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    Situation in Gaza

    The guests talked about the continuing conflict between Gaza under Hamas control and the West Bank under Fatah control. Other topics included U.S. policy towards the Palestinian government and…

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    Israeli Politics

    Mr. Alterman spoke about the announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of his plans to start a new centrist party. He discussed the future of the Knesset and how the new party…

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    U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations

    Mr. Alterman explained how the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia was formed. Among the topics were U.S. oil interests, the connection between the Saudi Royal Family…

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    No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

    Reza Aslan talked about his book No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, published by Random House. He focused on the likelihood of creating an Islamic democracy in the…

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    U.S.-Arab Relations

    Mr. Alterman talked about a recent report on the state of relations between the U.S. and Arab world, events in the Middle East, and democratic movements in the region. He also responded to…

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    Influence of Arab Media

    The second panel of conference on “The Power and Influence of Arab Media” addressed the question of “Is Arab Media a Force for Reform, the Status Quo, or Extremism?” The panel was moderated…

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    Future of the Middle East

    Panelists talked about the future of the Middle East and the role of the U.S. in the region. They also discussed the actions and responsibilities of the Arab and Western media vis-à-vis…

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    Future of the Middle East

    Foreign Minister Muasher spoke about the Middle East peace process, the election of a Palestinian Prime Minister, post-war reconstruction in Iraq, and relations between the U.S. and the…