Sunday, October 27, 2013

Monday in Washington, October 28, 2013

MEN, PEACE, AND SECURITY SYMPOSIUM: AGENTS OF CHANGE. 10/28, 9:00am-7:30pm, 10/29, 9:00am-6:00pm. Sponsor: US Institute of Peace (USIP). Speakers: Donald Steinberg, CEO and President, World Learning; Jim Marshall, President, USIP; Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff, US Army; Maria Correia, Sector Manager, World bank; Satu Santala, Executive Director, Nordic and Baltic Countries, World Bank; Christopher Kilmartin, Visiting Professor, US Air Force Academy; Chantal Oudraat, Executive Director, SIPRI North America and Women in International Security; Zainab Bangura, Special Representative to the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, UN.

CHINA'S 5TH GENERATION LEADERSHIP'S APPROACHES TO DEFENSE AND SECURITY. 10/28, 10:00-11:00am. Sponsor: International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Speaker: Alexander Neill, Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security.

NSA SURVEILLANCE: A NECESSARY EVIL? 10/28, 12:30-2:00pm. Sponsor: Alexander Hamilton Society, SAIS, Johns Hopkins. Debaters: Steven Bradbury, Partner, Dechert LLP; David Cole, Professor of Law, Georgetown University.

THE SECRET FINANCIAL LIFE OF FOOD: FROM COMMODITIES MARKETS TO SUPERMARKETS. 10/28, 12:30-2:00pm. Sponsor: InfoShop, World Bank. Speaker: Author Kara Newman, Food, Wine, and Spirits Writer.

POLITICAL TURMOIL, HUMAN COSTS: REFLECTIONS ON THE KASHMIR CONFLICT. 10/28, 3:00-4:30pm. Sponsor: South Asia Program, Carnegie. Speakers: Rahul Pandita, Journalist and Author; Ashley Tellis, Senior Associate, Carnegie.

NEW LEADERSHIP IN TEHRAN: TIME FOR RAPPROCHEMENT? 10/28, 4:00-6:00pm. Sponsor: American Iranian Council; Elliot School, GWU. Speakers: John Limbert, former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran; Shireen Hunter, Visiting Fellow, Center for Christian Muslim Understanding.

BUILDING BETTER GENERALS. 10/28, 5:30-6:15pm. Sponsor: Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Speakers: Paula Thornhill, Director, Strategy and Doctrine Program, RAND; David Barno, Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow, CNAS; Nora Bensahel, Deputy Director of Studies, CNAS.

IS GLOBALIZATION IN NEED OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE? 10/28, 5:30-7:00pm. Sponsor: Center on the US and Europe, Brookings. Speakers: Ted Piccone, Acting Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy Program, Brookings; Pascal Lamy, former Director-General, World Trade Organization; Robert Zoellick, Peterson Institute of International Economics.

BUILDING RESILIENCE TO EXTREME WEATHER. 10/28, 6:00-7:30pm. Sponsors: Georgetown University Science in the Public Interest; American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); American Chemical Society (ACS). Speakers: Bill Hooke, American Meteorological Society; John Nielson-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist; Donald Preston, Swiss Re.

7TH ANNUAL CHINA TOWN HALL: LOCAL CONNECTIONS, NATIONAL REFLECTIONS. 10/28, 7:00. Sponsor: National Committee on US-China Relations. Live webcast with Madeleine Albright, the 64th United States Secretary of State, followed by local presentations at 60 different locations from on-site China specialists addressing topics of particular interest to the community. A national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss these issues with leading experts.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Prime Minister of Japan's Schedule September 9-16, 2013

September 9th, 2013 (Mon)


03:55 Arrive at Haneda Airport, Tokyo
04:28 Arrive at Imperial Palace for bookkeeping
04:52 At residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo

September 10th, 2013 (Tue)


11:48 At Tokyo residence
11:49 Interview with media outlets

12:04 Lunch with Akira Morikawa, CEO of LINE. Yasuhisa Shiozaki, LDP member of the House of Representatives also in attendance
12:55 Meeting with Taro Aso, Deputy Prime Minister; Akira Amari, Finance Minister and Yoshihide Suga, Chief Cabinet Secretary
02:04 Cabinet meeting
02:27 Ministerial Conference on bid to hold 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
02:43 Abe receives proposal from Hidetoshi Kamezaki, full-time advisor from the APEC Business Advisory Council
03:02 Appointment of Hiroyuki Suzuki, Board of Directors of Nomura Holdings Inc. to APEC Business Advisory Council member followed by talks with Kenji Hiramatsu, Foreign Policy Direct and Akitaka Saiki, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
03:57 Talk with Sanae Takaichi, Chairman of the Policy Research Council of the LDP
05:07 Meeting with Shigeru Kitamura, Officer of Cabinet Intelligence and Investigations and Shimohira Koji, Director of the Cabinet Satellite Information Center
05:14 Shimohira leaves
05:35 Kitamura leaves
06:00 Phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin
06:38 Arrive at Palace Hotel in Marunouchi, Tokyo
06:38 Dinner with Tsuneo Watanabe, Chairman of the Yomiuri Shinbum Group
09:36 Return to residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo

September 11th, 2013 (Wed)

09:19 At residence
10:07 Meeting with Saiki Akitaka, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Kenji Hiramatsu, Foreign Policy Director
11:21 Video recording for the 40th Anniversary Talent show for Japan-Vietnam diplomatic relations
11:50 Meeting with Koichi Fukada, President of Yamaguchi Bank

01:36 Meeting with Naoki Inose, Governor of Tokyo Metropolitan Government
02:00 Meeting with Aisawa Ichiro Chairman of the Boy Scouts of Japan
02:28 Record public relations video message on Ministerial Relationships
Abe with Reiyukai President
03:00 Arrive at Reiyukai Buddha Hall in Azabudai Tokyo. Meet with Masaharu, Chairman of Reiyukai to discuss the future showcase of Sueyoshi Shrine
03:22 Return to Tokyo residence
03:54 Meet with Masahiko Komura, LDP member and Takeshi Noda, Chairman of the Tax Commission.
05:48 Meet with President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
06:44 Joint statement signing ceremony and press announcement with Turkmenistan president
07:11 Return to official residence to host dinner party
08:36 See President off
08:54 At residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo

September 12th, 2013 (Thu)

09:58 Meeting with the Ministry of Defense and Self Defense Force Senior Personnel in Tokyo
09:59 Offer special thanks to honorary guests
10:15 Self-Defense Forces briefing
10:54 Arrive at Nippon Fire Hall in Toranomon, Tokyo
11:04 Attend the Memorial to Firefighters who lost their lives on for a greeting and floral tribute.
11:39 At official residence

01:20 Arrive at Hotel Okura in Toranomon, Tokyo
01:21 Next Generation of High-Definition TV in the Heian Banquet Room
01:33 Attend ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Policy Meeting on Cyber Security Cooperation
01:57 At Official Residence
02:06 Meeting with Akitaka Saiki, Permanent Secretary of the Minstry of Foreign Affairs; Shinsuke Sugiyama, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Junichi Ihara, Asia Pacific Director
03:40 Meeting with Mikio Hayashi, Chairman of the LDP Japan-Mongolia Friendship Caucus and Toshihiro Nikai, Adviser.
04:03 Meeting with Takashi Matsumoto, Cabinet Office, Permanent Secretary
04:46 Attend Ceremony to commemorate 110th anniversary of the founding of the Japan Dental Association at the Hotel New Otani in Kioicho
05:13 At official residence
06:45 Exclusive executive meeting with Self-Defense force officials hosted by the Prime Minister. Yoshihige Suga, Chief Cabinet Secretary and Itsunori Onodera, Defense Minister present
07:20 Consultation phone call with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
07:47 Meal and Cabinet press conference at a Chinese restaurant in Akasaka, Tokyo
10:11 At residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

On Abe Shinzo And Yasukuni – Restless Souls

This is a Masakaki offering
By Michael Cucek, Shisaku Blog for the Asia Policy Calendar, October 20, 2013 (an Asia Policy Point membership publication)

After months of wistful ruminations about paying respects to Japan’s warrior dead and numerous defenses of these pilgrimages, events of this past weekend suggest that Prime Minister Abe Shinzo will soon make his long-promised visit to the Yasukuni Shrine. It seems politically feasible. The result will be an inevitable period of deep freeze in relations with China, South Korea and even the United States.

The weekend began normally enough. On Friday (18 October 2013), Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide brushed aside questions about Abe visiting Yasukuni, after a parade of over 150 members of the Diet paid their respects at the shrine during the Shrine’s autumn festival. Suga assured the news media, saying, “China and the ROK are important neighbors for Japan, and we believe that we should see to it that the issues such as the Yasukuni Shrine do not influence the overall bilateral relations.” He subtly noted, “it is only natural to pray for the souls of, and show reverence to, those who sacrificed their precious lives for their country, whether at home or abroad.” (MOFA Press Conference 10/18/13)

On Saturday, October 19, Abe followed that it was “very regrettable” that he did not visit during his first Abe administration and that this feeling had “not changed.” (Note)

The next day, on national television, Abe’s friend and confidant Lower House Member Hagiuda Ko’ichi insisted that Abe would pay his respects at Yasukuni before the one year anniversary of his return to the premiership. Abe was elected prime minister on 26 December 2012. When pressed on this assertion, Hagiuda explained that he and the Prime Minister share an understanding of having a duty to visit Yasukuni at least once in every calendar year.

Hagiuda is a Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Deputy Secretary-General. Although the Tokyo 24th District Representative is in only his third term in office, he seen a playing a role of special political adviser and sounding board for Abe. In the past few months he has undergone a transformation from an obscure, low-ranking member of Abe’s Machimura Faction to an unofficial spokesman for the administration.

This promise/threat to visit Yasukuni guarantees little positive movement in Sino-Japanese or South Korean-Japanese relations for a good long while. There will certainly be no bilateral meetings. Why would anyone in the Chinese or South Korean governments, much less President Xi Jinping or Park Geun-hye, want to be caught in a photo frame with any member of the Japanese government, with an Abe pilgrimage to Yasukuni impending?

Since his inauguration, Abe has been trying and failing to secure any kind of meeting with either Xi or Park. So far, he has been unable to win even a short conversation on the sidelines of any multilateral summit from either of the leaders of the two other big regional powers. Not even the LDP's thumping win in the July House of Councillors election diminished the calculated chill in the relations.

The deep freeze in relations extends to the entire Cabinet. The first ministerial trilateral meeting of any kind was a meeting of the three education ministers in late September, over nine months after the naming of the current Cabinet. It remains the only time the governments of the three countries have sat down at the table together.

The continued rejection of Abe by his counterparts has been deeply humiliating to the Prime Minister. It is only the extraordinary authority of Suga and the support of the CEO’s of Japan’s deeply China-invested multinationals that has kept Abe from visiting Yasukuni out of spite.

Hence, the subtle genius of Hagiuda’s giving of advance notice of an impending visit. When asked about the lack of contact with his counterparts, Abe can now explain: “Of course I want to talk to Xi and Park. But they know I am going to visit Yasukuni by year's end. Meeting with me right now could get them in hot water at home. So I understand their being unwilling to be seen in public with me. I don't take their standoffishness personally.”

A clever transformation of a lemon into lemonade, if that is what it is.

On the international front, Abe has made a point during his numerous trips abroad of visiting Japanese war cemeteries. These visits have laid the groundwork for a Yasukuni visit, on the order of “I now want to pay my respects to Japan’s war dead here at home, after having done so many times overseas.”

Abe’s solemn visits to cemeteries and national war memorials abroad highlight the real paradox of a Yasukuni visit. Although Yasukuni is a religious site, the goal of a modern Yasukuni pilgrimage is almost never to show reverence. The goal instead is to transgress -- to thumb one’s nose at polite global society; to thumb one’s nose at Korea and China; to thumb one's nose at the San Francisco Peace Treaty and its 26 signatories; to thumb one's nose at the Military Tribunals for the Far East; and to thumb one's nose at the leftists and members of religious orders who suffered under the Meiji Constitution regime.

A visit to the Meiji era Yasukuni Shrine provides its participants with an adolescent thrill of being conspicuously bad with few consequences.

Abe always had limits on how long he would delay a Yasukuni pilgrimage. Although it has been possible for Abe, or more properly his surrogates, to explain his glaring absence as necessary for keeping East Asian politics on an even keel, Abe at some point has to answer for his expressions of regret for having not made the journey during his first stint as prime minister. That Chinese and South Korean governments have been so ungracious toward Japan’s elected officials despite all the self-restraint makes the decision to disregard diplomacy easier. As a politician, Abe has to address the growing chorus of outraged supporters who have been disappointed by his caution.

The wild card in Abe’s deck is the reaction of the Obama Administration. That an Abe visit to Yasukuni would likely lead to a sharp deterioration in government-to-government relations was made clear by Secretary of State John Kerry’s and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s singular wreath laying at the Chidorigafuchi Memorial Cemetery—an ossuary for the unknown war dead (only identified war dead can be enshrined at Yasukuni). Japanese liberals have long championed Chidorigafuchi, part of the cluster major institutions ringing the Imperial Palace and only a five minute’s walk from Yasukuni, as a more proper venue for Japanese cabinet members to visit. Having the U.S. Cabinet Secretaries make a show of bypassing Yasukuni for the unenshrined drew a clear red line around the Yasukuni precincts. “Do Not Enter” was the message. At least in terms of Yasukuni’s autumn festival, Abe got it.

Now that the autumn festival has ended, and the memory of the Kerry/Hagel wreath laying fades, the question becomes whether Abe and his advisers sense purpose beneath U.S. displeasure. Pressuring Abe to avoid Yasukuni is meant to smooth greater cooperation between America’s two treaty allies. However, U.S. entreaties to South Korean officials to drop their anti-Japanese posturing have had no effect. In time, it is reasoned, South Korean intransigence will wear down U.S. resistance to Abe fulfilling his dream.

Abe, furthermore, is on solid historical ground in believing that at the end of the day, U.S. governments are only mildly annoyed by Yasukuni. Koizumi Jun’ichiro paid annual visits to Yasukuni, shrugged his way through a five-year deep freeze in relations with China and was punished by President George W. Bush with stays at the Crawford ranch and a private tour of Graceland. Not so shabby, as they say.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Monday in Washington, October 21, 2013

AMERICA'S ARMY: GLOBALLY RESPONSIVE, REGIONALLY ENGAGED. 10/21, 7:00am-8:15pm, 10/22, 7:30am-5:00pm, 10/23, 7:00am-9:30pm. Sponsor: Association of the US Army (AUSA). Speakers: Gordon Sullivan, retired General, US Army; Michael Brainerd, Chaplain and Colonel, US Army; John McHugh, Secretary of the Army; John Campbell, Vice Chief of Staff, US Army; Joseph Westphal, US Under Secretary of the Army; Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff, US Army; Michael Ferriter, Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation, US Army; James Huggins Jr., Deputy Chief of Staff, US Army; Kathleen Hicks, Director, International Security Program, CSIS.

PREVENTING AND RESPONDING TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT: NEXT STEPS IN A GLOBAL STRUGGLE. 10/21, 10:00-11:30am. Sponsors: LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Brookings; IMA World Health. Speakers: Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, USAID; Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security; Kathleen Kuehnast, Director, Center of Innovation for Gender and Peacebuilding, US Institute of Peace; Denis Mukwege, Physician and Human Rights Activist, Democratic Republic of Congo.

THE FUTURE MARINE CORPS. 10/21, 11:00am-Noon. Sponsor: CSIS. Speaker: Frank McKenzie, US Marine Corps Representative to the Quadrennial Defense Review.

CLIMATE AND SECURITY: VIEWS FROM THE GLOBAL NORTH AND SOUTH. 10/21, 1:00-2:30pm. Sponsor: Stimson Center. Speakers: Dino Djatal, Ambassador of Indonesia; Sheila Riordon, Minister of Political Affairs, Embassy of Canada.

THE PRICE OF RIGHTS: REGULATING INTERNATIONAL LABOR MIGRATION. 10/21, 1:00-2:30pm. Sponsor: Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Speakers: Author Martin Ruhs, Associate Professor, Oxford University; Lindsay Lowell, Director of Policy Studies, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University; Daniel Costa, Director of Immigration Law and Policy research, EPI.

WILL INDIA'S ECONOMICS BE A VICTIM OF ITS POLITICS? 10/21, 2:00-3:30pm. Sponsor: South Asia Program, Carnegie. Speakers: Jahangir Aziz, Senior Asia Economist and India Chief Economist, JP Morgan; Ila Patnaik, Nonresident Senior Associate, South Asia Program, Carnegie.

MONGOLIA AND THE US: A DIPLOMATIC HISTORY. 10/21, 2:00-3:30pm. Sponsor: American Foreign Service Association (AFSA). Speaker: Author Jonathan Addleton, former US Ambassador to Mongolia.

EMERGING POWERS OR NEW POWERS?. 10/21, 3:00-4:00pm. Sponsor: Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS, Johns Hopkins. Speaker: Barbara Woodward, Director, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London.

INDONESIA AND THE WORLD, 1965-66, FOCUSING ON THE IMPACT OF THE PRO-COMMUNIST COUP, MILITARY COUNTER-COUP, AND SUBSEQUENT MASS KILLINGS. 10/21, 4:00-5:30pm. Sponsor: Wilson Center. Speakers: Bernd Schaefer, Senior Research Scholar, Cold War International History Project, Wilson Center; Baskara Wardaya, Professor of History, Sanata Dharma University.

THE GLOBAL VATICAN: THE CATHOLIC CHURCH'S ROLE IN WORLD AFFAIRS. 10/21, 5:30-7:00pm. Sponsor: Public Policy Research, American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Speaker: Author Francis Rooney, former US Ambassador to the Holy See.

CONSERVATIVE INTERNATIONALISM: ARMED DIPLOMACY UNDER JEFFERSON, POLK, TRUMAN, AND REAGAN. 10/21, 6:00-7:00pm. Sponsor: Elliot School, GWU. Speaker: Author Henry Nau, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GWU.

THE OUTLOOK FOR ENERGY: A VIEW TO 2040. 10/21, 6:00-7:30pm. Sponsors: Georgetown University Science in the Public Interest; American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); American Chemical Society(ACS). Speakers: Rob Gardner, ExxonMobil; Howard Gruenspecht, Energy Information Administration; Vivien Foster, World Bank.

RARE EARTH ELEMENTS. 10/21, 6:00-8:00pm. Sponsor: International Development Program, SAIS, Johns Hopkins. Speakers: Leigh Hendrix, Associate, Goldwyn Global Strategies LLC; Marc Humphries, Specialist in Energy and Mineral Policy, Congressional Research Service; Michael Mazza, Research Fellow in Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute.

RARE EARTH ELEMENTS: IMPLICATIONS ON US-ASIA ENVIRONMENTAL AND SECURITY ISSUES. 10/21, 6:00-8:00pm. Sponsor: Pacific Forum, CSIS. Speakers: Leigh Hendrix, Associate at Goldwyn Global Strategies LLC; Marc Humphries, Energy and Mineral Policy Analyst, Congressional Research Service; Michael Mazza, Research Fellow in Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, AEI.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Monday in Washington, October 14, 2013

Columbus Day Ceremony in front Union Station
October 14th, is Columbus Day in the United States, which is a Federal Holiday. The financial markets are not closed. 

INDONESIA'S APPROACH TOWARD A GREEN ECONOMY. 10/14, Noon-2:00pm. Sponsor: Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) and theSigur Center for Asian Studies, George Washington University. Speaker: Dr. Mubariq Ahmad, Adviser for Climate Change Policy, World Bank; Strategy Working Group Leader, Indonesia's Presidential Task Force on REDD+.

ASSESSING INDIA'S INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR BETTER OUTCOMES. 10/14, 4:30-6:00pm. Sponsor: Rising Powers Initiative's Asian Economic Challenges series and the Institute for International Economic Policy's Sustainable Development Forum series, George Washington University. Speaker: Ajay Chhibber, Director General, India's Independent Evaluation Organization.

FIVE YEARS LATER: THE LESSONS OF THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS. 10/14, 7:00pm. Sponsor: French-American Global Forum / French-American Institute for Global Affairs; School for International Service at American University; In Cooperation with Le Monde Diplomatique and Le Monde Diplomatique English Edition. Speakers: Introductions by: Frederic Dore, Minister-Counselor, Embassy of France to the United States James Goldgeier, Dean, School of International Service; and Romuald Sciora, President, French-American Global Forum; Panelists:
Anne-Cecile Robert, Director, International Editions, Le Monde Diplomatique; Wendy Kristianasen, Director, Le Monde Diplomatique English Division; Ibrahim Warde, Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Arturo Porzecanski, Professor, School of International Service; Michael Shank, Director, Foreign Policy Program at Friends Committee on National Legislation and Senior Fellow, French American Global Forum.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013



Wednesday, October 9

Washington, DC 

Banyan Analytics, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation 
Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street, NW, Congressional Room

Paul Stockton, Former Assistant Secretary, Defense for Homeland Defense,
Americas’ Security Affairs
Kurt Campbell, Former Assistant Secretary, State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Nobumasa Akiyama, Professor, Graduate School of Law, Graduate School of
International Public Policy, Hitotsubashi University
Julio Amador, Asian Studies Visiting Fellow, East-West Center
Bhichit Rattakul, Special Advisor, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Julie Bentz, PhD, Director, Capabilities Policy, Office of the WMD Coordinator,
White House National Security Staff
Mark Bartolini, Former Director, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance
Richard Reed, Former President’s Special Assistant, Homeland Security,
Senior Director, Resilience Policy

8:30 am: Registration and Welcome Coffee
9:00 am: Opening Remarks by Institute Chair, Lt. Gen. Wallace “Chip” Gregson
9:10 am: Conference Purpose by Institute Director, David Hamon
9:20 am: Introduction by David Boling, Deputy Executive Director, Mansfield Foundation
9:25 am: Morning Keynote Introduction by Institute Deputy Director, Frances Veasey
9:30 am: Morning Keynote: Dr. Paul Stockton, “All-Hazards Foreign Response: Lessons Learned from Haiti and Working with International Partners” Dr. Stockton served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs from 2009 to 2013 10:00 am: Break
10:30 am: Foreign Perspectives of Engaging with the US on Emergency Preparedness
Moderated by David Hamon
Dr. Nobumasa Akiyama, Professor, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan
Mr. Julio Amador, Asian Studies Visiting Fellow, East-West Center, Washington, DC
Dr. Bhichit Rattakul, Special Advisor, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Thailand
Noon: Break for lunch
12:25 pm: Luncheon Keynote Introduction by David Boling
12:30 pm: Luncheon Keynote: Dr. Kurt Campbell, “Perspectives on Past and Future Responses to Asia-Pacific Disasters” Dr. Campbell served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the State Department from 2009 to 2013.
1:15 pm: Break
1:30 pm: International Response Framework (IRF): Feasibility and Design
Moderated by Lt. Gen. Gregson
Mr. Mark Bartolini, Former Director of USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
MG Julie Bentz, PhD, Director, Capabilities Policy, Office of the WMD Coordinator, White House National Security Staff
Mr. Richard Reed, Former Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Resilience Policy
3:30 pm: Closing remarks by Lt. Gen. Gregson and David Hamon

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Monday in Washington October 7, 2013

DECIPHERING RUSSIAN POLICY ON SYRIA: WHAT HAPPENED…AND WHAT’S NEXT. 10/7, Noon-1:00pm. Sponsor: Wilson Center. Speaker: Mark N. Katz, Professor, Government and Politics, George Mason University, Former Title VIII-Supported Research and ShortTerm Scholar, Kennan Institute.

A NEW LOOK AT AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY. 10/7, Noon-1:00pm. Sponsor: Heritage. Speakers: Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow, Heritage; Randy E. Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor, Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center; Marion Smith, Visiting Fellow, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, Heritage.

THE BEAUTIFUL TREE: A PERSONAL JOURNEY INTO HOW THE WORLD'S POOREST PEOPLE ARE EDUCATING THEMSELVES. 10/7, Noon-1:30pm. Sponsor: CATO. Speaker: Author James Tooley, Associate Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute.

LOCAL CONTENT REQUIREMENTS: A GLOBAL PROBLEM. 10/7, 12:30-2:00pm. Sponsor: Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE). Speakers: Gary Hufbauer, Senior Fellow, PIIE; Jeffrey Schott, Senior Fellow, PIIE.
DOMESTIC BARRIERS TO DISMANTLING THE MILITANT INFRASTRUCTURE IN PAKISTAN. 10/7, 2:00-3:30pm. Sponsor: US Institute of Peace (USIP). Speakers: Thomas Lynch, Research Fellow, National Defense University; Daniel Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations; Stephen Tankel, Assistant Professor, American University.

STUDYING CENTRAL ASIA: LOOKING AT THE MERITS OF EAVESDROPPING. 10/7, 4:00- 6:30pm. Sponsor: GWU. Speaker: Svetlana Jacquesson, Director, Central Asia Studies Institute, American University of Central Asia.

WHO SHAPES SPACE POLICY: MILLIONAIRES OR STATESMEN. 10/7, 6:30-8:30pm. Sponsor: Association Nationale des Auditeurs jeunes de l’Institut de Hautes Etudes de Defense Nationale (ANAJ-IHEDN). Speakers: Frank A. Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Space and Defense Policy, Bureau of Arms Control Verification and Compliance, U.S. Department of State. Clay Mowry, President, Arianespace, Inc.; Scott Pace, Director, George Washington Space Policy Institute, Former Associate Administrator, NASA; A.C. Charania, Business Development Manager, Virgin Galactic.