Negotiations resume between the P5+1 and Iran over Iran's nuclear program. During the week of Sept. 22, Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign ministers are expected to join the talks. United Nations.
Sept. 19-Nov. 11
House and Senate Election Day recess.
35th anniversary of the "Vela Incident," a possible nuclear explosion over the South Indian Ocean off the Cape of Good Hope, possibly conducted by South Africa with the assistance of Israel.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with President Obama. White House, Washington.
10:00-11:30 a.m., David Albright, Institute for Science and International Security, and Olli Heinonen, Harvard University, "Getting to a Good Iranian Nuclear Deal." James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, 1400 K St. NW, Suite 1250, Washington. RSVP to Daniel Schnuby email.
Federal budget year begins.
12:00-2:00 p.m., Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University; Gaurav Kampani, University of Tulsa; David Karl, Asia Strategy Initiative; Col. David Smith, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Stephen Schwartz, Monterey Institute of International Studies, "Nuclear Stability in South Asia." Sponsored by the Center on American and Global Security at Indiana University Bloomington. At the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Suite 1225, 1400 K St. NW, Washington. RSVP online.
Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg takes office as NATO Secretary General. Brussels.
11:00 a.m. Norwegian time (5:00 a.m. EDT), Nobel Peace Prize announced (estimate). Oslo, Norway.
75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt receiving the "Einstein-Szilárd Letter," warning about the prospect of an atomic bomb. (Although the letter was dated Aug. 2, it was received by Roosevelt on Oct. 11.)
Columbus Day (federal holiday).
15th anniversary of the U.S. Senate defeat of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty on a 48-51 vote.
50th anniversary of the first Chinese nuclear test. Lop Nur, China.
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Arms Control Association, annual meeting. Carnegie Endowment, Root Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington. Registration information TBD.
Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Quaker Public Policy Institute. Citizen advocates will urge members of Congress to let diplomacy work on the eve of the deadline for a final U.S.-Iran nuclear deal. Policy briefing on Iran will feature Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (retired). Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, and on Capitol Hill. Register online
Target date for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran.
Senate Thanksgiving recess.
President Obama meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Beijing.
Office of Management and Budget returns revised budgets, known as passbacks, to federal agencies for fiscal year 2016 (estimate). Final budgets will be submitted to Congress on Feb. 2.
Week of Dec. 1
House and Senate floor action on a second Continuing Resolution or an Omnibus Appropriation bill (estimates).
Rose Gottemoeller, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security; James Acton, Carnegie Endowment; Andreas Persbo, Verification Research, Training and Information Centre; and other speakers. "The Prague Agenda 2014." Sponsored by the Czech Foreign Affairs Ministry and Institute of International Relations (Prague). Czernin Palace, Great Hall and Mirror Hall, Prague.
20th anniversary of the START I treaty entering into force. The treaty reduced the number of U.S. and Russian deployed strategic nuclear weapons by 80 percent to 6,000 each.
9:00 p.m., President Obama gives the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Capitol Building, Washington. Broadcast and webcast on C-SPAN, broadcast on other networks and webcast on the White House website.
Afternoon, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz presents the Energy Department's annual budget (estimate). Energy Department, Large Auditorium, 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington. Posted on the Energy Department website.
Defense and Energy Departments submit to Congress an annual 10-year plan for the nuclear weapons stockpile, nuclear weapons complex, nuclear weapons delivery systems and nuclear weapons command and control system ("1043 report") (Public Law 112-81, Sec. 1043).
House and Senate Presidents Day recesses (estimates).
National Nuclear Security Administration submits to Congress a biannual report on the plan for stewardship, management and certification of warheads in the nuclear weapons stockpile (50 U.S. Code Sec. 2523).
Rose Gottemoeller, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, attends the sixth P5 conference. London. The nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference at the United Nations (April 27-May 22) is on the agenda.
Fifth anniversary of the signing of the New START treaty by President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Prague. The treaty reduces the maximum number of deployed strategic nuclear weapons by the United States and Russia from 2,200 to 1,550 each.