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  • Former Representative Jim Slattery DKS on USIran Relations
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    U.S.-Iran Relations

    Former Representative Jim Slattery (D-KS) talked about his December 2014 trip to Iran and his views on prospects for improved U.S.-Iran relations. He said he was hopeful about the nuclear…

  • Discussion on Russian Military Intervention in Syria
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    Russian Military Intervention in Syria

    Panelists talked about Russia’s military intervention in the Syrian conflict, particularly its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over objections from the United States and its allies, including Western countries' responses and…

  • Discussion on Irans Role in the Middle East
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    Iran's Role in the Middle East

    Middle East experts talked about Iran’s role in the Middle East in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal. University of Tehran professor Nasser Hadian provided insight on how Iranians feel…

  • Sean McFate on emThe Modern Mercenaryem
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    The Modern Mercenary

    Sean McFate talked about his book, The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order, about the use of mercenaries in wars around the world today. In his book, he says…

  • Discussion on Next Generation Battery Technology
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    Next Generation Battery Technology

    Steve LeVine and Jeffrey Chamberlain talked about the development of next generation lithium-ion battery technology. Topics included innovation, collaboration, competition, geopolitics, and…

  • IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde Remarks on Global Economy
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    Global Economy

    Christine Lagarde talked about the International Monetary Fund’s assessment of the global economy and recommended policy actions to ensure sustained economic recovery and growth. Following…

  • emThe Next Africaem
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    The Next Africa

    Aubrey Hruby and Jake Bright talked about their book The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse, in which they discuss Africa’s progress in transforming the continent into…

  • Mbarka Bouaida on Countering Violent Extremism
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    Combating Violent Extremism

    Mbarka Bouaida outlined Morocco’s political history and her country’s efforts in combating violent extremism. She also discussed the U.S.-Moroccan Strategic Dialogue, which took place…

  • Discussion on Iran Nuclear Agreement Verification
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    Monitoring Iran's Nuclear Program

    Panelists talked about how the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) could verify the agreement reached over Iran’s nuclear program. “Can the IAEA Effectively Verify an Agreement Between Iran…

  • Secretary of State John Kerry Previews 2015 Paris Climate Talks
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    Secretary Kerry on Global Climate Change

    Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks about the global effort to fight climate change and the importance of 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, scheduled for November and December in Paris. He said…

  • Discussion on Nuclear Agreement with Iran
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    Nuclear Agreement with Iran

    Panelists talked about the nuclear non-proliferation framework agreement reached with Iran the previous day. The framework allowed for the P5+1 group to negotiate with Iran in hopes of achieving a…

  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 One Year Later
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    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

    Journalists talked about the circumstances surrounding the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 passengers and crew on board…

  • Discussion on the Future of US Fracking
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    Oil Prices and Hydraulic Fracturing

    Energy experts and former federal regulators talked about hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” and how lower oil prices had affected the prospects for the fracking and shale oil industries in the United…

  • Discussion on Pakistans Nuclear Program
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    Pakistan's Nuclear Program

    Nuclear policy and South Asia experts talked about Pakistan’s nuclear program. They outlined policy options for a future nuclear deal between the U.S. and Pakistan and implications for…

  • Discussion on Saudi Arabias Leadership Changes
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    Saudi Arabia's New Leadership

    Middle East scholars and energy experts talked about the implications of recent changes in Saudi Arabia’s leadership on the global energy market and regional stability. In April 2015 the Saudi Interior…

  • Discussion on Cybersecurity Information Sharing Practices
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    Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Practices

    Panelists talked about the benefits of data sharing between the federal government and private enterprise to help combat cybersecurity threats from around the globe. White House…

  • Chinese Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao Remarks on the Global Economy
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    China's Economy and the Asia-Pacific Region

    Zhu Guangyao, Chinese Vice Minister of Finance, talked about China’s vision for economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region and the role of the region in shaping the global economy. He spoke about…

  • Discussion on Iran Nuclear Negotiations and European Interests
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    Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    The French, British, and German ambassadors to the U.S. talked about Europe’s role in negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Barbara Slavin moderated the discussion and audience…

  • Global Threats to US Security
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    Global Threats to U.S. Security

    Admiral Cecil Haney, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, talked about the role of strategic deterrence in the 21st century. Topics included emerging threats, unrest in the Middle East and Eastern…

  • Madeleine Albright and Stephen Hadley on US Policy in the Middle East
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    Middle East Attitudes Toward Government

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley talked about the launch of their new Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST). The goal of…

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