The Hudson Institute is hosting a panel discussion to assess President Trump’s foreign policy during his first year in office. The panel will consist of Hudson Distinguished Fellow Walter Russell Mead and Senior Fellows Michael Doran, Craig Kennedy, and Rebeccah Heinrichs. The discussion will be moderated by Hudson Senior Fellow Tod Lindberg.
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The Journal of National Security Law & Policy is hosting their annual symposium, this year titled "The New Cold War?: The State of U.S.-Russia Relations & Unconventional Threats to U.S. Security." Throughout the day, there will be three panels and a lunchtime keynote speech by Laura Kennedy, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs under the George W. Bush Administration.
Senator Chris Coons and Hudson Institute Distinguished Fellow Walter Russell Mead will engage in a one-on-one discussion of U.S. national security threats and opportunities. Mead will explore Sen. Coons’ perspective on the future of the Middle East, Russia and Transatlantic relations, the challenges of a rising China and a nuclear-armed North Korea, prospects for Sub-Saharan Africa, and other concerns facing American policymakers today and in the years ahead.
The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is hosting the second Annual Issues Conference exploring key legal frameworks and rule of law challenges surrounding the global forced migration crisis. Looking at the issues from the perspective of a migrant’s progress across countries from place of origin, to transit, and to destination, ABA ROLI’s Annual Issues Conference will highlight case studies as illustrations of the major issues and will evaluate the contributions and solutions of the rule of law community.
CSIS is hosting a public presentation on the role the international community should play in restoring democracy to Venezuela. The presentation will feature OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, Former Deputy National Security Advisor Juan Zarate, and Maria Corina Machado, a leader in the Venezuelan opposition.
The Hudson Institute will host a panel to discuss Iraq and the Middle East. Participants will be: Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Fareed Yasseen; Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United States Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah; Linda Robinson, senior international and defense researcher at the RAND Corporation; Hudson Institute Adjunct Fellow Michael Pregent; and Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Jonas Parello-Plesner.
The Center for American Progress’ Reel Progress program and Grasshopper Film are co-hosting a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Last Men in Aleppo.” The screening will be followed by a short panel featuring the film’s director, Feras Fayyad—the first Syrian filmmaker to be nominated for an Oscar—along with the Center for American Progress’ Brian Katulis, Council on Foreign Relations’ Steven Cook, and Al Arabiya’s Nadia Bilbassy-Charters.
With the rise of great power competition comes the possibility of great power surprise in four dimensions: strategic, technological, doctrinal, and diplomatic. Although some surprise is inevitable, defeat is not. CSIS is hosting the release of the study Avoiding Coping with Strategic Surprise in Great Power Conflicts and a panel discussion on how the United States can better anticipate and adapt to the unexpected.
Increasingly, questions are being asked as to why the United States maintains a presence in Afghanistan. How is a U.S. presence serving American security interests? The Trump administration has pledged an indefinite commitment to victory in Afghanistan, but what does success look like and what would have to change to achieve it? Does the U.S. have a clear and coherent strategy going forward and what, if any, are the alternatives? The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to host an expert panel to discuss these and other questions about the US mission in Afghanistan.
Reducing violence and preventing the growth of violent movements are perennial challenges for the international community and the role of economic interventions has long been debated. New American is hosting a discussion around the new report from Mercy Corps and the Political Violence FieldLab at Yale University which brings new evidence to the debate based on a randomized controlled trial in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. Can youth employment programs and cash transfers make a difference?
The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to host the premiere screening of Alive in Graves, a documentary produced by the Save the Rest Campaign to shed light on the crisis of Syrian detainees in the prisons of the Syrian government. The 17-minute film will be followed by followed by a discussion to address questions including: How does the issue of enforced disappearances impact Syrian society today, and how will it affect the country’s future? How can the international community address the problem? How can the status of detainees be integrated into the negotiations and the political process?
The International and Comparative Law Program, the ABA Section on International Law, and the American Society of International Law are presenting the 8th Annual "Live from L" with the Office of the Legal Adviser.
Dr. Thurston, author of Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement will be joined by two CSIS experts on African security: Africa Program director, Jennifer G. Cooke, and International Security Program Senior Fellow, Alice Hunt Friend, who will share their insights into Boko Haram and terrorism in northern Africa in general.
U.S. National Security and the Korean Peninsula: Perspectives from a Defector, a Russian, and an Analyst
The Wilson Center is hosting a discussion on U.S. national security and the Korean peninsula from the perspectives of a former senior ranking official of the Kim Jong-un regime, a professor of St Petersburg University, and a renowned author on issues related to North Korea at a conference hosted jointly with the Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS).
To explore the significance of this policy shift and what can be expected moving forward, the Inter-American Dialogue, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), and FUSADES are hosting a panel discussionin which panelists will consider the social impact of terminating TPS for Salvadorans in the United States, including the likely effects on the economy, migration, and criminal violence, as well as policy options to address the fallout from the decision.
This event, which is co-hosted with The Wilson Center and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, will highlight current developments and perceptions in Pakistan related to extremism and terrorism; examine the role of state and society in radicalization and extremism; discuss possible future trajectories of extremism and terrorism in Pakistan; and consider what this all means for U.S. policy.
CSIS is hosting the report launch by Ambassador James Michel and an expert-panel discussion on Managing Fragility and Promoting Resilience to Advance Peace, Security, and Sustainable Development.
South Asian countries have experienced a variety of secessionist movements challenging their borders since gaining independence, from the Bengali movement in Pakistan to the Kashmiri movement in India. The Stimson Center is pleased to host Ahsan Butt, Assistant Professor at George Mason University and Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center, to discuss his recently published book, Secession and Security: Explaining State Strategy Against Separatists, in which he argues that states, rather than separatists, determine how violent the conflict between them will be. He investigates the strategies, ranging from negotiated concessions to large-scale repression, adopted by states in response to separatist movements.
USIP is hosting an event to discuss questions such as: What are the pros and cons and likely results of the administration’s approach to Pakistan, and how are Pakistani leaders responding to increased U.S. pressure?
The CSIS International Security Program is hosting an event for the launch of its report entitled "Oversight and Accountability in U.S. Security Sector Assistance: Seeking Return on Investment."
New America is hosting a conversation around Directorate S: The CIA and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steve Coll. He provides a detailed telling of this clash, expanding upon his first book, Ghost Wars, to tell the story of the United States’ efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the years that followed.
In Paul B. Stares' new book, he proposes a comprehensive preventive strategy to reduce the demand for U.S. power over the long, medium, and short term – in contrast to the more common prescriptions that call on the United States to do either more or less militarily to defend its interests. The Wilson Center is hosting a discussion with the author on the idea of “preventive engagement.”
Former Middle East Task Force co-chairs Amjad Atallah and Daniel Levy return to New America to assess where the Trump administration’s proclamation recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital leaves the two-state solution and the Palestinian movement for freedom, justice and equality.
World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim will join CGD President Masood Ahmed to discuss the future of multilateralism, the Bank’s efforts to maximize resources for development, and the critical importance of investing in people to meet tomorrow’s challenges.
CSIS is hosting a discussion to explore how the U.S.-Russia relationship has for decades shaped the development and deployment of ballistic missile defenses. This discussion will feature Dr. James Cameron, whose new book The Double Game (2017) examines the complicated motivations and reservations of the American presidents who negotiated the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the Soviet Union.
The Middle East Institute (MEI) is hosting UNRWA’s West Bank Director Scott Anderson and the director of UNRWA's Representative Office in Washington Elizabeth Campbell, who will discuss the regional impact of this decision and UNRWA’s new global funding push to continue its work. MEI's director for Gulf studies and government relations, Amb. (ret.) Gerald Feierstein, will moderate the discussion.
The Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program is hosting the U.S. launch of “The Role of Water Stress in Instability and Conflict,” the report produced by this elite group of retired Admirals and Generals from across the U.S. armed forces. The expert panel will discuss the role that water stress plays in diplomacy, violence, and conflict, and what steps the U.S. government can take to mitigate those threats through diplomacy, strategic investments, and defense.
El Colegio de México, Tulane University, and the Inter-American Dialogue are hosting a high-level conference on the complex and evolving dynamics between the two countries. This US-Mexico forum brings together top tier academic and policy experts from both countries for an open debate on the path forward for the relationship. Panel will include The Road Ahead for NAFTA, Migration Dynamics and Policy Under Trump, Anticipating the Mexican Presidential Elections, and The Future of Security and Border Cooperation.
CSIS is hosting a panel discussion on local Syrian and Coalition stabilization efforts in Raqqa featuring experts from USAID, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense, and CSIS.
Winning the Frontier: U.S.-Japan Cooperation on Global Standards for Emerging Technologies, from AI to 5G
Featuring an expert panel, this event hosted by CSIS seeks to explore some of the key technologies where the debate is already underway, the actors involved in this space, and the competition to shape the emerging technological landscape.
CSIS is hosting a presentation and armchair discussion with Alex de Waal, the author of “Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine.” Considered one of the leading experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, de Waal has crafted a comprehensive history of modern famines and the factors that influence their origins, duration, and severity in his latest book. This work is particularly timely with an unprecedented number of countries facing possible famine conditions in 2018—Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen, and Ethiopia.
The Hudson Institute will host a high-level symposium to discuss the new strategic significance of the South China Sea for Asian and American national interests. In particular, the speakers will examine the origins and geopolitical, economic, and military implications of China’s aggressive strategy in the South China Sea, and consider potential counter strategies that other nations, including the United States, might pursue to preserve and protect peace and stability throughout the region.
The Cato Institute is hosting a half-day conference to discuss Trump's Foreign Policy Doctrine after one year. Topics to be covered include: How is America First looking a year in? Is it what we thought it was going to be? What have the major successes and failures been so far? Is Team Trump focusing on the right threats and issues? Forecasting another couple of years down the road.