Week in DC: Events 5.2-5.6.2016

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
A Forgotten Conflict– Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Nagorno-Karabakh is the oldest of all post-Soviet conflicts, frozen and otherwise.  Unresolved, yet only sporadically violent for over twenty years, the ceasefire has mostly held—even without the sort of international peacekeeping presence often required to quiet wars like this one.  At the same time, the most recent outbreak of fighting a month ago underlines the fragility of the situation, and illustrates how tenuous any hopes of peace are. Leila Alieva will discuss the structural and instrumental factors that have kept this conflict unresolved and assess what has led to the most recent violence. She will also present her views of how Russia’s role in this conflict has developed and whether that evolution has made the prospects for peace better or worse. Finally, she will outline possible ways ahead towards a more resilient peace in the region. Dr. Leila Alieva is currently an Academic Visitor at St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. She is a prolific author on topics related to Caucasus and post-Soviet economic and security issues. She has been affiliated with Harvard University, University of California, Berkeley, The Kennan Institute, The National Endowment for Democracy, the NATO Defense College, and Uppsala University. In Azerbaijan, she was founder and chair of the Center for National and International Studies and directed an independent Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Political And Security Crises In Afghanistan: The Future Of The Unity Government Middle East Institute
Time: noon-1:30pm
Location: Carnegie Endowment- Choate Room1779 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington District of Columbia 20036 (map)
The Middle East Institute’s (MEI) Louis R. Hughes Lecture Series is pleased to host Ali JalaliMichael KugelmanOmar Samad, and Scott Smith for an examination of the political and security challenges facing Afghanistan’s government and how they are likely to play out over the next several months. Public confidence in Afghanistan has been shaken by deteriorating security, a stagnant economy, and factionalism. Many question if parliamentary elections can be organized on schedule, or be seen as legitimate if they happen. If milestones on the constitutional roadmap – electing a parliament, convening a Loya Jirga, establishing the office of prime minister – are not met, what consequences could follow? Can the government and army reverse Taliban gains and reduce the violence plaguing the country? And what more can the U.S. and international partners do to promote security and stability?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Environmental Security: A Crucible In The South China Sea East-West Center
Time: 12:30-2pm
Location: East-West Center1819 L St NW #600, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Sixth Floor Conference RoomThe growing use of the ocean as a laboratory has global scientific, environmental, legal and policy implications. The panelists will explain relationships between marine scientific research and the marine environmental provisions of the United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea on the following panels: James Borton – “The Convergence of Science and Geopolitics in the South China Sea;” Dr. John McManus – ” Damage to the Coral Reefs of the Spratly Islands: Regional Consequences and a Peace Park Solution;” and Dr. Nong Hong – ” Environmental Security as a Driving Force of Cooperation in the South China Sea.”

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
What Does Climate Change Have To Do With Zika? Brookings Institution
Time: 9-11am
Location: Brookings Institution1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 (map)
One threat to children’s health posed by rising temperature may be the expanding range of disease-carrying mosquitoes. A good example is the spread of the Aedea aegypti mosquito which transmits the Zika virus thought to cause microcephaly in infants as well as yellow fever, dengue fever, and chicungunya. The Obama administration has proposed a $1.9 billion dollar initiative to address the Zika threat, although there is wrangling in Congress about how to pay for the initiative.On May 4, Princeton University and the Brookings Institution will release the spring 2016 issue of The Future of Children. The title of the issue is “Children and Climate Change.” The journal contains nine chapters dealing with various effects of climate change on children. Also released on May 4 will be a policy brief, “Children and Temperature: Taking Action Now,” which reviews the threat posed to children’s health by rising temperatures, especially the link between rising temperatures and the spread of mosquitoes and the Zika virus. The event will focus on the Obama administration’s initiative and will include a keynote address by Debra Lubar, Director, Office of Appropriations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The event will also feature remarks by a panel of experts with extensive knowledge about the impact of rising temperatures on children’s health. All participants will take questions from the audience.You can join the conversation and tweet questions for the panelists at #ZikaClimate.

Harbingers Of Future War: Implications For The Army With Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster- Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 11am-noon
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Please join us for a discussion with Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Featuring:
Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, USA
Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Moderated by:
Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks
Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and, Director, International Security Program, CSIS
The Military Strategy Forum is made possible with support from Rolls-Royce North America.

Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Transmission Across Species And Disciplines In Disease Ecology, Dr. Paul C. Cross– Georgetown University
Time: 12:30-1:30pm
Location: Georgetown University37 St NW and O St NW, Washington, DC (map)
Dr. Paul C. Cross – Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, USGS & Department of Interior

U.S. Nuclear Policy Post-2016 Conference- Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Critical questions regarding the future of the nuclear enterprise – fueled by rising global threats, questions about modernization, President Obama’s Prague legacy, and a looming nuclear posture review – will need to be addressed quickly by the next administration. Please join the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues and International Security Program for a one-day conference that will review the significant nuclear enterprise challenges facing the next president.

Friday, May 6th, 2016
What Gridlock And Polarization Mean For American Democracy– Bipartisan Policy Center
Time: 9am-11am
Location: Bipartisan Policy Center1225 I Street, NW Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20005 (map)
Partisan polarization has deep roots in and a large impact on our political system. As polarization has worsened, Congress and the administration have been less willing and able to confront some of the largest public policy questions facing the country. Is the status quo sustainable? Join us, along with the National Capital-Area Political Science Association, on May 6 as a panel of contributors to the new book American Gridlock: The Sources, Character, and Impact of Political Polarization weigh in on polarization in the public, national institutions, states, and media and the implications for the future of functioning American democracy. Join the discussion on Twitter: @BPC_Bipartisan #BPClive

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