Week in DC: Events 3.28-4.1.2016

Monday, March 28th, 2016
Enterprise Risk Management: A Form Of Organizational Self-Defense– Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA)
Time: 12:30-1:30pm
Location: The George Washington University School of Business2201 G St NW, Washington, DC 20052 (map)
Room 652
A disturbing pattern has hit too many companies and government agencies: Everything seems to be going well when suddenly news comes about a serious failure from deep in the organization. Depending on the organization, this might involve defective automobile airbags, or a failure of federal health services for veterans, or a massive data breach, for example. Public outrage follows swiftly and senior leaders are sent packing in favor of a new team that promises to conduct a full investigation and clean up the mess. Such incidents come to light with increasing frequency. Chastened by risks that emerge at unexpected times and in unexpected ways, leaders increasingly turn to a form of organizational self-defense known as Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). ERM builds on a simple question: looking at the organization as a whole, what are the risks that could prevent my company or government agency from accomplishing its mission? Thomas H. Stanton will discuss ERM, lessons from the Financial Crisis, and ERM’s applications to government organizations.

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
Beyond The Nuclear Security Summits: The Role Of Centers Of Nuclear Security Excellence– Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 9:45am-noon
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Please join the CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program as it explores  BEYOND THE NUCLEAR SECURITY SUMMITS: THE ROLE OF CENTERS OF NUCLEAR SECURITY EXCELLENCE on March 29, from 9:45am – 12:00pm. In advance of the final Nuclear Security Summit, we will bring together leaders from three Centers of Excellence to share how their centers have helped build nuclear security in East Asia as well as discuss what the future may hold for them in the post-summit environment. Dr. Jongsook Kim, Director General of the Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control International Nuclear Nonproliferation and Security Academy,  Mr. Yosuke Naoi, Deputy Director of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Safety, and Mr. Zhenhua Xu (invited), Deputy Director General of China State Nuclear Security Technology Center will brief on the current status of their centers.

Meeting Today’s Global Security Challenges with General Joseph F. Dunford– Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 10-11am
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Please join the Center for Strategic and International Studies for a Military Strategy Forum with the 19th Chairmain of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. Gen Duford will discuss how the Department of Defense is thinking about meeting all of today’s global security challenges.

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
David Ignatius And Pentagon’s Robert Work On The Latest Tools In Cyber Defense– Washington Post Live
Time: 8:30-11:30am
Location: The Washington Post1301 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20071 (map)
The next commander in chief will face complex challenges in a world marked by wars and cyber crimes, polarized by ideological beliefs and divided by seismic shifts in geopolitics. The U.S. is struggling to contain a growing Islamic State, and Syria’s humanitarian crisis and civil war has deepened and become more complicated. Seas are rising and communities imperiled by climate change face severe erosion. Disease and natural disaster have devastated parts of the world laden with shortages and aggravated by drought, famine and lack of infrastructure. China’s economy is contracting, rogue players have access to the Internet and how the U.S. keeps pace in a rapidly changing world will take epoch-making consideration. In a year voters are anxious and angry, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius will interview newsmakers in defense, intelligence and national security in live onstage conversations to better understand what’s at stake for the world in 2016 and beyond. Ignatius’s first conversation on March 30 will be with Robert Work, the deputy secretary of defense, who has been a major player in evaluating the DOD budget and a leading voice for the Pentagon in cyber defense and innovation. Before becoming second in command at the Pentagon, Work was chief executive of the Center for a New American Security, undersecretary of the Navy and a leader for Navy issues in President Obama’s Department of Defense Transition Team. Ignatius wrote in a recent column that Pentagon officials, Work included, are discussing more openly how advances in artificial intelligence and robot weapons are powerful and necessary to combat and deter threats.

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Decoding The Encryption Dilemma: A Conversation On Backdoors, Going Dark, And Cybersecurity– Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Time: 9-10:30am
Location: Information Technology and Innovation Foundation1101 K Street, N.W. Suite 610, Washington, D.C. 20005 (map)
As a steady stream of advancements in encryption have made products and services more secure for consumers and businesses, some members of the law enforcement and intelligence community have grown concerned that these innovations will inhibit their ability to prevent terrorism and prosecute crimes. While these advancements will undoubtedly impact how the government fights crime and terrorism, attempts to limit encryption are impractical, create new cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and make it more difficult for U.S. companies to compete abroad. At this event, ITIF will discuss a new report that analyzes the current proposals put forth to address the “going dark” problem. Following a presentation on the report, panelists will offer their reactions and discuss how policymakers can harness the benefits of encryption and put in place policies that both encourage advances in cryptography and protect the rule of law.

Understanding Conflict: Conflict Management And African Studies Program Field Trip To Senegal- Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Time: 4:30-6pm
Location: Johns Hopkins SAIS – Rome Building1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. (map)
Room: Rome Auditorium
15 students from the Conflict Management and African Studies Program spent a week in Senegal in January 2016 to get a deeper undestanding of the conflict in Casamance.  Students will present their conclusions and recommendations as they launch their trip report.

Friday, April 1st, 2016
The Emerging Law Of 21st Century War– Brookings Institution
Time: 10am-noon
Location: Brookings Institution1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 (map)
As the threats posed by violent extremism rise worldwide, governments are struggling to respond in ways that are both effective and in conformity with international and domestic laws. Halting terrorist financing, online recruitment and radicalization, and cyberwarfare are just some of the areas that demand a careful balancing of multiple interests including the protection of freedom of speech, religion, privacy and the Internet. Tools employed in more recent warfare such as the use of drones, private security contractors, and controversial detention tactics add further complexity to the delicate tension between protecting security and human rights. The transnational nature of terrorism requires better international cooperation and coordination across multiple disciplines, as well as greater coherence amongst legal regimes.On April 1, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings and The Hague Institute for Global Justice will host legal expert Harold Hongju Koh to deliver the Third Annual Justice Stephen Breyer Lecture on International Law, which addresses critical issues of international law, justice, and policy. Koh will offer an in-depth discussion about the future of international norms as they relate to cybersecurity and counterterrorism. We are also honored to feature Ard van der Steur, the Netherlands minister for justice and security and current chair of the European Council of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers, will provide a national and European perspective on these issues. Ingrid van Engelshoven, deputy mayor of The Hague, will provide brief opening remarks. Following the keynote presentation, Koh; Minister van der Steur; and Michele Conisx, president of Eurojust, will join a panel discussion moderated by Abi Williams, president of The Hague Institute for Global Justice. After the program, the speakers will take questions from the audience.This event will be live webcast.

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