This Week in DC: Events

Anwar Al-Awlawki, notoriously adept in using youtube to spread al Qaeda's message
Anwar Al-Awlawki, notoriously adept in using youtube to spread al Qaeda’s message

Tuesday, December 4

  1. Security Challenges for Europe: Missile Defense, Nuclear Weapons and Conventional Weapons
    Johns Hopkins SAIS
    8:45AM- 1:00PM

    Policymakers and scholars will discuss this topic during two separate panels. Note: The comments of Brad Roberts, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of Defense, will be not for attribution.
    RSVP here.

  2. Countering Online Radicalization in America
    Bipartisan Policy Center
    10:00 – 11:00AM

    From Al Qaeda to white supremacists, the internet plays an increasingly important role in radicalizing homegrown and domestic terrorists. BPC’s Homeland Security Project will release its latest report, Countering Online Radicalization in America, which explains how online radicalization works and what needs to be done to counter it. Based on extensive research and dozens of interviews with experts and policymakers, it sets out a balanced and practical approach, which respects American values while protecting the homeland from terrorism. The co-chairs will outline their conclusions, and a panel discussion will follow.
    Register here.

  3. ‘Innovation Economics’ at the Center for Science and Technology Policy
    GMU Center for Science and Technology Policy & Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

    Rob Atkinson will be hosting an event on Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage at George Mason University’s Center for Science and Technology Policy (School of Public Policy), as part of the monthly seminar series that explores new ideas and work-in-progress with the Washington-area research community. It’s open and free to all interested researchers with a special invitation extended to graduate students.
    RSVP to David Hart 

Wednesday, December 5

  1. The Next Phase of Hiring Reform at DoD: Innovative Strategies for Finding Top Talent
    National Press Club
    7:30-10:00AMHiring reform officially took flight in 2010 and strides have been made by defense and civilian agencies alike in reducing time to hire. Job announcements have become more concise and the federal government is becoming more applicant friendly. The next phase of hiring reform will have to go beyond these advancements to focus on candidates themselves – how to attract the best and brightest and how to select them from huge candidate pools.
    RSVP here.
  2. 2012 Defense Forum Washington: The Fiscal Cliff
    ($15 USNI Member/Government/Non-Profit, $25 Attendee)
    United States Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage CenterThe Fiscal Cliff: what does this mean for defense and national security?
    Register here.
  3. The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Conflict in the 21st Century
    Johns Hopkins SAIS
    12:00 – 2:00PMBrian Grim, senior researcher and director of cross-national data at the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, will discuss this topic.
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  4. The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia
    New America Foundation
    12:15-1:45 PMOver the past few years, U.S. counterterrorism officials have frequently highlighted the blows America has dealt to al-Qaeda, especially those to its central command in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But officials also continue to warn about the persistent threat posed by al-Qaeda affiliates and sympathizers that have flourished in places such as Yemen and North Africa. Gregory Johnsen, a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton and one of the preeminent scholars of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, examines the organization’s last strongholds in his new book The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia. In a recent piece for the New York Review of Books, Robert Worth called Johnsen’s book, “an authoritative and deftly written account of al-Qaeda’s Yemeni incarnation.” Please join the New America Foundation’s National Security Studies Program for a conversation with Gregory Johnsen about The Last Refuge and the future of U.S. efforts to counter the violent ideology espoused by al-Qaeda supporters in Yemen.
    RSVP on at the website.
  5. National Security in an Era of Global Upheaval
    American Security Project
    12:30 – 1:30PM
    A conversation with National Journal Senior Correspondent James Kitfield to discuss politics, defense, and national security. Topics of discussion will include the following questions: What does a period of reset and retrenchment looks like for a superpower feeling overextended?What should America focus on, and what are the major challenges to our national security?
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  6. What Can Data Tell Us About Trends in Terrorism?
    New America Foundation
    3:00 – 4:ooPMThe first-ever Global Terrorism Index (GTI) provides a metric for policymakers to track terrorism and its related factors in order to inform a practical debate about the future of terrorism. It presents a new methodology to assess the countries which have been most impacted by terrorism and highlights the countries that have seen the largest growth and reduction in terrorism activity over the last 10 years.
    Register here.
  7. An Evening with the Palestinian Ambassador
    George Mason University – Arlington Campus
    7:30PM – 9:00PMPlease join the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution as we welcome Palestinian Ambassador Areikat to come and speak to the S-CAR and Mason Community at the Arlington Campus. CRDC’s Co-Executive Director, Aziz Abu Sarah, will introduce the Ambassador, and Dr. Jamil Shami, President for the Middle East in Higher Education, Inc., will moderate the event.
    RSVP to

Thursday, December 6

  1. Transatlantic Risk Governance: New Security Risks
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    9:00AM – 4:00PMBringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and experts from Germany and the United States, this workshop examines several new security risks in the transatlantic context. The workshop is part of a project on “New Systemic Risks: Challenges and Opportunities for Transatlantic Cooperation,” which examines the chances and impediments for transatlantic risk management. After analyzing economic and resource risks at workshops over the summer, this workshop focuses on new emerging challenges, such as geoengineering, space and cyber security, as well as unknown risks.
    Register here.

Friday, December 7

  1. Whither U.S. and EU Farm Policy?
    Johns Hopkins SAIS
    12:00 – 3:00PMTassos Haniotis, director of economic analysis, perspectives and evaluations, and director-general of agriculture and rural development at the European Commission, and Joe Glauber, chief economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will discuss this topic.
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