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  • Iran Hostage Crisis 40 Years Later
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    Iran Hostage Crisis, 40 Years Later

    From 1979 to 1981, 52 Americans were held hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The Wilson Center hosted a panel discussing how the Iran Hostage Crisis has impacted U.S. foreign policy…

  • Hassan Hassan on emISIS Inside the Army of Terrorem
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    Hassan Hassan, co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, talked about the rise and leadership of ISIS in the Middle East. Mr. Hassan co-wrote the book with journalist Michael Weiss.

  • Discussion on Nuclear Negotiations with Iran
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    Nuclear Negotiations with Iran

    Panelists talked about negotiations to finalize a nuclear agreement with Iran.

  • emAmong the Ruinsem
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    Among the Ruins

    Christian Sahner talked about his book, Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present. in which he discusses the civil war in Syria and the U.S. fight against militants in the region. He spoke at…

  • Syrias Chemical Weapons
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    Syria's Chemical Weapons

    The Wilson Center held a forum on the state of chemical weapons. Among the topics they addressed were the use of chemical weapons by Syria, efforts by the U.S. and Russia to broker a plan to…

  • Middle East Policy
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    Middle East Policy

    Panelists talked about the challenges in the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy in President Obama’s second term. Topics included the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, tensions over Iran’s…

  • Middle East Politics and Security
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    Middle East Politics and Security

    Former Mossad Director Efraim Halevy gave his perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran’s nuclear program, and Syria and Egypt. In his remarks he criticized Israeli policies and…

  • Syria and Middle East Security
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    Syria and Middle East Security

    Joshua Landis spoke about political unrest and violence in Syria, as well as strategies to improve regional security. Among the topics he addressed were the rule of the Assad regime in…

  • Relations Among Turkey Saudi Arabia and Iran
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    Relations Among Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran

    Experts on Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran talked about the history of relations between the countries and their role in regional security. Among the topics they addressed were the histories of…

  • Arab Leadership
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    Arab Leadership

    David Ottaway spoke about challenges facing the Arab world as its leaders continued to age and not step down from power. Among the issues he addressed were the changing demographics of the…

  • IsraeliPalestinian Peace Process
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    Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

    Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erakat talked with Aaron David Miller about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the current state of the negotiations, U.S. policy, and future prospects…

  • USIran Relations
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    U.S.-Iran Relations

    Robin Wright and John Limbert spoke about their meeting with Iranian President Ahmadinejad during his trip to New York for the UN General Assembly opening in late September. They also…

  • Iranian Hostage Crisis Anniversary
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    Iranian Hostage Crisis Anniversary

    Thirty years ago, Iranian militants stormed the United States Embassy in Iran taking U.S. citizens and diplomats hostage for 444 days. Two years ago, Ms. Esfandiari was also held captive by…

  • emMy Prison My Homeem
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    My Prison, My Home

    Haleh Esfandiari talked about her book My Prison, My Home: One Woman’s Story of Captivity in Iran (Ecco; September 1, 2009). The book is a memoir of her childhood in Iran and her professional career as well as the…

  • emThe Life and Times of the Shahem
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    The Life and Times of the Shah

    Gholam Reza Afkhami talked about The Life and Times of the Shah, 1919-1980 (Publisher: University of California Press; February 2009). In the book Mr. Afkhami examines the Shah’s rule in the…

  • Nuclear Energy and Proliferation
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    Nuclear Energy and Proliferation

    Ambassador Gregory Schulte, U.S. permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), talked about efforts to limit Iran’s nuclear program, developing a series of…

  • emThe Much Too Promised Landem
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    The Much Too Promised Land

    Aaron David Miller, author of The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace, talks about the history of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the U.S.'s role…

  • US Syria and the Old New Middle East
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    U.S., Syria, and the Old New Middle East

    Syrian Ambassador Imad Moustapha talked about the Syrian-U.S. relationship during the Bush Administration and the Middle East peace process. He talked about the impact of Israel and Palestinian refugees on…

  • The Situation in Iran
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    The Situation in Iran

    Ms. Slavin talked about her recent trip to Iran and her interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. She also talked about the state of relations between the U.S. and Iran, nuclear…

  • Women in Iraq
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    Women in Iraq

    Participants talked about the role of women in the Iraqi elections scheduled for the end of January 2005, mandatory participation of women as candidates, and challenges facing women wanting…

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