Week in DC: Events 4.18-22.2016

Monday, April 18th, 2016
Security In Asia: The UK’s Approach– Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 2:30-3:15pm
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036(map)
CSIS will host the United Kingdom’s Minister of State the Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP for a speech on strategic security issues and the UK’s all-of-Asia approach. From the Korean peninsula to Southeast Asia, the UK has made significant diplomatic and security investments in the region as part of its all-of-Asia approach. For example, as the only western P5 member with an embassy in Pyongyang, the UK brings unique insight to international security efforts to counter the North Korean nuclear threat. Minister Swire will outline the UK’s role as a security actor in the region and the ways in which transatlantic dialogue and cooperation on Asia can ensure a more secure and prosperous world. Appointed September 2012, Minister Swire is responsible for UK policy toward Asia, the Pacific and the Americas, as well as public and commercial diplomacy.  This event is made possible by general support to CSIS.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
How To Face Global Security Challenges In A Connected World?—US And Japanese Perspectives- The Stimson Center
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Stimson Center1211 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th floor, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
RSVP HERE The 9-11 terrorist attack in 2001 was a rude awakening to the entire world that the nature of the global security challenges are fundamentally shifting.  Now, in a world that has become increasingly interconnected, developments in one region has a rippling effect in other parts of the world.  In today’s world, we see security challenges on multiple fronts—quagmire in the Middle East, Russia’s adventurism in Europe, and an emergence of China that may potentially challenge the existing order and norms that have kept peace in the Asia-Pacific region for the last several decades.  How should the US and Japan respond to such challenges in an increasingly inter-connected world?

Private Sector Solutions For The Worldwide Refugee Crisis- Niskanen Center
Time: 12pm
Location: Dirksen Senate BuildingFirst St NE, Washington, DC 20002 (map)
Room: 562
The world is facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II. The United States government has promised to increase refugee resettlement but so far has not delivered. One innovative solution would allow private individuals to fund or sponsor refugees for admission. The United States has a long history of private refugee resettlement that should act as inspiration for new private sector-driven refugee admissions. Come join us for a discussion on privately funded refugee resettlement and possible designs for such a program with a panel of refugee scholars.

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Water, Security And US National Interests- Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Time: 12:30-2pm
Location: Johns Hopkins SAIS – Bernstein-Offit Building1717 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. (map) Room: 500
Please join ERE for a special lecture with our World Wildlife Practicum team on “Water, Security and National Interests”. The team – comprised of Yiran Lu, Katie Pogue & Maren Wenzel – will make a brief presentation on their findings and immediately following there will be a discussion with Dr. David Reed, Senior Policy Advisor and the World Wildlife Fund and Dr. Irving Mintzer, Climate Change expert and Professor, ERE SAIS.

Strategic Defense Challenges For The Next President– Heritage Foundation
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Heritage Foundation214 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002(map)
Whoever is selected as the next President of the United States will inherit one of the most difficult and important duties entrusted to the Commander and Chief: protecting our nation’s vital interests, both at home and abroad. Two of the most pressing challenges facing our nation are terrorism and the threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
The fastest and most effective way to deliver an EMP attack is to detonate a nuclear-tipped missile above U.S. territory. Should our adversaries obtain an EMP capability, our way of life could be irreversibly altered beyond recognition – within seconds. To prevent such a scenario and protect the nation, the United States must prioritize investing in a layered, comprehensive ballistic missile defense system that will deter our adversaries from acquiring and using missiles that can strike the homeland.
Join us for a discussion about the threats that the U.S. faces from terrorism and an EMP and what the response should be from the next president to strengthen strategic defense.

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
GMU School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs PhD Informational Session
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, Room 126
Drawing on world-class original research and high-level practical experience, our faculty prepare students to be creative and effective participants in policy-making and political discourse.  By working closely with these faculty to conduct research that influences decisions at the local, national and international levels, our PhD graduates emerge prepared for high-powered careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Trust But Verify : The Crisis In Biomedicine- New America Foundation
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Location: New America740 15th St NW #900, Washington, DC 20005, United States (map)
Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on scientific research? Research studies investigating other research studies – yes, it’s very meta – have diagnosed a “reproducibility” crisis in biomedicine. Simply put, it’s shockingly difficult to reproduce the results of many laboratory research studies relied upon as authoritative and definitive. As a result, the reliability of a large share of the research published about medicine and the biology of medicine is in question. The reasons vary from poor training of young scientists engaged in ever more complex and esoteric inquiries to perverse incentives that reward researchers for flashy findings but don’t penalize them for being wrong. Some errors are inevitable—in fact, it’s a part of science. But today’s reproducibility crisis is challenging the very idea that scientific knowledge expands by research studies that build upon each other. Is a transformation of the underlying culture of biomedical research necessary? How difficult will it be to accomplish?

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
Pakistan’s Search For Identity: An Inexplicable Trajectory- Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Johns Hopkins SAIS1740 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20036(map) Room: Kenney-Herter Auditorium – The Nitze Building
Join us for a conversation with Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University. She is the author of numerous books on Pakistan including “The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics” “The Pity Partitition: Manto’s Life, Times, and Works Across the India-Pakistan Divide” and Partisians of Allah: Jihad in South Asia” among others.


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