Transcripts

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Media Conference Call: U.S. Policy in Afghanistan

Speakers: Stephen D. Biddle and Max Boot
Presider: Jonathan Tepperman

Following the attack on Afghan civilians by a U.S. Army sergeant and the recent burning of Qurans by NATO soldiers, the United States' relationship with Afghanistan has come under sharp focus. Listen to CFR senior fellows Stephen Biddle and Max Boot discuss these events, the planned drawdown of U.S. troops by 2014, and the future of U.S. policy toward Afghanistan.

See more in Afghanistan; Defense Strategy

Darryl G. Behrman Lecture on Africa Policy: A Trip Report: Sudan

Speakers: George Clooney, John Prendergast, Andudu Adam Elnail, and Omer Ismail
Presider: Ann Curry

Following their return from South Sudan with the Enough Project, George Clooney and John Prendergast assess the in-country situation in the year since southern Sudan's independence referendum, with Andudu Adam Elnail, Anglican bishop of Kadugli, Sudan, and Omer Ismail, Darfur activist and senior adviser at the Enough Project.

See more in Sudan; South Sudan; Wars and Warfare

Speaker: Robert D. Hormats
Presider: Thierry de Montbrial

Robert Hormats, Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment at the US Department of State, in a discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations points out his two important priorities--economic challenges of the Middle East and North Africa and the effort to bring China into the global system.

See more in United States; Global Governance

Media Conference Call: Russia's Presidential Vote

Speakers: Charles A. Kupchan and Stephen Sestanovich
Presider: Anya Schmemann

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won Russia's presidential election on March 5, 2012 with almost 64 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results. Charging violations at the polls, protestors rallied in downtown Moscow. Listen to CFR senior fellows Charles Kupchan and Stephen Sestanovich discuss the outcome of the elections, Russia's future, and U.S.-Russia relations.

See more in Elections; Russian Federation

Russia: Politics, Protests and the Presidential Election

Speakers: Leon Aron, Stephen Sestanovich, and Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr.
Presider: Fred Hiatt

Ahead of the Russian presidential elections on March 4, Leon Aron, Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr., and Stephen Sestanovich assess recent demonstrations of public discontent in the Russian streets and discuss the future of the country, its leaders, and U.S.-Russia relations.

See more in Russian Federation; Elections; Political Movements and Protests

Toward Sustainable Universal Health Coverage

Speakers: Michael S. Chen and Margaret E. Kurk
Presider: Yanzhong Huang

Michael S. Chen, Margaret E. Kurk, and Yanzhong Huang engage in a discussion to see if there is a health care model that is socially desirable, politically acceptable, technologically feasible, and financially sustainable at a time when health care programs struggle with the rising costs, slacking economic growth, globalization of disease, aging populations, and the rise of noncommunicable diseases.

See more in Health Policy and Initiatives; Global

Qarantina: Film Screening and Discussion

Speaker: Oday Rasheed
Presider: Deborah S. Amos

Iraqi filmmaker Oday Rasheed discusses his second film, Qarantina, which follows the story of a broken family in Baghdad who takes in a mysterious boarder. Qarantina is part of the Global Lens 2012 film series and was co-presented with the Global Film Initiative.

See more in Iraq; Defense and Security

The American Agenda for United Nations Reform

Speaker: Joseph Torsella
Presider: Celina B. Realuyo

The United Nations is facing a growing range of transnational challenges in a time of increasingly scarce resources. Ambassador Joseph Torsella, U.S. representative to the United Nations for management and reform, discusses the U.S. role in working toward a more effective and efficient United Nations.

See more in United States; International Organizations and Alliances