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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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.
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 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.
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
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.
Dr. Thurston, author of Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement will be joined by two CSIS experts on African security: Africa Program director, Jennifer G. Cooke, and International Security Program Senior Fellow, Alice Hunt Friend, who will share their insights into Boko Haram and terrorism in northern Africa in general.
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.
New America is hosting a conversation around Directorate S: The CIA and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steve Coll. He provides a detailed telling of this clash, expanding upon his first book, Ghost Wars, to tell the story of the United States’ efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the years that followed.
In Paul B. Stares' new book, he proposes a comprehensive preventive strategy to reduce the demand for U.S. power over the long, medium, and short term – in contrast to the more common prescriptions that call on the United States to do either more or less militarily to defend its interests. The Wilson Center is hosting a discussion with the author on the idea of “preventive engagement.”
CSIS is hosting a discussion to explore how the U.S.-Russia relationship has for decades shaped the development and deployment of ballistic missile defenses. This discussion will feature Dr. James Cameron, whose new book The Double Game (2017) examines the complicated motivations and reservations of the American presidents who negotiated the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the Soviet Union.
CSIS is hosting a presentation and armchair discussion with Alex de Waal, the author of “Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine.” Considered one of the leading experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, de Waal has crafted a comprehensive history of modern famines and the factors that influence their origins, duration, and severity in his latest book. This work is particularly timely with an unprecedented number of countries facing possible famine conditions in 2018—Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen, and Ethiopia.
The Heritage Foundation is hosting a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Michael Fabey. Fabey contests that there war taking place in the Pacific Ocean - a “warm war,” a shoving match between the United States and China. In Crashback, Fabey describes how every year the U.S. is “losing sea.” He predicts the next great struggle between military superpowers will play out in the Pacific, and his book is a preview of how that conflict might unfold.
In a new book, Cyber Mercenaries: The State, Hackers, and Power, Tim Maurer examines these state-hacker relationships and the important questions they raise about the control, authority, and use of offensive cyber capabilities. Drawing on case studies in the United States, Iran, Syria, Russia, and China, the book establishes a framework to better understand and manage the impact and risks of cyber proxies on global politics. Maurer will be joined in conversation at the Carnegie Institute for International Peace by Eric Rosenbach, and Ellen Nakashima will moderate.
CSIS is hosting a launch of Harlan Ullman's most recent book "Anatomy of Failure" - whose clarion call is that sound strategic thinking and judgment and sufficient knowledge and understanding of the circumstance that may lead to using force are vital. Without them, failure is virtually guaranteed.
The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy and Propaganda, co-authored by Christopher C. Harmon and Randall G. Bowdish and published by Brookings Institution Press, is an entirely original study of the strategic communications of violent sub-state actors. The book exposes the surprising range of different media now in use by terrorists, including writing books and setting up television stations. It provides insights, observations, and conclusions reached in 9 case studies of media—of groups as different as secular Iranian dissidents, Islamists of ISIS and Al Qaeda, Filipino Maoists, and Irish militants.
The Heritage Foundation is hosting a conversation with Christopher Harmon, coauthor with Randall Bowdish of the forthcoming book, The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy and Propaganda. The discussion will revolve around how armed groups have used communications techniques with varying degrees of success.
In Understanding Cyber Conflict, published by Georgetown University Press, leading scholars and former officials explore how fourteen analogies to earlier weapons, wars, and defense strategies could inform or misinform our understanding of cyber conflict.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is hosting the author Michael Morell who will deliver introductory remarks, following which co-editor George Perkovich will moderate a discussion with chapter authors David Sanger, Emily O. Goldman, and Ariel (Eli) Levite.
The next Talks @ Pulitzer conversation in Washington, D.C. is with journalist Helen Epstein about her recently published book, "Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda and the War on Terror." Joining Epstein for the evening is Lawrence Kiwanuka Nsereko who grew up in Uganda. Nsereko is an editor, journalist, democracy activist, former child soldier, and the inspiration for "Another Fine Mess."
In his new book Winning the Third World, Gregg Brazinsky illuminates the competition between the United States and China in 21st-century Asia and Africa by analyzing the Sino-American rivalry during the Cold War. Foreign Affairs has called the book “Essential reading for anyone interested in the future of U.S.-Chinese relations.” CSIS is hosting an event for a discussion with the author.
Social media has reshaped the way societies engage in politics and war across the Muslim world. From ISIS’ use of social media to recruit to its role in the Arab Spring the Internet has become a site of conflict. In his new book, Haroon Ullah examines the unprecedented impact of social media across the region addressing both its democratic revolutionary impact as well as how it has been co-opted by religious conservatives and extremists.
The Middle East Institute is hosting a conversation with Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, editors of the new book Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East. Their book critiques the reliance on religious identity as the explanation for the region's violence, and analyzes the ways in which geopolitical rivalries or domestic grievances have become, or been mobilized into, sectarian wars. How, Hashemi and Postel ask, can the region's politics be "de-sectarianized"?
At a critical point in time when world hunger is increasing, reversing years of progress, food aid remains a key – and contentious – element of American foreign policy today. CSIS is hosting an armchair conversation about the history and future of U.S. food aid policy with Barry Riley, author of the new book “The Political History of American Food Aid: An Uneasy Benevolence.”
Russia's Border Wars and Frozen Conflicts examines the origins and execution of Russian military and political activities in Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan. Using a realist perspective, Dr. James J. Coyle concludes that there are substantial similarities in the four case studies: Russian support for minority separatist movements, conflict, Russian intervention as peacekeepers, Russian control over the diplomatic process to prevent resolution of the conflict, and a perpetuation of Russian presence in the area. Dr. Coyle places the conflicts in the context of international law and nationalism theory.
Innovating development strategies in Africa: The role of international, regional, and national actors
On Tuesday, October 31, the Brookings Africa Growth Initiative will host former President of Malawi H.E. Joyce Banda and World Bank Chief Economist for Africa Albert Zeufack for a discussion on a new book by Rubenstein Fellow Landry Signé, Innovating Development Strategies in Africa: The Role of International, Regional and National Actors.
New America is hosting Louie Palu and Finbarr O’Reilly, for a discussion on each of their new photography books, Front Towards Enemy and Shooting Ghosts, that capture the experience of the war in Afghanistan through various perspectives. They will discuss their latest works and the experience of wartime photography.
Military “futurists” have become prominent fixtures in political debates, strategic analyses, and popular fiction. In his new book “The Future of War: A History,” Sir Lawrence Freedman examines the many historical precedents of today’s futurists, and finds that they have almost always been wrong. The author will join CSISto discuss the perils of futurism and the implications for today’s thinkers.
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.
Journalist and author Alexis Okeowo recently released her debut book, A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa, the product of five years of living and reporting within Africa. Okeowo’s work focuses on four narratives that intricately come together to create a powerful image of modern Africa. She is joining a panel at New America to discuss her new book and its findings.