Thursday's global agenda: Clinton to talk Syria with Russia

Dictators and dissidents: The Foundation for Defense of Democracies holds a star-studded Washington Forum today with opening remarks from former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey, keynote addresses from Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford and Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen, and congressional remarks from incoming House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySenate Dems to Mnuchin: Don't index capital gains to inflation Senators offer tax bill aimed at helping first responders McConnell: Midterms will be 'very challenging' for GOP MORE (D-Pa.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's panel on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs. Here's the full schedule

Iran sanctions: The Iran Project launches a new report today, “Weighing Benefits and Costs of International Sanctions Against Iran.” The report will be distributed at an event at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace moderated by former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering this morning.

In other news:

The Obama administration has ordered significant cutbacks in the U.S. civilian presence in Afghanistan post-2014 after learning the lessons of Iraq. [The Washington Post]

Egypt deployed tanks to guard the presidential palace on Thursday. [The New York Times]

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is pursuing foreign hackers who targeted the computers of retired Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. [The Wall Street Journal]

Four men, including two Iranians, were indicted in federal court in New York for allegedly attempting to smuggle military helicopter parts and carbon fiber that can be used in nuclear centrifuges from the U.S. into China and Iran. [ABC News]

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