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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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Gaining a Social License to Operate (SLO) for Radioactive Waste

Note: Apologies for the audio issues during the Livestream. Please download our presentation slide here or download below to get an overview of the event and discussion. Disposal of radioactive waste remains a contentious issue around the world. Many would argue that it is almost impossible to gain a social licence to operate (SLO) for the disposal of …

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Course Change or Full Speed Ahead? Post-Midterm U.S Foreign Policy’s Impact on Indo-Pacific

The United States midterm elections may determine whether U.S. foreign policy changes course in 2019 or holds steady. Under the Trump administration, the U.S. foreign policy agenda has undergone some changes, rarely mentioning U.S. values and at times displaying disconnect between rhetoric and policy implementation. Particularly in the Indo-Pacific region, where the Trump administration has …

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Building the Indo-Pacific: ASEAN Stakeholder Forum

A new era of US engagement in infrastructure and development opportunities the Indo-Pacific commenced on October 3, 2018 when Congress passed the BUILD Act, a bipartisan legislation which establishes the International Development Finance Corporation. The IDFC will completely overhaul the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and mobilize $60 billion to facilitate the participation of private …

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Just Security 2020 Book Launch Event

Join us for the Washington, D.C. book launch of Just Security in an Undergoverned World, the companion volume to the Report of the Albright-Gambari Commission “Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance.” We apply just security as a new conceptual framework for charting innovative solutions and strategies for essential global governance, including in coping with violent …

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Tweaks or Transformation? New Models and Strategies for Tackling Global Challenges

Stimson Center, UNA National Capital Area, and the Global Challenges Foundation (GCF) are co-hosting a public discussion on the future of global governance. The aim is to reflect on lessons learned from previous reform, innovation, and renewal efforts, to draw attention to new initiatives, and to demonstrate ways that those interested in contributing to reform …

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Pakistan’s Economic Turmoil: Strategic Challenges, Consequences, and Contingencies

Click here to download the event transcript (PDF). Pakistan’s incoming administration faces a slew of economic challenges including a looming balance of payments crisis, the possibility of a new IMF bailout, and concerns over the financial viability of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). How are these issues likely to develop over the coming months, and what …

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Progress and Obstacles in Addressing War Legacy Issues in Southeast Asia

The Stimson Center invites you to join a public discussion on war legacy issues in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. The discussion will explore progress to date in addressing the ongoing problem of unexploded ordinance and Agent Orange and explore ways that the US government and other stakeholders can be more involved. Vietnam’s Ambassador to the …

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A Conversation with Assistant Secretary Chris Ford

Please join Stimson Center President & CEO Brian Finlay in welcoming Christopher Ford, Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN), to a conversation at the Stimson Center on the topic of transforming foreign assistance into a global, agile, threat-prioritized, and responsive nonproliferation programming tool. This conversation …

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Russia and Arctic Governance: Cooperation in Conflict

Finland, the country currently chairing the Arctic Council, proposed a high-level Arctic summit during a recent bilateral meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin. While discussion of the summit and a broader suite of Arctic and environmental issues proceeded smoothly, Russian concerns and protests over a large upcoming NATO alliance exercise in Norway, in which Finland …

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The Security Impacts of IUU Fishing

Across the globe, illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a pervasive concern. IUU fishing not only threatens the environmental security of ocean ecosystems, but has serious implications for the food, economic, and national security of the United States and many countries around the world. A panel of experts will explore the national security implications …

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US Engagement on Indo-Pacific Infrastructure and Development

At the Indo-Pacific Business Forum held on July 30, 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched a new era of US engagement on infrastructure and development in the Indo-Pacific. Since then the US government has pledged more than $200 million for programming in the Indo-Pacific ranging from support for local infrastructure investments, energy sector improvements, …

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NATO in the Changing World Order: Strategic Lessons from Military Operations

Increasingly, US and European leaders are questioning whether international organizations such as NATO are worth the costs. In this talk, Heidi Hardt, assistant professor of political science at the Univeristy of California, Irvine, argues that answering this question requires a consideration of how well the organizations perform. Hardt will discuss findings from her new book NATO’s Lessons in …

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Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy: Signaling Foreign Policy Restraint

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy has garnered attention for its efforts to expand Taiwan’s ties throughout Southeast Asia, but it has also had a positive impact on the development of relations with the U.S. The policy signals Taiwan’s commitment to a moderate foreign policy. By diverting resources and attention to Southeast and South Asia, Taiwan creates …

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The Military-Industrial Component of the U.S.-India Partnership

Please join the Stimson South Asia program for a conversation with Air Marshal M. Matheswaran, the former Deputy Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff in the Indian Ministry of Defence, who will talk about the military-industrial component of the U.S.-India partnership. Joanna Spear, Associate Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School, and Benjamin Schwartz, …

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The Nuclear Future: Can There Be Order Without Trust?

Developments in relations between major powers and nuclear-armed states in tense regions render the future of arms control, nuclear confidence-building, and U.S. leadership in the global nonproliferation regime uncertain. Please join the Stimson Center for a luncheon discussion addressing trust deficits in the global nuclear order. Our featured speaker, Heather Williams, lecturer in Defence Studies, …

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Across the Taiwan Strait: From Cooperation to Confrontation?

The late Alan D. Romberg, Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Stimson Center’s East Asia Program, made significant contributions toward improving our understanding of the U.S.-Taiwan, U.S.-China, and cross-Strait relations in the United States and beyond. Throughout his career spanning several decades, he tirelessly worked to raise awareness on the importance of these relationships for U.S. …

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