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  • Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Announces Doomsday Clock Adjustment
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    Doomsday Clock Adjustment

    Representatives from The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced they were moving the minute hand of their “Doomsday Clock” from three minutes until midnight to 2 1/2 minutes until…

  • Discussion on the Iran Nuclear Deal
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    Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Panelists tallked about the long-term implications of the Iran nuclear agreement. including the potential for a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Speakers included journalists, policy…

  • Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
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    Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

    Ambassador Thomas Pickering talked about American diplomacy, including U.S. foreign policy decisions and potential opportunities to promote democracy in the world.

  • Discussion on Religion and Diplomacy
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    Religion and Diplomacy

    Panelists talked about the role of religion in international diplomacy and U.S. foreign policy. Jerry White from the State Department and White House Special Envoy Arsalan Suleman outlined…

  • Nuclear Deal Talks with Iran
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    Nuclear Deal Talks with Iran

    Former nuclear proliferation negotiators for the Clinton and Obama administrations and for Iran discussed the current talks with Iran over its nuclear program. Robert Einhorn said that there was still…

  • Benghazi Consulate Attack Report
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    Benghazi Consulate Attack Report

    Tom Pickering, Admiral Mike Mullen, and William Burns spoke to reporters about the results of their investigation into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in which…

  • History of Human Rights Policy
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    History of Human Rights Policy

    Senior diplomats spoke about the evolution of human rights policy at a day-long conference to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. They…

  • Prevention of NuclearArmed Iran
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    Prevention of Nuclear-Armed Iran

    Panelists talked about Iran’s nuclear program. This forum was part of an Arms Control Association conference on nuclear nonproliferation issues.

  • Arab Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Forum
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    Arab Chamber of Commerce Ambassador's Forum

    Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering made opening remarks at a forum on the political and economic climate in the Middle East. He said Syria was on the verge of becoming a “genocidal state,” and he…

  • US Policy in Afghanistan
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    U.S. Policy in Afghanistan

    Thomas Pickering talked about the current situation with the U.S. in Afghanistan, as well as potential diplomatic means to shorten the length of operations there. Undersecretary Pickering co-chaired a task…

  • Politics and Economics in South Asia
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    Politics and Economics in South Asia

    Scholars from two Washington think tanks and the head of Pakistan’s largest private security firm talked about the major forces shaping the politics and economics of India, Pakistan, and…

  • USIran Relations
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    U.S.-Iran Relations

    Panelists spoke about the Obama administration’s policy toward Iraq. Topics included efforts to stop the country’s nuclear program, possible cooperation on the war in Afghanistan, the…

  • Bipartisan Foreign Policy Consensus
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    Bipartisan Foreign Policy Consensus

    A public dialog on finding a bipartisan foreign policy consensus was moderated by Matt Rojansk. Topics included the most important foreign policy and national security issues for the next…

  • US Policy Toward Iran
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    U.S. Policy Toward Iran

    The panel members talked about political, military and diplomatic options for future policy toward Iran, as well as potential challenges for U.S. policy toward Israel and other countries in…

  • Anniversary Dinner
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    Anniversary Dinner

    Mr. Grove delivered the keynote address at the council’s 25th anniversary dinner.

  • Colombia Issues
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    Colombia Issues

    Undersecretary Pickering talked about his recent trip to Colombia. He is trying to help Colombia achieve both an end to its civil conflict and control of illegal drug trafficking. He…

  • US Policy and the Middle East
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    U.S. Policy and the Middle East

    Mr. Pickering and Mr. Lee spoke about U.S. policy in the Middle East and American attitudes toward Arab Americans. Mr. Pickering concentrated on the Middle East Peace process and relations…

  • Egypt and the Middle East Peace Process
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    Egypt and the Middle East Peace Process

    Participants spoke about the relationship between Egypt and the U.S. Among the issues they addressed were how cooperation strengthened regional security, the future of the peace process in…

  • US AntiDrug Aid for Colombia
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    U.S. Anti-Drug Aid for Colombia

    Witnesses testified about a plan to provide a $1.6 billion aid package to Colombia to assist in efforts to end the drug trade. The emergency spending package would train and equip Colombian…

  • Russian Economic Issues
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    Russian Economic Issues

    Former Prime Minister Gaidar spoke about developments in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the issues he addressed were the effectiveness of Russian economic reforms,…

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