Week in DC: 7.18-22.2016

Monday, July 18, 2016
Naval Warfare: The Strategic Influence Of Sea Power- Institute of World Politics
Time: 4pm
Location: Institute of World Politics1521 16th Street NW Washington, DC (map)
The historical significance of sea power has been long since established. In 1890, naval expert Alfred Thayer Mahan authored a well-regarded and timeless book, ‘The Influence of Sea Power upon History’ which outlined the influential history and perpetual importance of naval warfare. The concepts in Mahan’s book have largely become a foundation for how experts currently regard naval strategy. Building off of these concepts, today’s lecture will explain the impact of naval thought on the current geo-political system and the modern implications of naval supremacy.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Iraqi Foreign Minister On Aid, ISIS And Reconciliation– United States Institute of Peace
Time: 1:30-2:30pm
Location: US Institute of Peace2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. (map)
As the government of Iraq fights a war against the extremist group, engagement with regional and international partners is essential in shaping the country’s future. Dr. Al-Jaafari, who has served as foreign minister since 2014, has worked with counterparts abroad to secure the military, humanitarian and development aid as well as the political support that Iraq needs to resolve the conflict, end political stagnation and assist the millions of citizens driven from their homes by the fighting. His address at USIP also will touch on the imperative for reconciliation to resolve underlying conflicts and stabilize areas after they are liberated from ISIS control.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
How To Defeat Terrorism In Iraq– Institute of World Politics
Time: 10:30am
Location: Institute of World Politics1521 16th Street NW Washington, DC (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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016
After ISIS: Politics, Deal-Making, And The Struggle For Iraq’s Future– Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Time: 9:30-11am
Location: The Wilson Center1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA (map)
As the Islamic State (ISIS) is rolled back and defeated in Iraq and Syria, the fight for Iraq’s political future will begin. On both a local and national level, a new political deal between the country’s parties and communities will be necessary to keep the country together. Liberated territories will need to be secured by forces acceptable to locals, populations will need to return, and towns must be rebuilt. In addition, intra-Kurdish politics and Baghdad-Erbil relations will need a new framework—whether the Kurds decide to stay or go. Underlying these dynamics is the poor state of the post-oil price decline economy of the Kurdish region.

Friday, July 22, 2016
Robots, AI And The Brain – Leaders Of The 4th Industrial Revolution- The World Future Society
Time: 8am-3:30pm
Location: Washington Hilton1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA(map)
Class Description: Are you prepared for the changes coming from the 4th Industrial Revolution – led by the advances in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Brain simulation and research? This session will explore the recent developments in these fields and project the potential impact on government, business, education, jobs, the home and society. During the session, we’ll explore the myths and past future perspectives of these technologies and discover the amazing realities of today. You’ll also get to experience and see some of these technologies in action, and finally define your own visions of the future of the revolution.

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