WASHINGTON — Looking to get involved in politics and government?

From a panel on the U.S.-Taiwan defense alliance to a reception honoring Congresswoman Barbara Lee, here's a rundown of local events coming up in Washington this week that will get you connected to the wide world of civics and political engagement.

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Reinforcing the U.S.-Taiwan Defense Alliance

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From the event description:

When: Wednesday, Sept. 11, noon-2 p.m.
Where: Hudson Institute, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 400
Price: Free
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In Search of a SpaceX for Nuclear Energy

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From the event description:

When: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 325, 2 Constitution Ave. NE
Price: Free
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Disrupt, Discredit and Divide: How the New FBI Damages Democracy

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From the event description:

When: Thursday, Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m.
Where: NYU DC: Abramson Family Auditorium, 1307 L St., NW
Price: Free
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Champions of Change

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From the event description:

When: Friday, Sept. 13, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Eaton DC, 1201 K St. NW
Price: Free
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Parking in DC can be tough, especially during popular events. To find free or cheap parking and to book parking in advance, see this map of DC parking from SpotAngels. And to get there by public transportation, check the Metro website for nearby stations and schedules.

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