Week in DC: Events 5.23-27.2016

Monday, May 23rd, 2016
The Changing Face Of Kremlin Propaganda: Recent Developments And Strategies For 2016- Atlantic Council
Time: noon
Location: Atlantic Council1030 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States (map)
Manipulation of the media space is a powerful tool in Russia’s “non-linear” war on the West. The Kremlin has weaponized TV, news, and social media by spreading disinformation, which portrays the West as hypocritical, declining, and seeking to dominate the global order. Russia’s propaganda manipulates national and international media, confusing and distracting citizens and policymakers. This campaign erodes global support for Western multilateral institutions and liberal democratic values. The West’s response to this growing threat to global security has, so far, been tepid and uncoordinated. As a result, the space for alternative Russian language news continues to shrink.
Independent Russian-language journalists operate in a state media-dominated environment on a daily basis. This panel will focus on the challenges they face and what the West should do to support independent Russian-language journalism.
We hope you can join us for this important and timely discussion.
On Twitter? Follow @ACEurasia and use #ACRussia

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Cybersecurity After Information Sharing- Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 8:30-10am
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Increasing the sharing of cyber threat intelligence has been the main focus of the US Government’s strategy to enhance the cyber posture of the United States. With the passage of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, what are the next steps that Congress and the incoming administration should take to successfully implement the legislation and to shore up the US cybersecurity posture?
Zika In The U.S: Can We Manage The Risk?– Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Time: 11a-12:15pm
Location: Woodrow Wilson Center1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20004 (map)
This month, for the first time, a fetus in Puerto Rico was infected by the Zika virus and diagnosed with microcephaly. Already, more than 500 Zika cases linked to foreign travel have been reported across the continental United States, from California to Maine – and several dozen of these affect pregnant women. Public health officials warn the Zika virus poses an imminent threat in the United States and we may only be a few steps closer to understanding the full spectrum of risks. How will U.S. officials manage the spread of the disease, while communicating a complex, evolving crisis to a worried nation?  Photo Credit: A woman in the Dominican Republic participates in an outreach program by the Office of the First Lady, courtesy of the Presidency of the Dominican Republic. Speakers: Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, Wilson Center Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health The Honorable Susan Molinari, Vice President for Public Policy, Google and former Congresswoman from New York Rear Admiral Anne Schuchat, MD, Principal Deputy Director, Center for Disease Control and Prevention Jason Beaubien, Global Health and Development Correspondent, NPR

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
The Hackers’ Bazaar: Markets For Cybercrime Tools And Stolen Data- RAND Corporation
Time: 6:30pm
Location: RAND Corporation1776 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90401, United States (map)
Criminal activities in cyberspace increasingly depend upon sophisticated and specialized markets that freely deal in the tools and the spoils of cybercrime. RAND researcher and DEF CON “Black Badge” winner Lillian Ablon outlines (1) the characteristics of these burgeoning black markets, (2) why we can expect more cybercriminal activity, and (3) why the ability to attack will likely outpace the ability to defend.

Cyber Risk Wednesday: What Is The Government’s Role In The Internet Of Things?– Atlantic Council
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: Atlantic Council1030 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States (map)
Nearly fifty years ago, the US government led the development of the internet, providing the resources and incentives necessary for its creation. Today, the source of technological innovation on the internet has shifted to the private sector. Traditional government roles of safeguarding citizens and stimulating innovation are on a collision course in connected cars, medical devices, and other areas where the consequences of failure are human life and public safety. How do these government roles translate to the Internet of Things, and how should tensions be resolved? This moderated panel discussion will explore where the US government should lead, follow, or get out of the way on matters related to the Internet of Things. By bringing together experts from both the public and private sector, the event will bring clarity to the roles and responsibilities of government and industry when dealing with the Internet of Things. A reception will follow the event. On Twitter? Follow @ACScowcroft and use #ACCyber.

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Subcommittee Hearing: The ISIS Genocide Declaration: What Next?U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Time: noon-3pm
Location: Rayburn House Office Building45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC (map)

Friday, May 27th, 2016
Turkey’s Defense-Industrial Policy– Atlantic Council
Time: 10:30-11:45am
Location: Atlantic Council1030 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States(map)
Please join us for the latest event in the Atlantic Council’s Defense-Industrial Policy Series, featuring a discussion on Turkey’s defense-industrial policy with Dr. Ismail Demir, Turkish undersecretary for defense industries, on Thursday, May 26, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Dr. Ismail Demir was appointed head of the undersecretariat for defense industries (SSM) in April 2014. Prior to this, he worked at Turkish Airlines, beginning in 2003 as training director before being promoted to senior technical officer in 2005 and chief executive officer in May 2006. Dr. Demir has also worked at several universities and research institutions in Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Canada between 1992 and 2003. He earned two master of science degrees in the United States and completed his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering at Washington State University. Dr. Demir earned his bachelor’s degree from the aeronautical engineering department of Istanbul Technical University in 1982. The Defense-Industrial Policy Series is a platform for senior government executives in defense and aerospace to address the public policies that shape these industries’ markets. By engaging the perspective of government leaders about issues at the interface of defense ministries and industries, the series aims to cultivate a constituency for practical solutions to these problems. Be sure to join us on Twitter by following @ACScowcroft and using #ACDefense for this event!
A Security System For The Two State Solution– Center for a New American Security
Time: 1:30-4pm
Location: Willard interContinental Hotel1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC, 20004(map)
The challenges associated with coming to a permanent status agreement between Israelis and Palestinians that can meet Israeli security requirements and Palestinian requirements for sovereignty and dignity are growing more challenging.  During the Oslo period of the 1990s security was considered the least challenging of the core final status issues when compared to borders, refugees, or Jerusalem. But the pull out from Gaza and regional instability in the aftermath of the Arab revolutions has made this issue a central challenge for any future negotiation. For the past year a team of American and Israeli former government and security officials have been working together on a study that details a sustainable security system to support a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The purpose of the study is to demonstrate, through deep and comprehensive analysis, that well thought-through security measures in the context of the two-state solution can provide Israel with a degree of security, equal or greater to the one provided today by its deployment into the West Bank, while at the same time being compatible with Palestinian requirements for sovereignty and dignity.





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