U.S. Arms Transfer Policy
Aug
8
10:30 AM10:30

U.S. Arms Transfer Policy

The Trump Administration released its new Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) policy and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) export policy in April 2018. It constitutes the first update to the CAT policy since January 2014.

CSIS is hosting a public event to discuss the Administration’s new CAT policy. The event will commence with keynote remarks by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Tina Kaidanow. Following these remarks, a moderated panel consisting of government, think tank, and industry experts will contextualize and discuss challenges in implementation, as well as opportunities presented for U.S. strategy and U.S. business as a result of this policy update.

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Pakistan Elections: What Now?
Aug
8
9:30 AM09:30

Pakistan Elections: What Now?

To discuss the outcome of the elections in Pakistan, the shape of the next government, and the complaints and challenges to the outcome, USIP will hold a conversation with senior representatives from Pakistan’s top three political parties (PTI, PML-N and the Pakistan Peoples Party) via Skype along with experts Daniel Markey, Kiran Pervez and Moeed Yusuf. Join the conversation on Twitter with #PkElectionsWhatNow.

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The Economic Impact of Fighting Corruption in Guatemala
Aug
7
10:30 AM10:30

The Economic Impact of Fighting Corruption in Guatemala

CSIS is hosting a discussion on the economic impact of fighting corruption in Guatemala. The event will launch a report entitled The Economic and Fiscal Impact of the Fight Against Corruption in Guatemala, published by the Central American Institute for Fiscal Studies (ICEFI). The study describes the connection between the Central American region's recent economic slowdown and national corruption, and debunks the erroneous argument that the fight against corruption is costly to the economy. 

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How Imran Khan Might Change Pakistan and its U.S. Relations
Aug
3
12:00 PM12:00

How Imran Khan Might Change Pakistan and its U.S. Relations

Many anticipate that as the new prime minister, Imran Khan will change Pakistan and alter its relations with the United States and regional powers. A distinguished panel of experts on Pakistan hosted by the Middle East Institute (MEI) will discuss the issues surrounding his leadership. The panelists are Michael Kugelman (Wilson Center), Arif Rafiq (Cizier Consulting), Tamanna Salikuddin (U.S. Institute of Peace) and Moeed Yusuf (U.S. Institute of Peace). MEI’s director for Afghanistan and Pakistan Studies, Marvin Weinbaumwill moderate.

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Technology, National Identity, and “Invisible Countries”
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Technology, National Identity, and “Invisible Countries”

In his new book Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood, journalist Joshua Keating explores complex zones of identity and statehood. He brings us self-proclaimed countries—think Kurdistan, Somaliland, Abkhazia—that force us to question our conception of nationhood and suggest that our lengthy period of cartographical stasis may be coming to a head. New America is hosting Joshua for a conversation at New State Books with international tech policy analyst Miranda Bogen, and moderator Ishaan Tharoor of the Washington Post on how we’ll define nationhood in the future.

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Prospects for Reform of U.S. Foreign Aid
Jun
26
2:00 PM14:00

Prospects for Reform of U.S. Foreign Aid

In a recent research report conducted by the Heritage Foundation, they found bipartisan dissatisfaction with the U.S. foreign assistance programs and calls for them to be overhauled. Unfortunately, these efforts often fall victim to politics wherein various interests stall reforms to protect their preferred priorities, programs, or allocations. The Heritage Foundation is hosting a discussion with their panelists as they share their perspectives on what is wrong with U.S. assistance programs, what should be done to improve them, and where the most promising opportunities are to achieve that objective

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The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age
Jun
26
11:00 AM11:00

The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

The Wilson Center is hosting an exclusive look at The Perfect Weapon, the striking and sobering new book by acclaimed New York Times National Security Correspondent David Sanger, who researched and wrote while in residence at the Wilson Center. The Perfect Weapon is the gripping inside story of how the rise of cyberweapons transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb. Cheap to acquire, easy to deny, and usable for a variety of malicious purposes -- from crippling infrastructure to sowing discord and doubt -- cyber is now the weapon of choice for democracies, dictators, and terrorists.

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Crisis in Yemen: Accountability and Reparations
Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

Crisis in Yemen: Accountability and Reparations

The American Society for International Law, the Stimson Center, and Washington Foreign Law Society are joining together for an in-depth and expert discussion, led by Amb. Stephen Rapp and Former Chief Prosecutor David Crane, about the situation on the ground in Yemen, and what solutions can be found to end impunity and uphold fundamental international standards. 

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Mapping the Role of Religion in Fragile States
Jun
26
9:30 AM09:30

Mapping the Role of Religion in Fragile States

The religious landscape of any conflict zone is undergoing constant change, making it difficult for stakeholders to engage and partner with religious actors. This event hosted by USIP presents a methodology that relies on local researchers to understand the influence and legitimacy of religious actors and institutions, taking a unique approach to identifying key informants to facilitate trust and accuracy. Researchers who participated in the project in South Sudan and Iraq will be present to answer questions about challenges faced and how they were overcome.

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How Chronic Violence Affects Human Development: Assessing the Contributions of Tani Adams in Central America and Beyond
Jun
22
9:00 AM09:00

How Chronic Violence Affects Human Development: Assessing the Contributions of Tani Adams in Central America and Beyond

What happens to us when it becomes “normal” to live with high levels of chronic violence? How does it affect our development as individuals, how we raise our children and relate to others in society, our attitudes and actions as citizens, and the ways we are governed? These were the questions that motivated the work of Tani Adams and led her to develop the Chronic Violence and Human Development Framework. The Wilson Center is hosting a discussion about the important intellectual and policy contributions of Adams’ work with experts and practitioners who worked alongside her to develop her ideas and see them implemented.

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Bet You Didn’t See That One Coming: Obama, Trump, and the End of Washington’s Regular Order
Jun
21
12:00 PM12:00

Bet You Didn’t See That One Coming: Obama, Trump, and the End of Washington’s Regular Order

The 24/7 media circus that follows President Trump distracts from the fundamental issue of what his election means for America going forward. Bet You Didn’t See That One Coming explains how Barack Obama’s progressive policies helped ignite the ultimate anti-Obama political warrior – and how a neophyte politician’s new blend of populism, nationalism, and traditional Republican policies is pulling a polarized country back toward the right. The Honorable Robert Ehrlich and Edwin J. Feulner will discuss at the Heritage Foundation.

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CNAS 2018 Annual Conference: Strategic Competition
Jun
21
9:30 AM09:30

CNAS 2018 Annual Conference: Strategic Competition

The Center for a New American Security's (CNAS) annual conference will spur debate on U.S. foreign policy in an increasingly competitive world. From the United States’ response to China’s power plays, to shaping tomorrow’s force for new competitions, to projecting the future of U.S. economic power and international leadership capacity, each session will highlight CNAS’s ability to elevate the national security debate.

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The Consequences of Ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Jun
21
9:00 AM09:00

The Consequences of Ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

This event hosting by CSIS Americas program will feature a panel of ambassadors from the Latin American and Caribbean countries most affected by TPS, and the discussion will center on two major outstanding questions: first, what are the likely political, economic and human consequences in their home countries of actually deporting those individuals; and second, what are the implications for the United States of those likely developments in Central America and Haiti. 

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The Middle East: A Region in Chaos?
Jun
20
1:00 PM13:00

The Middle East: A Region in Chaos?

Six months after the official launch of the Wilson Center & USIP event scanning turmoil across the Middle East, the landscape reveals many changes: a new phase in the ongoing war in Syria; recent elections in Iraq, Tunisia, and Lebanon; and U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement. At the same time, we see a stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process - and yet, the possibility of a new peace initiative from the Trump administration; the continuing war in Yemen; a continuing rift within the GCC; and potential for a serious Israeli-Iranian conflict in Syria.

The Wilson Center is reconvening the four veteran analysts to address these and related issues in a region whose volatility shows no signs of abating.

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Lawless Skies: Airstrikes and Civilian Casualties in Libya
Jun
20
12:15 PM12:15

Lawless Skies: Airstrikes and Civilian Casualties in Libya

New America and Airwars, the UK-based airstrike monitoring group, investigated the air strikes conducted in Libya during the NATO intervention and published their findings in the paper “Air Strikes and Civilian Casualties in Libya.”

To discuss the results of the study and the political environment in Libya, New America is welcoming Jonathan M. Winer, the State Department’s Special Envoy for Libya during the Obama administration, Chris Woods, an investigative journalist and the director of Airwars, Oliver Imhof, a Libya researcher and data analyst, and Alyssa Sims.

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2018 Aid Transparency Index: Progress to date and new frontiers of aid and development data
Jun
20
9:30 AM09:30

2018 Aid Transparency Index: Progress to date and new frontiers of aid and development data

On Wednesday, June 20, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings and Publish What You Fund will co-host the launch of the sixth Aid Transparency Index. The report, which assesses 45 of the world’s largest donors, is the only independent global measure of aid transparency. Following a presentation on the findings of the index, a panel of experts will discuss new areas of transparency for development finance, with a focus on the role of development finance institutions and humanitarian aid and how these actors can continue to expand their transparency.

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Political and Social Regression in Nicaragua and Venezuela
Jun
18
12:00 PM12:00

Political and Social Regression in Nicaragua and Venezuela

On June 18, Hudson Institute will host a panel to discuss the current political situation in Nicaragua and Venezuela. Participants will include former Nicaraguan Minister of Education Humberto Belli, Editor-in-Chief of La Nación Armando Gonzales, and Venezuelan journalist and politician David Smolansky Urosa. The panel will be moderated by Hudson Senior Fellow Jaime Daremblum.

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ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2018: Assessing the Trump-Kim Summit
Jun
18
9:00 AM09:00

ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2018: Assessing the Trump-Kim Summit

CSIS is hosting a timely discussion with scholars, experts, opinion leaders, and government officials from the United States and South Korea who will participate in a series of panel discussions focused on the historic inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korean summit meetings, the potential for denuclearization and building a peace regime on the Korean peninsula, and regional implications of summit diplomacy for Northeast Asia.

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40 years after Entry into Force: A celebration of the 1977 Additional Protocols to the 1949 Geneva Conventions
Jun
4
1:00 PM13:00

40 years after Entry into Force: A celebration of the 1977 Additional Protocols to the 1949 Geneva Conventions

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the 1977 Additional Protocols to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, you are invited to attend a discussion with several members of the delegation from the United States that participated in the negotiations of the Additional Protocols.

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Confronting the Global Forced Migration Crisis: Report Launch
May
30
9:00 AM09:00

Confronting the Global Forced Migration Crisis: Report Launch

CSIS is hosting the launch of their new report on confronting the global forced migration crisis. The report contains the findings of a high level, bi-partisan task force and consolidates field research in Bangladesh, Jordan, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda, and cities across the United States including Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Diego. It is in the U.S. domestic and national security interests to confront these issues abroad now to mitigate greater challenges later; this report illustrates the complex crisis, why it is important, and what we can do about it.

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Taking Aim: A Closer Look at the Global Arms Trade
May
22
12:00 PM12:00

Taking Aim: A Closer Look at the Global Arms Trade

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. 

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Cuba: Post-Castro Transition
May
16
12:00 PM12:00

Cuba: Post-Castro Transition

In April, Miguel Díaz-Canel became the 19th President of Cuba and the first in over 40 years who was not a member of the Castro family. This appointment—not election—of a new Cuban president raises a number of important questions about the future and stability of the regime. In a post-Castro era, Cuban politics will likely change, though the direction and magnitude of those changes remains to be seen.

On May 16, Hudson Institute will host a panel to explore these issues and discuss the possibility of a democratic transition on the island.

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Europe and the US after the JCPOA
May
15
3:00 PM15:00

Europe and the US after the JCPOA

The Atlantic Council's Future of Iran Initiative are hosting a discussion with Delphine O, a member of the French Parliament, and Omid Nouripour of the German Parliament, to discuss the ramifications of the US decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This decision by President Donald J. Trump could have far-reaching effects on US-European relations as well as Iran’s political and economic future. Barbara Slavin, director of the Initiative, will moderate.

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Winning the Peace: The Link Between Food Insecurity and Global Instability
May
15
9:30 AM09:30

Winning the Peace: The Link Between Food Insecurity and Global Instability

We have long understood that war and conflict produce poverty and hunger. Yet today, with the number of hungry people on the rise for the first time a decade, record levels of human displacement and an explosion of man-made crises, we are learning that hunger is not simply a byproduct of war, but can be a root cause of instability. A new report from World Food Program USA, Winning the Peace: Hunger and Instability, chronicles the link between food insecurity and instability through history, providing a comprehensive review of academic literature on this topic.

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Mexican Presidential Candidate Series: A Conversation with Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías
May
14
2:30 PM14:30

Mexican Presidential Candidate Series: A Conversation with Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center is hosting a conversation with Dr. Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías on fiscal policy and economic development in Mexico. This event is the fourth in their 2018 election series featuring advisers to Mexico's top presidential candidates.

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The Fallout from Trump’s Decision on the Iran Deal
May
14
12:00 PM12:00

The Fallout from Trump’s Decision on the Iran Deal

The Future of Iran Initiative, the Global Business and Economics Program, and the Middle East Security Initiative are hosting a discussion on the ramifications of Trump’s decision on the likely responses of Iran and US European allies as well as the consequences for non-proliferation and conflict in the Middle East.

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