Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Asia in Washington in August

Ordinarily August is the Silly Season, meaning it is a slow news month. Unfortunately it was canceled this year in favor of war, pestilence, genocide, ignorance, and just plain pig-headedness.

8/14 - International Comfort Women Day
8/15 - 1945. Japan Surrenders
8/18 - Pope Francis performs Mass in Seoul
8/19 - UN World Humanitarian Day

IRAQ: WHAT IS HAPPENING? 8/14, 12:15-1:45pm. Sponsor: New America Foundation. Speakers: Col. Derek Harvey (Ret.), Professor, University of South Florida, and Former Senior Analyst for Iraq for General David H. Petraeus; Denise Natali, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, and author, The Kurdish Quasi-State: Development and Dependency in Post-Gulf War Iraq; Steve Levine, Future Tense Fellow, New America Foundation, and Author, The Oil and the Glory, The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea; and Douglas A. Ollivant, Senior National Security Fellow, International Security Program, New America Foundation, and Former NSC Director for Iraq.

HAS SOUTH KOREA SQUANDERED ITS DEMOGRAPHIC DIVIDEND? 8/18, 12:30-2:00pm. Sponsor: CSIS, Korea Chair. Speaker: Elizabeth Hervey Stephen, Associate Professor of Demography, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

HISTORY IMPEDES FUTURE PROGRESS IN NORTHEAST ASIA. 8/19, 2:00-5:30pm. Sponsor: Heritage Foundation. Speakers: Admiral Dennis C. Blair, USN (Ret.), Chairman, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, and former Director, National Intelligence; Ahn Ho-Young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States; Lee Sung-yoon, Professor, Fletcher School , Tufts University; Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Associate, East Asia Program, Stimson; Victor Cha, Senior Adviser and Korea Chair, CSIS, and former Director for Asian Affairs, National Security Council; Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia, Heritage; Evans Revere, Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group, and former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State; and Walter Lohman, Director, Asian Studies Program, Heritage. 

BEYOND THE QUAGMIRE: THE FUTURE OF MONGOLIA’S UNITED STATES AND JAPAN PARTNERSHIPS. 8/20, Noon-1:30pm. Sponsor: East West Center Washington. Speaker: Mr. Mendee Jargalsaikhan, Visiting Fellow, East-West Center in Washington, Doctoral Candidate, University of British Columbia.

SILICON GLOBALIZATION AND ITS CONSTRAINTS: THE RISE OF CHINA'S AND INDIA’S SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRIES. 8/27, 9:00-10:30am. Sponsor: Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Speakers: David M. Hart (moderator), Director, Center for Science and Technology Policy, School of Public Policy, George Mason University; Douglas Fuller, Professor, Department of Business Administration, Zhejiang University’s School of Management; Robert D. Atkinson, President, ITIF; Jimmy Goodrich, Director of Global Policy, Information Technology Industry Council; and Brian Toohey, President & Chief Executive Officer, Semiconductor Industry Association.

WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY: PRACTICAL GUIDANCE ON USING LAW TO EMPOWER WOMEN IN POST-CONFLICT SYSTEMS. 8/27, 10:00-11:30pm. Sponsors: Women In International Security, Women's Action for New Directions, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. Speakers: Julie L. Arostegui, Toolkit Author and Director, Women, Peace and Security Policy, Women's Action for New Directions; Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Executive Director and Co-Founder, International Civil Society Action Network; Susan Stigant, Senior Program Officer, Rule of Law, US Institute of Peace; Susan Markham, Senior Gender Coordinator, USAID; and Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President, Women in International Security. 

PUBLIC OPINION AND WAR. 8/28, 2:00-4:00pm. Sponsor: Cato Institute. Speakers: Adam Berinsky, professor of political science, MIT; John Mueller, professor of political science, Ohio State University and senior fellow, Cato; Jason Reifler, senior lecturer, University of Exeter; Trevor Thrall, associate professor of public and international affairs, George Mason University; and Justin Logan, director of foreign policy studies, Cato.

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