Week in DC 8.22-8.26.2016

Monday, August 22, 2016
The Challenges Of Addressing New Immigration Flows In Costa Rica– Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Time: 3:30-5pm
Location: Woodrow Wilson Center1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20004 (map)
As a nation of relative prosperity, safety and stability in Central America, Costa Rica has long attracted large numbers of migrants from the region. In recent years, it has drawn a growing influx from several Caribbean countries as well as from Africa and Asia, including some 22,000 Cubans seeking a route to the United States in 2015. The more than 400,000 immigrants residing in Costa Rica make up nearly ten percent of the country’s population. It should not be surprising that immigration issues are taking on increasing political and economic importance and posing new foreign policy challenges for Costa Rica within Central America and with the United States, Mexico, Cuba, and other nations. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion with President Solis on the multiple immigration challenges confronting Costa Rica, their impact on the country’s politics, economy, and international relations, and how the current administration is proposing to deal with them.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
American Umpire– Cato Institute
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Cato Institute1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001 (map)
Since the end of World War II, the United States has played a unique role in the world. It defended war-ravaged nations, enabling them to rebuild, and led a global coalition during the Cold War. Today it continues to provide security for other nations against a number of threats, from a rising China to non-state actors such as ISIS and al Qaeda. Washington also tries to adjudicate disputes, much as a baseball umpire ensures that the players obey the rules of the game. The United States and the rest of the world have benefited, but it has come at a cost. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have caused millions of Americans to question the nation’s global role. A new documentary, American Umpire, explores how the United States assumed these responsibilities in the first place. Then, through a series of interviews with prominent policymakers, scholars, military leaders, and journalists, it considers possible options for the future. Writer and producer Elizabeth Cobbs will join us for a special screening of the film, followed by a discussion, with a distinguished panel of experts, of its implications for U.S. foreign policy. Please join us.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
An Uncertain Climate: How Might Brexit Impact Energy And Environmental Law?– Environmental Law Institute
Time: 12:30-1:30pm
Location: online
The United Kingdom’s recent vote to leave the European Union will have wide-ranging political, economic, and legal impacts, many of which will not be determined until the formal process to leave is completed. The majority of environmental standards and protection regimes in the UK are derived from EU directives, with national law mostly focused on enforcement. Should an agreement to withdraw from the EU be reached, current EU treaties, directives, and regulations will no longer apply to the UK, which could have a profound impact on environmental, energy, and climate legislation and policy on the national level. Some experts argue that the Brexit will give the UK more flexibility to enact environmental laws that are targeted to its own domestic concerns. Others believe that leaving the EU will spur environmental deregulation and have a negative impact on investments in clean energy. As the UK enters this period of transition and uncertainty, questions are raised regarding the UK’s future role in the EU emissions trading system, Brexit’s impact on the Paris Agreement and changes to national-level environmental laws.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Global Health And Foreign Policy With HHS Asst. Sec. Jimmy Kolker– Young Professionals in Foreign Policy
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: International Student House of Washington DC1825 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA (map)
Global health diplomacy leverages a widely agreed-upon goal—a healthier, safer world—to develop the foundation for diplomatic relations in other sectors. Join YPFP an Project HOPE NEXTGen for a discussion with Jimmy Kolker, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, on the role of global health diplomacy in foreign policy and global security.

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