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    Scottish Independence Referendum

    Panelists talked about the Scottish independence referendum that would take place September 18, 2014. They discussed the pros and cons of the question and what the outcome would mean for…

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    ISIS and Al-Qaeda

    Matthew Olsen talked about the threat of ISIS* and al-Qaeda in Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East, and efforts being made by U.S. and international community to curb those threats. He…

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    Implementing the Affordable Care Act in Southern States

    Reports were presemted giving an overview of the progress in implementing the Affordable Care Act in southern states. and then state reports were presented for seven of the states:…

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    Ukraine and Russian Foreign Policy

    Panelists talked about Russia’s actions in Ukraine and their implications for U.S. and European foreign policy. They also discussed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s…

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    Book Discussion on What We Won

    Bruce Riedel talked about his book, What We Won: America’s Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979-89, about the CIA’s involvement in Afghanistan from 1979-1989. He also talked about…

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    Democracy in Somalia

    Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud talked about the challenges facing democracy in his nation. President Mohamud said he would not call groups like al-Shabaab and the Islamic State…

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    Investment in Africa

    Entrepreneurs and leaders in business, government, civil society, and the media discussed the change in U.S. priorities in Africa from foreign aid to business opportunities. Panelists…

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    Perceptions of Africa

    Entrepreneurs and leaders in business, government, civil society, and the media talked about the change in U.S. priorities in Africa from foreign aid to business…

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    Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Panelists talked about U.S. policy options for facilitating a ceasefire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They spoke about the positions of both the Israelis and the Palestinians,…

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    Chilean Politics

    Chilean President Michelle Bachelet talked about democracy and stability in her country. President Bachelet was elected as Chiles' first female president in 2006 and re-elected in…

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    European Economic Future

    Panelists talked about Europe’s economic future following European parliamentary elections and Europe’s financial crisis. Topics included the future of the eurozone,…

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    U.S. Response to Ukraine

    Tony Blinken talked about the U.S. response to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. He detailed the recent history of how the crisis came to fruition, and efforts by the U.S. and…

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    Future of the European Union

    Panelists talked about the future of the European Union. Topics included the results of the European Parliamentary elections, the transatlantic relationship between the U.S. and E.U.,…

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    European Parliament Election Results

    Panelists talked about the future of Europe following the results of the European Union (EU) elections held between May 22-25, 2014. Some of the topics they covered were the economic…

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    Russian Influence on Gas Supplies

    Panelists talked about the implications of growing Russian influence in European and Asian energy markets based on an Oxford Institute for Energy Studies book, The Russian Gas Matrix: How…

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    National Security Threats

    John Carlin talked about cybersecurity threats in the U.S., and the role of the Justice Department’s National Security Division in combating those threats. He spoke at length…

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    Infrastructure Modernization

    Representative John Delaney (D-MD) spoke at a Brookings Institution event on infrastructure spending and ways to fund the maintenance of American roads, bridges, and public…

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    Changes to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

    Mel Watt talked about managing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the 2014 strategic plan for their conservatorship. He said that the Federal Housing Finance Agency would stay out of the…

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    Defense Policy

    Representatives Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Rick Larsen (D-WA), both members of the House Armed Services Committee, talked about the future of U.S. strategic defense policy issues, including…

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    South Asia Elections and Governance

    Panelists talked about elections in Afghanistan and India, and effects those elections could have on governance in both countries. They also spoke about the relationships among…

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