A LOOK AHEAD

Global Security Newswire Staff
See more stories about...
Global Security Newswire Staff
Sept. 27, 2013, 7:02 a.m.

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

— Sept. 30: Deputy De­fense Sec­ret­ary Ashton Carter will be all about In­dia — at least for an hour. He’s sched­uled to dish about U.S.-In­dia mil­it­ary co­oper­a­tion and de­fense trade at the Cen­ter for Amer­ic­an Pro­gress, a Wash­ing­ton think tank with strong ties to Pres­id­ent Obama. Carter has been steer­ing the Pentagon’s ef­forts to se­cure a stronger mil­it­ary part­ner­ship with the na­tion that has both a boom­ing eco­nomy and his­tory of nuc­le­ar-weapons test­ing. His talk is timely, as Pres­id­ent Obama and In­di­an Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh were slated to meet at the White House on Sept. 27.

— Sept. 30: An­oth­er high-pro­file Ashton — Cath­er­ine Ashton, high rep­res­ent­at­ive of the European Uni­on for for­eign af­fairs and se­cur­ity policy and vice pres­id­ent of the European Com­mis­sion — is poised to ad­dress the Wilson Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton. Ashton has been a key fig­ure in set­ting up po­ten­tial multi-na­tion talks with Ir­an about its nuc­le­ar-de­vel­op­ment ef­forts — which the Middle East­ern na­tion in­sists are peace­ful in nature, yet West­ern powers fear are aimed at de­vel­op­ing atom­ic weapons. The think tank says Ashton will delve in­to is­sues the U.N. Gen­er­al As­sembly re­cently ad­dressed — namely Ir­an and Syr­ia ““ as well as her work re­lated to the Balkans, Egypt and Somalia. The Wilson Cen­ter, un­der the lead­er­ship of former Demo­crat­ic con­gress­wo­man Jane Har­man, is us­ing the event to make the start of a new Glob­al Europe pro­gram that, is says, fo­cuses on “Europe’s ex­tern­al chal­lenges and op­por­tun­it­ies.”

— Sept. 30: Can the United States and Rus­sia move past mu­tu­al nuc­le­ar de­terrence? The Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tion’s Arms Con­trol Ini­ti­at­ive is team­ing up with Har­vard’s Belfer Cen­ter for Sci­ence and In­ter­na­tion­al Af­fairs for an event (at the Wash­ing­ton think tank’s of­fice) that will tackle this and re­lated, thorny is­sues re­gard­ing post-Cold War U.S.-Rus­si­an re­la­tions. A trio of pan­el­ists — Gary Sam­ore, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or for Re­search at the Belfer Cen­ter, Wil­li­am To­bey, seni­or fel­low at the Belfer Cen­ter, and Pavel Zo­lotar­ev, deputy dir­ect­or of the In­sti­tute for U.S. and Ca­na­dian Stud­ies at the Rus­si­an Academy of Sci­ences, or ISKRAN — will chat about a new re­port they wrote, dubbed “Tran­scend­ing Mu­tu­al De­terrence in the U.S.-Rus­si­an Re­la­tion­ship.”

— Sept. 30-Oct. 1: The much-talked-about U.N. Gen­er­al As­sembly will wrap up its work, but not be­fore hear­ing from Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Net­an­yahu, who is slated to be the fi­nal speak­er at the yearly gath­er­ing of coun­tries. His speech — which will be web­cast — is ex­pec­ted to in­clude a re­peated call for Ir­an to cease its urani­um-en­rich­ment activ­it­ies. All eyes have been on the U.N. Se­cur­ity Coun­cil, which on Sept. 26 agreed on a res­ol­u­tion re­quir­ing Syr­ia to elim­in­ate its chem­ic­al weapons. The deal, not­ably, does not in­clude im­me­di­ate pen­al­ties (such as U.S. mil­it­ary strikes) if Pres­id­ent Bashar As­sad does not com­ply. In re­cent days the United Na­tions and the Or­gan­iz­a­tion for the Pro­hib­i­tion of Chem­ic­al Weapons were hash­ing out how to de­lin­eate their roles in in­spect­ing and ul­ti­mately elim­in­at­ing Syr­ia’s newly de­clared chem­ic­al arms.

— Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Dis­arm­a­ment ex­perts from Europe and bey­ond will gath­er at the second EU Non-pro­lif­er­a­tion and Dis­arm­a­ment Con­fer­ence in Brus­sels. Top­ics for the three plen­ary ses­sions will be “strength­en­ing the non-pro­lif­er­a­tion and dis­arm­a­ment re­gime,” “ad­dress­ing non-pro­lif­er­a­tion and dis­arm­a­ment in the Middle East” and “EU non-pro­lif­er­a­tion policy and im­ple­ment­a­tion.” The gath­er­ing — ar­ranged by the EU Non-pro­lif­er­a­tion Con­sor­ti­um and the In­ter­na­tion­al In­sti­tute for Stra­tegic Stud­ies — is sure to touch on a stalled U.N. ef­fort to con­vene a con­fer­ence about des­ig­nat­ing the Middle East as a weapons-of-mass-de­struc­tion-free zone.

Oct. 1: Waste Con­fid­ence. The Nuc­le­ar Reg­u­lat­ory Com­mis­sion plans to meet in Rock­ville, Md., to dis­cuss and hear from the pub­lic about its pro­posed changes to its reg­u­la­tions re­lated to the en­vir­on­ment­al im­pacts of in­def­in­itely stor­ing spent nuc­le­ar fuel at nuc­le­ar-power plants. So-called waste con­fid­ence has been a con­tro­ver­sial top­ic. The NRC says the meet­ing will “provide an op­por­tun­ity for in­ter­ested parties to provide com­ments on the Waste Con­fid­ence Draft Gen­er­ic En­vir­on­ment­al Im­pact  State­ment (DGEIS) and pro­posed rule,” start­ing with a “brief” staff present­a­tion be­fore a pub­lic-com­ment peri­od.

Oct. 2: Nine ex­perts will gath­er to dis­cuss the book “Stra­tegic Asia 2013-14: Asia in the Second Nuc­le­ar Age” at George Wash­ing­ton Uni­versity in the na­tion’s cap­it­al. The tome “ex­am­ines the role of nuc­le­ar weapons in the grand strategies of key Asi­an states and as­sesses the im­pact of these cap­ab­il­it­ies — both es­tab­lished and lat­ent — on re­gion­al and in­ter­na­tion­al sta­bil­ity,” ac­cord­ing to The Na­tion­al Bur­eau of Asi­an Re­search. The 13th an­nu­al volume of the book re­flects up­dated as­sess­ments of eco­nom­ic, polit­ic­al and mil­it­ary trends. The chapters, writ­ten by var­ied ex­perts, tackle top­ics such as Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar am­bi­tions.

Oct. 4: Har­vard Yard will be the loc­a­tion of the sem­in­ar “Steps to Pre­vent Nuc­le­ar Ter­ror­ism: Re­com­mend­a­tions Based on the U.S.-Rus­sia Joint Threat As­sess­ment.” The event, at Har­vard Uni­versity’s John F. Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment in Cam­bridge, Mass., will look at a new re­port from the Belfer Cen­ter and ISKRAN. The two or­gan­iz­a­tions pub­lished the “U.S.-Rus­sia Joint Threat As­sess­ment on Nuc­le­ar Ter­ror­ism” in 2011. Their new re­port, to be presen­ted at this sem­in­ar, “ana­lyzes the ex­ist­ing frame­work for ac­tion, iden­ti­fies gaps and de­fi­cien­cies, and makes spe­cif­ic re­com­mend­a­tions for im­prove­ment of nuc­le­ar se­cur­ity,” or­gan­izers say.

What We're Following See More »
WHITE HOUSE URGING QUICK SENATE ACTION
John King Gets Nod for Education Secretary
3 hours ago
THE DETAILS

President Obama has said he’ll nominate John King to fill out the last few months of Obama’s presidency as Secretary of Education. King has been in an acting secretary role since Arne Duncan stepped down in December. The White House is pressuring the Senate to act quickly on the nomination.

Source:
162,000 SIGNATURES SO FAR
Sanders Supporters Begin to Petition Superdelegates
3 hours ago
WHY WE CARE

Bernie Sanders supporters aren’t taking this whole superdelegate thing lying down. Despite a tie a blowout win against Hillary Clinton, Sanders trails her by some 350 delegates in the overall count, thanks mostly to superdelegates pledging to support her. His backers have taken to creating a MoveOn.org petition to pressure the superdelegates to be flexible. It reads: “Commit to honoring the voters—let everyone know that you won’t allow your vote to defeat our votes. Announce that in the event of a close race, you’ll align yourself with regular voters—not party elites.” So far it’s attracted 162,000 signatures. Related: At FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver notes that in 2008, Clinton had a 154-50 superdelegate advantage over President Obama when New Hampshire voted. But “by the time Clinton ended her campaign on June 7, 2008, Obama had nearly a 2-to-1 superdelegate advantage over her,” owing in part to many pledged delegates who switched their support to Obama.

Source:
REGULAR ORDER
Ryan Pitching the Importance of Passing a Budget Today
4 hours ago
THE LATEST

House Speaker Paul Ryan today is trying to convince his large but divided conference that they need to pass a budget under regular order. “Conservatives are revolting against higher top-line spending levels negotiated last fall by President Obama and Ryan’s predecessor, then-Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). GOP centrists are digging in on the other side, pledging to kill any budget that deviates from the two-year, bipartisan budget deal.” Ryan’s three options are to lower the budget numbers to appease the Freedom Caucus, “deem” a budget and move on to the appropriations process, or “preserve Obama-Boehner levels, but seek savings elsewhere.”

Source:
HEADED TO PRESIDENT’S DESK
Trade Bill Would Ban Imports Made with Slave Labor
4 hours ago
THE DETAILS

“A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law.” The Senate approved the bill, which would also ban Internet taxes and overhaul trade laws, by a vote of 75-20. It now goes to President Obama.

Source:
TRUMP UP TO 44%
Sanders Closes to Within Seven Nationally in New Poll
4 hours ago
THE LATEST

Bernie Sanders has closed to within seven points of Hillary Clinton in a new Morning Consult survey. Clinton leads 46%-39%. Consistent with the New Hampshire voting results, Clinton does best with retirees, while Sanders leads by 20 percentage points among those under 30. On the Republican side, Donald Trump is far ahead with 44% support. Trailing by a huge margin are Ted Cruz (17%), Ben Carson (10%) and Marco Rubio (10%).

Source:
×