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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Center for American Progress’ Reel Progress program and Grasshopper Film are co-hosting a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Last Men in Aleppo.” The screening will be followed by a short panel featuring the film’s director, Feras Fayyad—the first Syrian filmmaker to be nominated for an Oscar—along with the Center for American Progress’ Brian Katulis, Council on Foreign Relations’ Steven Cook, and Al Arabiya’s Nadia Bilbassy-Charters.
With the rise of great power competition comes the possibility of great power surprise in four dimensions: strategic, technological, doctrinal, and diplomatic. Although some surprise is inevitable, defeat is not. CSIS is hosting the release of the study Avoiding Coping with Strategic Surprise in Great Power Conflicts and a panel discussion on how the United States can better anticipate and adapt to the unexpected.
The International and Comparative Law Program, the ABA Section on International Law, and the American Society of International Law are presenting the 8th Annual "Live from L" with the Office of the Legal Adviser.
South Asian countries have experienced a variety of secessionist movements challenging their borders since gaining independence, from the Bengali movement in Pakistan to the Kashmiri movement in India. The Stimson Center is pleased to host Ahsan Butt, Assistant Professor at George Mason University and Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center, to discuss his recently published book, Secession and Security: Explaining State Strategy Against Separatists, in which he argues that states, rather than separatists, determine how violent the conflict between them will be. He investigates the strategies, ranging from negotiated concessions to large-scale repression, adopted by states in response to separatist movements.
The Foreign Policy program at Brookings is hosting a discussion on the future of warfare and multi-domain battlespaces. General James M. Holmes of the U.S. Air Force, and commander of Air Combat Command, with give opening remarks. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon will then join General Holmes for a discussion, adding his own perspective.
New America is welcoming Osama Abu Zayd, a spokesman and representative of the Free Syrian Army tiscuss where the Syrian opposition stands in 2018. Zayd has been a member of the Track 1 delegations at negotiations in Geneva and Astana, representing the Syrian opposition bilaterally and with transnational bodies such as the EU and UN.
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.
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.
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.
The Heritage Foundation is hosting an event to discuss lone wolves, recruitment and radicalization, asking: How is ISIS using social media and digital outreach to infect our society and push would be extremists to the edge?
The Stimson Center and Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic are co-hosting a panel event on issues surrounding U.S. drone policy under the Trump administration. The panel will discuss and evaluate past U.S. practice, analyze recent developments, and assess the Trump administration’s approach to the use of force, transparency, and accountability.
On October 5, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings will host an event examining the crises across the Middle East and North Africa. Panelists include Brookings experts John Allen, Daniel Byman, Mara Karlin, and Federica Saini Fasanotti. Michael O’Hanlon, Brookings senior fellow, will moderate the discussion.
The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program is controversial for a variety of reasons. Is the government’s theory of radicalization sound? Is the Muslim community unfairly singled out? Are targeted communities compromising their rights by assisting the government, or is this a productive partnership? Has the election of Donald Trump changed the CVE discussion? Join us for a timely and important debate.