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  • Hearing on Paris Terrorist Attacks
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    Terrorist Threat and Syrian Refugee Crisis

    Administration officials and terrorism experts testified on the threat posed by ISIS* and how the group may exploit the Syrian refugee crisis to plot attacks against the U.S. Panelists from…

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    Peter Mansoor, General David Petraeus’s executive officer in 2007 and 2008, talked about his book, Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War, in which…

  • Future of Media in Afghanistan
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    Future of Media in Afghanistan

    Afghan journalists and Voice of American and BBC media executives talked about the future of media and press relations in Afghanistan. Topics included the state of investigative reporting…

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    Blinking Red

    Michael Allen, majority staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, talked about his book, Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence after 9/11, in…

  • Discussion on US Responses to Terrorism Threats
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    U.S. Use of Military Force

    Panelists talked about the U.S. use of military force. Following the terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001, Congress gave the president permission to use force to hold accountable those who were responsible for the…

  • Foreign Policy Challenges Facing Obama Administration
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    National Security and Foreign Policy

    Former State and Defense Department officials and former Middle East adviser Dennis Ross talked about President Obama’s challenges in foreign policy and national challenges. Topics included a recent…

  • The Search For Bin Laden
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    The Search For Bin Laden

    Terrorism expert Peter Bergen, author of the book, Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden From 9/11 to Abbottabad, and Greg Barker, who produced and directed an HBO documentary based on the book, talked about their research and…

  • Bipartisan Policy Center Assesses Terrorist Threat
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    Terror Threat Assessment

    Panelists spoke about a recent report on the threat to national security posed by terrorists. Among the topics they addressed were al-Qaida interests in the Syrian civil war, blurring lines…

  • Counterterrorism Panel on Challenges Posed by Online Radicalization
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    Online Radicalization and Violent Extremism

    Homeland Security and Islamic advocacy group officials talked about “online radicalization.” The term refers to the opportunity the Internet provides violent extremists to appeal online to individuals…

  • Senate Committee Examines the Legality of US Drone Strikes
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    Targeted Killing of Terrorist Suspects Overseas

    Military and policy experts testified on the the constitutional and statutory authority for targeted killings with aerial drones of American terrorist suspects overseas. In his opening…

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    Peter Bergen and a panel of contributors to the book, Talibanistan: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, Politics and Religion talked about the threat posed by extremists who operate in…

  • Guantnamo Bay Prisoners
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    Guantánamo Bay Prisoners

    Opponents of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center argued for closure of the facility. They talked about the impact of the prison on U.S. credibility, the number of trials held in the 11 years the prison…

  • emFortress Israelem
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    Fortress Israel

    Patrick Tyler talked about his book, Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country - And Why They Can’t Make Peace, in which he reveals the influence that Israeli…

  • USPakistan Relations
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    U.S.-Pakistan Relations

    Former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter, former Afghan ambassador to the U.S. Said Jawad, and others talked about American relations with Pakistan as U.S. winds down its…

  • Egypt Libya and Syria Unrest
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    Egypt, Libya, and Syria Unrest

    Barak Barfi talked about his his recent visits to Egypt and Syria, where he traveled to the province of Aleppo and met with rebel leaders, as well as the six months he spent in Libya in 2011. Topics…

  • National Security and the 2012 Election
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    National Security and the 2012 Election

    National security advisers to the Romney and Obama campaigns talked about where the presidential candidates stand on the major foreign policy and defense issues. Topics included recent events in the…

  • Drone Strikes and Counterterrorism
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    Drone Strikes and Counterterrorism

    Two counterterrorism experts talked about the drone strike program and the people and groups it targets. They said the Obama administration’s expanded use of drone strikes may be…

  • emThe Hunt for KSMem
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    The Hunt for KSM

    Josh Meyer, former chief terrorism reporter for the Los Angeles Times, talked about the decade-long search for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, attacks.…

  • National Security Agenda
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    National Security Agenda

    Defense and foreign policy scholars discussed the U.S. national security agenda in the Middle East, North Africa and the Asia Pacific regions and the role of national security issues in the…

  • Guantanamo Bay Prison
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    Guantanamo Bay Prison

    On the day before the 10-year anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison, panelists talked about its future and the political debate surrounding the closing of the detention…

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