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9/11 Perspectives: Bush's Freedom Agenda

Speaker: Elliott Abrams

This video is part of a special Council on Foreign Relations series that explores how 9/11 changed international relations and U.S. foreign policy. In this video, Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses how the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011 transformed the Bush administration. Abrams says 9/11 led then-president Bush to conclude that "bringing democracy and good governance to the Middle East was going to be critical in terms of fighting the sources of Islamic terrorism."

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9/11 Perspectives: How America Changed its Projection of Power

Speaker: Gideon Rose

This video is part of a special Council on Foreign Relations series that explores how 9/11 changed international relations and U.S. foreign policy. In this video, Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose argues that the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States "unleashed U.S. power on the world." Rose says this resulted "not just in the Afghanistan campaign, but in the Iraq campaign eventually, in the Global War on Terror, and in the massive deployment of American resources, in power projection, and in an activist world role that wouldn't have been conceivable without the immediate trigger of a threat in the previous decade." He says the end of this decade saw a "chastened, less hubristic" U.S. attitude and a country confronting a host of domestic challenges.

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Syria's 'National Dialogue' Lacks Credibility

Speaker: Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations argues that the national dialogue convened by the Syrian government lacks credibility, and raises question about what steps the Syrian military will take as the regime faces continued popular protests.

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South Sudan: New Nation Faces Unresolved Problems

Speaker: John Campbell

The independence of South Sudan is a call for celebration but many difficult issues remain unresolved, says John Campbell, Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations. The outstanding delineation of 20 percent of the Sudan-South Sudan border and questions regarding divisions of oil revenues between the two countries must now be addressed.

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Ending Impunity for Pakistan's Security Forces

Interviewer: Jayshree Bajoria
Interviewee: Ali Dayan Hasan

Pakistan's military intelligence agency, the ISI, is facing mounting allegations of involvement in the murder of journalist Saleem Shehzad. Pakistan's security forces have long committed human rights abuses with impunity, says Ali Dayan Hasan of the Human Rights Watch. He says the civilian government must assert its authority over the military to put a stop to such abuses and for greater democratization.

See more in Middle East and North Africa

Cybersecurity and the Private Sector

Interviewer: Adam Segal
Interviewee: Edward Amoroso

AT&T's Chief Security Officer, Edward Amoroso, discusses the recent spate of cyberattacks and how governments and the private sector can help protect infrastructure and prevent future attacks with Adam Segal,†Ira A. Lipman†Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Business Opportunities in Africa

Interviewer: Teresa Clarke
Interviewee: Nicky Oppenheimer

Nicky Oppenheimer, Chairman of De Beers, discusses how businesses can benefit from entering Africa, and contribute to sustainable growth and development in the continent. "Africa, I think, is going to be a hugely important continent in the future," says Oppenheimer, emphasizing that "America is currently a bit behind China. I don't think they should lose or slip back any further."

See more in Economic Development; Emerging Markets; Africa (sub-Saharan)

Education Key to Building Afghan Security Forces' Capacity

Interviewer: Jonathan Karl
Interviewee: William B. Caldwell IV

Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, head of NATO training efforts in Afghanistan, says 9 out of 10 Afghan security recruits are illiterate, and emphasizes the education role that has become a major component of NATO training. Caldwell expects NATO and U.S. forces to remain in Afghanistan well after 2014, when Afghan forces are planned to take on security leadership in the country.

See more in Afghanistan; Wars and Warfare; NATO; Defense Strategy

AIDS at 30: Getting Policy and Funding Right

Speaker: Laurie Garrett

On the heels of the 30th anniversary since AIDS was recognized, the UN General Assembly will meet to discuss the next course of HIV/AIDS funding. CFR Senior Fellow for Global Health Laurie Garrett traces the initial failures to contain the spread of AIDS, and calls on international policymakers to adequately fund the combat of the deadly disease.

See more in Health Policy and Initiatives; Diseases, Infectious; Global

EU's Rehn: Greek Aid Plan Days Away

European Union Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn expects negotiations on a new Greek aid plan between the EU, IMF, and Greek government will conclude "in the coming days," ahead of the EU finance ministers' meeting scheduled for June 20.

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EU's Rehn backs Christine Lagarde for IMF Chief

Speaker: Olli Rehn

European Union Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn says French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde "would make a very good managing director of the IMF for the whole world, not only for Europe." "The European Union and its member states see that Christine Lagarde, the finance minister of France, has very strong professional qualifications and has earned the respect of her peers as the chairperson of the G20," Rehn said.

See more in International Organizations and Alliances; Algeria; EU

Abyei Dispute May Threaten Sudan's Peace Agreement

Speaker: John Campbell

Escalating fighting in Sudan's disputed border region of Abyei "has the potential, the threat, of growing into something much larger that could in fact endanger the peace agreements between the North and the South," says John Campbell, Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Campbell argues that a possible solution may be for both sides to remove their troops from Abyei, and increase UN presence in the area.

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Supporting Mideast Democratic Transitions with U.S. Aid

Speaker: Isobel Coleman

Isobel Coleman, Director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, discusses new initiatives announced by President Obama in support of the democratic transitions in Egypt and Tunisia, including trade, investment, debt forgiveness, and loan guarantees.

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Improving the Quality of Education

Interviewer: Isobel Coleman
Interviewee: Michael Barber

Sir Michael Barber, head of the Global Education Practice at McKinsey & Company argues that the key to improving educational systems is setting clear, internationally benchmarked standards, and attracting and training good teachers and school leaders.

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Slaughter: U.S. Not in Position to Use Force in Syria

Interviewer: Isobel Coleman
Interviewee: Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department discusses the actions taken by international actors in Libya, and why the same measures cannot be taken in Syria. Slaughter called the situation in Syria "heartbreaking" and said "it looks like in many ways it looks like this government might get away with the same kind of brutality that we saw 20 years ago." However, she argued that while the U.S. is doing everything in its power diplomatically, it is not in a position to use force in Syria.

See more in Syria; United States; Politics and Strategy