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November 18, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Young Professionals Briefing: U.S. Policy in the Middle East: Presidential Priorities and What to Expect

Panelists discuss recent events in the Middle East and how those events may affect U.S. Middle East policy in the coming year, including normalized relations between Israel and two Gulf nations; Leba…

Play Egyptians wearing face masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic attend Friday prayers at the mosque of al-Imam al-Shafi in the cemetery district of Historic Cairo, Egypt

October 29, 2020

Israel
Lessons From History Series: The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin—25 Years Later

Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated on November 4, 1995, only two years after he shook hands with Yasser Arafat on the White House South Lawn following the signing of the Osl…

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September 30, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series With Philip H. Gordon

Since the end of World War II, the United States has set out to oust governments in the Middle East on an average of once per decade—in places such as Iran, Afghanistan (twice), Iraq, Egypt, Libya, a…

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July 8, 2020

The Insurrection Act and the Future of Civil-Military Relations

Please join our speakers for a discussion about the Insurrection Act of 1807, the legalities surrounding use of the Act, the history of civil-military relations in the United States, and the role of …

Play Uniformed military personnel walk in front of the White House ahead of a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Washington

June 5, 2020

China
Virtual Meeting: The Way Forward for U.S.-China Relations: Collaboration or Competition?

Panelists discuss the escalating geopolitical tensions between the United States and China and an assessment of the current relationship, with a focus on the decoupling of the two economies, competin…

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November 20, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
The Legacy of the Arab Uprisings

Despite the 2011 series of anti-government protests across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), political uncertainty and instability persists in the region. Panelists discuss the legacy of the u…

Arab Uprising

October 30, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Discussion of PBS FRONTLINE's "The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia"

Speakers discuss the FRONTLINE documentary “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia” as well as U.S.-Saudi Arabia relations. This film captures the rise to power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his …

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September 3, 2019

United States
Distinguished Voices Series with Jim Mattis

General Mattis discusses his lessons learned in leadership over the course of his military and government career.

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June 26, 2019

Religion
U.S. Involvement in the Middle East

Steven A. Cook, Bernard A. Haykel, and Ariane M. Tabatabai discuss U.S.-Middle East policy, with Trudy S. Rubin moderating, as part of the 2019 CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop.

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May 10, 2019

Democracy
The Future of Democracy Around the World

AYRES: Good morning. Good morning. It’s great to see so many people here today. I understand we have a full house. That’s terrific. We have what I am certain is going to be an excellent discussion fo…

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