The Week That Will Be

The Week that Will Be

By Cody M. Poplin
Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Monday, July 28 at 3 pm: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Korean Economic Institute of America will co-host a conference at Carnegie entitled Nuclear Politics on the Korean Peninsula. Panelists will examine the evolving security environment in north-east Asia, and how South Korean aspirations for full nuclear fuel cycle capabilities will affect negotiations with North Korea and the regional balance of power. The list of speakers includes Douglas H. Paal, Donald A. Manzullo, Park Jin, Kang Choi, Chung-min Lee, James Schoff, Troy Stangarone, while Duyeon Kim will moderate. RSVP here.

Monday, July 28 at 4:30 pm: Dr. Christine Fair will launch her latest book entitled Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army's Way of War, at the Institute of World Politics. You can find more information and RSVP here.

Tuesday, July 29 at 10 am: The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the Security Situation in Iraq and Syria: U.S. Policy Options and Implications for the Region. Dr. Steven Biddle, Mr. Max Boot, Mr. Brian Fishmann, and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard Natonski will testify. The hearing will be in 2118 Rayburn. More information here.

Tuesday, July 29 at 10 am: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing entitled Iran: Status of the P5+1 in Dirksen 419. Wendy Sherman, David S. Cohen, Gary Samore, Olli Heinonen, and Michael Singh will testify. The Committee website has more information.

Tuesday, July 29 at 2 pm: Later in the afternoon, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies will hold a hearing in 311 Cannon House Office Building entitled Protecting the Homeland from Nuclear and Radiological Threats. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) will provide opening statements. Witnesses to be announced. More information can be found here.

Tuesday, July 29 at 2 pm: Occurring at the same time, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will host a discussion on National Security and Climate Change: What Do We Need to Know? Speakers will cover the military's perspective, and President's priorities, and strategies for addressing current climate trends. For a list of speakers and to RSVP, visit the Wilson Center website.

Wednesday, July 30 at 10 am: The House Armed Services Committee hosts a hearing on the Risks to Stability in Afghanistan: Politics, Security, and International Commitment. Witnesses will include Anthony Cordesman, Catherine Dale, Ronald Neumann, and Michael O'Hanlon. The hearing will be live streamed here, or you can attend in 2118 Rayburn.

Wednesday, July 30 at 2 pm: The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific will host a hearing reviewing Twenty Years of U.S. Policy on North Korea: From Agreed Framework to Strategic Patience. Glyn Davies, Special Representative for North Korea Policy in Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the State Department, and Robert King, Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights at the Department of State, will testify. The hearing will take place in 2172 Rayburn. More here.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Intern, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security seeks an intern for the Fall semester 2014.  Unpaid internship will include research and writing in preparation for the 24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference in Washington, DC.  Intern will also have the opportunity to attend and provide summaries of pertinent Congressional hearings, and participate in monthly breakfast programs featuring prominent speakers in the area of national security law. Fall applicants may be undergraduates or currently in law school. (full or part time)   Deadline for submission: September 10, 2014.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: 

Holly McMahon, Staff Director
ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security
1050 Connecticut Avenue N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036


Intern, National War College

The National War College seeks interns to assist in developing a course on Politics and the Law for senior military officers.  Terrific opportunity for an unpaid intern to work directly with the Dean of the College. Send resumes and cover letter of interest to

Legal Intern, International Committee of the Red Cross

FUNCTION: Legal Intern

DEPARTMENT: International Humanitarian Law (IHL)



FUNCTION DESCRIPTION Intern – International Humanitarian Law


The Intern in the IHL Department at the Washington Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides research and writing on topics of IHL, other branches of international law, and U.S. law as needed, thus contributing to the thematic and operational priorities of the legal team. Minimum required knowledge & experience:

  • Basic knowledge of IHL and a related legal field (e.g. National Security or Human Rights Law).
  • Excellent oral and written English skills, good understanding of French an asset
  • Currently pursuing a U.S. J.D. or LLM degree or a U.S. J.D. graduate enrolled in a graduate-level program.


Work with the IHL team to provide legal advice to the delegation in Washington, and to the ICRC as a whole on matters of IHL, human rights law, national security law, or other U.S. legal issues.

  1. Research and Writing. Research such topics as scope of application of IHL, detention, conduct of hostilities, cyber/new technology and weapons, and other related topics. Possibility of authoring articles or other short pieces for the ICRC’s U.S. blog (
  2. Monitor Legal Developments Regular monitoring of legal blogs and news coverage to identify significant legal developments of interest to the delegation. In addition to research, the intern will attend conferences and meetings in order to monitor developments on specific legal issues on behalf of the legal team.
  3. Reporting. Regular and timely reporting and analysis on meetings and events attended, as well as a weekly report on any relevant legal developments reported in external sources such as legal blogs. Reports are written for the purpose of ensuring the institution is informed of developments in U.S. policy, as well as to advance its thinking on key issues.

Management and Reporting Line. The IHL Intern reports directly to the IHL Legal Advisor. He/she is expected to collaborate with colleagues throughout the delegation in order to carry out these and other reasonably related duties. The intern will be expected to work 20 hours a week for the Fall Semester, starting at the beginning of September. This is a paid internship. For information about the position, please contact Andrea Harrison at To apply, please contact Laure Macabrey at lmacabrey@icrc.orgApplications are due August 1st, 2014. The position will start on September 2 and go until December 31. It is 20 hours per week, and is a paid internship.