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Cody M. Poplin
Monday, May 16, 2016, 12:45 AM

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Monday, May 16th at 11 am: The Stimson Center will launch a new book entitled The Lure and Pitfalls of MIRVs: From the First to the Second Nuclear Age. The event will include two panels, one on the United States and the Soviet Union, and the second on China, India, and Pakistan. For a full event agenda including a list of speakers, see the Stimson announcement.

Tuesday, May 17th at 9:30 am: At the Stimson Center, Dan De Luce, Michael Horowitz, Sarah Kreps, and Rachel Stohl will discuss Drone Proliferation: Impacts on Security, Strategy, and Policy. RSVP.

Tuesday, May 17th at 12:15 pm: The Brookings Institution will host a Conversation with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. Bruce Jones will provide introductory remarks, while Ted Piccone will moderate the discussion. Register here.

Tuesday, May 17th at 1:30 pm: The Center for New American Security will host Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes for a Conversation on U.S. Policy in Southeast Asia. Kurt M. Campbell will introduce Rhodes and serve as a moderator for the conversation. See more information on the CNAS website.

Tuesday, May 17th at 2 pm: The House Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold a hearing on the U.S. Department of State Counterterrorism Bureau: FY 2017 Budget. The Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Justin Siberell, will provide testimony. Find more information on the committee's website.

Wednesday, May 18th at 2 pm: At the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Rebecca Hersman will moderate a panel discussion on Chemical Weapons in the Middle East: Accountability and Deterrence, featuring Wa'el Alzayat, Shaun Coughlin, Robert Friedman, and Dr. Mohamad Katoub. RSVP.

Thursday, May 19th at 1:15 pm: The Center for Strategic and International Studies will host an event entitled Combating Infectious Disease: The Unfolding Threat of Zika. J. Stephen Morrison will moderate a discussion with Daniel Dulitzky, Marcos Espinal, and Patrick Kachur. Amy Pope will provide opening remarks. Register to attend here.

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The American Red Cross International Services Department (ISD) seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering around the world by responding to disasters, building safer, more resilient communities, and teaching the rules of war. In the coming years the American Red Cross will deepen and expand its programming around the world while also working to strengthen the global Red Cross Red Crescent network, in order to deliver vital help and hope to some of the most vulnerable communities.

We are looking for a Clara Barton Legal Fellow to work with the international humanitarian law (IHL) team to support our legal education program on IHL. The fellow will work as part of a small team where he/she will gain hands on experience conducting legal research and writing, providing thorough legal analysis on relevant IHL issues, and working to support and strengthen the team’s IHL education programs.

A background in international law or policy, and an interest in social media and educational development are essential. Our fellows work as integral members of our team and carry out professional level work in a supervised atmosphere.

Responsibilities include working with the Legal Advisors and the IHL Director, as well as other members of the team to deliver IHL Legal Education programs; research and write short updates for the team’s IHL blog; and compile updates on current IHL issues. Fellows will create promotional materials for use by ARC chapters, partner agencies, and community groups, as well as promoting IHL awareness internally. Fellows will also develop content for IHL-related events, brown bags, and speaking engagements; monitor social media and perform follow-up activities to strengthen our networks; and gather information on IHL programs for monitoring and reporting purposes. Fellows will have an opportunity to work with an IHL Legal Advisor to pursue an independent project related to a timely international humanitarian law issue.

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Recent law school graduate, with an interest in pursuing a career in international law or policy, international relations, or a related discipline. Prior knowledge of international humanitarian law or international criminal law essential; Must have strong written and verbal communication skills; robust legal research skills, and computer skills, including familiarity with social media tools; Ability to translate complex legal issues into terms understandable by an average member of the public with no prior IHL knowledge; passion for international law issues and humanitarian values; Interest in educational development; Must be responsible, mature, able to work independently, highly organized, detail-oriented, able to handle multiple tasks at the same time and work under deadline pressure; Willingness to do background research and perform general office duties, as required.

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Cody Poplin is a student at Yale Law School. Prior to law school, Cody worked at the Brookings Institution and served as an editor of Lawfare. He graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012 with degrees in Political Science & Peace, War, and Defense.

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