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The Eleventh Hour: The Legacy and the Lessons of World War I | 03/24/15
Charles M. Sennott
One hundred years after the First World War, boundaries established after the armistice at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" still shape many of today's conflicts, from ISIS's invasion of Mosul to Boko Haram's kidnapping of schoolgirls. What lessons have we learned from WWI? Just as important, what have we still not learned? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Kurdish Spring: A New Map of the Middle East | 03/20/15
David L. Phillips
In this stirring, information-filled talk on the Kurdish people, David Phillips recounts centuries of abuse and repression against the world's "largest stateless people." But he also illuminates the vitality of today's Kurds, who are "pro-Western and secular" and have proven to be America's most capable regional partners in the fight against ISIS. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Secularism and Liberalism in the Middle East: Conversation with Ahed Al Hendi (Syria) and Faisal Al-Mutar (Iraq) | 02/20/15
David Keyes, Ahed Al Hendi, Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar
How can the international community help human rights activists on the front lines? David Keyes and two dissidents discuss practical steps individuals can take. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

"Hopes for the Next Century: Religious Tolerance" by Kavya Deshpande | 02/04/15
"It is vital that humanity seizes the 21st century to establish liberalism in the field of faith. There is still a long and arduous path ahead, but it is undeniable that religious tolerance will make the world a better place." » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2015 | 01/15/15
Ian Bremmer
"The world in 2015 looks a lot more dangerous, a lot more vulnerable," says global political risk specialist Ian Bremmer in his annual forecast. He notes that while the United States and China, the world's largest and second-largest economies, are doing better economically, the global environment is geopolitically much worse. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Rise of ISIS: Implications for U.S. Strategy, Interests, and Values | 12/17/14
Audrey Kurth Cronin, Michèle Flournoy, Michael T. Flynn, Robert Ford
How did ISIS grow so quickly? What is the best strategy to overcome it and how long will it take? How should the U.S. deal with Syria and Iran? Is this the beginning of a complete restructuring of the Middle East? This in-depth analysis from an expert panel shows that there are no easy answers, and a long struggle lies ahead. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

A Conversation with Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster | 12/15/14
H. R. McMaster, Martin L. Cook
How can U.S. soldiers be trained to maintain ethical and legal standards in today's complex and often brutal environment? How is the Army preparing for current and future conflicts, in terms of military hardware, technology, and even social media? In this wide-ranging talk, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster discusses these challenges and more. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder | 12/10/14
Bret Stephens
America is not in decline, but it's certainly in retreat, says Stephens, and this is a mistake. He argues that the United States is the ultimate guarantor of a relatively decent, stable, liberal world order, governed by a sense of rules and the knowledge, both among its friends and adversaries, that it has the will and the wherewithal to ensure its interests. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Strategies for Countering Violent Extremists | 12/05/14
Jean-Paul Laborde, Joanne J. Myers
Jean-Paul Laborde, executive director of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) discusses the role of the UN in countering terrorism worldwide. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy | 12/03/14
Christopher Hill
Former ambassador Hill has worked on some of the most dangerous and difficult problems in U.S. diplomacy, from the Balkans, to North Korea, to Iraq. In this astute and often funny talk, he gives an inside look at his work as a diplomat, and also discusses the latest crises, from ISIS and Syria, to Ukraine and dealing with Russia. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East | 11/19/14
Gerard Russell
Despite its reputation for religious intolerance, the Middle East has long sheltered many distinctive faiths. How are groups such as the Mandaeans and Yazidis of Iraq, the Zoroastrians of Iran, and the Copts of Egypt hanging on to their ancient traditions? How can we combat religious hatred? » 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

Foreign Fighters in Syria | 09/29/14
Richard Barrett
How is ISIS structured? Why are young Muslims from many countries going to Syria to join it? What is the nature and extent of the threat and how can it be overcome? Counterintelligence expert Richard Barrett (formerly with MI5, MI6, and the UN) gives an informative, balanced, and perceptive report. Don't miss it. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

A Clear and Present Danger: Why We Need the UN Security Council to Help Defeat ISIL | 08/19/14
David C. Speedie, Zach Dorfman
The relentless advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses an existential threat to countries of the region and a grave challenge to the world at large. The curbing and crushing of ISIL requires extraordinary measures, a "coalition of the concerned," led by the United States and working through and in cooperation with the UN Security Council. » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East | 06/23/14
Scott Anderson
How did the Arab Revolt and Lawrence of Arabia shape the Middle East? And how are Lawrence's actions of a century ago still being felt today? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

A Conversation with Law Professor and Columnist Rosa Brooks on Obama's Foreign Policy | 06/12/14
Rosa Brooks, James Traub
With an insider's perspective, Rosa Brooks candidly discusses U.S. foreign policy, from Kosovo to Afghanistan, Syria, and Ukraine, along with her views on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Would Clinton have made a better president? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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