This Week in D.C. July 12-16

Updates for Thursday:

8:00 am: The National Defense University Foundation Discussion on “House Outlook on the Iranian and North Korean Threats and U.S. Missile Defense Responses.”Speaker: Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.
WHERE: The Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street SE, Washington, DC.
CONTACT: Elma Rhue, 202-685-3726,; web site:
NOTE: RSVP required.

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. BROOKINGS – CUBA – COMMUNICATION — Brookings’ Latin America Initiative hosts Bridging Cubas Communication Divide: Empowering Cubans through Access to New Media & Technology. Panelists: Carlos Saladrigas, Co-Chairman of the Board, Cuba Study Group; Christopher Sabatini, Senior Director of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Ted Piccone, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Foreign Policy.

WOMEN AND GLOBAL ISSUES — The Women’s Foreign Policy group hosts “Women Center Stage in Foreign Policy and the Global Economy”. Speaker: Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Moderated by: Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour. From 11-1.

On Haiti, there will be the Diplomatic Encounter Series with Ambassador of Haiti to the United States Raymond Joseph, who will discuss how recovery efforts have been going since the devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, and what more needs to be done. 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. LANTOS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION will hold a hearing on “Targeting Girls in the Name of Tradition: Child Marriage”. Panel I: Ambassador Melanne Verveer, United States Department of State, Office of Global Womens Issues. Panel II: Francesca Moneti, UNICEF, senior Child Protection specialist. Panel III: Anju Malhotra, vice president of Research, Innovation and Programs, International Center for Research on Women; Kakenya Ntaiya, founder, Kakenya Center for Excellence; Stephanie Baric, CARE USA, senior technical adviser. NOTE: Witness list subject to change.

2 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. NED – BALKANS — National Endowment for Democracy and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum cosponsor event “Fifteen Years Later: Forward or Backward in the Balkans?”, marking the 15th anniversary of the genocide at Srebrenica; keynote speaker: Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President and Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. WILSON CENTER – MAOIST INSURGENCY — Event, “The ‘Gravest Threat’ to Internal Security: India’s Maoist Insurgency.” Organized by the Asia Program and co-sponsored by the Environmental Change and Security Program. Speakers: P.V. Ramana, Research Fellow, Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (New Delhi); Srinivas Reddy, Deputy Editor, The Hindu (Hyderabad); Nandini Sundar, Professor of Sociology, Delhi University.

Updates for Wednesday:

Richard Holbrooke to testify at a hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tues-Wed on Afghanistan on governance and the civilian strategy.

Where I’ll be: The Middle East Policy Council will hold a discussion on: U.S. Policies toward Israel and Iran: What are the Linkages? with reps from Brookings, Georgetown and STRATEGA consulting. 9:30 Cannon building.

Update: Tonight at the Press Club, check out the book discussion on “A Chance in Hell: The Men Who Triumphed Over Iraq’s Deadliest City and Turned the Tide of War” at 6:30. It costs $5 for non members. The book is by USA Today’s Jim Michaels.

For Monday

Central Asia: What’s at stake for the United States?

Senator Chuck Hagel
Chairman, Atlantic Council
Co-Chairman, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board
A. Elizabeth Jones
Former U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan
Atlantic Council Board Director
Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

Behind the Eight Ball: Deciding on an OSCE Summit ” and “Uncertain Kyrgyzstan: Rebalancing U.S. Policy .”

Please join project Chairman Senator Chuck Hagel, Atlantic Council President and CEO Fred Kempe, former U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan A. Elizabeth Jones, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Director Ambassador Ross Wilson, and Vice President and Director of Program on International Security Damon Wilson for a conversation on the strategic importance of the region for U.S. policy.

11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

The Atlantic Council
1101 15th Street, NW
11th Floor Conference Room
Washington, DC 20005

For Tuesday

Ukraine: where is it going and how should the West respond?
1:30-5 @ Brookings
Yevgen Burkat
, “First Deputy Head, Department of International Relations, Presidential Administration of Ukraine”

For Wednesday

“Consolidating Civilian Rule in Pakistan”
10-11:30 @ Carnegie Endowment
Tariq Fatemi
, former Pakistani ambassador to the United States

Afghanistan: Governance and the Civilian Strategy”
2 o’clock @ Senate Foreign Relations Cmte.
Richard Holbrooke & Ryan Crocker

“Kazakhstan and the Modern World”
3:30-5:30 @ Wilson Center
Erlan Idrissov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan
James F. Collins, Director, Russia and Eurasia Program and Diplomat in Residence, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia (1997-2001)
William Courtney, Former U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan (1992-1995)
Elizabeth Jones, Executive Vice President, APCO Worldwide, and former U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan (1995-1998)
Larry Napper, Senior Lecturer, Bush School, Texas A&M University, and former U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan (2001-2004).

“Fifteen Years Later: Forward or Backward in the Balkans?”
Thursday 2:00-5:15 @ Holocaust Museum

Center for American Progress


Strengthening America’s Security

Identifying, Preventing and Responding to Domestic Terrorism

Introductory Remarks:
Major General Paul Eaton, US Army (Ret), Senior Advisor, National Security Network

Keynote Speaker:
Congressman Keith Ellison, Member of the House of Representatives for Minnesota’s 5th District (D-MN)

William J. Bratton, Chairman, Altegrity Risk International, former NYPD Commissioner and LAPD Chief
Rashad Hussain, U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference
Pradeep Ramamurthy, Senior Director for Global Engagement, National Security Council
Nadia Roumani, Director, American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute
David Schanzer, Associate Professor of the Practice for Public Policy and Director, Triangle Center of Terrorism and Homeland Security, Duke University

Moderated by:
Faiz Shakir, Vice President, Center for American Progress and Editor-in-Chief of

Coffee will be served at 9:00 a.m.

For Thursday

USIP 1-2:30

Should We Talk to Terrorists?


  • Audrey Kurth Cronin, Panelist

Professor, National Defense University

  • Peter Bergen, Panelist

Co-Director of the Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation

  • Anthony Wanis St.-John, Panelist

Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University

Adviser to the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace

  • I. William Zartman, Panelist

Professor Emeritus, School of Advanced International Studes, Johns Hopkins University

  • Paul R. Pillar, Moderator

Director of Graduate Studies, Center for Peace and Security Studies, Georgetown University

Senior Program Officer, Grant Program, U.S. Institute of Peace

For Friday

Brookings: The Obama Administration’s Approach to US-Israeli Security Cooperation

10:30-12, Brookings


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