Entries to this calendar include Washington-DC based events open to the public, upcoming hearings, legislative reporting deadlines, and events of significance to U.S. security relations around the world.

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September 2017

“Donald Trump promised to do a great deal more in the Middle East than his immediate predecessors, but with much less,” Hudson Institute fellows Michael Doran and Peter Rough wrote recently in Mosaic magazine. “That is, he would achieve significantly more than Barack Obama at a much smaller sacrifice of blood and treasure than was incurred under George W. Bush. This he would accomplish by defining American interests sharply and pursuing them aggressively, not to say ruthlessly. The result would be a global restoration of American credibility and, as Trump never ceased to remind voters, renewed global respect.”

Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:00pm

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female head of state and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, will soon mark her country’s first peaceful, democratic handover of a head of state to a successor since 1944. Join the U.S. Institute of Peace, the International Republican Institute, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the National Democratic Institute, and the National Endowment for Democracy on September 25 on Capitol Hill for a public address by President Sirleaf. Senator Chris Coons will be the honorary host of the event.

Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 4:30pm


Big Data: A Twenty-first Century Arms Race
Panelists and further details to be confirmed

Please join Thomson Reuters and the Atlantic Council on Tuesday, September 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for the launch of our joint publication: "Big Data: A Twenty-First Century Arms Race" hosted by the City of London. The paper highlights, among other things, the current debate on the conflict between protecting privacy and security and discusses big data's role in tackling illicit financial flows.

Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 9:00am

The Islamic State may be out in Mosul and on the back foot in Raqqa, but the next chapter in the global narrative of violent extremism has yet to be written. With violent extremists losing territorial control in the Middle East, foreign fighters are returning home and extremists are shifting tactics. Join the U.S. Institute of Peace and the RESOLVE Network of global experts on violent extremism for the consortium’s annual forum on Wednesday, September 27, to discuss issues such as the risks in hotspots across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 9:00am

In November 2016, Colombia signed a historic peace agreement that ended more than 50 years of armed conflict between the state and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Yet, ten months after the Colombian National Congress approved the deal, the country remains divided over the success of the accord. Though the vast majority of Colombians continue to support peace with FARC, the initial agreement failed a national referendum because it was perceived to be too lenient. It was then quickly modified and passed by Congress. Since then, some analysts have questioned whether the Colombian government has the resources to fully implement the terms of the deal, and there have been complaints on both sides accusing the other of noncompliance.

Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:00pm

Please join the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East for a panel discussion on the new Tunisian government and prime minister shuffle. As part of a four-year IMF approved loan, the new government and cabinet must enact fiscal reforms to continue receiving a $2.9 billion loan aimed at strengthening job creation and economic growth. Will the so-called "war government" geared towards reform succeed in this effort? Is enough being done to address corruption and strengthen good governance? What are the major challenges and obstacles facing the Tunisian government in its effort to bring the country back to economic and political stability? The panel will address these and other concerns related to Tunisia’s ongoing transition. 

Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:00pm

One day after PBS airs the final episode of Ken Burns’s Vietnam War documentary, CSIS will host a discussion with leading historians and veterans, including three who served on the production’s historical advisory panel. Representing a wide range of perspectives, the participants will assess this epic retelling of one of the most controversial episodes in American history. They will explore not only the production’s historical and artistic merits, but also its relevance to ongoing debates about America’s national identity and its role in the world.

Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Friday, September 29, 2017 - 3:00pm

October 2017

Today ISIS is in retreat, but from 2013 through 2014, the group recruited thousands of fighters from North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. These fighters were the foundation upon which ISIS staffed its force and quasi-state. How did ISIS recruit so many fighters, and what factors drove the mobilization in these critical regions. 


October 2, 2017

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm


New America

740 15th St NW #900

Washington, D.C. 20005


Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Monday, October 2, 2017 - 12:15pm

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has become an increasingly authoritarian regime that also flexes its muscles aggressively abroad, most notably in Ukraine and Syria. Indeed, Putin’s Russia has invaded neighboring states; imprisoned, poisoned or killed government opponents and critics; increasingly violated its own population’s human rights; and launched unprecedented interference into other countries’ elections and internal affairs.

The challenges facing the Trump administration when it comes to dealing with Putin’s Russia are mounting. What should the U.S. strategy be toward Russia?

Hear leading experts debate “Russia: Time for Containment?” – the latest in the Debate and Decision Series at the McCain Institute.

Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 6:00pm

The seventh annual DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DCPFAF) will take place October 5-8, 2017 at E Street Cinemas and Studio Theatre on 14th Street.

Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:00pm
In this workshop, we will show what can happen if journalists and news organizations neglect to fact-check before publishing or for the sake of dramatic storytelling omit important facts. This is a hands-on workshop; we will train participants to strategically and efficiently fact-check their own biases and their own reporting, even if the filmmaker has no institutional support. We will show how to independently verify facts, background people and how to use new tools that can help journalists verify when and where an image was shot. Filmmakers will not only develop a road map to fact-check their own work, they will also learn about investigative skills and tools that will benefit any reporting, and even facilitate distribution.
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 
1:30PM to 3:00PM
The Loft at 600 F
600 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

United States


Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:30pm