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.
What We're Following See More »
"After hours of private talks," Debbie Wasserman Schultz agreed to step down as chair of the Democratic National Committee after the convention ends. In the wake of the convention intrigue, Hillary Clinton announced she's making Wasserman Schultz "the honorary chair of her campaign's 50-state program."
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz "will not have a major speaking role or preside over daily convention proceedings this week," and is under increasing pressure to resign. The DNC Rules Committee on Saturday named Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge as "permanent chair of the convention." At issue: internal DNC emails leaked by Wikileaks that show how "the DNC favored Clinton during the primary and tried to take down Bernie Sanders by questioning his religion."
- A Rasmussen Reports poll shows Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton, 43%-42%, the fourth week in a row he's led the poll (one of the few poll in which he's led consistently of late).
- A Reuters/Ipsos survey shows Clinton leading 40%-36%. In a four-way race, she maintains her four-point lead, 39%-35%, with Gary Johnson and Jill Stein pulling 7% and 3%, respectively.
- And the LA Times/USC daily tracking poll shows a dead heat, with Trump ahead by about half a percentage point.
In an election between two candidates around 70 years of age, millennials strongly prefer one over the other. Hillary Clinton has a 47%-30% edge among votes 18 to 29. She also leads 46%-36% among voters aged 30 to 44.