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  • Public Perceptions of Arabs and Muslims
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    Public Perceptions of Arabs and Muslims

    Panelists talked about the findings of a public opinion poll on American attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims. The poll was conducted following violent protests in the Arab world that erupted…

  • IsraelPalestine TwoState Solution
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    Israel-Palestine Two-State Solution

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about U.S. commitment to a Israel-Palestine two-state solution for peace in the Middle East. She focused on the importance of face-to-face…

  • Conflict in Gaza
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    Conflict in Gaza

    Hisham Melhem talked about the Arab world’s perspectives on the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, including the political situation of the Palestinians at this point in the…

  • Campaign 2008 and the Arab World
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    Campaign 2008 and the Arab World

    A panel discussion was held on Arab views of the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Abderrahim Foukara moderated. The panelists responded to questions from members of the audience. Then Ambassador Hassouna spoke about the future…

  • Future of Lebanon
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    Future of Lebanon

    A panel discussion on the future of Lebanon was held. Originally the discussion was titled “Lebanon on the Brink.” However, in light of Lebanese leaders reaching an agreement this week to end clashes…

  • American Society of Newspaper Editors
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    American Society of Newspaper Editors

    Three forums were held one three topics relating to the media and the military. In the first forum, the panelists focused on newspaper coverage of military operations in Iraq and the Middle East.…

  • IsraelLebanon Conflict
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    Israel-Lebanon Conflict

    Mr. Melhem talks about the effectiveness of the Lebanese government and the exchange of bombings between Israel and Lebanon over two Israeli hostages captured by Hezbollah. He responded to…

  • Lebanese Politics
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    Lebanese Politics

    Mr. Melhem spoke about concerns by Lebanon of the United Nations investigation into the death of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The report links the death of Minister Hariri with the…

  • US Relations with Syria and Iran
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    U.S. Relations with Syria and Iran

    In an afternoon session on the widening conflict in the Arab and Muslim world, the panelists talked about the escalating conflict between Syria, Iran, and the U.S. Among the topics they…

  • Middle East Media
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    Middle East Media

    Following a brief videotape and with Mr. Ignatius serving as moderator, the panelists discussed the evolution of hostile international attitudes toward the United States. Topics included…

  • Influence of Arab Media
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    Influence of Arab Media

    At a conference titled “The Power and Influence of Arab Media,” participants talked about the operation of Arab news sources and programming by media outlets. Following remarks by Mr. Fandy, Ms.…

  • Iraqi Elections
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    Iraqi Elections

    The two international newspaper reporters discussed the Arab media’s perspective of the Iraqi elections and U.S. policy in the region. They responded to telephone calls, faxes, and…

  • Future of the Middle East
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    Future of the Middle East

    Panelists talked about the future of the Middle East and the role of the U.S. in the region. They also discussed the actions and responsibilities of the Arab and Western media vis-à-vis…

  • Treatment of Iraqi Prisoners
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    Treatment of Iraqi Prisoners

    Mr. Melham talked about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. military personnel. Among the issues addressed were the U.S. government reaction to the abuse, and how situation affected Arab…

  • US Middle East Policy
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    U.S. Middle East Policy

    The guests debate Middle East issues and U.S. policy towards Israel and the Palestinian Authority. They responded to audience telephone calls, faxes and electronic mail.

  • Foreign Coverage of the War on Terrorism
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    Foreign Coverage of the War on Terrorism

    Participants spoke to students about international perceptions of U.S. actions in the war on terrorism and how the foreign press reports on such actions. Following their remarks they…

  • International Roundtable
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    International Roundtable

    Journalists give an international perspective on the Afghan conflict, U.S. foreign policy and Secretary Powell’s expected Middle East speech today.

  • International Press Coverage of Elections
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    International Press Coverage of Elections

    Foreign journalists spoke to students about international perceptions of the American elections, electoral process, and the state of democracy in America. Following their remarks they…

  • 50 Years of Biased US Foreign Policy
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    50 Years of Biased U.S. Foreign Policy

    Journalists and scholars discussed the foreign policy of the United States since the state of Israel has been in existence. They talked about trends in Middle East policy and the current…

  • Middle East Peace Talks
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    Middle East Peace Talks

    Mr. Melhem discussed the current state of the Middle East peace talks, including the recent announcement by Israel that it would consider a proposal for self-rule of Palestinians in regions…

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