This week’s peace picks

I’m out of town next week, but here are the events that I would consider attending if I were there:

1. Iran Nuclear Negotiations: What’s Next?, Atlantic Council, 9:30-11 am May 29

May 29, 2012

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Saeed Jalili poses with Catherine Ashton on April 14 in Istanbul

Please join the Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force on Tuesday, May 29, for an in-depth review of the Iran nuclear talks that took place in Baghdad on May 23. These talks follow on discussions in Istanbul April 13-14, between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) that were relatively positive. Nevertheless, there are concerns whether a “step-by-step approach” to de-escalating the nuclear crisis with Iran can be achieved. Iran is looking to the international community to ease draconian sanctions, but US flexibility is limited, especially in a presidential election year. Additionally, Israel has a more restrictive view of the Iranian nuclear program than some in the United States and Europe. Panelists will analyze the converging and conflicting interest of the P5+1, Iran, Israel, as well as explore repercussions should negotiations fail.

A discussion with

David Albright
Founder and President
Institute for Science and International Security

Barbara Slavin
Senior Fellow, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council

Moderated by

Shuja Nawaz
Director, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council

DATE: Tuesday, May 29, 2012
TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Atlantic Council
1101 15th Street, NW, 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

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David Albright is founder and president of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISSI) in Washington, DC. A physicist and former UN arms inspector, Albright has written numerous assessments of nuclear weapons programs throughout the world. He has co authored five books, including the 1992 and 1996 versions of World Inventory of Plutonium and Highly Enriched Uranium, (SIPRI and Oxford University Press); Challenges of Fissile Material Control (ISSI Press, 1999); Solving the North Korean Nuclear Puzzle (ISIS Press, 2000); and Peddling Peril: How the Secret Nuclear Trade Arms America’s Enemies (Free Press, 2010).

Barbara Slavin is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and Washington correspondent for, a new website devoted to news from and about the Middle East. The author of a 2007 book, Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US and the Twisted Path to Confrontation, she is a regular commentator on US foreign policy and Iran on NPR, PBS, and C-SPAN. A career journalist, Slavin previously served as assistant managing editor for world and national security of The Washington Times, senior diplomatic reporter for USA Today, Cairo correspondent for The Economist, and as an editor at The New York Times Week in Review.

The Iran Task Force, co-chaired by Atlantic Council Chairman Senator Chuck Hagel and Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, seeks to perform a comprehensive analysis of Iran’s internal political landscape, its role in the region and globally, and any basis for an improved relationship with the West. Please click here for more information about the Iran Task Force.

2. Assessing the Impact of Egypt’s Presidential Elections, Center for National Policy, noon-1:15 pm May 29

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ShareAlthough there are now competing sectors of power in Egypt, the outcome of its presidential elections will likely have a major impact on that country’s domestic and foreign policies.  The Center for National Policy will be hosting a panel of experts, moderated by CNP Senior Fellow for the Middle East, Gregory Aftandilian,  to discuss how these elections will affect Egypt and the future of U.S.-Egyptian relations.


Mr. Karim Haggag
Visiting Faculty

National Defense University

Mr. Thomas Gorguissian
Washington Correspondent

Al Tahrir.  The Egyptian Daily

Dr. Mohamed Alaa Abdel-Moneim

Professorial Lecturer
American University
*A light lunch will be served*


Center for National Policy
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 333

Washington, DC  20001

May 29   12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

3. Is America’s Age of Descent Ushering in a G-Zero World? Carnegie Endowment, 6-8 pm May 2

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Edward Luce and Ian Bremmer will debate America’s changing role in the world given profound social, economic, and political challenges, as well as the geopolitical consequences. Luce’s new book, Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent, outlines the nation’s decline and the loss of its pragmatism; Bremmer’s book, Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World, details the risks and opportunities in a world without global leadership. Carnegie’s David Rothkopf will moderate.

4. Women’s Leadership in Post-Conflict Liberia: My Journey, WWC 10-noon May 30

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There will be a live webcast of this event.

Women’s Leadership in Post-Conflict Liberia:

My Journey

with Author Olubanke King-Akerele and

Special Keynote Address from

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(via video-conference)Wednesday, May 30, 2012

from 10:00am-12:00pm

6th Floor Flom Auditorium

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

5. The Crisis in Northern Mali, Carnegie Endowment, 12:15-1:45 pm May 31

Anouar Boukhars, Rudolph Atallah, J. Peter Pham


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While much attention has been focused on Mali’s capital Bamako following the March 22 coup overthrowing Mali’s elected government, developments in the northern part of the country may have greater regional implications. Bolstered by fighters and weapons flowing from Libya, separatist Tuareg rebels have succeeded in driving out government forces and allowed a number of Islamist groups to expand their presence.

A panel of experts will provide an update on the situation and discuss the broader regional implications for the Sahel, North Africa, and West Africa.

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