The world is on fire and the entire globe is focusing on the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. We talk with experts this hour who will explain what is going on, the next moves by Putin, what this means to other nation-states in the area, and what role the U.S. should play.
What does an invasion by Russia into Ukraine mean for the Christians in that sovereign nation? How do we pray during this crisis? Can the Gospel make a difference in this controversy? Then, China is taking advantage of the crisis in Ukraine to advance its own desire for hegemony. What is happening with Taiwan? We will talk with an expert on China who will offer his insight and perspective.
John “JV” Venable, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served in three combat operations, is a senior research fellow for defense policy at The Heritage Foundation. The focus of Venable’s research, writing, and public engagement is on plans, programs, and operational capabilities of the Department of Defense, in particular air and space matters. Immediately before joining Heritage in February 2016, Venable was vice president of IGRIS LLC, a research and development company near Memphis, Tenn., specializing in explosives detection. He is the author of a book on leading high performance teams, “Breaking the Trust Barrier” (Berrett-Koehler, 2016) and is a sought-after speaker to businesses, associations, universities, and high schools on building and leading high performance teams, ethical leadership, and “the power of big dreams.” During his career in the Air Force, Venable served at 16 locations around the world as a forward air controller, fighter pilot, staff officer, and commander. He is the former commander of the celebrated Thunderbirds.
He has flown the F-16 fighter jet throughout the United States, Europe, the Pacific, and the Middle East. As the F-16 wing weapons officer for the Air-Land Composite Wing experiment at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, he was nominated for the Claire Chennault Award for his work developing “killer scout” tactics, techniques, and procedures. Venable served as staff officer for nuclear policy for Headquarters Air Northwest at Royal Air Force High Wycombe, United Kingdom, from 1996 to 1998. He was heavily involved with the Partnership for Peace program that led to the expansion of NATO.
Bill Gertz is National Security Columnist for The Washington Times. He studied English literature at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., and journalism at George Washington University, Washington, DC. In March 2014, Bill was awarded the Reed Irvine Award for Investigative Journalism by Accuracy in Media. In September 1999, Bill was awarded the Western Journalism Center award for investigative journalism. The United States Business and Industrial Council awarded him the "Defender of the National Interest Award" in June 1998, and in 1997 he was recognized by The Washington Times for excellence in achievement. Bill is an expert on China, the CIA and U.S. Defense. He has lectured extensively on defense, national security, and media issues.
Dr. Victor Akhterov is leading FEBC’s ministry in Russia and Ukraine. Serving amidst increasing persecution, war, corruption, and poverty, Victor’s team is helping millions of people understand and accept the Good News. The son of a scientist who spent years in Soviet prisons for his faith, Victor is passionate about evangelism. “Our fathers paid a high price for sharing the Gospel, and today we live to inspire people to follow Jesus Christ,” said Victor, a native Russian who grew up in Eastern Ukraine. “We are innovative in our use of new media, as well as traditional FM radio, to create a dialogue with millions of listeners. And they respond by the thousands.” A former soldier of the Soviet army, Victor studied theology, organizational leadership, and communications at Fuller Seminary and Biola University. At this crucial historical point of conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Victor is uniquely equipped to lead evangelistic teams in both countries, helping them inspire listeners to follow Jesus Christ.
Steven W. Mosher, president of Population Research Institute, is a leading authority on China. He is the author of numerous books including Journey to the Forbidden China; A Mother’s Ordeal: One Woman’s Fight against China’s One-Child Policy; Population Control: Real Costs, Illusory Benefits; and Broken Earth: The Rural Chinese. He frequently appears on Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, and CNN News, and publishes in the New Republic, National Review, and the Wall Street Journal.