There are serious flaws in the global financial system in which the U.S. dollar plays the preeminent role. The flaws arise from growing inequality, climate change, and unconstrained financial innovation. The world is suffering simultaneously from excess liquidity and from a mismatch between essential green investments and appropriate long-term financing. Without structural reforms in the financial system, both rich and poor countries will be unable to escape the secular stagnation that is driving populist protests and undermining social stability. These reforms can only be implemented successfully through cooperative action by the United States and other major stakeholders, including Europe, Japan, and China.

Join East Asia Co-Director Yun Sun and Non-Resident Fellow Lex Rieffel in an online discussion with Andrew Sheng as they review these issues and discuss ways forward.

On 21 September 2020, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations (UN75 Declaration), which outlines a vision and twelve distinct commitments toward enhancing international cooperation and strengthening “coordination and global governance for the common future of present and coming generations.” It tasks the Secretary-General to report back by September 2021 “with recommendations to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges.”

The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Stimson Center, Academic Council on the UN System (ACUNS), Plataforma CIPÓ, and Leiden University are pleased to invite you to participate in this virtual event aimed at facilitating independent reflection as a contribution to the Secretary-General’s Our Common Agenda report. In particular, the event intends to respond to the question “In marking 75 years of the United Nations, how can the results of last year’s intense reflection now be turned into action and contribute to innovation and strengthening of the world body?”

This forum seeks to provoke debate on the necessary efforts for translating the momentum generated in 2020 into tangible actions for reinvigorating and strengthening the United Nations. While maintaining a global outlook, it will consider Europe’s role and potential in mobilizing capabilities, ideas and networks needed to advance our common agenda for a UN fit for the future.

Operation Tomodachi depended on close coordination between Japan and the United States in the field. Join us for a discussion on how the Bilateral Coordination Action Team enabled ground forces to quickly respond to the disaster. MG Craig Q. “Lake” Timberlake (ret., USMC) and MG Jiro Hiroe (JGSDF) will share their experiences and reflections on this critical operation.

Regional experts from India and Pakistan review The Quetta Experience and The Wellington Experience, two books by Stimson Distinguished Fellow, Col. David Smith that provide insight into the Indian and Pakistani armies’ internal and external threat perceptions. This webinar, based on a South Asian Voices special series, will examine the themes in the books and assess what they may portend for India and Pakistan’s security dynamics and regional strategy in the future.

What do North Korea’s foreign affairs and policy priorities look like beyond the six-party countries? Please join the Stimson Center and the KF-VUB Korea Chair for a roundtable discussion on North Korea’s underexamined relationships with countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Join us for this year’s Turtle Bay Security Roundtable featuring a discussion with Mr. Nobu Okada, Founder and CEO of Astrocale, Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation, and cochair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council. This roundtable will discuss the threats posed by space debris, the approach to tackling them, the wider implications for public-private ventures in space, and the need for norms of responsible behaviors.


In the final webinar of our series commemorating the 10th anniversary of Operation Tomodachi, in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake, join us for a discussion with ADM Patrick Walsh and GEN Ryoichi Oriki, who will share their reflections on their experience and the lessons for further deepening US-Japan defense cooperation moving forward.

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