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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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Vietnam’s Relations with China and the U.S.: A Delicate Internal and External Balancing Act

Download the Event Audio, Speaker Bios, and Photos Here Watch the previously recorded livestream at the bottom of the webpage.  In recent years, Vietnam’s foreign alignment strategy has raised broad attention from the region. Vietnam has a long and complicated history with China. Particularly in light of the 1979 Sino-Vietnam war and the existing maritime disputes, there exists profound distrust and …

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Secession and Security: How States Handle Separatists in South Asia and Beyond

  Download the Event Audio, Bios, and Photos Here Watch the previously recorded livestream at the bottom of the webpage.    South Asian countries have experienced a variety of secessionist movements challenging their borders since gaining independence, from the Bengali movement in Pakistan to the Kashmiri movement in India. The Stimson Center is pleased to host Ahsan Butt, Assistant …

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How to Interpret Nuclear Crises: From Kargil to North Korea

Download the Event Audio, and Photos Here Watch the previously recorded livestream at the bottom of the webpage.  With tensions mounting between the United States and North Korea, what has been clear is the wide disagreement among scholars about what constitutes a nuclear crisis, how dangerous it is, and what dynamics dictate how it plays out. The Stimson Center …

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New Frontiers in Peace Metrics: A Discussion on the Sustainable Development Goal #16

Download the Event Audio, and Photos Here Watch the previously recorded livestream at the bottom of the webpage.      The new SDG16 Progress Report focuses on methodology and challenges around measuring Sustainable Development Goal #16 (Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for stainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels) from the 2030 Agenda …

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Getting Ahead of the Threat Curve: Duty of Care and Organizational Accountability for Nuclear Security

Download the Event Audio, and Photos Here Watch the previously recorded livestream at the bottom of the webpage.      Background: Liability for incidents at nuclear facilities is extraordinarily complex and poorly understood. The nuclear liability regime was originally formed to limit liability for safety accidents in the production of nuclear power because investors were unwilling to accept the …

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Emergency Management in Japan: Prospects for US-Japan Cooperation

  Download the Event Audio, Speaker Bios, and Photos Here Watch the previously recorded livestream at the bottom of the webpage. Read the event summary and transcript.   Throughout their histories, the United States and Japan each have developed a rich experience in responding to emergencies including large-scale natural disasters and terrorist attacks in city centers. From the 2011 Great Eastern …

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The Past and Future of South Asian Crises

Click here to read Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories. Two decades after India and Pakistan tested nuclear weapons, South Asia remains one of the most crisis-prone regions in the world with some of the highest levels of contested borders, militarized interstate disputes, and terrorist attacks. The potential costs of a new crisis …

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With Great Power: Modifying US Arms Sales to Reduce Civilian Harm

Download the Event Audio, Speaker Bios, and Photos Here Watch the previously recorded livestream at the bottom of the webpage.  With its outsized influence on the trade and use of arms worldwide, the U.S. government has the ability, the opportunity, and the responsibility to shape the arms trade to reduce harm to civilians. The US government has in place many controls …

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Caught in Conflict: Working to Prevent the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers

Download the Event Audio, Speaker Bios, and Photos Here Watch the previously recorded livestream at the bottom of the webpage.  In countries around the world, children continue to be affected by violent armed conflict. Protracted crises have uprooted families, destroyed homes and schools, and left hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to being exploited as tools of warfare. A global tragedy …

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Partner Event: U.N. Peacekeeping Is Vital—and So Is its Reform

Stimson Distinguished Fellows William Durch and Victoria Holt were featured this week (Wednesday, December 6, 2017) in a forum on UN peacekeeping reform with the new United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix, co-sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace, the United Nations Foundation, and the U.N. Association for the National Capital Area. …

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The Impact of the Trump Presidency, Year 1: American and Japanese Perspectives

Download the Event Audio, Speaker Bios, and Photos Here Watch the previously recorded livestream at the bottom of the webpage.      2017 has been a year of challenge and change as the world adjusted to the policies of the Trump administration. From the “America First” approach to trade to the seeming departure from some of …

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The Nuke Ban Treaty: Now What?

Event Audio, Photos, and Speaker Bios Can Be Found Here Watch the previously recorded video of the event at the bottom of the page.      In July, 122 states voiced support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The treaty will enter into force 90 days after 50 states ratify it. But …

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A Preview of U.S. and Philippine Priorities for the 2017 ASEAN & East Asia Summits

  Event Audio, Photos, and Speaker Bios Can Be Found Here Watch the previously recorded event at the bottom of the page.    What: An on-the-record discussion previewing President Donald Trump’s visit to Asia, priorities in the U.S.-ASEAN partnership, and the Philippines’ role as 2017 ASEAN chair amid new geopolitical realities in the Asia-Pacific.  Where: The Stimson …

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Re-energizing Nuclear Security

Event Audio, Photos, and Speaker Bios Can Be Found Here Watch the previously recorded event at the bottom of the page.  Read the Report Here.  The nuclear industry is experiencing many dynamic changes. Economic challenges are forcing premature reactor shutdowns in some countries such as the US, while Russia and China are making lucrative deals …

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The Diplomacy of Decolonization: United Nations Peacekeeping during the Congo Crisis, 1960-1964

RSVP HERE The Stimson Center and United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) are hosting a discussion with Alanna O’Malley, author of the forthcoming book, The Diplomacy of Decolonisation, America, Britain and the United Nations during the Congo crisis, 1960-64. The book reinterprets the role of the UN during the Congo crisis from 1960 …

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The Fait Accompli in the 21st Century Security Landscape: From Crimea to Doklam to the Spratly Islands

RSVP HERE From Ukraine to the South China Sea, the fait accompli reappears time and again as the strategy of choice to challenge the status quo, imposing losses in a calculated gamble that victims will relent rather than escalate. The Stimson Center is pleased to host Dan Altman, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University, …

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Human Development and Global Institutions: Evolution, Impact, Reform

Human Development and Global Institutions: Evolution, Impact, Reform details how human development faces new risks and threats, caused by political, economic, social, and environmental forces which are highlighted in a series of engaging case studies on trade, water, energy, the environment, democracy, human rights, and peacebuilding. The book makes the case for why human development …

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Drones Under Trump

  Download the Event Audio, Speaker Bios, and Photos Here Watch the previously recorded event at the bottom of the webpage.    In the first nine months of his administration, President Trump has demonstrated a willingness to resort to the use of lethal force in response to a variety of global security challenges. Since taking office, the Trump administration has …

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Protecting Children in Armed Conflict

RSVP Here In countries around the world, children often bear the brunt of armed conflict. Protracted crises continue to uproot families, destroy homes and schools, and leave countless children vulnerable to armed violence. Particularly heinous consequences of these conditions are the killing and maiming of children in armed conflict, their recruitment and use as child …

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Voices from Japan: Visions for Japan’s Future Defense Posture

The Stimson Center’s Japan Program is proud to present the 5th annual Voices from Japan symposium. General Kiyofumi Iwata (JGSDF, ret.), Admiral Tomohisa Takei (JMSDF, ret.), and Lt. Gen. Masayuki Hironaka (JASDF, ret.) will discuss how Japan’s defense posture should evolve in the ever-changing security environment in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. These recently retired JSDF …

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