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Al Arabiya quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Frederic C. Hof on John Kerry's strategy for the Geneva II Syria peace talks:

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“Five months ago debates in India were centered around the predictions on who will win the upcoming election, but today, the discussions are more about how a BJP government [will] look,” said Milan Vaishnav, associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s South Asia Program, at an event hosted by the South Asia Center. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main rival to the Indian National Congress of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has gained strength in several state elections in the past two years. Many Indian commentators have attributed that gain to a lackluster performance by Singh's government, and to the personal charisma of the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi.

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As Barack Obama began the sixth year of his presidency with a State of the Union address tilted heavily toward domestic issues, how well did he reflect a clear strategic vision on the global challenges to US interests?

Not too well, says Atlantic Council Vice President Barry Pavel.

Not too badly, say Council member Jane Holl Lute and Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin.

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South Asia Center Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin interviews newly-appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson about the Geneva II Syria peace talks and other major issues going on in the Middle East for Al-Monitor:

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Transatlantic Relations Program Senior Fellow Adrian Karatnycky is quoted by National Geographic on the underlying divisions fueling the current crisis in Ukraine:

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Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Deputy Director Jason Marczak is quoted by Fox News Latino on the Mexican government's attempts to deal with armed vigilante groups:

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The United States and the European Union cannot afford to follow separate paths on financial reform, according to Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT), EU Ambassador to the US João Vale de Almeida, and a number of leading experts from the Department of the Treasury, the SEC, the European Commission, the private sector, and academia.  Following the launch of the Atlantic Council’s new report entitled, “The Danger of Divergence: Transatlantic Financial Reform and the G20 Agenda,” financial sector regulators and leading market participants from across Europe and the United States gathered on Capitol Hill to discuss possible paths forward for ensuring the future efficiency and stability of the transatlantic financial market.

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The South Asia Center event "Pakistan's Vision for Regional Peace and Prosperity," featuring Pakistani National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz, is covered by the Associated Press of Pakistan:

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Hariri Center Senior Fellows Richard LeBaron and Frederic Hof joined the Middle East Policy Council’s 75th Capitol Hill Conference to discuss Iran’s nuclear program and its policies in the region, the concerns of Gulf states and Israel, and how an agreement would affect the balance of power in the region.

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Following the rancorous opening of the Geneva II peace talks, and amid competing proposals and counter-proposals by the delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition, the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East convened a panel of experts on January 28, 2014 to parse the talks to date and to forecast possible outcomes. Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, who participated in the first round of UN-sponsored Geneva negotiations in 2012, framed the conversation. He was joined in Washington by Mona Yacoubian, Senior Advisor on the Middle East at the Stimson Center, who provided analysis of the talks to date, and was joined by video from the sidelines of the negotiations in Geneva by Bassel Korkor, legal adviser for the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces.

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