This Week in DC: Events

Roundup of the week’s most interesting (and free) international security, science & technology, and health events.

DC EventsTuesday, April 2nd

Middle East Turmoil and American Decline: Views from Singapore and Asia
Middle East Institute
12:00PM – 1:00PM

The relationships between the Middle East and maritime Asia are becoming ever more extensive. Against the backdrop of this deepening cross-regional interdependence with Asian economies and middle classes expanding rapidly, the Arab Middle East is grappling with profound political changes and challenges, and the United States is engaged in strategic “rebalancing.” Dr. Michael Hudson will discuss how the political upheaval in the Middle East and US involvement in the Arab world are viewed in Singapore and, more broadly, in maritime Asia.

Wednesday, April 3rd

NATO’s European Allies: Military Capability and Political Will
10:00 – 11:30AM

At a time when Europe really has to lead in its own region, is it able to do? This is the first in-depth analysis of this key question for the transatlantic relationship. Janne Haaland Matlary, professor in the Department of Political Science at University of Oslo in Norway and co-editor of NATO’s European Allies: Military Capability and Political Will, will discuss this topic.

Russian Security and Defense Policy: Why Russia Is Not Stuck in the Cold War and Why That Is a Problem
12:30 – 1:45PM

Celeste Wallander, associate professor and director of the International Politics Program at American University’s School of International Service and former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, will discuss this topic.Note: Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to the event.

Thursday, April 4th

Mitigating the National Security Impact of Cost Cutting: How to Ensure Innovation & Development in Lean Times
Ronald Reagan Building (hosted by Government Executive)
7:30AM – 9:30AM

Ever increasing global threats coupled with the financial constraints our nation is addressing make it imperative that agencies and private sector stakeholders have the resources and path forward for a critical component to ensuring National Security. Join Nextgov and INSA on April 4th and hear from key leadership at IARPA, DIA, and the Applied Research Laboratory, Penn State University who will address these issues and more

U.S. Foreign Policy: The Next Four Years
George Washington University
6:00PM – 7:15PM

Panel discussion

Friday, April 5th

U.S. Policy Priorities for Global Health Diplomacy and Multilateral Engagement in the Second Obama Term
Center for Strategic and International Studies
10:30AM – 12:00PM

During the first Obama term, global health diplomacy took on elevated importance as a U.S. foreign policy objective. Both the Department of State and the Department of Health and Human Services appear poised to continue to raise the diplomatic profile of global health during the second Obama term. Over the next year, U.S. diplomats will be challenged to help ensure: smooth, sufficient replenishments of the GAVI Alliance, the World Bank International Development Association, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the articulation of a robust set of goals to advance the post-2015 Millennium Development agenda; and mutually beneficial relationships with emerging powers, many of which are active global health actors. This session will feature a lively discussion with high-level officials and experts from inside and outside the U.S. government.

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