What’s next on nonproliferation and international security, in Washington and around the globe.
-- July 15: The U.S. Institute of Peace will gather members of its Internal Iran Study Group in Washington to discuss various aspects of life inside the Persian Gulf nation, to include “even the security apparatus” -- exploring matters that “often escape the foreign headlines” and pondering the impact of Hassan Rouhani’s recent election as president.
-- July 15-19: Even if you can’t get to Austria next week, you can still take part online in a course on diplomacy and public policy related to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The seminar -- presented by the organization that works toward implementation of the accord aimed at banning all nuclear test blasts -- will feature talks by more than a dozen issue experts and veteran ambassadors who participated in international negotiations to reach the agreement. The test ban treaty has been signed by 183 nations and ratified by 159, but can enter into force only after eight more key states sign and ratify: China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the United States. The course will address the theme, “Proven Treaty, Political Challenge: The CTBT and Multi-stakeholder Security.”
-- July 16: Wendy Sherman, the U.S. under secretary of State for political affairs, is slated to meet in Brussels, Belgium, with so-called “P-5+1” partners from China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom to strategize their approach to negotiations with Iran over its hotly contested nuclear efforts.
-- July 16: The British government is set to release a review of alternatives to buying four new Trident D-5 nuclear missile-armed submarines. The move to undertake such a study -- championed by Liberal Democrats -- was a key facet three years ago in forming the coalition government led by Conservative David Cameron. However, it has drawn stiff resistance from a Defense Ministry leaders opposed to cheaper alternatives they view as endangering U.K. security. Watch for the document to propose that the nation drop its longstanding requirement for at least one of its nuclear-armed submarines to be at sea at all times as an assured deterrence force.
-- July 16: James Acton of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will speak in Austria at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation on “Arms Control During the Second Obama Administration: A View from Washington.”
-- July 16-17: It’s been 50 years since President Kennedy appeared at American University to argue for relaxing Cold War tensions, moving to end the nuclear arms race and eventually disarming. To mark the anniversary, the State Department is dedicating its annual “Generation Prague” conference in Washington to “Building a Strategy of Peace.” Anticipate bigwigs from Foggy Bottom and the Defense and Energy departments elaborating on President Obama’s June address in Berlin, a four-year update on his signature speech in the Czech Republic regarding work toward the eventual global elimination of atomic arms.
-- July 17: The U.S. deputy Defense secretary for policy, James Miller, will participate in a Capitol Hill breakfast session to discuss “Nuclear Deterrence: New Guidance, Constant Commitment.” A top lieutenant to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Miller played a key role in honing a strategy recently approved by President Obama for implementing the Pentagon-led 2010 Nuclear Posture Review.
-- July 17: The U.S. Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee will hold a hearing on fiscal 2014 funding for the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, featuring the organization’s director, Vice Adm. James Syring. A failed flight test last Friday of the Ground-Based Interceptor, a key feature of the nation’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, can be expected as topic No. 1 for the session.
-- July 17: It’s the Homeland Security Department ‘s 10th birthday and, to salute it, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will convene a hearing on “Harnessing Science and Technology to Protect National Security and Enhance Government Efficiency.” Witnesses will be Tara O’Toole, the department’s science and technology under secretary, and David Maurer, the Government Accountability Office’s director for homeland security and justice issues.
-- July 17: Syria is on the agenda for a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee. Amid Western allegations that President Bashar Assad’s military has launched chemical attacks in the three-year-long civil war, and counter-charges by Damascus and Moscow that rebel fighters have used these deadly arms, the House panel will take testimony from Elliot Abrams of the Council on Foreign Relations, Frederic Hof of the Atlantic Council and other witnesses yet to be announced.
-- July 18: Issue experts Seth Jones, Frederick Kagan and Thomas Joscelyn headline a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee on “Global al-Qaeda: Affiliates, Objectives and Future Challenges.”
This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.