Week in DC: Events July 11-15, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016
How To Defeat Terrorism In Iraq– Institute of World Politics
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: The Institute of World Politics1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA (map)
Sheikh Jamal al-Dhari will share his vision for his country: a political re-crafting of the existing government structure away from sectarianism and towards a new consitution based on Iraqi national citizenship and inclusive of participation from all sectarian communities. HE Sheikh Jamal al-Dhari is the Chairman of the Iraq National Project and President of Peace Ambassadors for Iraq (PAFI). One of the leaders of the al-Zoba tribe in Iraq, he is the nephew of the late Islamic scholar and religious leader Sheikh Harith al-Dhari. Jamal was born in the Abu Ghraib district of Iraq on July 16, 1965. He grew up within the al-Zoba tribe and in the 1970s he attended the Hafsa School. In the 1980s, Jamal was conscripted into the Iraqi Army to fight in the Iran- Iraq War.  During his time on the frontline, he fought alongside both Sunni and Shia officers and friends, in the Iraqi Republican Guard. Following the 2003 invasion of Iraq by coalition forces, Jamal was a strong proponent of Iraqi nationalism and self-rule.  In 2005, he and his family fought against al-Qaeda’s occupation of Iraqi territory and, as a consequence, Jamal lost 70 members of his family in the struggle. In 2014, Jamal helped to establish the nonprofit think tank Peace Ambassadors for Iraq, whose purpose is to advocate for a renewed system of government in Iraq, to determine the best policies to fully eliminate ISIS/Daesh and other terrorist forces from Iraq, and to build international support for an all-inclusive Iraq. Presently, Jamal is working for a renewal in Iraq by forging a non-sectarian and inclusive settlement for all Iraqis.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Opportunities And Challenges In Implementing The Iran Nuclear Deal– Bipartisan Policy Center
Time: 10am-noon
Location: Bipartisan Policy Center1225 I Street, NW Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20005 (map)
On July 14, 2015, President Obama announced that international negotiators had reached agreement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), “a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” Robust debate followed, with supporters of the deal arguing that it would put in place verifiable restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program and critics worried that it would do too little to prevent Iranian cheating while leaving other issues—Iran’s ballistic missiles and its support for terrorism, for example—off the table. As the first anniversary of the JCPOA approaches, it is possible to assess how the deal has fared thus far and what challenges or opportunities its implementation might present going forward. Please join the Bipartisan Policy Center for a keynote address by Ambassador Stephen Mull, the State Department’s lead coordinator for Iran nuclear implementation, and an expert panel discussion. The event will be streamed live on this page. Join the discussion on Twitter: @BPC_Bipartisan#BPClive

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Russia’s AIDS Epidemic: Truths, Policies, And Future Outlook– Center on Global Interests
Time: 10:30-noon
Location: Human Rights Council 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington DC, 20036 (map)
Russia is home to one of Europe’s largest and fastest growing HIV/AIDS infected populations. As of 2016, more than 1 million people are registered on the country’s official HIV-positive list. What factors led to Russia’s AIDS epidemic, and will it continue to grow? How have policymakers responded to the crisis? And what do these responses say about Russia’s current political, social, and economic environment? As the world’s public health leaders prepare to meet in South Africa for the AIDS 2016 summit, the Center on Global Interests is pleased to invite you to this timely discussion with Robert Heimer, Professor of Epidemiology and Pharmacology at the Yale School of Public Health and Olga Levina, Development Director at Stellit, a St. Petersburg-based public health NGO. Judyth Twigg, Professor of Political Science and senior fellow (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies will moderate the conversation.

Space And The Right To Self Defense– Hudson Institute
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Location: Hudson Institute 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 400 Washington, DC 200041201 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 400 (map)
On July 13th, Hudson Institute will host a release event for Space and the Right to Self Defense featuring Senator Tom Cotton, Senator Jon Kyl, and retired Army general Charles Jacoby. Hudson Institute Fellow Rebeccah Heinrichs, the study director, will moderate the discussion. For decades, the United States has enjoyed pre-eminent military stature, due in large part to overwhelming technological advantages since World War II. However, the United States has not prioritized maintaining this unrivaled advantage over near-peer competitors like Russia and China, and even rogue states like North Korea and Iran. Investments in missile technology and antisatellite systems have enabled adversarial nations to put critical American targets at risk, from the homeland and deployed forces to space assets. Hudson Institute will host a discussion with Senator Kyl and General Jacoby, both members of the study’s Senior Review Group, and Senator Cotton on the study’s recommendation to invest in current missile defense technologies, improve space situational awareness, and move forward on a space-based interceptor layer.

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Cyber Risk Thursday: Online Communities And The Future Of National Security– Atlantic Council
Time: 4pm
Location: Atlantic Council1030 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA (map)
Internet connectivity has empowered communities of people in unprecedented ways, enabling them to interact across physical borders while gaining access to new technologies like 3D printing, biohacking, and artificial intelligence. Highly skilled communities of security researchers, tinkerers, hobbyists, and innovators advance science and engineering faster than governments and companies can catch up. However, hacktivists and terrorist groups can employ these very same skills and tools to conduct disruptive cyber attacks. Can the overwhelming number of good actors in these online communities of interest be creatively mobilized to combat nefarious activities in their midst? Must we trade innovation for national security, or can they reinforce each other? What happens when you drop military counterproliferation operators into the hacker spaces of Silicon Valley?

Friday, July 15, 2016
The Future Of Emergency Management Symposium
Time: 8am-12:30pm
Location: University of the District of Columbia4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA (map)
A Symposium, to begin a dialogue on the challenges confronted in emergency management and to support the development of current and future emergency management practitioners as we move forward in a rapidly changing world.  We are committed to changing the face of emergency management to be both more reflective of and responsive to all communities, particularly those that have been historically underserved. The world is changing. It has become both smaller and more interconnected. It is beset by continuing and emerging threats from our natural environment: weather, climate change, disease – as well as threats initiated by human agency. In this environment, the Emergency Manager is the centerpiece around which our communities are secured and kept safe.

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