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Kenneth A. Moskow Memorial Lecture on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism With James R. Clapper Jr.

Speaker: James R. Clapper Jr.
Presider: Frances Fragos Townsend

Director Clapper discusses the state of the intelligence community, and addresses current challenges and successes experienced across the enterprise.

The Kenneth A. Moskow Memorial Lecture on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism honors the memory of longtime Council member Kenneth A. Moskow, who made this event possible through a generous bequest. His intent was to establish an annual event to bring together the leaders of the intelligence community and promote discussion on critical issues in counterterrorism.

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Op-Ed

Obama's Bay of Pigs

Author: Micah Zenko
Foreign Policy

The U.S. plan to arm Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria looks eerily similar to the infamous 1961 failed Bay of Pigs operation. Micah Zenko argues that a clarification of phase two—how the United States will support the armed rebels once they are trained and equipped—is needed before the United States proceeds.

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Op-Ed

The Strategic Genius of Iran's Supreme Leader

Author: Ray Takeyh
Washington Post

On the surface, there is not much that commends Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. An anti-Semite, he has frequently questioned the Holocaust and defamed Israel in despicable terms. As a conspiracy theorist, he endlessly weaves strange tales about the United States and its intentions. As a national leader, he has ruthlessly repressed Iran’s once-vibrant civil society while impoverishing its economy.

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Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Annual Lecture on Science and Technology: Artificial Intelligence and the Rise of Robots

Speakers: Rodney Brooks, Abhinav Gupta, and Andrew McAfee
Presider: Nicholas Thompson

Experts discuss artificial intelligence and robot technology, and their economic impact on industry and society over the next decade.

The Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Annual Lecture on Science and Technology addresses issues at the intersection of science, technology, and foreign policy.

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Article

How Obama Caved on Bahrain

Author: Elliott Abrams
Foreign Policy

Instability in Bahrain has grown in recent years as the Sunni royal family has repressed rather than accommodated the desire of the majority Shia population for a role in the political life of the country, but the White House reaction is silence. Elliott Abrams tells the story in a new article in Foreign Policy.

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Federal Communications Commission Open Internet Order

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on February 26, 2015, on rules governing regulation of U.S. broadband networks. The rules ban the ability of broadband companies to prioritize traffic from sources that pay more and reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service, subject to regulation under Title II of the Communications Act. The FCC news release states that the rules are focused on making networks "fast, fair, and open."

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Water

Provides background information on water rights and conservation, data on water availability, water issues related to environmental and natural disasters, economics and development, and conflicts, as well as U.S. and intergovernmental agendas and policies for ensuring reliable access to clean water. 

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