Sunday, April 26, 2015

Monday in Washington, April 27, 2015

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the United States this week.

Monday he gives a speech at Harvard University's Kennedy School and visit the Kennedy Library. In the afternoon he flies to Washington and will visit Arlington Cemetery and the Holocaust Museum.

On Tuesday, he will hold a summit with US President Barack Obama and attend an official dinner at the White House.  On Wednesday, at 11 am he will give an address to a joint meeting of Congress and then attend a reception and meet with members of Congress. In the late afternoon he will give a speech to a conference held by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and go on a gala hosted by the Japanese Embassy. On Thursday he flies to San Francisco to visit Silicon Valley and Stanford and then on to Los Angeles, leaving on Saturday.

STATE OF RIGHTS: CHINA MEDIA FREEDOM. 4/27, 8:30-10:00am. Sponsor: State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Speakers: James Fallows, The Atlantic; William Wan, Washington Post; Kathleen McLaughlin, Journalism Fellow, MIT; Melissa Chan, Al Jazeera.

HOW TO END THE KIM JON-UN REGIME AND BRING ABOUT PEACEFUL REUNIFICATION OF KOREA. 4/27, 9:00am. Sponsor: National Press Club’s Newsmaker Program. Speakers: North Korean Defectors.

THE FUTURE POSTPONED: WHY DECLINING INVESTMENT IN BASIC RESEARCH THREATENS A US INNOVATION DEFICIT. 4/27, 9:00-11:00am. Sponsor: Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Speakers: Rush Holt, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Katrine Bosley, CEO, Editas Medicine; Marc Kastner, Report Committee Chair, MIT; Chris Kaiser, Professor of Biology, MIT; Karl Berggren, Director, MIT’s Nanostructures Laboratory; Anne White, Associate Professor in Nuclear Engineering, MIT; Ron Weiss, Director, MIT, Synthetic Biology Center; Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research, MIT.

INSURGENCY IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND ITS THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES. 4/27, 9:00am-Noon. Sponsors: Elliott School, George Washington University (GWU); National Capital Area Political Science Association; Institute for Security and Conflict Studies. Speakers: Tricia Bacon, Professorial Lecturer, American University; Dorle Hellmuth, Assistant Professor, Catholic University; Christopher Kojm, Visiting Professor of International Affairs, GWU; Thomas Sanderson, Codirector, CSIS’s Transnational Threats Project; Jon Alterman, Senior Vice President, CSIS; Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham, Associate Professor, University of Maryland; Dafina Rand, Deputy Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security; Joseph Young, Associate Professor, American University.

WOMEN IN COMBAT: WHERE THEY STAND. 4/27, 12:30-5:00pm, Reception. Sponsor: Women in International Security (WIIS). Speakers: Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, (D-CA) 46th District; Congresswoman Martha McSally, (R-AZ) 2nd District; Ms. Juliet Beyler, Director of Officer and Enlisted Personnel Management for the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Major General Jacqueline Van Ovost, Vice Director of the Joint Staff for the Department of Defense; Nancy Duff Campbell, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center; Carolyn Becraft, Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; Ellen Haring, Senior Fellow at the Women In International Security; Sue Jaenen , Manager of Human Performance for the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command; Michael Breen , Executive Director of the Truman National Security Project; Dr. Megan McKenzie, Research Supervisor at the University of Sydney; Dr. Robert Egnell Visiting Professor and Director of Teaching at Georgetown University; Major Bryan Coughlin, United States Marine Corps; Gayle Lemmon, Author and Journalist, Ashley’s War and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana.

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 BEYOND EXCLUSION: HOW CITIZENS TACKLE CORRUPTION. 4/27, 2:00-3:30pm, Washington, DC. Sponsors: SAIS, Johns Hopkins University; Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR). Speakers: Author Shaazka Beyerle, Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations; Andras Simonyi, Managing Director, CTR.

 2015 NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY: PROCESS, PRINCIPLES, AND PRIORITIES. 4/27, 6:00-8:00pm. Sponsor: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Speaker: Colonel Troy Thomas, Director for Strategic Planning for the National Security Council.

6TH CHINA BUSINESS CONFERENCE. 4/27-4/28, 3:00pm. Sponsors: Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT), AmCham China and US Chamber of Commerce. Speakers: Ambassador Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative; Ambassador Robert Zoellick, Former President of the World Bank, US Trade Representative, and Deputy Secretary of State ; General Michael Hayden, Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; Ambassador Stapleton Roy, Former US Ambassador to China; Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to the United States.

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ARSENAL OF TERROR: NORTH KOREA, STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. 4/27, 6:00-7:30pm. Sponsor: Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). Speakers: Report Author Joshua Stanton; Nicholas Eberstadt, Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute; Marcus Noland, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies, Peterson Institute for International Economics; moderator: Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director, HRNK

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO DAY: STUXNET AND THE LAUNCH OF THE WORLD’S FIRST DIGITAL WEAPON. 4/27, 6:00-8:00pm. Sponsors: Elliott School, George Washington University; Institute for Science and International Security. Speaker: Author Kim Zetter, Journalist.

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