Week in DC: Events 5.29.2016-6.3.2016

Monday, May 30th, 2016
Happy Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
The Iran Nuclear Deal: Prelude To Proliferation In The Middle East?– Brookings Institution
Time: 9:30-11am
Location: Brookings Institution1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 (map)
Sign up to watch the live webcast instead »The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) adopted by Iran and the P5+1 partners in July 2015 was an effort not only to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons but also to avert a nuclear arms competition in the Middle East. But uncertainties surrounding the future of the Iran nuclear deal, including the question of what Iran will do when key JCPOA restrictions on its nuclear program expire after 15 years, could provide incentives for some of its neighbors to keep their nuclear options open.In their Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Series monograph, “The Iran Nuclear Deal: Prelude to Proliferation in the Middle East?,” Robert Einhorn and Richard Nephew assess the current status of the JCPOA and explore the likelihood that, in the wake of the agreement, regional countries will pursue their own nuclear weapons programs or at least latent nuclear weapons capabilities. Drawing on interviews with senior government officials and non-government experts from the region, they focus in depth on the possible motivations and capabilities of Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates for pursuing nuclear weapons. The monograph also offers recommendations for policies to reinforce the JCPOA and reduce the likelihood that countries of the region will seek nuclear weapons.On May 31, the Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative will host a panel to discuss the impact of the JCPOA on prospects for nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. Brookings Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of Foreign Policy Suzanne Maloney will serve as moderator. Panelists include H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba, ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States; Derek Chollet, counselor and senior advisor for security and defense policy at the German Marshall Fund; Brookings Senior Fellow Robert Einhorn; and Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Richard Nephew.Following the discussion, panelists will take questions from the audience. This event will be live webcast.

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.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
How Jihadists Weaponize Islamic History And How To De-Weaponize It- Westminster Institute
Time: 7:30-8:45pm
Location: Westminster Institute6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101, United States (map)
Religious extremists in the Middle East, both Sunni and Shia, have succeeded in weaponizing history. They wield an airbrushed version of past events to inform and legitimize their actions and strategies. We can counteract their revisionism by drawing on the fields of Islamic history, contemporary politics, strategy, media, and psychology.

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Plenary Session For The CISA End-of-year Breakout Exercise Themed ‘Regional Threats From ISIS’- College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University
Time: 8:30am-3pm
Location: 260 5th Avenue SW Lincoln Hall Auditorium, Fort McNair (map)
Room: Washington, D.C. 20319-5066
This final briefing is designed for CISA-NDU Counterterrorism Fellows to apply the analytical framework that they learned throughout the academic year to develop strategy in a real-time environment.  The primary participants are the 59 CISA students of the International Counterterrorism Class of 2016 divided into eight regionally aligned groups focusing on terrorist threats on six continents.  The students attend from 31 countries, and are typically senior military officers.

Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Capitol Hill Defense Acquisition Reform – 6.3.16- Lexington Institute
Time: noon-3pm
Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC (map)
Room: SD-106
The Lexington Institute is organizing a Capitol Hill forum on Friday, June 3rd to discuss defense acquisition reform opportunities. We hope you will be able to attend. (Lunch provided)
Acquisition reform is crucial to sustaining the technological edge of America’s military. With defense budgets capped and other nations investing heavily in new warfighting technology, the United States cannot allow its military investments to be stalled or wasted by inefficient practices.
The defense department’s Better Buying Power initiatives have made a good start at slowing cost increases in major weapons programs and improving the professionalism of the acquisition workforce.  But the department needs further improvement if it is to be a truly efficient buyer of military hardware and services.
In particular, the Department of Defense needs to become a customer that can unlock the full innovative potential of American industry.  That requires both incentivizing traditional suppliers to perform and reaching out to non-traditional suppliers.  The government-industry team needs to minimize tensions and build trust so that American warfighting technology is unsurpassed in its performance and cost-effectiveness.
Click here to view the CSPAN video of our last acquisition event.

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