Week in DC: Events 10.10-10.14.2016

Monday, October 10th, 2016
Columbus Day 

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Conflict Prevention And Resolution Forum: Fragile States And Conflict Prevention Challenges– Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Time: 9:30-11am
Location: Johns Hopkins SAIS – Rome Building1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. (map) Room: Rome Auditorium
Approximately 1 billion individuals live in “fragile and conflict-affected countries” across the world. A fragile state is considered one in which a lack of governmental capacity leaves citizens vulnerable to a range of shocks, amongst which violence prevails. With a lack of funding for conflict prevention in fragile states, these countries are left without recourse. It is important to examine the lifesaving role conflict prevention can provide these countries as they move towards sustaining long term peace and social cohesion. Join us on October 11th for an in depth discussion with two leading experts: Nancy Lindborg, President, United States Institute of Peace. Ozong Agborsangaya-Fiteu, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank FCV. The discussion will be moderated by:Daniel Serwer, Director of the Conflict Management Program, SAIS.

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
GMU Biodefense PhD Open House – October 12th! Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 11.00.29 AM
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for an upcoming PhD information session at our Fairfax Campus (Johnson Center, Room 334) on Wednesday, October 12th, from 7-8:30pm. We’ll be  discussing the nuts and bolts of the program, classes offered, and student perspectives on their PhD in biodefense!

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Bio/Agro-Defense Policy: America’s Food Supply, Health, And Economy At Risk– Bipartisan Policy Center
Time: 10am
Location: Bipartisan Policy Center1225 I Street, NW Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20005 (map)
Join the Bipartisan Policy Center and Kansas State University on Thursday, October 13 for panel discussions on the threat of bio/agroterrorism, highlighting the importance of agriculture in biosecurity, as well as potential strategies, tactics, and policy solutions for the next administration. The 2015 bipartisan report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Biodefense reported that, despite progress on many fronts, the nation remains highly vulnerable to biological threats. A critical consideration in the national dialogue on biodefense includes the need to protect American’s food supply and agriculture economy. A biological attack on the $1 trillion agriculture sector would have devastating economic, social, and political fallout, and it is critical to promote engagement and awareness in the biosecurity debate. The event will be streamed live on this page. To view the video, please use either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your web browser. Join the discussion on Twitter: @BPC_Bipartisan #BPClive

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Don’t Miss the Biological Threats in the 21st Century Book Launch!
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Make sure to RSVP by Sunday for the upcoming (October 14th)  book launch of Biological Threats in the 21st Century! Biological Threats in the 21st Century introduces readers to the politics, people, science and historical roots of contemporary biological threats through rigorous and accessible chapters written by leading scholars and supplemented by expert point-of-view contributions and interviews. The book launch will feature a panel discussion on the threat of biological weapons and the role of scientists in bioweapons non-proliferation and disarmament. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be available, first come, first serve, beginning at 11:45 AM so please RSVP. Attendants will also be able to pick up the book at a 15% discount.

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