A Conversation with the Right Honorable Theresa May

Speaker: Theresa May
Presider: Christopher Isham

Following the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 and the six-year anniversary of the London subway bombings, please join Theresa May for a discussion on counterterrorism strategy in the United Kingdom. The meeting will focus on the nature of the threat, its evolution, the impact of events like the Arab Spring, and the United Kingdom's response, particularly as it prepares for the 2012 Olympics.

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What to Do About Guantanamo Bay

Speaker: Phillip Carter
Speaker: Marc A. Thiessen
Speaker: Matthew C. Waxman
Presider: Richard N. Haass

Despite President Obama's stated goal of closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, it continues to hold dozens of detainees. Phillip Carter of the Center for a New American Security, Marc A. Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute, and CFR's Matthew C. Waxman join CFR President Richard N. Haass to discuss the costs, benefits, and risks of keeping Guantanamo open.

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CFR and HBO Screening of the new HBO Documentary Manhunt

Speaker: Greg Barker
Speaker: Nada Bakos
Speaker: Peter Bergen
Speaker: Philip Mudd
Presider: Fareed Zakaria

On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The raid lasted forty minutes, but the hunt for bin Laden took two decades. The search began with a team of mostly female CIA analysts, known in intelligence circles as the Sisterhood, who were trying to take down bin Laden before most even knew his name. Piecing together scraps of intelligence, they uncovered al-Qaeda and warned Washington of this new impending threat. Their warnings were repeatedly ignored until the 9/11 attacks, when all the rules changed.

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