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Gen. Dempsey added that the “international coalition could be undone if [Iran] was attacked prematurely.”

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


Lt. Gen. Hans-Werner Fritz, director of strategy and operations of the German Defense Ministry. He discusses strategic challenges to Germany’s military in a lecture organized by the German Embassy.


Monica Herz, director of the Institute of International Relations at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and Mustafa Kibaroglu, chairman of the International Relations Department of Okan University in Istanbul, Turkey. They participate in a forum on Iran’s nuclear program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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