Sunday, June 29, 2014

Monday in Washington, June 30, 2014

Iwo Jima Memorial
Congress is in recess and the July 4th holiday is Friday.

AN ASSESSMENT OF RUSSIAN DEFENSE CAPABILITIES AND SECURITY STRATEGY. 6/30, 9:00-10:30am. Sponsor: Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS. Speakers: Paul N. Schwartz, Senior Associate, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS; Clark A Murdock, Senior Adviser and Director, Defense and National Security Group, Project on Nuclear Issues, CSIS; Andrew C. Kuchins, Director and Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS; Jeffrey A. Mankoff; Deputy Director and Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS; Samuel J. Brannen, Senior Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS.

ABENOMICS AND ITS IMPACT ON THE ASIAN ECONOMY. 6/30, 10:00-11:15am. Sponsor: Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings. Speakers: Mireya Solís, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, and Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies, Brookings; Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean, Asian Development Bank; and Eswar Prasad, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, and New Century Chair in International Trade and Economics, Brookings; Ed Gresser, Executive Director, Progressive Economy Project, GlobalWorks Foundation; Katsuhiko (Kevin) Ichikawa, General Manager, Central Japan Railway Company; Christopher G. Caine (moderator), President & CEO, Mercator XXI, LLC.

LESSONS ON HOW THE U.S. CAN REFORM THE UN. 6/30, 11:00am-12:30pm. Sponsor: Heritage. Speakers: Christopher Bancroft Burnham, Former Under Secretary General of the United Nations for Management; Kim R. Holmes, Former Assistant Secretary for International Organizations, U.S. Department of State; Joseph M. Torsella, Former U.S. Representative to the United Nations for Management and Reform; and Brett D. Schaefer, Jay Kingham, Senior Research Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs, Heritage.

AN EVOLVING PARTNERSHIP: US-JAPANESE RELATIONS AFTER PRESIDENT OBAMA’S VISIT TO JAPAN. 6/30, 3:00-4:00pm. Sponsor: Center for American Progress (CAP). Speaker: Neera Tanden, President, CAP; Kenichiro Sasae, Japanese Ambassador to the United States; and Glen S. Fukushima, Senior Fellow, CAP.

CALL FOR TRANSNATIONAL JIHAD. 6/30, 4:00-5:00pm. Sponsor: Hudson. Speakers: Husain Haqqani, Senior Fellow and Director for South & Central Asia, Hudson Institute; and Arif Jamal, Author.

BANGLADESH-INDIA RELATIONS UNDER MODI. 6/30, 3:30-5:00pm. Sponsor: South Asia Program, Carnegie. Speakers: Farooq Sobhan, President and CEO, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute; and Frederic Grare, Director, South Asia Program, Carnegie.

Pope Francis needs to bless and embrace the Comfort Women in Korea

Comfort Women rally in front of the Japanese Embassy 
in Seoul, August 2011

A CAUSE WORTH TAKING UP: Pope Francis, Korea and the comfort women

By Dennis P. Halpin, APP Senior Fellow and Visiting Fellow, US-Japan Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins

Reprinted from America: The National Catholic Review, June 27, 2014

The Vatican announced in March that South Korea will be the first Asian nation to be visited by Pope Francis. His visit will take place August 14 to 18, which includes a date of critical significance not only for Korean and world history but also for Catholicism.

Aug. 15, 1945, is Independence Day for Koreans—when a harsh,Japanese colonial rule came to an end. It is also a Holy Day of Obligation for the Roman Catholic Church, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven, a date of symbolic ascendancy for all women. And it is the date when the guns fell silent and church bells rang throughout the world as the Second World War finally came to an end.

The specter of that war still casts a long shadow over Asia. Nowhere is this more heartfelt than in Korea, where the central issue stemming from the war’s legacy is sexual violence against women during conflict—the treatment of the so-called “comfort women.” “Comfort women” is the euphemism for the tens of thousands of girls and young women who were cajoled, coerced, kidnapped, sold or captured into sexual slavery by  [and for] the Imperial Japanese Armed Forces. These women endured half a century of humiliation, trauma and enforced silence until a few had the courage to come forward. While the victims came from throughout the Indo-Pacific region, and even included some Europeans, the great majority were Korean, further embittering already strained historic relations between Korea and her Japanese colonizer.

Like Mary Magdalene, a possible patron saint for these women, the comfort women were scorned for their backgrounds and for being identified with foreigners. Magdalene was known as a woman from whom Jesus had “cast out seven demons,” and she came from a Gentile town although she was a Jew. Korean society was no more welcoming to these victims than was Magdalene’s society to her.

Forty years ago, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Seoul, I was told by members of the local community to stay away from a run-down little grocery store operated by “that woman who had been a Japanese whore.” Abandoned and usually without family, the returned comfort women struggled under harsh, unwelcoming conditions. It was only after a few of the comfort women had the courage to speak out in the 1990s that the attitude of Korean society turned from hostility to sympathy.

Pope Francis has refocused attention on the church’s historic mission of providing for the poor, the abandoned and the oppressed. He also has drawn international attention to the issue of human trafficking. He invited clergymen, police officers and victims to a conference in April on trafficking at the Vatican’s Academy of Sciences. After the conference, the pope referred to trafficking as “a crime against humanity” and “a scourge” of the 21st century. The abduction of 219 schoolgirls in Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists for purposes of trafficking immediately followed the Vatican conference. The international headlines generated by this heinous crime only served to underscore the pope’s expressed concerns.

A Demeaning Debate
Human trafficking and sexual violence in armed conflict, however, are as old as the Bible and were major causes for human rights concerns in the last century. The comfort women system, involving from 50,000 to 200,000 victims, certainly represented one of the most egregious examples of state-sponsored sexual slavery in the 20th century.

Even more demeaning for the elderly victims than the debate over the exact number of victims is the assertion among some of the right-wing extremists in Japan that the comfort women were nothing more than professional prostitutes willingly seeking to make a profit. Recent attempts to silence the comfort women have been plentiful. They have included: advertisements placed in American newspapers by a Japanese right-wing organization comparing brothels in American-occupied Japan to the comfort women system; and a statement in May 2013 by Toru Hashimoto, the Mayor of Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city, that the comfort women provided necessary sexual release for war-strained Japanese soldiers.

There were also visits in 2012 by Japanese government delegations to the little town of Palisades Park, N.J., seeking to have the mayor take down a memorial monument to the comfort women. And there is a pending lawsuit against a similar comfort women statue in Glendale, Calif.,filed by a right-wing Japanese organization and a number of Japanese-American plaintiffs. This suit contends that the sight of such a memorial in a public park is disturbing to Japanese.

Those who would silence the comfort women, however, have failed. Among the voices speaking for the comfort women is a Catholic voice. It is a voice of fidelity to Catholic values at a time of unbearable suffering, a voice that prayed the rosary daily during a three-month period of sexual violence. It is the story of a Catholic girl who had studied to be a nun before the Imperial Japanese military forcibly took her away to a brothel. It is the testimony of a Dutch girl who was sexually trafficked and traumatized like the contemporary victims who met with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Jan Ruff-O’Herne, born in 1923 in what was then known as the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia), was raised in a family “where my parents, especially my father, implanted in me a great and strong faith and a love of prayer and Holy Scripture.” When Indonesia fell to the invading Imperial Japanese Army forces in March of 1942, Jan, then 19 years old, her mother and two younger sisters were interned as enemy noncombatants in a prisoner-of-war camp.

Savagery and Silence
In February 1944, Ms. Ruff-O’Herne’s life changed forever when Japanese army trucks noisily entered the camp. All single girls 17 to 21 years old were told to line up for inspection. Ms. Ruff-O’Herne describes in her memoir Fifty Years of Silence what happened next: “The Japanese officers paced up and down, up and down the line, inspecting each girl. Now they were standing directly in front of me. One of them lifted my chin with a stick to see my face. They stood there grinning, looking at my legs, at my face at my body…. Oh, my God, I prayed; don’t let them take me away.” Despite the intercession of a nun in the camp to the Japanese commander, ten of the women who were considered by the officers to be the prettiest girls, including Ms. Ruff-O’Herne, were taken away in an army truck.

Ms. Ruff-O’Herne’s eyewitness account makes ludicrous the recent claims that the Imperial Japanese Army was not involved in the comfort women system. The young women were taken to a Dutch colonial house converted into a military brothel. Ms. Ruff-O’Herne led the frightened girls in a reading of Psalm 27 before the Japanese military officers came to rape them: “The Lord is my light and my salvation, who need I fear?”

She describes what happened next:“He stood right over me now, pointing the sword at my body. I pleaded with him through my gestures to allow me to say some prayers before I died. With his sword touching my flesh, I fell on my knees to pray…. The Japanese officer was getting impatient now. He threw me on the bed and tore at my clothes, ripping them off. I lay there naked on the bed as he ran his sword slowly up and down over my body…. I can find no words to describe this most inhumane and brutal rape.”

For the next three months Ms. Ruff-O’Herne and the other Dutch women were brutally raped multiple times. Then, following a number of visits from high-ranking military officials and long discussions “accompanied by much shouting,” they were told to pack their bags. They were returned to their families in the internment camps with the admonition that if they ever told anyone what had happened to them, both themselves and their families would be killed. Ms. Ruff-O’Herne records that “the silence began then and there, the silence that was forced upon us.”

Jan Ruff-O’Herne told her secret to her mother, who was devastated by the news, and to a Catholic priest. When Ms. Ruff-O’Herne told the priest that she still wanted to be a nun, “there was a deadly silence.” Finally he responded: “My dear child, under the circumstances and because of what has happened to you, I think it is better that you do not become a nun.” Jan recorded, “I was shattered and sadly disappointed by what I was told. It gave me a terrible inferiority complex.”

In the following half century, she told her secret to her British army husband, but not to her two daughters. “Fifty years of nightmares, of sleepless nights. Fifty years of pain that could never go away.” Then in 1992 Ms. Ruff-O’Herne saw on television some elderly Korean women, who had decided to finally speak out about their trauma as comfort women. “I’ve got to be with those women,”she wrote. ”I’ve got to back them up.” Violence against women in the conflict then raging in Bosnia also motivated her, as it showed “that the world had not changed.”

Ms. Ruff-O’Herne finally told her daughters her secret and then attended an international public hearing in Tokyo, where an Australian televised news report revealed her story to her neighbors. Becoming an advocate for the comfort women and women’s rights, she traveled to Washington, D.C., in 2007 to testify with two Korean comfort women at a U.S. Congressional hearing.

Speaking Out
In April of this year, the elderly Ms. Ruff-O’Herne, who resides in Adelaide, South Australia, sent her daughter Carol and granddaughter to testify at a hearing in metropolitan Sydney on a proposal to construct a comfort woman statue in Australia. In response, Japan’s conservative daily newspaper Sankei Shimbun published an article criticizing the 91-year-old advocate “who was reportedly a comfort woman on the island of Java” for allegedly allowing her daughter and granddaughter to be used in an“anti-Japan campaign.”A family friend reported that Ms. Ruff-O’Herne was“devastated” by these latest press attacks.

Medieval Catholic tradition included the ideal of chivalry—that the knight was to raise his sword for the protection of women and children, the elderly, the sick and the defenseless. In ancient Catholic ritual, a squire kept an all-night prayer vigil in a chapel before being dubbed a knight by his liege lord. While perhaps more true in its breach than in its practice, the code of conduct of chivalry is linked to the protection of women. The comfort women system as it evolved in the imperial Japanese military during the Second World War is the very antithesis of this traditional Catholic virtue.

Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Korea, the ancestral home of the majority of comfort women, provides an opportunity to re-imagine and reignite this lost Catholic chivalry by opening a space for him to stand in solidarity and to keep vigil with these women as they call for justice. The visit also could serve to underscore Pope Francis’ expressed concerns for the rights and dignity of women, for the abandoned and the oppressed and for bringing an end to the scourge of human trafficking.

Pope Francis can help to raise up the comfort women survivors with his embrace. His compassionate presence makes him well suited to the task of meeting the comfort women and giving them a God’s message of love, hope and acceptance that was denied to too many. And what better place and date than in Seoul on the anniversary of the conclusion of the war and the end of the forced sexual slavery of the comfort women? I imagine that Jan Ruff-O’Herne would not be the only person to watch such a papal embrace on her television set while smiling through tears.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Monday in Washington June 23, 2014

AGE OF AMBITION: CHASING FORTUNE, TRUTH, AND FAITH IN THE NEW CHINA. 6/23, 8:30-10:00am. Sponsors: Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, and Asia Program, Wilson Center. Speaker: Evan Osnos, Author, and Reporter, The New Yorker.
THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR DEAL AND THE IMPACT ON ITS NEIGHBORS. 6/23, 9:30am-12:30pm. Sponsor: Middle East Program, Wilson Center. Speakers: Abdullah Baabood, Director, Gulf Studies Program, Qatar University; Salah Eddin Elzein, Director, Al Jazeera Center for Studies, Al Jazeera Media Network; Bijan Khajehpour, Managing Partner, Atieh International; David Ottaway, Senior Scholar and Middle East Specialist, Wilson Center; Marina Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Wilson Center; and Afshin Molavi, Senior Research Fellow, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation. 

ECONOMIC REFORMS IN CAMBODIA. 6/23, 10:00-11:00am. Sponsor: South East Asia Studies, CSIS. Speaker: Sun Chanthol, Minister of Commerce, Kingdom of Cambodia; amd Murray Hiebert, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies, CSIS.

ECONOMIC PROSPECTS IN POST-ELECTION INDONESIA. 6/23, 10:00-11:30pm. Sponsor: Asia Program, Carnegie. Speakers: James Castle, CEO, Castle Asia; and Vikram Nehru, Senior Associate, Asia Program, Carnegie.

FINANCING DEVELOPMENT AND THE ROLE OF INFRASTRUCTURE. 6/23, 12:15-1:30pm. Sponsor: Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE). Speakers: Bertrand Badre, Managing Director and CFO, World Bank Group; Heidi Crebo-Rediker, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; and Yasushi Sunouchi, Chief Representative, Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

PROSPERITY, SECURITY, AND THE ASIA REBALANCE: CONSIDERATIONS FOR CONGRESS. 6/23, 1:00-2:00pm. Sponsor: Center for National Policy (CNP). Speakers: Steve Glickman, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and former Director for International Economic Affairs, White House; Ziad Haider, Associate, International Investments and National Security, White & Case LLP, and Co-Director, Asia Expert Group, Truman National Security Project; Anka Lee, Director, Albright Stonebridge Group; and Scott Bates, President, Center for National Policy.

TAIWAN’S LEGISLATIVE YUAN: OVERSIGHT OR OVERREACH? 6/23, 1:00-4:15 pm. Sponsor: Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings. Speakers: Richard Bush, Senior Fellow and Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies and Director, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings; Su Chi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Taipei Forum; Michael Thies, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles; Sarah Binder, Senior Fellow, Brookings; Wu Chung-li, Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica; David Brown, Adjunct Professor in China Studies, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University; Nathan Batto, Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica; and Jacques deLisle, Steven A. Cozen Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania. 

MANAGING THE RISKS POSED BY UNAUTHORIZED RETRANSFERS OF ARMS. 6/23, 2:00-3:30pm. Sponsor: Managing Across Boundaries Initiative, Stimson. Speakers: Paul Holtom, University of Coventry; Jonah Leff, Conflict Armament Research; Judd Stitziel, US Department of State, Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance; Rachel Stohl, Senior Associate, Managing Across Boundaries Initiative, Stimson.

ACCORD 25: PURSUING PEACE THROUGH LEGITIMACY. 6/23, 2:00-4:00pm. Sponsors: United States Institute of Peace (USIP); and the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Speakers: Alexander Ramsbotham, Head, Accord, and Series Editor, Conciliation Resources; Jean Arnault, Author, Accord 25, and Former Professor of Practice, Paris School of International Affairs Sciences Po Paris; Jeffrey Helsing, Associate Vice President, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, USIP; and Melanie Greenberg, President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Womenomics - A Conference June 17th

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At this year's World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe personally committed to closing his country's gender gap and making Japan a place where "women shine." Substantial challenges lie ahead. Japan’s current performance on gender parity is sobering: in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2013, (October 25, 2013), Japan ranked 105 out of 136 countries.

Skeptics of Abe's new feminism also cite his long advocacy of traditional gender roles and opposition to Japan's constitutional rights for women. He has not supported the right of women to retain their own names or female succession to emperor. Even his position on Comfort Women is framed in traditionalist notions of women. Nevertheless, Abe has made "womenomics," a concept first penned by Goldman Sachs' Kathy Matsui in 2000, a key component of his Abenomics.

On June 3rd, the WEF Forum released Closing the Gender Gap in Japan. The report identifies three areas, in particular, where Japan is falling behind.

First, the participation gap: Japan has one of the lowest female labour participation rates among OECD countries. Only 63% of women work, compared to 85% of men; female employees are more than three times as likely as male employees to work part-time. Goldman Sachs estimates that closing the participation gap could boost Japan’s GDP by 13%. It is especially necessary given the country’s demographic outlook – the labour force is shrinking, the old age dependency ratio is growing and the fertility rate is one of the world’s lowest.

The second gap that needs to be addressed is the remuneration gap: on average, women earn only slightly over half of what men earn. This can only partially be explained by women working disproportionately in lower-paying professions; Japan ranks 87th globally in wage gaps for similar work, according to a survey of executives.

Finally, there is the advancement gap: while women comprise nearly half of all professional and technical workers, they make up only 9% of legislators, senior officials and managers. Encouragingly, investments already made in closing the education gap – women’s rate of enrolment in tertiary education now nearly matches that of men – mean that Japan is ideally poised for efforts to close the advancement gap.

The US-Asia Institute will hold a timely conference in Washington on June 17th that is open to the public to discuss all these issues.

June 17, 2014 
10:30am- 2:00pm 
Washington, DC 

US-Asia Institute 

Capitol Visitors Center 203-02 

Special Guests 
His Excellency Kenichiro SASAE, Ambassador from Japan
Ambassador Constance A. Morella, President, U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress

Keynote Speaker
Director, Gender Mainstreaming Division, Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Panel 1: Women in the Workplace: What Lessons and Challenges Do We Share
Featuring: Dr. Stephan DANNINGER, Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund
Ms. Tracey DOI, Group Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
Mr. Terry TERASAWA, Chief Representative, The Bank of Tokyo
MODERATOR: Ambassador Constance MORELLA, President, U.S. Association of Former members of Congress

Panel 2: US-Japan Development Cooperation: Assistance for the Empowerment of women in Developing Countries
Framing the Discussion/Moderator: Ms. Manisa SINGH, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Respondents: Mr. Hajime TAKEUSHI, Chief Representative, JICA, USA Offices,
Ms. Sheila SMITH, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations,
Mme Gouri MIRPURI, Founder, Learning Farm/HUB

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Monday in Washington, June 16, 2014

THE US-RUSSIA FORUM: TOWARDS A CONSTRUCTIVE AGENDA FOR US-RUSSIA RELATIONS. 6/16-17. Sponsor: Eurasia Center. Speakers: Sergei Kislyak, Russian Ambassador to Washington; James Carden, Contributing Editor, American Conservative; Steven Cohen, New York University & Princeton; Leonid Gozman, Rosnano; Thomas Graham, Kissinger Associates (TBC); Robert Legvold, Columbia University; Jack Matlock, Former US Ambassador to Moscow; Wayne Merry, Former State Department and Pentagon Official; Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State, MN; Matthew Rojansky, Director, Kennan Institute; and Michael Stopford, Former NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Strategic Communications. 
TRANSPARENCY, OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE UN SYSTEM: PROBLEMS AND HOW TO FIX THEM. 6/16, Noon-1:30pm. Sponsor: Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, Heritage. Speakers: Robert Appleton, Formerly Director of Investigations & Senior Legal Counsel, Global Fund, Chairman, United Nations Procurement Task Force, and Special Counsel to the UN Iraqi Oil for Food Investigation; Edward Patrick Flaherty, Senior Partner, Schwab Flaherty & Associates; James Wasserstrom, Senior Advisor on Anticorruption, U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Former Head of the Office for Oversight of the Publicly Owned Enterprises for the UN Mission in Kosovo; and Brett D. Schaefer, Jay Kingham Senior Research Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs.  

TRADE TALK ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE SNOWDEN NSA LEAKS.  6/16, 12:15-1:45pm. Sponsor: Association of Women in International Trade. Speaker: Katie Wheelbarger, Deputy Staff Director, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Location: Georgetown University Law Center, Eric E. Hotung International Law Building, Timothy & Linda O’Neill Alumni Welcome Center, 550 1st St., NW. Contact: 

THE NEW MIDDLE EAST COLD WAR: U.S. MIDDLE EAST POLICY AND THE REGION'S ONGOING BATTLE OVER THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.6/16, 12:30-2:00pm. Sponsor: Center for American Progress (CAP). Speakers: Haroon Ullah, Member, State Department Policy Planning Staff; Peter Mandaville, Professor, George Mason University; Brian Katulis, CAP Senior Fellow; and Hardin Lang, CAP Senior Fellow.

INDIA'S NUCLEAR POLICY AND REGIONAL STABILITY. 6/16, 12:30-3:00pm. Sponsor: South Asia Program, Stimson. Speakers: P.K. Singh, Director, United Service Institution of India; Michael Krepon, Director for South Asia, Stimson Center; A.K. Singh, Former Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, India; Vinay Shankar, Former Director General of Artillery, Indian Army; Michael Krepon, Director for South Asia, Stimson Center; Jayant Prasad, Former Indian Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament; Vikram Singh, Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress; and Joshua T. White, Deputy Director for South Asia, Stimson Center. 

BENGHAZI: THE DIFFERENCE IT MAKES IS ACCOUNTABILITY. 6/16, 1:00-5:00pm. Sponsors: Heritage Foundation and Benghazi Accountability Coalition. Speakers: Andrew McCarthy, Chairman, Benghazi Accountability Coalition; Chris Plante, Radio Talk Host, WMAL; Joe diGenova, Former U.S. Attorney; and Founding Partner, diGenova & Toensing; Clare Lopez, Member, Citizens' Commission on Benghazi, and Vice President for Research and Analysis, Center for Security Policy; and Brigitte Gabriel, Founder, President and CEO, ACT; Dan Bongino, Former U.S. Secret Service Agent; W.G. "Jerry" Boykin, Retired Army Lt. Gen.; Thomas McInerney, Retired Air Force Lt. Gen.; Frank Gaffney, President, Center for Security Policy; Tom Fitton, President, Judicial Watch; James Jay Carafano, Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, Heritage; and Victoria Toensing, Former Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General, and Founding Partner, diGenova & Toensing.

HOW TO UNWIND IRAN NUCLEAR SANCTIONS. 6/16, 2:00-3:00pm. Sponsor: South Asia Center, Atlantic Council. Speakers: Kenneth Katzman, Specialist, Middle East Affairs, Congressional Research Service; Cornelius Adebahr (via Skype from Berlin), Associate, Europe Program, Carnegie; and Barbara Slavin, Senior Fellow, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council.

THE U.S.-JAPAN ALLIANCE: NEXT STEPS AND FUTURE VISION. 6/16, 3:00-5:00pm. Sponsor: Japan Chair, CSIS. Speakers: Shinichi Kitaoka, Former Acting Chairman, Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security; Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Toyota Japan Chair, CSIS; Noboru Yamaguchi, Lieutenant General, Japan Ground Self Defense Force (Ret.), and Director for International Programs and Professor or Military History and Strategy, National Defense Academy of Japan; Yoji Koda, Vice Admiral, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (Ret.); Robin H. Sakoda, Partner, Armitage International, L.C.; Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; and Tsuyoshi Sunohara, Secretary-General for U.S.-Japan Project, Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER).

MANAGING CONFLICTS IN INDIA: POLICIES OF COERCION AND ACCOMMODATION. 6/16, 3:30-5:00pm. Sponsor: Carnegie. Speakers: Bidisha Biswas, Professor of Political Science, Western Washington University, former policy adviser of South Asia, US State Department; Joshua White. Deputy Director of South Asia program, Stimson Center, former Senior Advisor for Asian and Pacific Security, Office of Secretary of Defence.

A WARMING ARCTIC: REGIONAL DRAMA WITH GLOBAL CONSEQUENCES. 6/16, 4:00-5:30pm. Sponsor: Europe Program, CSIS. Speakers: Jan-Gunnar Winther, Director, Norwegian Polar Institute; and Heather Conley, Director and Senior Fellow, Europe Program, CSIS.

NORWAY'S GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION IN POST-CONFLICT SETTINGS. 6/16, 5:00-6:00pm. Sponsor: Foreign Policy, Brookings. Speakers: Borge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway; Strobe Talbott, President, Brookings Institution; and Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, Brookings.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Prime Minister of Japan's Schedule June 2-8, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014


12:00 At private residence (no visitors)
08:00 At private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo (no morning visitors)
08:59 Depart from private residence
09:12 Arrive at Imperial Palace, register return to Japan
09:20 Depart from Imperial Palace
09:29 Arrive at office
09:48 Meet with Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seko Hiroshige
10:18 End meeting with Mr. Seko
10:19 Meet with Director-General of Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Ihara Jyunichi
10:33 End meeting with Mr. Ihara
10:34 Meet with Minister in charge of Civil Service Reform Inada Tomomi and Director General of the Bureau of Personnel Affairs Kato Katsunobu
10:50 End meeting with Ms. Inada and Mr. Kato
10:51 Meet with Minister in charge of Building National Resilience Furuya Keiji
11:02 End meeting with Mr. Furuya
11:03 Meet with Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Saiki Akitaka and Mr. Ihara
11:14 End meeting with Mr. Saiki and Mr. Ihara
11:15 Meet with Director of the National Security Council Yachi Shotaro, Mr. Saiki, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Sugiyama Shinsuke, and Director General of European Affairs Bureau Kozuki Toyohisa
11:38 End meeting with Mr. Yachi, Mr. Saiki, Mr. Sugiyama and Mr. Kozuki.
11:39 Meet with Minister in charge of Information Technology Policy Yamamoto Ichita

12:09 Ruling Party Liaison Conference
12:27 Ruling Party Liaison Conference ends
12:45 Meet with Mr. Seko, Mr. Sugiyama, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Nagamine Yasumasa and Mr. Kozuki
01:30 End meeting with Mr. Seko, Mr. Sugiyama, Mr. Nagamine and Mr. Kozuki
01:37 Administrative Reform Promotion Council meeting
01:45 Administrative Reform Promotion Council meeting ends
01:51 Depart from office
01:53 Arrive at Diet
01:54 Enter Upper House Chairman’s Reception Room
01:57 Leave Chairman’s Reception Room and enter Upper House Plenary Meeting Hall
02:01 Upper House Plenary Session convenes
04:12 Upper House Plenary Session adjourns, leave Upper House Plenary Meeting Hall
04:13 Depart from Diet
04:14 Arrive at office
04:24 Meet with Mr. Sugiyama, Mr. Nagamine, Mr. Kozuki, Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs Furusawa Mitsuhiro and Vice Minister for International Affairs in Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Ishiguro Norihiko
04:49 End meeting with Mr. Sugiyama, Mr. Nagamine, Mr. Kozuki, Mr. Furusawa and Mr. Ishiguro
04:57 Depart from office
04:59 Arrive at Diet
05:00 Enter LDP President’s Room
05:01 LDP Officers Meeting
05:12 LDP Officers Meeting ends
05:13 Meet with LDP Vice President Komura Masahiko and LDP Secretary General Ishiba Shigeru
05:15 End meeting with Mr. Komura and Mr. Ishiba
05:17 Leave LDP President’s Room
05:18 Depart from Diet
05:29 Arrive at live music house Nicofarre (ニコファーレ) in Tokyo, attend World Economics Forum Japan Meeting 2014
05:48 Leave Nicofarre
05:53 Arrive at office
06:05 Meet with Director of Cabinet Intelligence Kitamura Shigeru, Mr. Yachi, Director-General of Foreign Policy Bureau Hiramatsu Kenji, Director-General of North American Affairs Bureau Tomita Koji, Director General of Bureau of Defense Policy Tokuchi Hideshi and Chief of Staff of Joint Staff Council Iwasaki Shigeru
06:46 End meeting with Mr. Kitamura, Mr. Yachi, Mr. Hiramatsu, Mr. Tomita, Mr. Tokuchi and Mr. Iwasaki
06:47 Meet with Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ohta Akihiro
07:08 End meeting with Mr. Ohta
07:12 Depart from office
07:13 Arrive at official residence

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

12:00 At official residence (no visitors)
07:58 Depart from official residence
07:59 Arrive at office
08:07 National Resilience Promotion Headquarters meeting
08:16 National Resilience Promotion Headquarters meeting ends
08:24 Cabinet meeting
08:40 Cabinet meeting ends
08:44 Strategic Headquarters for the Promotion of an Advanced Information and Telecommunications Network Society meeting
09:01 Meeting ends
09:02 Meet with Cabinet Advisor Iijima Isao
09:11 End meeting with Mr. Iijima
09:12 Meet with Deputy Ministers for Foreign Affairs Sugiyama Shinsuke and Nagamine Yasumasa, Director General of European Affairs Kozuki Toyohisa, Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs Fursawa Mitsuhiro, Vice Minister for International Affairs in Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Harihara Hisao, and Vice-Minister for International Affairs in Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Ishiguro Norihiko
10:10 End meeting with Mr. Sugiyama, Mr. Nagamine, Mr. Kozuki, Mr. Furusawa, Mr. Harihara and Mr. Ishiguro
10:11 Meet with Japan Foundation President Ando Hiroyasu
10:16 End meeting with Mr. Ando
10:26 Met with Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization Amari Akira and Director General of Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau Sugawara Ikuro enter
10:56 Mr. Sugawara leaves
11:06 Mr. Amari leaves
11:07 Meet with Minister for Reconstruction Nemoto Takumi
11:20 End meeting with Mr. Nemoto
11:25 Meet with Director of Cabinet Intelligence Kitamura Shigeru
11:55 End meeting with Mr. Kitamura
11:56 Meet with LDP Lower House member Kawai Katsuyuki

12:09 Meet with LDP Regional Diplomatic and Economic Partnership Research Commission Chairman Komura Masahiko. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide and Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu also attend
12:22 End meeting with LDP Regional Diplomatic and Economic Partnership Research Commission
12:23 Meet with Mayor of Hofu City (Yamaguchi Prefecture) Matsuura Masato
12:28 End meeting with Mr. Matsuura
12:49 Meet with Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Eto Seiichi
12:53 End meeting with Mr. Eto
12:54 Meet with Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Kimura Taro
12:58 End meeting with Mr. Kimura
12:59 Meet with Cabinet Advisor Fuji Satoshi
01:03 End meeting with Mr. Fuji
01:04 Meet with Cabinet Advisor Kiso Isao
01:05 End meeting with Mr. Kiso
01:06 Meet with Cabinet Advisor Munakata Norio
01:12 End meeting with Mr. Munakata
01:27 Meet with LDP Vice President Komura Masahiko, LDP Tax System Research Commission Chairman Noda Takeshi and LDP Tax System Research Commission Subcommittee Chairman Nukaga Fukushiro
01:53 End meeting with Mr. Komura, Mr. Noda and Mr. Nukaga
01:55 Depart from office
02:05 Arrive at Federation of Economic Organizations [日本経団連:Nippon Keidanren] Meeting Hall in Otemachi, Tokyo, attend General Regular Meeting of Federation of Economic Organizations and deliver address
02:20 Depart from Federation of Economic Organizations Meeting Hall
02:41 Arrive at Haneda Airport
02:49 Interview open to all media: In response to asking about “your enthusiasm for foreign travel,” Prime Minister Abe Shinzo answers “looking from a global standpoint, I want to express Japan’s standpoint and my thinking”
02:51 Interview ends
03:19 Depart from Haneda Airport in a personal government airplane to attend a G7 Leaders Summit meeting in Belgium

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


(In transit)

(local time in Brussels)
In the evening:

Arrive at EU Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium
Conference with President of European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of European Commission José Barroso
Conference with President of France François Hollande
Attend G7 Leaders Summit working dinner
In Brussels, interview open to all media
Stay the night at Steigenberger Grandhotel

Thursday, June 5, 2014


(local time in Brussels)

Stand and speak with President of United States Barack Obama at EU Headquarters
Second day of G7 Summit discussions
Photo opportunity with G7 Summit leaders
Conference with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
More G7 Summit discussions

(local time in Brussels, then Rome)

Working lunch with G7 Leaders
Press conference open to domestic and foreign media
Arrive at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport on the outskirts of Rome, Italy
Stay the night at Westin Excelsior Hotel, Rome

Friday, June 6, 2014


(local time in Rome)

Conference with Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin at the Vatican
View St. Peter’s Basilica

(local time in Rome)

View Sistine Chapel
Conference with Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
Informal talk with accompanying press group at Westin Excelsior Hotel, Rome
Conference with UN World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin
View Knights of Malta Gate
Informal talk with Rome’s Mayor Ignazio Marino at Rome City Hall
View Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Depart on personal government plane from Leonardo da Vinci International Airport

Saturday, June 7, 2014


(In transit)

(Japan time)

04:30 Arrive at Haneda Airport after completing attendance of G7 Leaders Summit talks
04:39 Depart from Haneda Airport
05:04 Arrive at private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo

Sunday, June 8, 2014


12:00 At private residence (no visitors)
10:00 At private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo (no morning visitors)
10:42 Depart from private residence
11:00 Arrive at wedding hall Angelion Au Plaza Tokyo in Kyobashi, Tokyo, attend wedding ceremony of an acquaintance. Abe Shinzo’s wife Akie also attends.

12:49 Depart from Angelion Au Plaza Tokyo
01:02 Arrive at official residence
01:09 Meet with Director of the National Security Council Yachi Shotaro and Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretaries Kanehara Nobukatsu and Takamizawa Nobushige
02:35 Mr. Yachi, Mr. Kanehara and Mr. Takamizawa leave
04:01 Depart from official residence
04:14 Arrive at private residence
06:03 Depart from private residence
06:19 Arrive at Imperial Residence in Sanban-cho, Tokyo. Condolence call for Prince Katsura’s passing
06:21 Depart from Sanban-cho Imperial Residence
06:28 Arrive at Imperial Palace, condolence call for Prince Katsura’s passing and register return to Japan
06:37 Depart from Imperial Palace
06:47 Arrive at Akasaka Estate in Motoakasaka, Tokyo. Condolence calls at Residence of Prince and Princess Mikasa, Residence of Princess Takamado, and Residence of Princess Tomohito of Mikasa
07:00 Depart from Akasaka Estate
07:13 Arrive at private residence

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Monday in Washington June 9, 2014

2014 MCAFEE REPORT ON THE GLOBAL COST OF CYBERCRIME. 6/9, 9:00-10:30am. Sponsor: Strategic Technology Program, CSIS. Speakers: Stewart A. Baker, Report Co-Author and Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLC; and James Andrew Lewis, Report Co-Author and Director, Strategic Technologies Program, CSIS.

RE-THINKING DEMOCRACY PROMOTION AMID RISING AUTHORITARIANISM. 6/9, 9:30am-5:00pm. Sponsors: Freedom House; American Interest; and SAIS, JHU. Speakers: Charles Davidson, Publisher and CEO, American Interest and Board Member, Freedom House; Walter Russell Mead, Editor-at-Large, American Interest, and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities, Bard College; Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Michael Mandelbaum, Christian A. Herter Professor and Director of the American Foreign Policy program, SAIS; Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations; Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government and Board Member, Freedom House; Josef Joffe, Publisher and Editor of Die Zeit, and Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford; Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow, Brookings; Andrew Nathan, Professor, Columbia University, and Board Member, Freedom House; Zainab al-Suwaj, Co-founder and Executive Director, American Islamic Congress, and Board Member, Freedom House; Ruth Wedgwood, Edward B. Burling Chair, International Law and Diplomacy, SAIS, and Board Vice Chair, Freedom House; David J. Kramer, President, Freedom House; Carla Anne Robbins, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, and Clinical Professor of National Security Studies, Baruch College/CUNY; Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy; Thomas Carothers, Vice President, Studies, Carnegie; Daniel Calingaert, Executive Vice President, Freedom House; Adam Garfinkle, Editor, American Interest.

A STRATEGIC APPROACH TO GLOBAL TUBERCULOSIS. 6/9, 10:00am-2:00pm. Sponsors: Global Health Council; and Global Health Policy Center (GHPC), CSIS. Speakers: Mr. Robert Clay, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID; Dr. Thomas Kenyon, Director, Center for Global Health, CDC; Ms. Julia Martin, Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator, OGAC; Mr. Todd Summers (Moderator), Senior Adviser, CSIS; Dr. Mario Raviglione (Keynote), Director, Global TB Programme, World Health Organization; Ms. Joanne Carter (Discussant), Executive Director, RESULTS; Dr. Phil Nieburg (Moderator), Senior Associate, CSIS; Roundtable: Strengthening Long-Term R&D Partnerships; Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, NIAID; Dr. Peter Small, Deputy Director TB Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Ambassador Eric Goosby, University of California-San Francisco; Dr. J. Stephen Morrison (Moderator), Senior VP and Director, Global Health Policy Center, CSIS.

SINO-RUSSIAN RELATIONS AFTER THE XI-PUTIN SUMMIT: WHAT’S HAPPENING, AND WHAT’S NEXT? 6/9, 1:00-2:30pm. Sponsor: Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS. Speakers: Zbigniew Brzezinski, Counselor and Trustee, CSIS; Stapelton Roy, Distinguished Scholar and Founding Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Wilson Center; Christopher K. Johnson, Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS.

TRANSPARENCY AND NATURAL RESOURCES: HOW THE U.S. CAN REGAIN ITS LEADERSHIP. 6/9, 4:00-6:00pm. Sponsors: Development Assistance and Governance Initiative, Brookings; and Revenue Watch Institute. Speakers: Daniel Kaufmann, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings; Stephen Comstock Director, Tax & Accounting Policy, American Petroleum Institute; Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President, Sustainability Research and Policy, Calvert Investments, Inc.; Simon Taylor, Founding Director, Global Witness; Dotun Oloko, Nigerian Anti-Corruption Campaigner; and Michelle Kosmidis, European Commission and EU Fellow, Fletcher School, Tufts University.

SHAPING THE FUTURE? THE ROLE OF THE REGIONAL POWERS IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN. 6/9, 9:00-10:00am. Sponsor: Asia Program, Wilson Center. Speakers: Roberto Toscano, Former Public Policy Scholar, Wilson Center, Senior Research Associate, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), and former Ambassador to Iran (2003-2008) and India (2008-2010); Emma Hooper, Senior Research Associate, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB); Eduard Soler i Lecha, Research Coordinator, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB).

THE RISE OF INNOVATION DISTRICTS: A NEW GEOGRAPHY OF INNOVATION IN AMERICA. 6/9, 9:30-11:30am. Sponsor: Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings. Speakers: Benjamin R. Jacobs, Senior Advisor and Co-Founder, JBG Companies; Bruce Katz, Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program and Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy; Lydia DePillis, Reporter, Washington Post; Kofi Bonner, Regional Vice President, Lennar Communities; Nicole Fichera, General Manager, Boston District Hall; John A. Fry, President, Drexel University; Julie Wagner, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program; Andy Berke, Mayor, Chattanooga, TN.

USAID ASSISTANCE APPROACHES AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO LARGER POLICY INTERESTS. 6/9, Noon-1:30pm. Sponsor: Stimson. Center Speakers: Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator; and Lincoln Bloomfield Jr., Chairman, Stimson.

UNDERSTANDING THE GROWING ECONOMIC TIES BETWEEN INDIA AND CHINA. 6/9, 3:30-5:00pm. Sponsor: Wadhwani Chair in US-India Policy Studies, CSIS. Speakers: S. Jaishankar, Ambassador to the US, India; Anil Gupta, Chair, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland; Haiyan Wang, Managing Partner, China India Institute; Christopher Johnson, Senior Adviser, Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS.

RETHINKING RUSSIA: HISTORY, CURRENT CHALLENGES, AND FUTURE AMBITIONS. 6/9, 6:00-8:00pm. Sponsor: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). Speaker: Paul Goble, Director of Research, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, Vice Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities, Audentes University, Tallinn, Estonia.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT RUSSIA AND UKRAINE? (WEBCAST). 6/9, 6:15pm. Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Speakers: Karen Donfried, President, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Robert Kahn, Senior Fellow For International Economics, CFR; Stephen Sestanovich, Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, CFR; and Richard Haass, President of CFR. Open only to press and members, webcast public.

A DISCUSSION WITH EVAN OSNOS AND THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN. 6/9, 6:00-7:30pm. Sponsor: Middle East Program, Carnegie. Speakers: Evan Osnos, Staff Writer, New Yorker, author, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China; Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign-Affairs Columnist, New York Times

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Monday in Washington June 1, 2014

25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre - June 4t
70th Anniversary of D-Day - June 6th
THE EVOLUTION OF TREASURY'S NATIONAL SECURITY ROLE. 6/2, 8:30am-2:00pm. Sponsors: Department of the Treasury; and CSIS. Speakers: David Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Department of the Treasury: Jacob Lew Secretary, Department of the Treasury; John Hamre President, CEO, and Pritzker Chair, CSIS; Tom Donilon, Distinguished Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations and Former National Security Adviser; Stephen Hadley, Chairman of the Board, US Institute of Peace and Former National Security Adviser; Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News; Stuart Levey, Chief Legal Officer, HSBC Holdings and Former Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence; Keith Alexander, Former Director of the National Security Agency; Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center and Former Representative (D-CA); Michèle Flournoy, CEO, Center for a New American Security and Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, New York Times; Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff; Reuben Jeffery III, Senior Adviser, CSIS, CEO, Rockefeller & Co., and Former Undersecretary of State for Economic, Business, & Agricultural Affairs; and Juan Zarate, Senior Adviser, CSIS, Former Deputy National Security Adviser, and Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes.

THE BENGHAZI SELECT COMMITTEE: MANY QUESTIONS REMAIN UNANSWERED. 6/2, 10:00-11:00am. Sponsor: Heritage. Speakers: Peter Brooke, Senior Fellow, Heritage s; Helle Dale, Senior Fellow, Heritage; Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow, Heritage; and Nile Gardiner, Director, Center for Freedom, Heritage.

DEMOCRATIZING AND GLOBALIZING U.S.-KOREA RELATIONS. 6/2, 10:30am-Noon. Sponsor: Brookings, CEAP. Speakers: Katharine Moon, Senior Fellow and SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings Institution; Moderator: Richard Bush, Director, Center for East Asia Policy Studies and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, John Thornton China Center; Introduction: Strobe Talbott, President, Brookings Institution; Opening Remarks: Neung Koo Kim, President, SK USA, Inc.; Hyun-seok Yu, President, Korea Foundation; Discussant: Harry Harding, Dean, Professor of Public Policy and Politics, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia; Closing Remarks: H.E. Ho-Young Ahn, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Korea. 

TELLING TRUTH TO POWER: OPPOSITION DUMA MEMBER ILYA PONOMAREV ON UKRAINE, RUSSIA, AND THE WEST. 6/2, Noon-1:00pm. Sponsor: Heritage. Speakers: Ilya Ponomarev, Member, State Duma of the Russian Federation; and Ariel Cohen, Senior Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, Heritage.