DC Foreign Policy Events July 19-23

For Monday

The Center for American Progress hosts a talk on the New START and the Outlook for American National Security from 9am-10

After CAPs event, Heritage will host START event titled “Will Obama Arms Control Agenda Stop with the new START? From 12-1pm. It would be interesting if someone went to both and compared the perspectives since one is a liberal think tank and the other is conservative.

The Wilson Center will host a talk on U.S./China relations for an all day event (9-5:00) on the same day, it will host a talk on the possibilities for nuclear peace with Iran at noon.

The National Endowment for Democracy will hold an event on democracy in East Asia from 12-2pm, with lunch served until 12:30.

The Washington Foreign Press Center will hold a roundtable discussion on “Six months later: Examining Relief Efforts in Haiti at the National Press Building” at 1:00 pm.

For Tuesday

The National Foreign Trade Council will hold a seminar on the new Iran sanctions laws at Dewey and LaBoeuf on 1101 New York Ave at 8:00 am.

At 9:00, Third Way whill hold a talk on “Beyond Border Security: Combating Mexico’s violent drug cartels” with speakers Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas; Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan; Matt Bennett, vice president of public affairs at Third Way; and Spencer Hsu of the Washington Post located at HVC-215, U.S. Capitol.

The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Rethinking our Defense Budget: Achieving National Security through Sustainable Spending” at 2154 Rayburn at 10:00 am. I wonder how they propose to finance a war “sustainably” and what that could mean for the war budget.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing for Nominees for Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen Ambassadorships at 2:30pm.

Heritage will also feature a program on how the Visa waiver program could enhance US security from 10-11am.

USIP will hold an event on Kosovo and its EU-Atlantic future from 10-11:30am.

The Middle East Institute will hold a talk on how women are transforming the Middle East between 12pm-2. I would love to see this one, but unfortunately that’s the day I will be participating in communications training and then going out of town.

Brookings will have a live web chat on “The Ongoing War on Terrorism” with Daniel Byman from 12:30-1:30pm

At Busboys and Poets, author Philip Smucker will discuss his book “My brother, my enemy: America and the battle of ideas across the Islamic world.”

For Wednesday

Georgetown will host the screening of an interesting film on Gaza at 6:30 called “Voices of Palestine: Aisheen” or “Still Alive in Gaza”

For Thursday

At 9:30, The Wilson Center will hold a talk on environmental growth in Latin America and the Caribbean at 9:30 am.

At 10, there will be a full committee hearing on managing the Defense Department in a time of tight budgets at 2118 Rayburn.

At the same time, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing with the Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee on “Transshipment and Diversion: Are US Trading Partners Doing Enough to Prevent the Spread of Dangerous Technologies?” at 2172 Rayburn.

CATO will hold a talk on the Implications of the US-India Nuclear Agreement at 12:30.

For Friday

CSIS will host an event on the future of the OSCE security dimension, which would be a nice followup to the OSCE events last week.

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This Week in DC: July 5-9

Did I forget something? Email me at ladansusan@gmail.com to list a foreign policy event.

For Tuesday:


(Latest from the AP) Netanyahu is in Washington–Jewish groups pressuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop archaeological digs and construction that’s said to be desecrating ancient Jewish cemeteries in the Holy Land will gather in front of the Israeli embassy, rally in front of the White House, and march to the State Department.

At 2:15, Netanyahu will be at the Pentagon with Sec. Gates for an honor cordon.

UPDATE: In the afternoon, Secretary Geithner will meet with Heng Swee Keat, the Managing Director of Singapore’s Monetary Authority, and Chan Heng Chee, Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States, at Treasury. Closed press.

The USIP hosts “Counter-narcotics in Afghanistan” where they discuss a new Center for International Cooperation (CIC) report entitled “Drug Production and Trafficking, Counterdrug Policies, and Security and Governance in Afghanistan.” It will discuss, according to USIP:

  • Current counternarcotics policy in Afghanistan is financially benefiting – rather than hurting – insurgents;
  • Rural development efforts should be focused on assisting rural populations – aid should not be conditioned on desistance from poppy-growing; and
  • Counternarcotics policy should be refocused to discriminate against illegal armed groups and corrupt officials in enforcement.

The event will be held at USIP from 10:00-11:30

CSIS will hold a talk on the need for an OSCE head of state summit in light of recent events in Kyrgyzstan. At the Ministerial Meeting in Athens in December 2009, Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev of Kazakhstanreiterated the proposal of President Nursultan Nazarbayev that the OSCE hold a summit of heads of state and government during 2010. The event will take place between 12:15 and 1:45 at CSIS.

For Wednesday

I will be at the 2010 Campus Progress conference hearing an inspiring panel of young leaders who were hand selected from hundreds of applicants. They’ll talk about important issues like immigration, climate change, LGBT issues, foreign policy and the war in Afghanistan. I’ll be live blogging from here, of course. More details on the event here.


New: At 10:00 am, there will be a briefing on Afghanistan with Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and deputy commander, U.S. Forces at the Pentagon.

Also interesting: The Voice of America, at its huge, nice headquarters, will have a press conference on AIDS in preparation for the international AIDS conference. The speaker will be Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health and one of the key advisors to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues.

Carnegie is hosting a talk on Cross-Strait relations between China and Taiwan. It is an all day panel with lunch included from 10-5:00 at Carnegie. More info here.

Brookings is holding an event on the African economy from 2-4. Find more info here.

CSIS will be holding a talk on the recent elections in Mexico from 3:00-4:30. For some news on the elections, I recommend following Jeff Antebi on Twitter. Very interesting person to follow!

At night, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy will hold a talk on the convergence of foreign policy and economic policy from 7-8:30.

For Thursday

I’m really excited about USIP’s Thursday event on bloggers in war zones called “Blogs and Bullets.” I hope to attend and hear many bloggers from the Middle East share their stories and possibly write a post on it for RFE. The event will be webcasted and if I can, I will surely live Tweet it. More info here.

Also on Thursday, a talk on the U.S.’s partnership with Hungary at the Potomac Institute with the Ambassador to Hungary.

The Berkeley Center will hold a talk on women’s roles in religion and peace building, Brookings will hold an event on Japan, The Stimson Center will hold a talk on Pakistan and Busboys and Poets will feature a documentary on children in Gaza.

For Friday

From July 8-9, the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister will be in town, meeting with the Assistant Secretary for Trade Promotion and Director General of the US & Foreign Commercial Service, Suresh Kumar, at the Department of Commerce.

USIP will hold two events tomorrow–one on Southern Sudan and building an education system in conflict at 10:00 and another on war torn societies at 1:00 featuring the release of a framework for Measuring Progress in Conflict Environments (MPICE) developed by the United States Institute of Peace in collaboration with the Department of State, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute.