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Widely regarded as one of the top political journalists in the U.S., veteran Washington analyst Stephen Hayes shares an up-to-the-minute view of the domestic and global political scene
CEO/Editor, The Dispatch; FOX News Contributor and Author

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Widely regarded as one of the top political journalists in the U.S., Stephen Hayes shares an up-to-the-minute view of the domestic and global political scene.

As a longtime television commentator, former editor-in-chief of The Weekly Standard and now as the CEO/Editor of The Dispatch - a digital media company providing fact-based reporting and commentary on politics, policy and culture informed by conservative principles - Stephen Hayes has an insider’s view into the machinations of politics in Washington and on the world stage, as well as the complex relationship between the media and policymakers. An old-school style “reporter’s reporter,” the strong opinions Hayes expresses in his writing and broadcast appearances grow out of his exhaustive reporting on issues ranging from national security policy and geopolitical maneuvering to the American political scene and the future of the Republican Party. His daily contact with the nation’s top political and national security leaders puts Hayes in a unique position to provide powerful analysis and insights. Throughout the Bush Administration, Hayes’ reporting on national security shaped the debates on such hot-button issues as the Iraq War, enhanced interrogations, North Korea’s nuclear program, and the seemingly intractable problems posed by Iran. Hayes distinguished himself during the Obama Administration as a tough but thoughtful critic of President Obama and his policies—from deficits and spending to health care, from Guantanamo Bay and detainees to rogue states and terrorism. Among conservatives, Hayes was an early critic of President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, and he has provided a valuable and objective perspective in his coverage of the Trump Administration. With The Dispatch Hayes aims to create a community for thoughtful discussion and a forum for civil disagreement for people who want information and context from their news, not catharsis.

The author of two New York Times bestsellers, Hayes is currently a Fox News contributor and was part of CNN's "Best Political Team on Television", which won a Peabody Award for its coverage of the 2008 elections. He has made appearances on NPR, ABC, CBS and NBC, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.

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A World on the Brink: US National Security in the Trump Era

In a world that grows more uncertain by the day, what is the role of the United States? What does America First mean from a foreign policy perspective? Is the US still the world’s policeman? A reluctant superpower? With a rising and unpredictable China, an aggressive Russia, a frustrated Europe, a restive Africa, a changing South America and a volatile Middle East – what is the United States’ approach to the world?

The Trump administration is less interventionist and more confrontational, less invested in international institutions and more skeptical of diplomacy of all kinds. What does this mean for trade, for security, for relationships with allies, for perceptions of adversaries? With the keen eye of a reporter who has filed stories from Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and numerous European capitals, Stephen Hayes will help bring context to what is surely a puzzling international picture and offer an entertaining and informed view of the state of international affairs.

A Most Consequential Year: 2020 and the Future of American Politics

Six of the last seven elections have been “change” elections, including the presidential election of 2016 and the midterm elections of 2018. Populist movements on the left and the right are changing the contours American politics. Political polarization has never been greater. Even the meanings of common political terms – liberal and conservative – are different than they were just a few years ago.

What does all of mean for 2020?

President Donald Trump is loved by his supporters, despised by his opponents. He’s remade the Republican Party in his own image and changed its policy priorities in less than five years. He survived impeachment efforts in 2020 and emerged, at least for a time, stronger. Meanwhile, Democrats have winnowed down a large field but whoever they choose, their nominee will provide a stark contrast to the incumbent. Can they once again convince the country that change is needed? Or will the electorate choose to stick with the Trump administration for another four years? And, what will be the down-ballot effects of this polarizing election year?

A Matter of Trust: On Politics, Media and the Crisis of Noise

In today’s digital age, the news comes to consumers and citizens at breathtaking speed. Disruptive technologies have provided access to an unprecedented and bewildering number of choices in media sources, with some bad actors cynically distorting the public’s knowledge on key issues. Meanwhile, outrage has taken over substance in an effort to drive clicks, eyeballs, and revenue.  

Successful democracies need a thriving media. Do we still have one?

With a long career that includes stints in journalism, academia, and many years as a veteran reporter and analyst, Stephen Hayes brings unique insight to one of the biggest questions currently facing the United States and its citizens: Who can we trust? How can we – institutions, associations, civic groups, individuals – separate good information from bad? Hayes understands the powerful role the media plays in a democracy and brings firsthand experience navigating the often-contentious relationships between journalists and their sources.

Chaos in Washington: Making Sense of Politics and Governance in the Age of Trump

America finds itself at an extraordinary moment in time. Populist movements on the left and right are pushing for big changes in Washington while uncertainty about the future concerns Americans of all political backgrounds.  What should organizations expect as we approach the end of Donald Trump’s first term? Is this a fleeting moment or is change the new constant? And what dynamics will shape the 2020 elections? Journalist and longtime Washington observer Stephen Hayes answers these questions and more, combining the detailed knowledge of a political scientist with the on-the-trail experience of a veteran campaign reporter. His presentation provides an up-to-the-minute report on the issues and players of the political system, offering powerful analysis of the Trump Administration’s policies and how Congress and the electorate are adjusting to an unconventional president in the White House.

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