Event Transcripts

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ISIS, Cyberattacks, and Other Threats to Homeland Security

Speaker: Michael McCaul
Presider: Jane Holl Lute

Michael McCaul, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security in the U.S. House of Representatives, joins Jane Holl Lute, president and chief executive officer at the Council on CyberSecurity, to discuss the growth of ISIS, foreign fighters, and threats to U.S. homeland security.

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How Did the Cold War End?

Speakers: Robert D. Blackwill, Vitaly Churkin, and Frank Elbe
Presider: Mary Elise Sarotte

Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, and Frank Elbe, former director of German Foreign Minister Hans-Deitrich Genscher's cabinet, join Mary E. Sarotte of Harvard University to discuss the factors and steps that led to the end of the Cold War.

See more in United States; Russian Federation; Wars and Warfare; History and Theory of International Relations

The Origins of the Cold War

Speakers: Frank Costigliola, Melvyn P. Leffler, and Philip D. Zelikow
Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: Andrew Nagorski

Frank Costigliola of the University of Connecticut, Melvyn P. Leffler of the University of Virginia, and Philip D. Zelikow of the University of Virginia join Andrew Nagorski, former president and director of public policy at the EastWest Institute to discuss key events and ideologies that formed the origins of the Cold War.

See more in Russian Federation; United States; History and Theory of International Relations; Wars and Warfare

Agriculture and Technology: Improving Farming, Food Security, and Funding

Speakers: Andras Forgacs, Robert Leclerc, and Mark Rosegrant
Presider: Carol C. Adelman

Andras Forgacs of Modern Meadow, Robert Leclerc of AgFunder, and Mark Rosegrant of the International Food Policy Research Institute join Carol C. Adelman, senior fellow and director of the Center for Global Prosperity at the Hudson Institute, to discuss emerging technologies in the agriculture sector.

See more in Global; Food Security; Technology and Science

Big Data, Big Potential

Speaker: Kalev Leetaru
Presider: Vivian Schiller

Kalev Leetaru, 2013 - 2014 Yahoo! Fellow in Residence at Georgetown University, joins media executive Vivian Schiller to discuss big data and its uses in policymaking, education, and beyond.

See more in Global; Digital Infrastructure

A Military Perspective on Humanitarian Intervention

Speakers: John P. Abizaid and F.J. ďBingĒ West
Presider: Kathleen Troia McFarland

John P. Abizaid, retired U.S. Army General, and F.J. "Bing" West, former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs at the Department of Defense, join Kathleen Troia McFarland, national security analyst at Fox News, to provide insight and on-the-ground perspective on intervention efforts over the past twenty years.

See more in Global; Humanitarian Intervention

The Evolution of Humanitarian Intervention, Session 1: The State of Humanitarian Intervention

Speakers: Gary Bass, Ed Luck, and Robert A. Pape
Presider: Nancy E. Soderberg

Experts discuss the evolution of humanitarian intervention at a symposium hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. The symposium is also cosponsored by the Council's Center for Preventive Action and International Institutions and Global Governance program.

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Hans Blix on a Legacy of Nuclear Safeguards and Inspections

Speaker: Hans Blix
Presider: Mitchel B. Wallerstein

Hans Blix, former executive chairman of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), joins Mitchel B. Wallerstein, president of Baruch College, to discuss Blix's experiences.

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China and Japan's Perspectives on North Korea

Speakers: Bonnie S. Glaser and Sheila A. Smith
Presider: Marcus Noland

Bonnie S. Glaser of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and CFR Fellow Sheila A. Smith join Marcus Noland, executive vice president and director of studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, to discuss Chinese and Japanese perceptions towards North Korea since the death of Kim Jong-il.

See more in North Korea; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights

Veteransí Challenges in the Transition to Civilian Life

Speakers: Peter W. Chiarelli, Allison A. Hickey, and Owen O'Driscoll West
Presider: Matt Pottinger

One Mind's Peter W. Chiarelli, Veterans Benefit Administration's Allison A. Hickey, and Goldman Sachs' Owen O'Driscoll West join Matthew Pottinger of Davidson Kempner Capital Management to discuss the transition of military veterans from the battlefield into civilian life.

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Ambassador Jang Il Hun on Human Rights in North Korea

Speaker: Jang Il Hun
Presider: Donald Gregg

Jang Il Hun, ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations, joins Donald P. Gregg, chairman of the Pacific Century Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Korea, to discuss human rights in North Korea.

See more in North Korea; Human Rights