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The Myth of the Terrorist Safe Haven

Authors: Micah Zenko and Amelia Wolf
ForeignPolicy.com

Counterterrorism strategies of the past thirteen years have relied upon a myth of 9/11: terrorists require safe havens to conduct international terrorist attacks. Micah Zenko and Amelia M. Wolf argue that there is no evidence to support this assumption, which most recently served as the basis for launching a war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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Peace Through Strength, Indian-style

Author: Daniel S. Markey
Indian Express

In his second visit to India, US President Barack Obama has another opportunity to take the measure of his Indian counterpart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Over the past six months, US officials like former Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel have tried to emphasise the ways in which Obama and Modi are similar, noting, for instance, that both are outsider candidates from humble backgrounds.

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Atmospherics of the US-India Relationship

Author: Robert D. Blackwill
Indian Defence News

Ambassador Robert Blackwill argues that expectations for the U.S.-India relationship in 2015 should be modest at best. Unless Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama put the strategic transformation of U.S.-India relations in a preeminent place in their foreign policy agendas, there will be no short-term strategic partnership between the United States and India.

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Media Call on President Obama's Trip to India

Speaker: Alyssa Ayres

This weekend, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit India twice and the first to be a guest for India's Republic Day. The upcoming meeting comes only four months after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to the White House. Alyssa Ayres, CFR senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, discussed what to expect from the president's visit.

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Dean and Norquist on the Successes and Failures of LBJ's Great Society

Speakers: Howard Dean and Grover Norquist
Presider: Michael P. Hirsh

Howard Dean, senior strategic advisor and independent consultant at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and former governor of Vermont, and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, join Michael P. Hirsh, national editor at Politico, to discuss President Lyndon B. Johnson’s broad social agenda, the Great Society.

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Dean and Norquist on the Successes and Failures of LBJ's Great Society

Speakers: Howard Dean and Grover Norquist
Presider: Michael P. Hirsh

Howard Dean, senior strategic advisor and independent consultant at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and former governor of Vermont, and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, join Michael P. Hirsh, national editor at Politico, to discuss President Lyndon B. Johnson’s broad social agenda, the Great Society.

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Dean and Norquist on the Successes and Failures of LBJ's Great Society

Speakers: Howard Dean and Grover Norquist
Presider: Michael P. Hirsh

Howard Dean, senior strategic advisor and independent consultant at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and former governor of Vermont, and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, join Michael P. Hirsh, national editor at Politico, to discuss President Lyndon B. Johnson’s broad social agenda, the Great Society.

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Protecting Retirement Security: the Future of Public Pensions

Speakers: Bradley D. Belt, Janet Cowell, and Scott Stringer
Presider: Glenn Hubbard

Bradley D. Belt, vice chairman of Orchard Global Asset Management, Janet Cowell, treasurer of the state of North Carolina, and Scott Stringer, comptroller of the City of New York, join Glenn Hubbard, dean and Russell L. Carson professor of finance and economics at Columbia University, to discuss the challenges of fulfilling pension obligations in the United States and how these liabilities will affect economic growth and stability.

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Obama Should Push to Give Workers a Stake

Author: Peter R. Orszag
Bloomberg View

Here's a good idea that I'd like to see prominent in President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech tonight: shared capitalism. That is, stock-ownership plans or simple profit-sharing schemes for corporate employees. These plans have been shown to effectively align workers' incentives with those of the company's equity owners, but they have not received much attention lately.

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President Obama: State of the Union Address

The State of the Union is a speech given annually by the president to Congress, in which the president outlines the current condition of the United States and national priorities for the coming year, based on the U.S. Constitution, Article Two, Section Three. President Obama has delivered his State of the Union Address speeches on January 27, 2010, January 25, 2011, January 24, 2012, February 12, 2013, January 28, 2014, and January 20, 2015.

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Protecting Retirement Security: the Future of Public Pensions

Speakers: Bradley D. Belt, Janet Cowell, and Scott Stringer
Presider: Glenn Hubbard

Bradley D. Belt, vice chairman of Orchard Global Asset Management, Janet Cowell, treasurer of the state of North Carolina, and Scott Stringer, comptroller of the City of New York, join Glenn Hubbard, dean and Russell L. Carson professor of finance and economics at Columbia University, to discuss the challenges of fulfilling pension obligations in the United States and how these liabilities will affect economic growth and stability.

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