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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Middle East Institute (MEI) is hosting UNRWA’s West Bank Director Scott Anderson and the director of UNRWA's Representative Office in Washington Elizabeth Campbell, who will discuss the regional impact of this decision and UNRWA’s new global funding push to continue its work. MEI's director for Gulf studies and government relations, Amb. (ret.) Gerald Feierstein, will moderate the discussion.
On January 30, the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) will host a panel discussion on Turkey’s experience with integrating roughly 3.5 million refugees and how that experience can inform the Compact. Izza Leghtas, senior advocate at Refugees International, will discuss the findings of her recent report, “I am only looking for my rights,” on the difficulties refugees face in accessing legal employment and the need for livelihood programs in Turkey’s urban centers.
In a conversation with retired Admiral Mark Ferguson, former Commander of US Naval Forces Europe, Africa, and NATO’s JFC-Naples, Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone will provide an update on NATO’s naval operations and exercises, the evolving security environment and the return of the Russian navy, MARCOM's role in enhancing deterrence, NATO cooperation with EU missions, the range of maritime challenges across Europe, and will discuss the way forward in reconstructing Alliance sea power to respond to competition, deter aggression, and to project stability.
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.
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.
The Stimson Center and United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) are hosting a discussion with Alanna O'Malley, author of the forthcoming book, The Diplomacy of Decolonisation, America, Britain and the United Nations during the Congo crisis, 1960-64.
Addressing the Challenges Facing the Global Humanitarian System: A Conversation with Mark Lowcock, the UN’s New Head of Humanitarian Coordination
The Center for Global Development (CGD) is hosting Mark Lowcock, less than two months into his new position as the Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. As the UN system’s lead for global relief activities, he is charged with coordinating how humanitarian agencies respond and work together to address global emergencies. After delivering remarks, he will join CGD president Masood Ahmed to discuss successes, challenges, priorities, and reforms for the global humanitarian system in a time of urgent and growing need.
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.
The Wilson Center is hosting a conference in celebration of its Latin American Program's 40th Anniversary. Various panels will hold timely discussions of corruption's political impact in the region along with strategies for overcoming corruption; and consideration of the changing patterns of regional integration and their implications for U.S. policy.
Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for the launch of the Morton and Sheppie Abramowitz Lecture featuring UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Carnegie President William J. Burns will join the high commissioner for a conversation on the global state of human rights.
CSIS is hosting a public discussion on the implications for Haiti's security, political and economic future following the announced departure in October of the UN Peacekeeping Mission (MINUSTAH) military force. Speakers will examine MINUSTAH’s controversial history, its response in the aftermath of multiple natural disasters, and how the international community and a follow-on UN presence can help Haitian institutions cope with inevitable security and stability threats.
The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center is hosting a conversation with OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro and expert panelists on the domestic and international ramifications of Venezuela's descent into chaos and new ways to involve the the international community in seeking solutions.
The Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings is hosting a panel of experts for a discussion on how emerging and established powers in the Asia-Pacific are re-defining the role of development finance for the region.
The Wilson Center is hosting an event BY PHONE as three veteran analysts and practitioners of U.S. policy in the Gulf and the region share their views on these and other matters.
The Atlantic Council’s Northern Triangle Security and Economic Opportunity Task Force will unveil its proposals on how the United States and the three countries can work together to solve longstanding regional challenges at this event.
The U.S. Institute of Peace is hosting a dialogue where senior leaders will discuss their experiences, challenges and progress, and join other experts and officials to consider concrete actions all three parties could take to reduce violent conflict in Africa. Sessions will focus particularly on promoting maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and on countering violent extremism and addressing the humanitarian crisis in northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin
The Brookings Institute's Governance Studies Program is hosting a discussion on the ability of today's supranational organizations to meet the new challenges of the modern era or whether there are different organizations or institutions that are better suited for the problem-solving needed today.
The Persian Gulf Institute is hosting a discussion on Yemen and the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC's) role in the country for the coming year. The event will feature remarks by three panelists with unique experiences in the region followed by a group discussion.