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  • Hudson Institute Forum Focuses on Middle East Alliances
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    Middle East Alliances

    The Hudson Institute held a discussion on the changing alliances between Israel and Arab states in the Middle East, examining the impact of ISIS and the Iran nuclear deal on the region. Panelists…

  • Discussion on the Syrian Civil War
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    Syrian Civil War

    The Hudson Institute hosted a discussion on the Syrian civil war, including U.S. policy toward the region and humanitarian concerns as the conflict entered its fifth year.

  • Discussion on Persian Gulf Tensions
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    Iran-Saudi Arabia Conflict

    Panelists talked about Iran’s increasing influence in the Middle East and the rising tensions between the country and Saudi Arabia. They also offered their assessments of U.S. strategy toward…

  • Hudson Institute Discussion on the Iran Nuclear Agreement
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    Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Physicist David Albright and other panelists talked about the inspections process established under the Iran nuclear agreement and Iran’s role in those inspections. Topics included Iran’s…

  • Hudson Institute Forum on the Iran Nuclear Deal
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    Iran Nuclear Deal

    Former military officials talked about the Iran nuclear deal and the implications of sanctions relief. The panelists argued that the U.S. had been passive in dealing with Iran for decades…

  • Discussion on Obama Administration Response to ISIL
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    Obama Administration Response to ISIL

    Middle East politics and policy experts talked about the Obama administration’s strategy toward combating Islamic State* militants in Syria and Iraq. Topics included U.S. and coalition…

  • Discussion on National Security and the Middle East
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    National Security and the Middle East

    National security and Middle East policy experts assessed U.S. national security threats in the Middle East and the Obama administration’s foreign policy in the region. They focused on…

  • Hudson Institute Iran Nuclear Deal
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    Iran Nuclear Deal

    Panelists talked about the Iranian nuclear deal and U.S. policy in the Middle East. This event was hosted by the Hudson Institute.

  • USSaudi Arabia Relations
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    U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations

    Middle Eastern policy experts spoke about the state of U.S.-Saudi Arabia relations, the Obama administration’s outreach to Iran, and U.S. policies towards Syria and Egypt. They responded to…

  • USIsrael Relations and Policy Toward Iran
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    U.S.-Israel Relations and Policy Toward Iran

    Policy analysts discussed U.S. and Israeli policy toward Iran. Topics included the state of Iran’s nuclear program, its influence in Syria and with the Palestinian group Hamas, and the…

  • Political Unrest and Violence in Syria
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    Political Unrest and Violence in Syria

    A panel of experts on Syria talked about violence and political unrest in the country. Some of the topics they discussed were the importance of Syria, the unrest in relation to overall…

  • US Response to Unrest in Egypt
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    U.S. Response to Unrest in Egypt

    Panelists spoke about the latest developments in the unrest and anti-government demonstrations in Egypt and across the Middle East. In his remarks, Douglas Feith said the Obama administration…

  • emThe Strong Horseem
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    The Strong Horse

    Lee Smith argued that in the Middle East the general public tends to follow whoever is the strongest leader. He said that U.S. policy should reflect this reality. Commentary by Assistant…

  • Democracy in the Middle East
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    Democracy in the Middle East

    Mr. Wimbush moderated a panel on “Is Democracy Good for the Middle East?” Panelists talked about current violence between Israel and Palestinians, regional insecurity, the future of the…