Week in DC: Events 9.19-9.23.2016

Monday, September 19th, 2016
Nuclear Security Summit & Workshop 2016– Georgetown University
Time: 8:55am-6pm
Location: Georgetown University37 St NW and O St NW, Washington, DC (map)
The Georgetown University School of Medicine and Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service ‘s Science, Technology & International Affairs (STIA) are proud to invite you to the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit. This event will take place over two days (September 19th and 20th, 2016) at Georgetown. The summit focuses on four topics: (1) Nuclear policy & international collaborations; (2) Nuclear security (weapons control); (3) Nuclear security (nuclear power plant safeties); (4) Tools to assess ionizing radiation and its impacts. Ambassador Robert Gallucci, who served as the Dean of the School of Foreign Service for 13 years until 2009, kindly agreed to present a keynote address for this year’s summit.

Reception For Ebola Through The Lens– Open Society Foundations
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Open Society Foundations 224 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019, USA (map)
Join us at the Open Society Foundations office for a reception for the photography exhibit Ebola Through the Lens in advance of its New York debut at Photoville. The exhibition was originally conceived and installed at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa regional headquarters in Dakar, Senegal, and is currently on view at its satellite office in Conakry, Guinea. The reception will feature short presentations from three contributing photojournalists—Jane Hahn, Jonathan Bundu, and Morgana Wingard—and the screening of a short documentary film.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
Weapons Of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality And Threatens Democracy– Politics and Prose
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Politics & Prose1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA (map)
O’Neil, the author of Doing Data Science and a regular commentator on the Slate Money podcast, specializes in demystifying Big Data. Following an average person from college to retirement, she homes in on decisive moments—winning a scholarship, landing a job, getting a loan—when algorithms can determine the outcome. Based on statistics, algorithms seem to level the playing field, holding everyone to the same rules. In fact, O’Neil shows, these models often reinforce bias and discrimination. They’re complicated, hard to argue with, and, most seriously, unregulated. O’Neil will be in conversation with Jen Golbeck, a computer scientist and professor at the University of Maryland.

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Biological Threats in the 21st Century Book Launch

Join us in celebrating the 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 beginning at 11:45 AM so please RSVP.


11:45am-Lunch available

12pm- Welcome by Gregory Koblentz, Director, Biodefense Graduate Program, Schar School of Policy and Government

12:05pm – Keynote Address by Andrew C. Weber, former Deputy Coordinator for Ebola Response at the U.S. Department of State and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs

12:20pm – Introduction by Filippa Lentzos, book editor and Senior Research Fellow, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London,

12:30pm – Book Author Panel Discussion

  • Jo Husbands, a Senior Project Director with the Board on Life Sciences of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
  • Sonia Ben Oaugrham-Gormley, Associate Professor, Schar School
  • Gigi Kwik Gronvall, Senior Associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security
  • David R. Franz, former Commander, United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID)
  • Nancy Connell, Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Division of Infectious Disease in the Department of Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

1:30pm – Q&A

2pm- Close

WHEN: Friday, October 14, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar

WHERE: Founders Hall – 3351 N Fairfax Drive Room 113, Arlington, VA 22201 – View Map

GMU Biodefense Fall 2016 Graduate Information Sessions

Biodefense Master’s Open Houses
We invite you to attend an open house to learn more about the Schar School of Policy and Government. The session will provide an overview of our master’s degree programs, an introduction to our world-class faculty and research, and highlights of the many ways we position our students for success in the classroom and beyond. Our admissions and student services staff will be on hand to answer your questions.

  • Thursday, September 15: 6:30pm-8:30pm—Master’s Open House, Founders Hall, Room 126
  • Wednesday, October 19: 6:30pm-8:30pm—Master’s Open House, Founders Hall, Room 126
  • Thursday, November 10: 6:30pm-8:30pm—Master’s Open House, Founders Hall, Room 126

PhD Information Sessions 
Drawing on world-class original research and high-level practical experience, our faculty prepare students to be creative and effective participants in policy-making and political discourse.  By working closely with these faculty to conduct research that influences decisions at the local, national and international levels, our PhD graduates emerge prepared for high-powered careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2016: 7:00pm-8:30pm – Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, Room 134
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016: 7:00pm-8:30pm – Fairfax Campus, Johnson Center, Room 334



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. Continue reading “Week in DC 8.22-8.26.2016”

Week in DC: Events 8.1-8.5.2016

Monday, August 1, 2016
The World According To Star Wars– Cato Institute
Time: noon-1:30pm
Location: Cato Institute1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001 (map)
Featuring the author Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School; with comments by Ilya Somin, Professor, George Mason University Law School; and Michael F. Cannon Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Aaron Ross Powell, Editor, Libertarianism.org and Research Fellow, Cato Institute.
The mythology at the heart of the Star Wars motion pictures has become a powerful common language for talking about not just good versus evil, fathers and sons, and destiny and choice, but also foundational political ideas like the role of government, the nature of power, the decay of institutions, and the need for and permissibility of rebellion and revolution. In The World According to Star Wars, legal scholar Cass R. Sunstein offers insights on theses topics and more, showing how and why Star Wars resonates so deeply with so many and what it has to teach us about the most important questions we face today. If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online at www.cato.org/live and join the conversation on Twitter using #CatoEvents. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute. Online registration for this event is now closed. If you are interested in registering for this event, please email events [at] cato.org.

Tuesday , August 2, 2016
Environmental Open House– Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Time: 4-6pm
Location: John Hopkins1740 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036 (map)
Room: Kenney-Herter Auditorium – The Nitze Building
The Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS is hosting an environmental recruting event on August 2 to present ERE program information to prospective students and environmental employers and interns. Continue reading “Week in DC: Events 8.1-8.5.2016”

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. Continue reading “Week in DC: 7.18-22.2016”

Week in DC: Events July 11-15, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016
How To Defeat Terrorism In Iraq– Institute of World Politics
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: The Institute of World Politics1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA (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.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Opportunities And Challenges In Implementing The Iran Nuclear Deal– Bipartisan Policy Center
Time: 10am-noon
Location: Bipartisan Policy Center1225 I Street, NW Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20005 (map)
On July 14, 2015, President Obama announced that international negotiators had reached agreement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), “a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” Robust debate followed, with supporters of the deal arguing that it would put in place verifiable restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program and critics worried that it would do too little to prevent Iranian cheating while leaving other issues—Iran’s ballistic missiles and its support for terrorism, for example—off the table. As the first anniversary of the JCPOA approaches, it is possible to assess how the deal has fared thus far and what challenges or opportunities its implementation might present going forward. Please join the Bipartisan Policy Center for a keynote address by Ambassador Stephen Mull, the State Department’s lead coordinator for Iran nuclear implementation, and an expert panel discussion. The event will be streamed live on this page. Join the discussion on Twitter: @BPC_Bipartisan#BPClive

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Russia’s AIDS Epidemic: Truths, Policies, And Future Outlook– Center on Global Interests
Time: 10:30-noon
Location: Human Rights Council 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington DC, 20036 (map)
Russia is home to one of Europe’s largest and fastest growing HIV/AIDS infected populations. As of 2016, more than 1 million people are registered on the country’s official HIV-positive list. What factors led to Russia’s AIDS epidemic, and will it continue to grow? How have policymakers responded to the crisis? And what do these responses say about Russia’s current political, social, and economic environment? As the world’s public health leaders prepare to meet in South Africa for the AIDS 2016 summit, the Center on Global Interests is pleased to invite you to this timely discussion with Robert Heimer, Professor of Epidemiology and Pharmacology at the Yale School of Public Health and Olga Levina, Development Director at Stellit, a St. Petersburg-based public health NGO. Judyth Twigg, Professor of Political Science and senior fellow (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies will moderate the conversation. Continue reading “Week in DC: Events July 11-15, 2016”

Week in DC: Events 6.27-7.1.2016

Monday, June 27, 2016
Leaders Speak: National Security Advisors– National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
Time: 5:30-7pm
Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA (map)
Every morning, the national security advisor briefs the president of the United States on the world’s most pressing security threats, from ISIS to the Zika virus. Our collective security is increasingly reliant upon cooperation between the United States and China, whether it is minimizing the risk of conflict in the South China Sea, dealing with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, or responding to climate change. Join us for a program on these issues and more, featuring former National Security Advisors Stephen J. HadleyRobert “Bud” McFarlane, and Richard V. Allen in conversation with National Committee President Steve Orlins.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Trading Up: A Critical Perspective On Jobs, Governance & Security In U.S. Trade Policy– Institute for Policy Studies
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: nstitute for Policy Studies815 16th St. NW Washington, DC United States (map)
We are delighted to invite you to“Trading Up: A Critical Perspective on Jobs, Governance & Security in U.S. Trade Policy,”  A program that includes continental breakfast, lunch and an evening reception. U.S.  trade policy is at a crossroads. With progress at the WTO seemingly halted, the global business community has turned to alternative strategies, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Administration continues to work to advance the TPP this year, but its unpopularity with all remaining presidential candidates and their primary voters has made that goal tenuous. We encourage you to R.S.V.P. as soon as possible, as space is limited for this free event. Check out the Trading Up conference agenda in full.

Expand Social Security Now– Economic Policy Institute
Time: 11am-12:20pm
Location: Economic Policy Institute1225 Eye Street, N.W. Washington, DC (map)
Suite 600 Wellstone Room
Join Social Security Works at the Economic Policy Institute for a panel on expanding Social Security. As seen in the New York Times, Social Security expansion is part of a strong and growing movement in America and will play a crucial role in the 2016 election. This movement has allowed defenders of Social Security to shift the conversation and have a serious discussion about how we can expand Social Security to solve the retirement security crisis. On June 28, 2016, we will be joined by author Steven Hill to talk about his new book Expand Social Security Now! How to Ensure Americans Get the Retirement They Deserve, as well as Nancy Altman, co-author of Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All. The panel will be moderated by the President and CEO of the Center for Global Policy Solutions and author of Plan for a New Future: The Impact of Social Security Reform on People of ColorMaya Rockeymoore, and joined by EPI President Lawrence Mishel. This panel will explore Social Security expansion and discuss how we can continue to make expansion the only option for lawmakers. Continue reading “Week in DC: Events 6.27-7.1.2016”

Week in DC: Events 6.6-6.10.2016

Monday, June 6th, 2016
Sustaining NATO’s Strength And Deterrence– Atlantic Council
Time: 9am-12:45pm
Location: Kempinski Hotel Cathedral SquareUniversiteto g. 14, Vilnius 01122, Lithuania (map)
The discussions will feature a keynote address by Ben Hodges, Commanding General of US Army Europe, and opening remarks by Lithuania’s Minister of National Defense, Juozas Olekas.
The conference will convene key regional and US officials, military leaders, and senior experts for a high-level discussion on the strategic issues facing NATO’s eastern flank, one month before its seminal 2016 Warsaw Summit.
The Baltic region has become a potential flashpoint between NATO and Russia. Russia has ratcheted up tensions in the region through large-scale military exercises, dramatic air and sea encounters, and the development of a potent anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) network. Establishing new approaches and strategies to sustain NATO’s strength and presence in the region will be a key priority for the Alliance. This conference will contribute directly to the discussions in the Alliance as it prepares for its Warsaw Summit.
If you have any questions or wish to RSVP, please contact Monika Korolioviene at the Ministry of National Defense of Lithuania at Monika.Korolioviene@kam.lt. We hope that you will be able to join us for this important event. Thank you very much, and we look forward to hearing from you soon. On Twitter? Follow @ACScowcroft and @Lithuanian_MoD and use #FutureNATO to join the conversation!

Global Nuclear Challenges And Solutions For The Next U.S. President– Arms Control Association
Time: 9am-2:30pm
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Root Room
On June 6, shortly after President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima, we will host our 2016 Annual Meeting featuring keynote remarks from President Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes and Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor and 2015 “Arms Control Person of the Year” award winner Setsuko Thurlow.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Climate, Air Pollution, And Public Health—Revisiting The Energy Innovation Agenda– Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Time: 9-11:45am
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA (map)
The nexus between air quality and climate change is of growing importance, as developing countries grapple with intensifying air pollution. Some believe that local air pollution—an environmental challenge that is more visible and immediately harmful to public health than longer-term climate change—may in fact drive policy and technology that can ultimately both improve air quality and work to mitigate climate change. Yet the impression of mutual gains may be illusory or at least incomplete—there is no guarantee that action on air quality will bring about coherent climate policymaking, nor vice-versa. Continue reading “Week in DC: Events 6.6-6.10.2016”

Week in DC: Events 5.29.2016-6.3.2016

Monday, May 30th, 2016
Happy Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
The Iran Nuclear Deal: Prelude To Proliferation In The Middle East?– Brookings Institution
Time: 9:30-11am
Location: Brookings Institution1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 (map)
Sign up to watch the live webcast instead »The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) adopted by Iran and the P5+1 partners in July 2015 was an effort not only to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons but also to avert a nuclear arms competition in the Middle East. But uncertainties surrounding the future of the Iran nuclear deal, including the question of what Iran will do when key JCPOA restrictions on its nuclear program expire after 15 years, could provide incentives for some of its neighbors to keep their nuclear options open.In their Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Series monograph, “The Iran Nuclear Deal: Prelude to Proliferation in the Middle East?,” Robert Einhorn and Richard Nephew assess the current status of the JCPOA and explore the likelihood that, in the wake of the agreement, regional countries will pursue their own nuclear weapons programs or at least latent nuclear weapons capabilities. Drawing on interviews with senior government officials and non-government experts from the region, they focus in depth on the possible motivations and capabilities of Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates for pursuing nuclear weapons. The monograph also offers recommendations for policies to reinforce the JCPOA and reduce the likelihood that countries of the region will seek nuclear weapons.On May 31, the Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative will host a panel to discuss the impact of the JCPOA on prospects for nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. Brookings Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of Foreign Policy Suzanne Maloney will serve as moderator. Panelists include H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba, ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States; Derek Chollet, counselor and senior advisor for security and defense policy at the German Marshall Fund; Brookings Senior Fellow Robert Einhorn; and Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Richard Nephew.Following the discussion, panelists will take questions from the audience. This event will be live webcast.

A Security System For The Two State Solution– Center for a New American Security
Time: 1:30-4pm
Location: Willard interContinental Hotel1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC, 20004 (map)
The challenges associated with coming to a permanent status agreement between Israelis and Palestinians that can meet Israeli security requirements and Palestinian requirements for sovereignty and dignity are growing more challenging.  During the Oslo period of the 1990s security was considered the least challenging of the core final status issues when compared to borders, refugees, or Jerusalem. But the pull out from Gaza and regional instability in the aftermath of the Arab revolutions has made this issue a central challenge for any future negotiation. For the past year a team of American and Israeli former government and security officials have been working together on a study that details a sustainable security system to support a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The purpose of the study is to demonstrate, through deep and comprehensive analysis, that well thought-through security measures in the context of the two-state solution can provide Israel with a degree of security, equal or greater to the one provided today by its deployment into the West Bank, while at the same time being compatible with Palestinian requirements for sovereignty and dignity.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
How Jihadists Weaponize Islamic History And How To De-Weaponize It- Westminster Institute
Time: 7:30-8:45pm
Location: Westminster Institute6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101, United States (map)
Religious extremists in the Middle East, both Sunni and Shia, have succeeded in weaponizing history. They wield an airbrushed version of past events to inform and legitimize their actions and strategies. We can counteract their revisionism by drawing on the fields of Islamic history, contemporary politics, strategy, media, and psychology. Continue reading “Week in DC: Events 5.29.2016-6.3.2016”