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14 February 2017

The Global Arms Trade: Assessing Trends and Future Outlook

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 9:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.


Changing political landscapes in the United States, Europe, and Russia continue to drive global arms sales. As priorities shift, threats emerge, and the global economy fluctuates, the global arms market responds. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) annually releases data on international arms transfers. SIPRI’s renowned arms transfers database identifies top exporters and importers of conventional weapons and provides insights into the resulting trends as they relate to global peace, security and development.

Please join the Stimson Center on February 28, 2017 for an expert discussion on SIPRI’s most recent data on global arms transfers. Panelists will discuss trends and outlooks for global arms sales that could impact U.S. national security and foreign policy. This event is co-hosted by SIPRI, the Forum on the Arms Trade, and the Stimson Center.

WHAT: Data launch and panel discussion on recent trends in the global arms trade.
WHERE: Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th Fl, Washington D.C., 20036.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 9:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
LIVESTREAM: A link to the live stream will be available here prior to the start of the event.
@StimsonCenter@ForumArmsTrade, and @SIPRIorg for news and information on the event.


Aude Fleurant, Director, Arms and Military Expenditure Program, SIPRI

Joe Gould, Senior Reporter, Defense News

Rachel Stohl, Senior Associate, Stimson Center

22 February 2017

7th Annual "Live from L": International Law and the South China Sea

The Office of the Legal Adviser
U.S. Department of State

Co-Sponsored: The American Society of International Law and The George Washington University Law School 


Susan L. Karamanian 
Burnett Family Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies, George Washington University Law School 


Richard C. Visek 
Principal Deputy Legal Adviser 

Robert K. Harris
Assistant Legal Adviser, Office of East Asia and Pacific Affairs

Oliver M. Lewis
Attorney Adviser, Office of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs 

Attend the program in person at GW Law or from the convenience of your desk by webcast. Time permitting, the audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions; those who participate by webcast will be provided an email address for questions. FREE program! Register to attend in person or for the webcast.

Date and Location

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
The George Washington University Law School Jacob Burns Moot Courtroom
Address 1: 
2000 H St. NW
Washington, DC

22 February 2017

Author Series: Dr. Roby Barrett: The Gulf and the Struggle for Hegemony

DATE: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
LOCATION: Horizon Ballroom - Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW | Washington, DC 20004

The Persian Gulf has long been an area of political and economic importance. As the United States withdraws from Iraq, regional powers are stepping in to fill the vacuum. Saudi Arabia and Iran are seeking to expand their spheres of influence in both war-torn Syria and Yemen.

Dr. Robert Barrett, a scholar and Gulf expert with the Middle East Institute, will discuss the intricacies of the Gulf-Security System between the Arabian Gulf and the West and how it has impacted the stability and modernization of the region. He states that in order to predict the future of the Gulf with any degree of certainty one must be familiar with the history of the Persian Gulf. 

Join the WAC-DC and author Dr. Roby Barrett as we discuss his book and the future of relations with the states of the Persian Gulf.

In partnership with:

To register for the event, please click here

22 February 2017

SID-Washington Chapter Event: The Impact of the Refugee Crisis on Country Systems: Looking at Health, Governance, and Infrastructure

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: PSI, 1120 19th St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC

The current refugee crisis is the biggest we’ve seen since World War II and is affecting the Middle East and Africa region, Europe, and beyond, straining economies and social systems. The human, economic and social costs for refugees, host countries and host communities are enormous. Governments and aid agencies are grappling with issues of health, water and sanitation, infrastructure, governance and more as refugees continue to stream into Europe from Syria, Afghanistan, and other war-torn and crisis-ridden countries.  European and Middle Eastern resources may see additional strain, given the recent U.S. executive order prohibiting the inflow of select refugees.  This session will explore the effects of the refugee crisis on a country’s health system, governance, and infrastructure and how these various aspects must be integrated in the overall response.                   

What can be done to address the impact on the systems and where do you start? What are the benefits of vertical vs. horizontal or integrated approaches? What can be done at the local levels?  What issues must be resolved at the national level?

Event speakers are listed below. 

*Chapter Events are open to SID-W members only, however, we welcome all first-time SID-W Chapter Event attendees to participate in this "free preview" event. For more information on membership, please click here or contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Dr. Christine Sow, Chief Operating Officer, PSI


Dr. Ann Hudock, Senior Vice President for International Programs,  Plan International USA

Basil Mahayni, Manager, Water, Energy, and Sustainable Cities Practice,Chemonics International

Additional speakers TBA. 


For SID-W Members: If you are interested in this event but will be unable to attend, please contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to access our livestream and participate in the event remotely.

To register for the event, please click here.

23 February 2017

In Pursuit of Global Drone Standards

During the Obama administration, armed unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly referred to as drones, were a key component of U.S. counterterrorism strategy. After more than eight years of use in a variety of theaters – both inside and outside traditional battlefields – the United States’ use of armed drones has prompted other governments to pursue precision strike capabilities using unmanned platforms. Yet few rules govern the transfer and use of these systems. As drones proliferate, countries are considering how best to regulate drones.

In 2016, the Obama administration announced a joint declaration for the export and use of armed drones, which has served as an impetus for future discussions on the topic. The declaration has since been signed by more than 50 countries with plans to convene multilateral discussions throughout 2017. As the Trump administration enters office, many observers are questioning how these efforts will progress in the new year.

Please join the Stimson Center for a panel discussion on efforts to establish global standards for drone transfer and use. Experts will discuss the current status and future prospects of the Joint Declaration for the Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike-enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and will provide insight on what is needed to ensure that such an agreement is effective and successful.

WHAT: Panel discussion on efforts to establish global standards for drone transfer and use.
WHERE: Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th Fl, Washington D.C., 20036
WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 2017, 2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
LIVESTREAM: A link to the live stream will be available on this page prior to the start of the event.
@StimsonCenter and @RachelStohl for news and information on the event.


Aaron Mehta, Associate Editor & Senior Pentagon Correspondent, Defense News
Rachel Stohl, Senior Associate, Stimson Center
Wim Zwijnenburg, Humanitarian Disarmament Project Leader, PAX
Additional panelists to be confirmed


28 February 2017

Careers in Global Development: Mark Frohardt

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Where: CSIS Headquarters

“Careers in Global Development” is a monthly series featuring U.S. senior-level, multilateral and NGO officials who have worked in the field of development for at least twenty years. The series is aimed at young professionals who are interested in working in development and will include a one-hour dialogue on both the specific expertise of the speaker, as well as the career path and influences along the way. It will focus on specific areas of interest, including the role of humanitarian assistance in development and U.S. foreign policy; development as a tool to counter violent extremism; and sectoral issues such as food security, health, and education.

Please note that your RSVP is NOT necessary should you be attending the virtual webcast. Please arrive promptly for lunch so we may begin on schedule.

We are pleased to host Mark Frohardt--the Senior Vice President for Strategic Practice at Internews--for this session. Throughout his lengthy career, Mr. Frohardt has also worked with Doctors Without Borders, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Department for Humanitarian Affairs, the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Fred Cuny's Interect, and the Center for the Study of Societies in Crisis. He has designed information systems that maintain operations and connections between communities affected by crisis and instability. Since joining Internews in 1999, his research has focused on improving the information landscape in fragile areas and innovative data analysis. Mr. Frohardt holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Yale University and a Master of Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. We look forward to hosting Mr. Frohardt and our guests. 


31 March 2017

Apply for the 2017 Andrew E. Rice Award

The Society for International Development Washington, D.C. Chapter is now accepting applications for our 2017 Andrew E. Rice Award
, an award that recognizes a young professional who has demonstrated leadership, innovation, and commitment to improving the lives of people in developing countries.

The Rice Award will be presented at the 2017 SID-Washington Annual Conference on June 1st, 2017 in Washington, D.C. While there will be only one winner, other notable candidates may be mentioned at the award presentation ceremony.

The award consists of:
    • An inscribed plaque;
    • A prize in the amount of $1,000;
    • A one-year, honorary membership to SID-Washington; and
    • The opportunity for the awardee to present his/her work at an upcoming SID-Washington event.
Each year they receive many truly impressive applications. If you or someone you know would like to apply, please do so by Friday, March 31st, 2017.

For more information on the application process please visit their website.

To apply, please click here.

If you have any questions, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 202-331-1317.

12 April 2017

American Society of International Law 111th Annual Meeting: What International Law Values

Discounted early bird registration for the 111th Annual Meeting, in Washington, DC, April 12-15, 2017, ends tomorrow, February 7. This year's Meeting theme is "What International Law Values," and the program will explore the normative basis of international law and international law's goals.

Attendees can expect to participate in:
    • Keynote addresses by leading figures in international law
    • More than 40 substantive panels on a wide variety of international law topics
    • Multiple networking and social events
    • Interest Group social events and substantive meetings
    • Access to the leading publishers of international law materials
    • Optional Continuing Legal Education credits
    • Optional luncheons

Register today at www.asil.org/AM.

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