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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