What’s next on nonproliferation and international security, in Washington and around the globe.
-- July 22: What do you get when six Iran experts sit behind a table at the Wilson Center in Washington? Likely a fascinating discussion. The focus of “Rouhani: Challenges at Home, Challenges Abroad” is Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president-elect, who is said to be interested in taking personal control of the diplomatic portfolio for discussing with so-called P-5+1 nations Tehran’s hotly contested nuclear program.
-- July 22-24: “Pandemics, Bioterrorism and International Security” is the topic of a George Mason University short course being offered at the school’s Fairfax, Va., Office of Continuing Professional Education. Participants will be introduced to global challenges in biodefense and public health.
-- July 23: Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) will convene a hearing to consider the effect of budget sequestration on national security and the economy. Witnesses were not yet announced by press time.
-- July 23-25: The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security is holding a 26th annual Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy in Washington. Business and government representatives from around the globe will hear presentations related to this year’s theme, “Export Control Reform: Fulfilling the Promise.” Expect discussion of newly published and proposed rules for implementing President Obama’s export control reform initiatives.
-- July 25: Chatham House is not just a maddening attribution rule; it’s a destination. Those interested in the evolving role of nuclear arms in the post-Cold War world might head to London to hear Lawrence Freedman, a scholar in war studies at King’s College London, in a debate against Ward Wilson, who directs the British American Security Information Council’s Rethinking Nuclear Weapons Project. At the event titled “Are Nuclear Weapons Still Fit for Purpose?” featuring BBC Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall as moderator, the two speakers will address questions about the effectiveness of nuclear deterrence and the role of atomic arms in international affairs.
-- July 25: The public is invited to attend a toll-free teleconference meeting of the U.S. National Biodefense Science Board, which is to vote on recommendations aimed at bolstering “community resilience” -- seen as a crucial factor in “mitigating vulnerabilities, reducing negative health consequences, and rapidly restoring community functioning after emergency events.”
-- July 25-26: The U.S. Homeland Security Department will hold a two-day industry technical meeting on the instruments and methods used for detecting explosive particles for securing aviation, mass transit and facilities. The department’s science and technology branch “is interested in significantly expanding the number of detectable analytes in explosives trace detection systems to include a range of liquid, volatile and semi-volatile organic, salts and mixtures thereof,” according to a DHS announcement.