Defense and Security

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HBO History Makers Series With Hans Blix

Speaker: Hans Blix
Presider: Mitchel B. Wallerstein

Hans Blix recounts his experiences leading the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission as it searched for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2002, and as Director General of the IAEA during the Chernobyl Disaster in Ukraine.

See more in Global; Weapons of Mass Destruction

Video

HBO History Makers Series With Hans Blix

Speaker: Hans Blix
Presider: Mitchel B. Wallerstein

Hans Blix recounts his experiences leading the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission as it searched for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2002, and as Director General of the IAEA during the Chernobyl Disaster in Ukraine.

See more in Global; Weapons of Mass Destruction

Op-Ed

Terrorists Among Us

Author: Micah Zenko
ForeignPolicy.com

Despite perceptions among Americans that the country is unsafe and a terrorist attack is "likely," the real threats don't emanate from actors like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Rather, as Micah Zenko argues, self scrutiny is needed among U.S. policymakers to recognize the true threat of terrible domestic crimes, generally not labeled as "terrorism," as they are more likely to occur, and do so frequently.

See more in United States; Terrorism; Homeland Security

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Renewing America Series: U.S. Veterans–From the Battlefield to the Home Front

Speakers: Peter W. Chiarelli, Allison A. Hickey, and Owen O'Driscoll West
Presider: Matthew Pottinger

Peter W. Chiarelli, chief executive officer of One Mind, Allison A. Hickey, undersecretary for benefits at the Veterans Benefit Administration, and Owen O'Driscoll West, managing director of Energy Trading, join Matthew Pottinger of Davidson Kempner Capital Management to discuss the transition of military veterans from the battlefield into civilian life.

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Department of Defense: Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, 2014

The 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap details how climate change affects the Department of Defense's operations, how the department will adapt to and mitigate climate change threats, and how the department will coordinate with other entities addressing climate change. The Department of Defense first listed climate change as a threat to national security in its 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review.

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Interim Report on the Revision of the U.S.-Japan Guidelines for Defense Cooperation

During a 2+2 meeting in October 2013, Japanese and U.S. defense ministers called for the revision of the 1997 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation. On October 8, 2014, they released an interim report on the revisions and a final version is expected by the end of the 2014. This revision is part of the Obama Administration's strategy to rebalance to Asia.

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Remarks by Kazakh Foreign Minister Idrissov on Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building in Asia (CICA) Day

Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov spoke on October 6, 2014, at an event on "CICA Day." Minister Idrissov supported the idea the "new Asian Security Concept" (proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Fourth CICA Summit) and described how CICA will implement its Confidence Building Measures.

See more in Asia and Pacific; Russia and Central Asia; Regional Security