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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With three days until the first debate, the polls are coming fast and furious. The latest round:
- An Associated Press/Gfk poll of registered voters found very few voters committed, with Clinton leading Trump, 37% to 29%, and Gary Johnson at 7%.
- A McClatchy-Marist poll gave Clinton a six-point edge, 45% to 39%, in a four-way ballot test. Johnson pulls 10% support, with Jill Stein at 4%.
- Rasmussen, which has drawn criticism for continually showing Donald Trump doing much better than he does in other polls, is at it again. A new survey gives Trump a five-point lead, 44%-39%.
In contrast to Hillary Clinton's meticulous debate practice sessions, Donald Trump "is largely shunning traditional debate preparations, but has been watching video of…Clinton’s best and worst debate moments, looking for her vulnerabilities.” Trump “has paid only cursory attention to briefing materials. He has refused to use lecterns in mock debate sessions despite the urging of his advisers. He prefers spitballing ideas with his team rather than honing them into crisp, two-minute answers.”
Donald Trump "is on the precipice of becoming the only major-party presidential candidate this century not to reach out to millions of American voters whose dominant, first or just preferred language is Spanish. Trump has not only failed to buy any Spanish-language television or radio ads, he so far has avoided even offering a translation of his website into Spanish, breaking with two decades of bipartisan tradition."
Bill and Hillary Clinton have purchased the home next door to their primary residence in tony Chappaqua, New York, for $1.16 million. "By purchasing the new home, the Clinton's now own the entire cul-de-sac at the end of the road in the leafy New York suburb. The purchase makes it easier for the United States Secret Service to protect the former president and possible future commander in chief."