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Media Call on Nigeria

CFR Senior Fellow and former ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Senior Advisor at the United States Institute of Peace Johnnie Carson discussed the recent violence and kidnappings in northern Nigeria and preparations for the World Economic Forum starting in Abuja.

See more in Nigeria; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights

What To Do About Syria

Speakers: Ryan Crocker, Charles W. Dunne, and Paul Pillar
Presider: Richard N. Haass

More than three years after the start of the Syrian civil war, debates continue about what role, if any, the United States should play in the conflict. Ryan Crocker of Texas A&M, Freedom House's Charles Dunne, and Paul Pillar of Georgetown University join CFR President Richard N. Haass to outline the courses of action available to the United States and debate whether U.S. intervention would be desirable or effective.

See more in Syria; Conflict Assessment

North Korea, Nuclear Diplomacy, and Regional Security in Northeast Asia

Speakers: Stephen W. Bosworth and Han Sung-Joo
Presider: Richard C. Bush III

Stephen Bosworth of Tufts University and Korea University's Han Sung-Joo join Richard Bush of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies to discuss the history of nuclear negotiations with North Korea and outline the potential policy options going forward.

See more in North Korea; Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation; Regional Security

Ending Child Marriage: Legal Approaches

Speakers: Jody Heymann and Yasmeen Hassan
Presider: Rachel B. Vogelstein

Rachel Vogelstein moderates a conversation with Jody Heymann, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and Yasmeen Hassan, global director of Equality Now, about their ongoing research and the role of national and international legal systems in ending the practice of child marriage.

See more in Global; Human Rights

Bearing the Burden of Global Leadership

Speakers: Robert Kagan, Michael Mandelbaum, and Stephen Sestanovich
Presider: Gideon Rose

Weary from a decade-plus of foreign wars, the United States has pulled back from its traditional role of global leader and has pursued a less ambitious and more multilateral approach to addressing international crises. Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution, Michael Mandelbaum of Johns Hopkins, and CFR's Stephen Sestanovich join Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose to discuss the prospects for renewed, more assertive U.S. leadership, or whether the current period of foreign policy retrenchment is likely to continue.

See more in United States; Politics and Strategy

Pope Francis and the Vatican

Speaker: Kurt Martens

Kurt Martens leads a conversation on Pope Francis's leadership of the Catholic Church one year after his papal inauguration, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

See more in Global; Religion

Guantanamo Bay Prison Likely to Remain Open for the Foreseeable Future

Speakers: Phillip Carter, Marc A. Thiessen, and 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 Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute, and CFR's Matthew Waxman join CFR President Richard N. Haass to discuss the costs, benefits, and risks of keeping Guantanamo open.

See more in Global; United States; Counterterrorism

Globalizing World Requires Transatlantic Partnership and Leadership

Speaker: Wolfgang Schäuble
Presider: Robert M. Kimmitt

With the economic structural reforms enacted in many southern European countries now beginning to show results, German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble joins Robert Kimmitt of the American Council of Germany to discuss the current state of the European economic recovery.

See more in Germany; Economics; EU

Agricultural Technology and Productivity Continue to Make Gains and Ensure U.S. Food Security

Speaker: Tom Vilsack
Presider: Roger C. Altman

With the 2014 farm bill now enacted into law, U.S. agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack visits CFR to discuss the USDA's policy priorities with Roger Altman of Evercore Partners. Vilsack credits advanced agricultural technology and the productivity of American farmers with maintaining the country's status as a food-secure nation, despite a growing population and a shrinking agricultural sector.

See more in United States; Agricultural Policy

Popular Media and Social Change

Speakers: William Ryerson and Roshaneh Zafar
Presider: Isobel Coleman

Isobel Coleman hosts William Ryerson, founder and president of the Population Media Center, and Roshaneh Zafar, founder and managing director of the Kashf Foundation, for a discussion about harnessing popular media for social change, with emphasis on South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.

See more in Global; Society and Culture

Despite Growing Opposition, AKP Remains the Dominant Force in Turkish Politics

Speakers: Steven A. Cook and Henri J. Barkey
Presider: Jonathan Tepperman

In the past year, Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AKP party have faced mass protests in Istanbul and other major cities, a widely publicized corruption scandal with deep roots in the party leadership, and a backlash over attempts to censor Twitter and other media. Despite these scandals and growing dissatisfaction with his administration, the AKP managed to win a plurality in the most recent municipal elections.

See more in Turkey; Peacekeeping