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  • Nuclear Weapons
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    Nuclear Weapons

    To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the December 1942 production of the first controlled nuclear chain reaction beneath the University of Chicago football stadium. The university hosted…

  • emGood Derivativesem
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    Good Derivatives

    Richard Sandor argued that while exotic financial products played a large role in the 2008 economic collapse, there are ways to harness the power of the financial products industry to…

  • Nobel Peace Laureates on Investing in Peace
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    Nobel Peace Laureates on Investing in Peace

    Panelists spoke about issues like poverty, climate change, human rights violations, and war as some of the challenges facing global societies. They also responded to questions from the…

  • Nobel Peace Laureates Summit
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    Nobel Peace Laureates Summit

    Former presidents and Nobel Peace Prize winners spoke about the challenges to world peace and prosperity. Among the topics they addressed were terrorism, nuclear weapons, the world economy, faith,…

  • Zalmay Khalilzad on Terrorism
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    Zalmay Khalilzad on Terrorism

    Former Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad spoke about terrorism and efforts to combat terrorist groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In his remarks he said he wanted the U.S. to remain the pre-eminent power in the world, because he…

  • Terrorism and Future of US Foreign Policy
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    Terrorism and Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

    Three panels at a day-long forum on terrorism focused on the future of terrorism and U.S. responses to the threat of terrorism. Among the topics addressed were terrorist tactics and goals, counterterrorism…

  • Thomas Kean on Terrorism
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    Thomas Kean on Terrorism

    Former Governor Thomas Kean spoke about the investigation into the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. and the pace of implementing recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission. Among the issues he…

  • Robert Pape on Terrorism
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    Robert Pape on Terrorism

    Robert Pape talked about a sub-project of the University of Chicago’s Project on Security and Terrorism on “suicide terrorism,” which compiles statistics and keeps a database of all the suicide terrorism attacks in the…

  • Representative Baird on Terrorism
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    Representative Baird on Terrorism

    Representative Brian Baird (D-WA) spoke about U.S. efforts to combat terrorism, the psychology of terrorism, and ways in which partisan politics and “group think” affect political efforts to develop effective strategies. He…

  • Beyond the War on Terror
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    Beyond the War on Terror

    Participants in a day-long forum on U.S. military policy and terrorism spoke about a number of issues. Admiral Roughead spoke about the role of the Navy in national security and counterterrorism. Following…

  • emOath Betrayedem
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    Oath Betrayed

    Steven Miles talked about his book Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity, and the War on Terror, published by Random House. Dr. Miles talked about abuses of prisoners in prison camps…

  • University of Chicago Commencement Address
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    University of Chicago Commencement Address

    President Clinton spoke to graduates about the international economy. He stressed that the economy must create equal opportunities for everyone. He also stressed that child labor must cease…

  • emPromised Land Crusader Stateem
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    Promised Land, Crusader State

    Professor McDougall spoke about his book, Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776, which discusses the history of major doctrines of U.S. foreign…