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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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The Nonproliferation Treaty at Fifty

Please join the Stimson Center for a luncheon panel on “The Nonproliferation Treaty at Fifty.” Our featured speaker will be Professor Scott Sagan, the co-author with Kenneth Waltz of The Spread of Nuclear Weapons. We have asked Sagan to reprise the debate over proliferation optimism and pessimism on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of …

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An Action Plan on U.S. Drone Policy

The first year of the Trump administration demonstrated President Trump’s willingness to continue to rely on armed drones to conduct U.S. military and counterterrorism operations, though key questions remain about the administration’s approach to and reported revisions of U.S. drone policy. Such uncertainty has contributed to enduring questions about the legality, efficacy, and legitimacy of …

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Beyond the Trump-Kim Summit

Read the event transcript and summary. After months of speculation and fast-paced developments on the Korean Peninsula, the Trump-Kim summit has been scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. In the weeks preceding the summit, the U.S. and North Korea, as well as the rest of Northeast Asia, will prepare for an historic meeting that might …

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China’s Sharp and Soft Power

  As China projects greater influence overseas economically and politically, a debate has emerged about the nature and impact of China’s sharp and soft power on the rest of the world and the international system. China’s sharp and soft power campaigns appear to be a global effort, as signs of such influence are observed both …

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Development and Human Rights in Cambodia

Recent developments in Cambodia—including the dissolution of the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, the closure of the independent newspaper The Cambodia Daily and radio stations linked to the opposition, and the recent resignations of the editorial staff of the Phnom Penh Post—have alarmed many outside observers. The upcoming elections in July are expected to …

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Back-End to the Future: The Safeguards, Security and Society of Deep Geological Repositories

Photo Credit: Nuclear Regulatory Commission via Flickr The Stimson Center and the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) will host a seminar in Washington, D.C on June 12 – 13, 2018, entitled “Back-End to the Future: The Safeguards, Security and Society of Deep Geological Repositories.” Built deep underground, taking decades to plan and many more to construct, …

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Chinese FDI in Southeast Asia and Local Politics 

RSVP HERE As China’s investment profile throughout Southeast Asia has grown, some projects have come under intense criticism and stalled amid local conflict while others have successfully moved ahead. What factors have accounted for the successes and failures of Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in Southeast Asia? The answers have important implications for China’s …

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Bridging the Growing Divide Among NPT States with the “Strategic” Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

RSVP HERE The global nuclear order and the Non-Proliferation Treaty are undergoing stress tests. Proliferation challenges emanate from Iran and North Korea. The future of the New START Treaty and deeper cuts in strategic force levels between the United States and the Russian Federation are in doubt. Nuclear-armed states are modernizing or expanding their nuclear …

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Ideas and Global Platforms for Preventing Violent Conflict and Sustaining Peace on the Road to 2020

  The General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace, a historic milestone for advancing the United Nations’ work in the areas of conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and post-conflict peacebuilding, will help set the stage for a wider agenda of renewal, innovation, and reform at the expected UN heads of state gathering in September …

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An Assessment of the Inter-Korea Summit: Views from South Korea, U.S. and China

  Download the Event Transcript and Photos Here Watch the previously recorded livestream at the bottom of the webpage.    On April 27, South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will host the first Inter-Korea summit in over a decade. After an unprecedented demonstration of collaboration at the Winter Olympics between the two Koreas, the Inter-Korea …

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Dealing in Defense: Examining Trends in Global Arms Sales and World Military Expenditure

RSVP HERE Global military expenditure and the international arms trade shape and are shaped by changing economic circumstances, shifting political priorities, and emerging security concerns. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) monitors trends in both world military expenditure and global arms sales to help better understand fluctuating dynamics and identify potential areas of concern. …

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Japan’s Balancing Between Nuclear Disarmament and Deterrence

 Download the Event Audio, Speaker Bios, and Photos Here  Join us for the launch of Balancing Between Nuclear Deterrence and Disarmament: Views from the Next Generation. This volume offers analyses by five scholars who examine the complex question of how Japan should balance between its short-term requirement for effective nuclear deterrence and its long-term desire for a …

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Solving the Unsolvable: Nuclear Waste Solutions for the New Millennium

Save the Date: Friday April 6, 2018 RSVP HERE Managing spent fuel is one of the most significant challenges surrounding the use of nuclear energy. Although the technical means to build repositories exist, disposal attempts have often faced strong political and societal pushback. Many states are now acknowledging the urgency of the matter and considering …

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