The power of the president to shape U.S. relations in the Middle East and North Africa
Jun
29
10:00 am10:00

The power of the president to shape U.S. relations in the Middle East and North Africa

  • Brookings Institution

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.

Humanizing the laws of war – the Red Cross and the development of International Humanitarian Law
Jun
29
12:00 pm12:00

Humanizing the laws of war – the Red Cross and the development of International Humanitarian Law

  • ICRC Humanitarium

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.

Securing the Border and Protecting Our Communities
Jun
29
12:00 pm12:00

Securing the Border and Protecting Our Communities

  • Heritage Foundation

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.

Debate: U.S. Nuclear Weapon Modernization
Jun
29
4:30 pm16:30

Debate: U.S. Nuclear Weapon Modernization

  • CSIS

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.

South Sudan: When War and Famine Collide
Jun
30
9:30 am09:30

South Sudan: When War and Famine Collide

  • CSIS

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.

Managing U.S.-China Relations: American and Chinese Perspectives: A Report Launch
Jul
6
1:00 pm13:00

Managing U.S.-China Relations: American and Chinese Perspectives: A Report Launch

  • CSIS

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

Gender and Armed Conflict
Jul
10
12:00 pm12:00

Gender and Armed Conflict

  • American Red Cross

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.

In Afghanistan, U.S. Still Needs a Plan to Win the Peace
Jul
12
10:00 am10:00

In Afghanistan, U.S. Still Needs a Plan to Win the Peace

  • U.S. Institute of Peace

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.

Cyber Risk Monday: The Darkening Web
Jul
17
3:30 pm15:30

Cyber Risk Monday: The Darkening Web

  • Atlantic Council

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

A Look Inside Russia and Eastern Europe with Nick Schifrin and Zach Fannin
Jul
17
6:30 pm18:30

A Look Inside Russia and Eastern Europe with Nick Schifrin and Zach Fannin

  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

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.

Seventh Annual CSIS South China Sea Conference
Jul
18
9:00 am09:00

Seventh Annual CSIS South China Sea Conference

  • CSIS

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. 

Cyberspace and International Humanitarian Law
Aug
22
12:00 pm12:00

Cyberspace and International Humanitarian Law

  • American Red Cross

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
Jun
28
3:30 pm15:30

Valuing the Application of Earth Observations to Development: Lessons From the USAID and NASA SERVIR program

  • Wilson Center

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.

Perspectives on the 2018 U.S. National Security Strategy
Jun
28
1:00 pm13:00

Perspectives on the 2018 U.S. National Security Strategy

  • CSIS

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?

Strategic Cyber Deterrence: The Active Cyber Defense Option
Jun
28
10:00 am10:00

Strategic Cyber Deterrence: The Active Cyber Defense Option

  • Heritage Foundation

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.

CNAS 2017 Annual Conference: Navigating the Divide
Jun
28
9:30 am09:30

CNAS 2017 Annual Conference: Navigating the Divide

  • Center for a New American Security

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.

Building More Resilient Communities: Responding to Irregular Migration Flows
Jun
28
9:00 am09:00

Building More Resilient Communities: Responding to Irregular Migration Flows

  • Atlantic Council

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.

After the ISIS Flag Falls: The Future of Mosul and Iraq
Jun
27
1:00 pm13:00

After the ISIS Flag Falls: The Future of Mosul and Iraq

  • Heritage Foundation

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 United States and Armenia at Twenty-Five
Jun
27
10:00 am10:00

The United States and Armenia at Twenty-Five

  • Carnegie Endowment for International 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

America’s Global Image
Jun
27
10:00 am10:00

America’s Global Image

  • Brookings Institution

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.

Kingpins and corruption: Targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas
Jun
26
3:45 pm15:45

Kingpins and corruption: Targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas

  • American Enterprise Institute

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.

Women Guiding Peace After War: Lessons from Rwanda
Jun
26
3:00 pm15:00

Women Guiding Peace After War: Lessons from Rwanda

  • U.S. Institute of Peace

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.

The Rule of Law in El Salvador
Jun
26
1:00 pm13:00

The Rule of Law in El Salvador

  • CSIS

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 Western Balkans: A Delicate Balance
Jun
26
10:30 am10:30

The Western Balkans: A Delicate Balance

  • Wilson Center

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.

War in cities: an African perspective
Jun
26
9:00 am09:00

War in cities: an African perspective

  • Kigali, Rwanda

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.

Settlements at 50 Years - An Obstacle to Peace and Democracy
Jun
23
12:30 pm12:30

Settlements at 50 Years - An Obstacle to Peace and Democracy

  • The Middle East Institute

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?

Lessons from the Field: Innovation in Rule of Law Programming
Jun
23
9:00 am09:00

Lessons from the Field: Innovation in Rule of Law Programming

  • U.S. Institute of Peace

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.

 Director's Forum with Vice President Mike Pence: Central America and the US
Jun
22
1:00 pm13:00

Director's Forum with Vice President Mike Pence: Central America and the US

  • Wilson Center

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 Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam
Jun
22
11:00 am11:00

The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam

  • Heritage Foundation

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.

Securing Stability in the Middle East and North Africa: How Should the U.S. and the European Union Work Together?
Jun
21
5:30 pm17:30

Securing Stability in the Middle East and North Africa: How Should the U.S. and the European Union Work Together?

  • Hudson Institute

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.

The Other Great Power: China in the Era of Trump
Jun
21
10:30 am10:30

The Other Great Power: China in the Era of Trump

  • New America

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? 

Improving Aid to Stabilize Conflicts: The Afghan Case
Jun
21
10:00 am10:00

Improving Aid to Stabilize Conflicts: The Afghan Case

  • U.S. Institute of Peace

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 Origins and Evolution of ISIS in Libya
Jun
20
12:30 pm12:30

The Origins and Evolution of ISIS in Libya

  • Atlantic Council

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.

El Salvador 25 Years After the Peace Agreements
Jun
20
9:30 am09:30

El Salvador 25 Years After the Peace Agreements

  • Inter-American Dialogue

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. 

China’s Emerging Role in the World and U.S.-China Relations
Jun
20
9:30 am09:30

China’s Emerging Role in the World and U.S.-China Relations

  • Heritage Foundation

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. 

World Refugee Day 2017: Where We Are Globally and Locally
Jun
19
6:30 pm18:30

World Refugee Day 2017: Where We Are Globally and Locally

  • New America

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.