Week in DC: Events 2.8-2.12.2016

Monday, February 8th, 2016
Paul Goble On The Future Of Post-Soviet Countries– Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Time: 5-7:30pm
Location: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)1740 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Room: Kenney-Herter Auditorium – The Nitze Building
This special forum, organized jointly with The Jamestown Foundation, will honor Paul Goble, eminent scholar and expert on the post-Soviet world. Paul will share with us his view on prospects of the states and people in this important strategic region, which includes the Caucasus and Central Asia, as well as the Baltic countries and Ukraine. Several of Paul’s long-time friends, colleagues and professional associates will comment on his intellectual contribution to the study of these post-Soviet countries.

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
ISIS’ Hunt For WMDs: Navigating The Nuclear Underworld With C.J. Chivers-Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 3:30-5pm
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) is pleased to invite you to a discussion with C.J. Chivers on nuclear smuggling in the Middle East. Chivers, a former marine and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigator with the New York Times, has reported from the front lines of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and more, analyzing conflicts and the weapons that fuel them. One of Chivers’ recent features, ‘The Doomsday Scam,’ revealed how ISIS and other terrorist groups have pursued a fictional weapon-making substance known as red mercury. Chivers, who has been called ‘the greatest war reporter in a generation,’ will share his unique insight about the possibilitiy of terrorist groups obtaining nuclear materials, where they could be bought, and how the international community should respond if a terrorist group were to acquire nuclear material, or some other weapon of mass destruction. The discussion will be moderated by Rebecca Hersman, Director, Project on Nuclear Issues, and Senior Adviser, International Security Program, CSIS.

Cross-Straits Series: Conflict In The Taiwan Strait?– Atlantic Council
Time: 12:30pm
Location: Atlantic Council1030 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (map)
Room: 12th Floor (West Tower)
Taiwan’s elections on January 16 resulted in both its new president and, for the first time, a majority of legislators being from pro-independence parties. This has raised concerns about how Beijing will react. The official China Daily stated after the election that if president-elect Tsai Ing-wen does not accept that Taiwan is part of China, she will be leading Taiwan in the direction of “conflicts and tension.” Underscoring the point, the mainland military recently conducted amphibious landing exercises along its coast opposite Taiwan. Would China actually use force against Taiwan? And under what circumstances? What are the current capabilities of China’s military? Does it have the ability to force Taiwan to unify with the mainland?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
Chemical Safety and Security:Dealing with Global and National Threats
Time: 1:30-3:30pm
Location: Green Cross International, 1101 15th St. NW, Suite 1100 (Friends of the Earth), Washington DC
Threats and challenges linked to the globalization and spread of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) industries and materials require global responses that move beyond politics and internationalize best existing practices and innovative solutions.

Efforts to develop a global approach to chemical safety and security are quickly becoming a reality.  High standards of security and safety must be promoted in the whole chain of chemical activities as an important barrier against chemical weapons proliferation and terrorism.   Amb. Paturej will also address the forthcoming global conference, April 18-20, 2016, in Kielce, Poland (see www.chemss2016.org) on chemical safety and security.RSVP to Anna Tserelova, atserelo@gmu.edu, by COB, Tuesday, February 9th.

Five Years In: The Legacy Of The Arab Spring– Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Time: 2:15-5:30pm
Location: Woodrow Wilson Center1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20004 (map)
During the past five years the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has seen dictators toppled, new terrorist movements seize large swaths of territory, civil wars waged, and the regional order recast. Amidst a region awash in this protracted turbulence that shows no signs of soon abating, this event will explore the lasting legacy of the Arab Spring as we approach its five year anniversary. Please join us as we discuss the ways in which the fateful events of 2011 irreversibly changed the MENA region.

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
The Yates Memo: A Paradigm Shift In Environmental Enforcement– Environmental Law Institute
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: Environmental Law Institute2000 L Street, NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC (map)
In the Yates Memo, released on September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice issued new guidance on “individual accountability for corporate wrongdoing.” The memo was accompanied by a major policy address by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and signals groundbreaking changes to the DOJ’s policy on the prosecution of individuals in civil and criminal enforcement with important ramifications for environmental cases. While the DOJ has been at the forefront of resolving corporate criminal cases involving violations of federal environmental statutes for decades, it has spent fewer resources prosecuting individuals responsible for the underlying wrongdoing. The Memo outlines six key principles to serve as a detailed framework for federal prosecutors to assess whether and what charges to bring against individuals in corporate criminal cases. Although some of its major components expand upon existing practices, other aspects of the memo introduce new challenges for corporate internal investigations. For environmental enforcement matters, the components could have significant implications. Join our panel of experts to discuss the implications of the Yates Memo. Speakers will review the Memo, analyze and discuss its implications, and field questions from the audience. Panelists:Justin A. Savage, Partner, Hogan Lovells (facilitator)Kris Dighe, Assistant Chief, Environmental Crimes Section, U.S. DOJ (invited)Doug Parker, Director, Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. EPA  (invited)Eric Schaeffer, Executive Director, Environmental Integrity Project

Friday, February 12th, 2016
A Navy In Balance? A Conversation With Chief Of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson– American Enterprise Institute
Time: 9:30-10:30am
Location: American Enterprise InstituteAEI, Twelfth Floor 1150 Seventeenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20036 (map)
The US Navy remains at a crossroads between the grueling demands of global presence and necessary investments in cutting-edge warfighting capabilities. The 2017 defense budget decisively invests in a naval fleet that is more capable, but smaller. Meanwhile, the Navy’s new maritime strategy exhorts sailors to prepare to fight and win in naval combat against peer competitors such as China and Russia. Although the fleet will remain under 300 ships, combatant commanders still demand a three-hub Navy because of aggression in Europe, the Middle East, and the Western Pacific. How will the Navy cope? Alongside technical solutions, how can the Navy develop new leaders and concepts of operation to maintain its fighting edge? Join AEI as Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson discusses the US Navy and Marine Corps with AEI’s Jim Talent.

The Yemen Quagmire- Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location1740 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Room: Kenney-Herter Auditorium – The Nitze Building
Please join us for a discussion with Amat Alsoswa, former Yemeni Cabinet Memeber; Leslie Campbell, NDI; Andrew Plitt, USAID; and Charles Schmitz, MEI, who will discuss the deepening complexity of the conflict, the growing humanitarian crisis, the challenges of delivering aid to a suffering population, and prospects for peace talks and an end to the fighting. Daniel Serwer, Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management at Johns Hopkins SAIS will moderate.

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