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Tomodachi

10 Years After Operation Tomodachi: Reflection and Looking Ahead

Featured Speakers Koji Tomita, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America (Opening Remarks) GEN Ryoichi Oriki (ret., JGSDF), 3rd Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff, JSDF ADM Patrick Walsh (ret. USN), 59th Vice Chief of Naval Operations  This event is co-sponsored by the Embassy of Japan:

Quetta and Wellington: Attitudes and Threat Perceptions of the Indian and Pakistani Armies

Featured Speakers Reshmi Kazi, Associate Professor, Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Jamia Millia Islamic University, New Delhi Aditi Malhotra, Co-Editor, Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies, Graz Brig. Naeem Salik (retired), Senior Fellow, Center for International Strategic Studies, Islamabad Col. David O. Smith (retired), Distinguished Fellow, South Asia Program, Stimson Center, …

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Operation Tomodachi: Views from Bilateral Coordination Action Team (BCAT) Sendai

Featured Speakers: MG Craig Q. “Lake” Timberlake, Ret., USMC In his decades of service, MG Timberlake held numerous positions across the operating forces, supporting establishment, and headquarters, including Chief of Staff of the Third Marine Division during Operation Tomodachi, Commanding General of the Third Marine Division in Okinawa and Director of Manpower Management. He retired …

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Fixing the Global Financial Sector: An Asian Perspective

Featured Speakers: Andrew Sheng, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong Lex Rieffel, Non-Resident Fellow, East Asia Program, Stimson Center Introduction by: Yun Sun, Senior Fellow and Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson Center

Operation Tomodachi: Women on the Frontline

Speakers LTC Jasmin Cho, US Army Reserves; Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State LTC Satoko Torihata, Staff Officer, Public Affairs Office, Ground Staff Office, Japan Self-Defense Forces This event is co-sponsored by the Embassy of Japan:

European Perspectives on Taking Forward the UN75 Declaration: From Reflection to Innovation & Action

Panelists Mr. Volker Türk, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination, United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary-General  Amb. Anna Karin Eneström, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations and former UN75 Declaration Co-Facilitator Amb. Susanne Baumann, Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control and Head of the Directorate-General for International Order, the UN and …

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North Korea Beyond the Six Parties: Examining ties with Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia

Speakers & Bios: Hoo Chiew-Ping, Senior Lecturer, National University of Malaysia Alon Levkowitz, Lecturer, Asian Studies Program and Researcher, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University Ramon Pacheco Pardo, KF-VUB Korea Chair, Brussels School of Governance and Reader (Associate Professor), International Relations, King’s College London Moderated by Jenny Town, Fellow, Stimson Center and Deputy Director, …

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Vaccine Diplomacy in Southeast Asia

Featured Speakers Amb. Robert O. Blake, Senior Director at McLarty Associates and Former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Professor Yanzhong Huang, Director of the Center for Global Health Studies, Seton Hall University Professor Mely Caballero-Anthony, Head, Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies,  S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Akriti Vasudeva, Research Analyst, Stimson …

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US and ROK Approaches to North Korea: Challenges and Opportunities

Featured Speakers: Suzanne DiMaggio, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Suzanne DiMaggio is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she focuses on US foreign policy toward Asia and the Middle East. She is one of the foremost experts and practitioners of diplomatic dialogues with countries that have limited or …

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The Future of U.S.-Pakistan Relations Amidst Geopolitical Churn

Highlights Dr. Asad Majeed Khan, a career Pakistan foreign service officer, assumed his current position as Pakistani ambassador to the United States in January 2019. During a diplomatic career spanning nearly three decades, Ambassador Khan’s positions have included ambassador to Japan; director general (Americas) at Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and deputy chief of mission …

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The Terrorist and Extremist Threat at Home and Abroad

Featured Speakers Daryl Johnson, Owner, DT Analytics, a private consulting firm for law enforcement. Dr. Andrey Kurth Cronin, Founding Director, Center for Security, Innovation and New Technology at American University, and Professor, American University’s School of International Service Dr. Daniel Koehler, Director, German Institute on Radicalization and De-radicalization Studies (GIRDS) Moderated by Dr. Sam Mullins, …

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The U.S. and The Korean Peninsula: Understanding America’s Longest War

Featured Speakers Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Rick Martin of the American College of National Security Leaders (ACNSL) Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Chun In-Bum, former general in the ROK Army Jenny Town, Stimson Fellow and Deputy Director of Stimson’s 38 North program Moderated by Clint Work, Fellow, the Stimson Center

The UN: Defining Cyber Rules of the Road?

Featured Speakers Bassem Hassan, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations Robert M. Young, Legal Counsel, Criminal, Security and Diplomatic Law Division, Global Affairs Canada Giuliana Canè, WFLS President (Discussion host) Debra Decker, Senior Advisor at the Stimson Center and member of the WFLS Board of Governors (Moderator) This event is co-hosted with …

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The Security Environment in Western Pacific Waters

Featured Speakers: Emma Chanlett-Avery, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service Chanlett-Avery joined CRS in 2003 through the Presidential Management Fellowship, with rotations in the State Department on the Korea Desk and at the Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group in Bangkok, Thailand. She focuses on U.S. relations with Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Thailand, and Singapore. …

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Bringing the Back-End to the Forefront: Looking Ahead to the Future Nuclear Fleet

Read the working paper by Rowen Price, “Bringing the Back-End to the Forefront: Spent Fuel Management and Safeguards Considerations for Emerging Reactors” Featured Speakers: Rowen Price, Research Assistant, Nuclear Safeguards Program and Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention Program, Stimson Center James Casterton, Nonresident Fellow, Nuclear Safeguards Program, Stimson Center Andrew Worrall, Deputy Director, Gateway for Accelerated …

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Report Discussion – Coping with New and Old Crises: Global and Regional Cooperation in an Age of Epidemic Uncertainty

This highly interactive and intergenerational event unpacked key analysis from the report, including global and regional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated financial, economic, and social repercussions worldwide. It discussed how these outcomes intersect with pre-existing and emerging global challenges. Most urgently, it aimed to identify the priority elements and innovation ideas that …

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Powering Peace: Toward a Renewable Energy Future for UN Peace Operations

Featured Speakers H.E. Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations H.E. Mona Juul, Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, United Nations Selwin Hart, Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action, United Nations James Swan, Special Representative of …

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Assessing Plans Announced at North Korea’s Eighth Party Congress

Featured Speakers Dr. Haksoon Paik, President, Sejong Institute Dr. Byung-Yeon Kim, Professor, Department of Economics, Seoul National University Robert Carlin, Nonresident Fellow, Stimson Center Michael Elleman, Director, Nonproliferation and Nuclear Policy, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Moderated by: Jenny Town, Fellow, Stimson Center and Deputy Director, 38 North This event is made possible through …

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The South Asian Security Landscape

Featured Presenters: Asma Khalid, Research Associate, Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research Asma Khalid is a Research Associate with the Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research in Islamabad. Previously, she was associated with Islamabad Policy Institute (2019-2020) and Strategic Vision Institute in Islamabad (2016-18). She holds an MPhil degree in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University. …

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Combatting Wildlife Crime and Reducing the Transmission of Zoonotic Diseases

Agenda & Featured Speakers: Keynote from Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) Introduction to the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime  John Scanlon, Chairperson, Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime and former Secretary-General of CITES John served as Secretary-General of CITES from 2010-2018. He is now CEO of the Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation, Chair of the Global …

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Forum on the Arms Trade Annual Conference: Advancing More Responsible Arms Trade Policy

Agenda Panel 1 | 2:30 – 3:20pm | Advice for the Next Administration Brittany Benowitz, Chief Counsel, American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights Sarah Holewinksi, Washington Director, Human Rights Watch Rose Jackson, Director, Policy Initiative, Digital Forensic Research Lab, Atlantic Council Moderated by Rachel Stohl, Vice President, Stimson Center Panel 2 | 3:20 – 4:00pm …

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U.S. Congress and the Legacies of the Vietnam War Era

Featured Speakers Representative Jackie Speier, U.S. House of Representatives, representing District 14 in California (Closing Remarks) Jackie Speier is a fearless fighter for women’s equality, LGBTQ rights and the disenfranchised who has dedicated her life to eliminating government corruption, while working to strengthen America’s national and economic security. She was named to Newsweek’s list of …

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The Implications of the 2020 Election: Views From Seoul

Featured Speakers Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young, President, University of North Korean Studies and former ROK Ambassador to the United States (2013-2017) Dr. Lee Sook Jong, Professor, Graduate School of Governance at Sungkyunkwan University and Director, East Asia Collaboration Center Dr. Kim Sung-han, Professor and Dean, Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University and former Vice Minister …

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The Oversight Role of Congress in Sensitive, Secret, and Covert Counterterrorism Activities

The webinar was a closed-door, invitation-only program for congressional staffers. The panelists offered a combination of senior-level US government experience and analytical expertise of contemporary policy issues surrounding oversight of US counterterrorism operations. The panel highlighted that many of the programs in question allow the US to secretly use lethal force in ways not previously …

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NATO & The Protection of Civilians: Toward Implementation

The closed-door, invitation-only workshop was held across four days. Sessions included presentations, discussions, and breakout groups on key issues related to the protection of civilians in future NATO operations. Topics included NATO’s progress to date in implementing its PoC policy, recognizing current and future strategic and operational challenges, honing research needs, and identifying opportunities to …

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The Need for Multilateralism in a Changing World

Speakers: Volkan Bozkir, President of the Seventy-Fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly Richard Ponzio, Director and Senior Fellow, Just Security 2020, Stimson Center Cohosted by the Turkish Heritage Organization

US – China Relations and Taiwan: Confrontation and Crisis Short of War

The webinar was a closed-door, invitation-only program for congressional staffers. The panelists offered a combination of senior-level US government experience and analytical expertise of contemporary policy issues surrounding nuclear, chemical, and biological security. The panel explored various crises and military confrontations between the US and China over Taiwan and examined how past crises in US-China …

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A New Day for the Mekong: Launch of the Mekong Dam Monitor

Featured Speakers David R. Stilwell, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs (Keynote Address) Dr. Somkiat Prajamwong, Secretary General, Thailand Office of National Water Brian Eyler, Project co-lead, Stimson Alan Basist, Project co-lead, Eyes on Earth Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh, Former Vietnam Ambassador to the United States Ambassador Pou …

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Improving Gender-Sensitive Capacities for the Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping Training

Virtual Event Summary Report Beyond gender parity Delivering the keynote address, Ms. Clare Hutchinson, the NATO Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace, and Security, discussed how the organization’s peacekeeping work has been strengthened and reinforced through the implementation of the WPS Agenda. While NATO has made progress on achieving gender parity in its peacekeeping forces, …

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Brussels MENA Briefing: The Economic Dimensions of the Conflict in Yemen

The Rethinking Yemen’s Economy initiative aims to contribute to peacebuilding and conflict prevention, economic stabilization and sustainable development in Yemen by building consensus in crucial policy areas through engaging and promoting informed Yemeni voices from all backgrounds (the “Development Champions”) in public discourse on development, economy and post-conflict reconstruction in Yemen, and by positively influencing local, regional and …

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Coping with New and Old Crises. Global and Regional Cooperation in an Age of Epidemic Uncertainty

Report Presentation and Media Q&A 9:00-9:20AM New York Featuring Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States of America and former Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Brian Finlay, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Stimson Center Moderated by Maryam Nemazee, Al Jazeera Newshour Anchor …

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Instruments of Influence? Chinese Financing in South Asia

Speakers Atif Ahmad, Researcher Avasna Pandey, Program Manager, Centre for Investigative Journalism-Nepal Nilanthi Samaranayake, Strategy and Policy Analysis Director, Center for New American Security Akriti Vasudeva, Editor-at-Large, South Asian Voices Uzair Younus, Engagement and Strategy Manager, Dhamiri

Remembering Operation Tomodachi: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward

Featuring VADM Scott Van Buskirk, Retired, USN; Former Commander, U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, Former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations/Chief of Naval Personnel VADM Scott Van Buskirk commanded U.S. 7th Fleet during Operation Tomodachi while deployed in Yokosuka in 2010-2011. He previously served as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff for the U.S. Pacific Fleet and …

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Brussels MENA Briefing: The Biden Administration’s Middle East Policy and Transatlantic Relations

Speakers included Cameron Munter, former U.S. ambassador and former president of the EastWest Institute, and James Moran, associate senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS). The discussion was moderated by Wael Abdul-Shafi, EWI MENA program associate.  Biden’s election was received with a huge sigh of relief by the international community, including in …

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Chinese Infrastructure Development in Southeast Asia

Speakers David M. Lampton, Professor Emeritus of China Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS Dr. Cheng-Chwee Kuik, Head and Associate Professor, Centre for Asian Studies, National University of Malaysia Dr. Selina Ho, Assistant Professor and Program Chair, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore Remarks by Brian Eyler, Director, Southeast Asia Program, Stimson …

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What Awaits the U.S.-Japan Alliance under New Leadership?

Featuring Nobukatsu Kanehara, Professor, Faculty of Law, Department of Political Science, Doshisha University Nobukatsu Kanehara is a former senior diplomat of Japan. He was Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary in the second Abe administration from 2012 to 2019, as well as the first deputy secretary-general of the National Security Secretariat from 2013 to 2019. He is …

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Indonesia’s Foreign Policy Positioning between China and the United States: Enduring Themes, Recent Issues, Outlook in the Post-US Election Environment

However, even with Indonesia’s maintaining its core foreign policy, the U.S. and China have both made recent strong overtures to Indonesia. On the U.S. side, over the past few months the U.S. has notably increased its diplomatic, economic and security outreach to maritime Southeast Asia, and much of the attention has gone to Indonesia. What …

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Exceptions to the Rules: Civilian Harm and Accountability in the Shadow Wars

Speakers Daniel Mahanty, Director, US Program, Center for Civilians in Conflict Rita Siemion, Director, National Security Advocacy, Human Rights First Rachel Stohl, Vice President, Stimson Center Stephen Tankel, Associate Professor, American University; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security This event will be co-hosted by the Center for Civilians in Conflict.

Taiwan in 2020: Taiwan Security Brief Launch

Speakers: Eleanor M. Albert, Ph.D.-in-Residence at the International Security and Conflict Studies Center, The Elliott School, George Washington University Eleanor M. Albert is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the George Washington University. Her research interests include Chinese foreign and domestic policy, China’s participation in global governance, and how the country exerts its influence …

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“Deterrence in Southern Asia” Course Launch

Panelists: Tong Zhao, Senior Fellow, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center Tong Zhao is based in Beijing at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. His research focuses on strategic security issues, such as nuclear weapons policy, deterrence, arms control, nonproliferation, missile defense, hypersonic weapons, and China’s security and foreign policy. Rabia Akhtar, Director, Centre for Security, Strategy and Policy …

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Myanmar’s Post-Election Future: A New Beginning?

Speakers U Aung Lynn, Ambassador to the United States from Myanmar Dr. Aung Naing Oo, Executive Director of Center for Peace and Reconciliation Priscilla Clapp, Senior Advisor, USIP; former U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Yangon

Transparency and Reporting in the Arms Trade Treaty: Challenges and Trends in the Age of COVID-19

Speakers H.E. Mr Robbert Gabriëlse, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and Disarmament Ambassador at large Diwaka Prakash, Legal Adviser Australian Mission to the United Nations, Geneva Carina Solmirano, ATT Monitor Coordinator Katherine Young, ATT Monitor Senior Researcher Rachel Stohl, Vice President, Stimson This event is co-hosted by Control …

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Historical Memory of Southeast Asia in the United States

Featuring an opening keynote by Noam Chomsky, Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair, University of Arizona. Speakers Noam Chomsky, Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair, University of Arizona Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in modern history. Chomsky has transformed …

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