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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?

June 2014

Dashed Hopes: Iran’s Human Rights Record Under President Rouhani

12th June 2014 - 12:00 PM

A conversation with Ali Alfoneh, Katrina Lantos Swett, and Arsham Parsi. 
Moderated by Mark Dubowitz 
Opening remarks by Congressman Ted Deutch and Senator Mark Kirk

One year after Hassan Rouhani was elected president of Iran, what is the current and future outlook for human rights in the country? Have President Rouhani’s positive statements regarding rights and freedoms in Iran been backed up by any improvements? How can the U.S. and the international community help improve the human right situation in Iran?

May 2014

Monitoring, Verification and Compliance Challenges for a Final Nuclear Deal with Iran

14th May 2014 - 12:30 PM

A Conversation with David Albright, Olli Heinonen, Orde Kittrie, and Mark Dubowitz

In a modification of President Reagan’s famous expression, Secretary John Kerry has said that the United States will “verify and verify” any nuclear deal with Iran. What kind of monitoring and verification mechanisms will be necessary to ensure Iranian compliance with an agreement? And do the United States and the international community have sufficient and effective tools to guarantee nuclear transparency, resolve outstanding IAEA concerns about Iran’s military nuclear activities, and prevent any Iranian attempts to continue procurement or proliferation?

FDD’s Washington Forum 2014

1st May 2014 - 8:00 AM

The theme for this year's Washington Forum was "The Middle East in Transition: Allies, Adversaries and Enemies." With Washington attempting to minimize its exposure to conflict, America's foreign policy in the Middle East is in flux. Our ties with longstanding allies, including Israel and the Gulf States, are strained. Our ties with self-declared enemies, Iran in particular, are in transition. Is a new approach evolving? If so, is the region becoming more stable or volatile? More broadly, do the old distinctions between allies, adversaries and enemies still hold?


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