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  • Syrian Conflict
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    Syrian Conflict

    The Center for the National Interest hosted a discussion on the state of the Syrian civil war in late 2018, including recent military advances, shifting foreign alliances and efforts to…

  • Russian Influence Efforts
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    Russian Influence Efforts

    Three former CIA officials talked about Russian influence efforts around the globe, how they compare to Soviet-era Cold War behavior, and what the U.S. could and should do in response.

  • Russian Influence in Democratic Elections
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    Russian Influence in Democratic Elections

    Intelligence and foreign policy experts talked about Russian efforts to influence democratic processes in the United States. The panelists focused on Russian-backed efforts, such as buying…

  • Panelists Discuss Russia Sanctions Legislation
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    Russia Sanctions

    Former officials from the George W. Bush and Obama administrations talked about the impact and implications of the new Russia sanctions bill signed into law by President Trump in early…

  • Discussion Focuses on Russian Foreign Policy
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    Russian Foreign Policy

    A panel of five international relations scholars and former diplomats discussed the future of Russia’s foreign policy in a discussion hosted by the Center for the National Interest in Washington,…

  • Discussion Focuses on Russias ElectionYear Hacking
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    U.S.-Russia Relations and 2016 Elections

    George Beebe and Paul Saunders, former George W. Bush administration officials, talked about Russian hacking and the 2016 presidential election. They spoke about the conclusions of the…

  • Russian Journalists Discuss the Medias Relationship with Government
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    Russian State and the Media

    Two Russian journalists talked about the relationship between the Russian government and the Russian media. The two also commented on media censorship, the impact of social media, and the…

  • Discussion Focuses on Campaign 2016 and Russia
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    Campaign 2016 and Russia

    Foreign policy analysts debated whether the next president should engage with Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin. They discussed issues such as Syria, Ukraine, human rights in Russia and U.S.…

  • Russian Intervention in Ukraine
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    Russian Intervention in Ukraine

    Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Andranik Migranyan, and others talked about Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, and its policy options and goals as the conflict in Eastern Ukraine continued. Topics included…

  • Conservative Political Action Conference 2014 Ukraine Panel
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    Conservative Political Action Conference 2014 Ukraine Panel

    Former Undersecretary of State Paula Dobriansky talked about the events leading up to the current crisis with Russia intervention in Ukraine and the occupation of Crimea. She moderated a discussion about U.S.…

  • Ambassador Sochi and Beyond
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    Russia and Sochi Winter Olympics

    Ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, panelists talked about the U.S-Russia relationship. Topics included some of the security threats at the Winter games and the…

  • USRussia Interaction in Former Soviet States
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    U.S.-Russia Interaction in Former Soviet States

    Former Russia specialists who served in the State Department and the National Security Council under the George W. Bush administration discussed relations between the U.S. and Russia, and…

  • Future of the G8
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    Future of the G-8

    Foreign policy analysts spoke about the Toyaho Summit and the G-8's relevance as the global distribution of wealth and influence has changed since the group originated over thirty years…

  • Future of Iraq
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    Future of Iraq

    Moderated by Mr. Gvosdev, experts participated in a panel discussion about the future of Iraq. Topics included efforts to combat terrorism, the U.S. strategy, the feasibility of democracy,…

  • ClintonPutin Summit
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    Clinton-Putin Summit

    Experts spoke about an upcoming U.S.-Russia summit. They said that the talks would center on arms control, and particularly on U.S. desires to develop an antimissile defense system. Other…

  • Russias Presidential Elections
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    Russia's Presidential Elections

    Panelists talked about the Russian presidential elections, and its implications for U.S.-Russian relations. Acting President and former KGB officer Vladimir Putin won the election with 52…

  • Future of Russia
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    Future of Russia

    Participants discussed the future of Russia after the resignation of President Boris Yelstin. They focused on the record of acting President Vladimir Putin in regards to domestic and…

  • Russian Corruption and Money Laundering Panel 2
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    Russian Corruption and Money Laundering, Panel 2

    Witnesses testified about allegations that Russian officials had laundered money through U.S. banks. This portion of the hearing provides witnesses' opening statements but does not cover…