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Immigration Benefits and Terrorism: Moving Beyond the 9/11 Staff Report on Terrorist Travel

Author: Janice L. Kephart

This report covers the immigration histories of 94 terrorists who operated in the United States between the early 1990s and 2004, including six of the September 11th hijackers. Other than the hijackers, almost all of these individuals have been indicted or convicted for their crimes. The report builds on prior work done by 9/11 Commission and the Center for Immigration Studies, providing more information than has been previously been made public.

The findings show widespread terrorist violations of immigration laws. The report highlights the danger of our lax immigration system, not just in terms of who is allowed in, but also how terrorists, once in the country, used weaknesses in the system to remain here. The report makes clear that strict enforcement of immigration law – at American consulates overseas, at ports of entry, and within the United States – must be an integral part of our efforts to prevent future attacks on U.S. soil.

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USIP. Arab Media: Tools of the Government, Tools for the People

Believing that the Arab media played a critical role in shaping the information environment that was fomenting the “culture of death” that ennobled suicide bombers and the cult of terrorism, the United States Institute of Peace launched a systematic investigation into how the Arab media was informing and shaping the hearts and minds of Arab publics...

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Independent Media Development Abroad: Challenges Exist in Implementing US Efforts and Measuring Results

The Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development obligated at least $40 million in fiscal year 2004 for the development of independent media , including activities such as journalism and business management training and support for legal and regulatory frameworks. About 60 percent of the fiscal year 2004 USAID and State obligations identified supported independent media development projects in Europe and Eurasia .  This report discusses challenges in designing performance indicators and accurately measuring and reporting results directly tied to the performance of U.S. independent media efforts, as well as challenges to  implementation of media development efforts, including a changing political condition, sustainability of local media outlets, and coordination between donors and providers.

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Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship 60th Anniversary Event

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

5:30 to 6:00 PM RECEPTION

6:00 to 7:15 PM SESSION ONE
Welcome: Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations

War Zones: The Changing Environment for Foreign Correspondents
Kim Barker, Former South Asia Bureau Chief, Chicago Tribune; 2009-2010 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow
Mohamad Bazzi, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; 2007-2008 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow
Christopher S. Dickey, Paris Bureau Chief and Middle East Regional Editor, Newsweek; 1983-1984 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow
Kathy Gannon, International Correspondent, Associated Press; 2003-2004 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow
Presider: Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent, CNN


Thursday, September 10, 2009


8:30 to 9:45 AM SESSION TWO
Reporting from Closed Societies
Caryle M. Murphy, Independent Journalist and Author; 1994-1995 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow
David J. Remnick, Editor, New Yorker; 1991-1992 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow
Elizabeth Rubin, Contributing Writer, New York Times Magazine; 2008-2009 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow
Dan Southerland, Vice President of Programming and Executive Editor, Radio Free Asia; 1990-1991 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow
Presider: Margaret G. Warner, Senior Correspondent, Newshour with Jim Lehrer

10:15 to 11:30 AM SESSION THREE
Technology and Commerce: The Impact on International Coverage
L. Gordon Crovitz, Cofounder, Journalism Online
Christopher Isham, Vice President, Washington Bureau Chief, CBS News
Nicholas Lemann, Dean, Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
Charles M. Sennott, Executive Editor and Cofounder, GlobalPost
Presider: John Hockenberry, Host, Takeaway, WNYC Radio

11:30 to 12:15 PM LUNCH RECEPTION

12:15 to 1:30 PM SESSION FOUR
Conversation with Network News Presidents: Meeting Industry Challenges
Stephen A. Capus, President, NBC News
Jon Klein, President, CNN U.S.
Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports
David Westin, President, ABC News
Presider: Ken Auletta, Media Industry News Columnist, New Yorker

at the Harold Pratt House, 58 East 68th Street, New York, New York 10065

This event will be on the record.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Ford Foundation and Time Warner Inc.

To attend, please click on the following link to fill out the response form and fax it to the CFR New York Meetings Program at 212.434.9804 or call the Meetings Response Line at 212.434.9600.

Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship Event Announcement and Response Form

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the New York Meetings Program by phone, 212.434.9600, or email,

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Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship 60th Anniversary Event: Sustaining Journalism in the Digital Age

This event is part of CFR’s commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship in the 2009-2010 programming year.

Special thanks to the Knight Foundation and Ford Foundation for their generous support of this event. For more information on the Murrow Fellowship, visit Video, audio, and transcript of this event will be posted on July 1.

**Please note the special time and location.**

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The Future of News

Please join Jan Schaffer and Tom Rosenstiel to assess the challenges and opportunities associated with an increasingly fragmented international news media, including the proliferation of media outlets, their changing business models, and the effects the new media landscape has on an informed public.

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