On Wednesday, March 19, JINSA supporters Natasha and Michael Bleyzer hosted a high-profile group of JINSA leaders and friends at their home in Houston. The program featured JINSA Board of Advisors member Ambassador John Bolton and JINSA CEO Dr. Michael Makovsky discussing the critical issues of Iran and the Middle East. Host Michael Bleyzer also gave an important update on the continuing events in the Ukraine, where he is originally from.
On Monday, March 10, JINSA leaders Leslie and Beth Adler hosted a capacity crowd of JINSA leaders and friends at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest, Florida. The program featured JINSA Board of Advisors member Major General Sid Shachnow, USA (ret.) who gave a thought provoking speech on the rules of engagement in war.
The first JINSA Young Leadership Council (YLC) event of 2013 took place the evening of February 21. A cocktail reception was followed by a compelling discussion of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood led by Eric Trager, the Next Generation Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. JINSA YLC members were given a firsthand perspective of the Islamist organization and Egypt's revolution as an ongoing struggle against western influence and values.
On February 1, the JINSA New York Cabinet hosted Navy SEAL Leif Babin, who recently left active duty. Babin spent 13 years on active duty with the U.S. Navy, including nine years in SEAL Teams. He deployed three times to Iraq (2004, 2006, 2009-10) and supported forces deployed to Afghanistan and elsewhere.
On February 2, the JINSA Los Angeles Cabinet kicked off its 2012 programming with a briefing by Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal. Dubbing 2012 “the year of decision,” Mr. Stephens discussed the rise of Islamism and Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons against the backdrop of a weakening West.