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Global Security Newswire


November 15, 2013

What’s next on nonproliferation and international security, in Washington and around the globe.

-- Nov. 18: Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning, who took the post in April, will talk about the state of his service. Expect questions to include interest in newly heightened vetting for senior officers who oversee nuclear weapons, following fresh revelations about command-personnel lapses. The Air Force Association is sponsoring the event in Arlington, Va., a hop from its own headquarters and just across the Key Bridge from the nation's capital.

-- Nov. 19: Off to another Washington suburb. Meeting at its Rockville, Md., headquarters, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will hold a public confab about potential changes to the nation’s emergency-response requirements, to include “implementing several Fukushima-related changes, such as assessing potential health effects from a multi-reactor accident,” according to the agency.


-- Nov. 19: Should the U.S. Congress reauthorize post-9/11 legislation on terrorism insurance that otherwise sunsets at the end of 2014? Some regard the public-private cost sharing introduced by the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act as a worthwhile benefit to insurance companies and policyholders, while others bemoan the taxpayer burden for potentially unnecessary bailouts, according to the event notice for National Journal Live's "policy summit." Moderator Kristin Roberts, managing editor at National Journal, will lead what organizers call a "robust discussion" featuring five speakers. It’s happening at Washington’s Newseum.

-- Nov. 19: “Between the ‘First Step’ With Iran and Nuclear Fallout With Israel." That’s what the Washington Institute for Near East Policy is terming its discussion of possible outcomes of the Obama administration’s foray with five other world powers in engaging with the Persian Gulf state on its nuclear program. A trio of longtime Mideast- and nuclear-watchers -- Dennis Ross, Olli Heinonen and Robert Satloff -- will analyze the concerns voiced most loudly by Israel that anything short of a ban on future uranium-enrichment by Iran could set off an epidemic of atomic proliferation throughout the region and a greater risk of war.

-- Nov. 20: The so-called P-5+1 nations -- China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and United States, along with Germany -- resume negotiations in Geneva with Iran over its contested nuclear program. The participants aim to achieve an agreement that limits Iran’s ability to advance toward an atomic-weapons capability in exchange for Tehran receiving partial relief from economic sanctions.

-- Nov. 20: “Terrorist Groups in Syria” is the focus of a U.S. House Foreign Affairs Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee hearing. The panel will hear testimony by three expert witnesses: Brian Michael Jenkins of RAND, Phillip Smyth of the University of Maryland, and Barak Barfi of the New America Foundation.

-- Nov. 20: President Obama is to present the Medal of Freedom -- the highest U.S. civilian honor -- to former Senator Richard Lugar and 15 other individuals who have made significant contributions to U.S. security, world peace or cultural life. The Indiana Republican -- who chaired and served as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and now presides over the Lugar Center -- is perhaps best known for co-sponsoring Nunn-Lugar legislation that launched the Cooperative Threat Reduction Initiative. The project has locked down unsecured nuclear material around the globe with the aim of keeping weapons of mass destruction out of terrorist hands.

-- Nov. 21: The Heritage Foundation is getting set to discuss “Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century”: Is President Obama honoring his 2009 commitment to keep these arms safe, secure and effective? A slate of speakers exploring this question includes Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) and Guy Roberts, a former NATO deputy assistant secretary general for weapons of mass destruction and director of its nuclear-policy planning directorate.

Editor’s Note: Former Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is a member of the board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, which is the sole sponsor of Global Security Newswire. The Newswire is published independently by the National Journal Group.

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.

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