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Aug. 23, 2013, 8:02 a.m.

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

— Aug. 26: North Korea con­tin­ues its work on nuc­le­ar weapons, while China mod­ern­izes its de­terrent force. This dy­nam­ic will be the fo­cus of a Stim­son Cen­ter event, “Ex­ten­ded De­terrence and Stra­tegic Sta­bil­ity in North­east Asia.” The fea­tured speak­er: Brad Roberts, the former deputy as­sist­ant De­fense sec­ret­ary for nuc­le­ar and mis­sile de­fense policy. Can’t make it there? A video of the dis­cus­sion is to be pos­ted on the linked event page a day after the event.

— Aug. 28: A Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tion event in Wash­ing­ton is to fo­cus on “what comes next” in the U.S.-Rus­sia re­la­tion­ship. Ties between the two Cold War ad­versar­ies were to “re­set” un­der an Obama first-term ini­ti­at­ive, but has been strained of late with al­leged chem­ic­al at­tacks in Syr­ia lately top­ping the list of mat­ters over which Wash­ing­ton and Mo­scow have sharply di­verged. And then there’s Pres­id­ent Obama’s ef­fort to ne­go­ti­ate a new round of stra­tegic nuc­le­ar arms-con­trol re­duc­tions, amid dis­agree­ments over mis­sile de­fenses and tac­tic­al atom­ic weapons. Ex­pert pan­el­ists Clif­ford Gaddy, Steven Pifer and An­gela Stent will weigh all the pro­spects.

— Sept. 2-6: A sum­mer pro­gram for grad stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als pur­su­ing ca­reers in elim­in­at­ing glob­al weapons of mass de­struc­tion is to be held in The Hag­ue, Neth­er­lands, sponsored by the T.M.C. As­s­er In­stituut in co­oper­a­tion with the Or­gan­iz­a­tion for the Pro­hib­i­tion of Chem­ic­al Weapons. A num­ber of high-pro­file of­fi­cials and seasoned ex­perts will head­line the event, which is to in­clude site vis­its re­lated to nuc­le­ar- and chem­ic­al-arms non­pro­lif­er­a­tion.

— Sept. 3: “The Need for Speed”: That’s what the Carne­gie En­dow­ment for In­ter­na­tion­al Peace is dub­bing an event at which two of its schol­ars, James Ac­ton and George Perkovich, will dis­cuss the “mil­it­ary, stra­tegic, tech­nic­al and fin­an­cial” as­pects of U.S. De­fense De­part­ment ef­forts to de­vel­op “con­ven­tion­al prompt glob­al strike” weapons. A new re­port by Ac­ton on the top­ic — called “Sil­ver Bul­let?” — is set for re­lease the same day.

— Sept. 3: Watch for the PIR Cen­ter in Mo­scow to hold an in­ter­na­tion­al sem­in­ar on nuc­le­ar-se­cur­ity stand­ards. The event is in­ten­ded to high­light is­sues in the run-up to the Am­s­ter­dam Nuc­le­ar In­dustry Se­cur­ity Sum­mit 2014, and also to look bey­ond.

— Sept. 3-4: Hap­pen to be in Ku­ala Lum­pur? The Malay­si­an cap­it­al is to play host to a re­gion­al work­shop on im­ple­ment­a­tion of the Bio­lo­gic­al Weapons Con­ven­tion in South and South­east Asia. The U.N. Of­fice for Dis­arm­a­ment Af­fairs is or­gan­iz­ing the train­ing,

— Sept. 5: What are the dip­lo­mat­ic op­tions and pro­lif­er­a­tion risks of a nuc­le­ar-armed Ir­an? A double-P/double-D pan­el of is­sue ex­perts — Thomas Pick­er­ing, George Perkovich, Dav­id Al­bright and Daryl Kim­ball — will seek to ad­dress that ques­tion at a dis­cus­sion in Wash­ing­ton sponsored by the Arms Con­trol As­so­ci­ation and the Carne­gie En­dow­ment for In­ter­na­tion­al Peace.

— Sept. 5: U.N. Sec­ret­ary-Gen­er­al Ban Ki-Moon will head­line a United Na­tions event, fea­tur­ing a num­ber of in­ter­na­tion­al of­fi­cials and is­sue ex­perts, to ex­plore “The Path to Zero: The Role of the United Na­tions in Nuc­le­ar Dis­arm­a­ment and Non­pro­lif­er­a­tion.” The dis­cus­sions are to oc­cur at U.N. headquar­ters in New York and web­cast on the in­ter­na­tion­al body’s web­site.

— Sept. 6: The Czech For­eign Min­istry is co-spon­sor­ing an ex­plor­a­tion of “The Prague Agenda: Pro­spects and Chal­lenges,” to be held at that city’s Czern­in Palace. A num­ber of in­ter­na­tion­al of­fi­cials and is­sue ex­perts will dis­cuss arms con­trol and non­pro­lif­er­a­tion ini­ti­at­ives as­so­ci­ated with Pres­id­ent Obama’s vis­ion for mov­ing to­ward a world without nuc­le­ar arms.

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