This Week in DC: Events

All the week’s best (free) security, science, and health events. Special mention to Thursday evening YPFP event on the intersection of science and foreign policy.

Tuesday, July 23

  • American Terrorists Abroad: Options for US Policymakers
    Brookings Institution
    1:00PM – 2:30PM

    On July 23, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy and Governance Studies at Brookings will release “Tools and Tradeoffs: Confronting U.S. Citizen Terrorist Suspects Abroad,” a new report examining the options available to policymakers. Panelists and co-authors of the report will include Senior Fellow Daniel Byman, research director of the Saban Center, and Senior Fellow Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of the Lawfare blog. Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel will provide introductory remarks and moderate the discussion.

  • U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Hearing: Asia: The Cyber Security Battleground
    Rayburn House Office Building

    Witnesses: Phyllis Schneck, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Global Public Sector, McAfee, Inc; Mr. James Lewis, Director and Senior Fellow, Technology and Public Policy Program, Center for Strategic International Studies; Mr. Karl Frederick Rauscher, Chief Technology Officer and Distinguished Fellow, EastWest Institute.

  • Medical Museum Science Café: Quack Medicine: A History of Combating Health Fraud in 20th Century America
    National Museum of Health and Medicine
    6:00PM – 7:00PM

    Join NMHM’s archives assistant and author Eric Boyle, Ph.D., as he exposes the history of allegedly fraudulent therapies, including pain medications, obesity and asthma cures, gastrointestinal remedies, virility treatments, and panaceas for diseases, such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. Alternative medicine and new treatments undoubtedly save lives and ease suffering, but their existence also leaves the public susceptible to false claims and potentially injurious practices. While “quackbusters” crusade to control and shape the medical marketplace, legislators are caught in a persistent battle between preserving individual freedoms and protecting the public from fraud.

Wednesday, July 24

  • The Future of MILSATCOM
    Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
    9:30AM – 11:00AM

    Space is no longer a sanctuary for the United States military. An implicit assumption in the space domain has been that deterrence would hold and space systems would not be attacked in conventional conflicts. One of the consequences of this assumption is that U.S. space systems, and military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) systems in particular, have critical vulnerabilities in conventional warfare to physical, electronic, and cyber attacks. If the U.S. military is committed to a strategy of assured access in the face of anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities, as the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance states, then the Department must adapt the next-generation MILSATCOM architecture to operate in a more contested environment.In a constrained budget, however, it is cost prohibitive to increase protected MILSATCOM capacity by starting new programs or continuing to conduct business as usual. What must the military do to bridge the gap between the capabilities needed and the funding available?

  • Iran’’s New President: Implications for the United States
    Heritage Foundation
    12:00PM – 1:00PM

    Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, takes office on August 3. He has raised the hopes of Iranians for a softening of the regime’s repression, domestic political reforms and an end to Iran’s international isolation. Can he deliver? More importantly, what are the foreign policy implications for the United States of Iran’s new government?

Thursday July 25

  • Global Zero and New Paradigms for Nuclear Deterrence
    The Marshall Institute
    12:00PM – 1:30 PM

    You are cordially invited to attend a new luncheon event featuring Dr. Robert Butterworth and Dr. Barry Blechman as part of the 2013 AFA, ROA and NDIA Huessy Congressional Seminar Series on Nuclear Deterrence, Missile Defense, Arms Control and Defense Policy, now in its 31st year. This event is made possible by the support of the Marshall Institute and its President, Jeff Kueter. The date is July 25th, 2013, at the Capitol Hill Club from noon to 1:30 pm.

  • Hezbollah’s Interests in Syria
    Woodrow Wilson Center
    12:00PM – 1:00PM

    Hezbollah seems to be willing to lose its popularity in Lebanon to help Bashar al-Assad. Ghaddar explains why Hezbollah’s involvement seems as if they are helping secure some kind of federalism; however, their main interest is not to protect Assad, but instead, Iran.

  • No Time to Stand Still: Changing the Paradigm of Domestic Counterterrorism
    The Heritage Institute
    12:00PM – 1:00PM

    In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon, it is essential that the United States reinvigorate its domestic counterterrorism efforts. Boston is a tragic reminder that the threat of terrorism is real and that no system of security is perfect. On the other hand, it is important to remember that since 9/11 the U.S. has done a great deal to enhance its counterterrorism efforts and has prevented over 50 terrorist plots. The continued success of these operations, however, is dependent upon preserving and improving existing counterterrorism tools, and enhancing cooperation with state and local law enforcement. While the United States has come a long way since 9/11, this is no time to stand still. Join us as our expert panelists discuss these critical issues, and explore how the U.S. can continue to improve its counterterrorism enterprise to thwart future terrorist attacks.

  • YPFP DC: Common Frontier – At The Crossroads Of Science And Foreign Policy
    Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

    Join members of the scientific and foreign policy communities for a reception to launch the new program series At the Crossroads of Science and Foreign Policy. Anthony “Bud” Rock, CEO of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, will introduce “science diplomacy” and program organizers will offer a taste of the exciting programs to come. This program is a collaboration between the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, and the Koshland Science Museum. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please RSVP. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, July 26

  • US-Russia Relations and the Asia-Pacific
    International Institute for Strategic Studies (US)
    10:00AM – 11:00AM

    The Asia-Pacific is of growing importance for the United States and Russia, both of which are seeking to ‘pivot” or “rebalance’ their global commitments toward the region. Yet the vast majority of US-Russia interaction occurs in Europe and post-Soviet Eurasia, and neither country has paid sufficient attention to the implications of their respective renewed interest in the Asia-Pacific for the bilateral relationship. Meanwhile, the region’s economic growth, the rise of China, and the potential for regional conflicts in both northeast and southeast Asia create a landscape fraught with challenges for both Moscow and Washington. Please join us at the IISS-US for the launch of the third paper of the Working Group on the Future of US-Russia Relations, which focuses on the opportunities for and obstacles to US-Russia cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.

Monday, July 29

  • A Greater Mekong Health Security Partnership
    Center for Strategic and International Studies
    12:00PM – 2:00PM

    Please join us for a lunchtime launch of an important new CSIS publication, A Greater Mekong Health Security Partnership, which argues there is a unique, time-sensitive opportunity for a targeted, major U.S. initiative to improve health security in the Greater Mekong Subregion. A U.S. push to strengthen partnerships with Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam — to manage pandemic threats, control resistant malaria, and improve maternal and child health — will advance both U.S. strategic interests and bring real health benefits to millions. It can be done if there is high-level U.S. leadership, better leveraging of the substantial civilian and military U.S. health engagement efforts already underway, and focused integration of the skills and expertise of Thailand and China.

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