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Washington Forum 2014

Washington Forum 2014

Top experts discuss today's most pressing challenges

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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America and the World 13 Years After 9/11
Presentation of the George P. Shultz Award
America’s Enduring Alliances
Failing States, Rogue Actors, Sworn Enemies
Presentation of the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Statesmanship Award
A Conversation with Ambassador Ron Dermer
Dubious Allies, Adversaries and Their Agendas
A Conversation with Jake Sullivan

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America and the World 13 Years After 9/11

Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow at Brookings
Walter Russell Mead, Editor-at-Large of The American Interest
Leon Wieseltier, Literary Editor of The New Republic
Moderator: Clifford D. May, President of Foundation for Defense of Democracies

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Presentation of the George P. Shultz Award

Gen. Michael V. HaydenFormer Director of Central Intelligence and the National Security Agency

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America’s Enduring Alliances

Ghaith Al-Omari, Executive Director of the American Task Force on Palestine
Ambassador Michael Gfoeller, Former Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge' d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia
John Hannah, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Ali Tulbah, Former Associate Director of Cabinet Affairs under George W. Bush
Moderator: Catherine Herridge, Chief Intelligence correspondent for Fox News Channel

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Failing States, Rogue Actors, Sworn Enemies

Mark Dubowitz, Executive Director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Reuel Marc Gerecht, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Bruno Tertrais, Senior Research Fellow at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique
Moderator: Indira Lakshmanan, Senior Correspondent for Bloomberg News

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Presentation of the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Statesmanship Award

Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY)
Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Representative Ed Royce (R-CA)
Moderator: Toby Dershowitz, Vice President for Government Relations and Strategy at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

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A Conversation with Ambassador Ron Dermer, Israel's Ambassador to the United States

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Dubious Allies, Adversaries and Their Agendas

Thomas Joscelyn, Senior Fellow and Senior Editor of The Long War Journal
Alan Makovsky, Former senior professional staff member for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
David Andrew Weinberg, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Moderator: Elise Labott, CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter

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A Conversation with Jake Sullivan

Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama and National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden

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Allies, Adversaries and Enemies: America's Increasingly Complex Alliances
Edit by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Jonathan Schanzer

This volume examines the growing problem of American allies that simultaneously act as Washington’s adversaries or even enemies. This phenomenon, which has markedly grown in recent decades, can be discerned in the U.S.'s bilateral relationships with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey, all four of which are examined in extended case studies in this volume. Expert FDD contributors include Clifford D. May, Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Thomas Joscelyn, Emanuele Ottolenghi, David Andrew Weinberg, Tony Badran, David Barnett, Steven Miller, and Karen Kaya.