Dinner with Former Czech President Vaclav Klaus

On December 3, the Center for the National Interest hosted former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus for a small, off-the-record dinner meeting. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, a member of the Center’s Board of Directors, moderated the discussion with Mr. Klaus. The group discussed the growth of populist movements in Europe, migration from the Middle

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"It’s in the U.S. national interest to explore better relations with Russia from a position of strength, something that will require both patience and realism in acknowledging that the effort may not succeed. If Moscow refuses to oblige, Washington should do whatever is necessary to protect its interests. Since this is likely to be risky and costly, it should not be America’s first choice."

-Dimitri K. Simes

"Before proceeding much further, US officials and America’s many allies and partners in Asia should think carefully about what they are prepared to do in pursuing each of these paths and when and how they could step off an unsuccessful path at the least cost."

-Paul J. Saunders

“…now America is once again facing a decision about its fundamental identity. This election will show which vision of America is about to prevail.”

-Jacob Heilbrunn

“It is not too late to begin a debate about how lessons learned by Israel’s security community can enrich America’s conceptual arsenal for countering terrorism in what promises to be a very long war.”

-Dr. Graham T. Allison

“The Syrian war will eventually end with some kind of exhaustion-inspired compromise, and maybe even just a shaky and essentially temporary one such as the Taif accord regarding Lebanon or the Dayton agreement concerning Bosnia.”

-Dr. Paul Pillar



The Center for the National Interest honored Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) with its 2016 Distinguished Service Awards on May 23 in Washington, DC. Center President Dimitri Simes delivered the evening’s opening remarks. Center Vice Chairman Dov Zakheim introduced Senator Kaine and Center Chairman Charles Boyd introduced Senator Roberts. After brief speeches

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