What’s next on nonproliferation and international security, in Washington and around the globe.
— March 3: President Obama is to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington. At the top of the agenda: Obama’s desire to keep alive the potential for a negotiated solution to global concerns about Iran’s nuclear energy program, and Netanyahu’s insistence on keeping options open for a military response if Tehran appears able to weaponize.
— March 3-7: The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency holds a meeting at which its efforts to learn more about Iran’s nuclear program are sure to be under discussion. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors meets in Vienna.
— March 5: The U.S. Senate Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee will take testimony on “Nuclear Forces and Policies.” Witnesses are: M. Elaine Bunn, the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for nuclear and missile defense policy; Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, who heads Air Force Global Strike Command; Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, the Air Force assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration; and Vice Adm. Terry Benedict, who leads Navy Strategic Systems Programs.
— March 5: The Fissile Materials Working Group plans a Washington preview of next month’s Nuclear Security Summit 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands. Expert speakers are to include Kenneth Brill, Kelsey Davenport, Kenneth Luongo and Page Stoutland.
— March 5-7: The U.N. secretary-general’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters will meet in its 61st session at United Nations headquarters in New York. The panel meets twice a year, alternating between the Big Apple and Geneva, Switzerland, and offers recommendations on limiting and banning arms.
— March 6: The Center for Strategic and International Studies is inviting participants to have an off-the-record lunch in Washington with Air Force Brig. Gen. Jim Dawkins, who oversees military atomic efforts at the Energy Department’s semi-autonomous National Nuclear Security Administration.
— March 6: Or, head over to the University of Maryland in nearby College Park, where Chen Kane of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies will address “Prospects for Curbing Mideast WMD Proliferation.”
— March 6-7: Former Defense Secretary William Perry and Robert Joseph, a former undersecretary of State, headline a conference on “Nuclear Weapons in a New Century: Facing the Emerging Challenges” at the University of California’s Los Angeles campus. Plenty of other luminaries will be featured, as well, in the U.C.L.A. panel discussions, to include a onetime U.S. presidential candidate, retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark; nuclear deterrence theorist Thomas Schelling; and retired Air Force Gen. George “Lee” Butler, who was U.S. Strategic Command’s first leader.
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