This Week in DC: Events

May 7, 2014

The Future of the Syrian Revolution
Date: May 7, 11:00 am
Location: U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC 20037

The U.S. Institute of Peace invites you to join us for “The Future of the Syrian Revolution,” a conversation with President Ahmad Jarba, head of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. The event will be President Jarba’s first public address in Washington, DC.

The collapse of the Geneva talks in January has stalled efforts to negotiate a peaceful solution to the conflict. The future of the revolution itself appears increasingly cloudy as the situation on the ground grows more chaotic. The Syrian government’s announcement that it will hold presidential elections in June – elections that President Bashar Assad is widely expected to win – limits chances for a political resolution to the crisis. Many, including the Syrian opposition, have called the elections a democratic charade.

Syrian Opposition Coalition leader Jarba will discuss these dynamics and the role the inte community might play, and assess the delivery of humanitarian assistance as outlined by UN Security Council Resolution 2139. Join the conversation on Twitter with #USIPJarba.

RSVP here.

The Gulf Rising: Defense Industrialization in Saudi Arabia and the UAE
Date: May 7, 12:00 pm
Location: Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington DC

Dramatic changes in the world of defense, coupled with increasing political, financial, and fiscal pressures in the transatlantic community, have forced some of the most advanced US industrial allies and partners to make tough choices regarding their national defense programs, leaving them either more dependent on the United States or with capability shortages.

Facing even more stringent circumstances, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—two modernizing US partners in the Gulf —confront a challenging path to domestic military industrialization. But with carefully articulated goals, modest expectations, smart strategies, effective financial management, and cooperation with Washington, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi can navigate some of the complexities of defense industrialization and overcome some of its key challenges.

This event will launch a report by Bilal Y. Saab entitled The Gulf Rising: Defense Industrialization in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In it, Saab provides new analysis of and key policy insights on military industrialization in Saudi Arabia and the UAE and adds an important, though often overlooked, dimension to the US policy debate on the US-Gulf partnership.

Register here.

Governing Uranium: Security in the Front-End of the Fuel Cycle
Date: May 7, 1:30 pm
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington DC 20036

The path from ‘ore to bomb’ is long, challenging, and requires sophisticated technologies, but natural uranium is where it starts.  Most attention in nuclear security and nonproliferation has focused on restricting the highest risk material, but recent shifts in the market for natural uranium will introduce new challenges for export controls, transport security, physical protection and tracking of materials.  For example, long-standing uranium consumers such as Japan and Germany are scaling back their reliance on nuclear power, but the ambitious nuclear energy programs of India and China may soon increase global demand for natural uranium.  Meanwhile, new uranium suppliers such as Malawi, Tanzania, and Greenland are entering the global marketplace.  CSIS has partnered with the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and other international think-tanks in the on-going “Governing Uranium” project to explore the dimensions of security of natural uranium in a changing global market.

Please join us for a discussion with Dr. Cindy Vestergaard, director of the Governing Uranium project and senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies, on the results of the ‘Governing Uranium’ project thus far. Sharon Squassoni, senior fellow and director of the Proliferation Prevention Program at CSIS, will moderate the discussion.

Register here.

Subcommittee Hearing: Assessing the Biological Weapons Threat: Russia and Beyond
Date: May 7, 2:00 pm
Location: U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, 2200 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515

Witnesses Amy Smithson, Ph.D, Senior Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonprolferation Studies, and David R. Franz, Ph.D., Former Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, discuss this topic on the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.

Watch here.

May 8, 2014

Hearing: Russia’s Destabilization of Ukraine
Date: May 8, 10:00 am
Location: U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, 2172 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515

Witnesses Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and Daniel Glaser, Assistant Secretary at the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence of the U.S. Department of the Treasury discuss in the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Asymmetric Threats and Space: China, Russia, Non-State Actors, and the Need for Quick Launch Capabilities
Date: May 8, 12:30 pm
Location: American Security Project, 1100 New York Ave NW, 7th Floor-West Tower, Washington DC 20005

In the 21st century, an increasing number of critical national security and intelligence systems are dependent upon technology orbiting our planet.  These technologies may be as covert as imaging systems over enemy territories, or as ubiquitous as the global positioning systems in the average person’s car.  Regardless of the specific type of technology, the threats to it remain consistent.  In order to properly prepare for the attack or destruction of key space infrastructure systems, the United Sates must support domestic suppliers and businesses on the forefront of the sector.

Join ASP Adjunct Fellow, August Cole, along with President of NexGen Space and former NASA advisor, Charles Miller, and Peter Wegner, Director of Advanced Concepts at Space Dynamics Laboratory for a discussion regarding the threats we currently face in space.

Register here.



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