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2010 Soref Symposium

Keynote Discussion
Audience Q&A

Thomas Friedman, William Kristol, Martin Kramer, and David Makovsky joined in a keynote discussion at The Washington Institute's 2010 Soref Symposium on April 22, 2010. The event honored the Institute's 25th anniversary.

Thomas Friedman is chief foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times. He has won three Pulitzer Prizes, including one for commentary, and is the author of five bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem.

William Kristol is editor of the Weekly Standard and regularly appears as a commentator on Fox News Sunday and on the Fox News Channel. Prior to founding the Weekly Standard, he led the Project for the Republican Future; served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the George H.W. Bush administration and to Secretary of Education William Bennett during the Reagan administration; and taught politics at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The War over Iraq: Saddam's Tyranny and America's Mission.

Martin Kramer is The Washington Institute's Wexler-Fromer fellow and president-designate of Shalem College in Jerusalem.

David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at The Washington Institute. In addition, he serves as an adjunct professor of Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. He is coauthor, with Dennis Ross, of the book Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East (2009).

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