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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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."