This Week in DC: Events

Tuesday, October 29

Hearing: Next Steps on Egypt Policy
US House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Witnesses: The Honorable A. Elizabeth Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary Bureau of Near East Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Derek Chollet, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense; Ms. Alina Romanowski, Deputy Assistant Administrator Bureau for the Middle East, U.S. Agency for International Development.

Amodiaquine an Antimalarial Drug Inhibits Dengue Virus Type 2 Replication and Infectivity
Georgetown University

Speaker: Siwaporn Boonyasuppayakorn, PhD Candidate, GUMC Department of Microbiology & Immunology

The Prospect of Peace in Sudan
Institute of World Politics
4:30 PM

About the lecture: Prof. Hashem Mekki will give a brief history of the conflict in the Sudan, and will review the consequences and impact it has had on the civilian population. He will discuss the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that led to the separation between the two countries, and the issues these countries will face moving forward, including modern political and economic tensions and the implications of international community involvement in trying to resolve the conflict. About the speaker: Born and raised in Sudan, Prof. Mekki gives public speeches on the region and advocates to raise awareness of the plight of the Sudan. He has been an Arabic language instructor at The Institute of World Politics since August 2012. He also teaches Arabic language to professionals at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Prior to moving to the United States in 2005, Prof. Mekki lived in Egypt for five years, where he worked as an Arabic-English translator and interpreter. Prof. Mekki graduated from the City College of New York in May 2010 with a double major in Political Science and International Studies, and also served there as a Colin Powell Fellow from 2008-2010.

Wednesday, October 30

The Innovation Economy: Information Revolution – A Policy Forum on the Use of Big Data in Homeland Security
Bipartisan Policy Center

The Bipartisan Policy Center and Intel Corporation will host a forum exploring the potential for big data innovation to improve homeland security, current and future challenges to overcome, and policy principles that will encourage innovation while safeguarding privacy and security in our increasingly connected society. This event is part of the ongoing Innovation Economy conversation convened by Intel in 2009, focused on the vital role of innovation in sustaining and building upon U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.

Subcommittee Hearing: China’s Maritime and other Geographic Threats
U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Chairman Rohrabacher on the hearing:  “The Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats will hold an open hearing with outside witnesses to assess Communist China’s maritime and other territorial claims that threaten regional and global stability. China’s greatly expanded offensive naval, air, and missile forces, coupled with its commercial fleet, numerous paramilitary organizations, and conventional military forces have projected power and asserted sovereignty far beyond Chinese self-defense, risking rapid and unpredictable escalation towards war between several of the largest economies in the world. We intend to highlight this situation and address solutions.”

Careers, Jobs, and Opportunities in International Health and Nutrition: Who, What, When, Where and How
Society for International Development

This panel will provide SID members with insights and practical advice on how to get started and have a successful international development career in the field international health and nutrition. Presenters will include Sharon Rudy who will talk about the “Global Health Fellows Program”. Vina HuLamm, Global Health Manager at the American Public Health Association, will talk about the importance of getting involved in professional organizations as well as opportunities for students in leadership, policy advocacy, professional development, and networking will be highlighted. Sharon Rudy will share the role of the Global Health Fellows Program in getting new professionals started in their international careers; Kathryn Goldman will present the opportunities to make a big impact by becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer; Kate Warren, Director of Global Recruitment Services at Devex, will talk about trends in the industry and their impact on career opportunities as well as practical tips to break in or advance your career in global health; and Dr. Barry Karlin will share advice from his five decades in international health from his latest book “Choosing a Career in Development: My Five Decades in International Public Health.” Copies will be available for sale.

Thursday, October 31

The Way Forward in Afghanistan: Embracing Opportunity in the Midst of Transition
New America Foundation
12:15 PM

Since 2001, the United States has been heavily engaged in Afghanistan. The failures of this effort have been well documented, but what has often been overlooked are the immense gains that have been achieved. As Afghanistan enters a turbulent transition period,including presidential elections in April 2014, the ongoing transition from U.S.-led to Afghan-led security operations, and the draw down of U.S. troops, it is important that U.S. policymakers keep the full picture in mind. Calls for the United States to walk away from Afghanistan ignore the progress that has been made, and such a result would be catastrophic for the people of Afghanistan. It would also call into question the last 12 years of U.S.efforts in the country. The New America Foundation and the Alliance in Support of the Afghan People are pleased to invite you to a discussion about the prospects for Afghanistan’s future, in light of past progress and upcoming challenges.


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