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November 8, 2007

Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US, and the Twisted Path to Confrontation

CIS and the Iranian Studies Group at MIT featured a public discussion with Barbara Slavin, chief diplomatic correspondent, USA Today, on her new book on Iran and the United States. Since 1996, Slavin has been responsible for analyzing foreign news and U.S. foreign policy for USA Today. She has covered such key issues as the U.S.-led war on terrorism, policy toward "rogue" states, the reform movement in Iran and the Arab-Israeli conflict. She has also accompanied two secretaries of state on their official travels and reported from Libya, Israel, Egypt, North Korea, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

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November 1, 2007

After Bush: the case for restraint

Barry PosenThe American Interest

From November 2007 until election day 2008, the American Interest is examining questions of strategy, tone and tactics over a range of issues facing the next presidential administration. Barry Posen's "Case for Restraint" is first in this series.

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October 3, 2007

The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy

The CIS Starr Forum featured a public discussion with John Mearsheimer (University of Chicago) and Stephen Walt (Harvard University) on their recent book “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.” Joining the authors was Bruce Riedel (Brookings Institution). The event was held on Wednesday, October 3, from 6:00–7:30 p.m. in the Kirsch auditorium (Stata Center, Rm. 32-123). Visit the Starr Forum web site for videos on past events and a calendar of upcoming events.

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July 26, 2007

Rights and security: a broad view

John Tirman

Washington, D.C.
National Iranian American Council
Conference on Democracy in Iran and Prospects for U.S. Policy

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July 1, 2007

Book Review Roundtable: Kenneth B. Pyle's Japan Rising and Richard J. Samuels' Securing Japan

T.J. Pempel, Mike M. Mochizuki, Ming Wan, Christopher W. Hughes, Richard J. Samuels, and Kenneth B. PyleAsia Policy

The authors of these excellent books on Japanese grand strategy traverse beyond their home disciplines. The historian Kenneth B. Pyle explains shifts in Japan by applying a political science theory that argues that the international system shapes a country's domestic institutions as well as its external behavior. The political scientist Richard J. Samuels places the current Japanese debates about strategy in a broad historical context to "connect the ideological dots" of national discourse over nearly 150 years of history. Both books seek to assess the degree and nature of change in Japanese strategy, to explain this change, and to suggest where Japan might be headed. Although there is much about which Pyle and Samuels agree, there are also some significant differences.

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April 19, 2007

Just Jerusalem: vision for a place of peace

Diane E. Davis, Leila Farsakh and Tali HatukaCommon Ground News Service

It is often said that the future of Jerusalem depends in large part on the future of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. While this is undoubtedly true, change and improvement in Jerusalem can be achieved independently of any final peace agreement. In fact, transformation in Jerusalem may actually aid the resolution of the larger conflict. For this reason, it is important to think about ways to make the city of Jerusalem a more liveable, just and humane place. 

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March 20, 2007

The United States, India, and the Gulf: Convergence or Divergence in a Post-Iraq World?

Persian Gulf Initiative

The Persian Gulf Initiative workshop "The United States, India, and the Gulf: Convergence or Divergence in a post-Iraq World?" convened experts on India, the states of the Persian Gulf, and American policy to discuss the interests, perceptions, and policies of these countries. The resulting discussion focused on a set of important dynamics involving the United States, India, and the Gulf that are often overlooked in an American foreign policy community focused on the current conflict in Iraq.