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Global Security Newswire Staff
Jan. 31, 2014, 5:45 a.m.

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

— Feb. 3: Mark Fitzpatrick of the In­ter­na­tion­al In­sti­tute for Stra­tegic Stud­ies head­lines a talk on “As­sess­ing the Ir­a­ni­an Nuc­le­ar Deal” in Lon­don. “The mood is op­tim­ist­ic in Ir­an and in most oth­er con­cerned coun­tries — with two not­able ex­cep­tions among Ir­an’s most skep­tic­al ant­ag­on­ists,” ac­cord­ing to a de­scrip­tion of the up­com­ing Ar­undel House dis­cus­sion.

— Feb. 4: If Ir­an is your fo­cus but you’re in D.C., a Sen­ate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee hear­ing on the nuc­le­ar ne­go­ti­ations might be of in­terest. Testi­mony is ex­pec­ted from Wendy Sher­man, un­der­sec­ret­ary of State for polit­ic­al af­fairs; Dav­id Co­hen, un­der­sec­ret­ary of Treas­ury for ter­ror­ism and fin­an­cing; Dav­id Al­bright of the In­sti­tute for Sci­ence and In­ter­na­tion­al Se­cur­ity; and Mark Dubowitz of the Found­a­tion for De­fense of Demo­cra­cies. This is also to be live-streamed on the com­mit­tee web­site.

— Feb. 4: Also in Wash­ing­ton, head over to the Cap­it­ol Vis­it­or Cen­ter for a House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee hear­ing on world­wide threats. Though wit­nesses had not yet been an­nounced at press time, those who can’t make it over to the ses­sion can view it web­cast on the pan­el’s web­site.  

— Feb. 4: The Sen­ate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee is ex­pec­ted to meet for a hear­ing on Pres­id­ent Obama’s nom­in­a­tion of Robert Wood to rep­res­ent the United States at the Con­fer­ence on Dis­arm­a­ment in Geneva. It’s also to be web­cast on­line.

— Feb. 5: This week’s win­ner for in­nov­at­ive event titling: “Un­der­stand­ing al Qaeda and its Af­fil­i­ates: A Glob­al Threat or JV Squad?” It’s based on a re­cent re­mark by Pres­id­ent Obama about the level of threat posed by the loosely af­fil­i­ated ter­ror­ist groups: “If a JV team puts on Lakers uni­forms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bry­ant.” The Found­a­tion for the De­fense of Demo­cra­cies dis­cus­sion will fea­ture is­sue ex­perts Dav­eed Garten­stein-Ross, Bruce Hoff­man, Thomas Joscelyn and Jonath­an Schan­zer.

— Feb. 5: The Vi­enna Cen­ter for Dis­arm­a­ment and Non-Pro­lif­er­a­tion is spon­sor­ing a talk by Rose Got­te­moeller, the U.S. act­ing un­der­sec­ret­ary of State for arms con­trol and in­ter­na­tion­al se­cur­ity. The event in the Aus­tri­an cap­it­al is titled, “Pre­view­ing the 2014 NPT Prep­Com” — a ref­er­ence to Pre­par­at­ory Com­mit­tee meet­ing to be held in New York as plans co­alesce for a ma­jor 2015 Re­view Con­fer­ence on im­ple­ment­a­tion of the Nuc­le­ar Non­pro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty. Ex­pect dis­cus­sion of glob­al calls to con­vene a gath­er­ing in Fin­land to dis­cuss a pro­posed ban on weapons of mass de­struc­tion from the Middle East, an ini­ti­at­ive that stems from the most re­cent five-year NPT Re­view Con­fer­ence in 2010 but has yet to come to fruition.

— Feb. 6: Amid heightened con­cerns about the pos­sib­il­ity of ter­ror­ism, the 2014 Winter Olympics open in So­chi, Rus­sia.

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