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  • Qatari Foreign Minister Discusses Tensions in Gulf Region
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    Qatar Foreign Policy

    The Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister talked about the future of the Middle East and other foreign policy challenges. One of those challenges was the on-going diplomatic crisis in…

  • Russian Influence in Democratic Elections
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    Russian Influence in Democratic Elections

    Intelligence and foreign policy experts talked about Russian efforts to influence democratic processes in the United States. The panelists focused on Russian-backed efforts, such as buying…

  • North Korea Nuclear Program
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    North Korea Nuclear Program

    The Center for the National Interest hosted a panel discussion on U.S. policy toward North Korea. Speakers included Joseph DeTrani, the former U.S. envoy to the six-party talks with North…

  • Panelists Discuss Russia Sanctions Legislation
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    Russia Sanctions

    Former officials from the George W. Bush and Obama administrations talked about the impact and implications of the new Russia sanctions bill signed into law by President Trump in early…

  • Senator Cotton Calls for Budgetary Changes to Bolster Missile Defense
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    Missile Defense

    Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) spoke about the future of missile defense. He presented four areas he believes the U.S. should prioritize to strengthen its missile defenses, and touted the INF Treaty…

  • Discussion Focuses on Russian Foreign Policy
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    Russian Foreign Policy

    A panel of five international relations scholars and former diplomats discussed the future of Russia’s foreign policy in a discussion hosted by the Center for the National Interest in Washington,…

  • Dennis Ross Discusses Trump Administrations Iran Policy
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    Iran Sanctions

    Panelists that included two former diplomats from the Reagan and Obama administrations talked about the future of the Iran nuclear agreement. They discussed ways the President Trump was likely to…

  • Discussion Focuses on Russias ElectionYear Hacking
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    Russia and the U.S. Election

    George Beebe and Paul Saunders, former George W. Bush administration officials, talked about Russian hacking and the 2016 presidential election. They spoke about the conclusions of the…

  • Discussion Focuses on US Policy Toward Syria
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    U.S. Policy Toward Syria

    The Center for the National Interest hosted a discussion on potential U.S. policy options in Syria. The panelists discussed the importance of defeating ISIS* rather than removing Syrian…

  • Russian Journalists Discuss the Medias Relationship with Government
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    Russian State and the Media

    Two Russian journalists talked about the relationship between the Russian government and the Russian media. The two also commented on media censorship, the impact of social media, and the…

  • Senators Christopher Murphy and Rand Paul Discuss US Defense Policy in the Middle East
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    Defense Policy in the Middle East

    Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Christopher Murphy (D-CT) talked about U.S-Saudi Arabia relations. The two senators drafted a resolution that disapproves of a pending arms sale of $1.15…

  • Zalmay Khalizad and Paul Pillar Discuss the Assad Regime and Syrian Conflict
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    U.S. Policy Toward Syria

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad talked about Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, as well as the likelihood that President Obama’s successor will inherit the…

  • Donald Trump Speech on Foreign Policy
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    Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Remarks on Foreign Policy

    Donald Trump, a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, delivered remarks on his foreign policy plan, emphasizing the fight against terrorism, improving U.S. relations…

  • Discussion on USIran Relations and Potential Political Impacts
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    U.S.-Iran Relations

    David Rothkopf and Dov Zakheim talked about Iran and other Middle East issues East issues have influenced American politics. They discussed a potential nuclear agreement with Iran, its impact on U.S.…

  • Russian Intervention in Ukraine
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    Russian Intervention in Ukraine

    Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Andranik Migranyan, and others talked about Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, and its policy options and goals as the conflict in Eastern Ukraine continued. Topics included…

  • Foreign Policy and American Nationalism
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    Foreign Policy and American Nationalism

    Michael Lind talked about foreign policy, immigration, trade, and military policy. Mr. Lind had recently written a National Interest cover story arguing the case for a new approach to U.S.…

  • Ambassador Sochi and Beyond
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    Russia and Sochi Winter Olympics

    Ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, panelists talked about the U.S-Russia relationship. Topics included some of the security threats at the Winter games and the…

  • Government Shutdown Politics
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    Government Shutdown Politics

    Participants talked about the likely impact of the government shutdown and impasse over raising the debt ceiling on the political climate in Washington and potential effects on future…

  • Panel Explores Executive Power in Foreign Security Policy
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    Presidential Powers

    A panel discussion was held on presidential power in foreign and security policy. Attorneys and constitutional experts gave an historical perspective on executive power in relation to…

  • emThe AIG Storyem
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    The AIG Story

    Maurice Greenberg, former CEO of American International Group, Inc. (AIG), talked about his book, The AIG Story, in which he chronicles the rise and fall of the international insurance and…

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