FORTY out of ONE MILLION: A photography exhibition on the human cost of the Syrian war
Apr
20
Jun 15

FORTY out of ONE MILLION: A photography exhibition on the human cost of the Syrian war

  • Goethe-Institut Washington

German photographer Kai Wiedenhöfer took portraits of forty Syrian war-wounded in towns, villages and refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon between spring 2014 and 2015. The media summarize the number of casualties on a daily basis, but often ignore the wounded. The war will never end for them, as they will have to endure their injuries for the rest of their lives. Wiedenhöfer’s project aims to show the suffering of the civilian population in a modern war.

Necessary Things: An exhibition of created objects inspired by refugees
Apr
21
May 31

Necessary Things: An exhibition of created objects inspired by refugees

Artist Helen Zughaib has been engaged in reminding her viewers about the price of conflict since before the Arab Spring. “I think of myself as somebody who’s talking about the people who end up paying the price for war. It’s women and children.” For this exhibition, she has created objects in mixed media-- plates, shoes, tiles, wooden boxes, recalling the ways of life left behind or destroyed by war.

THEY HAVE NAMES: Portraits of the new kids in Berlin
Apr
21
May 31

THEY HAVE NAMES: Portraits of the new kids in Berlin

  • Gallery Al-Quds

Berlin-based Daniel Sonnentag’s photos of Syrian, Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghani displaced children in Berlin, THEY HAVE NAMES, address the individuality of the single person, their characters or stories, strengths or weaknesses, and their dreams or nightmares, beyond the stigma of being a refugee.

Debate: Modernization of Nuclear Missiles
May
23
4:30 pm16:30

Debate: Modernization of Nuclear Missiles

  • CSIS

The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) and Ploughshares Fund are hosting the second 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 Impact of Iran’s Presidential Election on Domestic Issues and Foreign Policy
May
24
9:30 am09:30

The Impact of Iran’s Presidential Election on Domestic Issues and Foreign Policy

  • Wilson Center

This conference, hosted by the Wilson Center, will analyze how the winner of Iran’s presidential election faces ongoing challenges at home and abroad. Panelists will explore the immediate and long-term implications of the election and how Iran’s president will navigate both existing and new challenges.

Anatomy of Terror: From Bin Laden’s Death to the Rise of the Islamic State
May
25
12:15 pm12:15

Anatomy of Terror: From Bin Laden’s Death to the Rise of the Islamic State

  • New America

In his newest book Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State, former FBI special agent and New York Times best-selling author Ali Soufan dissects bin Laden’s brand of jihadi terrorism and its major offshoots, explaining how we got here from that moment in 2011 and how the threat could be countered. 

The future of Iranian power in the Middle East
May
30
5:30 pm17:30

The future of Iranian power in the Middle East

  • American Enterprise Institute

The American Enterprise Institute is hosting Lt. Gen. Thomas Trask and retired Vice Adm. Mark Fox to mark the release of the new AEI monograph, “The Future of Iran’s Security Policy,” whichprovides policymakers with an analytical tool kit to better manage conflict with Tehran and understand and combat the Islamic Republic’s destabilizing agenda in the Middle East, followed by a discussion on the future of Iranian power in the Middle East, the challenge it poses to the US, and how Washington can respond.

Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy
Jun
8
12:30 pm12:30

Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy

  • Stimson Center

The Stimson Center is hosting Todd Sechser, Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, and Matthew Fuhrmann, Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University. They will present their new book, Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy. The book presents a data-based, skeptical view of the political utility of nuclear weapons in crisis situations.

Cassandra in Oz: Counterinsurgency and Future War
Jun
14
12:00 pm12:00

Cassandra in Oz: Counterinsurgency and Future War

  • Heritage Foundation

When Conrad Crane retired from active duty to become a research professor, he never expected to become a modern Cassandra, fated to tell truth to power without being heeded. After the world transformed on 9/11, Crane warned the Army that it was not prepared to execute stability operations, counterinsurgency, and the eventual reconstruction of Iraq. 


Rebuilding After Conflict
May
22
6:00 pm18:00

Rebuilding After Conflict

  • Ronald World Affairs Council: hosted at the Reagan Building and International Trade Center

The World Affairs Council-Washington, DC is hosting host Ambassador Lukman Faily, former Ambassador of Iraq to the United States, for a discussion on rebuilding a country and society after conflict.

Civil Society Under Assault
May
19
12:15 pm12:15

Civil Society Under Assault

  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Drawing on her new report, Civil Society Under Assault: Repression and Responses in Russia, Egypt, and Ethiopia, Saskia Brechenmacher will examine three key aspects government crack downs on civil society: 1) the variety of tactics used by governments to weaken civil society; 2) the manifold effects of such campaigns on local civil society actors; and 3) the struggle for effective international responses.

International Law and National Security: A View from Abroad on Current Trends in Targeting, Detention and Trials
May
18
6:00 pm18:00

International Law and National Security: A View from Abroad on Current Trends in Targeting, Detention and Trials

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights, and the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy are hosting a panel discussion on International Law and National Security: A View from Abroad on Current Trends in Targeting, Detention, and Trials.

Saving Lives Undergound: The Case for Fortified Hospitals in Syria
May
18
1:00 pm13:00

Saving Lives Undergound: The Case for Fortified Hospitals in Syria

  • Middle East Institute

Syrian members of the “health cluster” of NGOs and several other organizations have released a report on the value of subterranean hospitals in the war zone, "Saving Lives Underground: A Case for Fortified Hospitals in Syria." The Middle East Institute (MEI) hosting representatives from the authoring organizations for a presentation of the report’s key findings and recommendations.

Innovation and the Future Force
May
17
1:00 pm13:00

Innovation and the Future Force

  • Center for a New American Security

The U.S. military must maintain its competitiveness in a rapidly evolving, globalized technology landscape. How can the U.S. military keep its strategic advantage in an era of disruptive change? How can the Department of Defense (DoD) break down barriers to innovation? The Center for a New American Security's Future of Warfare Initiative is hosting a conversation on how DoD can evolve and adapt the force for an uncertain future.

Drivers of Insecurity and Instability in the Middle East and South Asia
May
17
10:30 am10:30

Drivers of Insecurity and Instability in the Middle East and South Asia

  • Wilson Center

The Wilson Center is hosting Kamran Bokhari, a senior analyst with the intelligence firm Geopolitical Futures and senior fellow with the Center for Global Policy, who will identify and discuss three main drivers of insecurity and instability in these two parts of the world: autocratic meltdown, geosectarianism, and jihadism.

Balkan Troubles: The European Perspective and the Case for US Engagement
May
16
5:00 pm17:00

Balkan Troubles: The European Perspective and the Case for US Engagement

  • Atlantic Council

This event hosted by the Atlantic Council will explore the main sources of instability in the Balkans and how a renewed US strategy for engagement might reduce the risk of conflict in the region. Panelists will also discuss Europe's role and the importance of a strong US-EU vision for the region, especially as several Balkan nations want to move closer to EU and NATO membership. 

Syria strikes, travel ban, refugees, and Muslims: American attitudes on Trump’s early policies
May
11
10:00 am10:00

Syria strikes, travel ban, refugees, and Muslims: American attitudes on Trump’s early policies

  • Brookings Institution

On May 11, the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings will launch a new public opinion poll, by Nonresident Senior Fellow Shibley Telhami, focusing on American attitudes towards the travel ban, the recent U.S. airstrikes against Syria, and the U.S. refugee policy. This data also provides trend lines on American attitudes towards Islam and Muslims, and whether these opinions have changed since the election.

What’s Wrong with Mexico & How to Fix It
May
11
9:30 am09:30

What’s Wrong with Mexico & How to Fix It

  • Inter-American Dialogue

The Inter-American Dialogue is hosting Denise Dresser, one of Mexico’s most visible and influential political analysts, for this wide-ranging discussion on her country’s national challenges, such as trade and migration, and what should be done to address them. 

Returning Home: The Challenges and Opportunities Faced by Returned Migrants in the Northern Triangle of Central America
May
11
9:00 am09:00

Returning Home: The Challenges and Opportunities Faced by Returned Migrants in the Northern Triangle of Central America

  • Wilson Center

The Wilson Center's Latin America Program is hosting an in-depth discussion with a panel of experts from the International Organization for Migration on trends and challenges in addressing return migration, especially of unaccompanied migrant children in the Northern Triangle. 

The International Politics of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Conflict
May
10
9:30 pm21:30

The International Politics of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Conflict

  • Atlantic Council

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, unresolved for 25 years, has escalated in an almost linear fashion since 2008, culminating in a four-day war a year ago. This conflict poses a threat to international security that is not given its right due, and which most US decision-makers have neglected for over a decade. The Atlantic Council and the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute will host a conversation on the international politics of this conflict.

U.S.-Libya Relations 2017: New Vision, Hope, and Opportunities
May
10
7:45 am07:45

U.S.-Libya Relations 2017: New Vision, Hope, and Opportunities

  • Rayburn U.S. House of Representatives Office Building

Libya-U.S. Relations 2017: New Vision, Hope, and Opportunities will examine opportunities for partnerships and investment in the energy, infrastructure, banking, and security sectors, explore the future of U.S.-Libya relations at the commencement of a new U.S. presidential administration, and discuss strategies for moving forward toward mutually beneficial growth and prosperity.

New Voices in Foreign Affairs: 40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy
May
9
3:00 pm15:00

New Voices in Foreign Affairs: 40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy

  • CSIS

The Center for Strategic and International Studies is hosting a conversation with a new generation of Latinos in foreign policy.  Featured in the 40 Under 40, these talented experts will discuss current political and economic developments in Latin America, U.S. business interests in the Middle East, and the new Latinos in Foreign Policy Association.

Addressing Lebanon's Refugee Crisis and Development Challenges
May
4
12:00 pm12:00

Addressing Lebanon's Refugee Crisis and Development Challenges

  • Johns Hopkins SAIS

The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Foreign Policy Institute (SAIS-FPI) are hosting Philippe Lazzarini, the United Nations deputy special coordinator in Lebanon. He will discuss opportunities and challenges for shifting the international response to Lebanon's Syrian refugee crisis beyond short-term humanitarian and stabilization efforts to a more sustainable economic growth strategy.

Launch of the Updated Commentary on the Second Geneva Convention
May
4
10:00 am10:00

Launch of the Updated Commentary on the Second Geneva Convention

  • ICRC Humanitarium

On the occasion of the online launch of the Updated Commentary on the Second Geneva Convention, the ICRC convenes a panel of experts at the Humanitarium to discuss the Commentary's main findings. This livestreamed event will discuss how international humanitarian law (IHL) protects wounded, sick and shipwrecked members of the armed forces in case of an armed conflict at sea. The event is part of the Conference Cycle on "Generating Respect for the Law", which aims at addressing the importance of IHL and prevention efforts.

Recognizing Changing Enforcement and Crossing Trends at the U.S.-Mexico Border
May
4
9:30 am09:30

Recognizing Changing Enforcement and Crossing Trends at the U.S.-Mexico Border

  • Migration Policy Institute

As the Trump administration and Congress consider the future of border policy and funding proposals for a border wall, this discussion will evaluate the state of the border, the effectiveness of various enforcement strategies, current trends in apprehensions and the flows of migrants, and what the changing realities mean for the migration policies and agendas of the United States, Mexico, and the region.