Getting Downtown: International Affairs Events in DC 4/23-5/01
Monday, April 23rd
Washington’s Shifting Syria Policy: Implications for U.S.-Turkey Relations
Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW
Information: As the Syrian civil war enters its eighth year, political dynamics are beginning to shift. On April 4, a tripartite summit to further discussions on the resolution of the conflict was held in Ankara between Turkey, Russia, and Iran – critical countries that once had deeply conflicting priorities in Syria. Notably absent from this high-level diplomacy is the U.S., whose priority in Syria remains fixated on defeating ISIS. On the same day that the presidents of Turkey, Russia, and Iran were meeting in Ankara, President Trump stated his intention to withdraw U.S. troops after the defeat of ISIS, raising questions and concerns about Washington’s long-term role in Syria. The Syrian civil war has heavily strained U.S.-Turkey relations, with Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch in Afrin against the YPG being the most recent example of the troubling rift between the NATO allies. The impact of the shift in Washington’s Syria policy and post-ISIS long-term role will determine the next phase of the relations between the U.S. and Turkey.
Tuesday, April 24th
Perspectives on Food Security in the MENA Region
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Root B Conference Room
Information: Since 2014, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue and the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research at the University of Central Florida have been working together to analyze water, energy and food issues in the Middle East and North Africa. In that context, last September, they convened a dialogue conference in Casablanca, Morocco which brought together over twenty academics and representatives of private sector and civil society to address The Food Security Factor: Stability, Governance and Development Choices. As a follow-up, the organizers invite you to a panel discussion that will coincide with the release of a public report highlighting some of the conference’s core findings.
Wednesday, April 25th
President Carter: The White House Years
Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Information: Stuart Eizenstat was at Jimmy Carter’s side from the president’s political rise in Georgia through four years in the White House. As Chief Domestic Policy Adviser, he was directly involved in all domestic and economic decisions as well as many foreign policy ones during the Carter presidency. Famous for the legal pads he took to every meeting, Eizenstat draws on more than 7500 pages of notes and 350 interviews with all of the major figures of the time, to write the comprehensive history of an underappreciated president―and to provide an intimate view on how the presidency works. Speakers: Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, Author, President Carter: The White House Years, and former Chief Domestic Policy Adviser and Executive Director of the White House Policy staff under President Carter Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center Ambassador David Aaron, Former Deputy National Security Adviser to President Carter Douglas Besharov, Norman and Florence Brody Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy, and first director of the U.S. National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect Bertram Carp, Principal at Alignment Government Strategies, former legislative counsel to Senator Walter Mondale, and former Deputy Assistant for Domestic Affairs to President Carter Ambassador Robert Hunter, Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), and former member of the National Security Council staff under President Carter.
First Person 2018 Series: Gideon Frieder. Conversations with Holocaust Survivors
Location: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW
Information: Holocaust survivors tell their life stories in their own words, uniting personal experience with history in a way that is extraordinary in its immediacy and power. Each hour-long program features a live interview between journalist Bill Benson and a survivor.
Doors to the auditorium open at 10:45 a.m. Due to security precautions, please allow extra time for potential delays when entering the building. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) is available at every program.
RSVP: not required
Human-Machine Teaming for Future Ground Forces
Location: Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, 1667 K St. NW, #900 CSBA Conference Facility
Information: By the middle of the 21st century, ground forces will employ tens of thousands of robots, and the decisions of human commanders will be shaped by artificial intelligence; trends in technology and warfare make this a near certainty. The military organizations of the United States and its allies and partners must plan now for this new era of warfare.
This study by CSBA and Major General Mick Ryan (Australian Army) examines the key drivers, opportunities, and challenges for ground forces in developing future human-machine teams. It provides an intellectual foundation for the detailed analysis of the personnel, equipment, training, education, doctrine, sustainment, and infrastructure required by allied forces in the next five years and out to 2030 to build a future human-machine force. Ultimately, these efforts should be considered in order to explore the future potential of exploiting this as-yet-underdeveloped capability.
Iraq’s Upcoming Elections: Likely Outcomes and Impact on US-Iraqi Relations
Location: Atlantic Council, 1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor
Information: Please join the Atlantic Council for a conversation with a panel of experts to discuss Iraq’s upcoming parliamentary election, post-election dynamics, alliances to form a new government we may see emerge, what political and constitutional reforms the next government needs to adopt, and how the election may impact US-Iraq relations.
Thursday, April 26th
Getting to 5050: Framework Toward Action for a More Equal World
Location: The Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Information: The Women in Public Service Project is proud to partner with Let it Ripple Studios to engage policymakers and gender parity champions in 50/50 Day, a day of global conversation and action toward the #GettingTo5050 Movement.Around the world, women leaders are emerging to contribute their voices to critical conversations in public policy and play a role in making decisions that affect their daily lives and their communities. Behind this momentum are institutional policies and best practices that forge a path forward for women to assume leadership and decision-making positions. In order to achieve full gender equality in policy and political leadership, governments must demonstrate political will and a commitment to policies and practices that drive parity within their institutions.
This 50/50 Day, join the Women in Public Service Project for a conversation about the policies and best practices government leaders can use to drive gender parity within their countries and around the world. A panel of global voices will discuss challenges and opportunities in transforming commitment into action for a more equal world.
Friday, April 27th
You’re Invited: Climate Justice and Nuclear Power in South Africa
Location: National Wildlife Federation, 1200 G St. NW, Suite 301
Information: Join NIRS and US CAN for a briefing and discussion about “Climate Justice and Nuclear Power in South Africa,” with climate justice leaders Makoma Lekalakala, Director of Earthlife Africa, and Liz McDaid, Eco-Justice Lead of SAFCEI (South African Faith Communities’ Environement Insitute). Light vegetarian/vegan lunch will be served.South Africa is facing some of the most immediate impacts of climate change, including years of extreme droughts requiring severe water rationing in Cape Town and a looming “Day Zero” in 2019, when the city of nearly 4 million is expected to run out of drinking water. But last year, South Africa’s environmental movement inspired the world with historic victories for climate and environmental justice.
Earthlife and SAFCEI led a coalition that stopped one of the largest nuclear power projects in the world last year, exposing a corrupt deal between the Zuma government and Russian state energy company Rosatom over. Earthlife Africa has also led grassroots and legal actions against the 1,200 MW Thabametsi coal plant, which included winning the first successful climate change lawsuit in South Africa. Earthlife and SAFCEI’s leadership in building a powerful grassroots climate justice movement has pressured the new government to revive South Africa’s renewable energy programs, with $4.7 billion for 27 long-delayed solar and wind projects signed last month.
Makoma and Liz are at the center of South Africa’s inspiring climate justice movement. Please join us to find out more about their work and the struggle in South Africa.
Monday, April 30th
The Role and Impact of the Chief Diversity Officer
Location: The George Washington University Law School, 2000 H St. NW
Information: Join the Corporate Law and Corporate Governance Initiative and the Business and Finance Law Program for a full-day conference exploring the growth, development, and impact of the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) in corporate America.
Panels will include: defining and exploring the role and purpose of the CDO, engagement with the Board, C-suite, employees and other constituents, and a roundtable on best practices.
The conference will feature a lunchtime keynote address by David Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Director on the Center on the Legal Profession, and Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School.
Participants to date include current or former chief diversity officers at:
- Freddie Mac
- George Washington University
- Goldman Sachs
- John Hopkins University
- Latham & Watkins
- Prudential Financial
- Verizon Communications
Bureaucratizing Islam: Book Event with Anna Wainscott
Location: The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW
Information: Ann Wainscott will join POMEPS to discuss her new book, Bureaucratizing Islam: Morocco and the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2017) at the Elliott School for International Affairs, Room 505 from 12:00 pm- 1:15 pm.This innovative and insightful book examines how states in the Middle East and North Africa have responded to the War on Terror by investigating Morocco’s unique approach to counter-terrorism: the bureaucratization of religion. Morocco’s strategy unique relies on reforms that seek to transform the country’s religious institutions into tools for rewarding loyalty and discouraging dissent from religious elites. Through these measures they have limited opposition through an enduring form of institutional control, accommodating some of the country’s most virulent critics. This book will be of great use to researchers and scholars of Middle Eastern politics, and it will also appeal to those policymakers interested in security studies and counter-terrorism policies.
Ann Wainscott is an assistant professor of political science at Miami University in Ohio where she teaches Middle East politics. She is currently on leave to serve as the American Academy of Religion senior fellow at the United States Institute Institute of Peace (USIP). Prior to teaching at Miami, she taught at Saint Louis University for four years. She has conducted fieldwork in Morocco, Senegal, Ghana, and Mali. She earned a PhD from the University of Florida in 2013.
Tuesday, May 1st
Iraq After ISIS: What to Do Now?
Location: New America, 740 15th St. NW, #900
Information: In 2017, the United States dealt ISIS a devastating blow eliminating its territorial holdings in Iraq and Syria. Iraq, which will hold national elections on May 12th, emerged out of the war against ISIS strong and in an increasingly positive mood.
Yet as Iraq looks ahead to a post-ISIS future, numerous challenges lie ahead. In a new policy report, Iraq After ISIS: What to do Now, Bartle Bull and Douglas Ollivant propose the contours of a positive, forward looking U.S.-Iraqi relationship.
New America welcomes Bartle Bull and Douglas Ollivant to discuss their report and the future of U.S.-Iraqi ties. Bartle Bull is an author and founder of Northern Gulf Partners, an Iraq-focused merchant banking firm. Douglas Ollivant is an ASU Senior Future of War Fellow with New America and former Director for Iraq on the National Security Council under both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. He is also Senior Vice President of Mantid International, LLC, a global strategic consulting firm with offices in Washington, Beirut, and Baghdad.