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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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February 2021

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

February 25, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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May 2021

China’s Crimes Against Humanity: The Plight of the Uyghurs

May 12, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Zoom Meeting, 1800 K Street, NW, Suite 1124
Washington, DC 20006 United States

An NIF Zoom event regarding the Chinese government's ongoing persecution of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang Province, with a focus on the grave human rights violations being committed in the region.   Speakers Mustafa Aksu, Uyghur Human Rights Project Joanne Lin, Amnesty International USA   Moderator Hamdi Rifai, Council of United Syrians & Americans   About our Speakers:  Mustafa Aksu is Program Coordinator for Research and Advocacy at the Uyghur Human Rights Project. His research interests focus on language policy and…

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June 2021

Aftermath of the Gaza War: Should the U.S. be Talking Directly to Hamas?

June 10, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:45 pm EDT
Zoom Meeting, 1800 K Street, NW, Suite 1124
Washington, DC 20006 United States

An NIF Zoom event discussing the recent war in Gaza and the United States' position in the region moving forward.   Speakers Peter Beinart, Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York, Editor-at-Large of Jewish Currents, a CNN Political Commentator, a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace, Writes the Beinart Notebook newsletter on Substack.Com. Diana Buttu, Palestinian-Canadian lawyer and analyst based in Haifa, Former legal advisor to PLO…

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Syria Sanctions: The Caesar Act One Year Later

June 24, 2021 @ 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 one-year anniversary of the Caesar Act sanctions against the Syrian regime.   Speakers Colonel Joel Rayburn, Former Special Envoy for Syria, current Special Advisor for Middle East affairs to U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN), previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Levant Affairs and before that as Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon at the National Security Council, retired U.S. Army officer who served in a variety…

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July 2021

U.S. Potholes in Iraq: 31 Years After Saddam’s Invasion of Kuwait

July 22, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Zoom Meeting, 1800 K Street, NW, Suite 1124
Washington, DC 20006 United States

An NIF Zoom event on where Iraq is today, the U.S. role, how we arrived here, and if the U.S. can play a constructive part in Iraq's future.   Disclaimer: NIF events are by email invitation only and are non-transferable. Please note that when registering for any of our events, all required fields must be properly filled out. We reserve the right to deny entry for those who fail to do so, i.e. inputting "NA" in the "organization" or "job…

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August 2021

Coup in Tunisia: Is This the End of Democracy in North Africa?

August 5, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Zoom Meeting, 1800 K Street, NW, Suite 1124
Washington, DC 20006 United States

An NIF Zoom event discussion on the latest developments in Tunisia and the way out of the current crisis.   Disclaimer: NIF events are by email invitation only and are non-transferable. Please note that when registering for any of our events, all required fields must be properly filled out. We reserve the right to deny entry for those who fail to do so, i.e. inputting "NA" in the "organization" or "job title" section.   Speakers MP Oussama Sghaier, Member of Parliament…

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October 2021

The Institutionalized Discrimination Against Palestinian Citizens of Israel

October 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 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 living conditions of Palestinian citizens of Israel.   Disclaimer: NIF events are by email invitation only and are non-transferable. Please note that when registering for any of our events, all required fields must be properly filled out. We reserve the right to deny entry for those who fail to do so, i.e. inputting "NA" in the "organization" or "job title" section. Note: COVID-19 social distancing guidelines will…

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December 2021

Iran Nuclear Talks in Vienna: Can the JCPOA be Revived?

December 8, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Zoom Meeting, 1800 K Street, NW, Suite 1124
Washington, DC 20006 United States

An NIF Zoom event discussion regarding the prospects of reviving the Iran Nuclear Deal in the face of negotiations resuming on the issue.   Disclaimer: NIF events are by email invitation only and are non-transferable. Please note that when registering for any of our events, all required fields must be properly filled out. We reserve the right to deny entry for those who fail to do so, i.e. inputting "NA" in the "organization" or "job title" section.   Speakers Trita…

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January 2022

Freedom is in Retreat in the Middle East: 11 Years After the Arab Spring

January 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST
Zoom Meeting, 1800 K Street, NW, Suite 1124
Washington, DC 20006 United States

An NIF Zoom event discussion regarding the 11-year anniversary of the Arab Spring and the state of freedom, democracy, and human rights in the region.   Disclaimer: NIF events are by email invitation only and are non-transferable. Please note that when registering for any of our events, all required fields must be properly filled out. We reserve the right to deny entry for those who fail to do so, i.e. inputting "NA" in the "organization" or "job title" section.  …

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