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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New America is welcoming Tricia Bacon, who in her new book, Why Terrorist Groups Form International Alliances, examines terrorist alliance building historically and in the present context and puts forward a new theory of when and why groups form alliances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This event will discuss ways in which the international community is working to rebuild the system of restraint against chemical weapons, and CSIS will also launch on a report on this topic.
Anton Lavrov, CSIS visiting fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Program, will present his assessment of Syria as a scorecard for the Russian military and its reforms.
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.
Alexey Ramm, a long-time observer of the Russian armed forces, will discuss the substantial overhaul of Russia's ground forces and their implications.
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 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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.