Week in DC: Events 2.15-2.19.2016

Monday, February 15th, 2016
Happy President’s Day!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Reassurance And Deterrence In The Baltics: Ensuring The U.S. And NATO Get It Right– Heritage Foundation
Time: 12-1pm
Location: Heritage Foundation214 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 (map)
Russia continues to pose an existential threat to the Baltic States. What steps must the United States and NATO take to reassure the Baltics and deter Russian aggression? How prepared is the alliance to defend against non-conventional threats, including cyber-attacks, irregular troops, propaganda, and cuts in energy supplies? What’s the view from the Baltic States themselves? How would our Nordic partners Finland and Sweden react to a Russian aggression against the Baltics? Join us for a panel discussion of this vitally important topic.More About the Speakers Jorge Benitez, Ph.D.Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic CouncilLuke CoffeyDirector, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies,The Heritage FoundationAnn-Sofie Dahl, Ph.D.Adjunct Fellow, Europe, Center for Strategic and International StudiesMarius LaurinavičiusSecurity Research Scholar, Baltic-American Freedom Foundation,Center for European Policy Analysis

Defeating AIDS, TB And Malaria: Designing Next Generation Financing Models- Center for Global Development
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: Center for Global Development2055 L Street NW (map)
The global health community has made great strides in addressing AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria: fewer people are contracting these diseases, fewer people are dying from them, and far more people are enrolled in life-saving treatments. Yet to sustain this progress and defeat these three diseases, the global community must find more efficient ways to allocate and structure funding. How can this be done? A new CGD report, Aligning Incentives, Aligning Impact: Next Generation Financing Models for Global Health, provides practical recommendations to help global health funders design and rollout new ways to finance programs and mechanisms to combat the three major diseases. At this launch event, CGD is delighted to welcome keynote speaker Ambassador Deborah Birx and several of the report Working Group members (panelists to be announced) to discuss the report recommendations and share their perspectives, focusing on the importance of good incentives and the opportunities to use next generation financing models at the Global Fund and elsewhere.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
Building The Effectiveness Of National Security In Conflict And Post-Conflict Transitions To Promote Accountability And Protect Civilians From Harm– American University Washington College of Law
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: AU Washington College of Law4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20016 (map)
As stated in the United States’ National Security Strategy, efforts to advance security and prosperity are enhanced when governments support certain values that are universal. Nations that respect human rights and democratic values are more successful and stronger partners, and individuals who enjoy such respect are more able to achieve their full potential. It is problematic to place the security of the state entirely above the interests of individual citizens because both security and human rights are inextricably intertwined. When it comes to security partnerships, security forces that incorporate human rights and international humanitarian law standards promote accountability, create a safer environment for civilians and make more effective partners in the long run, especially considering the growing interest in countering transnational threats. The accountability, professionalism and effectiveness of national security, particularly in conflict settings and post-conflict transitions, are crucial to protecting civilians from violence and crime and promoting effective counterterrorism.

The U.S.-Korea Institute At Johns Hopkins SAIS Presents Gender, Work And Family In South KoreaJohns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies1619 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC (map)
Room: Rome Auditorium – The Rome Building
The U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies invites you to attend a discussion on gender, work and family in South Korea. The panel will provide an overview of gender research on South Korea as well as presentations of in-depth case studies on transnational parenting focused on elite education and gendered politics in the South Korean labor movement. With presentations from: Miliann Kang, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Sociology and Asian/Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Gender Inequality and Feminist Research in South Korea Juyeon Park, Ph.D. student, Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Who Draws the Big Picture? Gendered Intensive Parenting for Korean Students at US Elite Colleges Youngju Seo, Ph.D. student, Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst The Politics of Gender and Labor in the South Korean Labor Movement from 1970 to the Present. To RSVP, read speaker biographies and paper descriptions: http://uskoreainstitute.org/events/gender/

Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Climate Fundamentals Academies– Association of Climate Change Officers
Time: 8am-6pm
Location: Law Office of Dentons1900 K Street NW Washington, DC 20006 (map)
The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is offering a series of 2-day training academies in Washington, DC to enable attendees to satisfy all course requirements for the Climate Governance Certificate, a credential issued through ACCO’s CCO Certification Program. These academies will provide curriculum on topics including understanding climate science and variability, identifying climate hazards and conducting vulnerability assessments, basics of greenhouse gas accounting, explanations of the food-water-energy nexus, and fundamental governance and stakeholder engagement strategies. Workshop participants will learn from experts about the implications of climate change with a regional focus added for the National Capital Region. Professionals from the public and private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from the classroom-style, interactive training activities. The first workshop is a primer on climate science, identifying climate hazards, conducting vulnerability assessments, leveraging climate change data and tools and understanding the energy-water-food nexus.  This workshop enables decision makers across roles, functions and sectors to develop a better understanding of how the implications of climate change intersect with their decision making. Workshop 1 of a three-part series. Register at http://www.climatefundamentals.org/dc

Friday, February 19th, 2016
North Korea: The Human Condition And Security Nexus Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Please join us for a special gathering of policymakers, opinion leaders, and stakeholders on the topic of North Korean human rights and the nexus with security issues. This full-day gathering commemorates the two-year anniversary of the publication of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry report and subsequent UN action to address North Korea’s human rights violations. Featured speakers and panelists will discuss accountability for North Korean human rights abuses, feature new data and research, examine the link between human and national security, and investigate policy prospects for 2016 as we seek to deepen understanding of the human condition in North Korea and formulate practical solutions. A distinguished assembly of speakers and panel discussants will gather at CSIS, including:Michael KirbyChair, United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North KoreaFormer Justice of the Australian High CourtSonja BiserkoPresident, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in SerbiaMember, United Nations Committee of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea Marzuki Darusman (invited)UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation on Human Rights in the DPRK Member, United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea Signe PoulsenHead, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in SeoulRobert KingSpecial Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues, U.S. Department of State Confirmed RSVPs are required for admittance.

Book Launch: “How Africa Works And Must Do Better”Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Time: 2-3:30pm
Location: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies1717 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Room 500 – The Bernstein-Offit Building
Dr. Jeffery Herbst, President and CEO, The Newseum; Dr. Greg Mills, Director Brenthurst Foundation, Johannesburg; and Ambassador Donald Gips, South Africa, 2009-2013 will speak on this topic.

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