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    Turkey's Syria Policy and ISIS

    Journalists and foreign policy analysts talked about Turkey’s policies toward Syria following increased violence by ISIS* militants in the region. They discussed Turkey’s…

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    Reform in Iran

    Panelists talked about prospects for reform in Iran under President Hassan Rouhani, including changes in political policies, economic growth, and improved human rights…

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    Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Panelists talked about the implications of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza, including the changing roles of Turkey, Egypt, and Qatar. They spoke about the motivating factors…

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    Al-Qaida Operations and Threats

    Panelists talked about the current state of al-Qaida and its affiliates. They rejected the idea of al-Qaida being decimated or defeated. Mr. Joscelyn cautioned against…

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    Future of Syria

    Ambassador Robert Ford talked about the future of Syria. In his remarks he said the Syrian President Assad’s tenure as leader of his country would end soon. This was a keynote…

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    U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East

    Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) talked about U.S. foreign policy. Senator Casey remarked on the fear of chemical weapons in Syria and talked about…

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    Iran’s Human Rights Record

    Panelists talked about Iran’s human rights abuses and nuclear program. The participants Included an Iranian political prisoner who described her abuse and subsequent escape, and…

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    Elections in Muslim Countries

    Panelists debated the possibility of successful democracies in Muslim countries. Among the issues they discussed were the need for patience with the democratic process in Muslim…

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    Syrian Civil War

    Panelists talked about Syria’s civil war and ways to deal with Syrian President Assad. Mr. Hannah, former National Security Adviser to Vice President Cheney, criticized…

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    Undersecretary Cohen on Foreign Policy

    David Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, accepted the George Shultz Award for Distinguished Service. He also spoke about sanctions against Iran over its…

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    Senators Kyl and Lieberman on Foreign Policy

    Retiring Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) discussed Iran’s nuclear program, Syria’s civil war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both senators were…

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    Nuclear Weapons in Muslim Countries

    Panelists talked about Iran’s nuclear proliferation ambitions. All agreed Iran’s nuclear program is a serious threat to the U.S. and the region. David Albright,…

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    Syria and the Assad Regime

    A forum hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies discussed problems with Syria and national repercussions for the destabilization of the Assad regime. 

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    U.S.-Israel Relationship, Threats and Opportunities Panel

    Panelists talked about the impact of a failed Syrian regime on Israel’s relations with Arabic countries. They also criticized the Obama administration for having a “hands…

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    Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren Remarks

    Ambassador Michael Oren spoke about relations between the U.S. and Israel, the Middle East peace process, and the recent bid by the Palestinian Authority to gain statehood at the United…

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    U.S.- Israel Strategic Relationship

    Panelists talked about relations between the U.S. and Israel, as well as the Obama administration’s Middle East policy. Among the topics addressed were the history of the…

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    Israel's Global Influence

    George Gilder, author of The Israel Test, gave the keynote address at a Hudson Institute and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies discussion on the relationship between Israel and…

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    U.S.-Israel Relations and Policy Toward Iran

    Policy analysts discussed U.S. and Israeli policy toward Iran. Topics included the state of Iran’s nuclear program, its influence in Syria and with the Palestinian group Hamas,…

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    U.S.-Israel Relations

    Panelists talked about the U.S.-Israel relationship and the Middle East peace process. They advocated that the United States pay less attention to the peace process, and instead focus…

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    Muslim Brotherhood

    Participants spoke about the recent political uprising in Egypt, a national referendum on constitutional reforms in Egypt, and the potential role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the political…

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