This Week in DC: Events

April 14, 2014

International CBRNe Response: Identifying Challenges to Delivering Capabilities in the Asia-Pacific
Date: April 14, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: The Capitol Hilton, Congressional Room, 1001 16th St NW, Washington DC 20036

The conference will identify challenges to delivering CBRNe (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high explosive) response capabilities in the Asia-Pacific. The program is designed to plan for future CBRNe events in the Asia-Pacific by distilling lessons learned from select historical cases and discussing obstacles and considerations for regional CBRNe response. Banyan Analytics is honored to feature a keynote by Charles A. Casto, Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regional Administrator, and Former Director of Site Operations in Japan after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station disaster.

Lt. Gen. Chip Gregson (USMC, Ret.), Chairman of Banyan Analytics, will moderate a panel discussion on planning for future CBRNe events in the Asia-Pacific. Panelists will include Colonel Peter Ahern (USMC), Former CBIRF Commander, II Marine Expeditionary Force; Dr. James Schear, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Partnership Strategy and Stability Operations; and Richard Love, Esq., Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction at National Defense University.


Working with Russia: Best Practices for Times of Conflict
Date: April 14, 12:30pm
Location: Center on Global Interests, 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Suzanne Massie, adviser on Russia to President Ronald Reagan and “the woman who ended the Cold War,” will discuss strategies for dialogue with Russia in times of conflict and explore potential next steps for constructive U.S.-Russia relations after the crisis in Ukraine.

Nikolai Zlobin, President of the Center on Global Interests, will moderate the discussion.

Space is limited. Guests must RSVP to

Challenges to Further Nuclear Arms Reduction
Date: April 14, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Location: The Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Rooms, 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036

Following signature of the New Strategic Arms Treaty (New START) in April 2010, President Obama called for negotiations on further nuclear arms reductions. Last June in Berlin, he proposed a one-third cut in the New START limit on deployed strategic warheads and called for bold reductions in tactical nuclear weapons. Russia to date has shown little enthusiasm for further nuclear reductions, citing concerns about missile defense, conventional Prompt Global Strike, the conventional forces arms control regime in Europe and third-country nuclear forces. Of course, the atmosphere for U.S.-Russian discussions of these issues has become more difficult following Russia’s military occupation of Crimea and increased East-West tensions.

On April 14, the Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America will host a discussion on the challenges that inhibit further nuclear reductions. The panel will consist of Dennis Gormley, University of Pittsburgh; Götz Neuneck, University of Hamburg; and Nikolai Sokov, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. Brookings Senior Fellow Steven Pifer will moderate the discussion and questions from the audience. Copies of the recently released Heinrich Böll Foundation publication, “The Future of Arms Control,” will be available.

Register here.

Terrorism, Party Politics, and the US: Expectations of the Upcoming Iraqi Elections
Date: April 14, 12:30 – 2:00pm
Location: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Nitze Building—Room 517, 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Ahmed Ali, Iraq research analyst and Iraq team lead at the Institute for the Study of War, and Judith Yaphe, adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, will discuss this topic.

RSVP here.

April 15, 2014

Putin’s Russia: Time for Containment?
Date: April 15, 5:00pm
Location: The Burke Theater at the Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20004

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has clamped down on democracy at home, while exerting increasing influence abroad. In 2008, it invaded Georgia. It supports Syria’s dictator Bashir al-Assad. Earlier this year, Russia invaded, occupied and annexed Crimea–with scarcely a shot fired. And in a speech to the Duma, he cited other territories and Russian-speaking peoples that are separated from the Russian homeland. Yet Russia is an oil-and-gas driven economy, with declining demographics and rampant corruption. Is Putin’s Russia on the wrong side of history, a weak power that will eventually succumb to the greater forces of the 21st Century?  Or is Putin making history, and intent to continue to do so unless he is stopped? It is time again to contain Russia?

RSVP here.

Dark Skies: Space Weapons, Planetary Geopolitics, and Whole Earth Security
Date: April 15, 5:00pm
Location: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, The Rome Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Daniel Deudney, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, and Scott Pace, professor of the practice of international affairs and director of the international science and technology program at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, will discuss this topic.

RSVP here.

April 16, 2014

Crimea and Beyond: Security Implications for Romania, Moldova and Transnistria
Date: April 16, 12:00pm
Location: Elliot School of International Affairs

Mark Gitenstein, Ambassador of the U.S. to Romania
Dennis Deletant, Visiting Professor at Georgetown University
Moderated by Eliot Sorel, Professor of Global Health and Psychiatry, GW

Recent events in Crimea raise significant security concerns in Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union, and the United States. The territorial safety and integrity of nation states have been challenged and has become a topic debated at the United Nations Security Council, the US Congress, the G7, and the EU. Ambassador Mark Gitenstein and Professor Dennis Deletant will discuss the security implications for Romania, Moldova, and Transnistria in light of recent events in the region.

RSVP here.

Iran: Nuclear, Human Rights and Terrorism Challenges

Date: April 16, 12:00pm
Location: Heritage Foundation, Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington DC 20002-4999

Iran long has posed major challenges to the United States, its allies and Middle Eastern stability. In recent years, Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons has been a primary focus for concern, but that issue should not eclipse all other issues. Iran remains the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism and continues to commit widespread human rights abuses against its own people.

Join us as a panel of experts discusses the latest developments in the nuclear negotiations, Iran’s human rights situation and Iranian support for terrorism.

Security challenges and Scenarios for Central Asia
Date: April 16, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Location: George Washington University, 1957 E Street NW, Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412, Washington DC 20052

Erlan Karin will discuss the diverse security challenges, both external and internal, that the Central Asian countries currently face. He will explore the presidential successions, possible scenarios, and present four different prospects for Central Asia, its stability and its interaction within the wider region.

Dr. Erlan Karin leads the Council of Direction for the Center for Security Program in Kazakhstan. Prior to that he was Chair of the Presidential Administration’s Department of Internal Policy (2008), and Secretary of the Nur-Otan Party (2013). He has directed several analytical centers such as the Central Asian Agency for Political Research and the International Institute of Contemporary Policies. He works on security issues, terrorism, the role of security services and questions of political succession.

RSVP here.

April 17, 2014

Security Issues on the Korean Peninsula
Date: April 17, 12:00pm
Location: Korea Economic Institute, 1800 K Street NW, Suite 1010, Washington, DC 20006

The Annual Conference of The International Council on Korean Studies (ICKS) Luncheon and Luncheon Speech Sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI)   “Security Issues on the Korean Peninsula” General John H. Tilelli, Jr., USA (Retired), Co-Chairman Council on U.S.-Korean Security Studies (U.S. Council.)

RSVP here.


Coming Next Week…

Sabin Vaccine Institute 20th Anniversary Scientific Symposium

Date: April 25, 1:00pm
Location: Pan American Health Organization, Conference Room A (Ground Floor), 525 23rd Street NW, Washington, DC

In celebrating twenty years of advocating greater access to existing and new vaccines for the world’s poor, the Sabin Vaccine Institute will convene experts from around the world – leaders from industry, government, NGOs and academia – to examine key lessons from recent efforts to address pressing global health challenges and share insights on emerging immunization trends.

Full agenda available here. Register here.

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