Week in DC: Events 12.5-9.2016

Monday, December 5th, 2016
Cyber-securing The Nation: A Whole Of Nation Approach- New America Foundation
Time: 9:30am-noon
Location: New America 740 15th St NW #900 Washington, D.C. 20005, Washington, D.C. (map)
On December 1, President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity will deliver a report to the president with recommendations on bolstering the nation’s cybersecurity. While many of the likely recommendations will require federal government action, intentionally or not, the report will also underline the fact that enhancing national cybersecurity requires as much, if not more, action at the state and local levels. While the President considers the report, we’ll explore what more our states and cities can and should do to achieve these goals. Follow the conversation online with @NewAmCyber and #WONCyber.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
The Search For Cuba’s Food Security- Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Time: noon-2:30pm
Location: Johns Hopkins SAIS – Rome Building
1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. (map)
Room: Rome Auditorium
Pedro Sanchez is Research Professor of Tropical Soils at the University of Florida Soil & Water Sciences Department and core faculty of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems. At UF, he leads the development of a collaborative programs on food and agriculture in Cuba and incorporate faculty and students in the long-standing food security programs he continues to be involved in tropical Africa. Sanchez was formally Director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center and Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He served as Director General of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), co-chair of the United Nations Millennium Project Hunger Task Force, and director of the Millennium Villages Project. Sanchez has supervised research programs in over 25 countries of Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Sanchez has written groundbreaking books on tropical soil science and hunger, and has received honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), Guelph University (Canada), Ohio State University and North Carolina State University. He is the 2002 World Food Prize laureate, a 2004 MacArthur Fellow, and was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in 2012. Lunch will be provided. RSVP is required.

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
Defense Forum Washington 2016- U.S. Naval Institute
Time: 8am-12:15pm
Location: Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA (map)
Room: Knight Conference Center
The U.S. Naval Institute will host Defense Forum Washington on Wednesday, 7 December at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, DC. This annual conference brings together senior military and Members of Congress to address important and timely defense issues. This year, the conference will address: Competing Global Threats: What Are the Priorities?  Featured speakers for this year’s conference include Gen Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and VADM James G. Foggo III, USN, Director of Navy Staff and Former Commander, SIXTH Fleet. Registration is free and open to the public.

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
Closing The Gaps Of Maternal Health In Conflict And Crises– Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Time: 10am-noon
Location: The Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC (map)
Every day, about 800 women die from preventable complications during pregnancy and childbirth. More than half of those deaths take place in fragile states afflicted with armed conflict or high levels of violence. In the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, the global community needs to renew its commitment to leaving no mother behind, especially in areas ridden with conflict and crises. What is the latest data on maternal health in conflict and crises, and how does it translate into the realities on the ground? Where are the policy and funding gaps? What is the role of various stakeholders, such as the private sector, in closing these gaps? On December 8, please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, Harvard University’s Maternal Health Task Force, and the United Nations Population Fund for a discussion on these questions with a panel of experts. RSVP using the link in the column to the right.

Friday, December 9th, 2016
Future Conflict And Emerging Technologies – A New Tools For Science Policy Seminar- Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes
Times: 8:30-10:30am
Location: ASU Washington Center
1834 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC (map)
Rapid advances in technology are making the world more complex, interconnected, and dangerous—while undermining the long-standing tools, institutions, and assumptions we have developed to manage conflict. From the digital frontier of cyber conflict to the use of autonomous lethal military robots, the arenas, actors, and objectives of modern conflict are changing in unpredictable ways. Political upheavals at home and abroad have only intensified the sense that we are entering uncharted territory. Navigating this new geopolitical landscape requires understanding how emerging military and security technologies can affect strategy, warfare, and geopolitics. For our next New Tools for Science Policy seminar, join ASU Professor Braden Allenbyand The Intercept national security reporter Sharon Weinberger as they discuss the shifting dynamics of modern conflict.

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