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Academic Workshops, Dialogues and Events

The CCC stages numerous workshops and tabletop exercises that contribute both to research and policymaking efforts. Track II, or unofficial, bilateral dialogue meetings between the U.S. and other countries strengthen relationships and increase mutual understanding with key international players. Forward-looking academic workshops inform policy guidance by applying social science perspectives to enduring security issues. Over the last several years, we have engaged diverse scholars, policy makers, and thought leaders in Brazil, Turkey, Russia, Pakistan, China, India, South Africa, Indonesia, and many others.  

The Center on Contemporary Conflict has built a strong reputation for producing research, workshops, dialogues, and other events of importance to our national security.

Weapons of Mass Destruction and Strategic Stability: A PASCC Event

On June 6, 2014, PASCC hosted a full-day workshop open to the public featuring PASCC-sponsored research on nuclear, chemical and biological threats, as well as on the implications of changing dynamics in management regimes, space, and social media. Workshop speakers presented their findings from recent research projects and international workshops.

Please visit our event page to view the panel presentations, finished reports, and research abstracts.

U.S.-Russia Track II Strategic Dialogue: 21st Century Strategic Stability

The 2014 Track II US-Russian strategic dialogue “21st Century Strategic Stability” brought together US and Russian experts to shed light on the two countries’ perspectives, both conceptually and operationally, on regional trends impacting strategic stability, and the twenty-first century foundations of strategic stability itself. Panelists considered how political, economic, and technological trends affect the conceptualization and operation of strategic stability and regional stability. Regionally, participants examined dynamics in the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and Europe and their implications for strategic stability. Participants also discussed what concrete steps — bilateral, multilateral, or unilateral — could promote stability through reduction of strategic misperceptions and the likelihood of strategic surprise.

Key findings will be available in the dialogue report, due to be released in September 2014.

Perspectives on Security, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation: Views from the United States and South Africa

In September 2013, the CCC hosted an inaugural event, Perspectives on Security, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation: Views from the United States and South Africa, in Pretoria. Sponsored by the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, PASCC, this was the first of the CCC’s “track 2” engagements to be held with an African country. Project Lead, NPS Associate Professor Jessica Piombo, convened a group of American and South African academics from think tanks and universities, as well as policymakers from prominent intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. The event was organized in collaboration with the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). Also in attendance were observers from the South African government and the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria. 

Dialogue discussions increased understanding of national security goals and bilateral concerns related to nonproliferation issues, the role of nuclear weapons in regional threat perceptions, and the evolution of the fuel cycle in a growing nuclear energy environment. Lessons learned will help policymakers capitalize on existing and growing areas of partnership to enhance bilateral relations, regional security, and international initiatives. South Africa’s continental leadership role and its unique nuclear history highlight the timeliness and value of the dialogue.

UPDATE: Key findings are now available in the dialogue report, available here.

Second PASCC Colloquium Focuses on Chemical and Biological Threats

On May 3rd, the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) hosted a half-day workshop to involve the policy and research community in PASCC projects related to chemical and biological weapons. This event took place at the George Washington University Marvin Center and was free and open to the public. PASCC-sponsored researchers from the National Academy of Sciences, the University of Maryland, the Association for the Advancement of American Scientists, and George Washington University presented to over 80 attendees from various U.S. government agencies, think tanks, and other research institutions. The presenters engaged audience questions on topics such as biosafety, small-scale chemical capabilities, public health versus security strategies, the role of the U.S. military in incident response, and the political subtexts of international treaties.

Please click for the agenda and presentation abstracts

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