Join Stimson Center’s Defense Strategy and Planning Program and China Program for a discussion of the newly released monograph by Dr. Raymond Kuo, Contests of Initiative: Countering China’s Gray Zone Strategy in the East and South China Seas, on China’s maritime gray zone strategy and how the U.S. and its Asian security partners can preserve regional peace, uphold freedom of the seas, and deter conflict.

Across the Pacific, policymakers are increasingly concerned about China’s gray zone strategy in the East and South China Seas. China relies on sub-conventional military power to drive off challengers and prevent escalation, while simultaneously seizing territory and asserting maritime control. Yun Sun, Director of Stimson’s China program, will moderate a discussion about China’s activities and objectives, and the broader debate about how best to counter China’s gray zone strategy.

Please join us for a discussion about politics in the Philippines one year ahead of the 2022 presidential election with Sheila S. Coronel and Patricio Abinales. The roundtable will review potential presidential candidates and examine issues facing the Philippines and its international partners leading up to the election. Our guest analysts will consider how the “lame duck” effect could impact President Duterte’s approach to his last year in office, the challenges of balancing foreign and domestic politics, and regional problems such as the South China Sea conflict.

Join East Asia Co-Director Yun Sun in an online discussion of Non-Resident Fellow Lex Rieffel’s new policy paper on the issues of debt and China, titled Normalizing China’s Relations with the Paris Club. Scott Morris from the Center for Global Development will contribute additional insights on this important issue and discuss ways forward.

The COVID-19 pandemic has strained low-income countries as they service their external debts, leaving them to turn to the Paris Club for relief. China, a significant lender of debt, is not a member of the Paris Club and has dealt with countries struggling to meet debt obligations differently. Key to understanding how debtors will recover from the pandemic and how borrower-lender relations evolve between the Global North and South will be analyzing how China and the Paris Club view debt and how they may can reconcile differences for the greater global good.

In this South Asian Voices virtual roundtable, experts will explore how the border standoff that began in eastern Ladakh a year ago has shaped India-China relations. Panelists will examine how the crisis on the Line of Actual Control has impacted each country’s threat perceptions, strategic posture, and diplomatic and economic approach, as well as what these moves may mean for Sino-Indian bilateral ties moving forward.

Join us for a discussion with George Black, Susan Hammond, Sera Koulabdara, and Shelley Inglis about the opportunity to address unacknowledged legacies of war in Laos. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin will provide opening remarks and Ambassador Khamphan Anlavan from the Embassy of Lao PDR will provide closing remarks.

Although it has been 46 years since the end of the Vietnam War, Agent Orange and unexploded ordnance are war legacies which continued to negatively impact the lives and health of people in affected areas today. Over the last two decades the United States and Vietnam have built a collaborative and forward-looking relationship through addressing these legacies of war, and there is growing evidence of the need and opportunity to extend that work to affected communities in neighboring Laos.

George Black is the author of the recent NYT article that brought these legacies of war in Laos to light.

It has been nearly a quarter century since Japan took the initiative in establishing a UN Group of Government Experts on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW). This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Programme of Action (PoA) on SALW.

In light of the 7th Biennial Meeting on the PoA scheduled in July, Japan aims to review the current SALW issues facing the international community with focus on the roles of General Assembly and Security Council.

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 Central Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Join the Washington Foreign Law Society and the Stimson Center in this third in a series of discussions dissecting cyber issues as they relate to current and potential legal accountability: Cyber Accountability – Who did it? Is it wrong? Can they be stopped?

Cyber espionage, sabotage and cyber crime are on the rise. State-sponsored operations are increasing too; however, accountability is difficult because of anonymity in cyberspace and political sensitivities with attribution. The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack that caused fuel shortages in parts of the US is only the most recent example. What’s to be done to curb attackers? How effective have targeted sanctions been and what else can be done? In 2019, the EU developed a cyber diplomacy toolbox – is it working and what can countries learn from this effort?

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