This Week in D.C. August 9-13

This week, Russia and the U.S. will continue to hold anti-terror drills from August 6-14. The exercise will be based in Russia and Colorado Springs. Military personnel will practice operations that involve saving airplanes hijacked by terrorists.

The floods in Pakistan continue to plague the millions of people who have lost their possessions and loved ones. The State Department will still rally to the cause and ask people to text 50555 to help. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Gilani said upon visiting the flood-stricken land: ““The nation should be in high spirits during this difficult time. We should help our brothers, sisters and children in these hard times.”

Thousands of Muslims in D.C. will be celebrating Ramadan, which starts on August 10.

For Monday

The Department of Homeland Security will hold a briefing at 9:15 on Monday morning on cyber defense technology. Director of the Science and Technology branch of Cyber Security Doug Maughan will deliver remarks on the Cyber Security Experimentation and Test 2010 workshop at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel on 2660 Woodley Road NW

For Tuesday

The Stimson Center will hold a talk on the lessons learned from chemical and biological events in Japan featuring Tomohiko Makino of the Global Health Security Program and Akihito Fukui of the Ministry of Defense in Japan. The event will take place at the Stimson Center between 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM

For Wednesday


From 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, Brookings will hold a web event with Kenneth Pollack on the status of Iraq based on his recent visit. He says conditions are “improving.” Questions can be submitted in advance

From 1 PM to 2 PM, the Wilson Center will hold a talk on “Mexico in the Global World” with the governor of the state of Mexico. Notes: This presentation will be in Spanish.

Busboys and Poets will host a viewing of “Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet” hosted by Connecting Cultures at 6:00. The event will include an Iftar dinner with Hirrara soup, kabob, saffron rice and imported dates. $35 a plate including the film and discussion with the director.

For Thursday

The Hudson Institute will host a talk on “Russia’s Peacetime Demographic Crisis: Dimensions, causes, Implications” from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

For Friday

National Defense University Foundation will hold a discussion on “Nuclear Deterrance and the Nuclear Defense” at the Capitol Hill Club at 8:00 AM. RSVP to Elma Rhu at