BEYOND THE HEADLINES
Prominent officials and journalists take our members and guests beyond the headlines and provide context for the key issues shaping foreign policy today. The series was launched in 2010 with a luncheon featuring US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke.
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Immigration
April 19, 2017, | Washington, DC
US Immigration Policy: The Costs of Changes at Home and Abroad
Angela Kelley, Open Society Policy Center
Rebecca Tallent, Former Policy Advisor to Speaker John Boehner
Gebe Martinez, WFPG Board of Directors (Moderator)
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NATO and Transatlantic Relations
April 3, 2017, | Washington, DC
Transatlantic Ties and NATO in the Age of Brexit and Trump
Karen Donfried, The German Marshall Fund
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Trump Foreign Policy
February 27, 2017 | Washington, DC
Trump Foreign Policy: Changing and Disrupting Global Norms
Anne Gearan, The Washington Post
Julie Hirschfeld Davis, The New York Times
Jay Solomon, The Wall Street Journal
Elisabeth Bumiller, The New York Times (Moderator)
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US-Russian Relations
December 5, 2016 | Washington, DC
US-Russian Relations and the New Cold War
Angela Stent, Georgetown University
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Empowering Girls
September 28, 2016 | Washington, DC
Changing the Paradigm: Empowering Girls and Communities through Education
Kakenya Ntaiya, Kakenya Center for Excellence
Ambassador Cathy Russell, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues
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Women and Girls
September 27, 2016 | Washington, DC
The Advocacy and the Ecstasy: A Year in the Life of an Ambassador for Women and Girls
Ambassador Natasha Stott Despoja, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls
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US Presidential Election
September 14, 2016 | Washington, DC
The Politics of Foreign Policy: Clinton and Trump on Key Global Issues
Margaret Brennan, CBS News
Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
Mark Lander, The New York Times
Elisabeth Bumiller, The New York Times (Moderator)
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Brazil
May 19, 2016 | Washington, DC
Brazil in Crisis: Confronting Economic, Political, and Social Challenges
Johanna Mendelson Forman, The Stimson Center and American University
Kellie Meiman Hock, McLarty Associates
Moderated by: Diana Villiers Negroponte, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
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Jordan
April 19, 2016 | Washington, DC 
Jordan: In the Middle of the Middle East Chaos
Anja Wehler-Schoeck, Resident Director, Friedrich Ebert Foundation Jordan & Iraq
Co-sponsored with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation
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Human Rights
April 11, 2016 | Washington, DC 
Organized Crime as a Human Rights Issue: Perspectives from the Americas
Joy Olson, Executive Director of the Washington Office on Latin America
Co-sponsored with NAFSA: Association of International Educators
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Documentary and Discussion
March 23, 2016 | Washington, DC
Art and Activism: Speaking out on Sexual Violence during the War in Kosovo
Screening of: The Making of #MendojPërTy/#Thinkingofyou
Remarks by H.E. Atifete Jahjaga, President of the Republic of Kosovo
Co-sponsored with the Embassy of Kosovo and NYU Washington, DC
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2030 Development Agenda
March 22, 2016 | Washington, DC
Implementing the 2030 Development Agenda: A Conversation on the Gender Dimension
Mahmoud Mohieldin,
Senior Vice President, The World Bank
Caren Grown, Senior Director for Gender, The World Bank
Co-sponsored with The World Bank Group
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Iran
March 16, 2016 | Washington, DC 
Post-Election Iran
Barbara Slavin, The Future of Iran Initiative, The Atlantic Council
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International Women's Day Luncheon
March 8, 2016 | Washington, DC 
Co-sponsored with the UN Foundation, UNIC and Johnson & Johnson
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Venezuela
February 5, 2016 | Washington, DC 
Moving Forward? Venezuela's Economic and Political Challenges
Miriam Kornblith,, National Endowment for Democracy
Moderated by Diana Villiers Negroponte
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The Paris Climate Agreement
January 7, 2016 | Washington, DC 
January 15, 2016 | New York, NY
The Paris Agreement: A Historic Turning Point or a Toothless Political Symbol?
Coral Davenport, The New York Times
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Central African Republic
November 18, 2015 | Washington, DC
The Central African Republic: The Situation on the Ground, Women and Peacekeeping

Barrie Freeman, United Nations, MINUSCA
Sandra Pepera, National Democratic Institute (Moderator)
Co-sponsored by the National Democratic Institute
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Global Partnerships
October 29, 2015 | New York, NY
Elevating the Voices of Women: NYC Building Global Partnerships
Penny Abeywardena, NYC Mayor's Office for International Affairs
Anika Michel, JFEW SUNY Scholar, Class of 2013 (Moderator)
Co-sponsored by SUNY JFEW
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Ukraine
October 21, 2015 | Washington, DC
What's Next for Ukraine? Humanitarian and Foreign Policy Challenges
Dawn Calabia, Refugees International
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, Harvard University Senior Fellow
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Russia and Syria
October 19, 2015 | Washington, DC
Obama and Putin: Battlefield Syria
Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
Steven Lee Myers, The New York Times
Co-sponsored by NYU Washington, DC
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ISIS and Women
October 19, 2015 | Washington, DC
The Growth of ISIS and the Deterioration
of Women's Rights in the Middle East

Haleh Esfandiari, The Wilson Center
Tara Sonenshine, George Washington University (Moderator)
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Yemen
September 18, 2015 | Washington, DC
Yemen: Who Can Put Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again?
Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Georgetown University
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The World Bank
September 16, 2015 | Washington, DC
Women, Business and the Law: Getting to Equal
Tazeen Hasan, The World Bank
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The World Bank
August 6, 2015 | Washington, DC
The Burma Showdown: What's At Stake for the US
Rena Pederson, author of The Burma Spring
Sarnata Reynolds, Refugees International
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The European Union
May 1, 2015 | Washington, DC
The Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: The EU's Response
Ambassador David O'Sullivan,
Delegation of the European Union to the United States
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Russia
April 29, 2015 | Washington, DC
Putin: The Man at War with the West
Fiona Hill,The Brookings Institution
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Germany
April 10, 2015 | Washington, DC
Germany in Europe: The Cautious Leader
Karen Donfried, German Marshall Fund
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ISIS
February 23, 2015 | Washington, DC
Standing Under ISIS Narratives:
Implications of a Narrative Lens for Countering Extremism

Sara Cobb, George Mason University
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Democratic Republic of the Congo
February 6, 2015 | New York, NY
February 11, 2015 | Washington, DC
Gender-Based Violence in the DRC: A Status Report
Marcy Hersh, Refugees International
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Cuba
January 15, 2015 | Washington, DC
Obama's Cuba Initiative:
Significance and Next Steps

Julia E. Sweig
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Syria
November 13, 2014 | New York, NY
The Situation in Syria: Providing Medical Relief during Conflict
Dr. Deane Marchbein, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
Co-hosted by the Institute of International Education
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Turkey
November 7, 2014 | Washington, DC
Turkish Foreign Policy: A Balancing Act
Gönül Tol, The Middle East Institute
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Ebola
November 3, 2014 | Washington, DC
Combating the Spread of Ebola: The US Effort in Liberia
Helene Cooper, The New York Times
Moderator: Elisabeth Bumiller, The New York Times
Co-hosted by New York University in Washington, DC
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Refugees
October 28, 2014 | Washington, DC
The Growing Humanitarian Crisis: Refugees and IDPs in Syria, Iraq, and Turkey
Daryl Grisgraber, Refugees International
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Looking towards UNGA 69
September 18, 2014 | Washington, DC
Peace, Security and Development: New Perspectives and Partnerships
Mahmoud Mohieldin, The World Bank
Ambassador Faida Mitifu, Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Moderator: Ambassador Amanda Ellis, Permanent Mission of NZ to the UN
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Russia
September 9, 2014 | Washington, DC
Putinism: The World According to Vladimir Putin
Jill Dougherty, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
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Iraq
July 16, 2014 | Washington, DC
Crisis in Iraq: What's Next for Them and Us
Robin Wright, Author and Journalist
Hosted by the Ambassador of Slovenia
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Egypt
July 1, 2014 | Washington, DC
Will President Sisi Bring Stability to Egypt?
Michele Dunne, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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Afghanistan
June 5, 2014 | Washington, DC
Progress or Peril:
The Role for Women in Defining Afghanistan’s Future

Michelle Barsa, Institute for Inclusive Security
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Russia and Ukraine
May 19, 2014 | New York, NY
Russia and Ukraine: Past, Present, and Future
Kimberly Marten, Barnard College, Columbia University
Co-hosted by the Institute of International Education
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National Security and Foreign Policy
April 30, 2014 | Washington, DC
Foreign Policy and National Security Challenges for the Obama Administration
Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
David Sanger, The New York Times
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Commission on the Status of Women
April 30, 2014 | Washington, DC
Highlights of the 2014 Meeting on Commission on the Status of Women
Mahnaz Afkhami, Women’s Learning Partnership
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Venezuela
March 20, 2014 | Washington, DC
Venezuela: One Year After the Death of Hugo Chavez
Diana Villiers Negroponte, Brookings Institution
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Russia
February 25, 2014 | Washington, DC
US-Russian Relations:
The Impact of the Sochi Olympics and Turmoil in Ukraine

Angela Stent, Georgetown University
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Arab Revolutions
January 31, 2014 | New York, NY
The Arab Revolutions: Where Are They Now?
Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
Co-hosted by the Institute of International Education
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Cybersecurity
January 27, 2014 | Washington, DC
Making Sense of Cybersecurity
Jane Holl Lute, former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
David Sanger, The New York Times
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The Middle East
October 30, 2013 | Washington, DC
What's Next in the Middle East? Iran,Syria and Egypt
Robin Wright, Author and Journalist
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Syrian Refugees
October 15, 2013 | Washington, DC
A Status Report on Syrian Refugees: A View from the Field
Zainab Al- Suwaij, American Islamic Congress
Daryl Grisgraber, Refugees International
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Egypt
July 23, 2013 | Washington, DC
Is Egypt Headed for a Civil State or Civil War?
Michele Dunne, Director of the Rafik Center for the Middle East,
Vice President, The Atlantic Council
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Iran
July 18, 2013 | Washington, DC
What Can We Expect from a Rouhani President?
Barbara Slavin, Senior Fellow, The Atlantic Council
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Syria
June 7, 2013 | New York, NY
An Update on Syria
Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, US Permanent Mission to the UN
Cosponsored by the Institute of International Education
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Syria
June 4, 2013 | Washington, DC
Education during the War: Reflections from Syria
Rasha Faek, Senior Editor, Al- Fanar
Cosponsored by NAFSA: Association of International Educators
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Afghanistan
April 15, 2013 | Washington, DC
Women in Afghanistan: Progress and Challenges
Stephenie Foster, Women and Civil Service Officer, US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan
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News Coverage
March 28, 2013 | Washington, DC
News Coverage of Foreign Affairs and National Security
Jill Abramson, Executive Editor, The New York Times
Elisabeth Bumiller, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, The New York Times
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Afghanistan
February 11, 2013 | Washington, DC
Afghanistan After 2014: The Impact of Troop Withdrawal
on Democracy, Stability, and Women's Rights

Fawzia Koofi, Member of Parliament, Afghanistan
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Foreign Policy in the Second Obama Administration
January 28, 2013 | Washington, DC
Foreign Policy and National Security Challenges
Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
David Sanger, The New York Times
Cosponsored by NYU Washington, DC
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Burma
January 10, 2013 | New York, NY
Burma Reborn and Full of Hope
Barbara Crossette, author and journalist
Co-hosted by the Institute of International Education
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Turkey
November 29, 2012 | Washington, DC
Turkey's Role in Syria and the Region
Pelin Gundes-Bakir, Member of Parliament, Turkey
Cosponsored by the Assembly of Turkish American Associations
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Women and Egypt
November 16, 2012 | Washington, DC
How Have Women's Political Rights Fared in Egypt?
Panelists: Zainab Al- Suwaij,Yassmine ElSayed Hani, Nancy Okail
Moderator: Kate Seelye
Cosponsored by NYU Washington, DC
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Challenges for the Next Administration
November 1, 2012 | Washington, DC
Major Foriegn Policy Challenges Facing the Next Administration
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University
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Syria
October 10, 2012 | Washington, DC
The Syrian Humanitarian Crisis
Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for Population,
Refugees, and Migration
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UN General Assembly
October 1, 2012 | New York, NY
US Priorities at the UN General Assembly
Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Affairs
Co-hosted by the Institute of International Education
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UN General Assembly
September 19, 2012 | Washington, DC
US Priorities at the UN General Assembly
Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Affairs
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Middle East Uprisings
September 12, 2012 | Washington, DC
What's Next: Phase II of the Middle East Uprisings
Robin Wright, author and journalist
Held at the Embassy of Croatia
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North Korea
July 18, 2012 | Washington, DC
Insight into North Korea: A view from behind the DMZ
Katharina Zellweger, Pantech Fellow in Korean Studies
at Stanford University
Held at the Residence of the Ambassador of Switzerland
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Egypt
July 10, 2012 | Washington, DC
Reform, Revolt and Revolution in Egypt and the Arab World
Lisa Anderson, President of The American University in Cairo
Held at the Embassy of Slovenia
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Syria
June 1, 2012 | New York, NY
The UN's Role in Syria: What Options Remain?
Colum Lynch, The Washington Post
Co-hosted by the Institute of International Education
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Syria and Iran
May 14, 2012 | Washington, DC
US Policy Towards Syria and Iran
Congresswoman Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO
of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Moderated by David Sanger, The New York Times
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Russia
April 4, 2012 | Washington, DC
Challenges and Opportunities in US–Russian Relations
Celeste Wallander, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Moderated by Jill Dougherty, CNN
Held at the Cosmos Club
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Iran
February 29, 2012 | Washington, DC
Iran: What Options are Left for the US?
Barbara Slavin, Atlantic Council
Held at FHI 360
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Egypt
January 20, 2012 | Washington, DC
The US and Egypt: Between Islamists and Generals
Michele Dunne, Atlantic Council
Held at FHI 360
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Burma
January 13, 2012 | Washington, DC
Burma: Political Reforms and the Impacts on Humanitarian Efforts
Lynn Yoshikawa, Refugees International
Held at FHI 360
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Libya
December 7, 2011 | Washington, DC
Covering Libya: A View from the Front Lines
Missy Ryan, Reuters
Mary Beth Sheridan, The Washington Post
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Famine in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia
August 8, 2011 | Washington, DC
Famine in the Horn of Africa
Allan Jury, World Food Programme
Held at FHI 360
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US-Pakistani Relations
June 29, 2011 | Washington, DC
A Conversation on US-Pakistani Relations
Ambassador Husain Haqqani of Pakistan
Moderated by Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
 
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United Nations
June 16, 2011 | New York, NY
Addressing World Crises at the UN: The Role of the US
Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, US Permanent Mission to the UN
Co-sponsored with the Institute of International Education
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Egypt and the Arab Spring
February 22, 2011 | Washington, DC
Egypt: How a Virtual Revolution Became Actual
Michele Dunne, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace
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Foreign Policy and National Security
January 24, 2011 | Washington, DC
Foreign Policy and National Security Challenges for
the Obama Administration

Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
David Sanger, The New York Times
 
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US Troops in Afghanistan
November 30, 2010 | New York, NY
The View from Northern Afghanistan: A Report from the Field
James Dao, The New York Times
Hosted by Ambassador Ritva Jolkkonen of Finland at her Residence
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Female Engagement Teams in Afghanistan
October 12, 2010 | Washington, DC
In Camouflage or Afghan Veil: A Report from the Field
Elisabeth Bumiller, The New York Times
Hosted by Board Chair Maxine Isaacs
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Refugees in Kyrgyzstan
August 5, 2010 | Washington, DC
Status Report: Refugee Situation in Kyrgyzstan
Dawn Calabia, Refugees International
Maureen Lynch, Refugees International
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Haiti: Response and Rebuilding
February 3, 2010 | Washington, DC
Status Report on Haiti
Ambassador Raymond Alcide Joseph of Haiti
Lola Poisson-Joseph, his wife
Moderated by Mary Beth Sheridan, The Washington Post
 
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Afghanistan and Pakistan
January 8, 2010 | Washington, DC
A Conversation on Afghanistan & Pakistan
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, US Special Representative
Moderated by Helene Cooper, The New York Times
 
ELECTION SERIES
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America and the World
October 17, 2008 | Washington, DC
Susan Eisenhower, Speaker at the 2008
Democratic National Committee Convention
Moderated by Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
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America and the World
October 3, 2008 | Washington, DC
Carly Fiorina, Victory '08 Chairman, Republican National Committee
Moderated by Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
 
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Challenges for the Next Administration
November 1, 2012 | Washington, DC
Major Foriegn Policy Challenges Facing the Next Administration
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University
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US Presidential Election
September 14, 2016 | Washington, DC
The Politics of Foreign Policy: Clinton and Trump on Key Global Issues
Margaret Brennan, CBS News
Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
Mark Lander, The New York Times
Elisabeth Bumiller, The New York Times (Moderator)