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From "Indispensable Nation" to "Realism-Based Restraint": Reconsidering U.S. Engagement with the World | 11/24/14
Chas W. Freeman, Jr., David C. Speedie
Former ambassador Chas Freeman has had a wide breadth of diplomatic experience, from the Middle East to Africa, East Asia, and Europe. In this conversation he eloquently speaks his mind on the negative effects of sanctions, the folly of U.S. unqualified support for Israel, the U.S. strategy and diplomacy deficits, and much more. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

A Conversation with David Keyes on Advancing Human Rights | 11/14/14
David Keyes, Andrew Nagorski
In the Soviet era, it was difficult to alert the world of what was happening to dissidents, says David Keyes. Today, however, there's an overload of information from YouTube and other sources and the challenge is how to overcome "human rights fatigue." He explains how crowd-sourcing and other means can get the word out. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

A Conversation with General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff | 11/07/14
Martin E. Dempsey, Jeffrey D. McCausland
In this candid and thoughtful conversation, General Dempsey tackles the difficult questions, from ISIS to Ebola to cyber threats. And throughout, he stresses the importance of ethics, education, and service. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Middle East in Crisis: a View from Israel | 10/16/14
Charles D. Freilich, David C. Speedie
Chuck Freilich, former Israeli deputy national security adviser, speaks from Tel Aviv on turbulence across the greater Middle East, including the ISIL threat, Iran and the P5+1 negotiations, and prospects for the peace process. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Middle East in Crisis: a View from Israel | 10/13/14
Charles D. Freilich, David C. Speedie
Chuck Freilich, former Israeli deputy national security adviser, speaks from Tel Aviv on turbulence across the greater Middle East, including the ISIL threat, Iran and the P5+1 negotiations, and prospects for the peace process. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words (1000 BCE–1492) | 04/10/14
Simon Schama
Never at a loss for words, the inimitable, erudite, and very funny Simon Schama free-associates his way through Jewish history: the Old Testament, Jewish dancing masters in 16th century Italy, Passover recipes, the future of Israel--it's all here, and more. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Fog of Peace: The Human Face of Conflict Resolution | 02/25/14
Giandomenico Picco
The courageous Gianni Picco played a central role in negotiating the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, met with Saddam Hussein to bring an end to the Iran-Iraq War, and traveled to both Beirut and Tehran to rescue 11 hostages and 91 other prisoners. How did he do it? By treating adversaries as individuals, not just government representatives. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Differing Perspectives on Iran and the Middle East Peace Process: Is there a Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations? | 02/13/14
Dov Waxman, David C. Speedie
Do the public disagreements between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government over Iran's nuclear program and the current peace talks with the Palestinians signal a growing rift between the United States and Israel? How strong is the alliance between the countries? What does the future hold for Israel? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel | 11/27/13
Ari Shavit
Speaking just after the November 23 nuclear deal with Iran, Ari Shavit is skeptical: "The question is: Is it an act of creating the time to wake up and see what's there; or is it a process of deluding ourselves one last time, which will be the very last time?" He also discusses his homeland, Israel--its history, its deep-rooted problems, and its vibrancy. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

U.S. Policy on Iran and the Middle East: Where Do We Go From Here? | 09/27/13
Gary Sick, David C. Speedie
Are we on the brink of a new era in Iran-U.S. relations? Maybe. Iran expert Gary Sick discusses President Rouhani's UN speech, which took place just before this event, plus previous missed opportunities and the current possibilities of rapprochement. While condemning the regime, he sees an opening for constructive negotiations. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East | 06/10/13
Shibley Telhami
While domestic injustices and the information revolution were key factors, Dr. Telhami argues it's impossible to understand the Arab uprisings without also referring to foreign policy. "The dignity that they sought to restore in these uprisings was not only about their relationship with the rulers, but was about their relationship with the rest of the world." » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Behind the Headlines--After the Israeli Elections: A New Chapter or More of the Same? | 02/25/13
Yoram Peri
Why were the recent Israeli elections results so different from expectations? Why were the main issues domestic ones, with little attention paid to Iran or the Palestinian situation? For answers to these questions and more, look to Yoram Peri's expert analysis of the complexities  of Israeli politics and concerns. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Report from the Middle East | 02/14/13
Charles D. Freilich
Chuck Freilich's knowledgeable talk gives us an overview of the primary forces at work today in the Middle East--and some potential outcomes. He also provides an insider's analysis of Israel's politics and prospects. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Public Affairs: The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate | 01/31/13
Robert D. Kaplan
With a breadth and depth of knowledge spanning not only current geopolitics but centuries of history, Robert Kaplan shows us the crucial importance of geography in shaping our destinies. Geography still matters, and always will. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Prospects for U.S.-Iran Relations | 01/03/13
Seyed Hossein Mousavian, David C. Speedie
Iran and the U.S. have a long list of common interests, including Afghanistan, stability in Iraq, and fighting drug trafficking. A good way to start creating trust between the two nations would be to cooperate on these issues, instead of always focusing on divisive ones like nuclear capability. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

U.S. and World Security Report: Conflicts Abroad, a Presidential Election at Home | 12/19/12
Jeffrey D. McCausland
Senior Fellow Col. Jeff McCausland (ret.) gives us the rundown on the turbulent recent events around the world that affect U.S.--and global--security.

Israel and Hamas: Time to Talk? | 12/17/12
Dov Waxman
Hamas is unlikely to ever become a partner for peace with Israel, but it can be a partner for coexistence, albeit a limited and uneasy coexistence. For Israelis and Palestinians this is surely better than no peace at all, which is, alas, the most likely scenario at present. » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Hard Questions for Humanitarians | 12/03/12
Zach Dorfman
Do international laws intended to constrain war and uphold human rights unwittingly legitimate violence? Zach Dorfman of Carnegie Council reviews Eyal Weizman's book, "The Least of All Possible Evils." » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Ethics Matter: Dan Ariely on the Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions | 11/20/12
Dan Ariely, Marlene Spoerri
Why do smart people cheat? Why do we eat more than we should or text while driving? In this funny and insightful talk, behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores the hidden factors that shape our most puzzling decisions and shows how emotions, peer pressure, and sheer irrationalism dictate our behavior. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad | 10/23/12
David W. Lesch
David W. Lesch has traveled to Syria repeatedly since 1989 and met President Bashar al-Assad several times in the mid-2000s. He discusses the conflict in the influential Middle Eastern nation, why an American intervention is a dangerous idea, and why Assad has cracked down so absolutely. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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