Making Peace in Donbas? The Role of a Peacekeeping Mission
Dec
19
9:00 AM09:00

Making Peace in Donbas? The Role of a Peacekeeping Mission

For years, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has proposed a peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine as an important instrument to achieving a peace settlement. This fall, Russian President Vladimir Putin also suggested a limited peacekeeping mission as one element towards a settlement. Are international peacekeepers or peace enforcers instrumental or even necessary for ending the war in Donbas?

The Atlantic Council and the Razumkov Centre are assembling a panel of experts to discuss Russia's war in Donbas and the prospect of a peacekeeping operation.

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Temporary Protected Status at Risk: Implications for Central America and U.S. Policy
Dec
19
11:00 AM11:00

Temporary Protected Status at Risk: Implications for Central America and U.S. Policy

The Migration Policy Institute and the Wilson Center’s Latin America Program are hosting a teleconference focused on the legal framework for TPS (particularly for Hondurans and Salvadorans) and profile of current TPS holders; the capacity of El Salvador and Honduras to receive and meaningfully reintegrate returnees; and the implications of TPS termination for broader U.S. policy goals in Central America.

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Caught in Conflict: Working to Prevent the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers
Jan
8
1:00 PM13:00

Caught in Conflict: Working to Prevent the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers

Stimson Center is hosting a discussion on innovative approaches to stopping the use of child soldiers. The event will feature military and human rights experts to examine the challenges posed by child soldiers and ways forward to prevent the continued exploitation of children in armed conflict. 

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With Great Power: Modifying U.S. Arms Sales to Reduce Civilian Harm
Jan
10
1:00 PM13:00

With Great Power: Modifying U.S. Arms Sales to Reduce Civilian Harm

n the new report, With Great Power: Modifying US Arms Sales to Reduce Civilian Harm, a joint project from the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) and the Stimson Center, authors Dan Mahanty and Rachel Stohl evaluate gaps and opportunities to mitigate the risk of harm for civilians in places where the US sells conventional weapons.

The Stimson Center and CIVIC are hosting an on-the-record discussion on the gaps and opportunities to mitigate the risk of consequences for civilians in places where the U.S sells conventional weapons.

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The Future of Combating Terrorism and Countering the Use of WMD
Dec
13
1:45 PM13:45

The Future of Combating Terrorism and Countering the Use of WMD

Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, will deliver remarks about the Department’s current and future contributions to combating terrorism, including the prevention of the use of weapons of mass destruction and the creation of the Department’s new Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office. Following her remarks, she will participate in a moderated discussion with her colleague Jim McDonnell, who will lead the new CWMD Office, and John Walters, Chief Operation Officer of Hudson institute.

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Eleventh Annual Terrorism Conference
Dec
13
8:55 AM08:55

Eleventh Annual Terrorism Conference

The Jamestown Foundation's eleventh annual Terrorism Conference is being held this year on December 13, 2017. Panels will include The Changing Landscape of Jihadist Movements, Syria, Islamic State and the Regional Powers, 2018 Trend Lines in Militant Movements, and more with keynote speeches by Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, U.S. National Security Advisor and General Michael V.  Hayden, USAF (Ret.), Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Book Launch: Anatomy of Failure: Why America Loses Every War It Starts
Dec
12
5:00 PM17:00

Book Launch: Anatomy of Failure: Why America Loses Every War It Starts

CSIS is hosting a launch of Harlan Ullman's most recent book "Anatomy of Failure" - whose clarion call is that sound strategic thinking and judgment and sufficient knowledge and understanding of the circumstance that may lead to using force are vital. Without them, failure is virtually guaranteed.

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Beyond Stock-Taking: The Path Ahead to a Global Compact for Migration
Dec
12
11:00 AM11:00

Beyond Stock-Taking: The Path Ahead to a Global Compact for Migration

The Migration Policy Institute is hosting an event to reflect on the latest developments and the outcomes of the stocktaking meeting on the progress that has been made towards conceptualizing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM) between representatives of national governments, UN agencies, and key civil-society organizations convened in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

 

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Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: Implications and Consequences
Dec
11
11:00 AM11:00

Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: Implications and Consequences

President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel carries profound consequences for U.S. policy, relations with the Arab world, the international community, and the pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace.

The Wilson Center is hosting three veteran observers and analysts of the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli arena to analyze and interpret the change in U.S. policy and its consequences for the region.

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The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy & Propaganda
Dec
8
6:00 PM18:00

The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy & Propaganda

The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy and Propaganda, co-authored by Christopher C. Harmon and Randall G. Bowdish and published by Brookings Institution Press, is an entirely original study of the strategic communications of violent sub-state actors. The book exposes the surprising range of different media now in use by terrorists, including writing books and setting up television stations. It provides insights, observations, and conclusions reached in 9 case studies of media—of groups as different as secular Iranian dissidents, Islamists of ISIS and Al Qaeda, Filipino Maoists, and Irish militants.

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The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy and Propaganda
Dec
8
12:00 PM12:00

The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy and Propaganda

The Heritage Foundation is hosting a conversation with Christopher Harmon, coauthor with Randall Bowdish of the forthcoming book, The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy and Propaganda. The discussion will revolve around how armed groups have used communications techniques with varying degrees of success.

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Saria’s story: Life as a Syrian refugee
Dec
6
3:00 PM15:00

Saria’s story: Life as a Syrian refugee

Brookings is hosting Saria Samakie, an amateur photographer and Syrian refugee, in conversation with Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow and former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Samakie and Duncan will candidly discuss what it is like to be a Syrian refugee in America today. What were some of the fierce challenges that Samakie—and no doubt countless other refugees—experienced during his journey? What does he make of life as an American university student? And what would he like all Americans to know about his country and his story?

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Book Launch: Understanding Cyber Conflict
Dec
6
9:00 AM09:00

Book Launch: Understanding Cyber Conflict

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In Understanding Cyber Conflict, published by Georgetown University Press, leading scholars and former officials explore how fourteen analogies to earlier weapons, wars, and defense strategies could inform or misinform our understanding of cyber conflict.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is hosting the author Michael Morell who will deliver introductory remarks, following which co-editor George Perkovich will moderate a discussion with chapter authors David Sanger, Emily O. Goldman, and Ariel (Eli) Levite.

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Talks @ Pulitzer: Helen Epstein on Conflict In Central Africa
Dec
4
5:30 PM17:30

Talks @ Pulitzer: Helen Epstein on Conflict In Central Africa

The next Talks @ Pulitzer conversation in Washington, D.C. is with journalist Helen Epstein about her recently published book, "Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda and the War on Terror." Joining Epstein for the evening is Lawrence Kiwanuka Nsereko who grew up in Uganda. Nsereko is an editor, journalist, democracy activist, former child soldier, and the inspiration for "Another Fine Mess." 

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Rebuilding Syria: A Localized Revitalization Strategy
Dec
4
12:30 PM12:30

Rebuilding Syria: A Localized Revitalization Strategy

The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East is launching the first report of its two-year project, Rebuilding Syria: Reconstruction and Legitimacy. The report, authored by Hariri Center Senior Fellow Faysal Itani and independent international security analyst Tobias Schneider, lays out this vision and offers concrete actions that can be taken now towards the long-term goal of revitalizing Syria with the participation of Syrians and the support of the international community.

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Winning the Third World: The Sino-American Rivalry
Dec
4
11:00 AM11:00

Winning the Third World: The Sino-American Rivalry

In his new book Winning the Third World, Gregg Brazinsky illuminates the competition between the United States and China in 21st-century Asia and Africa by analyzing the Sino-American rivalry during the Cold War. Foreign Affairs has called the book “Essential reading for anyone interested in the future of U.S.-Chinese relations.” CSIS is hosting an event for a discussion with the author.

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Book Launch: Digital World War
Dec
1
1:30 PM13:30

Book Launch: Digital World War

Social media has reshaped the way societies engage in politics and war across the Muslim world. From ISIS’ use of social media to recruit to its role in the Arab Spring the Internet has become a site of conflict. In his new book, Haroon Ullah examines the unprecedented impact of social media across the region addressing both its democratic revolutionary impact as well as how it has been co-opted by religious conservatives and extremists. 

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Public Opinion in a Conflicted Middle East
Nov
30
12:00 PM12:00

Public Opinion in a Conflicted Middle East

The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Arab American Institute (AAI) are hosting James Zogby (AAI and Zogby Research Services) for the presentation of fresh polling results from across six Arab countries, Iran, and Turkey. The report examines opinions from 7,800 respondents about the U.S. and other regional states’ roles in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. It also looks at Trump Administration policy, political Islam, prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace, the Iran nuclear deal, and the region’s refugee crisis.

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A Conversation with H.E. Salam Fayyad, FoA Conversation with H.E. Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority
Nov
29
12:00 PM12:00

A Conversation with H.E. Salam Fayyad, FoA Conversation with H.E. Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority

The Wilson Center is hosting a conversation with His Excellency Salam Fayyad, the former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, as he addresses reconciliation efforts between Hamas and Fatah; the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace; and the state of politics and institution-building in the Palestinian Authority.

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Raqqa After the Islamic State: Governance Challenges in Post-ISIS Syria
Nov
29
10:00 AM10:00

Raqqa After the Islamic State: Governance Challenges in Post-ISIS Syria

With the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s hold on Syrian territory vastly diminished, the campaign to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) enters a new phase. The fall of Raqqa—the capital of ISIS’ self-proclaimed caliphate—marked a powerful strategic and symbolic loss for the extremist group. Yet the success of the counter-ISIS campaign will ultimately be determined not by battlefield wins, but instead by what follows. The U.S. Institute of Peace is hosting an event to discuss the complex governance challenges in Raqqa and how the United States and the international community can constructively address them.

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A Conversation with Dr. Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank CEO
Nov
28
5:30 PM17:30

A Conversation with Dr. Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank CEO

The Center for Strategic and International Studies will be joined by Dr. Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank for a Smart Women, Smart Power conversation.  The discussion will focus on developing human capital, financial inclusion and women's economic empowerment, and the importance of educating adolescent girls as a means of reducing global poverty.

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Putting Sectarianism in Perspective
Nov
21
3:00 PM15:00

Putting Sectarianism in Perspective

The Middle East Institute is hosting a conversation with Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, editors of the new book Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East. Their book critiques the reliance on religious identity as the explanation for the region's violence, and analyzes the ways in which geopolitical rivalries or domestic grievances have become, or been mobilized into, sectarian wars. How, Hashemi and Postel ask, can the region's politics be "de-sectarianized"?

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Narrowing the Gap between International and Local Actors in Peacebuilding Efforts in South Sudan
Nov
20
2:00 PM14:00

Narrowing the Gap between International and Local Actors in Peacebuilding Efforts in South Sudan

This event, hosted by the Wilson Center, will assess the key factors guiding current peacebuilding efforts in South Sudan. It will also present an assessment of the shortcomings of current efforts focusing on the interaction, or lack thereof, between international partners and local stakeholders. By identifying the barriers to more efficient peacebuilding, this discussion seeks to share lessons learned, best practices, and opportunities for better collaboration between local and international actors.

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Is Lebanon Saudi Arabia's New Zone of Confrontation with Iran?
Nov
20
12:00 PM12:00

Is Lebanon Saudi Arabia's New Zone of Confrontation with Iran?

The Hudson Institute is hosting a panel discuss questions around the relationships between Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Iran, and other actors. Questions will be addressed such as: Is Lebanon Saudi Arabia’s newest regional theater of conflict with Iran, after Yemen and Syria? What’s the Crown Prince’s next move? What does it mean for Lebanon if Hezbollah’s base of operations is now a potential conflict zone? And how is the Trump administration managing its regional partners and the larger strategic picture in the Middle East?

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Book Launch: "The Political History of American Food Aid: An Uneasy Benevolence"
Nov
16
3:30 PM15:30

Book Launch: "The Political History of American Food Aid: An Uneasy Benevolence"

At a critical point in time when world hunger is increasing, reversing years of progress, food aid remains a key – and contentious – element of American foreign policy today. CSIS is hosting an armchair conversation about the history and future of U.S. food aid policy with Barry Riley, author of the new book “The Political History of American Food Aid: An Uneasy Benevolence.”

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Iraq After ISIS: Speaker Saleem al-Jubouri on His Country’s Future
Nov
16
2:30 PM14:30

Iraq After ISIS: Speaker Saleem al-Jubouri on His Country’s Future

As Iraq nears a military defeat of ISIS, Iraqis and their leaders are debating how best to sustain the security gains, prevent any extremist revival, and stabilize the country. They must shape a post-ISIS Iraq as the country finds itself amid increased regional tensions between the Gulf Arab States and Iran. A key voice in this debate—and an important Iraqi interlocutor with U.S. policymakers—is Dr. Saleem al-Jubouri, since 2014 the elected speaker of parliament. He will speak at USIP amid his meetings with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other U.S. officials.

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European Foreign Policy At a Crossroads
Nov
16
10:00 AM10:00

European Foreign Policy At a Crossroads

The European Union's past effort to forge a common foreign and security policy yielded notable accomplishments - notably in the Balkans, in securing a nuclear deal with Iran, and in the very process of enlarging the EU. Now the durability of those achievements and the future of the EU's ability to execute a collective foreign policy are clouded by a new constellation of factors: Russia's belligerence in Ukraine and "near abroad" under Putin, Turkey's autocratic turn under Erdogan, Britain's decision to leave the EU, and President Trump's "America First" foreign policy. Baroness Catherine Ashton, the EU's first ever foreign minister, will assess these trends in conversation with Wilson Center President Jane Harman. 

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Book Discussion: Russia's Border Wars and Frozen Conflicts
Nov
15
4:00 PM16:00

Book Discussion: Russia's Border Wars and Frozen Conflicts

Russia's Border Wars and Frozen Conflicts examines the origins and execution of Russian military and political activities in Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan. Using a realist perspective, Dr. James J. Coyle concludes that there are substantial similarities in the four case studies: Russian support for minority separatist movements, conflict, Russian intervention as peacekeepers, Russian control over the diplomatic process to prevent resolution of the conflict, and a perpetuation of Russian presence in the area. Dr. Coyle places the conflicts in the context of international law and nationalism theory.

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Report Launch: Building Young People’s Resilience to Violent Extremism in MENA
Nov
15
2:30 PM14:30

Report Launch: Building Young People’s Resilience to Violent Extremism in MENA

CSIS is hosting the Human Rights Initiative and the British Council All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the launch of a new report, Building Young People’s Resilience to Violent Extremism in the Middle East and North Africa. This report analyzes the upstream drivers of violent extremism, explores successful efforts to prevent violent extremism, and examines how international organizations can build the capacity of individuals to be less vulnerable to terrorist recruitment. Expert panelists will explore the findings of the report and illustrate its main recommendations.

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Religion and Foreign Policy: Exploring the Legacy of "Mixed Blessings"
Nov
13
2:00 PM14:00

Religion and Foreign Policy: Exploring the Legacy of "Mixed Blessings"

The Human Rights Initiative (HRI) and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs are hosting a discussion marking the 10th anniversary of CSIS’s groundbreaking report, "Mixed Blessings: U.S. Government Engagement with Religion in Conflict-Prone Settings". This report analyzed how religion affects international affairs, including through the faith and religious beliefs of politicians and elites; the belief structures that underlie national and international views; and the impact of religious organizations. At this event, Shaun Casey, former director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, will interview Liora Danan, lead author of Mixed Blessings and former chief of staff for the Office of Religion and Global Affairs, to discuss the report's goals and relevance in diplomacy today. Following their interview, Shannon N. Green, director and senior fellow of HRI, will moderate an expert panel to assess the impact of religion on foreign policy over the decade since the report's release.

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