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

This Week in DC: July 5-9

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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.