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— July 20: A six-month deal between six world powers and Iran, aimed at trading sanctions relief for progress in curbing Tehran’s atomic arms-relevant activities, expires. Prospects for extending the interim pact appear likely in an effort to strike a permanent agreement.
— July 21: The Atlantic Council hosts Lukman Faily, Iraq’s ambassador to the United States, for a discussion in Washington titled, “The Enemy of My Enemy: An Uneasy Coalition and the Threat of ISIS.”
— July 21: Alternatively, visit the Institute for Gulf Affairs for a similarly themed conference, also in Washington, featuring an assortment of issue experts on the “caliphate” declared by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and regional ramifications of the group’s rise.
— July 21: Foreign-policy specialists will be on hand at a Woodrow Wilson Center-organized event in Washington on the latest regarding international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. The event comes one day after the expiration date of an interim deal, which allowed for sanctions to be eased.
— July 23: The House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing headlined, “U.S. National Missile Defense and the Growing Threat: Is a ‘Limited Defense’ Enough?” Various independent issue experts are slated to testify. The term “limited” in the hearing title alludes to the years-old modus operandi of the Defense Department’s multibillion-dollar missile defense enterprise, which officially aims to provide protection against attacks with certain caveats.
— July 24: National Defense University scholars John Caves and Seth Carus are featured at an off-the-record talk in Washington at the school’s Fort McNair campus. “The Future of WMD in 2030” is the event’s title. Both speakers are on the roster of the NDU Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
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Foreign Policy takes a look at the future of mining the estimated "100,000 near-Earth objects—including asteroids and comets—in the neighborhood of our planet. Some of these NEOs, as they’re called, are small. Others are substantial and potentially packed full of water and various important minerals, such as nickel, cobalt, and iron. One day, advocates believe, those objects will be tapped by variations on the equipment used in the coal mines of Kentucky or in the diamond mines of Africa. And for immense gain: According to industry experts, the contents of a single asteroid could be worth trillions of dollars." But the technology to get us there is only the first step. Experts say "a multinational body might emerge" to manage rights to NEOs, as well as a body of law, including an international court.
Not to be outdone by Jeffrey Goldberg's recent piece in The Atlantic about President Obama's foreign policy, the New York Times Magazine checks in with a longread on the president's economic legacy. In it, Obama is cognizant that the economic reality--73 straight months of growth--isn't matched by public perceptions. Some of that, he says, is due to a constant drumbeat from the right that "that denies any progress." But he also accepts some blame himself. “I mean, the truth of the matter is that if we had been able to more effectively communicate all the steps we had taken to the swing voter,” he said, “then we might have maintained a majority in the House or the Senate.”
Ronald Reagan's children and political allies took to the media and Twitter this week to chide funnyman Will Ferrell for his plans to play a dementia-addled Reagan in his second term in a new comedy entitled Reagan. In an open letter, Reagan's daughter Patti Davis tells Ferrell, who's also a producer on the movie, “Perhaps for your comedy you would like to visit some dementia facilities. I have—I didn’t find anything comedic there, and my hope would be that if you’re a decent human being, you wouldn’t either.” Michael Reagan, the president's son, tweeted, "What an Outrag....Alzheimers is not joke...It kills..You should be ashamed all of you." And former Rep. Joe Walsh called it an example of "Hollywood taking a shot at conservatives again."
In a sign that she’s ready to put a longer-than-expected primary battle behind her, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) is no longer going on the air in upcoming primary states. “Team Clinton hasn’t spent a single cent in … California, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon and West Virginia, while” Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) “campaign has spent a little more than $1 million in those same states.” Meanwhile, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sanders’ "lone backer in the Senate, said the candidate should end his presidential campaign if he’s losing to Hillary Clinton after the primary season concludes in June, breaking sharply with the candidate who is vowing to take his insurgent bid to the party convention in Philadelphia.”
The team behind the bestselling "Clinton Cash"—author Peter Schweizer and Breitbart's Stephen Bannon—is turning the book into a movie that will have its U.S. premiere just before the Democratic National Convention this summer. The film will get its global debut "next month in Cannes, France, during the Cannes Film Festival. (The movie is not a part of the festival, but will be shown at a screening arranged for distributors)." Bloomberg has a trailer up, pointing out that it's "less Ken Burns than Jerry Bruckheimer, featuring blood-drenched money, radical madrassas, and ominous footage of the Clintons."