The Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution will host a panel of experts to discuss U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and examine how the Trump administration is likely to engage with critical issues and challenges over the next four years. Panelists will also explore the ways in which politics—and the division of power between the executive and legislative branches—will affect the president’s ability to advance his goals in this area.
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As part of its conference cycle on Generating respect for the law, the ICRC and the German Permanent Mission to the United Nations will convene a panel discussionto launch the book: "Humanizing the Laws of War – the Red Cross and the Development of International Humanitarian Law" edited by Robin Geiß, Andreas Zimmermann and Stefanie Haumer.
The event will discuss the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's role as a gentle modernizer of international humanitarian law (IHL) ever since its very creation and will, in particular, critically assess the ICRC's unique role.
Senator Luther Strange recently introduced the ‘Securing the Border and Protecting Our Communities Act’ which would prohibit certain federal funds from reaching cities that adopt sanctuary policies or penalize local businesses for submitting bids to work on the proposed border wall. Senator Strange has said that sanctuary cities “can either follow the law or fund the wall.” The Heritage Foundation is hosting Senator Strange to discuss the extent of the problem and his new proposal to address it.
The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) and Ploughshares Fund are hosting the fourth in a debate series on a range of nuclear challenges and policy decisions the Trump administration will face in 2017. The debate series aims to provide a forum for in-depth exploration of arguments on both sides of key nuclear policy issues.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies is hosting a conversation about the challenges posed to the international community by the current crisis in South Sudan. The United Nations declared a famine in South Sudan and the Special Adviser for Genocide at the UN warned of the potential for genocide in the region. These issues stem from the ongoing conflict that began in 2013. By highlighting the diverse perspectives of the panelists, these experts will lay out the latest challenges in the region and what policies the U.S. and the international community should pursue.
For the past year, experts in the United States and China have been working on parallel reports on US-China relations. Teams of experts have developed analyses and policy recommendations on several critical areas that shape the relationship: military relations, the Asia-Pacific region, economic relations, global governance, and domestic politics. This event will feature the release of the US side’s report, entitled Joint US-China Think Tank Project on the Future of US-China Relations: An American Perspective
The American Red Cross IHL team is hosting a discussion that will provide an introduction to understanding the gendered dimensions of armed conflict and its aftermath. The training will introduce participants to issues of security and the dynamics of armed conflict that affect men and women in different ways, and provide a grounding in selected thematic issues such as gender-based violence related to conflict, humanitarian responses, implications for refugees, and legal protections for women in armed conflict.
As the Trump administration completes its review of policy on Afghanistan and South Asia, public debate is focused on the war’s military component, including President Trump’s decision to delegate decisions on troop levels to the Pentagon. Yet a few thousand more troops alone will be insufficient to end the war. A security plan, including the anticipated troop increase, must be combined with a political strategy that addresses Afghan domestic and regional factors fueling the war. USIP is hosting a panel discussion with leading experts on how such a strategy can help win the peace in Afghanistan.
The Atlantic Council is hosting a discussion bringing together leading experts from the industry, government, and academia to discuss the chilling consequences the emergence of cyberspace as a new field of conflict has had on the global order. The event also celebrates the launch of Alexander Klimburg’s new book The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace.
Throughout the year, the Pulitzer Center brings its journalists and their work to audiences through public talks, school visits, conferences, film festivals, academic symposiums and other significant speaking engagements. Nick Schifrin and Zack Fannin will discuss their PBS NewsHour reporting on Russia, Ukraine, NATO, and the Baltics. The NewsHour special correspondent and producer are longtime Pulitzer Center collaborators, including on Russia's Cold War Fault Lines and more recently with Mexico Considers Trump.
CSIS is hosting a full-day conference which will provide opportunities for in-depth discussion and analysis of the future of the South China Sea disputes, and potential responses, amid policy shifts in Beijing, Manila, and Washington. It will feature speakers from throughout the region, including claimant countries. Panels will address recent developments, legal and environmental issues, the strategic balance, and U.S. policy under the Trump administration.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies is hosting a conversation about how traditional and new media outlets are influencing the narrative on world affairs. By highlighting the diverse perspectives of the panelists, the event will bring insight into how newsrooms are shaping and communicating international events.
This training hosted by the IHL team at the American Red Cross will provide participants with an understanding of how international humanitarian law applies to cyber operations. The training will explore what is meant by the terms ‘cyber space’, ‘cyber warfare’ and ‘cyber attack’, and consider how jus in bello principles of distinction and neutrality might translate to cyber operations.
Valuing the Application of Earth Observations to Development: Lessons From the USAID and NASA SERVIR program
The SERVIR program (servirglobal.net) is a joint development initiative of USAID and NASA that builds developing countries’ capacity to apply satellite data to decision-making for food security, water resources management, disaster management, land use, ecosystem management, and weather and climate. USAID recently completed an in-depth performance evaluation that explored the use, impact and value of SERVIR’s tools, data and capacity-building efforts for its beneficiary communities.
At this event, Isaac Morrison of Management Systems International will present the results of the new evaluation. USAID experts will discuss how SERVIR is incorporating lessons from the evaluation to improve development impacts. Finally, an expert panel will provide reactions to the findings for the broader community.
CSIS is hosting a panel to discuss how the U.S. National Security Strategies have differed since September 11, 2001. How has the United States' approach to failed and fragile states, combating terrorism, and fighting the spread drugs changed over the course of the last four national security strategies?
The Atlantic Council is hosting a conversation with Dr. John R. Deni of the US Army War College on his latest study, "Poised to Defend: Rebalancing US Force Posture in Europe and Beyond."
The Heritage Foundation is hosting author of "Strategic Cyber Deterrence: The Active Cyber Defense Option," Scott Jasper, who provides a systematic analysis of the various existing strategic cyber deterrence options and introduces the alternative strategy of active cyber defense. He examines the array of malicious actors operating in the domain, their methods of attack, and their motivations. He also offers answers on what is being done, and what could be done, by the government and industry to convince malicious actors that their attacks will not succeed and that risk of repercussions exists.
The Center for a New American Security's annual conference, in partnership with the Washington Post, This year's conference will bring together U.S. national security policymakers and experts to highlight major divides and identify potential bipartisan solutions. The keynote address will be given by LTG H.R. McMaster, U.S. National Security Advisor.
The Atlantic Council is hosting a panel discussion on how communities around the world are building resilience through practices dedicated to mitigating the cost and maximizing the benefits of immigration. The event will feature the launch of a new report by Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience Nonresident Senior Fellow, Amy Pope, formerly the Deputy Homeland Security Adviser to the National Security Council.
The Heritage Foundation, co-hosted with the U.S. Institute of Peace, is holding a conversation with Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) to address the eight months of fighting in Mosul, stabilizing Iraq, and enduring peace in the region. Following the keynote address will be a panel discussion and comments by Stephen Hadley, Chairman, Board of Directors, United States Institute of Peace, and Nancy Lindborg, President, United States Institute of Peace
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in cooperation with the Embassy of Armenia, is hosting a conversation with five former and current ambassadors—three American and two Armenian—on U.S.-Armenian ties over the past twenty-five years. The ambassadors will focus on the dynamics of the bilateral relationship and the regional challenges from both historical and contemporary perspectives
Foreign Policy at Brookings is hosting a discussion on global views of the United States in conjunction with the release of the newest edition of Pew Research Center’s leading survey on America’s global image. In a period of increasing questions about U.S. global leadership, this survey explores, among other issues, how countries around the world view President Trump and his foreign policies, as well as overarching attitudes toward the United States.
The Wilson Center's Middle East Program is hosting three veteran analysts with deep knowledge and experience in the politics of the Jerusalem issue to discuss the realities on the ground, possible futures for the city, and its role in negotiations.
The American Enterprise Institute is hosting an informative discussion on how the Trump administration can confront transnational organized crime in the Americas to mark the release of AEI’s new report, “Kingpins and corruption: Targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will deliver opening remarks, followed by a panel discussion with some of the report’s contributors.
The pivotal role of women after the Rwandan genocide offers a powerful model of peaceful change and lasting security. How they contributed to this transformation holds lessons for other countries in conflict, including nearby South Sudan, and aid donors such as the United States. The U.S. Institute of Peace and the organization Inclusive Security are hosting a discussion on Rwanda’s transition from genocide to a country at peace, where women hold 64 percent of seats in parliament.
CSIS is hosting an expert armchair discussion of the rule of law in El Salvador. They will be joined by Justice Rodolfo González Bonilla of the Supreme Court of El Salvador. The event will be conducted in Spanish, but translation will be provided.
The collapse of Yugoslavia twenty-six years ago unleashed brutal wars and a humanitarian catastrophe. Today, the delicate order in the Balkans is threatened yet again. The Wilson Center is hosting experts and academics to discuss the challenges in the Western Balkans and the policy options for preserving the region’s fragile order and recovery.
As part of its Conference Cycle on War in cities, the ICRC in Kigali is convening a regional panel of experts focusing on East Africa. This public conference will take stock of past urban armed conflicts, reflect on their drivers and humanitarian implications and explore operational and policy responses adapted to the needs of people affected by such conflicts.
The Middle East Institute is hosting a conversation with Talia Sasson, president of the New Israel Fund (NIF), former state attorney and special advisor to the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to discuss questions such as: What motivates and enables the Israeli government to continue settlement expansion in the West Bank? What are the implications for the future of peace and Israel's long-term democratic survival?
In the symposium hosted by USIP, experts with diverse experience across the globe will discuss a range of approaches and innovations, from a mobile app that connects legal defenders with civil society leaders to the more intangible challenge of building the political will to apply the rule of law. Others will outline programs in Yemen and Libya, as well as trends in how donors and those providing assistance coordinate and cooperate in providing their aid.
Vice President Mike Pence and Wilson Center President and CEO Jane Harman will discuss the U.S. contribution to prosperity and security in Central America. Pence will present the results of this week's conference with leaders from the region on pressing security, economic, and governance challenges in the "Northern Triangle" countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras and the role of the United States and Mexico.
The Heritage Foundation is hosting the Author of "The Strange Death of Europe", Douglas Murray. The book is described as "not just an analysis of demographic and political realities, it is also an eyewitness account of a continent in self-destruct mode." He addresses issues such as terrorism, multiculturalism, migration, and more.
Able to go where no Western reporter can, Souad Mekhennet's memoir details chilling interactions with Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIS, and provides a rare view into the culture of radicalization. She will join New America for an in-depth conversation with the author about her time behind the lines of jihad.
Securing Stability in the Middle East and North Africa: How Should the U.S. and the European Union Work Together?
The Hudson Institute's Senior Fellow Mike Doran will welcome Nick Westcott, the European External Action Service’s Managing Director for the MENA, to discuss European views on these issues and others, as well as avenues for cooperation moving forward.
Since President Trump took office, U.S.-China relations have been largely overshadowed by more urgent news stories. A number of critical developments have thus passed beneath the radar -- including mounting U.S. concern over North Korean missile tests, Beijing's efforts to bring Hong Kong further under control of the Communist Party, and growing military tensions in the South China Sea and elsewhere.
What can we expect from the Trump administration in this area? And what is the outlook for China as it approaches a crucial leadership transition this fall?
Specialists on Afghanistan and stabilization efforts from USAID and USIP will join a public discussion of a Princeton University Study which offers Lessons from Afghanistan on shaping ‘Stabilization Aid’ amid warfare and provides lessons to improve U.S. policies and practices in calming conflicts abroad that threaten U.S. security and international stability.
The Inter-American Dialogue is welcoming President Varela for a wide-ranging open discussion focusing on Panama’s role in the region, his government’s foreign policy agenda, and changing security and anti-narcotics efforts in Central America.
CSIS is hosting an expert panel discussion that examines the proposed major organizational restructuring of the State Department and USAID through the lens of the previous merger of the State Department and the U.S. Information Agency (USIA).
The Rafik Hariri Center at the Atlantic Council will convene a discussion on its new report, The Origins and Evolution of ISIS in Libya. The report examines the jihadist dynamics in Libya and offers recommendations to address this threat. The discussion will feature the report’s co-authors Jason Pack, Rhiannon Smith, and Karim Mezran, and the RAND Corporation's Christopher Chivvis.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is holding a hearing to review Congressional Authorizations for the Use of Military Force.
For this open discussion on El Salvador’s challenges and, more broadly, the impacts of the Trump administration and the changing outlook for Central America, the Inter-American Dialogue is welcoming Carlos Dada and José Luís Sanz, the founder and the current director of El Faro, the preeminent online investigative journalism outlet in El Salvador and one of the most well-respected in Latin America.
Since the April summit between President Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping, subsequent international events have made it difficult to assess the true trajectory of U.S.-China relations. The Heritage Foundation is hosting panels of distinguished experts to examine two of the main drivers of the relationship – economics and foreign policy – especially looking toward potential developments after the 19th National Party Congress in the fall.
In recognition of World Refugee Day, New America is hosting a 2-panel discussion on the global refugee situation. The first panel will provide a deeper look into the world's 21.3 million refugees and the vital role that America has played in providing support to front-line states that house the vast majority of the world's refugees. The second panel will discuss the role the Syrian American community in helping provide humanitarian aid to those affected by the Syria crisis.