This edited volume sheds new light on US interventions in Southeast Asia after World War II, including US bombings in Laos and Cambodia. Please join us on October 28 for a discussion with Noam Chomsky, Elaine Russell, Channapha Khamvongsa, and Ngo Vinh Long and chapter authors about the way that this history continues to shape the lives of people in Southeast Asia today.

Contrary to the perception that Southeast Asia is a mere recipient of the Chinese attempt to dominate the region, countries in the region have developed diverse strategies to cope with China’s growing influence. This discussion seeks to explore the origins, methods, and success of different Southeast Asian countries’ counterstrategy to China, as well as the role of the United States.

Join the Stimson Center and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Monitor for a discussion about transparency in the global arms trade, featuring insights from the 2020 ATT Monitor Annual Report. The event will launch a new Stimson analysis, “Reporting During a Pandemic: Reflections on the Arms Trade Treaty 2019 Annual Reports.”

In Myanmar’s upcoming general elections, Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s ruling party, the NLD, is widely expected to emerge victorious. Nevertheless, since the party came to power in 2015, it has faced numerous international challenges.

During these pivotal times for Myanmar, join East Asia Program Co-Director Yun Sun, Ambassador U Aung Lynn, Dr. Aung Naing Oo, and Priscilla Clapp in a post-election virtual discussion unpacking the results and what they mean for the future of the peace process, the Rohingya crisis, and Myanmar’s relationship with the world.

Join us for the launch of the 2020 edition of Taiwan Security Brief. In three policy briefs, the challenges, opportunities, and critical policy choices that Taiwan has faced in 2020 are paired with recommendations for Taiwan and the U.S. to consider in 2021. The three authors will discuss developments in U.S.-Taiwan relations, cross-Strait relations, and Taiwan’s domestic policy response to the pandemic.

Celebrate the launch of Stimson South Asia’s latest online course, “Deterrence in Southern Asia,” with a panel discussion on rising military and strategic competition across the region. Experts and “Deterrence in Southern Asia” course lecturers Rabia Akhtar, Chris Clary, Happymon Jacob, and Tong Zhao will assess the state of deterrence across the U.S.-China-India-Pakistan strategic chain and share their perspectives on crisis stability in this region in the 21st century.

Nearly two decades after 9/11, the CIA and Special Operations Forces have become increasingly involved in U.S. counterterrorism operations around the world –often operating in the shadows and under a growing set of broad exceptions to the rules that govern the lawful use of lethal force, civilian harm mitigation, transparency, and accountability. Join the Stimson Center and the Center for Civilians in Conflict for a discussion of these programs and the launch of a new report examining the tradeoffs involved with normalizing these exceptions, and offering concrete recommendations for increasing public awareness and strengthening oversight and accountability.

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Past Events

Armed drones continue to proliferate, and States remain largely silent on their legal justifications guiding targeted drone strikes. Without bold leadership and multilateral collaboration, the global community remains at risk of unchecked proliferation and irresponsible use and export of drones.

In this webinar, experts will discuss current trends, initiatives, and opportunities that could be undertaken in a multilateral and collaborative process to build meaningful standards on the proliferation and use of armed drones.

Changing regional dynamics and new realities in Philippine domestic politics over the past four years have posed challenges to policy makers in both Washington and Manila.

Duterte previously declared his intention to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement that authorized US military personnel to train with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and a key element of the bilateral security relationship. Termination has now been suspended, and last month during his UNGA speech Duterte articulated a more forceful defense of the Philippine position on the South China Sea dispute.

With less than two years left in his term, where is President Duterte taking Philippine policy? Are we seeing hints of “rebalance” in Duterte’s “equi-balanced” foreign policy approach toward the U.S., China, and other major players? What is the U.S. strategy to sustain its relationship with the Philippines?

This event is co-hosted with the US – Philippines Society.

Join us for the launch of Abraham M. Denmark’s new book “U.S. Strategy in the Asian Century: Empowering Allies and Partners.”

The United States must adapt its approach to the Indo-Pacific region as competition with China intensifies. Stimson’s Japan Program sits down with Abraham M. Denmark to discuss how the United States can better work with its regional partners to build a sustainable strategy.

China is at once a vital economic partner to ASEAN countries and a potentially threatening and much larger neighbor. For China, the region to its south occupies important strategic space. How can these states keep their relations balanced and centered in turbulent times? Join us for the first Southeast Asia Forum virtual luncheon on October 14 for a discussion with Yun Sun, Marvin Ott, and Bill Wise.

International arms sales represent an enduring and prominent feature of U.S. foreign policy. Yet arms transfers come with inherent risks, and too often U.S. weapons contribute to global tensions, human rights violations, and civilian harm.

In recent years, Congress has relinquished its oversight responsibilities over who receives U.S. weapons and how they are used, often to devastating results. Join CIVIC and the Stimson Center for the launch of a new report on the ways in which Congress can reassert its oversight role and ensure that arms transfers better reflect American values and promote long-term U.S. interests.

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