Week in DC: Events 1.30-23.2017

Monday, January 30th, 2017
America’s Place In The World – A Conversation With Former Secretary Of State Madeleine Albright- Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies
1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Please join the Center for Strategic and International Studies for a conversation with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the importance of American leadership and engagement in world affairs, the refugee crisis, and the situation in the Middle East.  Dr. Albright was the first woman to serve as America’s top diplomat.  She served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997.  Currently, Dr. Albright is chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group and Chair of Albright Capital Management.  She is also a professor in the practice of diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and is a member of the Defense Policy Board at the U.S. Department of Defense.  Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2012. The Smart Women, Smart Power (SWSP) initiative is designed to amplify the voices of women in foreign policy, national security, and international business.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
Oversharing? How Much Should Government Be Telling Us About Cybersecurity Risks?– New America Foundation
Time: 9-10:30am
Location: New America
740 15th St NW #900, Washington, DC(map)
What intervention can and should the federal government make available to others to help empower defense against cyber intrusions? The Russian intrusions associated with the 2016 presidential elections have reinvigorated the debate on this issue—including among cybersecurity experts. In light of the government’s response to the intrusions, New America’s own Robert M. Lee and Dave Weinstein have both come out publicly with well-argued but contrasting visions of the wisdom and utility of that response. At this event, Dave and Rob will join with other experts from the cybersecurity community to consider what the incoming administration can and should be releasing to help make America more cyber-secure.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Enemies Or Partners? Russia And Turkey In Syria– Bipartisan Policy Center
Time: 10-11:15am
Location: Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 I Street, NW Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20005 (map)
The roller coaster ride of Russian-Turkish relations, marked by violent incidents and rapid reversals, has absorbed the attention of anyone trying to make sense of Syria and the Middle East. In just over a year, Turkey has gone from shooting down a Russian jet to receiving Russian air support in its fight against ISIS in northern Syria. Now, with the new administration of President Trump, looking at this evolving relationship has become all the more important for understanding the prospects for U.S. foreign policy more broadly.
In the coming years Russian-Turkish relations will not only play a key role in shaping the future of Syria and the Islamic State, but also the fate of the Iran deal, NATO, and the Eurasian political order.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
The Spawn Of Frankenstein– New America Foundation
Time: 3-5:45pm
Location: New America
740 15th St NW #900, Washington, DC(map)
No work of literature has done more to shape the way people think about science and its moral consequences than Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein. Today, almost two centuries after the novel’s publication, advances in artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, robotics, and many other fields demonstrate the enduring salience of Frankenstein’s themes. Why are we still talking about Frankenstein? And what do we still have to learn from Victor Frankenstein and his creature, at a time when our scientific and technological capabilities make the novel’s premise of creating life in the lab more plausible than ever?  Join us on Thursday, February 2, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the legacy of Shelley’s Frankenstein and how the novel continues to influence the way that we confront emerging technologies, understand the complex relationships between creators and their creations, and weigh the benefits of innovation with its unforeseen pitfalls.

Friday, February 3rd, 2017
The State Of Security In Mexico: Why Are Homicides Increasing? How To Reduce The Violence?– Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Time: 8:45am-1pm
Location: The Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC (map)
Homicides appear to have increased significantly in parts of Mexico during 2016. By one calculation, organized crime related homicides increased roughly 49 percent between 2015 and 2016. October was the most violent month in nearly four years, and after two years of decline, 2016 roughly matched the homicide rate for 2013. Moreover, major cities like Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez that had experienced a decrease in homocides since 2012 saw a significant uptick. What is driving this troubling tren and what kinds of innovative programs are being implemented to reduce violence or prevent it altogether? Please join our panel of experts for a discussion about these and other questions.

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