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    Political Developments in North Korea

    The Wilson Center hosted a discussion on the upcoming congressional meeting held by North Korea’s ruling party, the Korean Workers Party, for the first time in 36 years.

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    Book Discussion John Birch

    Terry Lautz talked about his book, John Birch: A Life, about the life of missionary John Birch, who was killed in China in 1945, and is best remembered as the namesake for the right-wing…

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    Foreign Intervention in Africa During the Cold War

    Elizabeth Schmidt talked about how foreign intervention influenced emerging nations in Africa during the Cold War. She spoke about how former colonial powers dealt with these countries…

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    Mary Church Terrell and Racial Justice

    Joan Quigley talked about her book Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, which focuses on Mary Church…

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    Israel and the Middle East

    Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Itamar Rabinovich talked about Israel’s role in the Middle East and approach toward issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…

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    Independent Russian Media

    Panelists talked about independent Russian media. Speakers included the publisher and editor of Meduza, an online Russian-language newspaper based in Riga, Latvia. They spoke about…

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    Nuclear Security Summit Preview

    Former State Department and National Security Council officials talked about the Obama administration’s approach to arms control. The discussion was held to coincide with…

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    U.S.-Japan Military Strategies in the Pacific

    Scholars of naval and Asian affairs spoke about Cold War cooperation between the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Navy and their efforts to protect Japan from the pressures of…

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    Israeli Foreign Policy and National Security

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon spoke about a variety of topics, including U.S.-Israel relations, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, concerns about the Iran nuclear deal, the…

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    Smartphone Encryption

    Panelists talked about encryption technology, privacy, and national security. said public involvement. One of the panelists, Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA), said public…

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    Totalitarian Regimes and History

    Historians and authors talked about how totalitarian regimes destroy cultural sites and artifacts in order to obscure historical memory from the public.

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    State of Homeland Security

    Secretary Jeh used slides as he outlined the progress of the Department of Homeland Security’s work to fight threats facing the country, and the goals for the department for 2016.…

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    Panel Discussion on Former Librarian of Congress James Billington

    Panelists talked about the life and career of Librarian of Congress James Billington, who served from 1987-2015.

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    Book Discussion on Foolproof

    Gregory Ip talked about his book Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe, in which he asks whether people are becoming less safe by protecting themselves from…

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    Mexican Immigration Policy

    Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz-Massieu poke on migration policy and trends. She said that Mexico would welcome Syrian refugees if they sought asylum or refuge in the…

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    Security Clearance Process

    Intelligence experts and former government officials talked about the government security clearance process. They provided recommendations for improving the security clearance system,…

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    Bible in American Public Life

    Mark Noll talked about the bible’s role in American public life between 1492 and 1783. Professor Noll argued that Americans frequently relied on the bible to both support and oppose…

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    Nixon, Vietnam, and the October 1969 Nuclear Alert

    William Burr and Jeffrey P. Kimball talked about their book, Nixon’s Nuclear Specter: The Secret Alert of 1969, Madman Diplomacy, and the Vietnam War. In the book, they detail how the…

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    Refugee Crisis in Europe

    Academics and State Department officials talked about Europe’s response to an influx of Syrian and other refugees in several nations, focusing on the situation in countries that were…

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    Libraries During World War II

    Professor Kathy Peiss talked about the evolution of library and information science during World War II. She argued there was a shift in the 1940s from the neglect of archivists and…

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