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November 29, 2012 // 2:00pm4:00pm

Obama's Foreign Policy: Opportunity and Risk

Earlier this year, President Obama was caught on camera telling then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that a second term would give him more flexibility to negotiate on missile defense. If true, where else does this flexibility reach, how would he use it and where should he start?

David Ignatius, Associate Editor and columnist, The Washington Post
Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Deborah Amos, Foreign Correspondent, NPR

Avoiding Another Cold War: Lessons from the Last One & How to Prevent Another

For decades, the US and USSR were locked in a checkmate that defined every aspect of global relations and brought us to the brink of nuclear war. Now, we confront a new multipolar landscape in which China will become a superpower; India, Pakistan, and North Korea have nuclear weapons; and Iran presents the gravest strategic challenge. What has the Cold War taught us that applies to the new challenges in a multipolar war?

Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
Cheng Li, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Ashley Tellis, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

When Women Lead

The goal of the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project is to see fifty percent of the world’s public service jobs filled by women by 2050. Wilson Center President Jane Harman describes her vision of a world where there are as many women leaders as men.

Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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