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9:00 Europe’s Crisis and the Welfare State: Lessons for the United States, an all day conference with keynote address from Josef Joffe, Publisher & Editor, Die Zeit, and Fellow in International Relations, Hoover Institution (Cato)

10:00 Intelligence and Security Failure: Attacks in Benghazi and Across the Middle East Reveal Ongoing Threat of Terrorism with Peter Brookes, Heritage Foundation; Fred Fleitz, Langley Intelligence Group; Thomas Varney, security consultant; Morgan Roach, Heritage Foundation; Helle Dale, Heritage (Heritage Foundation

11:30 Science left behind: Feel-good fallacies and the rise of the anti-scientific left with Kenneth P. Green, AEI; Alex B. Berezow, Real Clear Science (AEI)

12:30 Interfaith Cooperation in Nigeria with Reverend Father George Ehusani, Lux Terra Leadership Foundation; Nurudeen Lemu, Islamic Education Trust; Udo Ilo, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (CSIS

12:30 The Vice Presidential Debate: A Live Web Chat with Elisabeth Jacobs (Brookings)

1:00 Election 2012: The National Security Agenda with Richard Verma, Obama Campaign; Dov S. Zakheim, Romney Campaign; Peter Bergen, New America Foundation; Thomas Donnelly, AEI; Richard Fontaine, Center for a New American Security (AEI, CNAS, New America Foundation)

2:00 What are the Prospects for Democratization in the Arab World? with Laurel Miller, RAND; Jeffrey Martini, RAND (RAND)

2:00 Countering Radical Narratives through Cooperation with Pakistani Civil Society with Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi, World Organization for Resource Development and Education; Mehreen Farooq, World Organization for Resource Development and Education; Knox Thames, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Lisa Curtis, Heritage (Heritage)

3:00 The Future of Retirement in East Asia with Richard Jackson, CSIS; Sandy Mackenzie, AARP Public Policy Institute; Alessandro Pio, Asian Development Bank (CSIS)

4:00 Venezuela Elections: What Just Happened? with Pedro M. Burelli, B+V Consulting; Leopoldo J. Martínez, Center for Democracy and Development in the Americas; Carl Meacham, Senior Professional Staff Committee on Foreign Relations (CSIS)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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