The theme for this year's FDD Washington Forum was "Wars of the Islamic World: America as Actor or Spectator?" Washington Forum brings together foreign-policy and national-security professionals, diplomats and members of Congress to provide insightful analysis and fresh perspectives on the most complex issues facing America: Is the tide of war in the Middle East receding or rising? Will the U.S. prevent Iran's nuclear and regional breakout? Are the nation-states of the region collapsing? Can the media cover extremist actors without fear or favor? What are the chances for stability, inclusivity and tolerance in an Islamic world engulfed in unprecedented turmoil? Washington Forum brings together leading analysts, journalists and public servants to discuss the most pressing geopolitical and national-security matters of our time.

Panel 1: America: Actor or Spectator? 

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Bret Stephens, foreign-affairs columnist and deputy editorial page editor,The Wall Street Journal;Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist
Michéle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Moderator: Jackson Diehl deputy editorial page editor,The Washington Post

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Presentation of the George P. Shultz Award for Distinguished Service

Conversation with Andrew Marshall, four-decade director of the Pentagon’s “internal think tank,” the Office of Net Assessment. 
Introductory Remarks by Andrew D. May, Office of Net Assessment
Moderator: Samantha Ravich, FDD CSIF board member and former Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President

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Panel 2: Are We Still Fighting a War on Terrorism?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Mary Beth Long, former Assistant Secretary of Defense
Matthew Olsen, former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
Fran Townsend, former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
Moderator: Juan Zarate, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and former Deputy Assistant to the President

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Presentation of the Alberto Nisman Award for Courage

Remarks by Robert Morgenthau, former New York County District Attorney
Introductory Remarks by Toby Dershowitz, Vice President for Government Relations and Strategy, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

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 Presentation of the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Statesmanship Award

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
Rep. Ted Deutch, Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
Moderator: Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

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Panel 3:The Jihadi Threat to Minorities in the Middle East

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the United States
The Honorable Irwin Cotler, Member of the Canadian Parliament
Tony Badran, Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
Moderator: John Hannah, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

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Panel 4: Can the Media Cover Jihadists and Islamists Without Fear or Favor?

Dexter FilkinsThe New Yorker staff writer; Pulitzer-Prize winner and recipient of two George Polk Awards
Jamie Dettmer, journalist and broadcaster for The Daily Beast and Voice of America, who has reported from inside Syria, Libya, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey
Nazila Fathi, former Iranian correspondent for The New York Times, who was forced to flee the country in 2009 during the height of the Green Revolution
Moderator: Clifford D. May, President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

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Panel 5 : Red Lines and Deadlines: The Threat of a Nuclear Iran

Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Mark Dubowitz, Executive Director, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Reuel Marc Gerecht, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Jeffrey Goldberg, National Correspondent, The Atlantic

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