Join the Stimson Center and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) for a discussion on recent trends in global military spending and the international arms trade. The webinar will feature SIPRI’s latest global trends reports and examine the impact of events that occurred in the last year –including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, renewed pressure to halt arms sales to irresponsible actors, and the election of the Biden administration in the United States –on arms transfer dynamics and military expenditures. Experts will discuss how political and economic conditions affect recent trend lines and explore potential implications for the future.

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.

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Past Events

Preventing and mitigating diversion of conventional weapons from licit to illicit markets is a central element of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The theme of the 7th Conference of States Parties to the ATT focuses on strengthening efforts to eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons and ensure efficient stockpile management and is closely linked with efforts to combat diversion. This side event will underscore the importance of stockpile management in the context of the ATT as well as discuss other measures that States can utilize to address diversion risks.

Join the Stimson Center, the Small Arms Survey, Conflict Armament Research, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, and the Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations in Geneva for an expert discussion on practical tools national governments can use to address the risks and impacts of weapons diversion and better secure the global arms trade.

Please join the Stimson Center Alfred Lee Loomis Innovation Council Co-Chair France Hoang in a conversation with Clint Watts on some of the critical challenges facing the U.S. and the world at the intersection of technology and national security. The discussion will include the impact of state and non-state actors’ use of information, private military force, and alternative finance; climate change and cybersecurity; and the internet’s role in shaping perceptions and the resulting consequences for democracy.

The Alfred Lee Loomis Innovation Council is a forum for America’s technology leaders and policymakers to share expertise, build innovative solutions to 21st century problems, and consider the future of U.S. technology policy. Learn more about the Council.

The Biden administration will soon release its North Korea policy review, charting its path and approach to denuclearization and peace on the Peninsula. Reading closely into Washington’s course are regional stakeholders, including Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo. How the new administration’s approach reflects continuity and change from the past administration’s will intimately shape the complex interactions at play in the region’s security environment.

Join East Asia Co-Directors Yun Sun and Yuki Tatsumi, as well as 38 North’s Jenny Town, as they outline what’s expected in the policy review and provide key insights on the Chinese, Japanese, and South Korean perspectives to Washington’s policy direction.

Please join the Stimson South Asia Program for the book launch and discussion of Andrew Radin’s new book, Institution-Building in Weak States: The Primacy of Local Politics. Radin, a political scientist at the RAND Corporation, will apply findings from his book to address the challenge of effective institution-building in Afghanistan in the context of the current peace process.

The discussion will focus on the role of institutions in generating a sustainable peace, the interests of domestic stakeholders, and likely challenges to international community engagement in a post-settlement environment. Elizabeth Threlkeld, South Asia Program Deputy Director, will offer discussant remarks and Sameer Lalwani, South Asia Program Director, will moderate.

Join the Washington Foreign Law Society and the Stimson Center in this second 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?

The 2017 NotPetya cyberattack cost businesses hundreds of millions of dollars, and the attack is still roiling through insurance markets and some courts. A key issue is under what circumstances state-backed hacks are covered by various kinds of insurance policies or are excluded for being “hostile or warlike acts.” Lloyd’s Market Association is still reviewing alternative industry approaches that can satisfy market needs. Meanwhile, what can/should businesses do in terms of insurance coverage, especially given the difficulties in the classic NMA 464 exclusions, to make sure they have appropriate coverage? How might thresholds be set so that the insurance market itself is sustainable? And might any of these solutions lead to holding threat actors more accountable?

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