From 2013 through 2014 ISIS recruited thousands of fighters from North Africa to fight in Syria and established a fallback position in Libya. Today, ISIS has lost much of its territory both in Syria and in North Africa. How did ISIS emerge in North Africa and what is its future in the region? New America is hosting a panel discussion to address these questions with various authors and stakeholders.
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In the aftermath of the uprising in Libya, the country descended into bitter rivalries and civil war, paving the way for the Islamic State and a catastrophic migrant crisis. What went wrong? Based on years of field reporting in Libya, Carnegie’s Frederic Wehrey will discuss his new book, The Burning Shores: Inside the Battle for the New Libya, which tells the stories of Libyan lives upended by the turmoil, sheds new light on the country’s afflictions, and provides valuable lessons for the future
The Center for a New American Security is hosting an event to launch Paul Scharre’s new book Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War which explorex the technology behind autonomous weapons and the legal, moral, ethical, and strategic dimensions of this evolving technology.
On April 26, Foreign Policy at Brookings will host a forum on the near term, global impacts of the recently released NDS. Panelists include military fellows from Brookings and other think tanks as well as a number of national security professionals with backgrounds in government and academia. General Robert Neller, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, will headline the event, with a discussion on resetting the Department of Defense under the 2018 NDS. Brookings President John R. Allen will join General Neller for the discussion.
To help policymakers evaluate the possible downstream effects of selling weapons to specific countries, Cato scholars Trevor Thrall and Caroline Dorminey have created a comprehensive risk assessment index. This event hosted by the Cato Institute will discuss the index and the consequences of international arms sales.
The inaugural Forum on the Arms Trade annual conference, "Taking Aim: A Closer Look at the Global Arms Trade," is a half-day event that will take place at the Stimson Center on May 22, 2018. The conference will feature leading experts, journalists, and members of civil society and the government. Join us as we look into the effects of the global arms trade on human and national security, and discuss how the U.S. can better assess risk when transferring arms.
New Frontiers of Displacement and Fragility: How Can Flexible Financing Tackle 21st Century Challenges?
This event, hosted by the Center for Global Development, will explore the next frontiers in responding to forced displacement and fragility: emerging challenges, priorities, and solutions. This will include new mechanisms—such as the World Bank's concessional financing for countries hosting refugees and compacts that bring together development and humanitarian investments—that can reshape the international response to protracted refugee crises.
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.
Syrian doctors and humanitarian relief experts have increasingly engaged on this issue and are developing new and innovative approaches to help address and heal these invisible wounds. USIP is hosting a discussion with specialists from the Syrian American Medical Society, the U.S State Department and Save the Children to address an aspect of the Syrian conflict that often receives less attention than it deserves.
As a part of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ ongoing project on Civil Wars, Violence and International Responses, the second volume of a special issue of the journal Dædalus was released in January 2018 to explore trends in civil wars and solutions moving forward. USIP is hosting an events for experts discuss their findings and recommendations on how the United States can better respond to intrastate conflict and promote both development and stability to create lasting peace.
The Brookings Global-CERES Economic and Social Policy in Latin America Initiative (ESPLA) and the Latin America Initiative at Brookings are co-hosting a discussion with regional and humanitarian experts on the Venezuelan refugee crisis and the national, regional, and global responses.
The Embassy of Sweden, in partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands, is hosting special film screening of The New Barbarianism, followed by a panel discussion at House of Sweden. The ICRC and its Healthcare in Danger project will be represented by the Head of Delegation in the US & Canada, Alexandra Boivin.
The Atlantic Council is hosting a candid conversation with Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, who stepped down from his position as director of the Rafik Hariri Center of the Middle East at the end of March. Ambassador Hof will reflect on lessons learned from his many diplomatic and military adventures and also speak to what can be done to address the current crises in Syria and beyond.
This panel discussion at the Stimson Center will explore whether and how best the UN’s new “Sustaining Peace” Agenda can help to reduce violence substantially in fragile and conflict-affected countries, while building more just, inclusive, and resilient societies. The session will include highlights and recommendations from the recent Doha Regional Dialogue on Sustaining Peace and D.C. Experts Dialogue on the Emerging UN Sustaining Peace Effort, as well as the findings and proposals advanced by the new World Bank-UN Pathways for Peace report.
The Africa Security Initiative in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings will host a discussion on Somalia. Brookings Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown will brief her December 2017 fieldwork in Somalia and review key security and political developments. Landry Signé, a David M. Rubenstein fellow in the Brookings Africa Growth Initiative, will discuss how the persistence of bad governance, corruption, marginalization, and economic mismanagement have led to state failure and insecurity in the country.
Labeled the worst humanitarian crisis in today’s world, the conflict in Yemen is entering its fourth year. To understand the impact the war is having on the Yemeni people, and the challenges it poses to policymakers, CSIS is hosting a discussion with David Miliband which will be followed by a panel discussion with Barbara Bodine, Peter Salisbury, and Abdulrahman Al-Eryani .
The fifth annual Justice Stephen Breyer lecture at the Brookings Institution will discuss the introduction of artificial intelligence and robotics to future scenarios of warfare is posing new challenges to national and international codes of law, ethics, and human rights. Technological advances are fast outpacing the deliberative process of public debate and law-making that should determine the rules for the design and use of such lethal technologies. Ongoing talks at the United Nations to regulate such weapons are raising a host of complex questions around who is responsible for their development and deployment on the battlefield of the future.
The Wilson Center is hosting a discussion about current trends in smuggling and its organization, the shifting roles of migrants in the market, and the additional criminal risks many of them face as a result. Speakers will present findings from their research in South and Central America, Mexico, and the U.S.-Mexico border.
USIP is hosting a one day conference with U.S. Administration and military leaders, senior Iraqi representatives and regional experts to explore one of the most complex and consequential conflicts of our time. USIP and guest experts will help navigate the key themes and provide insight on the terrain ahead in Iraq and Syria.
The Syrian civil war is many overlapping conflicts, including the competition and cooperation among outside powers vying to protect their interests, often at the expense of Syria’s sovereignty. What are Russian, Iranian, Turkish, Israeli, and American objectives in Syria, and can they achieve them? The Wilson Center is hosting a discussion in which four analysts of Syria and the region will address the issue of outside powers and the future of Syria.
The Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action and the Inter-American Dialogue are hosting a panel of distinguished experts to discuss the future of the Venezuelan migration crisis and discuss questions such as: How might the crisis continue to evolve? How can regional governments more effectively work together to address this challenge? What role should the United States take in coordinating a response strategy?
CSIS is hosting an expert discussion of what can be expected from the end game in Syria and after; emerging trends in terrorism and violent extremism; and the evolution and implications of U.S. and Russian policies and roles.
Foreign Policy at Brookings is hosting Brigadier General Roger B. Turner, Jr., recently back from a tour in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, to discuss the current state of the conflict there. After opening remarks from General Turner, Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon will pose several questions to the general.
What relationship, if any, exists between the networks of Muslims from the North Caucasus that have built peaceful lives around the world and the networks that have facilitated and taken part in armed extremism? What makes some migrants seek violent solutions while others integrate into modern democratic societies? Denis Sokolov, a long-time student of communities and networks from the North Caucasus, will lead a discussion at CSIS to help understand how these questions might be answered today and in the future.
Current social movements have focused an overdue spotlight on the disadvantages faced by women and girls around the world. CSIS is hosting a discussion of both the challenges of persistent gender inequality and the inspiring strength and resilience of women and girls, especially vis-à-vis their contributions to food and nutrition security in unstable environments.
The Hudson Institute is hosting a panel to explore U.S. options to realign its allies with traditional NATO and U.S. positions, hold adversaries responsible for atrocities, and prevent security backsliding in the region. The panel will consist of Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Hillel Fradkin; Hudson Adjunct Fellow Michael Pregent; Senior Intelligence Planner at the Institute for the Study of War Jennifer Cafarella; and President of Soran University Dr. Nahro Zagros.
To discuss the specific CVE experience of African American Muslims and the example of the CWDM (Community of Imam W. Deen Muhammad), New America is hosting Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, co-author of Transforming the Hate that Hate Produced, a new report on the subject, director of Quilliam North America, and a former counterterrorism analyst with over a decade of experience at the Department of Homeland Security, National Counterterrorism Center, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence. New America also welcomes Yaya Fanusie, Director of Analysis at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and a former CIA analyst and Imam Talib Shareef, President and Imam of the “Nations Mosque” Masjid Muhammad.
The Foreign Policy program at Brookings is hosting a discussion on the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria. Panelists will include Alexandra Lamarche and Mark Yarnell of Refugees International, authors of the recent report “Political Pressure to Return: Putting Northeast Nigeria’s Displaced Citizens at Risk.” Vanda Felbab-Brown, a senior fellow at Brookings, will brief the findings from her January fieldwork in northeastern Nigeria on the state of counterinsurgency, security, and reconstruction efforts. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon will moderate the conversation, while adding his own perspectives.
The Foreign Policy program at Brookings will host a discussion about the ongoing conflict in Syria. Panelists will include Brookings Senior Fellows Suzanne Maloney and Amanda Sloat. Pavel Baev, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings and research professor at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, will also participate. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon will moderate the conversation, while adding his own perspectives.
The Wilson Center is hosting a screening and discussion of two short films from the GroundTruth Project’s Living Proof series—“A Climate for Conflict” and “Breadwinner”— that grapple with the social instability associated with environmental change and the far-reaching impact of women’s empowerment. The filmmaker, Beth Murphy, will discuss the links between climate, conflict, and gender with Marcus King, an academic expert on environmental conflict, and a leading advocate, A. Tianna Scozzaro from the Sierra Club.
The Foreign Policy program at Brookings, in collaboration with Stand With Congo, will host a discussion on the current state of the DRC as violence rises and elections are purportedly on the horizon. Panelists will include Tom Perriello, former U.S. special envoy for the African Great Lakes and Congo-Kinshasa; Omékongo Dibinga, professor at American University; and EJ Hogendoorn from the International Crisis Group. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon will moderate the conversation, while adding his own perspectives.
From March 5-7, the World Bank is hosting the 2018 Fragility Forum under the theme Managing Risks for Peace and Stability. The forum will bring together policy makers and practitioners from humanitarian, development, peace and security communities to share practical solutions and explore innovative ways to improve development approaches to foster peace and stability.
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 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.
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.