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  • emThe Myth of the Rational Marketem
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    The Myth of the Rational Market

    Justin Fox talked about his book The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street (HarperBusiness; June 9, 2009). In his book he presents a history of Wall Street from its inception,…

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    Kill Khalid

    Paul McGeough talked about his book Kill Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas (New Press (March 10, 2009). He talked about the failed poisoning of Khalid Mishal by the Israelis in…

  • Charles Duelfer on the War in Iraq
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    Charles Duelfer on the War in Iraq

    Charles Duelfer, former Special Advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence for Iraq, delivered remarks in a speech title, “ Was the Iraq War Inevitable?” He talked about relations with…

  • emKremlin Rising  Vladimir Putins Russia and the End of Revolutionem
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    Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution

    Susan Glasser talked about the book she co-wrote with her husband, Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution, published by Scribner. Peter Baker and Susan Glasser were both…

  • Global Climate Change
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    Global Climate Change

    Julia Whitty and Daniel Kammen talked about the current gap between public perceptions of and the scientific consensus over the dangers of global warming based on Ms. Whitty’s November/December 2006…

  • Japanese Economy
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    Japanese Economy

    Ambassador Saito spoke about economic and fiscal challenges facing Japan. He said that Japan must fundamentally change the relationship between government and business in order to allow for…

  • Future of Free Trade
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    Future of Free Trade

    Mr. Ruggiero talked about the future of free trade. This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the World Trade Organization and he talked about the efforts of the group and its role in the…

  • Global Economic Trends
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    Global Economic Trends

    Dr. Thurow talked about the future of capitalism and his assertion that we live in a world of “more profound” change called “punctuated equilibrium.” He outlined five structural…

  • Defense Issues
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    Defense Issues

    Secretary Cohen spoke about U.S. foreign policy and defense issues such as NATO expansion and base closings. He also remarked on his role as the only member of the Republican party in President…

  • Global Capitalism
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    Global Capitalism

    Mr. Greider talked about his new book, One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism. He examined the impact of increasing economic interdependence and competition on…

  • US Foreign Policy
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    U.S. Foreign Policy

    Mr. Gergen spoke about the foreign policy of the first Clinton administration and the possibilities for U.S. foreign policy under new personnel. He also outlined some of the more immediate…

  • Hong Kong Future
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    Hong Kong Future

    Chief Secretary Chan spoke about changes in Hong Kong which will occur as it reverts to Chinese control from British colonial government on July 1. She highlighted Hong Kong’s economic and…

  • Nuclear Weapons Trafficking
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    Nuclear Weapons Trafficking

    Mr. Holloway spoke about whether the current form of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty can really prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. He examined the disintegration of the Soviet…

  • USCuba Relations
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    U.S.-Cuba Relations

    After returning from a fact-finding trip, panelists discussed conditions in Cuba and possibilities for future U.S.-Cuba relations. They also talked about the impact of the recent Cuban…

  • How the Media Undermine Democracy
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    How the Media Undermine Democracy

    Mr. Fallows spoke about his new book, Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine Democracy. It focuses on how media institutions have contributed to political cynicism among the public and…

  • US Intervention in Global Conflicts
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    U.S. Intervention in Global Conflicts

    Assistant Secretary Warner spoke about the U.S. role in international conflicts, including humanitarian and peacekeeping operations. After his prepared remarks, he took questions from the…

  • Creating a New Russia
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    Creating a New Russia

    Mr. Zhirinovsky, described as an ultranationalist, discussed the future of Russia. He lost to Boris Yeltsin in a bid for the prime minister post, although his party won a majority of seats in the…