Week in DC: Events 12.14-12.18.2015

Monday, December 14, 2015
The Wisdom Of A Grand Nuclear Bargain With Pakistan- Atlantic Council
Time: 3:30pm
Location: Atlantic Council1030 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (map)
Room: 12th Floor (West Tower)
Earlier this year, various news outlets reported that the Obama administration was exploring a nuclear deal with Pakistan. The deal would work to better incorporate Pakistan into the global nuclear order, exchanging legitimacy for its accepting nuclear constraints. Many analysts believe Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program poses a substantial threat to international and South Asian security. One of four nuclear weapons states outside the normative and legal apparatus of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Pakistan is assessed to have the fastest growing nuclear arsenal in the world.
The South Asia Center will convene a panel of experts including Dr. Toby Dalton, Co-Director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Dr. Sameer Lalwani, Deputy Director of Stimson’s South Asia Program, and Dr. Gaurav Kampani, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, to discuss policy options to address international concerns over Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.

Political Transition In East-Central Europe And The End Of The Cold War, 1985–1991Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: Woodrow Wilson Center1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20004(map)
Csaba Békés argues that the eventual Soviet acceptance of internal political changes in East-Central Europe in 1989 by no means meant that Gorbachev was ready to give up the Soviet sphere of influence in the region as well.  His efforts to preserve control over the area were greatly facilitated by the fact that until the end of 1990 the Western powers, which welcomed the internal political transition,   contrary to the interpretation of mainstream literature  did not support the aspirations for independence of the states of the region, not even in the form of neutrality.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Reducing The Risk Of Nuclear War In The Nordic/Baltic Region The Stimson Center
Time: noon-1:30pm
Location: Stimson Center1211 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map) Room: 8th Floor
Northern Europe is currently experiencing escalating political and military tensions that are rekindling fears of war between Russia and NATO. Any such conflict would inherently include a risk of nuclear weapons use. The Stimson Center, partnered with Project High Hopes, is examining the results of such nuclear exchanges and, more importantly, developing initiatives to avoid such catastrophes.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Fighting ISIL On Social Media : Public Diplomacy In The Digital AgeNew America Foundation
Time: 5:30-6:45pm
Location: New America740 15th Street NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20005(map)
State Department Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs joins New America President and CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter to talk about the challenges of statecraft in the age of social media. Under Secretary Stengel will explore and debunk common misconceptions about ISIL’S social media prowess – and how the US and its partners are working to break ISIL’s brand. The Under Secretary will also discuss current US efforts to counter disinformation globally and support independent media and free expression. Slaughter, former Director of Policy Planning at the State Department and an enthusiastic member of the Twittersphere, will talk with Stengel about how the State Department is responding to these challenges, what it’s doing well and what it could do better.

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Implementing The Iran Nuclear Deal: What’s Next?  –Atlantic Council
Time: 8am-4pm
Location: Atlantic Council1030 15th Street NW (map)
Room: Floor 12 (West Tower Elevators)
The Atlantic Council and The Iran Project invite you to a symposium on implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the historic agreement reached with Iran by the United States and other world powers earlier this year. The conference will examine how the implementation of this accord will impact the future of Iran’s nuclear program; the ways in which the lifting of sanctions will affect Iran’s economy, the US approach to the implementation, and how implementation will impact US and Iranian bilateral and regional relations.

What To Do About Syria?Turkish Heritage Organization
Time: 2-3pm
Location: Online
In his address to the nation President Obama issued his most passionate denunciation of ISIS and vowed to “destroy” the group in a relentless, strong and smart campaign. The announcement comes at a time when critical disagreements among key allies over Syria continue and Russia’s military campaign to support the Assad regime gain momentum. Will the deepening crisis help Western allies get back in sync in Syria or will it complicate and prolong the question about what to do in Syria?

Friday, December 18, 2015
India’s Security Interests In Southeast AsiaCenter for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 10-11am
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036(map)
Vikram Singh 
vice president for national security and international policy, Center for American Progress. Blank will discuss the key findings of his recent report on India’s emerging partnerships in Southeast Asia, “Look East, Cross Black Waters,” and Singh will give his perspectives on the opportunities and challenges that India’s growing strategic interest in Southeast Asia will bring for the United States. Jonah Blank is a senior political scientist at RAND Corporation. From 1999 to 2011, he served as policy director for South and Southeast Asia on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Blank is the author of Mullahs on the Mainframe: Islam and Modernity Among the Daudi Bohras, and  Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God: Retracing the Ramayana through India. He is also a reporter for Fortune magazine, and has written for publications ranging from Foreign Affairs to the New Yorker to the Washington Post. Vikram Singh is the vice president for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress. Previously, he served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia at the Pentagon, where he advised senior leaders on policy matters pertaining to development and implementation of defense strategies and plans for the region. Until November 2011, Singh was the deputy special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the U.S. Department of State.

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