Week in DC: Events 11.9-11.13

Monday, November 9, 2015
The Strategic Lessons of the Campaigns in Afghanistan and IraqInstitute of World Politics
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Institute of World Politics1521 16th Street NW Washington, DC (map)
Dr. Joseph J. Collins, the Director of the Center for Complex Operations at National Defense University will speak on the new NDU book, Lessons Encountered:  Learning from the Long War. The book began as two questions from then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey: what have been the costs and benefits of our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan; and what are the strategic lessons that one can draw from these two campaigns in the Long War.  The speaker will summarize the 500-page book with an emphasis on the strategic lessons that were identified, and hopefully one day, learned.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Responding to Looming Cyber Threats – The New RealityInformation Technology and Innovation Foundation
Time: 8-11:15am
Location: Information Technology and Innovation Foundation1101 K Street, N.W. Suite 610, Washington, D.C. 20005(map)
Please join Arent Fox LLP, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), and George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) on Tuesday, November 10, for an engaging policy forum where cyber security leaders from industry, government, and academia will discuss the ever-changing landscape of cyber security threats, the role that policymakers can play in reducing risk to the enterprise, and best practices for responding to cyber incidents in a global economy.
Companies today face an unprecedented level of cyber security threats as a result of increases in the number of attacks and the sophistication of the attackers. Each week brings new headlines about data breaches and computer system failures that hurt the customers, profits, and reputations of US businesses. In addition, many companies are confronted with rising compliance costs as government regulators take enforcement actions against those who fail to provide sufficient security safeguards for customer data. And the security threat will be even greater in the future as companies expand their digital footprints with new investments in technologies like cloud computing, mobile devices, and the Internet of Things. The current state of cyber security is not sustainable, but changing it will require thoughtful leadership from both the public and private sector.
Registration and networking will begin at 8:00 am with coffee and light breakfast. The speaking program will begin at 8:30 am.

Climate Change & Food Security: Challenges And Options At Global And National ScalesInternational Food Policy Research Institute
Time: 12:15-1:45pm
Location: International Food Policy Research Institute2033 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006 (map)
Room: 4th Floor Conference Center
As we become increasingly aware of the impacts of heat, drought and other extreme weather events, climate challenges that once seemed a concern for the distant future are becoming more immediate. The impacts of climate change on agricultural commodities and trade need to be analyzed in the context of implications for agricultural production, food security, and resource use. In addition, climate change raises very real and important timescale and planning horizon issues not normally at the forefront of the more traditional economic development research agenda.
As scientists, advocates, researchers, and political leaders prepare to head to Paris for Conference of Parties (COP21) a panel of experts lays out some of the most urgent aspects of climate change and agriculture. Join IFPRI as new results on the impact of climate change on agriculture and food security from the International Model for Policy Analysis of Agricultural Commodities and Trade (IMPACT) are presented, along with a modeling framework and results designed to assist national decision- and policy-makers address climate change and mitigation goals in a politically and economically sustainable way. Following presentations by senior IFPRI researchers Alex de Pinto and Keith Wiebe, a panel of experts will share their views and recommendations.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
When Iran Goes Nuclear: Technology And Ideology -Westminster Institute
Time: 7:30-8:45pm
R. James Woolsey is a Venture Partner with Lux Capital Management. He also Chairs the Board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Mr. Woolsey previously served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently (1993-95) as Director of Central Intelligence. During his 12 years of government service, in addition to heading the CIA and the Intelligence Community, Mr. Woolsey was: Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989-1991
The event is free but requires registration by November, 10, 2015. Please click on the link below to register. Register Now!

Thursday, November 12, 2015
The ISIS Scorecard: Assessing The State Of U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy American Foreign Policy Council
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Capitol Visitors ComplexFirst St., NE Washington, DC (map)
Rooms 208/209
The American Foreign Policy Council invites you to attend a Capitol Hill Conference examining the state of U.S. counterterrorism strategy. Seating is limited, RSVP today.

Stimson Debate: Nuclear Weapons And International StabilityThe Stimson Center
Time: 12:30-1:30pm
Location: Stimson Center1211 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Room: Floor 8
Seventy years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there remains a sharp divide over the strategic value of nuclear weapons in maintaining international peace and stability. Join us as Ward Wilson will argue the affirmative debate proposition, “Nuclear weapons pose unacceptable risks to international security”; Elbridge Colby will respond. Stimson Co-Founder Barry Blechman will moderate. Lunch will be provided. RSVP HERE

Friday, November 13, 2015

Cold War Fantasy: How Ordinary People Shaped the Postwar World– Elliott School of International Affairs
Time: 12:30-2pm
Location: Elliott School of International Affairs1957 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20052 (map)
What was the Cold War? Masuda Hajimu inquires into the peculiar nature of the Cold War through examining not only centers of policy-making, but seeming aftereffects of Cold War politics: Suppression of counterrevolutionaries in China, the White Terror in Taiwan, the Red Purge in Japan, and McCarthyism in the United States. Such purges were not merely end results of the Cold War, Masuda argues, but forces that necessitated the imagined reality of the Cold War in attempts at restoring purity and tranquility at home. Revealing social functions and popular participation, Masuda highlights ordinary people’s roles in making and maintaining the ‘reality’ of the Cold War, raising the question of what the Cold War really was.

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