What’s next on nonproliferation and international security, in Washington and around the globe.
— May 5: With President Obama just back from a tour of state visits to the Asia-Pacific, the Air Force’s regional strategy is the topic of a talk at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle is the speaker.
— May 5: Stick around at CSIS following the Air Force-themed event to catch the afternoon program, a discussion on the “Ukraine Crisis and U.S. Security Strategy,” featuring various think tank analysts.
— May 5-9: The Preparatory Committee meeting in New York City for the 2015 Review Conference on the status of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty enters its second and final week. A host of accompanying events are offered by governments and nonprofit organizations on the sidelines of the meeting.
— May 6: More think tank analysis is on tap in Washington as Clark Murdock of the Center for the Strategic and International Studies attempts to tackle the topic of “Nuclear Modernization in an Era of Budget Austerity” at the Capitol Hill Club. The event is sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association, the Air Force Association and the Reserve Officers Association.
— May 6: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up the Ukraine situation in a hearing with senior officials from the State, Defense and Treasury departments. The hearing is titled, “Ukraine — Countering Russian Intervention and Supporting a Democratic State.”
— May 7: Another day, another CSIS event. The organization hosts Cindy Vestergaard, director of the Governing Uranium project and senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies, to discuss “Security in the Front End of the Fuel Cycle.” For preparatory reading, there is a March report illuminating U.S.-specific aspects of the problem.
— May 8-9: The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization holds the 2014 Academic Forum in Vienna, Austria. The event’s objective is to “integrate CTBT-related topics into existing policy or science-based academic curricula,” according to the commission’s website. Another goal this year is to bring researchers together in the fields of nuclear test monitoring and verification technologies.
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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."