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  • Qatari Ambassador Speaks About Gulf Region Tensions
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    Qatar Blockade

    The World Affairs Council in Washington, DC hosted a discussion on the diplomatic and economic blockade of Qatar, featuring Meshal bin Hamad al-Thani, the Qatari ambassador to the United States.…

  • Afghanistan Ambassador Discusses Countrys Future
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    Future of Afghanistan

    Afghanistan Ambassador to the U.S. Hamdullah Mohib talked about the potential for successful democracy, peace, and unity in Afghanistan, relations with the U.S., and security challenges…

  • Pakistani Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani Remarks
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    U.S.-Pakistan Relations

    Jalil Abbas Jilani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S., spoke about U.S.-Pakistan relations. Topics included counterterrorism, regional security in South Asia, and trade.

  • Iran Nuclear Negotiations Conclusion
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    Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Conclusion

    Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran John Limbert participated in a discussion on the Iran nuclear talks. Barbara Slavin of the Atlantic Council moderated the discussion.…

  • Discussion on Iran Nuclear Negotiations
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    Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Part 1

    John Limbert and Jamal Abdi discussed ongoing P5+1* negotiations with Iran about that country’s nuclear program. They analyzed the situation from the perspectives of the U.S., Iran, and…

  • emA Time to Attackem
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    A Time to Attack

    Matthew Kroenig talked about his book, A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat, in which he says that it is critical for the U.S. to take action against Iran and its nuclear…

  • emThe Measure of Civilizationem
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    The Measure of Civilization

    Ian Morris looks at the development of civilizations over the past 15,000 years and uses current measures for human development to explain why the center of advancement moved from the East…

  • em13 Bankers The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdownem
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    13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

    Simon Johnson (MIT professor; former chief economist at the IMF) talked about the power of Wall Street banks since the 2008 financial collapse. In March 2009, the heads of the 13 largest…

  • emThe Forty Years Warem
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    The Forty Years War

    Len Colodny and Tom Shachtman talk about the impact of the neoconservative movement on presidential foreign policy decisions going back to the Nixon administration. They say that neoconservatives…

  • Global Recovery From the Economic Crises
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    Global Recovery From the Economic Crises

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, delivered the keynote address at a World Affairs Council event on recovery from the global economic crises.…

  • emDescent Into Chaosem
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    Descent Into Chaos

    Ahmed Rashid talked about his book, Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, published by Viking Adult. In his…

  • Obama Administration Foreign Policy
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    Obama Administration Foreign Policy

    Marcus Brauchli moderated a panel of senior Washington Post foreign correspondents discussing international affairs with respect to the new U.S. administration and the current challenges…

  • US Role in World Affairs
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    U.S. Role in World Affairs

    Panelists spoke about U.S. foreign policy and the concept of “American exceptionalism,” the belief that America differs from other developed nations as a result of its national heritage, diversity, and…

  • USPakistan Relations
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    U.S.-Pakistan Relations

    Pakistani Ambassador Husain Haqqani talked about recent events in his country including the recent election of President Asif Zadari, U.S.-Pakistan relations, and efforts to confront the…

  • Situation in Darfur
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    Situation in Darfur

    A forum discussed the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. Kenneth Bacon gave a speech entitled “On Our Watch” discussing the situation in Darfur and issuing a call to action to the students in the audience. Peter…

  • Future of Venezuela
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    Future of Venezuela

    Venezuelan Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez Herrera talked about Venezuela’s evolving economy and energy policy, as well as Venezuela’s efforts to strengthen ties with both major world powers…

  • Global Efforts to Combat Terrorism
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    Global Efforts to Combat Terrorism

    Peter Bergen, Michael Scheuer, and other participants talked about America’s future in the efforts to combat terrorism. Among the topics they addressed were intelligence issues surrounding…

  • Climate Change and National Security
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    Climate Change and National Security

    A panel discussion from the World Affairs Council will focus on the connections and concerns with climate change and national security. They talked about the state of global climate change…

  • Palestine After Arafat
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    Palestine After Arafat

    Participants talked about the future of a Palestinian state, the Middle East peace process, and Arab solidarity following the death of Chairman Arafat. Following their remarks they answered…

  • US Relations with the Islamic World
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    U.S. Relations with the Islamic World

    Participants talked about the influence of religion on international politics, perceptions of the role of religion in American society, Islam and Middle Eastern politics, and the need for…

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