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September 2014

Pakistan: Protests and Policy

19th September 2014 - 11:45 AM

Since the founding of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 1947, the state has been dominated by its army. Locked in a rivalry with India, the army has initiated three wars over the disputed territory of Kashmir. Today nuclear-armed, the Pakistani army continues to prosecute dangerous policies though violent non-state actors. Meanwhile, Pakistan is mired in a domestic political crisis, with protestors calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Threats of violence are raising the chances of yet another military intervention to control the affairs of the state.

August 2014

Polling the Iranian Street: A Look Inside the Prospects for Reform in Iran

26th August 2014 - 11:45 AM

The IMF reports that Iran is experiencing a modest economic recovery. While the Iranian regime has used the breathing space to build greater resiliency, the overall standard of living for the Iranian people is not improving. At the same time, the tempo of arrests and executions has increased, freedom of the press has been further curtailed, Green Movement leaders Mir Hussein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi remain in isolation, and public protests over Iranian involvement in Syria and Iraq have increased.


What does President Rouhani’s failure to improve economic conditions and human rights for average Iranians say about his political will and Iran’s capacity for meaningful reform? Is there still a significant domestic movement for real reform? What do these and other factors indicate for the strength and stability of the Iranian regime? How do these factors impact P5+1 negotiations and future U.S. policy towards Iran?

Implications of the Gaza Conflict: What has been won, what has been lost?

13th August 2014 - 11:45 AM

After one month of bitter fighting, many questions remain about the results of the Gaza war. Did Israel re-establish deterrence? Did Hamas win by merely surviving? Has Egypt re-emerged as a regional power? Have Turkey and Qatar gone too far in promoting Hamas’s agenda? What diplomatic battles are ahead?

July 2014

High Standards and High Stakes: Defining Terms of an Acceptable Iran Nuclear Deal

17th July 2014 - 11:45 AM

As the P5+1 approaches the July 20th deadline for a final Iran nuclear deal, what standards should Congress seek in an acceptable agreement? And what are the stakes for the United States and its allies? Join BPC, FPI, and FDD for a public forum on these and other questions featuring Members of Congress and experts.

Keeping Our Friends Close and Our Frenemies Closer?

11th July 2014 - 9:30 AM

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Brian Katulis, and Jonathan Schanzer
Moderated by John Hannah

A growing number of countries have adopted policies that make them allies, adversaries and enemies of the United States– simultaneously. Complex alliances are nothing new, but American alliances in the Muslim world have recently become far more complex than in years past. Why has the “AAE phenomenon” arisen, and what should be the implications for U.S. foreign and national security policy?

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