The Week That Will Be

The Week That Will Be

By Cody M. Poplin
Monday, September 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Tuesday, September 2nd at 4 pm: The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University hosts an event entitled War of Words: The Impact of Russian State Television Propaganda on the Russian Internet. The presentation will look at the central aspects of the Kremlin's effort to frame recent world events in WWII and Cold War terms and how Russia's netizens have responded to those frames. Christina Cottiero, Katherine Kucharski, Eugenia Olimpieva, and Robert Orttung will speak. RSVP here.

Wednesday, September 3rd at 8 am: At the National Press Club, ComDef 2014: Sustaining the Defense Industrial Base returns to Washington to provide further insight, discussions, and networking for government, military, academic, and industry with an industrial base focus. Dozens of speakers will cover a variety of defense industry related questions throughout this full day event. Find more details here and register here.

Wednesday, September 3rd at 9 am: This year marks the 2,000th anniversary of the death of Rome's first emperor, Caesar Augustus. On Wednesday, the American Enterprise Institute invits you to attend From Anarchy to Augustus: Lessons on Dealing with Disorder from Rome's First Emperor, a two panel discussion on how Augustus created order from domestic civil war and political chaos and what lessons the West can draw from the history of the Roman Empire. Michael Austin, Thomas Donnelly, Jonah Goldberg, Adrian Goldsworthy, Jakub Grygiel, and Josiah Osgood will speak. More information can be found on the AEI website.

Wednesday, September 3rd at 10 am: The U.S.-Japan Research Institute will host an event at the Embassy Row Hotel on current Opportunities and Challenges in the U.S.-Japan Alliance. Abraham Denmark will moderate, while Hiroshi Nakanishi and Michael J. Green will examine steps policymakers in Tokyo and Washington can take to strengthen their relationship. Register here.

Wednesday, September 3rd at 12 pm: Georgetown University will host a conversation on the State of the Scottish Independence Referendum Campaign. Dr. Jan Eichhorm from the University of Edinburgh will describe the state of the debate and public opinion in Scotland two weeks before the public casts its vote, and what key issues may sway voters in the last few days before they take to the polls. You can find more information here.

Wednesday, September 3rd at 2 pm: The Elliott School at George Washington University will host Sigur Center Visiting Scholar Yasuyo Sakata in a discussion on the U.S.-ROK Alliance, its origin, and its potential as an Asia-Pacific alliance. More information can be found here.

Thursday, September 4th at 10 am: The U.S. Department of Defense is one of the largest organizations in the world, managing global security responsibilities with numerous international allies and partners. What does it take to fund DoD? Where does that money go? How is DoD coping in the current fiscal environment? What gaps exist between the strategy outlined in the Quadrennial Defense Review and the capabilities funded by the latest budget request?  Thursday the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments will hold a live-stream of the release of CSBA’s new report, Analysis of the FY 2015 Defense Budget. Todd Harrison will present the findings and take questions. View the event here. For more information, contact Natalya Anfilofyeva at

Thursday, September 4th at 12 pm: Georgetown University will host a lecture with Stephan Leibfried, University of Bremen, on The European Union at the Crossroads: Completing Integration or Hastening Disintegration. More information here.

Thursday, September 4th at 2 pm: The U.S. Institute of Peace will host a discussion of a report by the National Defense Panel, Ensuring a Strong U.S. Defense for the Future. Amb. Eric Edelman and the Hon. Michele Flournoy, co-lead authors, will speak. RSVP here.

Thursday, September 4th at 3 pm: At the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Brookings Institution hosts a conversation on President Erdogan: Turkey's Election and the Future. How should the recent election results in Turkey be interpreted? Will Erdogan succeed in transforming Turkey from a parliamentary system to a presidential one? And, what does this outcome mean for Turkey's economic performance and its foreign policy at a time when the neighborhood is sliding deeper into instability, if not chaos? Kemal Kirisci, TUSIAD senior fellow and Turkey project director, will moderate the conversation. Panelists will include Robert Wexler of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, Kadir Ustun of the SETA Foundation, and Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Omer Taspinar. Register here

Thursday, September 4th at 5:30 pm: The Global War on Terrorism: Is it Time to Double Down? That question will be evaluated by the McCain Institute for International Leadership at the U.S. Navy Memorial, Burke Theater. Confirmed panelists include: Fran Townsend, Former Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security & Counterterrorism; Mike Morrell, Former Acting Director, CIA; Daniel Benjamin, Former Ambassador-at-Large, U.S. State Department; and Philip Mudd, Former Deputy Director, CIA Counterterrorist Center. Juan C. Zarate, Former Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism, will serve as the panel moderator.  RSVP here

Friday, September 5th at 10 am: The Brookings Institution will hold a conversation on the Lingering Questions on President Reagan's Role in the Iran-Contra Scandal. In a new book, Iran-Contra: Reagan's Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power (University Press of Kansas, 2014), Malcolm Byrne, deputy director of the nongovernmental National Security Archive, offers a comprehensive history of the affair that makes use of previously unavailable materials and wide-ranging interviews with key players. Byrne will provide remarks on his findings, while Bruce Riedel will moderate the conversation. Please RSVP here

Friday, September 5th at 3:30 pm: The Institute of World Politics will host a program entitled Both Hands Tied Behind Their Backs: Today's U.S. Rules of Engagement. Kenneth A. Cohen will provide a lecture, followed by comments from Jeffery Addicott, Monica Morrill, Billy Vaughn, and Ryan Zinke, Former Commander at SEAL Team VI. More information can be found 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