This Week in DC: Events

DC EventsOur next Biodefense Policy Seminar is this Thursday! The Biodefense Policy Seminar is  the D.C. area’s premiere speaker series focused on biodefense and biosecurity issues. The monthly seminars – free and open to the public – feature leading figures within the academic, security, industry, and policy fields of biodefense.

This Thursday’s seminar, “Health Threats in a Security World”, features Dr. Alexander Garza,  Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. Join us at 7:20 PM in the Meese Conference Room in Mason Hall, Thursday April 18th!

Monday, April 15th

North Korea and Policy Priorities for the United States
Brookings Institute
10:00AM – 11:30AM

On April 15, Foreign Policy at Brookings will host a discussion on the policy priorities for the United States in dealing with North Korea during and after the current crisis. Brookings experts will debate the threat to the United States and its allies and analyze steps that the United States can take to mitigate the danger, including sanctions, engaging allies and neighbors in the region, nonproliferation efforts and, if necessary, responding to aggressive actions by North Korea.

The Future of the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent: A Conversation with Amb. Linton Brooks
American Security Project
12:30PM – 1:30PM

The future form of today’s U.S. deterrent could change. Many call for reducing the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal while plans for the future triad are in flux. 2013 could be a critical year for many of these issues. Join us for a conversation with Linton Brooks, Ambassador and former Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Linton F. Brooks is an independent consultant on national security issues, a senior adviser at CSIS, a distinguished research fellow at the National Defense University, and an advisor to four of the U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories.

Tuesday, April 16th

The Syrian Conflict: Challenges & Opportunities for WMD Counterproliferation
Georgetown Law
12:00PM – 1:00PM

Public symposium and panel lecture on Syrian weapons of mass destruction.

Foreign Policy Panel Series: “Are North Korea’s Threats of War Real?”
World Affairs Council
6:30PM – 8:00PM

The recent threats of war by North Korea’s Kim Jong-un have caused serious alarm in the international community and tensions to rise on the Korean peninsula. This is not the first time such threats have been made. Should they be taken seriously, or are they part of a pattern of diplomatic strategy? How real is the threat of war from North Korea?

Wednesday, April 17th

‘Avoiding Armageddon: America, India, Pakistan, to the Brink and Back’
Hudson Institute
12:00PM – 2:00PM

Long-term stability in South Asia is critical to American national security. In the last 20 years, successive U.S. administrations have diplomatically intervened to keep tensions between the nuclear-armed nations of India and Pakistan from escalating into full-scale war. Moving forward, the health of the relationship between New Delhi and Islamabad will determine whether the region has a future of general stability and peace or chronic conflict. In light of this, Hudson Institute is pleased to invite you to a discussion between Senior Fellow and former Ambassador of Pakistan to the U.S. Husain Haqqani and Bruce Riedel, a Brookings Institution scholar and author of Avoiding Armageddon: America, India, and Pakistan to the Brink and Back. Lunch will be served.

Strategic Options for Iran: Balancing Pressure with Diplomacy
Woodrow Wilson Center
12:15 – 2:00PM

Former senior national security officials, military officers and experts with decades of Middle East experience have joined to present a balanced report on the strategic options for dealing with Iran. Moving the debate past politics and unexamined assumptions they argue that the time has come for Washington to strengthen the diplomatic track in the two track policy of pressure and diplomacy that has characterized current U.S. policy.

Public Presentation with Nils Daulaire, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Americas Society/Council of the Americas
3:15PM – 4:30PM

Please join the Council of the Americas for a public, on-the-record presentation by Dr. Nils Daulaire, assistant secretary for global affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With vast experience in public health in the world’s poorest communities, Daulaire will outline the United States’ health priorities in the hemisphere and highlight several key initiatives that are improving health in the region. Prior to his appointment at HHS in 2010, Daulaire served for more than a decade as president and CEO of the Global Health Council and as deputy assistant administrator for policy and senior international health advisor at USAID.

Thursday, April 18th

National Security & Foreign Policy Priorities in the FY 2014 International Affairs Budget
U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (Senate Dirksen 562)
9:30 AM

Witnesses: The Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

Disaster Risk Reduction and Conflict Prevention
US Institute of Peace
1:00PM – 3:00PM

As the United Nations debates a new set of development priorities for the post-2015 revision of its Millennium Development Goals, USIP’s Center of Innovation for Science, Technology & Peacebuilding and the National Academy of Engineering jointly invite you to a discussion of the new challenges for peacebuilders presented by the interplay of these “natural” and political risks.

Health Threats in a Security World
Meese Conference Room, Mason Hall, George Mason University
7:20PM – 8:30PM

As the second speaker in the Biodefense Policy Seminar series, Dr. Alexander Garza will discuss emerging health threats in his capacity as the assistant secretary for health affairs and chief medical officer of the Department of Homeland Security. His bio includes managing the Department’s medical and health security matters, oversees the health aspects of contingency planning for all chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards, and leads a coordinated effort to ensure that the Department is prepared to respond to biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction. Prior to joining the Department in August 2009, Dr. Garza spent 13 years as a practicing physician and medical educator.

Friday, April 19th

Nukes, Missiles, and Feints: The Real Deal on Iran and North Korea
Center for National Policy
9:30AM – 10:45AM

The rhetoric from North Korea has become increasingly hostile. Last Friday, April 12th, the country warned that “nuclear war is unavoidable” and declared that Tokyo would be its first target in the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula. This statement is just the latest in an escalating war of words and rising tensions between North Korean officials and the U.S. Join Truman Project President, just back from Japan, Rachel Kleinfeld and an expert panel as they discuss the current situation in North Korea, how the situation differs from that of Iran, and how we can better understand Asian hard security and the nuclear challenge.

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