What’s next on nonproliferation and international security, in Washington and around the globe.
— July 28: Come hear two back-to-back expert-panel discussions about “Nuclear Politics on the Korean Peninsula” at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. The organization’s Douglas Paal and Donald Manzullo of the Korea Economic Institute kick off the analyses with opening remarks.
— July 28: The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs hosts a Washington discussion by its Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy’s Iran Task Force regarding Tehran’s nuclear negotiations with six world powers. The conversation is also expected to address potential future steps to prevent an atomic-armed Iran.
— July 28-Aug. 1: The Harvard School of Public Health will hold a course in Boston featuring preparedness leaders to discuss “Radiological Emergency Planning: Terrorism, Security and Communication.” Participants could include “anyone involved in emergency planning, response, or recovery in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors,” according to the event notice. “Health physicists, public safety professionals, and first receivers and responders will also find this program beneficial.”
— July 29: “Protecting the Homeland from Nuclear and Radiological Threats” will be explored at a hearing of the U.S. House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies. Witnesses were not yet announced at press time.
— July 30: A Washington event spotlights Royal Navy Adm. Sir George Zambellas, Britain’s first sea lord and chief of naval staff, discussing “Credible Maritime Partners in the 21st Century.” The Center for Strategic and International Studies talk comes as both the United States and United Kingdom face mounting pressures in funding their nuclear-armed naval vessels.
— July 30: The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific holds a hearing titled, “Twenty Years of U.S. Policy on North Korea: From Agreed Framework to Strategic Patience.” Witnesses are to include Glyn Davies, the State Department’s special representative for North Korea policy, and Robert King, the department’s special envoy for North Korean human rights.
— July 31: The “Status of Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Daiichi Accident” is the focus of a briefing at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, Md. The meeting is open to the public.
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Much has been made of David Brooks’s recent New York Times column, in which confesses to missing already the civility and humanity of Barack Obama, compared to who might take his place. In NewYorker.com, Jeffrey Frank reminds us how critical such attributes are to foreign policy. “It’s hard to imagine Kennedy so casually referring to the leader of Russia as a gangster or a thug. For that matter, it’s hard to imagine any president comparing the Russian leader to Hitler [as] Hillary Clinton did at a private fund-raiser. … Kennedy, who always worried that miscalculation could lead to war, paid close attention to the language of diplomacy.”
“We haven’t seen a true leftist since FDR, so many millions are coming out of the woodwork to vote for Bernie Sanders; he is the Occupy movement now come to life in the political arena.” So says Bill Maher in his Hollywood Reporter cover story (more a stream-of-consciousness riff than an essay, actually). Conservative states may never vote for a socialist in the general election, but “this stuff has never been on the table, and these voters have never been activated.” Maher saves most of his bile for Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, writing that by nominating Palin as vice president “John McCain is the one who opened the Book of the Dead and let the monsters out.” And Trump is picking up where Palin left off.