This Week in DC: Events

Don’t forget the Biodefense Brown Bag, “WMD” Terrorism? Ricin,  Boston, and Beyond, is this Thursday at 1:30PM in the PIA Conference room! Join us for a discussion with the faculty and students from the GMU graduate program in Biodefense. What is ricin? How afraid should we be of bioterrorism? Does ricin count as WMD? What about the pressure cooker bombs used by the Boston bombers? Should the U.S. government really be prosecuting Tsarnaev for using WMD? What are WMD and why does the answer matter?

We will discuss these and other important questions – bring your lunch and bring your questions!DC Events

Tuesday, May 7th

Does Spraying for Mosquitos Discourage Use of Nets? A Surprise Result from an RCT in Eritrea
Center for Global Development
12:00pm to 1:30pm

Does indoor residual spraying (IRS) for mosquitos discourage the use of bed nets, as some critics have alleged? A new paper from Pedro Carneiro and others using data from a randomized control trial in Eritrea finds the opposite: IRS actually encouraged net acquisition and use. Carneiro will present the findings and discuss the implications for the wider debate about under what conditions public health interventions crowd out private health investments.

Wednesday, May 8th

Case Study: Regulating the Private Health Sector in Afghanistan
O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Afghanistan is transitioning from a system in which government provides services to one in which government is the regulator of a changing public health care system and a new emerging private health sector. In the years since the Taliban era ended, the Government of Afghanistan has taken many steps to encourage the development of a market economy and in 2012 its Cabinet passed a law to regulate the private health sector.Since last year, Professor Forzley has been working as a consultant and legal advisor to assist the Afghanistan MoPH to implement the new law in accordance with rule of law and good governance principles. Her presentation will cover a background on Afghanistan, its health system and the new private sector, the main functions of the new law, how procedures and systems are being developed to reflect good governance principle and future planned work.

Thursday, May 9th

“WMD”  Terrorism? Ricin, Boston, and Beyond
PIA Conference Room 251, Robinson Hall A, George Mason University
1:30 PM – 3:00PM

Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion on the ricin letters, Boston bombings, and the use of the word “WMD”.

U.S.-Russia Relations: “Reset Button” must include closer cooperation on Counterterrorism
American Foreign Policy Council
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

…[T]he U.S. has now inherited one of Russia’s principal threats, Chechen terrorists. The Chechen connection to the Boston Marathon twin IED explosions has thrust U.S.-Russia counterterrorism cooperation back into the spotlight. Did the FBI drop the ball on intelligence provided by Russia on Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 or have Putin’s autocratic actions against Russian dissidents undercut the credibility of his intelligence services? Or both?

Friday, May 10th

Mitigating Natural Disasters, Promoting Development: The Sendai Dialogue and Disaster Risk Management in Asia
Brookings Institution
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

On May 10, the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies and the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement will co-host a discussion featuring experts on natural disasters and disaster risk management from the United States and Asia. Panelists representing the private, public, and international sectors will seek to refine some of the topics considered at the Sendai Dialogue. They will identify the lessons learned from 3/11; how these lessons can be applied to overseas economic assistance programs, focusing on DRM; the specific challenges of disaster risk management among Asian countries; and how DRM can be integrated and mainstreamed into development assistance across different platforms.

After each panel, the speakers will take audience questions.

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