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Thursday, January 15, 2015

WHEN: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
WHAT: U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) – “The Future of USG Advising Missions” From Afghanistan to Iraq, Ukraine to Honduras, advising is a key U.S. strategy to address weak government capacity in sectors including finance, policing, education, agriculture, transportation, justice, and many others. Yet advising missions too often are hindered by challenges common across all U.S. government agencies. Please join USIP for a policy-level discussion about mission mandates for long-term, locally-owned solutions, the first in a series of conversations on advising as a means to provide foreign assistance and capacity building to partner countries. Complete list of participants.
WHERE: 2301 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
CONTACT: 202-429-3869; web site:
SOURCE: USIP – event announcement

WHEN: 9:30 am – 10:45 am
WHAT: Atlantic Council Discussion - “Strategic Deterrence in the Twenty-First Century” Speaker: Admiral Cecil Haney, Commander of US Strategic Command, will discuss the role of strategic deterrence in an era of rapidly emerging threats and an increasingly tumultuous world. Moderator: Thom Shanker, Assistant Washington Editor and Washington Weekend Editor; The New York Times.
WHERE: 1030 15th Street, N.W., 12th Floor (West Tower)
CONTACT: 202-463-7226; web site:
SOURCE: Atlantic Council – event announcement

WHEN: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHAT: Woodrow Wilson Center Roundtable (Web Only) – “Habitat III: What Role for Innovation?” Speakers: Please join via WebEx for a web-exclusive roundtable discussion from telepresence locations in Washington D.C., New York City, Boston, and Mexico City, as participants discuss the role that advanced technology can play in achieving the core objectives of Habitat III. The roundtable will focus on priorities and opportunities that must be addressed by the "New Urban Agenda." Complete list of participants
WHERE: Internet
CONTACT: 202-691-4000 or 202-691-4188; web site:
SOURCE: WWC - web event announcement

WHEN: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
WHAT: Brookings Institution Discussion - “Top Priorities for Africa in 2015” Speakers: The panel of Brookings experts will offer their expertise on these pressing issues as well give recommendations to national governments, regional organizations, multilateral institutions and civil society on how to approach them in order to create a peaceful and prosperous 2015 for Africa. After the program, the panelists will take audience questions. This event will also be webcast live.
WHERE: Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW
CONTACT: 202-797-6105 or; web site:
SOURCE: Brookings - event announcement

WHEN: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
WHAT: Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Discussion – “Russia's Opposition in a Time of War and Crisis” Speaker: Ilya Ponomarev, Member of the Russia State Duma. Moderator: Jeffrey Mankoff, Deputy Director and Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS.
WHERE: CSIS, 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W.
CONTACT: CSIS 202-887-0200; web site:
SOURCE: CSIS – event announcement

WHEN: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHAT: Heritage Foundation – “Taxes and Entrepreneurship” Speakers: Karen Kerrigan, President, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council; Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute; Curtis Dubay, Research Fellow, Tax and Economic Policy, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation.
WHERE: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
CONTACT: 202-546-4400; web site:
SOURCE: Heritage – event announcement

WHEN: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHAT: George Mason University (GMU) Freedom & Learning Forum – “Inequality, Politics, and Progressive Public Policy in Europe” Speaker: Pedro Sanchez, Ph.D., Secretary General of the Socialist Party of Spain and Opposition Leader in the Spanish Parliament.
WHERE: Founders Hall, Room 113; GMU Arlington Campus: 3351 N. Fairfax Dr. Arlington, VA 22201
CONTACT: 703-993-2853;
SOURCE: GMU – event announcement

WHEN: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
WHAT: American Security Project (ASP) Discussion – “Economic Diplomacy: How Economic Ties Can Strengthen National Security” Speaker: U.S. Ambassador Charles H. Rivkin, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State. ASP President Nelson Cunningham will introduce Ambassador Rivkin.
WHERE: ASP Conference Facilities, 7th Floor West Tower, 1100 New York Ave NW
CONTACT: 202-347-4267; web site:
SOURCE: ASP – event announcement

WHEN: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
WHAT: Woodrow Wilson Center – “Iranian Domestic Politics and Relations with the United States” Speaker: Nicola Pedde, Director, Institute for Global Studies, Rome.
WHERE: 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. 5th Floor
CONTACT: 202-691-4000 or 202-691-4188; web site:
SOURCE: WWC - event announcement

WHEN: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
WHAT: Bipartisan Policy Center Discussion - “Lights, Camera… Hack! Strategic Implications of the Sony Cyber Attack” The cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment - widely attributed to North Korea over the film, The Interview - is the latest in a series of major network intrusions that have received wide media coverage. Unlike previous attacks on Target, Home Depot and others, this one resulted in a national discussion on cybersecurity and the appropriate response to cyber attacks, resulting in the initial decision to not release the movie and having been tied directly to a nation state actor. Complete list of participants.
WHERE: 1225 Eye St. N.W.
CONTACT: 202-204-2400; web site:
SOURCE: Bipartisan Policy Center – event announcement

WHEN: 3:00 pm
WHAT: Washington Foreign Press Center (WFPC) On-The-Record Briefing: “Foreign Policy Update: 2015 Priorities” U.S. Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf will brief on the latest developments in U.S. foreign policy.
WHERE: WFPC, National Press Building, 529 14th Street, NW, Suite 800
CONTACT: Interested media may respond to Web site:

WHEN: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
WHAT: Woodrow Wilson Center – “Marshall Plan for the Mind: The CIA Covert Book Program during the Cold War” Speakers: A panel of experts will discuss the origins, operation, and impact of the CIA’s Cold War “book program.” Complete participant list
WHERE: 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. 5th Floor
CONTACT: 202-691-4000 or 202-691-4188; web site:
SOURCE: WWC - event announcement