Columbia’s Institute of War and Peace Studies focuses on international politics, not literature.

Happening in the World: Yoshiro Mori has stepped down from his post as head of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee in response to sexist comments he made last week. Mori previously said that he would not step down. (BBC)

Happening in the US: The impeachment trial for former President Donald J. Trump continues in the Senate; Trump is charged with inciting the January 6 riot that stormed the Capitol building. Impeachment managers from the House of Representatives rested their case on Thursday. (NYT)

Happening in NYC: Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that sports and entertainment venues in New York with at least 10,000 can open to the public at 10% capacity starting February 23. Each event will need to be approved by the state Department of Health and attendees will need to wear masks and maintain social distancing, as well as having tested negative for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours before entry. (NYT)

Happening in our Community: The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies is holding the 12th annual Kenneth N. Waltz Lecture in International Relations “Nuclear Scripts: Stories of War and Deterrence” with Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor Emeritus of War Studies at King’s College, London. You can register here.

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