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  • Hassan Hassan on emISIS Inside the Army of Terrorem
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    Hassan Hassan, co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, talked about the rise and leadership of ISIS in the Middle East. Mr. Hassan co-wrote the book with journalist Michael Weiss.

  • emAmong the Ruinsem
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    Among the Ruins

    Christian Sahner talked about his book, Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present. in which he discusses the civil war in Syria and the U.S. fight against militants in the region. He spoke at…

  • Syrias Chemical Weapons
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    Syria's Chemical Weapons

    The Wilson Center held a forum on the state of chemical weapons. Among the topics they addressed were the use of chemical weapons by Syria, efforts by the U.S. and Russia to broker a plan to…

  • Middle East Policy
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    Middle East Policy

    Panelists talked about the challenges in the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy in President Obama’s second term. Topics included the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, tensions over Iran’s…

  • Middle East Politics and Security
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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 policies and…

  • Syria and Middle East Security
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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…

  • Arab Leadership
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    Arab Leadership

    David Ottaway spoke about challenges facing the Arab world as its leaders continued to age and not step down from power. Among the issues he addressed were the changing demographics of the…

  • IsraeliPalestinian Peace Process
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    Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

    Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erakat talked with Aaron David Miller about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the current state of the negotiations, U.S. policy, and future prospects…

  • emThe Much Too Promised Landem
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    The Much Too Promised Land

    Aaron David Miller, author of The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace, talks about the history of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the U.S.'s role…

  • US Syria and the Old New Middle East
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    U.S., Syria, and the Old New Middle East

    Syrian Ambassador Imad Moustapha talked about the Syrian-U.S. relationship during the Bush Administration and the Middle East peace process. He talked about the impact of Israel and Palestinian refugees on…

  • US Relations with the Islamic World
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    U.S. Relations with the Islamic World

    Participants talked about the influence of religion on international politics, perceptions of the role of religion in American society, Islam and Middle Eastern politics, and the need for…

  • Lebanon and Hizbollah
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    Lebanon and Hizbollah

    Ambassador Abboud spoke about terrorist activities in Lebanon, Israeli and Lebanese responses to terrorist threats, and tensions in the Middle East. Following his remarks he answered…