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April 2015

Washington Forum 2015

15th April 2015 - 9:00 AM to 15th April 2015 - 5:00 PM

The theme for this year's Washington Forum is "Wars of the Islamic World: America as Actor or Spectator?" FDD’s Washington Forum brings together foreign and national security professionals, diplomats and members of Congress provide insightful analysis and astute perspectives on the most complex national security issues facing America. The discussions will aim to address, among other questions-- Is the tide of war receding -- or rising? Are the nation-states of the Middle East collapsing? If so, what’s next? Can the media cover jihadists and Islamists without fear or favor? What are the chances for stability and tolerance in the Islamic World?

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March 2015

Iranian Hegemony in the Levant and Beyond

6th March 2015 - 9:30 AM to 6th March 2015 - 11:00 AM

The Islamic Republic of Iran now has a firm grasp on four Arab capitals: Baghdad, Beirut, Damascus, and Sana‘a. Iran has used its assets—Hezbollah and Iraq's Shiite militias—to extend its reach and entrench its influence.

How does the Obama administration view Iran’s ambitions? What assumptions are guiding White House policy towards Iran and the broader region?  How should the U.S. view Iran’s military efforts in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State?

Please join us for a conversation with Tony Badran, Michael Doran, and Michael Ledeen to explore these and relate questions. 

December 2014

Bordering on Terrorism: Turkey’s Syria Policy and the Rise of the Islamic State

19th December 2014 - 9:30 AM

A recent FDD report chronicles the flow of jihadists and money to the Islamic State (IS) through Turkey's southwestern border. The IS crisis has put Turkey and the U.S. on a collision course, as Ankara refuses to allow the coalition to launch strikes from its air bases, while IS has established cells on its soil. Turkey’s intransigence has raised serious questions about its value and relaibility as an American ally and its place in the NATO alliance.

Extended Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: An Oil Market Perspective

2nd December 2014 - 12:00 PM

The latest round of negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran resulted in a decision to extend negotiations until July 1, 2015. Given today’s low oil prices and glut in global oil supplies, the panel discussion will focus on how current market dynamics contribute to ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program

November 2014

Looming Deadline and Unanswered Questions: What’s Next for the P5+1 and Iran?

20th November 2014 - 9:30 AM

With the JPOA deadline for the negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran rapidly approaching, what questions remain unanswered and what next steps should Congress be considering in response to any scenario?

The in-depth discussion will feature remarks by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL); and a conversation with Amb. Eric Edelman;  former Deputy Director General of the IAEA, Olli Heinonen; former senior advisor on Iran at the Department of State, Dr. Ray Takeyh; and FDD Executive Director and sanctions expert, Mark Dubowitz. BPC Foreign Policy Project Director Blaise Misztal will moderate the discussion.

These speakers will address, among other topics, the “check list” by which any deal should be judged; what role Congress can and should play in the final days before the deadline; how sanctions enforcement and smart relief can be structured to best strengthen a deal or enhance negotiation leverage in the case of any extension.

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