This Week in DC: Events 11.25.13 – 12.2.13

A very abridged events round-up due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, which we hope you all enjoy!

Tuesday, November 26

Nuclear Talks with Iran: Potential Pitfalls and Prospects for Success
Heritage Foundation

The rise to power of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has boosted expectations that the decade-long standoff over Iran’s nuclear weapons program soon will be resolved through a diplomatic agreement. How realistic are these expectations? What is the meaning of the deadlocked talks at Geneva? What negotiating pitfalls must be avoided to construct the framework of an acceptable agreement? What is the role of international sanctions in pressuring Iran and under what circumstances should Washington consider easing sanctions? Join us as the speakers address these and other questions.

Modulation of RNA structure and function using protein, ligands, and RNA
Georgetown University

Speaker: Nathan Baird, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ferre-D’Amare Lab National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Foreign Policy Challenges in Obama’s Second Term
Center for a New American Security
12:15 – 1:45PM

On Tuesday, November 26, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), the New America Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute will host an in-depth discussion on the foreign policy challenges faced by the Obama administration in its second term. With a politically turbulent Middle East, a financially teetering EU, and an increasingly technologically competitive Asia-Pacific region, Obama and his administration will face critical foreign policy decisions in the second half of his final term. Featured speakers: Ambassador Dennis Ross, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Robert Kaplan.

Foreign Policy Series: New Hope for Nuclear Negotiations with Iran, or Further Disappointment?
World Affairs Council
6:30 – 8:30PM

For the past month representatives from Iran and six world powers have been attempting to restart negotiations for an agreement related to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. While a deal has seemed imminent, with Secretary of State John Kerry traveling to Geneva during his recent trip to the Middle East, and all sides noting progress, lingering doubts exist. Will an agreement be struck, and if so, how likely are the parties involved to adhere to it?

Monday, December 2

Going the Whole Nine Yards: What Is Needed for an Africa Free of AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
Wilson Center
10:00 – 11:00AM

In conjunction with the Replenishment Conference for the Global Fund, the Africa Program is co-hosting the conference, “Going the Whole Nine Yards: What Is Needed for an Africa Free of AIDS, TB, and Malaria,” which will take place in the Wilson Center’s 6th floor Flom Auditorium. The effectiveness and benefits that have accrued to Africa since the fund was established and the continuing need to have a fully operational Global Fund will be discussed. At this tipping point in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, the Wilson Center’s Africa Program and Friends Africa believe that amplifying the voices of leading advocates in the fight for an African continent free of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria is crucial to garner support towards meeting the replenishment target of 15 billion USD.

Dancing with the devil: Lessons from negotiating with rogues and terrorists
American Enterprise Institute
5:30 – 7:00PM

Whether wielding nuclear or chemical weapons, sponsoring truck bombs, or taking hostages, rogue regimes and terrorist groups continue to threaten the United States and its allies. How should America address the rogue threat? Highlighting research from his new book, “Dancing with the Devil” (Encounter Books, February 2014), Michael Rubin will describe not only lessons Americans have learned from decades of engaging Iran, North Korea, the Palestine Liberation Organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Taliban, but also what rogue regimes and terrorists have concluded about dialogue with Americans.

(image courtesy of Dell)

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