Saturday, 22 May 2010

WEEK AHEAD CALENDAR: May 24 – 28, 2010
The Foreign Press Center is pleased to share with you our weekly announcement of events in the Washington, DC area. The Washington Foreign Press Center provides this information as a convenience, and the inclusion of an organization or activity does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation. Please note that this information is subject to change.

NOTE: For the latest information on events, please check our online Week Ahead Calendar at:


Monday, May 24, 2010

WHEN: 8:30 a.m.
WHAT: The New America Foundation (NAF) Discussion on "Warring Futures: How Biotech and Robotics are Transforming Today's Military - and How That Will Change the Rest of Us":
- 9:15 a.m.: Panel on "What's Coming at Us" with Retired Navy Vice Adm. Joseph Dyer, president of the Government and Industrial Robots Division at iRobot (with robots); Jon Mogford, Acting Deputy Director of the Defense Sciences Office at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Stephen Helms Tillery of the Harrington Department of Bioengineering at Arizona State University; and Steve Coll, President of NAF
- 12:30 p.m.: Keynote remarks on "Bugs, Bits and Engineering Bioforms: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" by George Poste, Chief Scientist at the Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative at Arizona State University
WHERE: The Army and Navy Club, 901 17th Street NW, Farragut Square, Washington, DC.
CONTACT: Kate Brown, 202-596-3365,;; web site:

WHEN: 9:00 a.m.
WHAT: The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies and German Marshall Fund of the United States Discussion on "German and European Foreign Policy After the Lisbon Treaty," which will analyze the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on German and European foreign policy; the implications of such issues as relations between the EU and NATO; European and transatlantic energy policy; and EU enlargement.
WHERE: Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Crentz Room, Washington, DC.
CONTACT: 202-332-9312,; web site:

WHEN: 9:30 a.m.
WHAT: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center holds a media day to demonstrate how technology is taking the search out of "Search and Rescue":
- 9:30 a.m.: Press arrive at Goddard Visitor's Center
- 9:45 a.m.: Press board bus to Search and Rescue Lab
- 10 a.m.: Press Briefing
- 10:30 a.m.: Question and answers with reporters
- 11 a.m.: Demo on new search and rescue technology
WHERE: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, Md.
CONTACT: Edward Campion,; or Rani Gran,; web site:

WHEN: 11:00 a.m.
WHAT: Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) lecture on "Reflections on Fiscal Policy and Economic Strategy." Speaker: Lawrence Summers, White House National Economic Council Director.
WHERE: SAIS, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
CONTACT: Felisa Neuringer Klubes at 202-663-5626 or ; web site:
NOTE: SAIS also will host a live Webcast of the event accessible at

WHEN: 12:00 p.m.
WHAT: The Woodrow Wilson Center (WWC) Discussion on "The United States and Cuba: Implications of an Economic Relationship":
- 12:00 p.m. Welcoming remarks by Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program at WWC
- 12:10 p.m.: Panel discussion on "An Economic Relationship-General Overview and Policy Obstacles" with William Reinsch of the National Foreign Trade Council; Christopher Sabatini of the Council of the Americas; Jose Azel of the University of Miami's Center for Cuban and Cuban American Studies; and Jorge Pinon, visiting research fellow at the Cuban Research Institute of Florida
WHERE: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC.
CONTACT: 202-691-4000; web site:

WHEN: 12:30 p.m.
WHAT: The Woodrow Wilson Center (WWC) Discussion on "US-Mexico Cooperation on Renewable Energy: Building a Green Agenda." Speakers: Duncan Wood, Director of International Relations at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Joe Dukert, independent energy analyst and senior associate at CSIS; and Johanna Mendelson Forman, senior associate of the Americas Program at CSIS.
WHERE: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC.
CONTACT: 202-691-4000; web site:

WHEN: 2:00 p.m.
WHAT: The Hudson Institute Discussion on "The NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) Review Conference: Where Do We Stand?" Speakers: Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow and Director of Hudson Institute's Center for Political-Military Analysis; Joy Drucker, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Secure America; Deepti Choubey, Deputy Director of the Nuclear Policy Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Christopher Ford, Senior Fellow and Director of Hudson Institute's Center for Technology and Global Security.
WHERE: Hudson Institute, Walter and Betsy Stern Conference Center, 1015 15th Street NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC.
CONTACT: 202-223-7770; web site:
NOTE: RSVP to Richard Weitz,

WHEN: 2:00 p.m.
WHAT: The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Discussion on "Neutrality with Dialogue: International Committee of the Red Cross Relations to the U.S. Military in a Complex World." Speakers: Reuben Brigety, State Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration; Beat Schweizer, Deputy Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross; Pete Verga, Defense Department's Deputy Under Secretary for Policy Integration and Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary for Policy; Ambassador George Moose, Vice Chairman of the USIP Board of Directors and the State Department's former Assistant Secretary for African Affairs; and Beth Cole, USIP's Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Co-Chairman of the Working Group on Civil-Military Relations in Non-Permissive Environments.
WHERE: USIP, 1200 17th Street NW, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Washington, DC.
CONTACT: 202-429-3822,; web site:
NOTE: RSVP required to Megan Chabalowski,

WHEN: 3:00 p.m.
WHAT: The National Press Club (NPC) Newsmakers Committee Discussion with its "Afternoon Newsmaker" about ongoing international rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan, current political and security situations in the country, and opportunities to support sustainable peace and stability. Speaker: Abdullah Abdullah, former Foreign Minister of Afghanistan and presidential candidate in Afghanistan's 2009 elections.
WHERE: NPC, 14th and F Streets NW, Zenger Room, Washington, DC.
CONTACT: Peter Hickman, 301-530-1210,; web site:

WHEN: 3:30 p.m.
WHAT: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Discussion on "Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization in Indonesia: Taking Stock." Speakers: Sidney Jones, Senior Adviser to the International Crisis Group; and Ernest Bower, Senior Adviser and Director of the Southeast Asia Program at CSIS.
WHERE: CSIS, 1800 K Street NW, B-1 Conference Level, Washington, DC.
CONTACT: Andrew Schwartz, 202-775-3242,; web site:

WHEN: 4:00 p.m.
WHAT: The Cato Institute Book Discussion on "Terrorizing Ourselves: Why U.S. Counterterrorism Policy Is Failing and How to Fix It." Speakers: Benjamin Friedman, Research Fellow in Defense and Homeland Security Studies at Cato; Rick "Ozzie" Nelson, Director of the Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at Cato; Christopher Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies at Cato.
WHERE: Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, Washington, DC.
CONTACT: 202-789-5200; web site:

WHEN: 4:30 p.m.
WHAT: The Library of Congress' (LOC) Asian Division; the Japan Commerce Association of Washington; and the Embassy of Japan Event on "Samurai 150! The First Japanese Diplomatic Mission to the U.S. in 1860," focusing on the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation. Speakers: Akira Iriye, Harvard University Professor of American history; Ronald P. Toby, Professor of East Asian Languages and Culture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Ichiro Fujisaki, Japanese Ambassador to the US.
WHERE: LOC, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue SE, 6th Floor, Mumford Room, Washington, DC.
CONTACT: Audrey Fischer, 202-707-0022,; web site: NOTE: RSVP to 202-238-6766 or

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
WHAT: World Learning Discussion on "Young Turkey/Young America: A New Partnership for a New Age." Speakers: Idris Kardas of the Federation of East and South-East Industrialists and Business Associations; Hilal Kaplan Ogut of Taraf Daily; and Evren Altinkas of Dokuz Eylul University.
WHERE: World Learning, 1015 15th Street NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC.
CONTACT: 202-408-5420,
NOTE: RSVP with name and affiliation to Vladimir Spencer at

Tuesday, May 25, 2010