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P060812ps-0425Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for European and Turkey affairs, spent an hour or so talking to a Hollywood group of writers, producers and lawyers about the outlook in many of the world hot spots.

The session, the latest Foreign Policy Roundtable, was off the record, but it’s safe to state the obvious: The European economy, the Syrian situation and Iran’s nuclear enrichment program were high on the list. What seemed to especially captivate attention of the gathering at the Peninsula Hotel was merely when Randall recounted an average day, which undoubtedly put busy show biz lives in perspective.

Among those present at the Wednesday luncheon were Dante Di Loreto, Tracey Edmonds, Cliff Gilbert-Lurie, Andy Kaplan, Kristin Dornig, Jonathan Collier, Jonathan Mostow, Greg Daniels and Bobby Schwartz. David Kissinger introduced Sherwood-Randall.

Foreign Policy Roundtable, led by Donna Bojarsky, is a quarterly gathering that brings in policymakers to discuss pressing world issues with creators and executives in entertainment.

White House photo of Sherwood-Randall briefing President Obama on June 8.