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April 25, 2014, 6:25 a.m.

What’s next on non­pro­lif­er­a­tion and in­ter­na­tion­al se­cur­ity, in Wash­ing­ton and around the globe.

— April 28: Some for­eign-af­fairs lu­minar­ies are to dis­cuss the po­ten­tial that Ir­an might de­vel­op a nuc­le­ar-arms cap­ab­il­ity. Former U.S. dip­lo­mat Thomas Pick­er­ing, the Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tion’s Mi­chael Dor­an and George Ma­son Uni­versity’s Shaul Bakhash will meet at Amer­ic­an Uni­versity’s School of In­ter­na­tion­al Ser­vice to con­sider this ques­tion, among oth­ers, amid on­go­ing nuc­le­ar talks between Tehran and six world powers: “What are the chances of suc­cess, and what are the im­plic­a­tions of fail­ure — for the United States, Ir­an, and the re­gion at large?” The Wilson Cen­ter co-spon­sors the event.

— April 28: Then pre­pare for a dis­cus­sion on … “Pre­par­ing for Deep Cuts: Op­tions for En­han­cing Euro-At­lantic and In­ter­na­tion­al Se­cur­ity,” with an eye to­ward nuc­le­ar arms con­trol and risk re­duc­tion. The ven­ue is the Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tion in Wash­ing­ton, where mod­er­at­or Steven Pifer is a seni­or fel­low on U.S.-European re­la­tions and dir­ects the think tank’s Arms Con­trol and Non­pro­lif­er­a­tion Ini­ti­at­ive. Pifer shares the dais with pan­el­ists Ul­rich Kuehn, Götz Neu­n­eck, Eu­gene Mi­as­nikov and Greg Thiel­mann.

— April 28-May 9: Yet more pre­par­a­tions! This year’s Pre­par­at­ory Com­mit­tee meet­ing to lay the ground­work for the next ma­jor Re­view Con­fer­ence in 2015 on the status of the Nuc­le­ar Non­pro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty con­venes in New York. Ex­pect at this third “Prep­Com” some re­crim­in­a­tions by Egypt — and per­haps oth­ers — for a fail­ure thus far of treaty-mem­ber states and Is­rael to hold a con­fer­ence to dis­cuss the cre­ation of a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass de­struc­tion. The man­date to dis­cuss the idea by the end of 2012 was em­braced by the most re­cent NPT Re­view Con­fer­ence, held in 2010.

— April 29: “The ICBM and Bomber Fleet in U.S. Nuc­le­ar De­terrent Fu­tures” is the top­ic of a talk by Sen­at­or Jon Test­er (D-Mont.), whose state hosts a Minute­man 3 in­ter­con­tin­ent­al bal­list­ic mis­sile in­stall­a­tion, and Sen­at­or John Ho­even (R-N.D.), whose state has both a mis­sile in­stall­a­tion and a wing of B-52 dual-cap­able bombers. The event, tak­ing place at the Re­serve Of­ficers As­so­ci­ation in Wash­ing­ton, is part of a break­fast series on stra­tegic weapons and re­lated top­ics.

— April 29: The Wash­ing­ton In­sti­tute for Near East Policy ex­am­ines “Is­rael and al-Qaeda: Emer­ging Chal­lenges on Two Fronts.” The event — fea­tur­ing is­sue ex­perts Mi­chael Mo­rell and Ehud Yaari — will fo­cus on the pres­ence of the ter­ror group’s ex­trem­ist af­fil­i­ates in two na­tions bor­der­ing Is­rael: Egypt and Syr­ia.

— April 29: The House For­eign Af­fairs Sub­com­mit­tee on Ter­ror­ism, Non­pro­lif­er­a­tion and Trade will mull the top­ic of U.S.-Rus­si­an arms ne­go­ti­ations, giv­en rising ac­ri­mony over Mo­scow’s in­cur­sion in­to Ukraine. Two State De­part­ment wit­nesses are to ap­pear.

— April 29: Be­hind closed doors, the Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices Sub­com­mit­tee on Emer­ging Threats and Cap­ab­il­it­ies will hold a joint hear­ing, along with the Sen­ate in­tel­li­gence pan­el, fo­cus­ing on coun­terter­ror­ism fund­ing in the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s fisc­al 2015 and fu­ture years spend­ing re­quests. Four Pentagon of­fi­cials will testi­fy along­side as-yet uniden­ti­fied wit­nesses to be se­lec­ted by the in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee.

— April 30: The House Armed Ser­vices Stra­tegic Forces Sub­com­mit­tee will mark up its por­tion of the fisc­al 2015 de­fense au­thor­iz­a­tion bill and send re­com­mend­a­tions to the full com­mit­tee.

— April 30: “Ja­pan’s New Se­cur­ity Policy and Cap­ab­il­it­ies” — which could in­clude a turn­key abil­ity to build a nuc­le­ar ar­sen­al — will be spot­lighted at Sa­sakawa Peace Found­a­tion USA’s one-day for­um in Wash­ing­ton fea­tur­ing a num­ber of cur­rent and former Wash­ing­ton and Tokyo of­fi­cials. The event is hos­ted by the found­a­tion’s in­com­ing chair­man, re­tired Adm. Den­nis Blair, a former U.S. dir­ect­or of na­tion­al in­tel­li­gence who pre­vi­ously com­manded all Pentagon forces in the Pa­cific re­gion.

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