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    Foreign Policy and National Security Conference, Presidential History Panel

    A panel looked back at the foreign policies of three modern-day presidents including Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, and offered their perspectives on the lessons learned from some of their major…

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    Foreign Policy and National Security Conference, General Joseph Votel

    General Joseph Votel provided an update on military operations to defeat ISIS.* He said the mission to retake Mosul, Iraq, was on track but expected the battle to last several more months. General Votel also addressed…

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    Foreign Policy and National Security Conference, Lieutenant General McMaster

    Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, director of the U.S. Army Capabilities Integration Center, talked about national security and foreign policy issues. He emphasized the importance of properly integrating new…

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    Foreign Policy and National Security Conference, Representative Mac Thornberry

    House Armed Services Committee Chair Mac Thornberry (R-TX) talked about military readiness and the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017. He also discussed efforts to improve the military acquisition…

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    Foreign Policy and National Security Conference, Senator Ben Sasse

    Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) talked about U.S. engagement in the world and foreign policy priorities for the 115th Congress. He also expressed his views on American exceptionalism and the importance of democratic…

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    Foreign Policy and National Security Conference, Senator Ben Cardin

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) was talked about various global challenges including Russian aggression, the Syrian civil war, and U.S.-Cuba relations. He also discussed the…

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    Foreign Policy and National Security Conference, Defense Innovation Panel

    National security experts discussed defense innovation and cybersecurity challenges. “Opportunities and Challenges for Defense Innovation” was a panel of the day-long 2016 Foreign Policy Initiative…

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    U.S. Role in the World, Panel 2

    Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS), a member of the Select Intelligence Committee, talked about national security threats. Former Ambassador Eric Edelman moderated.…

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    U.S. Role in the World, Panel 1

    Three freshman members of the House of Representatives who were serving on the House Armed Services Committee talked about their views on military funding and foreign policy in a panel discussion moderated by Bill…

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    U.S. Role in the World, Panel 3

    Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) talked about U.S. policy toward Asia and military security. Josh Rogin moderated. “An Agenda for Asia” was the third panel of the Foreign Policy…

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    Senator Marco Rubio on Foreign Policy

    Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a 2016 presidential candidate, talked about foreign policy and national security, He derided President Obama’s policies on Iran and Cuba, and outlined plans he…

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    National Security Priorities

    Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees, said that defense should be the first priority, criticizing the current regime in Iran and the growing…

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    Military Aspects of Foreign Policy

    Former Ambassador Eric Edelman, who was an undersecretary for defense for policy with the George W. Bush administration, and former Representative Jim Marshall (D-GA) discussed military readiness and defense…

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    Governor Bobby Jindal on Foreign Policy

    Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) discussed defense and foreign policy issues with former U.S. Senator Jim Talent. They had co-authored a report in which they call for re-building the nation’s military.…

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    Senator Ted Cruz on Foreign Policy

    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a member of the Armed Services Committee, talked with Bill Kristol about defense and foreign policy issues. Topics included the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Iran and its nuclear threat, the use of…

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    U.S. Foreign Policy Toward the Middle East

    Former U.S. Ambassadors James Jeffrey, who served in Iraq, and Robert Ford, who served in Syria, discussed the situation in the Middle East and the ongoing fight against the so-called Islamic State* militants in…

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    National Security Issues

    Representatives Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Mike Pompeo (R-KS) talked about national security, intelligence, and foreign policy issues. “National Security Leadership in a New Congress” was part of the 2014…

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    Senator Corker on Foreign Policy

    Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), incoming chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed U.S.-Iran relations and the ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Topics included Russia and Syria.…

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    Russia-Ukraine Conflict

    Panelists talked about the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, U.S. policy in the region, and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s long-term strategy and goals. Topics discussed included President Putin’s use of…

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    Senator McCain on Foreign Policy

    Incoming Senate Armed Services Committee Chair John McCain (R-AZ) talked about his priorities for the committee and the 114th Congress. Topics included Syria, Russia, and Iraq. “Restoring American…

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