Week in DC: Events

September 15, 2014

Squaring the Iranian Nuclear Circle: Defining Uranium Enrichment Capacity and Other Key Issues
Date: September 15, 9:30am
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Root Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC

Next week, negotiators from the United States, other world powers, and Iran will resume talks in New York to try to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal.

While significant progress has already been made on a number of key issues, negotiators remain far apart on how to define the size and scope of Iran’s uranium enrichment program. But a win-win formula is possible, if both sides are willing to be creative and move beyond maximalist positions.

At this briefing, three leading experts will outline the key issues, the major hurdles, the political dynamics inside Iran, and realistic options for getting to “yes” — including a new Arms Control Association/International Crisis Group proposal on how to define Iran’s uranium enrichment program under a comprehensive deal.

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Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism
Date: September 15, 12:00pm
Location: George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs,Founders Hall, Room 111, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA

TraCCC’s director will discuss her newly-published book, Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism, that provides insight into many of the world’s current crises. The book asserts that the entangled threat of crime, corruption, and terrorism deserves high-level attention because of its growth trajectory. Using lively case studies, this book analyzes the transformation of crime and terrorism and the business logic of terrorism. Louise I. Shelly concludes that corruption, crime, and terrorism will remain important security challenges in the twenty-first century as a result of economic and demographic inequalities in the world, the rise of ethnic and sectarian violence, climate change, the growth of technology, and the failure of nineteenth- and twentieth-century institutions to respond to these challenges when they emerged.

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American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?
Date: September 15, 12:30pm
Location: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 6th Floor Conference Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC

Journalists, policymakers, and pundits are once again debating whether Americans have turned away from the world. Officials from both sides of the aisle warn about an “isolationism dictated by the past.”

Contrary to this conventional view, new survey results from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs show most still want the U.S. to play an active role in the world. As global troubles brew in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine, what kind of foreign policy do Americans want? What do they see as the most effective ways to achieve US foreign policy goals?

Join us for the release of The Chicago Council’s 40th anniversary survey of Americans on foreign policy issues. Our expert panel will discuss the data, what it means for the future of US policy, and what policymakers should learn from the public.

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Nuclear Weapons Testing: History, Progress, Challenges
Date: September 15, 12:30pm
Location: U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC

The Embassy of Kazakhstan, the Embassy of Canada, Green Cross International, the Atom Project, and the Arms Control Association invite you to a mini-conference examining the human and security dimensions of nuclear testing, as well as the progress achieved to bring an end to nuclear weapons test explosions.

With presentations from: Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy  Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and Intl. Security  Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, U.S. Undersecretary of Energy and NNSA Administrator  Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

Following the event, a reception for participants will be held at USIP.

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September 16, 2014

Syrian Displacement: Views from the Region
Date: September 16, 10:00am
Location: Brookings Institution, Saul/ Zilkha Rooms, 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC

There are now more than three million Syrian refugees seeking protection and survival in the region. The initial generosity of host governments is increasingly challenged as the presence of the refugees puts strains on public services, infrastructure, housing stocks and political cohesion. Solutions to the bloody conflict appear more distant than ever and it is likely that the refugees will not be able to return to their homes in the near future. In Syria itself, over six million people have been displaced within their country’s borders and the United Nations estimates that over nine million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

On September 16, the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will present a first-hand view of Syria’s displacement crisis. Speakers will include Carol Batchelor of UNHCR Turkey, Brian Hansford of UNHCR and Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Elizabeth Ferris, senior fellow and co-director of the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement will moderate the event and offer opening remarks.

After the program, the panelists will take audience questions.

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U.S. Counterterrorism Assistance: Challenges and Opportunities from Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa
Date: September 6, 12:30pm
Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-11

With the President’s announcement of a $5 billion Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund in late May, the Obama administration is greatly expanding U.S. foreign security assistance to combat terrorism around the world. Yet, reports on similar U.S. counterterrorism assistance in the past have shown many challenges with such assistance. Some of these challenges include U.S. trained military units being ineffective in addressing the security threat to the same forces committing serious human rights violations. By highlighting research and assessments done on U.S. counterterrorism assistance to countries in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, this briefing will provide needed details on these challenges as well as opportunities to more effectively provide such U.S. security assistance.

Please join us for a discussion with: Dafna Rand, Leon E. Panetta Fellow and Deputy Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security; Adam Isacson, Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy, Washington Office on Latin America; Lesley Anne Warner, Africa Political-Military Analyst.

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September 17, 2014 

Subcommittee Hearing: Global Efforts to Fight Ebola
Date: September 17, 10:00am
Location: U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, 2172 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515

Deal or No Deal: How To Negotiate Successful Nuclear Agreements
Date: September 17, 2:30pm
Location: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, 5th Floor, Washington DC

When are nuclear agreements successfully negotiated? A combination of factors—technical, domestic political, and strategic—enabled Washington and New Delhi to conclude a civil nuclear accord in 2008. The US-India case offers useful lessons for negotiations in progress with Iran, and for possible future nuclear accommodation with Pakistan and North Korea (along with other cases such as South Korea, which seeks reprocessing rights). What conditions would enable such agreements to advance through the US political system and that of its negotiating partners? Would partial agreements be more domestically acceptable than comprehensive ones? Dinshaw Mistry, author of the new book The US-India Nuclear Agreement: Diplomacy and Domestic Politics, will discuss the India case. Robert Litwak will talk about Iran, Michael Krepon will address Pakistan, and Joel Wit will speak about North Korea.

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Biosurveillance and the Atypical Epidemic: The 2014 West African Ebola Epidemic
Date: September 17, 7:30pm
Location: George Mason University, Fairfax Campus, Research Hall 163

Dr. Michael Smith is the Director of the Critical Reagents Program (CRP) within the Medical Countermeasure Systems Joint Project Management Office (MCS JPMO) headquartered at Fort Detrick, Maryland. In this role, he manages the characterization, production, and distribution of reagents and consumables employed on deployed platforms and those under development by other programs.

Previously, he served in the United States Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment. He has also held several positions at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), including senior science and technology manager and most recently, acting division chief, Diagnostic and Disease Surveillance Division of the Joint Science and Technology Office. In December 2011, Dr. Smith became the director of the CRP within the Chemical Biological Medical Systems (CBMS) JPMO where he continued to serve through the transition of CBMS into the MCS JPMO. Mr. Smith assumed his current role as Director of the CRP in June 2013.

Dr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University. He continued his education and attained both a master’s degree and a doctor of philosophy degree in Molecular Microbiology from Yale University.

September 19, 2014

The Russia-China Axis
Date: September 19, 12:30pm
Location: Freedom House, 1301 Connecticut Ave, 4th Floor Conference Room, Washington DC

Freedom House is pleased to host Douglas Schoen to discuss his new book, The Russia-China Axis. He sees the United States as a nation in crisis, rendered nearly impotent by ongoing partisan warfare and unprepared to face an unprecedented partnership developing between Russia and China. From their support for rogue regimes in Iran, North Korea, and Syria to their military buildups and aggressive use of cyber warfare and intelligence theft, Moscow and Beijing are playing the game for keeps. Only a rebirth of American global leadership can counter the corrosive impact of this antidemocratic alliance.

Mr. Schoen is an influential Democratic campaign consultant, who was named Pollster of the Year in 1996 for his contributions to President Bill Clinton’s reelection campaign. His clients have included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and three Israeli Prime Ministers. He is the author of multiple books and is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other media outlets. He also serves on Freedom House’s Board of Trustees.

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