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    Middle East Policy Planning

    Panelists that included former special envoy Dennis Ross discussed the past 30 years of U.S. policy planning for the Middle East and gave recommendations for the current situation including…

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    William Burns on Middle East Policy

    Deputy Secretary of State William Burns talked about foreign policy challenges in the Middle East, including issues with Syria, Iran, and the relationship with Russia. br/ This was a…

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    Evolution of U.S.-Israel Relations

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel William Brown and former special envoy Dennis Ross discussed U.S. policy toward the Middle East and the history of U.S. relations with Israel. br/ Israeli…

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    Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Michael Herzog and Dennis Ross talked about the implications of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Gaza Strip, the potential for a longer ceasefire, and the military and political…

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    Iraq Crisis and the Kurds

    Two Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) representatives talked about the ongoing conflict in Iraq, what it means for Kurds and the KRG, and the potential for an independent…

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    Escalating Violence in Iraq

    Panelists talked about militant activity in northern Iraq and how the U.S. government should respond. In June 2014, the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also…

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    Syrian Civil War and Humanitarian Aid

    Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford talked about humanitarian efforts in Syria. Mr. Miliband urged members of the United…

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    Book Discussion on Hezbollah

    Matthew Levitt talked about his book, Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God, in which he explores the power of Hezbollah in Lebanon and the organization’s…

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    Syrian Opposition Groups

    Washington Institute for Near East Policy defense and Middle East analysts talked about their report on Syria’s military opposition groups as well as the potential implications of a…

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    U.S.Military Assistance to the Syrian Opposition

    Two Middle East scholars assessed the Obama administration’s decision to provide military assistance to the Syrian rebels. Marc Lynch said that the U.S. could not stop the civil…

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    U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East

    Secretary Hagel spoke about his recent trip to the Middle East, U.S. national security strategic objectives, and the Defense Department’s role in navigating the changing political…

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    U.S. Middle East Policy

    Panelists talked about the possible implications of President Obama’s trip to the Middle East, which was scheduled for later in the week. Topics included Israel and Iran’s…

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    Future of Egypt

    Panelists talked about the future of Egypt. the country was to vote on a draft constitution that would also expand decision-making powers of the country’s President Muhammed…

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    U.S. Middle East Policy in the Obama Administration's Second Term

    Former presidential advisers Dennis Ross and James Jeffrey assessed U.S. Middle East policy in the Obama administration’s second term. They talked about unrest in Syria and their…

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    Future of al-Qaida Leadership

    Panelists talked about the relevance of al-Qaida following the killing of Osama bin Laden and political uprisings in the Middle East since 2011. They also responded to questions from the…

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    Iran's Nuclear Program

    Speakers discussed efforts to combat Iran’s nuclear program and why it is in the U.S.'s best interest to prevent it. Topics included the threat Iran poses to the rest of the…

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    President Obama's Middle East Policy Address

    Washington Institute for Near East Policy researchers talked about President Obama’s previous day speech on U.S. policy in the Middle East. The panelists all agreed that…

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    Uprising in Egypt

    Foreign policy experts spoke about U.S. relations with Egypt and the mass uprisings and anti-government protests occurring across Egypt. Over the past week Egyptians had gathered…

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    Middle East Trip Report

    Participants spoke about a diplomatic delegation’s trip to the Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt. The focused on the status of efforts to restart peace negotiations, regional…

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    Iraqi Decision Making Under Saddam Hussein

    Speakers talked about the leadership abilities and style of Saddam Hussein. They spoke about documents and audio files captured after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 which have…

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