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November 2014

After the Gaza Conflict: Hamas’ Goals, Military Capabilities, and Financial Networks

14th November 2014 - 11:00 AM

Please join us for a panel discussion and conversation with Dr. Matthew Levitt, Dan Moger, Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, and Jeffrey White. Additional speakers to be confirmed in the next week.

Rosie Gray, reporter for BuzzFeed, will serve as moderator for select conversations.


Two months after the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, what is known of Hamas’ military capabilities, tactics, and regional alliances? Will the current efforts to rebuild Gaza serve to bolster the group after suffering significant military losses this summer? Where will the group’s monetary and military resources come from next? Will Hamas benefit from taking part in a revived unity government with the Palestinian Authority? What, if anything, can Washington do to prevent a resurgence of Hamas in the Middle East?

September 2014

Are We Heading Towards a Bad Deal with Iran?

30th September 2014 - 12:00 PM

Join BPC, FPI, and FDD for a conversation with David Albright, Mark Dubowitz, Olli Heinonen and Ray Takeyh, moderated by Chris Griffin

President Obama and the P5+1 negotiators have repeatedly stated that when it comes to the Iranian nuclear negotiations, “no deal is better than a bad deal.” But are the negotiations heading towards a bad deal? 

 

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?

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