Week in DC Events: 9/28-10/2

EU-U.S. Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Cooperation Forum: NEW FRONTIERS IN SCIENCE DIPLOMACY- Opportunities for U.S.-EU Cooperation
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Date & Time: Monday, September 28, 2015, 8:30am
Location: Johns Hopkins SAIS – Nitze Building1740 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (map)

The EU-funded project BILAT USA 2.0 will organize a conference on Science Diplomacy on 28 September in the Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. This conference will gather major EU and US stakeholders as well as active researchers and innovators to answer, among others, the following key questions: How to advance “science in diplomacy”, “diplomacy for science” and “science for diplomacy” Where can the EU and the US learn from each other’s approaches with regard to Science Diplomacy? Where are potentials for cooperation? How similar / different are the motivations and approaches of different countries / regions – here in particular the EU and US – in science diplomacy? What are some of the key differences? The promotion of scientific cooperation is an essential element of foreign policy. Research and innovation cooperation between countries can help solve common problems, address grand societal challenges and build constructive international partnerships. Many countries integrate science as an important part into their international agendas utilizing the term ‘Science Diplomacy’ to describe international cooperation in research and innovation cooperation, even in times of crisis. Although experts may use a variety of definitions for science diplomacy, the term now has become an established approach that encompasses a variety of formal and informal technical, research-based, academic or engineering exchanges.

Meeting the Challenges of Global Polio Eradication 
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Date and Time: Monday, September 28, 2015, 8:30am-2:30pm
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)

The number of wild poliovirus cases worldwide is significantly reduced compared to last year, as Pakistan improves its immunization reach and Africa goes more than a year since its last reported case. Nonetheless, substantial challenges remain to global eradication, including newly reported cases of vaccine-derived poliovirus in Ukraine and Mali. Join the CSIS Global Health Policy Center on September 28 as it welcomes keynote speakers Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Chair of the global Polio Oversight Board, and Sir Liam Donaldson, Chair of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Independent Monitoring Board. They and other top experts will discuss current and future eradication challenges, including the ambitious vaccine switch needed to address vaccine-derived polio cases. Panelists also will explore plans to transition polio-related assets and knowledge to national health systems and other health priorities as well as measures to address political instability and insecurity hampering vaccination efforts.

George Pataki Speaks on Domestic & Foreign Policy
George Mason University
Date & Time: Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 4pm
Location: 113 Founders Hall, George Mason University, 3351 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201

Please join the Financial Times and the Center for Politics & Foreign Relations for a speech on domestic and foreign policy featuring Republican Presidential Candidate George Pataki.  Seating is limited.  Please RSVP to Robert Guttman, rguttman@gmu.edu.

 

The Syrian refugee crisis: Challenges for Syria’s neighbors and the international community
Brookings Institution
Date & Time: Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 10:30am-12pm
Location: Brookings Institution1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 (map)

In the last five years, more than four million Syrian refugees have crossed into neighboring countries seeking safety from the unending civil war. Providing protection and public services for the refugees has taxed the capacities of host countries, with hospitality wearing thin and many refugees despairing about their futures. In recent months, the European dimension of the Syrian refugee crisis has finally drawn global public attention to the catastrophe and the need to increase burden-sharing with neighboring host countries. Does the international community have the political will and the resources to respond, and if so, how will it address the challenge? How is the crisis affecting Syria’s neighboring countries that still bear the brunt of the refugees? Why is burden-sharing so important? On September 29, the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at Brookings will host a panel discussion to explore the international response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Brookings Senior Fellow Elizabeth Ferris and Brookings TÜSİAD Senior Fellow and CUSE Turkey Project Director Kemal Kirişci will present their new study, “Not Likely to Go Home”, an examination of  the challenges that Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey face in providing protection and humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees. They will also reflect on what these conclusions mean for the wider international community. Following their presentations, Simon Henshaw of the U.S. State Department, Gregory Maniatis of the Migration Policy Institute, and Alar Olljum of Brookings and the European External Action Service will provide remarks. Elizabeth Ferris will moderate the event and offer opening remarks.

Does Putin’s Move on Syria Make Russia the New Middle East Power Broker?
Hudson Institute
Time & Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 11:45am-1:30pm
Location: Hudson Institute1015 15th Street, N.W. 6th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005 (map)

In coordination with Iran, Russia has been steadily building up its position inside of Syria. President Vladimir Putin has sent combat planes, ships, technicians, engineers, marines, and special forces units. Although American policymakers have suggested that the Russians are there to fight the Islamic State, Moscow has made its intentions clear—they are there to defend Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. And by building an air force base and expanding its current naval facility at Tartus, Putin’s larger purpose appears to challenge the United States as the Middle East’s power broker.
How will Russia’s incursion into Syria shape the ongoing conflict? How will it affect the three American allies on Syria’s borders, Israel, Jordan, and Turkey? Does Putin’s increasingly assertive behavior signal the erosion of American influence in the Middle East? If so, how would the next White House change course?
On September 29th, Hudson Institute will host a timely discussion of these issues with an expert panel moderated by Lee Smith and featuring Michael Doran, Hannah Thoburn, and Tony Badran.
Subcommittee Hearing: Ridding Central Africa of Joseph Kony: Continuing U.S. Support
U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Time & Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 2-5pm

Location: Rayburn House Office Building45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515 (map)
Room: 217

Panel I

The Honorable Robert P. Jackson
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of African Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Panel II

Mr. Paul Ronan
Co-Founder and Project Director
The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative

Mr. Sasha Lezhnev
Associate Director of Policy
Enough Project

The State of Transatlantic Relations: A Conversation with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Latvian President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga
German Marshall Fund
Date & Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Location: German Marshall Fund1744 R st NW Washington, DC 20009 United States (map)

With conflict persisting in Europe’s east and to Europe’s south, a migration crisis in Europe, and continuing economic uncertainty, the transatlantic community is facing the most difficult set of challenges in 25 years. These crises have exposed rifts in the post-1989 political and security architecture, while also serving to unify transatlantic partners. Given these realities, GMF is pleased to invite you to a conversation with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Latvian President Vaira Vike Freiberga on the current state of transatlantic relations and what is required to confront the regional and global challenges facing the partnership.

Cybersecurity Summit
Washington Post Live
Date & Time: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 8:30am-11:30am
Location: The Washington Post1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (map)

Recent cyber attacks have wreaked havoc on companies and millions of people. Business leaders, lawmakers and security experts will discuss and debate the newest tools for cyber defense and policies to better protect companies, consumers and citizens.

Engaged Scholarship Brown Bag Lunch Talks: Dr. Denise Brennan, “Trafficking, Migrant Exploitation, and Moral Panics: Doing Research on Spectacularized Issues”
Georgetown University
Date & Time: Friday, October 2, 2015, 12:30-1:30pm
Location:  Georgetown University37 St NW and O St NW, Washington, DC (map)

Dr. Brennan (Anthropology) will talk about her research with a specific focus on her methods and data collection. Direct questions and requests for accommodations to Dr. Andria Wisler at akw28 or 7-2859.

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