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  • Colin Powell on US Foreign Policy
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    U.S. Foreign Policy and International Conflicts

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed foreign policy and the U.S. approach to handling the situation in Iraq and Syria. He also commented on the use of the military in Western Africa to help…

  • Book Discussion on emA Chinamans Chanceem
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    A Chinaman's Chance

    Eric Liu talked about his book, A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream, in which he looks at the history of Chinese Americans and the experiences of his…

  • emHow Enemies Become Friendsem
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    How Enemies Become Friends

    Charles Kupchan looks at how nations escape geopolitical competition and replace hostility with friendship. He argues that diplomacy, not economic interdependence, is the currency of peace and that concessions and…

  • Global Health Initiatives
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    Global Health Initiatives

    Participants talked about global health challenges, U.S. foreign aid and assistance programs, and U.S. participation in global health initiatives. Among the topics they addressed were…

  • Foreign Policy in the New Information Era
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    Foreign Policy in the New Information Era

    Joe Lockhart moderated a panel on the role of the media in U.S. foreign policy making. Among the topics the addressed were the role and use of social media, the influence of web logs,…

  • US Foreign Policy Agenda
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    U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda

    Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg opened a day-long conference on the future of U.S. foreign policy with a speech about U.S. foreign policy priorities. Following his remarks…

  • Midterm Elections and US Foreign Policy
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    Midterm Elections and U.S. Foreign Policy

    Panelists spoke about the results of the 2010 midterm elections and the potential impact of greater Republican control of government on U.S. foreign policy. Among the topics they addressed…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Global Issues and National Security
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    Global Issues and National Security

    Condoleezza Rice spoke about global issues and national security during her Secretary of State tenure. In her remarks she spoke about various regional challenges, particularly terrorism,…

  • Global Food Crisis
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    Global Food Crisis

    Save the Children CEO Charles MacCormack spoke on global food shortages and their economic effects. Topics included the current global economic crisis, energy prices and food shortages in…

  • 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…

  • USFrance Relations
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    U.S.-France Relations

    Olivier Brochenin, consul general of France in New Orleans, talked about French relations with the United States and how the new presidency of Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy will affect diplomatic…

  • 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…

  • US Foreign Policy
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    U.S. Foreign Policy

    Senator Hagel, Senate Foreign Relations Committee member, talked about how dependent the U.S. was on a foreign policy that encouraged alliances with other countries. He also talked about…

  • Perceptions of US Foreign Policy
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    Perceptions of U.S. Foreign Policy

    Foreign news editors and overseas correspondents from the Washington Post talked about their experiences in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries. They also talked about U.S. foreign…

  • 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…

  • Reporting on World Events
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    Reporting on World Events

    Journalists talked about challenges facing foreign journalists and media coverage of world events. Among the topics they addressed were the political situations in the regions they covered,…

  • 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…

  • US Foreign Policy
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    U.S. Foreign Policy

    The vice president talked about working with President Bush, including addressing urgent domestic policy, Medicare, tax relief, and other topics. He also talked about foreign policy issues…

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