It’s a slower week in events (end of July lag, everyone wants to be on vacation). We’re especially interested in CSIS’ analysis of US counterterrorism policy on Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, July 30
- Winding Down the War: What Roles for US and NATO Forces in Afghanistan Post 2014?
10:00AM – 11:30AM
The debate on the US and allied role in Afghanistan after 2014 has hit the front pages once again with reporting that the Obama administration is considering a “zero option” that would remove all US troops from the country. Discussions on this topic are taking place at the highest level, including last week at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), committee chairman, declared that “the United States needs to make clear once again that we are committed to a long-term partnership with Afghanistan. Period.” Meanwhile, even as the United States debates its future presence in Afghanistan, some US allies have already made post-2014 commitments of their own, including Germany and Italy. On July 30, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and South Asia Center will host an event on the strategic imperatives facing the United States and its allies after the 2014 drawdown in Afghanistan.
- Looking Forward — Challenges Posed by a Nuclear Iran
The Israel Project (Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-338)
12:00PM – 2:00PM
On Tuesday, July 30, The Israel Project (TIP) will host back-to-back panels of experts and policymakers on Capitol Hill to discuss the most recent political, diplomatic, and military developments surrounding Iran’s nuclear program.
Members of Congress and analysts will discuss the status of Iran’s military nuclear infrastructure, U.S. security considerations, and the implications of Hassan Rouhani’s August 4 inauguration. They will focus on potential policy responses to these developments. Panelists include Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Congressman Eliot Engel; Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Congressman Ted Deutch, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa; Ilan Berman, Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council; and Professor Orde Kittrie, a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a Professor of Law and Arizona State University. All panelists are confirmed. Lunch will be served.
Wednesday, July 31
- An Assessment of Counterterrorism Policy
Center for Strategic and International Studies
8:30AM – 9:30AM
Featuring: The Honorable Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman, The House Committee on Homeland Security. Introductory remarks by: Dr. John Hamre, President, CEO, and Pritzker Chair, CSIS. Moderated by: Stephanie Sanok Kostro, Acting Director, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program and Deputy Director, International Security Program, CSIS.
- The New Political Order/Disorder in Egypt
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
9:00AM – 10:45AM
In the wake of the June 30 popular uprising and the ouster of democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi, a new political order has slowly begun to take shape in Egypt. While a transition plan has been announced, serious questions remain about the process, including the role and future of the Muslim Brotherhood, the enduring influence of the “deep state,” and the implications for democratic rights and social justice in Egypt. Hossam Bahgat, Nathan J. Brown, and Carrie R. Wickham will analyze the rapidly developing situation on the ground and the implications for Egypt’s future. Marwan Muasher will moderate.
- Subcommittee Hearing: The Iran-Syria Nexus and its Implications for the Region
U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Witnesses: The Honorable John Bolton, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute,(Former United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations); Mr. Mark Dubowitz, Executive Director, Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Thursday, August 1
- Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Examining the State Department’s Report on Iranian Presence in the Western Hemisphere 19 Years After AMIA Attack
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
Witnesses: Matthew Levitt, Ph.D.,Director and Senior Fellow, Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Mr. Michael A. Braun,Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Spectre Group International, LLC, (Former Chief of Operations, Drug Enforcement Administration).
- Subcommittee Hearing: The Impact of U.S. Water Programs on Global Health
U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Witnesses: Panel I – The Honorable Christian Holmes, Global Water Coordinator, U.S. Agency for International Development; Aaron A. Salzberg, Ph.D., Special Coordinator for Water Resources, U.S. Department of State; Panel II – Mr. John Oldfield,Chief Executive Officer, WASH Advocates; Mr. Malcolm Morris, Chairman, Millennium Water Alliance.