Week in DC: Events 2.29-3.4.2016

Monday, February 29, 2016
Humanity In War: Adapting To The Urban Theater- American Red Cross IHL
Time: 9:30-11am
Location: American National Red Cross430 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20006 (map) Room: Board of Governors
An estimated ten civilians die for every one fighter killed in battle. Cities are frequently becoming combat zones and with an expected 6.3 billion people living in cities by 2050 it is important to consider how IHL adapts to the rising prevalence of urban warfare. Join us for an in-depth discussion on distinction, proportionality, and other challenges in this changing realm of armed conflict. RSVP HERE

Better Together? Exploring The Proposal For A Pooled Fund For Global Health Research And Development– O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Location: Georgetown Law Center600 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC (map)
Room: 600 New Jersey Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20001
On January 1, 2016, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) entered into force, setting an ambitious new global agenda to end all forms of poverty, fight inequality, and tackle climate change. In order to reach such ambitious goals, it is clear that new tools and techniques are sorely needed. Achieving the health-related SDGs will depend on new R&D to combat emerging infectious diseases, turn the tide against existing epidemics, and stay ahead of the rise of drug resistance.
Join GHTC and the O’Neill Institute for a webinar/panel discussion to learn more about proposals for a pooled fund for global health R&D. Panelists will explain current proposals and discuss the ways in which such a fund could be a vital resource in achieving the SDGs. To RSVP to attend the panel discussion or to watch the webinar, click here.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Strengthening National Security By Protecting Public Health- Georgetown Law
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: Gewirz Student Center120 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (map)
Room: Gewirz 12th Floor
The Journal of National Security Law & Policy, the Center, and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, are pleased to present the JNSLP 2016 symposium. The keynote speech will be offered by Prof. Lawrence Gostin, Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, on“Global Health Security in an Era of Explosive Pandemic Potential: Lessons from SARS and MERS to Ebola and Zika.” Please RSVP here

Wednesday, March 2, 2016Biodefense_133x400
GMU Biodefense Course Sampler- “Biosecurity as a Wicked Problem”
Time: 7pm
Location: George Mason Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, room 502
If you’re on the fence about going back to school, curious about our program, or just want to hear what a class in biodefense would be like, check out our course sampler on Wednesday, March 2nd, at 7pm, in our Arlington Campus in Founders Hall, Room 502. “The United States and the world face unprecedented threats to global biosecurity, including emerging infectious diseases, pandemics, natural disasters, bioterrorism, and laboratory accidents. Find out about the challenges posed by these threats and strategies for enhancing global health security.” How many times can you sample a course from not only an expert in the field, but also the director of the program? Dr. Koblentz will be your host for this evening lecture on biodefense, dual-use research, CRISPR-Cas9, biosecurity, and much more. Can’t attend in person? Don’t worry – we’re also live-streaming here. Come join us for a look behind the curtain of not only our GMU graduate programs, but also the world of global health security.

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Countering Terrorism In The Asia Pacific- Asia Society Policy Institute
Time: 1:30-3pm
Location: National Press Club529 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20045 (map)
Room: The Holeman Lounge
The growing influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and anticipated return of foreign fighters from Iraq and Syria has emerged as an unexpected and troubling new development in South and Southeast Asia. Its sophisticated use of online social media, abundant financing, and ease of travel makes ISIS a more dangerous network than the region has faced in the past. At the same time, deep concern and acknowledgement of the threat is growing among Asia-Pacific nations, opening up new avenues for regional security cooperation. Counter-terrorism presents a promising area of practical collaboration among nations with otherwise difficult relationships. The Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) are pleased to present a panel discussion on the challenges posed by resurgent extremism in the Asia-Pacific region and the opportunities for greater regional counterterrorism collaboration. Kevin Rudd, ASPI’s President and former Prime Minister of Australia, will moderate this timely discussion. To register, please email AsiaDC@asiasociety.org.

Friday, March 4, 2016
2016 Global Health Mini-University– Global Health Council
Time: 12pm
Location: George Washington University Marvin Center
Register online to select from 68 global health sessions in nine technical topic areas. The Global-Health Mini-University (Mini-U) is an annual day-long learning forum for Global Health professionals and students. The Mini-U’s exciting agenda contains a variety of innovative sessions highlighting evidence-based best practices and state-of-the-art information. Learn more about the Mini-University including information on sessions, registration, and resources from past years!

Strategic Intelligence: A View From The National Intelligence Council (NIC)- Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 10-11:30am
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036(map)
Gregory F. Treverton is chairman of the NIC, the director of national intelligence’s interagency arm for intelligence support to policy, both immediate support and more strategic analysis. He will describe the NIC and its connection to policy, focusing on the organization’s key challenge: how to balance the rush of immediate support to policy – especially the two main policy bodies in the U.S. government, the Deputies Committee and the Principals Committee – with analysis that seeks to put immediate issues in a wider context of substance or time. He will lay out his priorities for intelligence, then address the particular challenges of the counterterrorism mission, concluding with lessons from that experience for both intelligence and policy.

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