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 Astroscale, Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation, and co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Space. 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.

Following over four years of work, Stimson’s Nuclear Security Program is proud to present the culmination of its research exploring incentives that would encourage the civilian nuclear sector to adopt cost-effective security practices that go beyond regulatory minimums. The research led to the development of a Security Governance Template to help licensees perform a high-level review of their security practices while facilitating communication with stakeholders.

Since adopting its landmark Policy on the Protection of Civilians (PoC) in 2016, NATO has made meaningful progress toward implementation. Yet, significant work remains as the Alliance faces new challenges and considers its future. 2021 is a critical year of opportunities, including the Policy’s five-year anniversary, the NATO2030 initiative, and a summit.

Please join us as we discuss the history of the Policy, its importance for NATO’s future, and opportunities and recommendations for further implementation.

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Past Events

South Asian Voices Visiting Fellows Asma Khalid, Chirayu Thakkar, Fizza Batool, and Saurav Sarkar present their research and policy recommendations on some of the subcontinent’s most pertinent strategic issues. These presentations are the result of a year-long fellowship with the Stimson Center South Asia Program. Fellows will examine the changing deterrence landscape in South Asia, U.S.-India cooperation in multilateral institutions, the role of Pakistani political parties in the Afghanistan peace process, and the potential impact of the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP) on intra-Afghan negotiations.

Stimson South Asia Program Visiting Fellows represent a diversity of perspectives and experience. As members of a term academic program, their writing and views do not necessarily represent those of the South Asia program or of the Stimson Center.

This event – hosted by the Missions of Norway and the United Arab Emirates to the UN and Powering Peace (a partnership between the Stimson Center and Energy Peace Partners) – will present the latest evidence from the field on ways to reduce peacekeeping missions’ reliance on high-cost diesel in favor of cleaner more effective sustainable energy infrastructure options that benefit UN missions, support host communities, and meet the UN Secretariat’s climate goals.

The Stimson Center and Stimson’s 38 North program, working with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), brought together analysts as well as former US and South Korean military officers to assess the current situation on and around the Korean Peninsula.

The webinar examined lessons learned from President Trump’s approach to North Korea and what aspects of that approach the incoming Biden administration can or should maintain; how both diplomacy and defense are mutually reinforcing when it comes to North Korea; and the prospects and challenges for diplomacy in 2021 and beyond amidst COVID-19, a rapidly shifting strategic environment, and changing US leadership. The speakers engaged the audience on the issue of China’s relationship to North Korea and the sanctions regime, possible differences between the US and ROK approaches to talks with the North, alarming advancements in North Korea’s conventional weaponry and asymmetric capabilities, and the historical origins of and shared values within the US-ROK alliance.

Audience members were also given three polling questions, asking: whether or not President Biden should be willing to meet directly with Kim Jong UN; what the best policy options were in approaching North Korea in the future; and how best to approach US alliances.

Since the devastating terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Congress, the U.S. Government, and U.S. allies have devoted significant resources to making sure another large-scale, foreign-directed attack does not occur on U.S. soil, and they have been successful in this regard. However, many analysts warn that the terrorism threat today is more diffuse and diverse and thus more difficult to tackle than before. Moreover, emergent technologies and social media have added a dangerous accelerant to the diffusion of extremist beliefs and recruitment around the globe. To contextualize the contemporary terrorist threat to U.S. interests and the U.S. homeland, the Stimson Center’s Security for a New Century (SNC) program hosted a panel of experts to explore the intentions and capabilities of lone actors and extremist groups, both at home and abroad; how trends in the United States and Europe, in particular Germany, differ and intersect; and the role Congress can or should play in addressing this pervasive but evolving terrorism threat. The discussion touched on a complex array of issues spanning national security and counterterrorism policy, domestic law enforcement, civil rights and liberties, and private sector technology policy.

The webinar was a closed-door program for Congressional staffers, conducted under the Chatham House Rule. The panelists offered a combination of senior-level U.S. government experience and analytical expertise. The panel highlighted that terrorists have demonstrated their resilience and ability to expand operations and are looking to take advantage of the pandemic, and while the jihadists threat has not gone away, there is a need to rebalance and focus more attention on domestic extremism from the far-right, white supremacist groups. The panel noted that far-right terrorist attacks in Western countries have increased by 250% since 2014, and since the 1980s, white supremacist groups have adopted a leaderless resistance strategy, encouraging organization and violent action by individuals or small cells. To confront this trend, the panelists discussed steps Congress and the Biden administration could take, including: increasing research on how far-right terrorisms differs from other forms, bolstering training to identify insider threats in state and local law enforcement, creating a commission to investigate the January 6th attack on the Capitol, and investing in deradicalization/exit programs, among others.

Please join us for a discussion with representatives from Congress, the U.S. Government, Ambassadors, and scientific experts on combatting wildlife crime.

Wildlife crime is transnational, organized, and often fueled by corruption. It devastates the security of communities, while destroying ecosystems and wildlife. In addition, evidence that COVID-19 jumped from a zoonotic-host has led to renewed calls to further regulate the wildlife trade.

In response to the devastating impact of wildlife crime to the securities of communities, ecosystems and wildlife, the the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime was created to encourage States to fill gaps in international law by progressing two related reforms: to create a new global agreement through the adoption of a fourth Protocol on wildlife crime under the UN Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime, and to amend CITES to incorporate public and animal health criteria into its decision making.

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