This Week in DC: Events

Lots of events to take your mind of the possible government shutdown tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Narrative and Syria: Popular Discourses that limit alternative conflict resolution options with Rich Rubenstein
GMU School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
2:00 – 4:00PM

This roundtable will explore how certain discourses consciously or unconsciously limit certain alternative conflict resolution options. This will be a discussion, so please bring your thoughts regarding various discourses relating to this conflict including stories told by rebels, regime supporters, USG people, peace advocates, etc.

Strategy: A History [Book Discussion]
Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
4:00 – 5:30PM

In Strategy: A History, Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the world’s leading authorities on war and international politics, captures the vast history of strategic thinking, in a consistently engaging and insightful account of how strategy came to pervade every aspect of our lives.A brilliant overview of the most prominent strategic theories in history, from David’s use of deception against Goliath, to the modern use of game theory in economics, this masterful volume sums up a lifetime of reflection on strategy.

Successfully Conducting Information, Psychological, and Military Deception Operations
Institute of World Politics
4:00 – 6:00PM

Brigadier General Thomas Draude, USMC (Ret.) was in charge of the Marine Corps Information Operations during the Gulf War. He successfully oversaw the Military Deception & Psychological Operations that resulted in diverting Iraqi forces from the main attack by U.S. Marine and Army forces during the beginning of Operation Desert Storm. He will talk about the history of conducting successful information and military deception operations including during the Gulf War and the effective use of these operations in the future. Brigadier General Draude is the President of the Marine Corps University Foundation and a professor at the Marine Corps University at Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Wednesday, October 2nd

An Assessment of Rouhani’s Visit to New York: Real Diplomacy or Failed Expectations?

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
12:00 – 1:00PM

Two experts will provide a candid assessment of how realistic diplomacy may be after Presidents Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani spoke at the United Nations General Assembly.

Cybersecurity One-on-One Luncheon

Join POLITICO for Cybersecurity one-on-one conversations focused on the intersection of policy and information security. This event will be held as part of the Visa Global Security Summit.

Thursday, October 3rd

Cybersecurity Summit
Washington Post
8:30AM – 12:30PM

The 2013 Cybersecurity Summit at The Washington Post will bring together leading national security officials, industry experts and those who write about them, including syndicated columnist David Ignatius. What are top officials most focused on and why? We will discuss efforts to defend the nation’s critical infrastructure, financial system, and intellectual property. What is the current thinking about the government outsourcing of cyber security efforts and its collaboration with private industry? How safe is the information stored in the Cloud? Few issues are as urgent as the concern about cyber theft and cyber espionage. The full program will live stream on their website Oct. 3.

Hearing – Al-Shabaab: How great a threat?
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
9:45 AM

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “We’’ve known for some time that the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group al-Shabaab remains a threat in the Horn of Africa. Following the recent brutal attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall, it is critical that the United States and our allies reassess the threat that al-Shabaab poses outside of Somalia and outside the region. This hearing will examine the extent of the al-Shabaab threat to the interests of the United States around the world and those of our allies.”

The New Battle for the Pacific: How the West is Losing the South Pacific to China, the UAE, and Just About Everyone Else
East-West Center
2:00 – 3:30 PM

The South Pacific is usually considered as being, literally, at the edge of the map. However, as the world pivots to the Asia-Pacific, the South Pacific region’s true geopolitical, strategic and economic value is coming to the fore. In transit terms alone, as U.S. Pacific Command Commander Admiral Samuel Locklear said in the Cook Islands in 2012: “Five trillion dollars of commerce rides on the (Asia-Pacific) sea lanes each year, and you people are sitting right in the middle of it.” Far from being small island states, the Pacific Island Countries are showing themselves as large ocean states, with vast fisheries, potential seabed resources, and increasingly important geostrategic positioning – as the range of military bases dotted throughout the region can attest. However, just as the region is showing its importance, Western influence is waning. When the larger Western powers pulled out of the region following the end of the Cold War (the United Kingdom, for example, closed three South Pacific High Commissions in 2006), they turned to Australia and New Zealand to “manage” the area for the West.

Friday, October 4th 

Echoes of the Spring: How the Arab World’s Transitions are Resonating in Russia, Iran and Iraq

Radio Free Europe
11:30AM – 12:30AM

The pro-democracy protests of the Arab Spring rippled through North Africa and the Middle East in 2011, bringing down once-secure authoritarian regimes and setting loose passions that continue to roil much of the Arab World. Many people living in the RFE/RL broadcast region express similar desires for change. How has the Arab Spring phenomenon affected attitudes and events in places such as Russia, Iran and Iraq?

Monday, October 7th

Domestic Barriers to Dismantling the Militant Infrastructure in Pakistan
US Institute for Peace
2:00 – 3:30PM

Please join USIP on Monday October 7 for a discussion on the nature of Islamist militancy, and to examine the barriers to dismantling the militant infrastructure in Pakistan. Pakistan’s inability to tackle Islamist militancy within its borders and to prevent cross-border attacks from its soil remains a constant worry for the world. While the Pakistani state pledges lack of capacity to deal with the various facets of the militant challenge, the world is unconvinced of the ‘will’ of the Pakistani leadership to fight with determination. The Pakistani security establishment has been seen as selectively targeting certain Islamist outfits while ignoring, supporting, or abetting others.

Big Data Keynote Speaker Series: A Conversation With Michael Leiter, Former Director of NCTC
6:30 – 7:00 PM

Join YPFP and learn from the one of most prominent practitioners of data analysis, Michael E. Leiter, Senior Counselor to the CEO of Palantir Technologies and former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). A leader in applying data analysis principles to the arenas of politics and security in both the public and private sectors, Mr. Leiter has been invited as part of the Keynote Speaker Series for the Big Data and Analytics incubator in order to help future leaders of foreign policy understand the role of data analysis in developing foreign policy and crafting solutions to critical global challenges.

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