Week in DC: Events 3.7-3.11.2016

Monday, March 7th, 2016
Dark Territory : The Secret History Of Cyber War– New America Foundation
Time: 12:15-1:45pm
Location: New America740 15th Street NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20005 (map)
For all the headlines about cyber warfare as a new type of conflict, it in fact dates back nearly 50 years, to the very birth of the Internet. In his new book Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, Fred Kaplan—drawing on interviews with more than 100 participants in the story (including six NSA directors)—traces the evolution of cyber warfare in every US conflict since the 1991 Gulf War—and warns of the unexplored dangers ahead. And while most news stories on cyber attacks focus on Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran, the first and still most serious hacks were mounted—and the first ideas about cyber war were conceived—by the United States. Fred Kaplan is the national-security columnist for Slate and the author of four other books , including The Wizards of Armageddon1959Daydream Believers, and, most recentlyThe Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, which was a New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist. A former Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter for The Boston Globe, he graduated from Oberlin College and earned a PhD from MIT. New America is pleased to welcome Mr. Kaplan for a discussion of his book and the secret history of cyber war.

Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, National Security Council Director On Iran At GW!– Elliott School of International Affairs
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Elliott School of International Affairs1957 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20052 (map)
Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, a GW alumna, is a Director on Iran at the National Security Council. She was involved in the negotiations of the Iran- Nuclear deal and will be answering student questions about her life and experiences.

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
Pathways To Resilience: Evidence From Africa On Links Between Conflict Management And Resilience To Food Security Shocks– Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Woodrow Wilson Center1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20004 (map)
Household food security is gravely affected by economic and climate-related shocks. A series of new research studies conducted by Mercy Corps in the Horn of Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria argue that strengthening conflict management systems helps build resilience to those shocks. On March 8, Daniel Alemu, Chief of Party for Mercy Corps’ ‘Communities Helping Their Environment and Land by Bridging Interests’ program, and Jon Kurtz, Mercy Corps director of research and learning, will present the findings of the research and what it means for development and humanitarian policy. Following their presentations, experts on conflict, development, food security, and resilience will share their thoughts on the implications for cross-sectoral programming and efforts to bolster resilience in climate-affected areas. Want to attend but can’t? Tune into the live or archived webcast at WilsonCenter.org (not every event is webcast live; archived webcasts go up approximately one day after the meeting date).

Accessing Care In Crisis: Ensuring Women’s Health And Protection In Complex Emergencies- Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Time: 6-8:30pm
Location: Johns Hopkins SAIS – Rome Building1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. (map)
The theme of GWL’s 2016 conference is Access to a Healthier World: Sustaining Women, Communities, and Our Future. In honor of this theme and in recognition of the urgency of ensuring the health, safety and well-being of the 60 million refugees affected by complex emergencies across the world, GWL is hosting an International Women’s Day event addressing the issue of refugee women’s health. A panel of qualified speakers will discuss different issues and perspectives related to the provision of healthcare and protection to women who have been displaced from their homes. The panel discussion and Q&A will be followed by a recepti on to celebrate International Women’s Day and share information on this year’s conference. ‘Accessing Care in Crisis: Ensuring Women’s Health and Protection in Complex Emergencies’ will take place on Tuesday, March 8, with the panel running from 6-7:30pm and the reception from 7:30-8:30pm. Information on this year’s conference will be available. Not for Attribution. For More Information and to RSVP

Wednesday, March 8th, 2016
New Technologies And War: Will They Change The Way We Fight? And Why We Fight?– Cato Institute
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: Cato Institute1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001 (map)
Dramatic improvements in robotics, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing (3D printing), and nanoenergetics are dramatically changing the character of global conflicts. The convergence of these new and improving technologies increases the capabilities available to smaller and smaller political entities—extending even to the individual. In a new Cato Policy Analysis author T. X. Hammes explores these developments and ponders their impact on U.S. national security. How should policymakers and military planners take these changes into account as they consider future policies? And in what ways do the convergence of technologies and the proliferation of new military capabilities challenge the conventional wisdom surrounding how to fight—and even whether to fight? The author will present his findings, followed by comments and questions from our distinguished panelists.

Thursday, March 10th, 2016
Future Of War Conference 2016 : Second Annual Conference– New America Foundation
Time: 8am-6pm
Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004 (map)
Pavilion Room
The Future of War Conference brings together a collection of experts to address key issues and challenges arising from the changing nature of conflict and war. The conference is a part of initiative linking New America, a nonpartisan research public policy institute and civic enterprise, and Arizona State University, one of the nation’s largest public research universities.

Friday, March 11th, 2016
U.S. Response To Zika: Engagement With International Partners– Bipartisan Policy Center
Time: 11am-noon
Location: Bipartisan Policy Center1225 I Street, NW Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20005 (map)
Over the last several weeks, there has been considerable attention devoted to the Zika virus spreading throughout the Americas. Most worrisome about this pandemic is the potential link of the virus to a serious and sometimes deadly birth defect, microcephaly. With the likelihood that there will be more cases in the United States in the coming weeks and months, the U.S. government is ramping up its domestic preparedness and response activities. In addition to this, the United States must also engage internationally with other affected countries and with the World Health Organization in order to reverse the course of the pandemic. Two recent reports—the first issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center, entitled The Case for Strategic Health Diplomacy: A Study of PEPFAR, and the second issued by the Harvard Global Health Institute and partners, entitled Will Ebola change the game? Ten essential reforms before the next pandemic—offer insights for U.S. policymakers as they engage with international partners. Join the Bipartisan Policy Center, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and the Harvard Global Health Institute, as experts discuss these reports and provide additional recommendations to shape the U.S. Response to Zika.

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