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  • Qatari Foreign Minister Discusses Tensions in Gulf Region
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    Qatar Foreign Policy

    The Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister talked about the future of the Middle East and other foreign policy challenges. One of those challenges was the on-going diplomatic crisis in…

  • North Korea Nuclear Program
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    North Korea Nuclear Program

    The Center for the National Interest hosted a panel discussion on U.S. policy toward North Korea. Speakers included Joseph DeTrani, the former U.S. envoy to the six-party talks with North…

  • 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…

  • Zalmay Khalizad and Paul Pillar Discuss the Assad Regime and Syrian Conflict
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    U.S. Policy Toward Syria

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad talked about Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, as well as the likelihood that President Obama’s successor will inherit the…

  • After Words with Angela Stent
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    After Words with Angela Stent

    Angela Stent talked about her book, The Limits of Partnership, in which she argued that the U.S. relationship with Russia remainss a top priority in the post-Cold War era because of the…

  • 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…

  • Government Shutdown Politics
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    Government Shutdown Politics

    Participants talked about the likely impact of the government shutdown and impasse over raising the debt ceiling on the political climate in Washington and potential effects on future…

  • 2012 Election Taxes and the US Economy
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    2012 Election, Taxes and the U.S. Economy

    Grover Norquist, the Americans for Tax Reform President and author of the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” discussed upcoming tax bills in Congress and the meetings that congressional leaders…

  • Opposition to Russian Church and State
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    Opposition to Russian Church and State

    Panelists talked about the Russian punk band Pussy Riot’s sentencing to two years in jail for protesting against President Vladimir Putin in front of a church. The incident has sparked…

  • Russia and Putin
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    Russia and Putin

    Dimitri Simes discussed recent parliamentary elections in Russia, and protests following parliamentary elections that left the party of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the majority.

  • 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…

  • Russia and US National Interests
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    Russia and U.S. National Interests

    Panelists talked about a new Center for the National Interest report on Russia and U.S. national interests which found mutual distrust as one of the serious problems between the two…

  • Dimitri Simes Remarks on Afghanistan
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    Dimitri Simes Remarks on Afghanistan

    Dimitri Simes talked about the future of Afghanistan. Topics included the challenge of U.S. fighting two wars, the need for a set strategy, and U.S.-Russia cooperation in dealing with the…

  • After Words with Jack Matlock
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    After Words with Jack Matlock

    Jack Matlock, ambassador to the USSR under President Ronald Reagan, discusses his book “Superpower Illusions: How Myths and False Ideologies Led America Astray - and How to Return to…

  • Afghanistan
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    Dimitri Simes talked about the parallels between Russia’s invasion into Afghanistan in the 1980s and U.S. efforts today in the region. He responded to telephone calls and electronic…

  • emThey Knew They Were Rightem
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    They Knew They Were Right

    The Nixon Center hosted a luncheon discussion on Jacob Heilbrunn’s book They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Necons, published that day by Doubleday. In his book he discusses the…

  • USRussia Relations
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    U.S.-Russia Relations

    Dimitri Simes talked about the strained relationship between the U.S. and Russia. President Putin has threatened to target European cities if the U.S. deploys a missile defense system in…

  • US Foreign Policy
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    U.S. Foreign Policy

    Mr. Gvosdev moderated a roundtable discussion as panelists addressed United States foreign policy in the Middle East and East Asia. They focused on U.S. aspirations in the Middle East peace…

  • The Real State of US Foreign Policy
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    The Real State of U.S. Foreign Policy

    Mr. Clemons moderated a half-day forum on the future of U.S. foreign policy. Participants talked about successes and failures in building post-Cold War strategies, assessing and meeting emerging threats to global security, and…

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