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    Town Hall on Shooting in Ferguson, Missouri

    Panelists talked about race relations following the August 9, 2014, police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Topics…

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    Global Drone Proliferation

    Panelists talked about the dangers surrounding the proliferation of military drone operations around the world. Speakers included a journalist and filmmaker, a human rights advocate…

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    Legal Challenges to Drone Strikes

    Panelists talked about discusses legal challenges to U.S. drone strikes. They examined Obama administration policies concerning drones and other counterterrorism operations, and their…

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    Cornel West Remarks at the International Drone Summit

    Cornel West was a featured speaker at a summit on drones, “Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance.” He talked about the relationship between the military and Wall…

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    U.S. Drug Policy

    Recently retired Orange County Superior Court Judge James Gray talked about what he believes is the failure of current drug prohibition policies. He also talked about his experiences…

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    Book Discussion on The Spirit Level

    The authors explored the data they say indicate that greater equality among people within a society is the common factor linking the healthiest and happiest societies.  The event was…

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    The Election and Climate Action

    A panel discussion was held on the results of the 2008 elections and their implications for environmental policy, including climate change and energy. Topics included the impact of the…

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    Campaign 2008 and Economic Issues

    Panelists talked about recent turmoil in financial markets, the distribution of wealth in the U.S., the influence of economic inquality on market instability, and role the economy would…

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    Book Discussion on Spies for Hire

    Tim Shorrock talked about the privatization of U.S. intelligence and the outsourcing of intelligence officers. He said that the majority of spies used by the U.S. were private…

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    Housing Market and Minorities

    Brenda Cotto-Escalera and Dedrick Muhammad talked about the subprime mortgage crisis, calling it the the greatest loss of wealth for African Americans in modern history. They are the…

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    Ending the War in Iraq

    The Institute for Policy Studies held a discussion on how the U.S. could end the war in Iraq and withdraw troops from the region. Among the topics they addressed were promises made…

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    Future of the Two Party System

    The panel discussed the U.S. political system, its historical development, its current state, and its future. Mr. Raskin gave a historical overview of the development of political…

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    National Security and Terrorism

    Mr. Gershman and Mr. Carafano discussed the September 11 Commission’s findings and recommendations. They placed particular emphasis on foreign policy. They…

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    Politics and the Energy Industry

    Mr. Palast talked about the influence of energy industry interests in the Bush administration. He also talked about energy and infrastructure contracts for Iraq reconstruction and…

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    National Summit on PetroPolitics

    Participants talked about the influence of oil companies in the political process. Among the topics they addressed were global sources of oil and U.S. security, links between the…

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    Security Planning and Military Transformation

    Mr. Bolton talked about nuclear non-proliferation efforts and international arms control measures. Among the topics he addressed were weapons programs in Iran and North Korea,…

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    U.S. Foreign Military, Trade and Aid Programs

    Participants talked about the scope of military training and aid programs provided to foreign governments. Among the topics they addressed were the increase in such programs as a…

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    Humanitarian Issues

    Participants talked about humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and the current crisis in the country. Among the issues they addressed were repatriation of displaced refugees, medical…

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    Book Discussion on Private Warriors

    Mr. Silverstein talked about his book Private Warriors, published by Verso, which describes Cold War-era generals and national security staffers who have moved on to the private…

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    U.S.-China Policy and Summit

    Representatives from human rights organizations and foreign policy experts talked about U.S. policy toward China and the upcoming visit to the nation by President Clinton. They talked…

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