Monday, August 16, 2010

Summer Discussions

Most of Washington is away this week. Congress is in recess and whoever can has escaped the August heat. However, a few hearty souls insist on discussing the big issues.

THE NEXT PHASE IN AMERICA'S RELATIONSHIP WITH IRAQ. 8/17, 1:00-2:30pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Speakers: Michael Corbin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq; Colin Kahl, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East.

NEXT CHAPTER IN IRAQ. 8/18, 10:00-11:30, Washington, DC. Sponsor: United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Speakers: U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill; and William Taylor, vice president of the Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations at USIP.

IRAN AFTER THE SANCTIONS: WHAT NEXT? 8/18, Noon-1:15pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Middle East Institute (MEI). Participants: Trita Parsi, adjunct scholar at MEI; and Michael Singh, fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

STATUS UPDATE: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN VIETNAM. 8/18, 2:00-4:00pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC). Speakers: Leonard Leo, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Tai Nguyen, brother of Nam Nguyen, who died after a police beating; Quang Nguyen, brother of Lieu Nguyen, who escaped to Thailand; Luan Nguyen, sister of Liem & Minh Nguyen, who are still detained; and T. Kumar, director of international advocacy at Amnesty International. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building (this Commission does not maintain its website, thus we have noted the hearing's location, RSVP necessary).

8/19 - Congressional Budget Office releases its 2010 Budget and Economic Outlook: An Update

INDIA’S AIRPOWER MODERNIZATION. 8/19, 3:00-4:30pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Speaker: Muthumanikam Matheswaran, Air Vice Marshal, India. 

CHINA AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING: UPDATES AND ANALYSIS. 8/20, 10:00-11:30am, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Speakers: Earl Brown, Labor and Employment Law Counsel and China Program Director, Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO; Xin Ren, Professor, Criminal Justice Division, California State University, Sacramento; Tiantian Zheng, Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Asian/Middle Eastern Studies Program, State University of New York, Cortland; Patrick Radden Keefe, Fellow, The Century Foundation, and author of The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream

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