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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