Transcripts

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Prospects for Democracy

Speakers: Elliott Abrams and Michael Willis
Presider: James M. Lindsay

Elliott Abrams, CFR's senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, and Michael Willis, director of the Middle East Centre and King Mohamed VI fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean studies at University of Oxford's St. Antony's College, discuss the progress made in the movement toward democracy in the Middle East as a result of the Arab uprisings.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, Implications of the Arab Uprisings, which was made possible by the generous support of Rita E. Hauser, and organized in cooperation with University of Oxford's St. Antony's College.

See more in Middle East and North Africa; Democratization

Aging Americans: Challenges and Innovations for Foreign Policy and the Private Sector

Speakers: Michael W. Hodin, Robert D. Hormats, and Jane E. Shaw
Presider: Susan Dentzer

The World Health Organization has deemed "Aging and Health" the theme of this year's World Health Day, observed on April 4, recognizing its importance as a global issue. As the United States moves toward a new demographic landscape—by 2020 the number of Americans older than the traditional retirement age will have grown considerably—policy implications and innovation are likely to follow at home and abroad. Please join Michael Hodin, Robert Hormats, and Jane Shaw to discuss what is in store for a rapidly graying United States with a focus on the public and private sectors.

See more in United States; Aging; Innovation

Islam and Politics

Speakers: Isobel Coleman, Ed Husain, and Michael Willis
Presider: Deborah S. Amos

Isobel Coleman, Ed Husain, and Michael Willis discuss the relationship between Islam and politics following the Arab uprisings, including how Islam affects women's and minority rights, democracy, and secularism.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, Implications of the Arab Uprisings, which was made possible by the generous support of Rita E. Hauser, and organized in cooperation with University of Oxford's St. Antony's College.

See more in Middle East and North Africa; Religion

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 Update

Speakers: Masha Gessen and Stephen Sestanovich
Presider: Andrew J. Guff

Masha Gessen, journalist and author of The Man Without A Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, and Stephen Sestanovich, CFR's George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, discuss Russia's March 4 election and ongoing public discontent.

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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