Foreign Secretary William Hague and US Secretary of State John Kerry will host a discussion on ending and preventing sexual violence in conflict situations on 25 February at 1:45 pm EST, at the US Department of State.
Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Catherine Russell, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will also participate in the discussion.
The discussion will be moderated by Katherine Weymouth, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of The Washington Post.
It will focus on the United States, United Nations, and United Kingdom’s joint efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict situations and ongoing efforts to protect and empower vulnerable populations during conflict and humanitarian emergencies.
UK Science Minister David Willetts promotes science diplomacy in Chicago - Read Jack Westwood’s The Naked Scientists blog to learn more ›
A young Egyptian’s perspective on non-proliferation in the Middle East
By Karim Kamel, Middle East Next Generation Arms Control Specialists Network Fellow
Immersing myself in nonproliferation studies has been a thrilling life journey. Growing up in Egypt, I realized early in life that I live in a highly volatile region, where war rhetoric and existential threats prevailed. I remember thinking: can’t we do something different? Can’t we come up with an alternative to this apocalyptic vision?
After finishing my undergraduate studies majoring in political science and minoring in biology, I discovered that I really enjoy dealing with work that has both natural sciences and social sciences components. In this regard, nonproliferation was precisely the right field for me, and I decided to pursue a master’s degree on the subject.
While working at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Vienna in 2012, I had the honor to meet Dr. Chen Kane, who told me about the Middle East Next Generation Arms Control Specialists Network. The idea of engaging in projects with young specialists from across the region on arms control sounded exciting, and I instantly confirmed my interest in joining.
I’m interested in nonproliferation in the Middle East not only because it fosters peace; I also find it fascinating because it exists in the intersection of science and policy. I not only have to understand the policies of controlling weapons of mass destruction (WMD), but also the materials that comprise WMD, and what technologies contribute to their development, control, and elimination.
Global Forest Watch: Fighting Deforestation with Satellites, Open Data, and Crowdsourcing
Satellites, open data, crowdsourcing – these are some of the hottest buzzwords in the tech industry right now. But these innovations aren’t just limited to Silicon Valley and start-ups – they have come to dominate much of our everyday lives. Each time we open apps like Yelp and Foursquare to find the closest Starbucks or the best rated restaurant, we rely on these technologies. Now the World Resources Institute has taken these same tools and applied them to create a new and exciting platform to help people everywhere track the health of the world’s forests. The platform launched this week and it is called Global Forest Watch.
The UK is excited about tools like GFW because tackling deforestation is a huge priority. Thanks to new research we know that the world’s forests are under serious threat. Fifty soccer fields’ worth of forests are lost every minute of every day. That’s a real source of concern when deforestation accounts for 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the second-largest source after electricity generation. But deforestation isn’t just an environmental problem – it also affects poor people in developing countries.
How young Iranians, Israelis and Arabs are working together on regional security and non-proliferation
By Chris Wright, Foreign & Security Policy Group, British Embassy Washington
Wherever you get your news from – TV, your smartphone or good old newspapers – you rarely hear good news about the Middle East. Deep divisions, ramped-up rhetoric and ceaseless conflict dominate the headlines. So when the Monterey Institute of International Studies approached us at the British Embassy about bringing together young professionals from the region to form a network to work together on non-proliferation, arms control and regional security, I was at once intrigued and sceptical. Could they really persuade Iranians, Israelis and Arabs and others in the region to work together on such sensitive issues?
It turns out the answer was yes.
US Marine Capt. Brian Jordan was honored at the British Embassy in Washington on 12 February. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for rescuing a wounded British soldier in Afghanistan.
Capt. Brian Jordan and Lt. Col. William Chesarek (both pictured), helicopter pilots, are the only two US Marines to receive the British Distinguished Flying Cross since World War II.
(Photo via US Marine Corps by Sgt. Justin M. Boling)
Michael Vickers has been photographing tigers in the wild for the last fourteen years, he describes how his work has lead him to a bigger role in conservation.
I started photographing wild tigers in 2000 during my first ‘safari’ visit to Panna, Bandhavgarh and Kanha reserves in India. I…
Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott discusses The Beatles arrival in the United States 50 years on with James Rosen on Fox News. In addition to the Fab Four, Ambassador Westmacott discusses Syria, Iran, and the Middle East Peace Process.