Violence and Terrorism in Latin America in a Global Context: An Overview
Aug
24
11:45am11:45am

Violence and Terrorism in Latin America in a Global Context: An Overview

With several nations undergoing or on the brink of crisis, the socioeconomic conditions that have led to the rise of terrorist organizations in other regions of the world exist in many parts in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. At present, terrorism in Latin America is not as widespread as it was in the 1960s and 70s. However, pervasive criminal violence continues to overwhelm many Latin American societies and the frontier between criminal violence and political terrorism could be easily blurred. What exactly should public institutions and civil societies do to preserve and promote liberal democracy when faced with these circumstances?On Thursday, August 24, Hudson Institute will host an event on the conditions in Latin America.

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Gone but not forgotten: migrants, mothers and the missing
Aug
30
6:00am 6:00am

Gone but not forgotten: migrants, mothers and the missing

In honor of the International Day of the Disappeared, the ICRC is convening a conference at the Humanitarium on the importance of remembrance and the story behind its origins. Although the world is changing, our responsibility towards missing people and their families remains the same. How can we best help responsible authorities meet the needs of those who go missing and their families? And how do these needs change when the missing person is deceased? The conference is part of the ICRC's conference cycle on generating respect for the law.

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How to Organize Military Space
Sep
6
9:00am 9:00am

How to Organize Military Space

This one-day symposium, hosted by the CSIS Aerospace Security Project, will explore how the military space enterprise should be organized given the increasing importance of space as a warfighting domain. Speakers will examine previous efforts to reorganize military space forces, problems that need to be addressed, and the pros and cons of different organizational models that have been tried in other parts of the military.

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In The Warlords’ Shadow: Village Stability Operations in Afghanistan
Sep
7
12:15pm12:15pm

In The Warlords’ Shadow: Village Stability Operations in Afghanistan

In 2010, U.S. Special Operations Forces began a new program to fight the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, the Village Stability Operations/Afghan Local Police Initiative. The initiative embedded Army Special Forces and Navy SEAL teams in villages throughout Afghanistan, moving from a top-down to a bottom-up strategy to provide security. 

In his new book In The Warlords’ Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and their Fight Against the Taliban, Daniel R. Green provides a first-hand account of how the initiative functioned in practice. 

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Boosting Agricultural Productivity and Food Security in Africa: A Case Study of Ghana
Sep
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

Boosting Agricultural Productivity and Food Security in Africa: A Case Study of Ghana

This event, hosted by the Wilson Center's Africa Program, will assess the key factors affecting agricultural productivity in Africa with a focus on public expenditure management in this sector and the implications of agricultural productivity on food security. By identifying the barriers to more efficient public financing, this discussion seeks to share lessons learned, best practices, and opportunities to increase funding, ensure efficient resource allocation in the agricultural sector, and reduce food insecurity.  

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9/11 to ISIS and Beyond: The Future of Terrorism
Sep
8
9:00am 9:00am

9/11 to ISIS and Beyond: The Future of Terrorism

The Bipartisan Policy Center is welcoming former Gov. Tom Kean and former Rep. Lee Hamilton for a conference examining the evolution of terrorism from 9/11 to ISIS and beyond, the effectiveness of U.S. counter-terrorism strategy, and how to break the cycle in the future.

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Sixteen Years After 9/11: Assessing the Terrorist Threat
Sep
11
12:15pm12:15pm

Sixteen Years After 9/11: Assessing the Terrorist Threat

Sixteen years have passed since the attacks of 9/11, and three presidents have now wrestled with calibrating an effective American response to the threat of jihadist terrorism. Where does the terrorist threat stand today? How effective has the Trump administration been in confronting the threat? What will the threat look like tomorrow? 

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Curbing Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
Sep
12
9:00am 9:00am

Curbing Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

Curbing money laundering and terrorist financing is critical to the integrity of financial markets and national security. Yet, the legal and regulatory framework for addressing money laundering and terrorist financing is rooted in a law written over 40 years ago. Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and member of the House Financial Services Committee, will offer keynote remarks, and Greg Baer, President and CEO of The Clearing House, will offer remarks about a report released earlier this year on ways to reform the AML/CFT process. A panel discussion by experts from law enforcement and industry will follow.

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The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World
Sep
12
12:15pm12:15pm

The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World

On a summer afternoon in 1928, world leaders assembled in Paris to outlaw war. Within a year, the treaty signed that day, known as the Peace Pact, was ratified by nearly every state in the world. War, for the first time in history, had become illegal. Within a decade, the states that signed the pact were again at war, and as a result many dismissed the pact as folly. 

In their new book The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World, Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro argue that this dismissal was mistaken, and that the pact ushered in a sustained march towards peace. While doing so, they tell the history of how the pact came to be and of the lawyers, politicians, and intellectuals whose ideas have shaped our understanding of war’s role in a just world order. 

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Cyber Warfare in the Maritime Domain
Sep
14
10:00am10:00am

Cyber Warfare in the Maritime Domain

CSIS and the United States Naval Institute (USNI) are co-hosting a Maritime Security Dialogue event featuring Vice Admiral Jan Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare/Director of Naval Intelligence, for a discussion on cyber warfare in the maritime domain.

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

Cyberspace and International Humanitarian Law

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.

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The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS): Options and Ways to Respond
Aug
21
1:00pm 1:00pm

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS): Options and Ways to Respond

The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center is hosting a discussion on the emerging influence of ISIS activities in South Asia. In a discussion introduced and moderated by Dr. Bharath Gopalaswamy, director of the South Asia Center, Dr.Christine Fair, Javid Ahmad, Jasmine El-Gamal, and Hagar Chemali will discuss how the group operates, how it impacts individual states internally, and how those governments-and the United States-should respond to this growing phenomenon.

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

The True Ambitions of Russian Foreign Policy Today

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).

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Defending the Homeland: The Future of U.S. Countering Violent Extremism Policy
Aug
8
11:00am11:00am

Defending the Homeland: The Future of U.S. Countering Violent Extremism Policy

The Heritage Foundation is hosting an event to discuss U.S. Countering Violence Extremism (CVE) policy. Discussion questions include: What is the appropriate role of the government in winning the war of ideas against Islamism? Should CVE be focused only on violent manifestations of Islamist ideology, or on political Islam in general? Who are the appropriate partners to work with?  Which other radical ideologies – if any – should CVE be focused on?

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

Justice for the Yezidis: ISIS and Crimes of Genocide

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.

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Hearing: Assessing the Colombia Peace Process: The Way Forward in U.S.-Colombia Relations
Aug
2
10:00am10:00am

Hearing: Assessing the Colombia Peace Process: The Way Forward in U.S.-Colombia Relations

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The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues is holding a hearing to assess the Colombia Peace Process and the way forward in U.S.-Colombia relations.

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In the Warlord's Shadow: Embracing New Strategies to Fight the War on Terror
Jul
28
12:30pm12:30pm

In the Warlord's Shadow: Embracing New Strategies to Fight the War on Terror

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The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is hosting a live-streamed expert conversation with Gen. John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.) and Daniel Green about the fight against Taliban forces in Afghanistan and the lessons for battles against extremists elsewhere in the region.

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

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

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.

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Assessing the Trump Administration's Counterterrorism Policy
Jul
27
12:00pm12:00pm

Assessing the Trump Administration's Counterterrorism Policy

Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, will be joined by Jennifer Cafarella (ISW), Matthew Levitt (WINEP), Joshua Geltzer (New America), and the director of the Middle East Institute's (MEI) Countering Terrorism Project, Charles Lister, for a discussion of the prospects for the Trump administration's counterterrorism policy.

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Hostilities in the Himalayas? Assessing the India-China Border Standoff
Jul
27
10:00am10:00am

Hostilities in the Himalayas? Assessing the India-China Border Standoff

This event hosted by the Wilson Center will assess the current dispute and place it in the broader context of India-China border tensions and bilateral relations, while also considering what the future may hold. Additionally, the event will discuss possible implications for Washington and its interests in Asia.

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Emerging Challenges: Humanitarian Aid and American Interests
Jul
27
10:00am10:00am

Emerging Challenges: Humanitarian Aid and American Interests

With world displacement at record levels and millions of people at risk of famine, the Trump administration has sent conflicting signals on U.S. engagement. On the one hand, the United States has continued to lead in assistance to promote food security and prevent famine, and officials such as U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley have expressed support for overseas efforts to aid refugees and displaced persons. On the other hand, the administration has not appeared to take strong action to address some of the conflicts that have given rise to food security challenges and displacement, such as in South Sudan. Further, Congress has led legislative efforts initiating humanitarian aid this year, while the administration has proposed significant cuts to aid.

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

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

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.

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Hearing: Examining the President’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal for Europe and Eurasia
Jul
25
2:00pm 2:00pm

Hearing: Examining the President’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal for Europe and Eurasia

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The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats is holding a hearing to examine the President’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal for Europe and Eurasia

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

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

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.

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

The Global Forced Migration Crisis: Project Launch

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.

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Hearing: Authorization for the Use of Military Force and Current Terrorist Threats
Jul
25
10:00am10:00am

Hearing: Authorization for the Use of Military Force and Current Terrorist Threats

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The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee is holding a full committee hearing on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force and Current Terrorist Threats.

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

The Anatomy of a Crisis: On the Ground in Venezuela

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. 

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

Media Diplomacy: Challenging the Indo-Pak Narrative

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.

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

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

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.

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Examining the Geopolitical Impact of the 4th Estate
Jul
21
9:30am 9:30am

Examining the Geopolitical Impact of the 4th Estate

The Center for Strategic and International Studies is hosting a conversation about how traditional and new media outlets are influencing the narrative on world affairs. By highlighting the diverse perspectives of the panelists, the event will bring insight into how newsrooms are shaping and communicating international events.

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

Venezuela on the Edge: The Time for New International Action

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.

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

US-Mexico Relations in Flux

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.

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