coates, Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) national security adviser, has a colored neoconservative background, including serving as research associate for Donald Rumsfeld.

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Although better known for his domestic platform promoting “limited” government, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has expressed strong sympathies for projecting U.S. military power abroad.

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Although sometimes characterized as a Republican “maverick” for his bipartisan forays into domestic policy, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is one of the Senate’s more vocal hawks.

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Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is an important financial backer of right-wing “pro-Israel” groups in the United States and elsewhere in the world, as well as a prominent supporter of key Israeli Likud Party figures.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is known for his hawkish views on foreign policy and close ties to prominent neoconservatives.

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Former Texas governor and two-time failed Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry has repeatedly voiced support for torture and interventionist U.S. policies in the Mideast.

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Controversial Reagan-era official John Negroponte served as the first national intelligence director during the George W. Bush administration.

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The former secretary of labor has returned to the Heritage Foundation, where she worked before being tapped by George W. Bush in 2001.

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Han Morgenstern is the president of Security Solutions International, a security firm that has taught Islamophobic training courses.

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A former Bush administration foreign policy operative, Luti is now a vice president at the neoconservative Hudson Institute.

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Natan Sharansky is a former Soviet dissident and Likud Party official in Israel whose hardline ideas about Middle East peace have been championed by neoconservatives and other rightist political actors in the United States.

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A professor at Georgetown University and a former member of the Committee on the Present Danger, Robert Lieber is a leading neoconservative academic.

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Michael Evans is a Christian Zionist writer who opposes the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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A Hoover Institution fellow, Victor Davis Hanson is a conservative scholar of the classics and an ardent proponent of more aggressive U.S. actions in the Middle East.

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A longtime Washington insider closely aligned with neoconservatives, Ken Adelman has served several Republican administrations since the mid-1970s and was a vocal proponent of the invasion of Iraq.

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Julie Finley, a founding member of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, is a former U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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Barry McCaffrey is a retired U.S. Army general who has been accused of profiting on U.S. wars abroad while championing those same wars as a TV pundit.

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Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas and an evangelical pastor, is a 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

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Rick Santorum, a former GOP presidential candidate and senator from Pennsylvania, has championed starkly right-wing social programs as well as a militarist overseas agenda.

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Arthur Waldron is a well-known China-hawk based at the University of Pennsylvania who argues that the United States must be willing to rollback Chinese influence in Asia.

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Melvin Sembler is high-powered Republican Party donor and real estate magnate who has a long track record backing neoconservative groups like Keep America Safe and the American Enterprise Institute.

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2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a track record promoting aggressive U.S. military intervention in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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Richard Scaife was an important financier of the American Right.

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NORPAC is a New Jersey-based political action committee that supports legislators who favor hardline “pro-Israel” policies.

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A former adviser to President George W. Bush, Wehner has used his perch at the neoconservative Ethics and Public Policy Center to promote militarist U.S. foreign policies and a conservative Christian domestic agenda.

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is one the Senate’s more ardent supporters of militaristic U.S. foreign policies.

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Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) is the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a staunch supporter of sanctions on Iran.

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Aaron Friedberg is an unabashed China hawk who previously served as a national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.

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Michael O’Hanlon, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, is a well-known “liberal interventionist” who often teams up with rightwing hawks to advocate U.S. military action abroad.

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Shmuley Boteach is a “celebrity rabbi” known for his controversial “pro-Israel” advocacy.

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Max Boot is a neoconservative military historian based at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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A bastion of trans-Atlantic neoconservatism and Islamophobia, the UK-based Henry Jackson Society promotes “regime change” in Iran and hardline “pro-Israel” policies in the Middle East.

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Dinesh D’Souza is a conservative writer and conspiracy theorist whose books and films have gained notoriety for their diatribes about the “culture wars” and fear-mongering narratives about liberals. D’Souza is also well known for his 2014 conviction on federal charges related to an illegal campaign fundraising scheme.

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Rupert Murdoch is the head of News Corp, the parent company of Fox News, and a long-time supporter of neoconservative campaigns to influence U.S. foreign policy.

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Pete Wilson is a former governor of California known for his anti-immigration initiatives and hawkish positions on foreign policy.

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Charles M. Kupperman is a former Reagan official with strong ties to the defense industry and militaristic organizations.

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Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, has been a vocal advocate for staunchly militaristic foreign policies.

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Steve Forbes, head of the Forbes magazine empire, is an active supporter of a number of militarist policy organizations that have pushed for aggressive U.S. foreign policies.

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Former Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz has been a leading writer and ideologue of the neoconservative movement since the group began to emerge in the late 1960s.

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Reuel Marc Gerecht, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, has been advocating regime change in Iran since even before 9/11.

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David Albright is the founder of the Institute for Science and International Security, a non-proliferation think tank whose influential analyses of nuclear proliferation issues in the Middle East have been the source of intense disagreement and debate.

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John Bolton, the notorious hardliner who served as President Bush’s UN ambassador, is chairman of the “Islamophobic” Gatestone Institute and a senior fellow at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute.

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Former CIA director Michael Hayden has been a stalwart advocate of the Bush record on torture and warrantless wiretapping.

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Brigette Gabriel, an anti-Islamic author and activist, is the founder of the right-wing group ACT! for America.

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The John Hay Initiative is a neoconservative-dominated group that has helped shape the foreign policy discussion of the 2016 Republican presidential race.

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John Tkacik is a former State Department officer who has partnered with leading neoconservatives to advocate robust U.S. support for Taiwan and hawkish defense policies.

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Matthew Taylor is a filmmaker with ties to the Republican Party and other right-wing political factions.

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Jamie Fly, a former adviser to the George W. Bush administration, was the executive director of the neoconservative Foreign Policy Initiative before being tapped by Sen. Marco Rubio to be his “counselor for foreign and national security affairs.”

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Ahmed Chalabi, a controversial Iraqi political figure who passed away in late 2015, was known for his deep ties to U.S. neoconservatives and his efforts to promote the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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Fred Thompson, who passed away in late 2015, was a Republican Senator from Tennessee, a 2008 GOP presidential candidate, and TV actor.

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Billionaire investor Paul Singer is the founder and CEO of the Elliott Management Corporation and an important funder of neoconservative causes.

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The Hudson Institute, part of a closely-knit group of neoconservative policy institutes, that champions aggressive and Israel-centric U.S. foreign policies.

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The Center for Security Policy, a prominent member of the neoconservative advocacy community led by Frank Gaffney, has promoted extravagant weapons programs and an expansive “war on terror.”

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Founded by Daniel Pipes, the Middle East Forum is a controversial Philadelphia-based policy institute that is notorious for its extremist rhetoric about Islam and Middle East politics.

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The Washington-based American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research has been a leading member of the neoconservative advocacy community for several decades, hosting a bevy of Iraq War architects and former Bush administration officials.

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Michael Rubin, a veteran of the Bush-era Office of Special Plans, is a neoconservative pundit based at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Jennifer Rubin is a blogger at the Washington Post who is notorious for her anti-liberal invective and “pro-Israel” advocacy.

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Founder of the Middle East Forum, Daniel Pipes is an influential advocate of militarist U.S. policies in the Middle East and a controversial critic of “lawful Islamism” in the West.

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A writer for The Atlantic who served in the Israeli military, Goldberg’s publications have often appeared to bolster hawkish U.S. policies in the Middle East, particularly with respect to Iran and Iraq.

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David Frum was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush who is credited with coining the phrase “axis of evil.”

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been one of the more strident advocates of waging wars overseas and loosening controls on the conduct of the executive branch.

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Douglas Farah, a Latin America focused pundit, has been described as a “former Washington Post reporter turned right-wing foreign policy analyst.”

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The International Assessment and Strategy Center (IASC) is a rightist think tank that purports to focus on “medium and long-term security issues and their impact on the security of the United States and her key interests and allies.”

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Retired Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely is a former military analyst for Fox News who promotes outlandish conspiracies about President Obama and has expressed a desire to lead a coup against the U.S. government.

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The Heritage Foundation, a mainstay of the right-wing advocacy community, has long pressured the United States to adopt militaristic U.S. foreign policies

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Mitt Romney’s running mate in the 2012 presidential election, is a prominent congressional hawk on both foreign and domestic policy.

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Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), former chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, is a leading ”pro-Israel” hawk in Congress.

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Ron Dermer is the Israeli ambassador to the United States and a close confidante of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Christians United for Israel, a Christian Zionist organization that promotes the idea that Christians “have a biblical obligation to defend Israel,” supports Israeli settlements, opposes a two-state solution, and pushes militarist U.S. policies in the Middle East.

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Christian Zionist leader and former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer has been a leading Islamophobic voice in U.S. politics.

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The millionaire pastor of the Cornerstone Church in Texas, John Hagee has argued that U.S. support for Israel will play a “a pivotal role in the second coming” of Jesus.

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CUFI Action Fund is the lobbying arm of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a leading right-wing Christian Zionist advocacy organization.

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Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has emerged as one of the Democratic Party’s most hawkish legislators.

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Kelly Ayotte is a Republican senator from New Hampshire.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is one of the Senate’s leading hawks on foreign policy, having promoted U.S. military intervention throughout the Great Middle East for many years.

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Danielle Pletka is the vice president of foreign and defense studies at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute.

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Joshua Muravchik, a neoconservative ideologue based at the School of Advanced International Studies, has longed pushed for U.S.-led wars in the Middle East and has a track record attacking people who criticize Israel.

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The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq was a short-lived yet influential group that strongly promoted the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

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President of the neoconservative advocacy group Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former New York Times correspondent, Cliff May has been a persistent advocate of hawkish U.S. policies toward Iran and an Israel-centric view of the Middle East.

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A “non-partisan” policy institute that purports to defend democracies from “militant Islamism,” the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is an influential base of hawkish advocacy on Middle East policy.

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Richard Perle, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former adviser to various Republican administrations, is widely considered a core representative of the neoconservative political faction.

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Lee Smith, a senior fellow at the neoconservative Hudson Institute, has a track record of levelling accusations of anti-Semitism against those he disagrees with.

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An advocate of hawkish strategic defense policies, Henry Sokolski has been a harsh critic of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.

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Eric Edelman, undersecretary for defense in the George W. Bush administration and a board member of the neoconservative Foreign Policy Initiative, has long been associated with hawkish factions in U.S. politics, advising the likes of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Mitt Romney.

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The American Security Initiative is a hawkish group that has created alarmist ads about the alleged nuclear threat of Iran.

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Ray Takeyh is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former official in the Obama State Department who promotes a hawkish line on U.S. relations with Iran.

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Joe Lieberman, the neoconservative Democrat from Connecticut who retired from the Senate in 2013, co-chairs a foreign policy project at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Gary Samore is a former adviser to the Obama administration whose experience includes serving as president of United Against Nuclear Iran, a pressure group that advocates sanctions against Iran.

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Wall Street Journal “Global View” columnist Bret Stephens has long trumpeted a right-wing line on the Middle East and Israel.

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Leon Wieseltier, a columnist at the Atlantic and the former literary editor of the New Republic, is a harsh critic of Obama administration’s Middle East policy and has frequently pushed for U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.

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The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of the more effective U.S. lobbying outfits, aims to ensure that the United States backs Israel regardless of the policies Israel pursues.

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Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran is an AIPAC-backed lobby group founded in 2015 to pressure members of Congress to oppose the Iran nuclear deal.

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Eli Lake is a columnist for Bloomberg View who has a lengthy record of advocating for aggressive U.S. foreign policies towards the Middle East.

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A former Bush administration foreign policy adviser, Michael Doran is a fellow at the neoconservative Hudson Institute who has promoted U.S. “regime change” strategies for a host of countries in the Middle East.

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A former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren is a rightist politician in Israel who has promoted extremist views regarding Middle East affairs, U.S. politicians, and Jewish Americans.

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Dennis Ross is a controversial former diplomat who has advised the Obama administration on foreign policy even as he has supported the work of hawkish advocacy groups that have vociferously criticized the administration.

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The U.S. Committee for a Free Lebanon (USCFL) is a neoconservative-aligned advocacy group that for years advocated aggressive U.S. policies towards Lebanon and Syria.

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Stephen Hadley, an Iraq War hawk and former national security adviser to President George W. Bush, now chairs the U.S. Institute for Peace.

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An offshoot of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the influential Washington Institute for Near East Policy has been a hawkish centerpiece of the “Israel Lobby” for decades.

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Charles “Chuck” Wald is a member and former chairman of the board of directors of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a policy advocacy organization that has a reputation of supporting hawkish security and defense policies, particularly with respect to Iran.

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Members of the Reagan-era Council for National Policy continue to help shape the U.S. political landscape even as the rightwing group maintains a cloak of secrecy over its activities and membership rolls.

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The Scaife Foundations are a collection of conservative foundations that have helped bankroll the modern American conservative movement.

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The American Conservative Union is a “grassroots” lobbying organization that organizes the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

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The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is a grant-making foundation that has been called “the country’s largest and most influential right-wing organization.”

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The Castle Rock Foundation was a major supporter of the Heritage Foundation and other right-wing institutions and causes.

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The Israel Project is a “pro-Israel,” neoconservative-leaning advocacy group that boasts a bipartisan cast of congressional “advisers.”

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The Earhart Foundation is a conservative grant-making foundation that appears to shun publicity.

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Pamela Geller is a controversial anti-Islam activist who writes the far-right blog Atlas Shrugs.

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The right-wing Independent Women’s Forum has a history of opposing virtually every “women’s rights” initiative since its founding in the early 1990s.

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One of the leading purveyors of anti-Islamic rhetoric in the United States, Robert Spencer has been at the forefront of theatrical efforts to ban sharia law from U.S. courtrooms.

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Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders’ fierce anti-Islamic activism has made him a favorite of the American right.

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The Smith Richardson Foundation is often associated with a passel of foundations that buttress the American Right.

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The People’s Mujahedin of Iran, or MEK, is a militant organization that advocates the overthrow of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Global Governance Watch is an organization affiliated with influential right-wing groups that monitors international organizations.

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The Emergency Committee for Israel is a U.S.-based pressure group aligned with the Israeli right wing that has pushed the United States to attack Iran and smeared critics of hawkish Israeli policies.

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George Wiegel is a theologian often referred to as a “neoconservative Catholic.”

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The right-wing Republican Jewish Coalition is a central component of the Republican Party’s outreach to Jewish voters and a reliable promoter of militarist U.S. policies in the Middle East.

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Ali Alfoneh is a senior fellow at the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies and vociferous Iran hawk.

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John Hannah, an Iraq War booster who worked as an aide to VP Cheney, has become a leading neoconservative voice for regime change in Syria.

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Academi LLC is a controversial private military contractor that was formerly called Blackwater Worldwide and later Xe Services LLC.

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Joshua Katzen, a Boston-based real estate developer and president of the right-wing Jewish New Service, is closely tied to neoconservative advocacy networks in the United States.

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Raphael Shore is the Israel-based founder and president of the Clarion Project, a U.S. right-wing group that produces alarmist films about “radical Islam.”

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Israeli settlement advocate Alex Traiman is best known as the director of Iranium, an anti-Iran film widely ridiculed for its hearsay and Islamophobia.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute who has a made a career denouncing Islam.

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The Philos project is a Christian advocacy organization that promotes hawkish U.S. policies towards the Middle East.

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Mark Dubowitz, an oft-quoted Iran hawk, is the executive director of the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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The American Islamic Congress (AIC) is a controversial Muslim advocacy organization with ties to right-wing and anti-Islamic groups.

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Ashton Carter, an academic and longtime Pentagon bureaucrat who served as deputy secretary of defense in the Barack Obama administration, has a history of supporting controversial counter-proliferation proposals.

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Since leaving office in the midst of the unpopular Iraq War, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has periodically reemerged to champion torture, defense appropriations, and an expansive war on terror.

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Previously a special assistant to President George W. Bush, Meghan O’Sullivan is a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government who argues that sanctions aren’t aggressive enough to achieve change in the Middle East.

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Morton Klein is the president of the right-wing Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), a virulently anti-Palestinian advocacy group.

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Established in Baltimore in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is the oldest Zionist organization in the United States—and also among the most aggressively anti-Arab ones.

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Matt Brooks is the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

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Mehdi Khalaji is a senior fellow at the hawkish Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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Laurence Silberman is a senior justice on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and a longtime affiliate of right-wing organizations.

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The American Islamic Forum for Democracy is a right-wing advocacy group with strong ties to anti-Islamic groups in the United States.

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Although sometimes characterized as a moderate, business-oriented political figure, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney embraced a hawkish foreign policy during his 2012 presidential campaign.

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Zuhdi Jasser, a physician and devout Muslim connected to various neoconservative groups, founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and has helped produced several controversial anti-Islamist films.

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A conservative op-ed columnist for the Washington Post, Michael Gerson’s track record includes coining the phrase “axis of evil” and developing the Bush administration’s messaging on the Iraq War.

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Fred Hiatt the Washington Post’s editorial page editor, has a track record promoting hawkish U.S. defense policies.

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A controversial activist group closely connected to anti-Islamic and “pro-Israel” political factions, the Clarion Project has released films and publications that attack “Radical Islam” and call into question the trustworthiness of Muslims.

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Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst at the controversial Clarion Project, is an avid promoter of sensationalist stories about Muslim groups in the United States.

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Despite his history of making questionable claims, self-proclaimed terrorism “expert” Steve Emerson has made a lucrative career warning about terrorist threats and condemning Islamists.

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An heir to the Sears Roebuck fortune, Nina Rosenwald has been dubbed “the sugar mama of anti-Muslim hate” for her philanthropy supporting right-wing and anti-Islamic groups in the United States.

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The brainchild of Sears-Roebuck heiress Nina Rosenwald, the Gatestone Institute is a New York-based advocacy organization that is tied to neoconservative and other right-wing networks in the United States and Europe.

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Roger Noriega, a former Bush administration policymaker now at the American Enterprise Institute, is a longtime champion of neo-liberalism and hardline U.S. security policies in Latin America.

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Otto Reich, a former diplomat who was involved in the Iran-Contra scandal, is a strident Latin America hawk who has lobbied for right-wing governments in the region.

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Jaime Daremblum directs the Center for Latin American Studies at the neoconservative Hudson Institute.

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Stephen Rademaker, a lobbyist and lawyer who served as an assistant secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration, is a project adviser at the hawkish Bipartisan Policy Center and a principal of the Podesta Group.

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Matthew Levitt is the director of WINEP’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.

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Bernard Marcus, the billionaire co-founder and former CEO of The Home Depot, is a major funder of Republican and neoconservative causes./p>

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The ostensibly centrist Bipartisan Policy Center has played an important role in shifting Beltway rhetoric on Iran to the hawkish right.

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The Friends of Israel Initiative is a “pro-Israel” advocacy organization founded and chaired by former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar.

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Michele Flournoy is a former undersecretary of defense for policy in the Obama administration and co-founder of the “liberal hawk” Center for a New American Security.

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The Committee on the Present Danger (CPD) is a neoconservative Cold War-era pressure group the was re-launched in 2004 to focus on the “war on terror.”

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The Foreign Policy Initiative, founded in 2009 by a host of neoconservative figures, is a leading advocate for a militaristic and Israel-centric U.S. foreign policies.

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Thomas Donnelly, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, thinks that U.S. military power is the only guarantor of global stability.

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A former Pentagon official whose office generated faulty information that was used to push the United States toward war with Iraq, Feith is now at the neoconservative Hudson Institute, where he advocates hawkish strategic weapons policies.

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The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney has emerged as the most visible advocate of hardline security policies in the Cheney family.

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Devon Gaffney Cross, a longstanding neoconservative activist, has reemerged as a supporter of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s presidential campaign and member of the heavily criticized advocacy group Secure America Now.

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A prominent member of the right-wing “pro-Israel” establishment, JINSA claims to be “the most influential group on the issue of U.S.-Israel military relations.”

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A right-wing Christian and governor of Kansas, Brownback previously served in the U.S. Senate, where he gained a reputation as a leading social conservative as well as an outspoken “pro-Israel” hawk on U.S. Middle East policy.

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A professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Eliot Cohen has been described as “the most influential neocon in academe.”

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, was closely associated with the government’s warrantless wiretapping and detainee interrogation programs.

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A “pro-Israel” hawk and former Dick Cheney adviser who once championed taking the “war on terror” to Latin America, David Wurmser now promotes Israeli natural gas interests and supports a strike on Iran.

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Conservative author and occasional political candidate Kenneth Timmerman has a long history of pushing for regime change in Iran and promoting an aggressive U.S. foreign policy.

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Tanter, founder of the hawkish Iran Policy Committee, is an ardent support of the controversial Mujahedin-e Khalq, an Iranian opposition group that was listed by the State Department as a terrorist organization.

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Marc Thiessen, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, is a Washington Post columnist and American Enterprise Institute visiting fellow known for his defense of hawkish U.S. security and defense policies, including “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

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Chris Griffin, the executive director of the neoconservative Foreign Policy Initiative, has also worked as a legislative director for Sen. Joe Lieberman and as a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Former diplomat Mitchell Reiss has been an advocate for the MEK and has been critical of the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran.

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David Horowtiz, an erstwhile leftwing activist notorious for his vitriolic attacks on former comrades, has turned the demonization of Muslims into a lucrative enterprise.

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A go-to security policy think tank for the Obama administration, the Center for a New American Security’s staff includes a host counterinsurgency enthusiasts, some of whom have supported neoconservative-led policy campaigns.

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A foreign policy hawk known for his work shaping the 2007 Iraq “surge,” AEI fellow Frederick Kagan has authored numerous books and reports promoting long-term U.S. military intervention in the Middle East and Central Asia.

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Bill Schneider is a former CNN political analyst currently based at Third Way, a Wall Street-linked Democratic think tank.

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A decorated retired general credited with helping conceive the Iraq “surge,” Jack Keane has used his military experience to turn a profit in the private sector—most recently as a senior adviser to Academi LLC, the latest incarnation of the notorious Blackwater Worldwide.

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Ben Wattenberg, a former AEI fellow and PBS talk show host, was a member of a core group of Democratic Party hawks who drifted to the right during the 1970s.

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Gary Schmitt is a resident scholar at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute and a former director of the Project for the New American Century.

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Secure America Now (SAN) is a right-wing advocacy group founded in 2011 by pollsters John McLaughlin and Pat Caddell.

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John Podhoretz is the editor of the influential neoconservative magazine Commentary.

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The Alliance for a Strong America is a hawkish advocacy group founded by Dick and Liz Cheney.

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The Institute of World Politics is a Washington, D.C.-based graduate school closely tied to right-wing networks in the United States.

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Dan Senor is a cofounder of the neoconservative Foreign Policy Initiative and the former spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.

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Jay Garner is a former U.S. army general who briefly oversaw U.S. reconstruction efforts in postinvasion Iraq.

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Paul Bremer is a former diplomat who served as the Bush administration’s envoy in postwar Iraq.

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Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), a Tea Party firebrand, is the president of the conservative Heritage Foundation.

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Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer is a trailblazing neoconservative ideologue and an unapologetic advocate for U.S. overseas militarism.

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Edwin Feulner is the cofounder and former president of the right-wing Heritage Foundation.

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Charles Hill is a former diplomat who has used his Foreign Service experience to craft a worldview friendly to neoconservatives.

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David Addington, an author of the “torture memos” and other controversial legal documents while serving as an aide and counsel to Vice President Dick Cheney, is vice president of the conservative Heritage Foundation.

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Linton Brooks is a former arms control negotiator and energy undersecretary who was instrumental in charting an aggressive U.S. nuclear posture during the George W. Bush administration.

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Daniel Gouré is vice president of the Lexington Institute, a conservative, defense-oriented think tank that is closely tied to military contractors.

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Lynne Cheney is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute who writes on American history and culture.

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Gary Becker was a conservative, Nobel Prize-winning economist known for applying economic theory to traditionally sociological concerns.

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A dual U.S.-Israeli citizen who advocates a “credible” U.S. military threat against Iran, Michael Makovsky is the CEO of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, a “pro-Israel” policy group that specializes in encouraging military-to-military ties between the United States and Israel.

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The National Interest is a realist-leaning foreign policy magazine founded by Irving Kristol and later taken over by the Nixon Center.

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James Schlesinger was a former CIA director, Pentagon chief, and energy secretary.

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Concerned Women for America is a right-wing Christian advocacy group that pushes conservative viewpoints on social, economic, and foreign policy issues.

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Midge Decter, a controversial writer and activist who is a member of the influential neoconservative Podhoretz family, is known for her diatribes against feminism as well her hawkish foreign policy views.

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Carl Gershman is the longtime head of the National Endowment for Democracy, the controversial “democracy promotion” foundation funded by the U.S. government.

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A contributor to the right-wing WorldNetDaily who is fond of touting his off-road driving abilities, F. Michael Maloof is perhaps best known for his alleged role in helping produce faulty intelligence while working at the Pentagon’s notorious Office of Special Plans.

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Amitay has been a key “pro-Israel” lobbyist for decades, serving as head of American Israeli Public Affairs Committee and chair of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.

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Thomas McInerney is a retired air force general who complements his military contractor work with hawkish foreign policy advocacy.

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Bruce Jackson is an erstwhile military intelligence officer and defense industry executive with a long track record advancing hawkish U.S. defense policies and supporting neoconservative campaigns, with a particular focus on the countries of the former Soviet Union.

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Randy Scheunemann is a neoconservative lobbyist and a past foreign policy adviser to Sarah Palin.

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Ruth Wedgwood, an international law scholar based at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and vice chair of the neoconservative Freedom House, is a staunch defender of the “war on terror” and a proponent of a right-wing “pro-Israel” U.S. foreign policy.

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. Amoretta Hoeber, an advisor to the Frank Gaffney-run Center for Security Policy, runs a small Maryland-based defense consultancy firm. Hoeber is a former Reagan-era defense official who has been…

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Gertrude Himmelfarb, widow of the late neoconservative trailblazer Irving Kristol and mother of Weekly Standard editor William Kristol, is a conservative historian who has prescribed Victorian notions of morality as an antidote to a host of social ills.

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Former EMP Commission chairman William R. Graham has been a key member of the missile defense lobby for over three decades while at the same time serving as an executive to many defense contractors.

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Kathleen Bailey is a former U.S. arms control official and a senior associate at the National Institute for Public Policy, a hawkish think tank based in Washington, D.C, that has been home to a number of outspoken proponents of aggressive U.S. strategic weapons policies.

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Francis Fukuyama, a political scientist best known for his controversial “end of history” thesis, avidly supported the Iraq War but later became a high-profile critic of the neoconservative movement.

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Steven J. Rosen, who directs the Washington Program at the neoconservative Middle East Forum, is a former pioneering AIPAC lobbyist who was indicted for allegedly passing Pentagon secrets to the Israeli government.

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Former attorney general John Ashcroft is closely associated with some of the Bush administration’s more controversial counterterrorism policies.

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Bernard Lewis is a renowned historian of Islam and the Middle East who has long stirred controversy with his at times chauvinistic attitude towards the Muslim world and his associations with high-profile neoconservatives and foreign policy hawks.

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Dan Blumenthal is an Asia specialist based at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute.

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Kenneth Weinstein is the president and CEO of the Hudson Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that has been a key member of the neoconservative network for decades.

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Chris Williams is a veteran defense lobbyist and former Pentagon official who was once described as Donald Rumsfeld’s “right-hand man.”

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Blackwater Worldwide founder Erik Prince is notorious for his efforts to expand the use of private military contractors in conflict zones.

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Akbar Atri, an exiled Iranian-American activist and a self-appointed spokesman for the Iranian student movement, has affiliated himself with several neoconservative pressure groups pushing regime change in Iran.

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Nicholas Eberstadt is a conservative political economist and demographer based at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Josh Block, a self-described progressive Democrat who gained notoriety for accusing Democratic critics of Israel of “borderline anti-Semitism,” now helms The Israel Project, a neoconservative-leaning lobby group that pushes a hard line on the Middle East.

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FreedomWorks is one of several establishment Republican Party groups that have endeavored to claim the mantle of the Tea Party.

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Mark Gerson, author of the 1996 book The Neoconservative Vision, an oft-cited sycophantic book about the roots and trajectory of the political faction, is CEO of Gerson Lehrman Group, a consulting firm of global experts.

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Nina Shea directs the Center for International Religious Freedom at the neoconservative Hudson Institute.

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Michael Novak is a “theoconservative” Catholic theologian and writer.

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The Foreign Policy Research Institute is a conservative foreign policy think tank based in Philadelphia.

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Dennis Prager is a conservative radio talk show host and syndicated columnist who promotes the culture wars as well as America’s overseas wars.

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The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research is an influential conservative think tank based in New York.

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Charles Jacobs is a Boston-based writer and political activist who has founded a number of groups devoted to policing criticism of Israel and warning about the dangers of “radical Islam.”

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Military contractor CEO J.D. Crouch II is a former deputy national security adviser and assistant to President George W. Bush who helped develop the “troop surge” in Iraq.

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Elizabeth O’Bagy is a research analyst based at the neoconservative Institute for the Study of War who has also worked as the political director of a pro-intervention group linked to the Syrian rebels.

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An Iranian-American writer who supports a U.S. attack on Iran, Sohrab Ahmari has been described as “the neocons’ favorite Iranian” and likened to Iraq’s Ahmed Chalabi.

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Elliott Broidy is an Israeli-American investor who chairs the Bipartisan Council for American Security.

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The Institute on Religion and Public life publishes First Things magazine, a journal of contemporary religious right thought.

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Robert P. George is a social conservative activist and academic who was once dubbed “this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker.”

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Groundswell is an informal alliance of conservative activists, journalists, and policymakers seeking to coordinate right-wing messaging across a host of issues.

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The Institute on Religion and Democracy, a conservative Christian advocacy group with roots in Cold War neoconservative advocacy, fashions itself as “a watchdog of the religious and evangelical left.”

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Hillel Fradkin directs the Center for Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World at the neoconservative Hudson Institute.

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Daniel Loeb is a well-known hedge fund manager and a key financial supporter of the Emergency Committee for Israel.

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Donald Kagan is a leading historian of ancient Greece, an unabashed proponent of “Western civilization,” and an advocate of U.S. aggression overseas.

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New York Times columnist David Brooks espouses moderate views on domestic issues but tacks to the neoconservative right on foreign policy.

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Rachel Ehrenfeld is a controversial neoconservative writer and the founder of the American Center for Democracy.

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Richard Pipes, a Polish-American historian of Russia and Communism at Harvard University, was a key anti-Soviet crusader in the 1970s and 1980s who has since advocated bringing Russia into the “Western” fold.

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avid Makovsky heads the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the “pro-Israel” Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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The Bipartisan Coalition for American Security is a nonprofit advocacy group founded to promote American “global leadership,” a robust U.S. defense budget, and an active and interventionist U.S. foreign policy.

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Mario Loyola, a frequent contributor to the National Review, champions U.S. preemptive war, especially in the Middle East.

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Freedom’s Watch was a pro-Iraq War advocacy group supported by prominent Republican Party donors that worked to counter flagging public support for the “war on terror.”

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The American Center for Democracy is a neoconservative-linked nonprofit that claims to be “exposing and monitoring threats to the national security of the U.S. and Western democracies.”

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The Jamestown Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that monitors security trends from Eurasia to Africa, has been dogged by allegations that it secretly works with the CIA and allied governments.

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The Jerusalem Summit is an Israel-based advocacy outfit that has brought together Evangelical Christians, neoconservatives, and hardline pro-Israel figures from across the globe in an effort to shape the debate over the status of Palestine.

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The American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus is an alliance of neoconservatives, liberal hawks, and peace activists working toward greater autonomy in the Caucasus, primarily with an eye to weakening Russia for U.S. strategic benefit.

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Since Jackson Diehl took over as the Washington Post’s deputy editorial page editor in 2001, the newspaper’s editorial slant has become increasingly hawkish and conservative.

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Harold Rhode is a retired Defense Department adviser based at the Gatestone Institute in New York, an advocacy group known for its promotion of anti-Islamic rhetoric and ideas.

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Max Kampelman was a Cold War-era arms control negotiator who supported numerous neoconservative policy campaigns.

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The defunct Project for the New American Century, a key promoter of the decision to invade Iraq, was at one time regarded as the foremost purveyor of neoconservative thinking on foreign affairs.

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The Philanthropy Roundtable is a research and advocacy group that helps right-wing donors funnel money to a number of different philanthropic and political causes.

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The Washington Free Beacon is a news site published by the right-wing Center for American Freedom.

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Michael Goldfarb is a neoconservative pundit, activist, and consultant who has proven adept at funneling anonymous Republican donations into high-profile advocacy efforts.

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A military historian, Kimberly Kagan heads the Institute for the Study of War, where she has promoted the continuation of U.S. war in Afghanistan.

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The Pentagon’s first-ever undersecretary of defense for intelligence—the “defense intelligence czar”—Stephen Cambone was closely involved in Pentagon efforts to loosen interrogation guidelines for “war on terror” detainees.

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Will Marshall, cofounder of the Democratic Leadership Council (and head of the Progressive Policy Institute, has been a leading advocate for a more hawkish and “market-friendly” Democratic Party for decades.

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The Progressive Policy Institute, the think tank of the now-defunct Democratic Leadership Council, promotes a hawkish line on foreign policy, including getting tough with Iran.

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The Immigration Reform Caucus is a mostly Republican coalition of House members that has sought to crack down on undocumented immigrants and stem the flow of even legal immigration.

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An important proponent of counterinsurgency, John Nagl was president of the Center for a New American Security, an influential inside-the-beltway think tank with close ties to the Obama administration and neoconservatives.

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Marshall Wittmann, spokesperson for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is a political operative in Washington, D.C. who has long been associated with militarist and “pro-Israel” factions connected to both the Republican and Democratic Parties.

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Robert Bork, a one-time Supreme Court nominee and right-wing icon, passed away in December 2012.

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Farid Ghadry, founder of the pro-regime change Reform Party of Syria, has been likened to a Syrian Ahmed Chalabi, in part because of his close relations with U.S. neoconservatives.

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From its support for Salvadoran death squads to its enthusiasm for sanctions on Iran and an aggressive “war on terror,” the American Foreign Policy Council has pushed a hawkish agenda on foreign affairs since its founding in 1982.


The Attack-Syria Coalition: Then and Now

The ongoing crisis in Syria has become a litmus test for Bush-era neoconservatives, as well as the larger interventionist coalition that pushed for the Iraq War under the banner of the Project for the New American Century. Just as we saw during the years preceding the invasion of Iraq, the emergence of a pro-intervention coalition is occurring in the absence of a serious discussion about the complexity of the circumstances surrounding Syria’s spiraling civil war, the challenges inherent in any outside military engagement, and the dangers of a zero-sum approach to the conflict.

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Patrick Clawson is director of research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a spin-off of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that is known for promoting hawkish U.S. policies in the Middle East.

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Fred Iklé, a distinguished scholar at the Washington, DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a former defense undersecretary, is an erstwhile Cold Warrior who has…

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Réalité-EU is a hawkish policy outfit that promotes aggressive European policies toward Iran and other “threats” in the Middle East.

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A former World Bank president, George W. Bush administration trade representative, and supporter of the Project for the New American Century, Zoellick is now a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center.


Setbacks for Congressional Iran Hawks

Hawks in the U.S. Congress are finding it difficult to ratchet up the U.S. military threat against Iran.

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President Reagan’s Pentagon chief and an alleged conspirator in the assassination of former DRC Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, Frank Carlucci now serves as an attack dog for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.


Tea Party Loses in Fight with Big Business

The battle over the future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) has been a humbling experience for the Tea Party.


The Militarization of the Syrian Uprising

As pressure mounts to arm rebels in Syria, there is need for a sober assessment of the costs and consequences of the increasing militarization of the conflict there. If history is any guide, a foreign-backed armed rebellion will likely not produce the kind of victory—or engender the kind of support—that the anti-Assad fighters will require to usher in a new Syria. Additionally, there is the very real possibility that many of the rebels—as we’ve seen in Libya—will turn out to be little better than the regime they seek to replace.

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