Please join the Environmental Security Program and Island Press for a discussion on coastal city resilience and to launch the new book, A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation: United Design, Economics, and Policy. The event will bring together federal and city government leaders, policy makers, and practitioners to offer perspectives on how to develop comprehensive climate adaptation solutions in coastal cities.

The Stimson Center, ACUNS, Plataforma CIPÓ, and Leiden University are pleased to announce the launch of a new Global Governance Innovation Network (GGIN). At this ACUNS Annual meeting plenary session, participants will be informed about how they can engage GGIN activities and advance its core mission of bringing together scholars and policymakers to examine and offer solutions to major global governance problems.

The Stimson Center’s Global Governance, Justice and Security program is pleased to announce its participation at the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Annual Meeting 2021, Toward a Fit for Future UN System (24-26 June). Please register for the conference and join the Stimson Center for this session.

The Stimson Center will launch its latest report, “Beyond UN75: A Roadmap for Inclusive, Networked & Effective Global Governance.” The report considers the new kinds of tools, networks, and institutions, combined with enlightened global leadership, required to take forward the twelve commitments at the heart of the UN75 Declaration.

The Stimson Center’s Global Governance, Justice and Security program is pleased to announce its participation at the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Annual Meeting 2021, Toward a Fit for Future UN System (24-26 June). Please register for the conference and join the Stimson Center for this session.

The Coalition for the UN We Need and the Stimson Center will host a roundtable discussion to review recommendations from the Fulfilling the UN75 Declaration Expert Roundtable Series through the lens of a framework of principles for civil society engagement and mobilization – “A People’s Commitment” – that formed part of the UN75 People’s Declaration and Plan for Global Action, adopted in May 2020. The discussion will focus on the requirements for successful implementation of the anticipated intergovernmental process to follow the UN Secretary-General’s report Our Common Agenda, as well as informing participants of the work of C4UN and related participation opportunities.

This roundtable, co-hosted by the Center on Governance through Human Rights and the Stimson Center, will discuss how and why anocratic states have become the “new normal.” Studies and research on democracy often focuses on two political regimes: democracy and autocracy. However, decolonization and the decline of totalitarian regimes have multiplied the number of states mixing democratic with autocratic features. 2021 marks the 30th year after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dramatic paradigm shifts from totalitarianism to liberal and consensus building democracies, but, nevertheless, we see again the rise of hybrid, defective, anocratic, and mixed regime types.

The Philippines faces security challenges from within –maintaining peace in Muslim Mindanao and managing armed insurgency by the Communist Party of the Philippines’–as well as in the contested waters of the South China Sea where Chinese aggression threatens Philippine territorial claims. Although the military alliance with the U.S. is viewed as key to sustaining Philippine defense capabilities by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Duterte administration has pulled back from the U.S. alliance. Join us for a discussion with Ann Bajo and Greg Poling about the Philippines’ security problems from Manila’s perspective.

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Past Events

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.

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 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.

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.

Two weeks into his administration on February 4, 2021, President Biden announced that the United States would no longer support offensive military operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales. The announcement marked a shift in U.S. policy toward Yemen and brought to the fore current U.S. arms transfer policies and the role that U.S. arms sales can have in sustaining conflict and facilitating harm. In recent years, Congress has also increasingly discussed the role of arms sales in U.S. foreign policy, proposing and passing numerous resolutions of disapproval on controversial arms transfers.

In light of this renewed attention on U.S. arms sales and to mark the Biden administration’s and the 117th Congress’ first 100 days, please join the Forum on the Arms Trade, the Stimson Center, PAX, and the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) for an expert conversation on the U.S. government’s approach to – as well as roles and responsibilities in – the global arms trade.

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