Week in DC: Events 5.16-20.2016

Monday, May 16th, 2016
The Department Of Defense Cyber Strategy: An Assessment- Homeland Security Policy Institute
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: Cloyd Heck Marvin Center800 21st St NW #505, Washington, DC 20052 (map)
Grand Ballroom | Third Floor
The Center for Cyber & Homeland Security (CCHS) at the George Washington University would like to invite you to attend a special forum on the Department of Defense Cyber Strategy to be convened jointly with Northrop Grumman Corporation. Particular attention will be accorded to the issue of Cyber Deterrence.
Keynote –Congressman James R. Langevin (D-RI) – Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, House Armed Services Committee, U.S. House of Representatives; and Co-Chair, Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus

‘Crimes Against The Security Of The Nation’: World War II, The Cold War, And The Evolution Of Mexico’s Anti-Subversion Laws, 1941-1970– Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: Wilson Center1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004(map)
While, until recently, relatively little attention has been given to the importance of international conditions in accounting for the longevity of Mexico’s post-revolutionary regime, Halbert Jones will show how World War II and the Cold War played a pivotal role in enabling successive Mexican governments to enact, expand, and apply one of its most controversial legal tools, a provision in the federal penal code criminalizing what it described as acts of “social dissolution.”  The legislation, in force from 1941 to 1970, prescribed severe penalties for vaguely defined crimes of subversion, and it was invoked over the course of those decades against striking workers, student protesters, and a famous communist muralist, among others who were said to be spreading “foreign propaganda” and undermining national security.  By the time Mexico’s 1968 student movement called for the repeal of the measure, however, it had become a symbol of what critics saw as the arbitrary nature of the regime.  The removal of the provision from the books in 1970 – and its replacement with a clause introducing the new crime of “terrorism” – therefore highlights the ability of an authoritarian political system to adapt to changing international and domestic political conditions.

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Drone Proliferation: Impacts On Security, Strategy, And Policy- The Stimson Center
Time: 9:30-11am
Location: Stimson Center1211 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th floor, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Drones are increasingly used in military operations around the world. While the United States maintains a temporary dominance in its use of armed drones, it does not hold a monopoly on the technology and several countries continue to seek similar programs and capabilities. These patterns raise a number of questions about the impact of drone proliferation on international security and stability. As more countries join the ranks of those using drones as a regular part of their military arsenals, the potential future uses of drones could change the ways in which conflicts are fought, peace is maintained, and the balance of power is sustained or upended. RSVP HERE

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Chemical Weapons In The Middle East: Accountability And Deterrence- Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 2-4pm
Location: CSIS1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036(map)
Second Floor Conference Room C
In March 2016, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) released a report describing the toll on the Syrian population from chemical attacks: 161 chemical attacks, with 14,581 victims, and at least 1,141 deaths since 2012. Will the use of these weapons inspire more use and proliferation – of not only chemical weapons but perhaps even more deadly weapons – or will it galvanize the international community to stiffen its resolve to prevent proliferation and hold those who use these weapons accountable? Please join the CSIS International Security Program for a panel discussion on the prospects for curbing chemical weapons use and exploring mechanisms for accountability.

Is ISIS Economically And Socially Sustainable?– Cato Institute
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: Cato Institute1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001 (map)
Please join us for a discussion by two experts on one of the most important and consequential issues the United States faces today. In 2014, a militant group calling itself the Islamic State, or ISIL, but more generally known as ISIS, attracted widespread attention with several military victories in Iraq and Syria — particularly the takeover of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Cries of alarm escalated substantially a few months later after ISIS performed and webcast several beheadings of defenseless Western hostages. Unlike other groups designated as terrorist organizations, ISIS actually seeks to hold and govern — and then expand its control over — territory. Moreover, unlike the more wary al-Qaeda central, ISIS welcomes fighters from abroad. Some fear the potential return of people with Western passports who have joined it, as well as potential homegrown terrorists who might be inspired by ISIS’ propaganda or example. ISIS obtains finances by selling oil and antiquities and by extorting, or taxing, people under its control. Key to its success or failure is whether it will be able to fund itself through such activities and whether its social and economic viability can be undermined. In this panel, Howard Shatz and Jacob Shapiro will assess the degree to which the Islamic State is a viable economic and social entity, and the degree to which it is vulnerable. Please join us for what will be a highly informative event about a situation of significant importance.
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Thursday, May 19th, 2016
The Power Of Policy Reform: Food Security & The Private Sector- Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 10:10-11:15am
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
The U.S. Government has aligned its development investments to address global food security with country-led plans. Government ownership is inherently intertwined with a sound policy environment, which is critical to increase private sector investment in agricultural systems. Engaging and enabling the private sector along supply chains supports continued economic growth in emerging markets and better leverages U.S. assistance in agricultural development. This panel will highlight the role that policy reform and agricultural development plays in catalyzing market integration, economic development, and food security.

Combating Infectious Disease: The Unfolding Threat Of Zika– Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 1:15-2:30pm
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
In U.S. coastal areas, in Puerto Rico, in Brazil and virtually every other country in the western hemisphere, there is the rising threat that the swift spread of the Zika virus will result in an epidemic of infants born with severe brain damage and adults who suffer paralysis. Poor women in their child bearing years, and their partners, are especially vulnerable. This plenary session will examine the evolving response, at home and abroad, to what WHO declared on February 1 to be a global health emergency. It will address financing gaps; the capacities essential to control mosquitoes and the delivery of health services; the economic and developmental implications; the evolving science surrounding Zika and efforts to accelerate the development of vaccines and rapid tests; and the centrality of high-level political leadership.

Friday, May 20th, 2016
The Role Of Diplomacy In The Future Of European Security- Atlantic Council
Time: 11:30am
Location: Atlantic Council1030 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States (map)
To Europe’s east, Russia seeks to roll back the gains of the post-Cold War period by rewriting the rules fundamental to Europe’s security.  To the south, the erosion of state authority and borders in the Middle East threatens Europe with mass refugee flows and violent extremism.  At the same time, a loss of strategic purpose challenges Europe’s unity and core values.  In response to the crisis related to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, the Swiss Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) launched the Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project to restore a vision for European security based on inclusive and constructive security dialogue across the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian regions.  Please join us on Friday, May 20 at 11:30 a.m. EST for a discussion, held in partnership with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, with a delegation from the Panel of Eminent Persons and the OSCE Secretary General to discuss the way forward for European security. The Panel members will speak to their findings in Back to Diplomacy: Final Report and Recommendations of the Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project (http://www.osce.org/networks/205846).

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