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NIF holds frequent events including luncheons, monthly roundtables, and conferences in Washington and around the world featuring American and international officials, diplomats, and experts in various fields

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April 2019

“Yemen: A Brutal War, US Involvement, & Options”

April 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
NIF, 1800 K st. Suite 1124
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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Discussion With Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson: VIP EVENT The Yemen war has entered its fifth year with no end in sight, a staggering human toll, and no convincing results to speak of. Over 100,000 Yemeni children have been killed by Saudi-led bombings, hunger and lack of basic medical care. Terrorist groups such as AlQaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS have reemerged stronger in alliance with the Saudi-led coalition. Why is the United States involved in this war, and what are the…

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June 2019

The Deal of the Century and Israeli Democracy: How Palestinian Citizens of Israel are the Key to Peace in the Middle East

June 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
NIF, 1800 K st. Suite 1124
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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A luncheon discussion with Jafar Farah Founder and Director of The Mossawa Center, the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens of Israel The National Interest Foundation is pleased to invite you to attend our luncheon discussion during which Jafar Farah will examine prospects for Middle East peace in light of the recent announcements on Israeli elections and political developments in the United States. The United States has an interest in protecting the security of its long-term ally, Israel, and thereby also has an interest…

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October 2019

Egypt, What’s Next? with Dr. Amr Darrag

October 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
National Interest Foundation, 1800 K Street NW, Suite 1124
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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The National Interest Foundation invites you to attend our lunch discussion on Egypt with Dr. Amr Darrag. About our Speaker: Dr. Amr Darrag served as Egypt’s Minister of Planning and International Cooperation. In 2014, he established and is currently Chairman of "The Egyptian Institute for Political and Strategic Studies" a think tank based in Istanbul, Turkey. He was elected as Secretary General of the Assembly drafting the 2012 Egyptian Constitution. He is a founding member and used to be member…

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November 2019

Libya: What Does the Berlin Conference Have in Store?

November 12, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST
National Interest Foundation, 1800 K Street NW, Suite 1124
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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In the coming months, perhaps weeks, Germany plans to hold a UN-backed international conference on the future of Libya. Despite two previous European conferences on Libya in the last year, one in Palermo and another in Paris, warlord Khalifa Haftar and his allies continue to use military means to capture power in Libya. Regional players including France, Italy, UAE, Russia, and Turkey have exhausted the country’s ability to sustain its political stability. With the absence of a clear US role…

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U.S. Policy on Human Rights in the Middle East

November 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm EST
Rayburn House Building – Room 2075, 45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515 United States
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Capitol Hill Event Rayburn House Building – Room 2075 45 Independence Ave. SW Washington, D.C. 20515   U.S. Policy on Human Rights in the Middle East   Remarks by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D – Virginia), House Committee on Foreign Affairs   Panel I: "Human Rights in the Middle East" 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM   - Areej Al Sadhan, Human Rights Activist - Matthew Hedges, Durham University (UK) - Amel Ahmed, Nala Films for HBO - Abdullah Alaoudh, Georgetown University…

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February 2020

Perspective on the Trump Mideast Peace Plan

February 12, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
National Interest Foundation, 1800 K Street NW, Suite 1124
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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The National Interest Foundation invites you to attend our lunch discussion regarding the recently proposed Trump Mideast Peace Plan.   About our Speakers:    Dr. Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and Director of the Critical Issues Poll at the University of Maryland. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Before coming to the University of Maryland, he taught at several universities, including Cornell University, the Ohio State University, the University of Southern California, Princeton University, Columbia…

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March 2020

A Decade into the Syrian Revolution: Crisis in Idlib

March 10, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
National Interest Foundation, 1800 K Street NW, Suite 1124
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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The National Interest Foundation invites you to attend our lunch discussion regarding the latest developments in Idlib as the Syrian revolution nears its decade-long milestone.   Speakers   Hassan Hassan, Center for Global Policy Charles Lister, Middle East Institute Jennifer Cafarella, Institute for the Study of War   Moderator   Hamdi Rifai, Council of United Syrians & Americans   About our Speakers:    Hassan Hassan is a director of the Non-state Actors and Geopolitics program at the Center for Global Policy. His research focuses on…

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January 2021

Foreign Policy Under the New Biden Administration

January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
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An NIF Zoom event discussing the foreign policy priorities and prospects under the new Biden-Harris administration.   Speakers Dr. Abdullah Al-Shayji, Kuwait University Bob Baer, Former CIA officer Dr. Annelle Sheline, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft Dr. Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland and Brookings Institution   Moderator Khaled Saffuri, President, National Interest Foundation   About our Speakers: Dr. Abdullah Al-Shayji is a professor as well as the former chairman and director of the graduate program of the political science department…

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February 2021

Libya’s Transitional Government and the Lead-Up to December Elections

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
Zoom Meeting, 1800 K Street, NW, Suite 1124
Washington, DC 20006 United States

An NIF Zoom event discussing Libya's transitional government and prospects for the national elections in December.   Speakers Federica Saini Fasanotti, Brookings Institution Dr. Esam Omeish, Libyan American Alliance Dr. William Lawrence, American University   Moderator Doug Bandow, Cato Institute   About our Speakers:  Federica Saini Fasanotti is a nonresident fellow in the Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. She is also a senior associate at ISPI in Milan. She is…

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April 2021

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in the Modern Era and Future Prospects

April 8 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Zoom Meeting, 1800 K Street, NW, Suite 1124
Washington, DC 20006 United States

An NIF Zoom event discussing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict during the modern era, focusing on human rights, competing narratives, and future relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.   Speakers Ahmad Obali, Gunaz TV Yusuf Erim, TRT World Hamdi Rifai, Council of United Syrians & Americans   Moderator Khaled Saffuri, National Interest Foundation   About our Speakers:  Ahmad Obali is the founder and Managing Director of Gunaz TV, a broadcasting station based in Chicago that reaches millions of people in Iran, promoting human…

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