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    Book Discussion on The Chief Culprit

    Victor Suvorov, author of The Chief Culprit: Stalin’s Grand Design to Start WWII (Naval Institute Press; November 14, 2008), talked about his book. He contends that Stalin…

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    U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy

    John Brennan spoke about the use of drone strikes against terrorists. He called the strikes “legal, ethical and wise” using the highest standards to best try to limit loss…

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    Security Situation in the Sahel

    Djibrill Bassole talked about the changing security situation in the Sahel and Sahara regions, and upcoming presidential elections in Mali.*Beginning in 2012, northern separatists fought…

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    Constitutional Interpretation

    Justice Antonin Scalia spoke about issues involved in interpreting the Constitution, judicial philosophies, and the decision-making process at the Supreme Court. He also referred to…

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    U.S.-Canada Relations

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper talked about a variety of issues including a wide range of topics including U.S.-Canada relations, energy supplies and exports, immigration, and trade…

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    Book Discussion on The Dead Hand

    David Hoffman talked about his book The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy (Doubleday; September 22, 2009). In his book David Hoffman, former…

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    Syria and Middle East Security

    Joshua Landis spoke about political unrest and violence in Syria, as well as strategies to improve regional security. Among the topics he addressed were the rule of the Assad regime in…

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    Israel and Middle East Unrest

    Middle East experts talked about the impact of a nuclear-armed Iran on the Middle East region and the world. The panelists focused much of their discussion on the differing policies…

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    U.S.-China Relations

    Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former U.S. Ambassador to China Stapleton Roy talked about the upcoming 18th National Congress of China and the implications of the new leaders…

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    Kennedy and the Berlin Wall

    W.R. Smyser talked about his book Kennedy and the Berlin Wall: A Hell of a Lot Better than a War (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; August 28, 2009). In his book Mr. Smyser, former…

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    Role of Courts in U.S. Democracy

    Participants talked about the role of courts in democracies. Among the topics they addressed were judicial procedures, judicial elections, separation of powers, and case…

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    Understanding the Legislative Process

    The panelists talked about the legislative process, including public perceptions of Congress. They responded to questions from the audience and the moderator. Mr. Milewski…

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    U.S. Special Operations

    Admiral William McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations, outlined his vision for the role of special operations forces. Afterward, military policy experts responded to his speech.

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    Relations Among Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran

    Experts on Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran talked about the history of relations between the countries and their role in regional security. Among the topics they addressed were the…

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    CIA Korean War Secret Documents Panel

    Sixty years after the start of the Korean War, newly declassified documents relating to the Korean War and North Korea during the Cold War were released. Retired Major General Singlaub…

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    Middle East Politics and Security

    Former Mossad Director Efraim Halevy gave his perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran’s nuclear program, and Syria and Egypt. In his remarks he criticized Israeli…

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    Book Discussion on The Life and Times of the Shah

    Gholam Reza Afkhami talked about The Life and Times of the Shah, 1919-1980 (Publisher: University of California Press; February 2009). In the book Mr. Afkhami examines the Shah’s…

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    News Coverage of Iran's Election

    Participants spoke about news coverage of Iran’s election. Among the issues they addressed were the use of information from social networking sites, efforts by the Iranian…

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    Homeland Security Agenda

    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson delivered remarks about his department’s agenda, including immigration reform, emergency preparedness, counterterrorism and…

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    U-2 Spy Plane Operations

    Former U-2 pilot Charles Wilson talked about U-2 spy plane operations. He showed slides from a publicity briefing from the 1980s on a day-in-the-life of a U-2 pilot. He responded…

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