How Should Donors Decide? Allocation Rules to Guide Aid Spending in Global Health
Oct
18
9:30am 9:30am

How Should Donors Decide? Allocation Rules to Guide Aid Spending in Global Health

In this seminar, hosted by the Center for Global Development, Alec Morton will present new research focusing on decision rules to guide how donors should allocate aid money given that resources are limited. Alec Morton is the Professor of Management Science, University of Strathclyde. He will be joined by Christoph Kurowski, Global Lead, Health Financing, World Bank Group.

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The Future of War: A History
Oct
18
10:00am10:00am

The Future of War: A History

Military “futurists” have become prominent fixtures in political debates, strategic analyses, and popular fiction. In his new book “The Future of War: A History,” Sir Lawrence Freedman examines the many historical precedents of today’s futurists, and finds that they have almost always been wrong. The author will join CSISto discuss the perils of futurism and the implications for today’s thinkers.

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From the Frontlines: The Global Refugee Crisis
Oct
18
4:30pm 4:30pm

From the Frontlines: The Global Refugee Crisis

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For the past several years, the global migrant crisis has dominated international headlines, and journalists have been at the frontlines of the issue, documenting the plight of displaced persons and their reception in and impact on their new host countries. Among these journalists are Pulitzer Center grantees Ben Taub, Robin Shulman, and Alice Su, whose work on refugees and migrants has been published by media outlets from around the world, including the New YorkerNPRTime, Politico, and The Washington Post. The Pullitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is hosting the journalists at Georgetown University's Riggs Library, where they will discuss how communities worldwide have reacted to the refugee crisis. They will analyze the ethics of resettlement and explore religion's role in refugee integration.

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Reforming international emergency food aid assistance: Remarks from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN)
Oct
19
8:30am 8:30am

Reforming international emergency food aid assistance: Remarks from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN)

AEI is hosting a moderated discussion with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) on increasing the impact and efficiency of US food aid programs, a critical humanitarian and foreign relations concern. Following his remarks, a panel of experts will discuss a new AEI report, “International Food Aid and Food Assistance Programs and the Next Farm Bill,” including reforms to cargo preference and procurement requirements for food aid purposes.

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Wartime Economies in the Middle East: A Look into Libya, Syria and Iraq
Oct
19
1:30pm 1:30pm

Wartime Economies in the Middle East: A Look into Libya, Syria and Iraq

The Middle East Institute (MEI) is hosting Chatham House experts Tim Eaton, Lina Khatib, and Renad Mansour for a discussion on the collapse of central authority and its economic impacts across states in the Middle East and North Africa, moderated by MEI's senior vice president for policy analysis, research, and programs, Paul Salem.

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The North Korean Nuclear Challenge and International Response
Oct
19
3:00pm 3:00pm

The North Korean Nuclear Challenge and International Response

The Heritage Foundation is hosting a Joint International Symposium of the Institute of National Security Strategy (Seoul) for a discussion by U.S. and South Korean experts who will discuss the need for stronger bilateral relations in times of turmoil, the foreign policy of the South Korean Moon Jae-in Administration, and the policy options for sanctions and financial pressure.

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A Lens on the Afghan War
Oct
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

A Lens on the Afghan War

New America is hosting Louie Palu and Finbarr O’Reilly, for a discussion on each of their new photography books, Front Towards Enemy and Shooting Ghosts, that capture the experience of the war in Afghanistan through various perspectives. They will discuss their latest works and the experience of wartime photography. 

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Conversation with Acting Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan, U.S. Customs and Border Protections
Nov
1
12:30pm12:30pm

Conversation with Acting Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan, U.S. Customs and Border Protections

Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, will be at Bipartisan Policy Center on Wednesday, November 1, to sit down for a one-on-one conversation with BPC’s Director of Immigration and Cross Border Policy Theresa Cardinal Brown. They’ll cover topics such as border security, drug interdiction, trade and travel facilitation, and international engagement.

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like North Korea?
Nov
6
10:00am10:00am

How Do You Solve a Problem Like North Korea?

What are the implications of North Korea’s recent gains in nuclear and missile capabilities for the future of U.S. strategy toward North Korea? What is the state of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technologies? What are the prospects of diplomatic negotiations with Pyongyang? Should the United States pursue a different strategy toward North Korea in light of Pyongyang’s improving nuclear capabilities, perhaps including revising its alliance with South Korea? The Cato Institute will host two panels and a keynote address by former governor Bill Richardson to examine these critical questions.

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The Diplomacy of Decolonization: United Nations Peacekeeping during the Congo Crisis, 1960-1964
Oct
17
12:30pm12:30pm

The Diplomacy of Decolonization: United Nations Peacekeeping during the Congo Crisis, 1960-1964

The Stimson Center and United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) are hosting a discussion with Alanna O'Malley, author of the forthcoming book, The Diplomacy of Decolonisation, America, Britain and the United Nations during the Congo crisis, 1960-64.

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Iraq's Political Compact and Its Regional Priorities
Oct
17
12:00pm12:00pm

Iraq's Political Compact and Its Regional Priorities

The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Foreign Policy Institute and Conflict Management Program are hosting a two-panel symposium bringing together analysts, diplomats, and policymakers to discuss the domestic and regional challenges facing Iraq. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joseph S. Pennington will provide keynote remarks.

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Enforcing U.S. Immigration Laws: A Top Priority for the Trump Administration
Oct
17
11:00am11:00am

Enforcing U.S. Immigration Laws: A Top Priority for the Trump Administration

The Heritage Foundation is hosting a discussion of the ways immigration enforcement in the U.S. can be strengthened as well as a keynote address by Acting Director of ICE Thomas Homan, a 34-year veteran of law enforcement, to hear what the Trump Administration is doing in this area.

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The Impact of Migration on Europe
Oct
13
3:00pm 3:00pm

The Impact of Migration on Europe

This level of displacement has had a profound and unprecedented level of impact in the humanitarian, security, and economic spaces in Europe. How can European governments and multilateral stakeholders in the region work cohesively to develop an effective and sustainable approach to migration? CSIS is hosting an event to discuss these issues.

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Regional Development Banks in the New Multilateral Order
Oct
13
2:00pm 2:00pm

Regional Development Banks in the New Multilateral Order

On October 13, the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution will host a public event to hear from the leadership of these four institutions regarding how the RDBs have evolved and are repositioning themselves to meet new challenges related to sustainable development. Panelists will also discuss the constraints and challenges they face in supporting national governments and in delivering regional public goods.

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Addressing the Challenges Facing the Global Humanitarian System: A Conversation with Mark Lowcock, the UN’s New Head of Humanitarian Coordination
Oct
13
1:00pm 1:00pm

Addressing the Challenges Facing the Global Humanitarian System: A Conversation with Mark Lowcock, the UN’s New Head of Humanitarian Coordination

The Center for Global Development (CGD) is hosting Mark Lowcock, less than two months into his new position as the Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. As the UN system’s lead for global relief activities, he is charged with coordinating how humanitarian agencies respond and work together to address global emergencies. After delivering remarks, he will join CGD president Masood Ahmed to discuss successes, challenges, priorities, and reforms for the global humanitarian system in a time of urgent and growing need.

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How Can We End Violence against Women and Girls? What We Need and What We Know
Oct
12
4:30pm 4:30pm

How Can We End Violence against Women and Girls? What We Need and What We Know

The Center for Global Development is hosting a conversation around the recently launched report from the EU and UN, Spotlight Initiative, including an initial allocation of Euro 500 million (more than half a billion US dollars) to fight violence against women and girls. How can the impact of this Fund be optimized? What does research and first-hand experience on the ground tell us about what works? And how can it inform policy and political dialogue aimed at eliminating violence against women and girls in all its forms, now and in future?

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Legal Channels for Refugee Protection in Europe: A Pivotal Moment for Strategic Thinking
Oct
12
9:00am 9:00am

Legal Channels for Refugee Protection in Europe: A Pivotal Moment for Strategic Thinking

The Migration Policy Institute is hosting a webinar that will offer insights from EU Member States on how existing, new, and untapped legal pathways—such as resettlement, community-based sponsorship, and family reunification—can interact with other humanitarian policies and fit into a larger protection strategy.

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Drones Under Trump
Oct
11
2:00pm 2:00pm

Drones Under Trump

The Stimson Center and Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic are co-hosting a panel event on issues surrounding U.S. drone policy under the Trump administration. The panel will discuss and evaluate past U.S. practice, analyze recent developments, and assess the Trump administration’s approach to the use of force, transparency, and accountability.  

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Resisting Extremism in Africa: Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Acts
Oct
11
11:00am11:00am

Resisting Extremism in Africa: Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Acts

Journalist and author Alexis Okeowo recently released her debut book, A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa, the product of five years of living and reporting within Africa. Okeowo’s work focuses on four narratives that intricately come together to create a powerful image of modern Africa. She is joining a panel at New America to discuss her new book and its findings.

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A Conversation with His Excellency Pierre Bouassi, Minister of Social Affairs, The Republic of Lebanon
Oct
11
10:00am10:00am

A Conversation with His Excellency Pierre Bouassi, Minister of Social Affairs, The Republic of Lebanon

Lebanon is home to the highest number of refugees per capita, hosting approximately 1.5 million refugees in a country of only 6 million people. The country’s weak infrastructure, challenging economic conditions, and the growing radicalization of youth and refugees place a heavy burden on the Lebanese state. In addition, the rise of tensions between refugees and their host communities are affecting the country’s fragile sectarian balance and increasing insecurity in the region. The Wilson Center is welcoming Minister Bouassi to address these and other issues.

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Afghanistan Going Forward: Surge, Negotiate, or Get Out?
Oct
10
10:30am10:30am

Afghanistan Going Forward: Surge, Negotiate, or Get Out?

Sixteen years ago, the United States initiated combat operations in Afghanistan in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Goals have changed marginally over the years, but they typically include defeating al Qaeda and other terrorist groups with global reach, strengthening the Afghan government and security forces to prevent the Taliban from retaking political power, and denying terrorists a safe haven. Can a mini-surge reasonably achieve these or lesser goals? What costs and benefits are associated with a modest surge or the other potential policy choices, such as a negotiated settlement or completely removing U.S. military forces? What evidence do the past 16 years offer in support of the various strategies? How will Afghanistan look in another 16 years? Join the Cato Institute for a wide-ranging discussion.

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The Kurdish Crisis: Baghdad, Irbil, and Institutional Reform in Iraq
Oct
10
10:00am10:00am

The Kurdish Crisis: Baghdad, Irbil, and Institutional Reform in Iraq

The ongoing tension between the Kurdistan regional government and the federal government in Baghdad are generating new concerns about the long term stability of Iraq. Critical issues relating to energy, security, and institutions must be addressed in order to prevent further conflicts and promote economic development. The Atlantic Council is hosting a discussion on these topics. The panelists will address the energy aspects of the crisis, the security dimensions, the prospects for institutional reform, and the role the United States should play to help resolve the conflict.

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Libya: Past and Present
Oct
6
3:00pm 3:00pm

Libya: Past and Present

Understanding today’s Libyans—and helping them find a better future—depends upon a sound understanding of the divisions and conflicts of the past. Dr. Federica Fasanotti will discuss Libya’s current traumas in the context of its troubled history. Join CSIS for a discussion with one of the world’s leading historians and analysts of modern Libya.

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Triangle of Tensions: Turkey, America, and Europe in the Middle East
Oct
5
2:00pm 2:00pm

Triangle of Tensions: Turkey, America, and Europe in the Middle East

Join the Bipartisan Policy Center and Institut des Amériques for a critical examination of the origins, strategies and consequences of Turkish diplomacy and the struggles of the complicated trilateral relations between Turkey, Europe and the United States.

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Middle East crises and conflicts – the way ahead
Oct
5
1:00pm 1:00pm

Middle East crises and conflicts – the way ahead

On October 5, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings will host an event examining the crises across the Middle East and North Africa. Panelists include Brookings experts John Allen, Daniel Byman, Mara Karlin, and Federica Saini Fasanotti. Michael O’Hanlon, Brookings senior fellow, will moderate the discussion.

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Sixteen Years and Counting in Afghanistan: What’s Next for America’s Longest War?
Oct
5
10:30am10:30am

Sixteen Years and Counting in Afghanistan: What’s Next for America’s Longest War?

October marks 16 years since a U.S.-led troop mission entered Afghanistan to eliminate sanctuaries for al-Qaeda and to remove its Taliban hosts from power. Those initial goals were achieved fairly quickly, and yet more than a decade and a half later, American soldiers are still in Afghanistan fighting a seemingly unending war. This event at the Wilson Center will address how we got to where we are today; what the best and worst policies would be moving forward; whether U.S. President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy can turn the tide of such a long and complicated war, and what the regional ramifications of this strategy could be—particularly in terms of implications for India and Pakistan.

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Protecting Children in Armed Conflict
Oct
4
10:00am10:00am

Protecting Children in Armed Conflict

The Stimson Center is hosting a discussion on issues surrounding the use of children in armed conflict. The event will feature a keynote address from the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, which will be followed by an expert panel.

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Countering Violent Extremism: The Trump Era
Oct
4
10:00am10:00am

Countering Violent Extremism: The Trump Era

The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program is controversial for a variety of reasons. Is the government’s theory of radicalization sound? Is the Muslim community unfairly singled out? Are targeted communities compromising their rights by assisting the government, or is this a productive partnership? Has the election of Donald Trump changed the CVE discussion? Join us for a timely and important debate.

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Hearing: Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability
Oct
3
2:00pm 2:00pm

Hearing: Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability

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The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations is hosting a hearing titled: Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability

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Issue Brief Launch: Ukraine's Internally Displaced Persons Hold a Key to Peace
Oct
3
10:00am10:00am

Issue Brief Launch: Ukraine's Internally Displaced Persons Hold a Key to Peace

In their issue brief, Ukraine’s Internally Displaced Persons Hold a Key to Peace, authors Lauren Van Metre, Steven E. Steiner, and Melinda Haring examine Ukraine as a possible model for an “enlightened” resettlement process that promotes social cohesion, democratic development, and a constituency for peace.
 
The USIP and Atlantic Countil are hosting a discussion on the issue brief’s findings, as well as a broaderconversation about the role of internally displaced persons in Ukraine.

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How Insecurity Shapes Daily Life in Central America
Oct
3
9:00am 9:00am

How Insecurity Shapes Daily Life in Central America

The Dialogue and LAPOP are presenting their new report: Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) and hosting a discussion of the cost of crime, the implications for security policies and US foreign policy, and how a better understanding of insecurity can help improve the situation.

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Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves
Oct
2
3:00pm 3:00pm

Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves

Amid warfare worldwide, unarmed civilians attempt protests or negotiations with combatants to protect their communities from violence. These citizens defy the culture of fear that armed groups enforce, and risk retribution. New research highlights how communities use cohesion and social structures to non-violently influence armed groups—a capacity that governments and institutions often fail to recognize. On October 2, join USIP to discuss such community self-protection, and how policymaking might better support it in conflict zones such as in Syria or Afghanistan.

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