Recent Events

  • Russia’s Strategy in the Middle East

    On March 2, the Center for the National Interest hosted a round table discussion of Russia’s strategy in the Middle East, with a special focus on its intervention in the Syrian Civil War. Fiona Hill, Director of the Center for the United States and Europe program at the Brookings Institution, began the discussion with introductory

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  • Dinner with Dr. Celeste Wallander

    On February 17, the Center organized a small, off-the-record discussion of U.S. policy toward Russia with Dr. Celeste Wallander, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian Affairs on the National Security Council staff. Center President Dimitri K. Simes moderated the discussion. Participants included Center Chairman Charles G. Boyd, former Ambassador to the

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  • The Return of the Jihadi

    On February 16th, the Center for the National Interest hosted a discussion on the nature of the threat posed by jihadi fighters returning to their countries of origin. Bruce Hoffman, director of the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, built on his cover story in the January/February edition of The National Interest, discussing the likelihood

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  • Israel and the Middle East

    On February 9th, the Center for the National Interest hosted a round table discussion of Israel’s relationship with the Middle East and the United States in the context of regional instability. Dennis Ross, former Middle East envoy for the Clinton administration, began the discussion with introductory remarks. The event was the second in a series

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  • China’s Military Posturing in the East and South China Seas: A Losing Strategy

    On January 14, the Center for the National Interest hosted two leading foreign policy practitioners to discuss the increasingly tense security environment in the East and South China Seas. Admiral Dennis Blair, a former Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command and Director of National Intelligence (2009-2010), provided an optimistic assessment of the current regional security

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