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  • emSyria The Fall of the House of Assadem
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    Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad

    Author David Lesch talked about his book, Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad. Among the topics were the rise of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, the faith that many in the West had that he would…

  • emJews and Money The Story of a Stereotypeem
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    Jews and Money: The Story of a Stereotype

    Abraham Foxman provides a critical assessment of the ancient but persistent stereotype about Jewish people and their love for and control of money. He spoke at an event hosted by the Los…

  • International Competitiveness in High Technology
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    International Competitiveness in High Technology

    Mr. Sugar talked about competition in high technology, saying that the U.S. dominates the world through our mastery of the governing commodity of this age, intellectual capital. Topics…

  • Defense Secretary Perspective
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    Defense Secretary Perspective

    Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, who was introduced by Mr. Eckert, addressed the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and spoke about such issues as terrorism and the Syrian support for…

  • 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…

  • Fifty Years of US and Japanese Relations
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    Fifty Years of U.S. and Japanese Relations

    Fifty years ago December 7, Japanese bombers swooped down on the Hawaiian Islands in a surprise air attack on United States naval forces stationed at Pearl Harbor. The attack destroyed a large portion…

  • emIndonesian Destiniesem
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    Indonesian Destinies

    Mr. Friend talked about his book, Indonesian Destinies, published by Belknap Press. In his book, Mr. Friend traces the history of Indonesia, from its independence in 1945 to the present.…

  • Global Security
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    Global Security

    Journalists spoke about global security, terrorist threats, and efforts to ensure international security. Following their remarks they answered questions from the audience.

  • emThe Cousins Warsem Speech
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    The Cousins' Wars: Speech

    Mr. Phillips discussed his book The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics, and the Triumph of Anglo-America, published by Basic Books. The book examines the rise of Anglo-American political…

  • emIndia Unboundem
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    India Unbound

    Mr. Das talked about his book India Unbound: A Personal Account of a Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age, published by Knopf. The book looks at India’s…

  • United StatesUnited Kingdom Business Relations
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    United States-United Kingdom Business Relations

    Consul General Dimond talked about the European Union and economics and military security, including activities in Kosovo. HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, talked about the evolving…

  • emPersian Mirrors The Elusive Face of Iranem
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    Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran

    Ms. Sciolino talked about her book, Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran, published by The Free Press. One of the first female reporters assigned to the Islamic republic, she described…

  • Americas Agenda in the New Millennium
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    America's Agenda in the New Millennium

    Mr. Forbes spoke about the benefits of free trade agreements and focused on trade relations with the European Union. Among the issues he addressed were the levels of bureaucracy in the European…

  • Predictions for 2000
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    Predictions for 2000

    Newsweek editors looked ahead at the new millennium and talked about globalization, the 2000 presidential election, the Seattle demonstrations against WTO, trade with China, the Y2K computer bug,…

  • Coverage of the News
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    Coverage of the News

    The editorial staff of the Los Angeles Times talked about recent news and events, and how they were reported in local news media.

  • emAfter the Collapseem
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    After the Collapse

    Mr. Simes talked about his book, After the Collapse: Russia Seeks Its Place as a Great Power, published by Simon and Schuster. The book examines Russia’s emergence from the dissolution of the…