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    Howard Friedman on U.S. Global Competitiveness

    Howard Friedman, United Nations statistician and health economist, talked about his book, The Measure of a Nation: How to Regain America’s Competitive Edge and Boost Our Global…

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    Book Discussion on Consent of the Networked

    Rebecca MacKinnon argues that Internet users' rights are being infringed upon by governments and corporations. The author points to the changes in Facebook’s privacy policies and…

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    Political Legacies of Adlai Stevenson

    The panelists talked about the political legacy of Adlai Stevenson II, Illinois governor and presidential contender against Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. They said that he left a mark on…

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    Book Discussion on The Shah

    Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University. talked about his biography of the Shah of Iran. He also responded to questions submitted by members…

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    Book Discussion on A Sense of Duty

    Only a couple of days before the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, Quang Pham, his mother, and siblings were driven out of Saigon on a motor scooter by their father, a South Vietnamese…

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    Book Discussion on The Cleanest Race

    B.R. Myers takes an in-depth look at North Korean society and the domestic propaganda to which its citizens are exposed.  Myers argues that North Korea is a paranoid,…

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    Book Discussion on Stripping the Body Bare

    Mark Danner talks about his book of essays which covers such topics as the war on terror, the use of torture by the Bush administration, and U.S. involvement in the Balkans and Haiti. …

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    Book Discussion on The Predictioneer's Game

    Bruce Bueno de Mesquita talked about his book The Predictioneer’s Game: Using the Logic of Brazen Self-Interest to See and Shape the Future (Random House; September 29, 2009).…

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    Global Economic Priorities

    Andrew Crockett spoke about the global economic outlook, the impact of the recession on banking and financial interests, economic leadership issues, and restoring economic stability and…

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    Book Discussion on I Don't Believe in Atheists

    Chris Hedges talked about his book I Don’t Believe in Atheists, published by Free Press. In his book Mr. Hedges, who holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity…

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    Book Discussion on Zoom

    Vijay Vaitheeswaran talked about the book he co-authored, Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future, published by Twelve. In his book, Vijay Vaitheeswaran examined the global…

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    Book Discussion on Treacherous Alliance

    Trita Parsi talked about his book Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States, published by Yale University Press. He discussed the past and…

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    Islam in the West

    Olivier Roy talked about the expansion of Islam and its expression in the West. He said that Islamism, or radical political Islam, had grown in size and influence, particularly gaining…

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    Homeland and Maritime Security

    During a noontime lecture series, Paul Martin, a port security specialist, spoke about the relationship between national security and issues such as the economy, the military, the…

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    Book Discussion on The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists

    Khaled Abou El Fadl talked about his book The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists, published by HarperSanFrancisco. He argued that it is possible to interpret the Quran,…

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    Book Discussion on Chechnya: To the Heart of the Conflict

    Andrew Meier talked about his book Chechnya: To the Heart of the Conflict, published by W.W. Norton and Company. In it he examined how the conflict between Chechnya and Russia had…

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    Abu Ghraib Prisoner Treatment Investigation

    General Kern spoke about his investigation into and report of prisoner abuses by U.S. military and intelligence personnel involving Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, potential…

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    Book Discussion on Losing the New China

    Mr. Gutmann talked about his book, Losing the New China: A Story of American Commerce, Desire and Betrayal, published by Encounter Books. Often drawing material from his personal…

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    Intelligence Community Reform

    Former agents and others talked about the state of the intelligence community, information gathering and sharing, potential improvement to intelligence methods, particularly in the Arab…

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    Future of North Korea

    Mr. Hayes, a foreign policy analyst, talked about the situation in North Korea, including that country’s nuclear power program, past and present U.S. foreign policy toward North…

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