The Week That Will Be

The Week That Will Be

By Cody M. Poplin
Monday, March 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Monday, March 16th at 2 pm: The Atlantic Council will host a discussion on Iran's Regional Role and US Relations with the Gulf in light of a potential nuclear deal. Richard LeBaron, Alireza Nader, and Ilan Goldenberg will participate in a panel moderated by Barbara Slavin. RSVP here.

Tuesday, March 17th at 9:15 am: The Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings will host its sixth annual Military and Federal Fellow Research Symposium entitled Redefining the American National Security Team: New Players, Defenses, and Strategies. Bruce Jones, deputy director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, and Paula G. Thornhill, senior political scientist at RAND, will open proceedings with a discussion of leadership and the future threat environment. Lieutenant General David L. Goldfein, director of the Joint Staff, will deliver keynote remarks on "Providing the 'best military advice' as a joint leader." See the event announcement for a full agenda. Register to attend with Brookings.

Tuesday, March 17th at 10 am: At the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Representative Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will deliver an address on his legislative priorities for cybersecurity. To register or watch live, visit the CSIS announcement.

Wednesday, March 18th at 10 am: The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the President's proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force against ISIL and the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey will provide testimony. Watch live on the committee website.

Thursday, March 19th at 10 am: At the Wilson Center, E. Wayne Merry, Maxim Trudolyubov, and Elizabeth Wood will provide a overview of The Roots of Russian Conduct in the War in Ukraine. For more information or to RSVP, visit the Wilson Center website.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Legal Intern

ORGANIZATION: International Committee on the Red Cross (ICRC)

DEPARTMENT: International Humanitarian Law (IHL)



Intern – International Humanitarian Law

OBJECTIVE:  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 JD graduate pursuing another graduate degree)
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents


Main Responsibilities

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 (
  1. 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. 
  1. 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 30 hours a week for the months of July and August.  This is a paid internship.  For information about the position, please contact Andrea Harrison at  To apply, please send CV and optional cover letter to Clare Taylor at  Applications are due May 15th, 2015.