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  • Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Announces Doomsday Clock Adjustment
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    Doomsday Clock Adjustment

    Representatives from The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced they were moving the minute hand of their “Doomsday Clock” from three minutes until midnight to 2 1/2 minutes until…

  • Discussion on the Iran Nuclear Deal
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    Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Panelists tallked about the long-term implications of the Iran nuclear agreement. including the potential for a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Speakers included journalists, policy…

  • A Conversation with Susana Malcorra
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    Global Challenges and the United Nations

    Susana Malcorra, chief of staff to the United Nations secretary-general, talked about the U.N. role in responding to transnational challenges, including violent extremism, migration, border…

  • Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
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    Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

    Ambassador Thomas Pickering talked about American diplomacy, including U.S. foreign policy decisions and potential opportunities to promote democracy in the world.

  • Discussion on Religion and Diplomacy
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    Religion and Diplomacy

    Panelists talked about the role of religion in international diplomacy and U.S. foreign policy. Jerry White from the State Department and White House Special Envoy Arsalan Suleman outlined…

  • Nuclear Deal Talks with Iran
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    Nuclear Deal Talks with Iran

    Former nuclear proliferation negotiators for the Clinton and Obama administrations and for Iran discussed the current talks with Iran over its nuclear program. Robert Einhorn said that there was still…

  • USRussia Relations
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    U.S.-Russia Relations

    Current and former U.S. and Russian ambassadors assessed the status of relations between the two countries. They all concluded that U.S.-Russia relations were much better than portrayed in the…

  • United Nations Agenda
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    United Nations Agenda

    United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson gave an update on the United Nations current agenda and the upcoming work. Topics included the civil war in Syria and that country’s use…

  • Attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi Reviewers Panel
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    Attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Reviewers Panel

    Witnesses testified on State Department involvement before, during, and after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11-12, 2013. Questions focused on departmental security…

  • Atlantic Council Discusses Recent Pakistan Elections
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    Pakistan Elections

    Former Pakistan Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohammad Khan and former Ambassador to the United States Maleeha Lodhi spoke about the elections held in their country on May 11. Former Prime…

  • Task Force Releases Report on Detainee Treatment
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    Report on Detainee Treatment

    The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment released a report on the treatment of suspected terrorists during the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. The two-year…

  • Irans Nuclear Program
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    Iran's Nuclear Program

    Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering and other panelists talk about negotiations over Iran’s Nuclear Program. This event took place at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in…

  • Irans Nuclear Program
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    Iran's Nuclear Program

    Panelists talked about Iran’s nuclear program and how the U.S. and international community could deal with it. Topics included how negotiations could occur, the effectiveness of the current economic sanctions on…

  • Benghazi Consulate Attack Report
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    Benghazi Consulate Attack Report

    Tom Pickering, Admiral Mike Mullen, and William Burns spoke to reporters about the results of their investigation into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in which…

  • History of Human Rights Policy
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    History of Human Rights Policy

    Senior diplomats spoke about the evolution of human rights policy at a day-long conference to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. They…

  • Prevention of NuclearArmed Iran
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    Prevention of Nuclear-Armed Iran

    Panelists talked about Iran’s nuclear program. This forum was part of an Arms Control Association conference on nuclear nonproliferation issues.

  • Arab Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Forum
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    Arab Chamber of Commerce Ambassador's Forum

    Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering made opening remarks at a forum on the political and economic climate in the Middle East. He said Syria was on the verge of becoming a “genocidal state,” and he…

  • US Foreign Policy
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    U.S. Foreign Policy

    Thomas Pickering and David Sanger talked about U.S. foreign policy, focusing on the cultural and historical aspects of U.S foreign policy and U.S. national security. They responded to…

  • War in Afghanistan
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    War in Afghanistan

    Panelists discussed U.S. strategy for the Afghanistan war, the cost of operations, counterinsurgency goals, threats to regional security, and peace negotiations. They also responded to…

  • US Policy in Afghanistan
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    U.S. Policy in Afghanistan

    Thomas Pickering talked about the current situation with the U.S. in Afghanistan, as well as potential diplomatic means to shorten the length of operations there. Undersecretary Pickering co-chaired a task…

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