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  • Center for the National Interest Honors Secretary of Defense James Mattis

    The Center for the National Interest presented its 2018 Distinguished Service Award to Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis on July 25, 2018. The award recognized Secretary Mattis for a life and career devoted to America. Secretary Mattis arriving at the dinner. Center President and CEO Dimitri K. Simes is to his left and Center

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  • 2018 Distinguished Service Award Dinner with Secretary James Mattis

    Remarks by Secretary James N. Mattis Center for the National Interest Distinguished Service Award Dinner 25 July 2018 Thank you, General Boyd. I’m humbled to be introduced by a warrior with your record of valor in the most awful circumstances. It is an honor to join all you this evening. I find it hard to

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  • A Conversation with Senator Rand Paul

    On July 18, the Center for the National Interest hosted Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for an off-the-record dinner discussion moderated by Dimitri K. Simes, President and CEO of the Center for the National Interest. The participants discussed U.S. national security and foreign policy.

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  • Russia, America and NATO: Where Are They Headed?

    On July 12, the Center for the National Interest organized a panel discussion on “Russia, America, and NATO: Where Are They Headed?” Speakers included Center board member Richard Burt, former Ambassador to Germany and Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs, and Dimitri K. Simes, President and CEO of the Center for the

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  • U.S.-South Korean Relations

    On June 20, The Center for the National Interest hosted Cho Yoon-je, Ambassador from the Republic of Korea to the United States, in an off-the-record lunch meeting. Ambassador Cho discussed the state of U.S.-South Korean relations and recent U.S. and South Korean diplomatic engagement with North Korea, among other topics.

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