Sunday, March 24, 2013

Monday in Washington

Congress is out of session this week and the National Cherry Blossom Festival has begun. This week is also Passover and Easter.

REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR WTO (WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION). 3/25, 8:30-10:00am. Sponsor: Asia Program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC). Speakers: New Zealand Minister of Trade Tim Groser; Tami Overby, vice president for Asia at USCC; William Moser, president of the United States-New Zealand Council.

DISCUSSION ON AFGHANISTAN WITH GENERAL JOHN ALLEN. 3/25, 10:00-11:30am. Sponsor: Brookings. Speakers: General John Allen, USMC, Former Commander, International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan; Michael E. O'Hanlon, Director of Research, Foreign Policy.

CHAIRMAN’S FORUM WITH RICHARD G. OLSON, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO PAKISTAN. 3/25, Noon-1:30pm. Sponsor: Stimson. Speakers: Richard G. Olson, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan; Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr., Stimson Chairman.

OKINAWA REVERSION AND THE "SECRET PACTS": NEW EVIDENCE FROM SOUTH KOREAN ARCHIVES. 3/25, Noon-1:30pm. Sponsor: East-West Center Washington (EWC). Speakers: Dr. Somei Kobayashi is a 2012 Japan Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington; International Scholar at the Department of Philosophy, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.

UNCHARTED STRAIT: THE SURPRISING SHIFT IN CHINA-TAIWAN RELATIONS? 3/25, 12:45-2:00pm. Sponsor: China Studies, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. Speaker: Richard Bush, senior fellow and director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.

BALANCING ACT ON THE MEKONG: BUILDING LINKAGES FOR SUSTAINABLE DAM DEVELOPMENT. 3/25, 2:00-3:30pm. Sponsor: Wilson Center. Speakers: Michael Victor, communications coordinator at the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research; Robert Mather, head of the Southeast Asia Group at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature; Douglas Varchol, director of Mekong.

THE ARAB SPRING, WHERE IS IT LIKELY HEADED, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY. 3/25, 6:00-8:00pm, Arlington, VA. Sponsor: Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University. Speaker: Robin Wright, U.S. Institute of Peace Senior Fellow-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar.

WHOSE RIVER, WHOSE CHOICE? HYDROPOWER,GOVERNANCE AND ENVIRONMENT IN THE MEKONG. 3/25, 6:30-8:30pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Goethe-Institut Washington, Goethe Forum. Speakers: Preceded by a screening of the film Mekong, this panel discussion will touch on issues such as regional stability and trans-boundary management, environmental and energy security, political stability and cultural tradition. Words of welcome: Asterio Takesy, Ambassador from Micronesia; Felix Leinemann, European Union Delegation; Panelists: Douglas Varchol, film director; Erik Stokstad, AAAS; Jeff Opperman, The Nature Conservancy; Michael Victor, CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food; Robert Mather, International Union for the Conservation of Nature. 

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