Saudi Arabia forum 9:30 a.m. The Middle East Policy Council presents a forum titled “The United States and Saudi Arabia: American Interests and Challenges to the Kingdom in 2002.” The participants include Joseph McMillan and Mamoun Fandy, National Defense University; Anthony Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Fareed Mohamedi, Petroleum Finance Co. Ltd.; and Charles Freeman Jr., Middle East Policy Council president, moderator. Location: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/296-6767.
Missouri River report 11 a.m. The National Academies and the Army Corps of Engineers hold a news conference to release a report on the Missouri River. Paul Johnston, Army Corps of Engineers, participates. Location: Members Room, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2138.
To be announced.
9 a.m. Energy Information Administration releases its weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.
9 a.m. Federal Aviation Administration holds a meeting of the aviation rulemaking advisory committee to discuss air carrier and general aviation maintenance. Location: Suite 801, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, 1400 K St. NW. Contact: 202/267-8029.
9:30 a.m. Transportation Department holds a meeting of the secretary of state’s private international law advisory committee to consider the draft instrument on the International Carriage of Goods by Sea, as prepared by the Comite Maritime International for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. Location: Rooms 3200-3204, Nassif Building, Transportation Department, 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/776-8420.
Meets at 10 a.m. to hand down decisions and hear oral arguments: Docket No. 00-1567, Young v. United States, and Docket No. 00-1614, National Railroad Passenger Corp. v. Morgan. Contact: 202/479-3211.
Not in session. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.
Not in session. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.
Lobbying seminar all day American University holds its Public Affairs Institute (formerly the Lobbying Institute), Jan. 2-12. Location: Room 5, Ward Circle Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5952.
Political campaigning seminar all day American University holds its Campaign Management Institute on local, state and federal political campaigns, Jan. 2-10.
Highlights 9:45 a.m. Tony Likins, National Federation of Independent Businesses, and Dan Weiss, Sierra Club, speak about coalition building.
Location: Room 6, Ward Circle Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5950.
Medicaid conference 9 a.m. The National Managed Health Care Congress holds its Sixth Annual Congress on Medicaid & Medicare, “Innovations for Challenging Regulatory Environment: Technologies, Systems and Process Improvement.”
Highlights 9 a.m. Nancy-Ann DeParle, J.P. Morgan Partners senior adviser, adjunct professor at the Wharton School and former administrator of the Health Care Finance Administration, speaks on “Privacy, a Patient Bill of Rights, Patient Safety and the Role of Technology: A View Ahead of the Policy Shaping Healthcare Delivery.”
Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 888/882-2500.
Terrorist links news conference 9:30 a.m. Muslims of America and the International Quranic Open Universities hold a news conference to respond to accusations of terrorist links. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 803/684-5313 or 703/913-7601.
Media forum 9:30 a.m. The Brookings Institution presents a Brookings/Harvard Forum and Quarterly Review, “Press Coverage and the War on Terrorism: Assessing the Media and the Government.” The participants include: Stephen Hess, Brookings, and Marvin Kalb, Shorenstein Center, hosts; Victoria Clarke, defense assistant secretary for public affairs; Michael Getler, Washington Post; Sanford Ungar, Goucher College president; and John McWethy, ABC News national security correspondent, panelists. Location: Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.
Globalization index release 10 a.m. The National Press Club hosts a Morning Newsmaker news conference featuring the release of the Second Annual A.T. Kearney/Foreign Policy Magazine Globalization Index. The participants include: Moises Naim, editor and publisher of Foreign Policy magazine, and Paul Laudicina, vice president and managing director of the Global Business Policy Council, A.T. Kearny. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.
CBO report briefing 11 a.m. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities holds two conference call briefings on tax cuts, the economy and the new CBO report assessing the efficiency of various tax proposals as stimulus. Call repeats at 2 p.m. Peter Orszag, Brookings Institution, and Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, participate. Contact: 202/408-1080.
Archives lecture noon The National Archives presents its U.S. Military Lecture Series, featuring the book “Empires on the Pacific: World War II and the Struggle for the Mastery of Asia.” The speaker is the book’s author, Robert Smith Thompson, professor at the University of South Carolina. Location: Room 105, National Archives, Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. Contact: 202/501-5000.
Barshefsky speech noon The Federal City Club presents a Distinguished Speakers Series Luncheon. The speaker is Charlene Barshefsky, former U.S. trade representative. Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/234-3426.
U.S.-Syrian relations lecture noon The Middle East Institute presents “Opportunities and Obstacles in U.S.-Syrian Relations.” The speaker is Murfa Jouejati, resident scholar at the Middle East Institute. Location: Boardman Room, 1761 N St. NW. Contact: 202/785-1141.
NATO lecture noon The Woodrow Wilson Center presents a lecture titled “Roadmaps to NATO Accession: Preparing for Membership.” The speaker is Jeffrey Simon, senior fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies’ National Defense University. Location: Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4188.
American Association of Health Plans briefing noon The American Association of Health Plans holds a news briefing on rising costs and the 2002 congressional health care agenda. Karen Ignagni, American Association of Health Plans president, participates. Location: St. Gregory A, St. Gregory Hotel, 2033 M St. NW. Contact: 202/778-8494.
Vaccine-preventable diseases lecture noon The National Institutes of Health presents a lecture by Dr. Samuel Katz, Duke University, titled “Contemporary Clinical Medicine: Great Teachers: ‘Elimination of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Asset or Liability?’” Location: Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md. Contact: 301/496-1767.
Brown v. Board of Education discussion 2 p.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center presents “Brown vs. Board of Education: Did It Really Accomplish Anything?” The participants include: James Patterson, history professor at Brown University and author of “Brown vs. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and its Troubled Legacy”; Roger Wilkins, history and American culture professor at George Mason University; and Douglas Reed, government professor at Georgetown University. Location: Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4188.
Missouri River report conference call briefing 2 p.m. American Rivers and the Sierra Club react to the National Academies/Army Corp/EPA report on Missouri River management. The participants include: Chad Smith, American Rivers, and Jim Heisinger and Bill Griffith of the Sierra Club. Contact: 202/347-7550.
Defense Department briefing 2 p.m. The Defense Department holds a news briefing on the results of the Nuclear Posture Review. Location: Pentagon Briefing Room 2E781. Contact: 703/697-9312.
Germany lecture 5 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University’s American Institute for Contemporary German Studies presents the first in a series of lectures on “Germany and the United States in 2002: Changes, Challenges, Choices.” The speaker is Wolfgang Ischinger, German ambassador. Location: Conference Room, Lobby Level, Resources for the Future, 1400 16th St. NW. Contact: 410/516-7160.
Film screening 6:30 p.m. The Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine holds a film screening and discussion of “Live from Palestine,” a documentary about the challenges the Palestinian media face in the current crisis. Location: 2425-35 Virginia Ave. NW. Contact: 202/338-1290.
Book discussion 7 p.m. Politics and Prose Bookstore holds a discussion on Frank Wu’s “Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White.” Location: 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/364-1919.