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German-Iran Relations

Baron Paul von Maltzahn, German Ambassador in Tehran will join us for a discussion of German policy towards Iran. The Ambassador is a mideast expert who has served in Tehran since 2003. Previously he served as German Ambassador in Cairo, he has also served tours in Damascus, Algiers and Beirut. “Security for a New Century” …

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Economic and Social Development in Palestine

Ross Anthony, Associate Director, RAND Corporation and Jim Prince, President of the Democracy Council, discuss economic and social development in Palestine. The recent Palestinian elections highlighted the issues of economic opportunity and corruption. The Palestinian Authority is heavily dependent on foreign donors who make up a substantial part of the budget, including schools, health care …

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Security in Israel and Palestine: After the Rise of Hamas

Ambassador Robert Hunter, Senior Advisor, and Seth Jones, Political Scientist, both with the RAND Corporation and Rob Malley from the International Crisis Group, discuss the current security challenges in Israel and Palestine. After the Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections, President Mahmoud Abbas has declared that Hamas cannot form a government unless it renounces violence. …

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Chechnya and the North Caucasus: Radical Islam, Insurgency and Human Rights

Dr. Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Dr. Anatol Lieven, Senior Research Fellow, at the New America Foundation, discuss the political and security outlook for Chechnya and the North Caucasus in the wake of the recent elections. As predicted the pro-Kremlin United party “won” 60% of the vote, in the first elections …

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China and Internet Security

Andrew McLaughlin, Senior Policy Counsel for Google, discusses China’s efforts to control the internet. China has developed one of the most sophisticated efforts to filter and regulate the web, involving multiple agencies and layers of government. It attempts to censor web pages, blogs, online chat, and email. The attempts to filter and control the web …

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The Challenge of Dealing with Syria

The Southwest Asia project hosted a roundtable discussion on Syria on December 19, 2005. David Ignatius of the Washington Post and Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma and Syriacomment.com spoke about Syrian domestic and foreign developments. Landis’ presentation focused on Bashar Assad’s own perception of Syria’s situation and predicament. Landis argued that Bashar, by …

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