Thursday, March 10, 2022


Our guest is WILLIAM RUGER of Defense Priorities; the President of the American Institute for Economic Research, Afghan War Veteran and former nominee to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.


Ruger was previously the Vice President for Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute and the Vice President, Foreign Policy at Stand Together. Before that, he was an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin. Ruger earned his Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University and an A.B. from the College of William and Mary. His scholarship has appeared in a number of academic journals including International Studies Quarterly, Review of Political Economy, Economics of Governance, Civil Wars, and Armed Forces and Society. His most recent scholarship examines the relationship between military service, combat experience, and civic participation. Ruger is the author of the biography Milton Friedman and co-author of two books on state politics, including Freedom in the 50 States (now in its 6th edition). Ruger is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, among other decorations. He remains an officer in the U.S. Navy (Reserve Component). Ruger was nominated to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and was a prominent advocate for ending America’s participation in the war there. Ruger was appointed by the president to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in 2020.


DANIEL BANES is the President of Commercial Technology in Exiger’s New York office, where he focuses on the firm’s financial investigations, financial crime compliance, and technology solutions.


Since joining Exiger in early 2014, BANES has investigated and assessed anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions programs and led financial institution investigations, managing teams of investigators and compliance professionals across the globe.  Dan has managed significant regulatory matters reaching five continents and played a key role in one of the largest compliance monitorships in history.  His expertise includes forensic accounting investigations, fraud investigations, and financial crime investigations with a focus in data analytics.  Dan has presented findings to several regulators in the Americas and APAC throughout his career.

Dan joined Exiger from Kroll’s Global Financial Investigations practice where he jointly led the New York Financial Investigations team. In this role, he led financial crime investigations and supported companies in litigation through expert witness reporting and asset tracing, identified fraudulent activity including expense fraud, payroll fraud, and royalty fraud, assessed risk related to fund investments, and reviewed control environments. The majority of his work was concentrated in the financial services industry with the remainder spread across several commercial industries.