The George Mason Biodefense Policy Series inaugural lecture is 7:20 PM March 20th, 2013. The event will feature Dr. Charles Bailey, Executive Director of the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases who also manages a Biosafety Level -3 containment laboratory. For more information see here. We hope to see you there!
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
- Talking to Terrorists
12:15 – 1:45PM
New America Foundation
Dr. Anne Speckhard, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School, spent over a decade conducting research in the field and engaging terrorists in dialogue. She traveled through the West Bank and Gaza, into the prisons in Iraq, down the alleyways of the Casa Blanca slums, inside Chechnya, and into the radicalized neighborhoods of Belgium, the UK, France and the Netherlands. Please join the New America Foundation’s National Security Studies Program for a conversation with Dr. Speckhard about her experiences and the conclusions she draws in her new book, Talking to Terrorists: Understanding the Psycho-Social Motivations of Militant Jihadi Terrorists, Mass Hostage Takers, Suicide Bombers and Martyrs.
- How Post 9/11 Antiterror Laws are Being [Used] Globally to Crush Press Freedom panel
National Press Club
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a record-high 231 journalists were in prison in 2012. Of that number, at least 132 journalists were imprisoned on anti-state charges such as terrorism, treason and subversion. Notable standouts in this category include Turkey, which at present is calculated to have incarcerated at least 42 journalists and four media workers…The panel will be moderated by NPC Press Freedom Committee Vice Chair Rachel Oswald and will be followed by a question and answer session.
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
- Uranium is not just a Rock: The Case of Arctic Yellowcake
The Kvanefjeld project in Greenland is potentially the world’s fifth largest reserve of uranium. For the past 25 years, extracting uranium in Greenland has been prohibited by a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on mining radioactive elements in both Greenland and Denmark. In 2009, however, the Greenland Self-Government acquired full authority over its natural resources, a major step for the island’s development and economic independence. Today, the public debate centers not only on whether to lift the ban and allow uranium extraction as a by-product of Kvanefjeld’s massive reserves of rare earth elements, but also how to ensure a nationally-appropriate and robust regulatory body is built from scratch. CSIS and the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) are pleased to invite you to a discussion with Cindy Vestergaard, a visiting fellow in the CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program, as we explore the challenges facing Denmark and Greenland as they consider how Greenland might become one of the world’s top five suppliers of uranium
- Security Challenges During a Time of Transition: The 21st Century Defense Initiative’s Fourth Annual Military and Federal Fellow Research Symposium
10:00AM – 4:00PM
On March 13, the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings will host its fourth annual Military and Federal Fellow Research Symposium, featuring the independent research produced by the members of each military service and the federal agencies who have spent the last year serving at think tanks and universities across the nation. Organized by the fellows themselves, the symposium provides a platform for building greater awareness of the cutting-edge work that America’s military and governmental leaders are producing on key policy issues.
- Behind the Firewall at DHS: One-on-One with Richard Spires
11:00AM – 2:15PM
Center for National Policy
As a result of the recent expansion of the government’s cyber security program, CNP Fellow for Cybersecurity Jessica Herrera-Flanigan and DHS Chief Information Officer Richard Spires discuss the potential threats posed by sequestration on the DHS cyber mission, the growing importance of the cyber security field to national security and what it means for the Department of Homeland Security.
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
- Strategy, Not Math: The Emerging Consensus on National Security in an Era of Austerity
In November 2010 Secretary of Defense Robert Gates complained that the military cuts outlined by the Bowles-Simpson Deficit Reduction Commission were exercises in math, not strategy. Since then, a number of high-profile studies have done the opposite: they have focused on revising the Pentagons roles and missions following the end of the war in Iraq and ongoing troop reductions in Afghanistan, and documented the savings that might result from a change in strategy. The authors of three recent studies will discuss and compare their major recommendations. Although these reports differ on the military’s core missions and the force structure those missions may require, they agree that change is needed. Wise strategists must recognize the new fiscal reality and decide to adapt before hard choices are forced upon them.
- How Americas War on Terror became a Global War on Tribal Islam
Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Akbar Ahmed-the Ibn Khaldun chair of Islamic Studies at American University and former Pakistani high commissioner to the United Kingdom- examines the tribal societies on the borders between nations who are the drones’ primary victims. He provides a fresh and unprecedented paradigm for understanding the war on terror, based in the broken relationship between these tribal societies and their central governments. Following Ahmed’s presentation, Mowahid Shah, a former Pakistani minister, and Sally Quinn, editor-in-chief of the Washington Post’s ‘On Faith,’ will join the conversation. Khalid Aziz, a leading official from Pakistan, formerly in charge of Waziristan, will offer recorded remarks via video.
- Containing Russias Nuclear Firebirds: Harmony and Change at the International Science and Technology Center
4:00 – 5:30PM
Woodrow Wilson Center
In Containing Russias Nuclear Firebirds, Glenn E. Schweitzer explores the life and legacy of the International Science and Technology Center in Moscow. He makes the case that the centers unique programs can serve as models for promoting responsible science in many countries of the world.
Fridays are pretty slow in DC. Check back next Monday for next week’s events!