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Gender Mainstreaming in South Asia: Country Perspectives

Full Conference Schedule (EST): 8:00 – 8:07AM: Welcome and Introduction (By Akriti Vasudeva, Editor-at-large, South Asian Voices and Research Analyst) 8:07 – 8:15AM: Prospects for and Current Status of Gender Mainstreaming in South Asia (By Priyanka Bhide, Co-Founder and Director, Kubernein Initiative) 8:15 – 9:15AM: Panel discussion on Challenges to Women’s Integration in Trade, Economic, …

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Voices from Japan: Future of U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation in Aerospace

Featured Speakers Gen. Shunji “Bert” Izutsu, Chief of Staff, Japan Air Self-Defense Force Gen. Izutsu was previously the Commander of the Air Defense Command at Yokota and Commander of the Western Air Defense Force(Kasuga). He has also served as Director of Personnel Education in the Air Staff Officeand was Vice Commander of the Southwestern Air …

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Hashing the Atom: Exploring Blockchain Solutions for Global Security

Full Event Schedule Day 1: November 17, 2021 11:00AM-12:30PM EST: Session I – Pioneering DLT in the nuclear sector (Moderated by Cindy Vestergaard, The Stimson Center) Sarah Frazar, Group Leader, Global Security Technology and Policy Group Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Tapani Honkamaa, Principal Advisor, Finland Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) Jon Geater, Chief Technical …

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How Do You “Know” Who Did It – and Then What? The Challenges of Cyber Accountability

Opening Remarks Michael Teodori, President of the Washington Foreign Law Society Panelists Dmitri Alperovitch, Executive Chairman at Silverado Policy Accelerator; Co-Founder and Former CTO at CrowdStrike; Board Member of Automox, Dragos, and other organizations.  Dr. Els De Busser, Assistant Professor Cybersecurity Governance, the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University; Researcher with The Hague Program for Cyber …

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South Asian Security Issues – Views from Emerging Analysts

These presentations are the result of a year-long fellowship with the Stimson Center South Asia Program. Featured Speakers: Kashif Hussain, Research Associate, Strategic Studies Institute, Islamabad Kashif Hussain is a Research Associate at Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad (SSII) in Pakistan. He previously worked as an intern at the Center for International Strategic Studies, Islamabad (CISS) …

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Live Interview with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi

In this one-on-one conversation with Stimson Center President Brian Finlay, Director General Rafael Grossi will discuss current challenges to nuclear nonproliferation, the impact of the pandemic, and the IAEA’s ongoing work for the secure and peaceful use of nuclear technology. Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mr Grossi is a diplomat …

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Risks in Cameroon

During this meeting, discussion focused on the current security and humanitarian situation, recent conflict dynamics, the conditions faced by journalists and civil society activists, and the impact on Cameroon’s women and girls

Opportunities for Sustainable Power Development in the Mekong

Welcoming Remarks Christy Owen, Country Director for Pact Thailand Christy Owen is an accomplished program manager with 20 years of experience managing and developing donor assistance programs focused on private sector engagement, sustainable finance, climate change, environmental governance and civil society capacity building. Her full bio is here. Thomas M. Schmidt, Director of the Regional …

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Addressing Gender in the ATT Process

Featured Speakers: Nino Akhvlediani, Ministry of Defense of Georgia Verity Coyle, Stimson Center Allison Pytlak, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Moderated By Rachel Stohl, Stimson Center This event is being co-hosted in partnership with the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy.

ASEAN and the Return of Geopolitics to the Indo-Pacific

Featured Speakers Alice Ba, Professor of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University Amitav Acharya, UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Distinguished Professor at the School of International Service, American University William Wise, Non-resident Fellow …

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U.S.-Pakistan Relations after the Taliban Takeover

Featured Speaker Dr. Asad Majeed Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States Discussant Remarks Col. David O. Smith, Distinguished Fellow of the South Asia Program, Stimson Center Moderated By Elizabeth Threlkeld, Director of the South Asia Program, Stimson Center

Youth Perspectives from West Asia and North Africa: Taking Action on COVID-19, Unemployment, Climate Change & other Global Challenges

Keynote Speakers H.E. Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports of the State of Qatar Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth H.E. Taha Ayhan, President of the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum Panelists Dana Khalid Al-Anzi, youth activist, President of Y17 Society Saad Abid, climate activist, President of “Bahri” Enes Efendioğlu, Founder of …

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From UNGA to COP26 & Beyond: The Future of Climate Governance

Welcome Remarks Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd UN General Assembly and former Foreign and Defense Minister of Ecuador Panelists Maja Groff, Convenor, Climate Governance Commission Richard Ponzio, Senior Fellow and Director, Global Governance, Justice and Security Program at the Stimson Center, and Member of the Climate Governance Commission (presenting the Stimson Center’s report …

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From Words to Action: Our Common Agenda and the UN75 Declaration

Panelists Danilo Turk, former President of Slovenia and President of the Club de Madrid Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly and Co-Chair, Coalition for the UN We Need Volker Türk, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General Anna Karin Eneström, Permanent Representative of the …

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Covid, Conflict, and Climate: Food Insecurity Today and the Way Forward

Opening Remarks Brian Finlay, President and CEO, Stimson Center Featured Speakers Kelly McFarland, Director of Programs and Research, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University  Chase Sova, Senior Director of Public Policy and Research, World Food Program USA Adriana Abdenur, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Plataforma CIPÓ Rod Schoonover, Head of Ecological Security Program at …

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From Gender to Geopolitics: Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy in South Asia

Featured Speakers Farwa Aamer, Research Analyst, Stimson Center Nandita Baruah, India Country Representative, Asia Foundation  Shafqat Munir, Research Fellow and Head, Bangladesh Centre for Terrorism Research (BCTR) at the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) Ambika Vishwanath, Founder and Director, Kubernein Initiative (Convener) Moderated By Akriti Vasudeva, Editor-at-large, South Asian Voices and Research Analyst, Stimson Center

What Lies Ahead in Afghanistan?

Panelists: Asfandyar Mir, Senior Expert, Asia Center, USIP Elizabeth Threlkeld, Senior Fellow and Director, South Asia Program, Stimson Center Moderator: Akriti Vasudeva, Research Analyst, South Asia Program, Stimson Center

Changing the Discourse on Taiwan: Japan-Taiwan Ties in 2021

Featured Speakers Madoka Fukuda, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Global Politics, Faculty of Law, Hosei University Madoka Fukuda is also a Visiting Scholar at Academia Sinica in Taiwan. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in media and governance from Keio University. She specializes in the PRC’s diplomacy and cross-Strait relations in the postwar years. She published …

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Analyzing Diversion Dynamics: Lessons Learned

Opening Remarks Rainer Schmiedchen, Germany Featured Speakers Stela Petrovic, Republic of Serbia Himayu Shiotani, Conflict Armament Research Alfredo Malaret Baldo, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research Tom Nijs, Flanders, Belgium Moderated by Rachel Stohl, Stimson Center

Voices from Japan: US-Japan Defense Cooperation in the Maritime Domain

Featured Speakers ADM Tomohisa Takei (JMSDF, ret.), 32nd Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (2014-2016) Admiral Tomohisa Takei was the 32nd Chief of Staff of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Previous positions include Commandant, JMSDF Yokosuka District, and Vice Chief of Staff, JMSDF. He retired from the JMSDF in December 2016 and was a Distinguished …

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Reforming Online Accountability: Can Lessons Be Learned from Across the Globe?

Featured Speakers Peter Fatelnig, Minister-Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy, Delegation of the European Union to the United States A senior manager at the European Commission since 1998, he arrived in DC in 2018. Since his arrival, digital economy policy became a top-priority in the EU-US relations.Peter holds a Master’sin Communication Engineering from the University of …

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The Geopolitics of Connectivity in South Asia and Beyond: Expectations vs. Reality

Featured Speakers Nvard Chalikyan, Nonresident Fellow, Stimson Center Sumitha Narayanan Kutty, Adjunct Research Associate, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Ayesha Malik, Doctoral Candidate, Quaid-I Azam University Soraya Parwani, Research Analyst, Vancouver Coastal Health Moderated by Brigitta Schuchert, Research Associate and Managing Editor of South Asian Voices

Exploring the United Kingdom’s Approach to Nuclear Security

Featured Speaker Christopher Hobbs is Professor in Science and International Security within the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and Director of the King’s Institute for Applied Security Studies (KIASS). He is a former Chair of the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN) and has served as Programme Director for the UK’s international …

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Looking South, Looking West: Manila Views Security Threats to the Philippines

Featured Speakers Ann Bajo, Defense Research Analyst, Office for Strategic Studies and Strategy Management of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Ann Bajo is a Defense Research Analyst for the Office for Strategic Studies and Strategy Management, Armed forces of the Philippines. She conducts strategic, special and policy studies to assist the Chief of Staff …

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The Iranian Presidential Election: A Transatlantic Perspective

Featured Speakers  Adnan Tabatabai, Co-founder and CEO, Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO), Bonn, Germany Kirsten Fontenrose, Director of the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.  Moderated by Kawa Hassan, Executive Director of Stimson Europe and Senior Fellow and Director of Stimson’s MENA program, Brussels, Belgium 

The Brussels MENA Briefing: The Gulf Cooperation Council at 40: Opportunities and Challenges for the EU

Speakers included Najla al-Qassemi, Director Global Affairs Division, B’huth Dubai Public Policy Research Center, and Sebastian Sons, Researcher at CARPO. The discussion was moderated by Wael Abdulshafi, Research Analyst at the Stimson Center. The Briefing started by describing that while the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states had already introduced plans (or “visions”) for massive investments …

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Roundtable on the United Nations’ Role with regards to the Dangers of Anocratic States

Chair Gabriel Amvane, Vice President and Director, French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless People (OFPRA) Participants Anja Mihr, Program Director, Center on Governance through Human Rights Richard Ponzio, Senior Fellow and Director, Global Governance, Justice & Governance Program, Stimson Center John-Mark Iyi, Associate Professor, University of the Western Cape  Kseniya Kizilova, Head of Secretariat, World Values Survey …

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Principles and Process: Civil Society Mobilization for Meaningful Post-UN75 Implementation Roundtable

Featured Speakers Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Member, Group of Women Leaders: Voices for Change and Inclusion and former President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly Dan Perell, Representative to the United Nations, Baha’i International Community Natalie Samarasinghe, Executive Director, United Nations Association of the United Kingdom  Jeffery Huffines, Senior Advisor, Coalition for the UN …

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Global Town Hall

Preliminary Program 11:00 Welcome: Co-Chairs, C4UN Steering Committee  11:05 Opening Address: H.E. Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th UN General Assembly Session (invited) 11:10 Reflections on UN Charter Day, our Common Agenda consultation outcomes & next steps  11:20 Interactive panel discussion on the Fulfilling the UN75 Declaration expert roundtable outcomes  12:05 Musical performance & polling  12:10 Reflections …

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Global Governance Innovation Network Launch

Welcome Remarks & GGIN Overview Lise Howard, President, ACUNS, and Professor of Government and Foreign Service, Georgetown University Richard Ponzio, Senior Fellow and Director, Global Governance, Justice & Security Program, Stimson Center Featured Speakers Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari; Founding Chairman, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy, and Development; and former …

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Beyond UN75: A Roadmap for Inclusive, Networked & Effective Global Governance

Panel Chair Sultan Barakat, Director, Centre for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, Doha Institute of Graduate Studies Featured Speakers Richard Ponzio, Senior Fellow and Director, Global Governance, Justice & Governance Program, Stimson Center Joris Larik, Assistant Professor of Comparative, EU, and International Law, Leiden University and Senior Advisor, Stimson Center Cristina Petcu, Research Analyst, Global Governance, …

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Coastal Cities: Ground Zero for Climate Adaptation and Resilience

Located at the interface between land and sea, coastal cities are centers of innovation and economic productivity, concentrating large numbers of people and assets. However, they are also at the forefront of climate change. Rising sea levels, increasing storm intensity, and warmer temperatures stress ecosystems upon which millions depend, degrade outdated infrastructure, and upend economic …

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Pandemics, Protests, and Warplanes: New Analysis on Taiwanese Public Opinion and Political Participation

Featured Speakers Shelley Rigger, Ph.D., Brown Professor of East Asian Politics, Davidson College Lev Nachman, Fulbright Research Fellow & Ph.D. candidate in political science, University of California, Irvine Nathan Kar Ming Chan, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow & Ph.D. candidate in political science, University of California, Irvine Chit Wai John Mok, Ph.D. candidate in …

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Climate Change in Indonesia

Featured Speakers Nur Hidayati, Executive Director of WALHI (Friends of the Earth Indonesia) Ambassador (ret) Dino Patti Djalal, Senior Advisor to the Asia Group Richard Jeo, Senior Vice President, Conservation International Moderated By Ambassador (ret) Robert O. Blake, Senior Director at McLarty Associates This event is co-hosted by the Stimson Center Southeast Asia Forum and …

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Middle Eastern Perspectives on Taking Forward the UN75 Declaration: From Reflection to Innovation & Action

Read the full event summary. Featured Speakers Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations H.E. Mahmoud Daifallah Hmoud, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the Republic of Singapore Mohamed Abdulfatah, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies Shereen …

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Cyber Sanctions: Assessing Trends and Effectiveness

Featured Speakers Bruce McConnell, Stimson Center Board of Directors Ambassador Timo S. Koster, formerly a career diplomat at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director for Defence Policy and Capabilities at NATO Dr. Erica Moret, a leading expert on sanctions, global security and humanitarian affairs and Senior Researcher at the Global Governance Centre, Graduate Institute, Geneva (IHEID) Moderated …

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Renewing Commitments on Small Arms and Light Weapons Issues (The UN PoA at 20: Reviewing the United Nation’s Small Arms and Light Weapons Agenda)

Featured Speakers H.E. Mr. Kimihiro Ishikane, Permanent Representative of Japan H.E. Mr. Martin Kimani, Permanent Representative of Kenya H.E. Ms. Njambi Kinyungu, Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs of the UN Glenn McDonald, Senior Researcher of Small Arms Survey Moderated By Rachel Stohl, Vice President of the Stimson Center …

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North Korea Beyond the Six Parties: Examining ties with Central Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa

Featured Speakers Camilo Aguirre Torrini, Doctoral Researcher, University of Sussex and Associate Researcher, Universidad Central de Chile Virginie Grzelczyk, Reader (Associate Professor), International Relations, Aston University Hoyoun Koh, Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Relations, Nazarbayev University Jenny Town, Senior Fellow, Stimson Center and Director, 38 North Moderated By Ramon Pacheco Pardo, KF-VUB Korea Chair, Brussels …

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China and the Paris Club

Featured Speakers Scott Morris, Director of the US Development Policy Initiative, Co-Director of Sustainable Development Finance, and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development Lex Rieffel, Non-Resident Fellow, East Asia Program, Stimson Center Moderator Yun Sun, Senior Fellow and Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson Center

One Year Since Galwan: How Has the Border Standoff Impacted the India-China Relationship?

Featured Speakers Jagannath Panda, Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses Yubing Sheng, Research Analyst, Stimson Center Antara Ghosal Singh, Research Associate, Centre for Social and Economic Progress Arzan Tarapore, Research Scholar, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center Moderated By Akriti Vasudeva, Research Analyst, Stimson Center

The State of Politics in the Philippines

Featured Speakers Sheila Coronel, Director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and the Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism at Columbia University Sheila Coronel is the director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and the Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism at Columbia University. She worked for many years …

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