Flyover Country

Author: Micah Zenko
Foreign Policy

Micah Zenko says, "The Obama administration's lack of a military response in Algeria reflects how sovereign states routinely constrain U.S. intelligence and military activities."

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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.

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Bin Laden May Become More Powerful Dead

Speaker: Ed Husain

Ed Husain, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, says that Osama bin Laden is more valuable to al-Qaeda dead than alive. Comparing bin Laden's death to that of Sayyid Qutb, Husain argues bin Laden could now become an even more powerful icon.

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Militaries in the Middle East: Critical Factor in Hindering Political Change, Argues Steven Cook in New Book

Author: Steven A. Cook

Ruling But Not Governing provides valuable insight into the political dynamics that perpetuate authoritarian regimes and offers novel ways to promote democratic change. In this new CFR book, author and Council Douglas Dillon Fellow Steven A. Cook highlights the critical role that the military plays in the stability of the Egyptian, Algerian, and, until recently, Turkish political systems.

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AI: United Kingdom: Deportations to Algeria at All Costs

Amnesty International reports that the United Kingdom authorities are attempting to deport more than 15 Algerian men considered to be a ‘threat to national security’ to their country of origin, contrary to the prohibition of sending persons to countries where they face a real risk of serious human rights violations, including torture or other ill-treatment. Amnesty says it is concerned that the UK authorities’ claims against these men are based on secret information, including intelligence material, never disclosed to the individuals concerned or their lawyers of choice.

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Algeria and the Global War on Terror: A Conversation with Mohammed Bedjaoui

Speaker: Mohammed Bedjaoui
Presider: Christopher W.S. Ross

Located at the crossroads of Southern Europe, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa, Algeria has risen in prominence as an integral player in the global war on terror through its inclusion in the newly negotiated Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Initiative. Join visiting Foreign Minister Mohammed Bedjaoui in a discussion on these and other U.S.-Algeria bilateral counterterrorism initiatives currently being negotiated during his visit with Secretary Rice in Washington.

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Reception
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Meeting

**Please note special location**

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