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Guest Host: Steve Roberts
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- Ambassador Walter Cutler president of the Meridian International Center and former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
- Samer Shehata assistant professor of Arab politics, Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.
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