What’s next on nonproliferation and international security, in Washington and around the globe.
— 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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Former Illinois GOP Congressman Aaron Schock "recently agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for making an excessive solicitation for a super PAC that was active in his home state of Illinois four years ago." Schock resigned from Congress after a story about his Downton Abbey-themed congressional office raised questions about how he was using taxpayer dollars.
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