Indo-Pacific Currents: Emerging Partnerships, Rivalries, and Strategic Realities across Asia

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The Indo-Pacific region, a key focus of the Trump administration’s foreign policy agenda, is undergoing significant political and strategic realignments with the return to great power competition. India’s role in the region is central to these developments, both in its emerging partnerships with nations like Japan and the United States and in its deepening rivalry with neighboring China. How are these dynamics likely to play out, and what are their broader strategic implications? Please join the Stimson Center for a panel discussion addressing views from across Asia on the political and security impacts of intra-regional cooperation and competition. Our panelists, Manoj Joshi, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, Brett Lambert, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, U.S. Department of Defense, Yun Sun, Co-Director of the Stimson Center’s East Asia Program, and Yuki Tatsumi, Co-Director of the Stimson Center’s East Asia Program, will offer comments. Sameer Lalwani, Director of the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program, will convene our meeting, and Elizabeth Threlkeld, South Asia Program Deputy Director, will moderate the discussion.

The Asia Strategy Initiative (ASI) is a joint effort by Stimson’s East, Southeast, and South Asia Program to feature regional perspectives on the shifting strategic dynamics in the Indo-Pacific region. By introducing expert analysis, ASI seeks to facilitate dialogues and develop pragmatic solutions for strategic, political, and economic challenges that the region faces.

WHAT: An on-the-record panel discussion with Manoj Joshi, Brett Lambert, Yun Sun, and Yuki Tatsumi on shifting strategic alignments across the Indo-Pacific region.

WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 10:00 am-11:30am

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Manoj Joshi, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation.

Manoj Joshi is a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. He is a renowned journalist, editor, and commentator with decades of experience covering Indian national and international politics. As a reporter, he has written extensively on issues relating to Siachen, Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka, and terrorism in Kashmir and Punjab. He was recently a member of the Task Force on National Security to propose reforms in the Indian security apparatus. He has served as Political Editor of The Times of India, Editor (Views) of the Hindustan Times, Defense Editor of India Today, National Affairs Editor of Mail Today, the Washington Correspondent of The Financial Express, and a Special Correspondent of The Hindu. Previously, he was an Academic Fellow of the American Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad. He has been a member of the National Security Council’s Advisory Board and is the author of two books on the Kashmir issue and several papers in professional journals. He is a graduate of St Stephen’s College, Delhi University and holds a Ph.D. from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has been a Visiting Professor at the School of International Studies, as well as a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defense Studies Centre, Australian National University.

Brett Lambert, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, U.S. Department of Defense.

Brett B. Lambert is a Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy and is a member of the Stimson Center’s Board of Directors. From 2009 – 2013, Mr. Lambert served as principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment on all matters relating to the defense industrial base. In this position he was awarded both the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest award available to a non-career civilian. He previously served as Executive-in-Residence with Renaissance Strategic Advisors and as a Senior Fellow at NDIA. He is a life member of CFR, a Senior Associate (non-resident) at CSIS, a board member of the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute led by Carnegie Mellon University, and, in 2016, was appointed by the Secretary of Defense to serve on the Department’s Reserve Forces Policy Board. In 2017 he was named to the Dean’s Advisory Council for Kansas State University Polytechnic, and in 2018 he was appointed to the Nuclear Security Working Group, a non-partisan network of leaders in the field of national and nuclear security. From 1989 until 2007, Lambert held positions of increasing responsibility at DFI International, a national security consultancy. Lambert previously worked for the Department of State at the American Embassy in New Delhi. He attended graduate school at Jawaharlal Nehru University on a Rotary Graduate Scholarship he received during his senior year at Kansas State University. He also worked as an independent journalist in India, Pakistan, and Burma.

Yun Sun, Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson Center.

Yun Sun is co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program at the Stimson Center. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, US-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes. From 2011 to 2014, she was a Visiting Fellow at Brookings Institution, jointly appointed by the Foreign Policy Program and the Global Development Program, where she focused on Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations. Prior to this, Sun was the China analyst for the International Crisis Group based in Beijing, specializing in China’s foreign policy toward conflict countries in the developing world. Before ICG, she worked on US-Asia relations in Washington, DC for five years. Sun earned her master’s degree in international Policy and practice from George Washington University, as well as an MA in Asia Pacific studies and a BA in International Relations from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing.

Yuki Tatsumi, Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson Center.

Yuki Tatsumi is Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center. Before joining Stimson, Tatsumi worked as a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and as the special assistant for political affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington. Tatsumi’s most recent publications include Balancing Between Nuclear Deterrence and Disarmament: Views from the Next Generation (ed.; Stimson Center, 2018) and Lost in Translation? U.S. Defense Innovation and Northeast Asia (Stimson Center, 2017). She is also the editor of four earlier volumes of the Views from the Next Generation series. In 2012 Tatsumi was awarded the Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of National Policy of Japan for her contribution in advancing mutual understanding between the United States and Japan. She is also a recipient of the 2009 Yasuhiro Nakasone Incentive Award. A native of Tokyo, Tatsumi holds a B.A. in liberal arts from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and an M.A. in international economics and Asian studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.

Sameer Lalwani, Director, South Asia Program, Stimson Center.

Sameer Lalwani is a Senior Fellow and Director of the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center where he researches nuclear deterrence, interstate rivalry, crisis behavior and counterinsurgency. He is also an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and was previously a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation. His work has been published by Security Studies, Small Wars & Insurgencies, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CTC Sentinel, and the New York Times. He completed his PhD from MIT’s Department of Political Science, where he was an affiliate of its Security Program. His dissertation research focused on South Asian national security decision making, and he has conducted extensive fieldwork in India (including the Kashmir Valley), Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as well as archival work at the British National Archives and the British Library.

Elizabeth Threlkeld, Deputy Director, South Asia Program, Stimson Center.

Elizabeth Threlkeld is a Fellow and Deputy Director of the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center. Before joining Stimson, she served as a Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State in Islamabad and Peshawar, Pakistan as well as Monterrey, Mexico. She previously worked in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, where she managed development interventions on gender-based violence and ethno-sectarian reconciliation. She has additional work and educational experience in China, Taiwan, and Turkey, and began her career with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. Threlkeld holds an MPhil with Distinction in Politics and International Relations from the University of Cambridge, where she received the Hilda Richardson Studentship from Newnham College. She received a BA with High Honors in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College.

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