This week in DC: Events

All the week’s (free) international security, health, and emergency management events in the DC area.

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Real Politics of Iran: Views from Within
U.S. Institute of Peace
2:00PM – 4:00 PM

Members of USIP’s Internal Iran Study Group will be discussing a range of dynamics in the universities, opposition, the economy and even the security apparatus that often escape the foreign headlines and highlight what is expected in light of Hassan Rouhani’s election as president.

A Discussion of Health Policy and Returning Veterans
Defense Education Forum

On July 15, the Reserve Officers Association and the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation will host Dr. Mark for a discussion and signing of her latest work. Dr. Saralyn Mark, MD, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women’s health specialist, was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women’s Health within the Department of Health and Human Services for 11 years and to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As Senior Medical Advisor, Mark was responsible for the development and analysis of initiatives and programs on emerging technologies, public health preparedness, physician workforce issues, sex and gender-based medicine and women’s health on Earth and in space.

Tuesday, July 16th

State of Biomedical Innovation Conference (live webcast available)
Brookings Institution
9:00AM – 12:30PM

On July 16, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings will host the second annual State of Biomedical Innovation conference. The goal of this conference is to assess U.S. biomedical innovation and discuss policy solutions that ensure the nation remains a world leader. This year, the conference will feature an update to last year’s discussion of the drivers of innovation and how best to track them through use of comprehensive metrics. In addition, the conference will specifically focus on novel sources and applications of big data in innovation, with senior-level thought leaders from government, academia, industry, patient advocacy, and clinical care present to share their views and recommendations. After each panel, the participants will take audience questions. This event will be live webcast.

The Crisis in Syria: What are the Stakes for Syria’s Neighbors?
Middle East Policy Council
9:00AM – 11:30AM

The Middle East Policy Council invites you and your colleagues to our 73rd Capitol Hill Conference. Live streaming of this event will begin at approximately 9:00am EDT on Tuesday, July 16th and conclude at 11:30am. A questions and answers session will be held at the end of the proceedings. Refreshments will be served.

Mobile Technology’s Role in Natural Disasters and Public Safety Preparedness and Response (live webcast available)
Brookings Institution
2:00PM – 3:30PM

From Hurricane Sandy to international catastrophes such as the tsunami in Japan, governments are increasingly using mobile technology in natural disaster preparedness and public safety response. With an estimated 6 billion mobile phone users worldwide, mobile communications is fast proving to be the most effective and efficient means of reaching and informing the public when disaster strikes. How is mobile technology being used before, during, and after a crisis situation in the United States and around the world? How has mobile communications’ role in catastrophic situations changed, and how are public safety organizations utilizing this technology to make citizens safer and better prepared? What are the costs and benefits of using mobile technology to ready for and react to a major emergency? On July 16, as part of the Mobile Economy Project, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings will host a discussion on mobile technology and its evolving role in disaster and public safety. A panel of experts will discuss how mobile devices aid in planning for and reacting to a crisis, and how do they empower emergency management agencies and officials, first responders, and the public to tackle a variety of natural disasters and security crises.

Wednesday, July 17th

Pharmacy to the world: India and the global prescription drug trade
American Enterprise Institute
10:00AM – 3:00PM

Earlier this summer, the Novartis case pitted advocates of intellectual property rights for global pharmaceutical firms operating in India against those championing for more affordable drugs for patients in the developing world. Moreover, the recent and high-profile Ranbaxy case with the Federal Drug Administration raises questions about the safety and quality of Indian generics, even as some nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) champion generics as the best way to ensure that patients in poor countries get access to life-saving drugs at affordable prices. At this conference, leading business sector, think-tank, and NGO representatives will examine the Indian pharmaceutical issue from the medical, business, and development perspectives.

Thursday, July 18th

The Future of Gene Patents: Making Sense of the Supreme Court’s Decision in the Myriad Case
Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy (hosting event at Capitol Visitor Center)
12:00PM – 1:30PM

This Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy is hosting a brieifing to educate policymakers, advocacy groups, stakeholders and other interested parties about the “Myriad Case”. It will offer attendees an unbiased overview of the Supreme Court’s ruling and its implications, and will outline potential next steps, including Congress’s role.

Contact Brian Beaty at for more information and to register.

US House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Hearing: Global al-Qaeda: Affiliates, Objectives, and Future Challenges
Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: Dr. Seth Jones, Assc Director of International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND; Dr. Frederick Kagan, Christopher DeMuth Chair and Director, Critical Threats Project, American Enterprise Institute; Mr. Thomas Joscelyn, Senior Editor, The Long War Journal

A Fierce Domain: Conflict in Cyberspace, 1986 – 2012
Homeland Security Policy Institute
3:30PM – 5:00PM

Please join HSPI for a Policy & Research Forum event on July 18th featuring Jason Healey, Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council. Healey is the editor of “A Fierce Domain: Conflict in Cyberspace, 1986 to 2012,” which identifies key lessons for policymakers, and, most importantly, where these lessons greatly differ from popular myths common in military and political circles. The book, published by the Cyber Conflict Studies Association, in partnership with Atlantic Council, pulls these lessons from case studies of previous cyber incidents and other countries’ experiences.

Friday, July 19th

The Way Forward in Egypt
National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
10:00AM – 12:00PM

On July 19, 2013, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the U.S.-GCC Corporate Cooperation Committee are hosting a public affairs briefing on “The Way Forward in Egypt” featuring Professor Karim Haggag, Visiting Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies and Former Director, Egyptian Press and Information Office in Washington, DC; Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome, Board Member, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and General Counsel, American Egyptian Strategic Alliance; Mr. Alex Shalaby, Chairman, The Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (Mobinil) and Former President, American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt; Dr. Marina Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and Dr. Diane Singerman, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, American University. Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, will serve as moderator.

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