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The New Silk Road Initiative Post-2014: Challenges and Opportunities

January 22, 2015 // 3:00pm4:30pm
The New Silk Road Initiative, originally envisioned in 2011, seeks to promote greater regional connectivity through improved trade and transit, the development of regional energy markets, strengthened customs and border operations, and deeper people-to-people and business relationships. What is the potential for this initiative, and what concrete steps have been taken? What are the challenges and opportunities, particularly against the backdrop of the recent foreign troop withdrawal from Afghanistan? And how can the New Silk Road Initiative help benefit an Afghanistan that faces major economic challenges?
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A Year of Crisis: The Middle East in 2015

January 20, 2015 // 9:30am11:00am
The Middle East, already the world’s most volatile region, faces some of its toughest challenges in a century: Borders have been redrawn in Syria and Iraq. States from Libya to Yemen are collapsing. Autocracy is again on the rise in Egypt. And diplomacy is teetering with Iran. Meanwhile, the United States is being sucked back into the region. Come hear four top experts explore the crises of 2015, the stakes, and where they’re headed.

Iranian Domestic Politics and Relations with the United States

January 15, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Nicola Pedde, the Director of the Institute for Global Studies in Rome, discussed Iran’s evolving domestic political situation and its relationship with the United States.
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Can We Ultimately Defeat ISIL?

December 11, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
General John Allen, recently appointed Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, was selected by President Obama to coordinate the international effort against the Islamic State militant group. Join us for General Allen’s first public discussion of the threat posed by the Islamic State.
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A Conversation with Vian Dakhil

December 09, 2014 // 3:00pm4:00pm
Vian Dakhil, the only Yazidi Member of Parliament in Iraq, will discuss the plight of the Yazidi women since the attack by ISIS. Dakhil, who gave an impassioned speech in Iraq’s parliament about the ISIS attack, is known as the voice of Iraq’s Yazidi minorities.
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A Conversation with May Rihani

December 04, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
May Rihani will discuss her new book, Cultures Without Borders, the memoir of a Lebanese woman whose life defies Western stereotypes about Arab women. Rihani, who has traveled to 71 countries and has worked in more than 40, discovers that the common ground among cultures eclipses the differences.

Jerusalem in Crisis? A Conversation with Danny Seidemann

December 01, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Are we on the verge of another sustained Israeli-Palestinian confrontation along the lines of 1987-1992 or 2000-2004? Why has Jerusalem become the focus of the current tensions and violence, and what if anything can be done about it? Join us for fascinating conversation with one of Israel’s foremost experts on the city and its political and physical landscape.

Iran Nuclear Extension: Key to Deal or an Empty Room?

December 01, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
In case you missed the Ground Truth Briefing on the recent Iranian nuclear talks, please see this summary of the conversation with experts Robert Litwak, Ali Vaez and Robin Wright.
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Tunisia after the Elections: Can a Viable Coalition be Formed?

November 21, 2014 // 12:30pm1:30pm
After a successful legislative election on October 26, Tunisia faces another important challenge. Can an effective governing coalition be formed that includes the country’s divided secular and Islamist parties? And what role will the country’s new civic groups play?
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Prospects for a Nuclear Agreement with Iran: A Discussion in Honor of Michael Adler

November 12, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
The world’s major powers (the P5+1) and Iran have been negotiating since last January to convert an interim nuclear accord into a final agreement, and now face a November 24 deadline. As this critical date nears, please join us for this meeting to address the outcome of the negotiations—whether successful in yielding an agreement, extended to allow further negotiations, or at a point of breakdown. What are the implications for U.S. policy toward Iran moving forward, as well as for the broader global effort to forestall the proliferation of nuclear weapons? This event honors the late Michael Adler, distinguished journalist and Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, whose illuminating work improved the quality of public discourse on this vital issue.

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