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Events for Qualitative Military Edge

February 2014

The Levant Unraveling: How the Crisis in Syria is Impacting the Region

7th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with Jonathan Spyer, Tony Badran, Michael Doran, Oubai Shahbandar and John Hannah

How has Assad’s strategy evolved? With various factions and stakeholders pitted against each other, how are the competing endgames and tactics of groups like ISIS and Nusra impacting the dynamic of the conflict? How are the reverberations from the ever-bloodier conflict in Syria being felt far beyond its borders in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the Palestinian territories? What will the Montreux talks mean for Syria and the path forward for the international community? How are Iran and Hezbollah influencing the conflict and altering the situation on the ground? What is the way forward?

December 2013

Terrorist, Regime and Western Media

11th December 2013 - 9:00 AM

The War of Ideas in the Disinformation Age

The Newseum, Washington, DC


September 2013

Crossing the Red Line: The Crisis in Syria and the US Response

3rd September 2013 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with John Hannah, Tony Badran, and Cliff May

Strong evidence that the regime of Bashar al-Assad used chemicals weapons against civilians – thereby crossing what President Obama has called a “red line” – has led to reports that the U.S. could hit Syrian targets as early as next Thursday.  What should be the objective of any response? Can the United States and its allies prevent further humanitarian catastrophe? Is that their responsibility and at what cost? What will the American response mean for other regional actors—Lebanon, Israel, Iran and Turkey among them?

July 2013

Egyptian Revolution 2.0

29th July 2013 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with Bahaa El-Taweal, Khairi Abaza, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Samuel Tadros, and Jonathan Schanzer

In light of the rapidly changing situation on the ground in Egypt, the U.S. must now determine how best to support Egypt's transition, protect U.S. interests, and advance democracy in the region. Are we supporting a military dictatorship over a popularly elected Islamist government? What does the future hold for the non-Islamist Tamarod movement? Will the Muslim Brotherhood rebound from this defeat? What does this crisis portend for the Muslim Brotherhood bloc, including Qatar and Turkey?

April 2013

Lebanon and Israel: The Forgotten Front?

10th April 2013 - 9:15 AM

Analysis from Brig. Gen. Michael Herzog, Tony Badran, and Hussain Abdul-Hussain

While the 2006 U.N.-brokered truce between Lebanon and Israel has largely held, experts are assessing whether Hezbollah’s mounting military presence throughout Lebanon will result in renewed conflict, jeopardizing the fragile balance between the two neighbors and raising new questions about the future of the region. What does Hezbollah’s increasing arsenal of rockets and missiles—which some estimates say is 10 times its capability in 2006—mean for the Lebanese people, particularly the Shia?

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