Now that the holiday season is over, the gears in DC are starting to move again. Here’s the highlights of the week’s free international security, global health, and national defense events.
Monday, January 6
New Approaches to Trans-Atlantic Relations in the Early Cold War
12:30PM – 2:00PM
In this panel, James Chappel (Duke University) and Udi Greenberg (Dartmouth College) will offer new perspectives on U.S. reconstruction efforts and anti-Communist mobilization in Europe during the early Cold War. Based on a wealth of newly uncovered archival sources, both presentations will explore how European agents utilized U.S. institutions and power in order to promote their own political agendas, which predated the Cold War. In doing so, the presentations will shed new light on the ideological and political forces that helped shape U.S. diplomacy in postwar Europe.
Tuesday, January 7
Space and Cyberspace: Enduring Missions in a Changing World
George Washington Universty
9:00AM – 10:00AM
Speaker: General William L. Shelton, Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorodo. In this lecture and discussion, General Shelton will discuss what the Air Force Space Command does for the nation, how it does it, and how the command works with others to achieve its missions in space and cyberspace.
US National Security Strategy
12:00PM – 1:30PM
On January 7, Thomas E. Donilon, distinguished fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, and former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, will be in conversation with Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of The Aspen Institute. This event is presented in partnership with the Aspen Institute Middle East Programs. The Washington Ideas Roundtable Series is made possible with the generous support of Michelle Smith and the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.
Thursday, January 9
Securing Peace, Promoting Prosperity: The US, Japan, and India
American Enterprise Institute
9:00AM – 12:30PM
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s more forward-leaning foreign and national security policies have led to renewed interest in the potential for a US-India-Japan trilateral relationship. At this public event, experts will explore the rationales behind and roadblocks to greater cooperation. Are there opportunities for enhanced trade and investment relationships? Will shared security concerns lead to greater defense collaboration? And how will stronger US-India-Japan ties influence China’s posture in the region?
US Institute of Peace
9:30AM – 11:00AM
Two long-time Middle East experts have recently returned from Iran. Their discussions with cabinet members, ayatollahs, hardliners, Members of Parliament, economists, opposition figures and ordinary Iranians offer rare insights into Iran’s increasingly vibrant political scene since President Rouhani took office and the implications of the new nuclear agreement. Robin Wright and David Ignatius offer fresh perspectives on what’s next.
Friday, January 10
Roundtable on the NATO-Russian Relationship
NATO’s Strategic Concept affirms the desire to build a “true strategic partnership” between NATO and Russia. While NATO and Russia have managed to cooperate in a number of practical security areas, significant strains remain in the relationship over the European institutional security configuration, missile defense, regional conflicts, and so on. Dr. Sharyl Cross will offer her perspective in a roundtable session on the evolution and future prospects for the NATO – Russia relationship.