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The “New North Korea”: Security Implications of North Korea’s Social Changes

While the world’s attention has been focused on the denuclearization talks with North Korea, the country’s domestic social changes have evaded public scrutiny. The burgeoning market economy, the internal social control and the securitization of society management all have key implications for the threat perception of the North Korean government, hence the goals and approaches …

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U.S. Foreign Arms Sales

 The conversation opened with a discussion of the main categories of arms sales, the primary legislative vehicles for these sales, and how provision of these goods and services to foreign partners can further U.S. national security interests. Staff inquired about recent regulatory reforms which have undermined Congress’ oversight role and asked why it remains so …

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Prospects for North Korean Denuclearization post-Stockholm

The conversation kicked off with a discussion of how the breakdown in talks likely signals internal debate in North Korea about the desirability of denuclearization as well as growing North Korean impatience with South Korea’s inaction vis-a-vis inter-Korean economic projects. Staff inquired as to whether China can be pressured to exert greater influence over North …

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The Status of US-DPRK Relations

Staff asked a range of questions about areas for additional leverage over DPRK, especially sanctions, and the impact on readiness of suspending the joint US-ROK military exercises. Concerns were raised about North Korea’s current missile capabilities, especially in light of short-range missile tests since May and a supposed new submarine, and options for reducing tensions …

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Contesting the Indo-Pacific: Military Technology and the Shifting Offense-Defense Balance

China’s growing capability and influence across the Indo-Pacific provokes pressing questions for U.S. strategy in the region. With Asia undergoing major power transitions and advances in military technology potentially shifting the offense-defense balance, how should the United States, its allies, and its partners across the Indo-Pacific respond? Eugene Gholz (University of Notre Dame) will present research …

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The Security Implications of Distant Water Fleets and Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported Fishing

Commercial fishing is big business, with over 56 million people working on vessels to support it. Despite this, a lack of transparency exists across the entire seafood supply chain, impeding effective fisheries management. Distant water fishing (DWF) fleets operate in the shadows. With a lack of information on where they fish, what they catch, and …

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A Long Separation: A Photo Series of Korean Separated Families

Art reception to discuss the context and stories of a series of portraits “A Long Separation” exhibited at the Stimson Center. Artist, Laura Elizabeth Pohl, explains her inspiration and stories she found moving of families that were divided from loved ones in North Korea. Featuring: Laura Elizabeth Pohl, Photographer Remarks: Jenny Town,, Fellow, Stimson Center & …

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Voices from Japan: Japan’s National Security Policy and the U.S.-Japan Alliance in the 2020s

Japan updated its two major defense-planning documents in December 2018—the National Defense Program Guidelines for policy guidance, and the Mid-Term Defense Program for acquisition. Both documents are unprecedented in the heightened sense of urgency for Japan’s security challenges, and the ambitiousness of the plan for its future defense force to address them. The latest defense …

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“One Year to Go to the UN 75 Summit: Innovating Global Governance for 21st Century Challenges”

With the recent adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/73/299) on the consultative process toward a declaration for the 75th anniversary commemoration of the United Nations and an associated Leaders Summit, in September 2020 in New York, the time is ripe to contribute innovative ideas and diverse perspectives and to begin to give greater …

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Competitive Security Dynamics in Southern Asia: Conflicts, Challenges, and Choices

The past six months have seen major disruptions in stability across southern Asia. As tensions in Kashmir continue to simmer, a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan is up for debate, and nationalist discourses gain traction in the region, all eyes are on the strategic dynamics in Southern Asia. This year–the 20th anniversary of the Kargil crisis …

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Lessons from Taiwan: Disinformation, Cybersecurity, and Energy Security

The East Asia Program is launching a new annual series, Taiwan Security Brief. In the inaugural volume, three emerging researchers examine the impact of several nontraditional security challenges in Taiwan: online disinformation, cybersecurity in the digital economy, and energy security. How can Taiwan effectively mitigate problems in these security issues? What opportunities does Taiwan have …

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Addressing Southeast Asia’s Infrastructure Gap

Join us for a conversation with Ramesh Subramaniam on regional dynamics and the Asian Development Bank’s strong partnership in the region’s transformation. To maintain growth momentum, Southeast Asia needs vast investments in infrastructure – about $210 billion dollars a year according to an Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimate. Current investment levels are substantially less than …

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US-Japan-Australia Infrastructure Collaboration in the Indo-Pacific: Opportunities and Obstacles

Infrastructure needs in developing Asia are vast: the Asian Development Bank estimates that $26 trillion is needed through 2030. Bridging this infrastructure gap will require significantly increased engagement and public spending from governments, assistance from donor governments and international financial institutions, and—most importantly—unlocking investment from the private sector. The Free and Open Indo-Pacific has a …

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U.S.-Taiwan Relations: Reflections on 40 Years of the TRA

Since President Jimmy Carter signed the Taiwan Relations Act into law in 1979, the United States and Taiwan have maintained unofficial relations, including trade, people-to-people exchanges, and cultural ties. In the forty years since the Act was signed, the U.S.-Taiwan relationship has been a long-standing friendship between two democracies, surviving periods of tension with China. …

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Policy vs. Politics: Tackling the myth that voters are disconnected from foreign policy

Both the United States and Japan are deep in their political campaign seasons ahead of elections. With so much happening in many foreign policy areas ranging from Iran and North Korea, to U.S.-China tension over trade, there is much to discuss in foreign policy circles. On the other hand, there is a “myth” that foreign policies do …

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Secret Wars: Insights from the Backstage of Covert Conflict

Featuring: Austin Carson is a professor of political science at the University of Chicago. Sameer Lalwani is a senior fellow and director of the South Asia program at the Stimson Center. Melanie Sisson is a senior fellow and director of the defense strategy and planning program at the Stimson Center.

Off Ramps From Confrontation in Southern Asia Book Launch and Discussion

The nuclear competition among China, India and Pakistan is accelerating with the introduction of new ballistic and cruise missiles, multiple warhead missiles and missile defenses. Border clashes between India and Pakistan persist, as do standoffs between India and China. Diplomacy is dormant. What to do? Stimson’s South Asia Program presents a collection of proposals from …

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Economic Briefing and Investment Opportunities in the Philippines

You are invited to a forum featuring Secretary Ernesto Pernia, PhD, on the Philippine economy, a bright spot in the East Asia-Pacific region. This presentation for investors, academe, policy analysts and others will provide an overview of the Philippines’ fast growing economy, with projected GDP growth of 6.4 percent in 2019 and an annual average of …

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Growth in Global Arms Transfers and Military Spending

Global arms sales and military spending are influenced by shifting security concerns, economic circumstances, and varying political priorities. Each year, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) analyzes trends in global arms transfers and military spending and serves as a key resource for insights on changing dynamics around the world. Join the Stimson Center and …

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How do extralegal groups react when there is a crisis of governance? An examination of post-conflict Liberia and how trade makes a state Book Launch & Discussion

In the aftermath of the Liberian civil war, groups of ex-combatants seized control of key natural resource enclaves in the country. With some of them threatening a return to war, these groups were widely viewed as the most significant threats to Liberia’s hard-won peace. Building on fieldwork and socio-historical analysis, Dr. Christine Cheng’s newest study …

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The Political Ecology of Catastrophic Disasters versus Slow Violence: Thinking about the Impacts of the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Hydropower Dam in Southern Laos

On July 23, 2018, one of the saddle dams of the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Hydropower Project—the largest dam to be constructed in southern Laos—broke, sending up to five million cubic meters of water gushing into the Xe Pian River Basin and very rapidly inundating 19 villages, with six of those being totally destroyed. The …

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Transparency and Accountability in U.S. Counterterrorism Strikes

In recent years, U.S. air operations in Somalia have surged. However, with this increase, questions remain about the targets of such strikes, the strategy guiding strike decisions, and the outcomes and implications of such operations – including regarding civilian casualties. Join us at the Stimson Center for an expert discussion on the challenges posed by …

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The Future of Nuclear Arms Control

The Trump administration and the Kremlin have given notice of intent to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. New START may be next on the chopping block. Even if New START can be extended, what steps might usefully follow? Are numerical constraints still feasible? Stimson is convening a series of brainstorming sessions on our …

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International Disaster Response: Rebuilding the Quad? New Views From the Next Generation Book Launch

In 2004, Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S. worked together to respond to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami. In 2007, they formed the Quad, seeking to deepen their cooperation, only to disband after only a year. Now that it has met again, could the Quad become a new platform for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief? …

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Finland is Combating Nuclear Terrorism – Learn How

Ambassador Jari Luoto, Ambassador of Finland, Policy Coordinator, Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) Ambassador Jari Luoto serves as the Implementation and Assessment Group (IAG) coordinator of the Global Initiative to Fight Global Terrorism. His areas of expertise include nuclear policy, human rights, policy analysis, and international development. Prior to his appointment to the …

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President’s Forum: Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov

The US-Russian Relationship in Times of Tension A conversation with Ambassador Anatoly Antonov Stimson President Brian Finlay hosts a public conversation with Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s Ambassador to the United States, on the US-Russian relationship in times of tension. 

Competing with Russia “Short of War”: How the US and NATO have Countered Russian Coercion Panel Discussion

Join Stimson’s Defense Strategy and Planning program in welcoming Thomas Wright and Michael Kofman, who will discuss their recent studies on US and NATO efforts to confront Russia short of war. In recent years, the US and its NATO allies have become increasingly alarmed by Russia’s willingness to advance its foreign policy objectives through military …

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Letters From the Mekong; Toward a Sustainable Water-Energy-Food Future in Cambodia

This issue brief, the fifth in Stimson’s Letters from the Mekong series, looks at Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake as the heart of the Mekong Basin and introduces alternative development pathways which can optimize trade-offs to the water-energy-food nexus. If utilized, these alternative pathways prevent resource scarcity in Cambodia and promote regional stability in Southeast Asia …

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Hope in an Age of Nuclear Weapons: The Realist Case for Elimination Book Discussion

This event was rescheduled due to inclement weather. It is now taking place on Thursday, May 2.   Event Description: Wilson will challenge Cold War concepts that still inform policy, and present new and compelling reasons why we should take the question of elimination seriously. In his first public discussion of his forthcoming book, Hope …

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India and Nuclear Asia: Forces, Doctrine, and Danger

Click here to view the event transcript (PDF). India’s nuclear profile, doctrine, and practices have evolved rapidly since the country’s nuclear breakout in 1998. However, the outside world’s understanding of India’s doctrinal debates, forward-looking strategy, and technical developments are still two decades behind the present. India and Nuclear Asia fills that gap in our knowledge by focusing …

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Can International Organizations Promote Democracy?

Organizing Democracy, a new book by Paul Poast and Johannes Urpelainen, argues that new democracies are more likely to flourish when they receive support from international organizations to help them provide public goods to their populations. This event will present the findings of Organizing Democracy, analyze the relationships between new democracies and international organizations in …

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Our Uncertain Nuclear Future: How Do We Proceed if Treaties are Trashed?

Donald Trump’s announcement of intent to withdraw from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty constitutes another severe blow to a treaty-based system of nuclear arms and threat reduction. One last treaty governing formal, verifiable draw-downs of nuclear forces remains — the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Mr. Trump has vacillated wildly in his comments on the …

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50 Years of Propaganda – A Glimpse into North Korean Domestic Initiatives

What: Join The Stimson Center for a unique insight into a private collection of North Korean propaganda posters over the span of 50 years from 1963 to 2013 depicting North Korean domestic initiatives. The reception will be complemented with remarks by Jenny Town, Stimson Research Analyst & Managing Editor of 38 North, who will share …

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Indo-Pacific Currents: Emerging Partnerships, Rivalries, and Strategic Realities across Asia

Click here to download the event transcript (PDF). The Indo-Pacific region, a key focus of the Trump administration’s foreign policy agenda, is undergoing significant political and strategic realignments with the return to great power competition. India’s role in the region is central to these developments, both in its emerging partnerships with nations like Japan and the …

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A Question of Time: Enhancing Taiwan’s Conventional Deterrence Posture

The future of Taiwan, a flourishing liberal democracy and vibrant economy, is anything but secure. China, regarding it as a renegade province, has not renounced the use of military force to resolve the standoff. Taiwan must deter China’s aggression, taking steps to convince Chinese leaders that the costs of waging war on Taiwan will outweigh …

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