What’s next on nonproliferation and international security, in Washington and around the globe.
— April 22: Could there be “light of the end of the tunnel” toward a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty? That’s the question for an event at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Senior Fellow Olli Heinonen will present off-the-record reflections at the Cambridge, Mass., campus following a meeting of governmental experts on the stalled international talks.
— April 22: With the Russia-Ukraine fallout continuing to dominate the news, the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington is offering a discussion, titled “Russia and the West in Crisis: Conflict and Competition in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.” German scholar on Russian affairs Hannes Adomeit is the guest speaker.
— April 22: A similar topic is on tap across town at the National Defense University. Steven Pifer of the Brookings Institution will discuss the “Crisis in Ukraine, the Budapest Memorandum and Extended Deterrence.”
— April 23: The issue of cybersecurity as it pertains to government organizations in the energy arena is the topic of a breakfast discussion organized by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association in Washington. Officials from the Energy Department, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are scheduled to speak.
— April 23: Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh will deliver remarks about the future of the Air Force at a National Press Club breakfast event. The service commands two legs of the nuclear triad: long-range bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles. Issues surrounding the latter have caused some controversy of late.
— April 23: The Middle East Policy Council holds its annual Capitol Hill Conference, titled “U.S. Security Commitments to the Gulf Arab States.” Various ex-government insiders participate, including Colin Kahl, the Pentagon’s former point man on Middle Eastern affairs.
— April 24: An Atlantic Council discussion aims to illuminate the “opportunity cost” of conflict between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan. With a new government in place in Islamabad and another soon to be voted into office in New Delhi, speakers at the Washington event will discuss the possibility of changing the “narrative of conflict,” according to the event announcement.
— April 24: A Washington conference at the United States Institute of Peace will feature faith, science, diplomatic and policy leaders for talks about the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war. Anita Friedt, the State Department’s principal deputy assistant secretary for nuclear and strategic policy, is scheduled to give an update on the vision laid out in President Obama’s famous 2009 Prague speech on nuclear weapons.
— April 24-25: The Energy Department’s Office of Science holds a meeting in Bethesda, Md., covering various nuclear science-related topics. On the agenda is the semi-autonomous National Nuclear Security Administration’s charge to develop a domestic supply of molybdenum-99, which is used in the medical field. The Obama administration aims to produce such radioisotopes without using weapons-grade highly enriched uranium.
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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."