Bipartisan Task Force on Reforming and Reorganizing U.S. Foreign Assistance Report Launch
Jul
24
2:00 pm14:00

Bipartisan Task Force on Reforming and Reorganizing U.S. Foreign Assistance Report Launch

  • CSIS

The Trump administration has asked the executive branch to provide suggestions on reforming and reorganizing U.S. foreign assistance by September 2017. On May 30, 2017, CSIS announced the formation of a Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Reforming and Reorganizing U.S Foreign Assistance. Task Force members consist of former Bush administration and Obama administration officials, including senior Foreign Service officers of the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. State Department, former ambassadors, and former members of the National Security Council.

After meeting three times and going through several rounds of discussions, this task force has identified actionable recommendations that the Trump administration and the U.S. Congress can take to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of U.S. foreign assistance programs.

Senator Todd Young (R-IN) will provide opening remarks, a panel of select task force members will discuss the findings, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will provide closing remarks.

Media Diplomacy: Challenging the Indo-Pak Narrative
Jul
24
3:00 pm15:00

Media Diplomacy: Challenging the Indo-Pak Narrative

  • Atlantic Council

The dominant national narratives in India and Pakistan fuel tensions between the two nations. Journalists and social media users play a critical role in crafting hostile public opinions and inciting further animosity. Atlantic Council is hosting a conversation to discuss the influence of media on public perception in India and Pakistan.

The Anatomy of a Crisis: On the Ground in Venezuela
Jul
25
9:30 am09:30

The Anatomy of a Crisis: On the Ground in Venezuela

  • Inter-American Dialogue

To help understand the complex, rapidly-shifting situation and share an on-the-ground perspective from Caracas, the Inter-American Dialogue is welcoming Phil Gunson—a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group and a 40-year veteran reporting in Latin America—for a frank and wide-ranging exchange on Venezuela today. 

The Global Forced Migration Crisis: Project Launch
Jul
25
10:00 am10:00

The Global Forced Migration Crisis: Project Launch

  • CSIS

Project for Prosperity and Development at CSIS is hosting an event to launch a new project on the global forced migration crisis. Over the next year, CSIS will research the journey of these millions of people and what it means for the developing world landscape, and how the U.S., its allies, the public and private sectors, NGOs, academics, government, and security can play a vital role in confronting global displacement and migration.

Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Trump Administration: Stability or Upheaval?
Jul
25
11:45 am11:45

Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Trump Administration: Stability or Upheaval?

  • Hudson Institute

The Trump administration needs a stable Gulf region to sustain and advance American interests and those of its allies. What does the future of the region hold for Saudi Arabia and the United States? What role should the Trump administration be playing with its regional partners in the GCC?

The Hudson Institute is hosting a timely lunchtime panel discussion on these important issues. Panelists include Mohammed Alyahya, Fatimah S. Baeshen, and Hudson Adjunct Fellow Michael Pregent. Hudson Senior Fellow Lee Smith will moderate the conversation.

Venezuela on the Verge of Collapse: Economic, Social, and Political Challenges
Jul
26
11:45 am11:45

Venezuela on the Verge of Collapse: Economic, Social, and Political Challenges

  • Hudson Institute

The Hudson Institute is hosting a discussion on the political, social, and economic turmoil in Venezuela. Gustavo Coronel, a former member of the Venezuelan Congress, will comment on the breakdown of law and order in the country. Dr. Rubén Perina, a former high official of the Organization of American States (OAS), will describe the role the inter-American system should play in reversing the crisis. Gabriela Febres-Cordero, a former cabinet member in the administration of Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez, will discuss actions taken by opposition leaders. Dr. Boris Saavedra, a retired officer of the Venezuelan Air Force, will speak about the challenges facing the military and its position amid the turmoil. Ambassador Jaime Daremblum, director of Hudson Institute’s Center for Latin American Studies, will moderate the discussion.

Religious Majoritarianism on the Subcontinent: Impacts on Domestic Tranquility and Regional Security
Jul
27
12:30 pm12:30

Religious Majoritarianism on the Subcontinent: Impacts on Domestic Tranquility and Regional Security

  • Stimson Center

The Stimson Center is hosting a luncheon panel discussion on religious majoritarianism in India and Pakistan and its potential impact on domestic politics and regional stability. This will be a candid discussion with four eminent scholars in this area. Sameer Lalwani will serve as moderator.

Justice for the Yezidis: ISIS and Crimes of Genocide
Aug
3
11:45 am11:45

Justice for the Yezidis: ISIS and Crimes of Genocide

  • Hudson Institute

The Hudson Institute is hosting a panel discussion on the aspect of crimes of terrorism and genocide in the battle against ISIS. Pari Ibrahim of the Free Yezidi Foundation and Naomi Kikoler of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will join Hudson Institute’s Eric B. Brown to assess how adherents of the Islamic State movement can be brought to justice for their crimes of genocide, how the safety of vulnerable minority communities can be ensured as Iraq rebuilds, the unique stabilization needs of Ninevah where most minorities live, and what role the U.S. should play in preventing genocide in the future.

The True Ambitions of Russian Foreign Policy Today
Aug
8
5:00 pm17:00

The True Ambitions of Russian Foreign Policy Today

  • Institute of World Politics

Russian foreign policy objectives are poorly understood today. This is because most analysts look at Russia through Western eyes. But, Russia is not only Moscow. Russia is Siberia and the Far East also. This lecture hosted by the Institute of World Politics will provide a three-dimensional view of Russia, it will contextualize Russian actions over the past decade beyond the headlines, and it will illustrate why U.S. foreign policy toward Russia is misguided (and how to correct the strategic misperceptions).

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.


Venezuela on the Edge: The Time for New International Action
Jul
21
8:30 am08:30

Venezuela on the Edge: The Time for New International Action

  • Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center is hosting a conversation with OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro and expert panelists on the domestic and international ramifications of Venezuela's descent into chaos and new ways to involve the the international community in seeking solutions.

US-Mexico Relations in Flux
Jul
20
9:00 am09:00

US-Mexico Relations in Flux

  • InterAmerican Dialogue

For an open discussion of the state of US-Mexico relations, the Dialogue welcoming Andrés Rozental, who served as deputy foreign minister and ambassador to the United Kingdom. One of Mexico’s most respected and best-informed analysts, he was the founding president of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations and has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 2002.

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. 

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.

Islam in the Russian Domain: History, Threats, and Containment
Jul
17
4:00 pm16:00

Islam in the Russian Domain: History, Threats, and Containment

  • Institute of World Politics

This event at the Institute of World Politics, sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies, will discuss Russia's interaction with Islam during the Tsarist and Soviet periods, Islam after communism, the radicalization of Muslim populations, and Russia's fear of pan-Islamic movements.

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

Mosul after ISIS: Whither U.S. Policy in Iraq?
Jul
17
2:00 pm14:00

Mosul after ISIS: Whither U.S. Policy in Iraq?

  • Wilson Center - Teleconference

The liberation of Mosul from ISIS control is a major win for the Iraqi government, the United States, and the campaign to defeat the terrorist group – but a critically important question now looms: What comes next for U.S. policy toward a country divided and tattered from years of war?

The Wilson Center is hosting a teleconference with four former U.S. policy advisers with broad experience in Iraq and the Middle East address these and related questions.

How to Stabilize Iraq After ISIS—and Why it Matters
Jul
14
10:00 am10:00

How to Stabilize Iraq After ISIS—and Why it Matters

  • U.S. Institute of Peace

As military campaigns in Iraq and Syria recover territories from the rule of the Islamic State, the 67-nation Global Coalition will meet in Washington on July 11-13.  Vital questions for the coalition include the strategy to build long-term security and stability in the region. Following the coalition’s meetings, USIP will host a conversation with Ambassador Ekkehard Brose, who co-chairs the coalition’s “Stabilization Working Group”, and Joseph Pennington, deputy assistant secretary of state for Iraq.  

Nicaragua: A Renewal of Russian Influence
Jul
13
4:00 pm16:00

Nicaragua: A Renewal of Russian Influence

  • Institute of World Politics

This event co-hosted by the IWP Student Speakers Series and the Center for Intermarium Studies at IWP will provide an overview of Nicaragua, the history of Nicaraguan-Soviet relations, including the political, economic and military support that the Soviet Union provided the Sandinista government in its rise to power, the reemergence of Nicaragua's relationship with the Kremlin, and how this relationship parallels the one with the Soviet Union.

The International Migration System: Reflections on the Challenges and Opportunities Ahead
Jul
13
9:30 am09:30

The International Migration System: Reflections on the Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

  • Migration Policy Institute

As Migration Policy Institute co-founder, President (2002-2014), and since then, Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus Demetrios G. Papademetriou steps out from his day-to-day work at the Institute, join him in a far-ranging presentation of what migration's challenges and opportunities are likely to look like in the next couple of decades. His presentation will be followed by a conversation with Andrew Selee, MPI's incoming President. Papademetriou will draw from his decades of experience as a thought leader on migration policy around the globe, and set forth his views on the immediate and long-term challenges governments face as they grapple with the economic, social, and political impacts of aging populations and low fertility—and the proper role for migration as one of the responses to it. He will also offer suggestions on how governments on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond might better manage migration and thus capitalize on the opportunities it presents while reducing its negative effects on those who lose from the process.

Improving Governance to Reduce Violence
Jul
12
10:00 am10:00

Improving Governance to Reduce Violence

  • U.S. Institute of Peace

The U.S. and other donors spend billions each year to improve governance in the name of development for war-torn or fragile countries. But good government is crucial for another reason: its capacity to reduce violence that undermines the very development the international community seeks. The U.S. Institute of Peace and the World Bank are hosting a discussion of this vital element of the Bank’s “World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law.”

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.

The War on ISIS: The Forgotten Need for Congressional Authorization
Jul
12
9:30 am09:30

The War on ISIS: The Forgotten Need for Congressional Authorization

  • Wilson Center

The Wilson Center is hosting U.S. Senator for AZ, Jeff Flake and U.S. Senator for VA, Tim Kane to discuss the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and to discuss questions such as: Is Congress abdicating authority to authorize wars to the executive branch? What are the practical implications of this situation? Does the start of a new administration in Washington provide an opportunity to update the AUMF?

The U.S. Global Food Security Strategy: Progress, Setbacks, and Forward Momentum
Jul
12
8:30 am08:30

The U.S. Global Food Security Strategy: Progress, Setbacks, and Forward Momentum

  • CSIS

The historic passage of the U.S. Global Food Security Act in July 2016 demonstrated U.S. leadership and bipartisan support in Congress to address global hunger, poverty, and malnutrition. The act required the Feed the Future interagency group, comprised of eleven U.S. agencies, to submit the first ever U.S. Global Food Security Strategy to Congress last fall. Join CSIS and Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) to hear updates from senior leadership on the strategy and to discuss contributions from Congress, the Trump Administration, and U.S. government agencies.  

World Affairs Council Author Series: Jade Wu
Jul
10
6:00 pm18:00

World Affairs Council Author Series: Jade Wu

  • World Affairs Council

The World Affairs Council in DC is hostingJade Wu, author of Flash Points: Lessons Learned and Not Learned in Malawi, Kosovo, Iraq, and AfghanistanMs. Wu has worked on multiple US foreign assistance projects abroad and will share her experience, observations on personnel, language, cross-cultural challenges and gender dynamics as well as their impact on policy intentions.

All Measures Short of War: The Contest For the 21st Century and the Future of American Power
Jul
10
4:30 pm16:30

All Measures Short of War: The Contest For the 21st Century and the Future of American Power

  • Institute of World Politics

The Institute of World Politics is hosting a discussion with Dr. Tom Wright of his newly released book, All Measures Short of War: The Contest For the 21st Century and the Future of American Power, in which he argues for a new strategy of “Responsible Competition” to strengthen the liberal international order.

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.

A Political Solution to the Afghanistan Crisis
Jul
10
10:30 am10:30

A Political Solution to the Afghanistan Crisis

  • USIP - Webcast Only

USIP is hosting an event with the Overseas Development Institute in London convening senior officials, diplomats and experts from Afghanistan and its partner countries to launch a new USIP Special Report, “Political Stability in Afghanistan: A 2020 Vision and Roadmap,” to be released in early July and authored by ODI Executive Director Alex Thier and USIP Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs Director Scott Worden. The panelists also will consider the implications of the recent news that the U.S. will send additional troops to Afghanistan, and discuss what should be included in any broader strategy for the country.

Global Leaders Forum: The Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defense of the United Kingdom
Jul
7
1:00 pm13:00

Global Leaders Forum: The Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defense of the United Kingdom

  • CSIS

CSIS is hosting a conversation with The Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MPSecretary of State for Defense of the United Kingdom, on the ways in which the United States and United Kingdom can maximize the benefits of bilateral and multilateral cooperation to combat current and future threats.  Looking ahead, where does the UK see its greatest security threats and how are these evolving? In what ways can the United States and United Kingdom strengthen their special defense and intelligence sharing relationship?

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

Russian Interference: Past, Present, and Future
Jul
6
11:45 am11:45

Russian Interference: Past, Present, and Future

  • Hudson Institute

The Hudson Institute is welcoming Fox News host Bret Baier to moderate a discussion with Michael Doran, Michael Pregent, David Tafuri, and Hannah Thoburn for an examination of recent Russian interference in Western politics, its historical global precedents, and how the U.S. can mitigate the threat of foreign political disruption in the future

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.