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Venezuela: The Chávez Question

October 23, 2009 — Mark P. Sullivan, a specialist in Latin American Affairs for the Congressional Research Service who recently returned from a trip to the region, joined us for a discussion on the current status of Venezuela and the future of U.S. relations with the home of the Bolivarian Revolution. Mr. Sullivan discussed the …

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Japan’s Air Defense Capabilities For The New Decade – The “CHANGE” For The Success

With the evolving strategic environment abroad and the considerable political changes at home, Japan faces a significant challenge in rethinking its defense policy priorities, including the future direction of its defense capability build-up.  As Japan Ministry of Defense moves (JMOD) to revise its five-year National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) and Mid-Term Defense Program (MTDP), policymakers …

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Fragile Partnership: Taiwan’s Pol-Mil Relations, 2000-2008

Illustrated by five major encounters between the civilian and senior military officer during 2000-2008 — including the initiation of doctrinal innovation (2000), implementation of the 2001 U.S. arms sale package (2002-2004), removal of the “two Chiangs” symbolic legacy (2006-2008), institutionalization of the annual Yu Shan Exercise (2006-2008), and establishment of the Taiwan-Go Company (2007-2008) – …

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The Stimson Center participates in experts’ meeting in Kingston, Jamaica on usage of UNSCR 1540

The Stimson Center, in collaboration with the Office of the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States, the Caribbean Community, and the Governments of Canada and the United States, hosted an experts meeting in Kingston, Jamaica on implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540. The focus of the workshop was to highlight …

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Space Security

Security for a New Century hosted Michael Krepon, co-founder of the Henry L Stimson Center and director of its Space Security Program for a discussion on space diplomacy under the new administration. Historically, space diplomacy is very rare – the last treaty concerning outer space was during the Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. One of …

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Iran’s Stakes In The New Iraq: Dilemmas For The Region And For Washington

Luncheon Roundtable The Century Foundation and the Henry L. Stimson Center are pleased to invite you to a luncheon roundtable on Friday, 1 May 2009, to discuss Iran’s Stakes in the New Iraq: Dilemmas for the Region and for Washington.   The U.S. war to overthrow Saddam Hussein’s fiercely Arab nationalist regime in Iraq has opened …

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The Mexican Drug Cartels

The sharp increase in gang related violence along the US-Mexico border has propelled the drug trade towards the top of both the national security and the political agenda. Fresh tales of violence perpetrated by drug cartels appear in print and on television each day, leading to the issue being depicted by some as ‘war on …

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Cyber Security: The Path Forward

Mr. Michael Aisenberg, counselor to the president of Information and Infrastructure Technologies and former director of Government Relations and National Security program manager at Verisign, will join us for a discussion on cyber security. Cyber security is crucial to ensuring system continuity by preventing, detecting, and responding to attacks. Where do these attacks originate? What …

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Military Reform and Innovation

Dr. Lawrence Korb, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information, will join us for a discussion on military reform and innovation to face 21st century threats. Dr. Korb argues that the focus on conventional confrontations, where the U.S. military dominates, also leaves it less …

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Bad Days in Basra

The 2003 occupation of Iraq by US and coalition forces continues to be studied and assessed.  We are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to hear an insider British account of the early days of the occupation.  Hillary Synnott will talk about his explosive new book, BAD DAYS IN BASRA: My Turbulent Time as Britain’s …

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Fixing Failed States

Dr. Ashraf Ghani, chair of the Institute of State Effectiveness and former finance minister of post-Taliban Afghanistan, and Ms. Clare Lockhart, director of the Institute of State Effectiveness, joined us for a discussion of their recent book, Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World.  They argue that an integrated state-building approach where …

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The Political Crisis in Zimbabwe

Sydney Masamvu, a Pretoria-based analyst with the Southern Africa project for the International Crisis Group, joined us for a discussion on the political crisis in Zimbabwe and the fate of Robert Mugabe. Nine days after the presidential elections, the country is waiting for a court ruling to determine whether the final vote tally will be released. …

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Geopolitics in the Andean Region

Mr. Michael Shifter, vice-president for policy and director of the Andean Program at the Inter-American Dialogue, joined us for a discussion on geopolitics in the Andean region.  There is tension among Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador stemming from Colombia’s recent encroachment on Ecuador’s territory during a raid on a FARC rebel camp.  Ecuador severed diplomatic ties …

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Crisis in Kenya

In Kenya, the contested presidential election results of December 2007 led to over 1,000 deaths and the displacement of some 300,000 others in waves of violence with a serious ethnic character.  Earlier this week the African Union-sponsored negotiations between Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and President Mwai Kibaki’s Party of National Unity (PNU), led …

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The Stimson Center Participates In Experts’ Meeting In The Dominican Republic On Usage Of UNSCR 15

The Stimson Center, in collaboration with the Office of the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States, the Stanley Foundation, and the Government of Canada, hosted an experts meeting on implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 in the Dominican Republic. The purpose of this meeting was to identify development and capacity building …

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Reducing the Psychological Price of War

Dr. Jonathan Shay, Congressional Research Service and author of “Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming” will join us for a discussion on preventing psychological and moral injury in military service.

Back from the Brink: Evaluating Progress in Colombia

Dr. Peter DeShazo, director of the CSIS Americas Program, and former deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, will join us for a discussion on Colombia’s record in reversing instability and economic distress.  He traces the formulation and approval of Plan Colombia during the administration of President Andrés Pastrana and the subsequent policies …

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Merchant of Death

  Douglas Farah, former West African bureau chief of the Washington Post, and Stephen Braun, Pulitzer-prize winning national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, will join us for a discussion about Victor Bout, the focus of their new book Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes and the Man Who Makes War Possible.  Bout is a …

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Nigeria’s Elections and Its Implications for US Foreign Policy

Dr. Robert A. Pastor, Director, Center for Democracy and Election Management at American University, will join us for a discussion on the outcome and the implications of the 2007 Nigerian Elections. The elections which marked the first democratic transition in Nigeria from one civilian head of state to another, were marred by widespread violence, disruption …

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The Crisis in Zimbabwe

Ambassador Anderbrhan Giorgis, Africa Director for the International Crisis Group,  discusses political developments in Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF government has undertaken a violent crackdown against political opposition and civil society. Zimbabwe has the highest rate of inflation in the world, 2,200 percent. The combination of an economic meltdown, rampant corruption, humanitarian crisis and repression, …

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The Challenges of Inter-Agency Cooperation

Larry Wilkerson, U.S. Army Colonel (retired) and former Chief of Staff of the State Department, leads part two of the SNC series on National Security Reform where he discusses his experiences in conducting inter-agency operations within the national security framework.  According to Wilkerson, “Interagency cooperation, let alone interagency effectiveness, in implementing Presidential decisions is virtually …

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Talk by Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi

Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi, the Minister of Economy and Planning of the United Arab Emirates, addressed an audience of Washington-based Gulf watchers at The Henry L. Stimson Center on March 12, 2007. The event was moderated by Lincoln Bloomfield, a member of the Center’s Board of Directors and a former Assistant Secretary of State for …

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The End of the War as We Know It?

General Sir Rupert Smith (ret), former Deputy Supreme Commander Allied Powers Europe, discusses whether we are facing a new age of warfare. He contends that war as we traditionally know it, no longer exists. The ends for which we fight are changing. We fight in populated areas, without a distinct battlefield. Our conflicts tend to …

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US Foreign Assistance and America’s Image Abroad

Dr. Lael Brainard, Vice President, The Brookings Institution, and Director of the Global Economy and Development Program, joined Ken Ballen, President of Terror Free Tomorrow, for a discussion on resolving international security challenges and advancing US national interest through effective foreign aid. Ballen will discuss recent research that highlights the relationship between foreign assistance and …

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A Nuclear Fuel Bank: Risk and Response in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Lawrence Scheinman, Distinguished Professor of the Monterey Institute Center for Non Proliferation Studies, and Laura Holgate, Vice President for Russia/New Independent States Programs, Nuclear Threat Initiative, discuss the concept of a nuclear fuel bank to assure the international supply of nuclear fuel. NTI has offered $50 million to help establish a low enriched uranium stockpile …

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Cuba – After Castro?

Dr. Julia Sweig, Senior Fellow, Council of Foreign Relations, discusses the current situation in Cuba and the prospects for the country post Castro. After undergoing surgery for a serious, yet undisclosed medical condition, Fidel Castro temporarily handed power over to his brother Raul. All signs suggest that after five decades, Castro’s tenure in power may …

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Track-Two Diplomacy and the Middle East

Dr. Steven Spiege from the University of California discusses the most recent meetings of the Conference on Regional Security in the Middle East which took place in Athens. A separate military-to-military meeting also took place in Turkey.  These track-two diplomacy meetings were held in the midst of four regional crises-the Israeli-Hezbollah war in Lebanon, the …

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China and Japan National Security: A Japanese Perspective

Dr. Yasuhiro Matsuda, the 2006 Joji Konoshima Distinguished Scholar at the US-Asia Institute, discusses the rise of China as perceived through a Japanese lens.  Japan plays a critical role in the current U.S. security architecture within the Asia Pacific region.  As China’s regional influence increases, the U.S. appears to be increasingly reliant on its relationship …

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Haiti: After the Elections

Tim Carney, former US Ambassador to Haiti and Mark Schneider, Senior Vice President of the International Crisis Group discussed the recent economic and political changes in Haiti, a month after new president Rene Preval took office in May 2006. Speakers discussed the challenges facing the Preval government, as they attempt to recover from decades of …

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Fourth Generation Warfare

William Lind, Free Congress Foundation and Chet Richards author of “Neither Shall the Sword” will join us for a discussion of fourth generation warfare and the implications of the shift away from large-scale state-vs-state conflicts. Both writers have been critical of the Defense Department’s efforts at transformation, as well it’s ability to meet current and …

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German-Iran Relations

Baron Paul von Maltzahn, German Ambassador in Tehran will join us for a discussion of German policy towards Iran. The Ambassador is a mideast expert who has served in Tehran since 2003. Previously he served as German Ambassador in Cairo, he has also served tours in Damascus, Algiers and Beirut. “Security for a New Century” …

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Economic and Social Development in Palestine

Ross Anthony, Associate Director, RAND Corporation and Jim Prince, President of the Democracy Council, discuss economic and social development in Palestine. The recent Palestinian elections highlighted the issues of economic opportunity and corruption. The Palestinian Authority is heavily dependent on foreign donors who make up a substantial part of the budget, including schools, health care …

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Security in Israel and Palestine: After the Rise of Hamas

Ambassador Robert Hunter, Senior Advisor, and Seth Jones, Political Scientist, both with the RAND Corporation and Rob Malley from the International Crisis Group, discuss the current security challenges in Israel and Palestine. After the Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections, President Mahmoud Abbas has declared that Hamas cannot form a government unless it renounces violence. …

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Chechnya and the North Caucasus: Radical Islam, Insurgency and Human Rights

Dr. Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Dr. Anatol Lieven, Senior Research Fellow, at the New America Foundation, discuss the political and security outlook for Chechnya and the North Caucasus in the wake of the recent elections. As predicted the pro-Kremlin United party “won” 60% of the vote, in the first elections …

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China and Internet Security

Andrew McLaughlin, Senior Policy Counsel for Google, discusses China’s efforts to control the internet. China has developed one of the most sophisticated efforts to filter and regulate the web, involving multiple agencies and layers of government. It attempts to censor web pages, blogs, online chat, and email. The attempts to filter and control the web …

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The Challenge of Dealing with Syria

The Southwest Asia project hosted a roundtable discussion on Syria on December 19, 2005. David Ignatius of the Washington Post and Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma and Syriacomment.com spoke about Syrian domestic and foreign developments. Landis’ presentation focused on Bashar Assad’s own perception of Syria’s situation and predicament. Landis argued that Bashar, by …

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