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ACU Foundation Launches Policy Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Matt Schlapp announced the formation of the ACU Foundation’s Policy Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy.  The Center is a place to continue many of the conversations that were started at this year’s redesigned Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), including educating grassroots conservatives about the ideas of the Reagan Doctrine and how those ideas are just as applicable today.
The Senior Fellows include The Hon. KT McFarland, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense; Gordon Chang, author of ‘The Coming Collapse of China,’ and Forbes contributor; Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, the President and Founder of the American Islamic Center for Democracy; The Hon. Mike Magan, the Managing Director of Magan Dahlgren Ltd.; The Hon. Dennis Shea, Founder and President of Shea Public Strategies, LLC.; Amanda Bellows, Russian and American historian; and Jeff Ballabon, B2 Strategic CEO, former Senior Vice President of CBS News, and former US Senate Commerce Committee counsel.
“The American people are growing more concerned about what they are seeing across the Middle East, from the rise of the Islamic State to the blasé disposition of President Obama to the prospects of a nuclear Iran,” said Schlapp.  “I believe that these concerns, when combined with an increasingly emboldened Russia and China, could mean that questions of our security and the state of the globe will dominate the presidential election.  We believe this is the right time to offer constructive answers to our elected officials and to the people they represent.”
“We are grateful to our Senior Fellows for their willingness to lead the way toward a ‘Peace through Strength’ approach applicable for the 21st century,” said Schlapp.
The Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy can be visited online at http://acufoundation.conservative.org/center-for-statesmanship-diplomacy/.