We cast a slightly broader net this week. We’re especially interested in the Brookings Institution’s discussion of the next steps in US-Russian foreign policy (Wednesday).
Monday, August 26
1) Extended Deterrence And Strategic Stability In Northeast Asia
9:00am – 10:30am
With the simultaneous emergence of a nuclear-armed North Korea and a China that is modernizing and diversifying its nuclear posture, extended deterrence and strategic stability are under new stress in Northeast Asia. How these new challenges are managed will affect the credibility of U.S. extended deterrence in other regions, including Europe.
2) Environmental Stress & Middle Eastern Instability
The discussion will explore perspectives from U.S. development and research communities on the roles that rising pressures on natural resources and the emerging impacts of climate change can potentially play in contributing to political unrest and economic instability across the Middle East. As case studies, speakers will examine the interplay between state fragility and environmental issues in Syria and Yemen.
Tuesday, August 27
China’s Rise to Global Economic Power: What Does it Mean for the United States?
2:30pm – 4:00pm
The Chinese economy’s ability to emerge from the global financial crisis seemingly unscathed while the United States slowly climbs out of recession bolsters a widespread image of a strong People’s Republic of China (PRC) rising against the backdrop of a declining United States of America. China’s economic growth in recent years, however, has slowed down, raising the question of whether it is foreordained that China will become the world’s premier economic power. Frank Lavin, former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce, will be at the Wilson Center to offer his thoughts on China’s rapid emergence as a major economic and political force. He will argue that China’s continued growth in power and affluence will bring challenges, but not a new Cold War. Nor is it likely to be linear.
Wednesday, August 28
1) A New Look at American Foreign Policy: A Series of Discussions
12:00pm – 1:00pm
American foreign policy is in flux. Libertarian-minded conservatives are joining liberals in their critiques of military interventions, defense budgets and the surveillance practices of the National Security Agency. “Neo” conservatives like John McCain are lining up with liberals in denouncing libertarian conservatives as “isolationists.” Liberals and conservatives alike are unhappy with the Obama Administration’s tepid support for humanitarian interventions in Syria and its failure to advance human rights abroad – normally touchstones of liberal internationalism. Are fundamental ideological changes in American foreign policy afoot? Join us for this first in a series of discussions regarding this question, what the dangers and opportunities are and whether they afford an opportunity to take a “new look” at American foreign policy.
2) The U.S.-Russia Relationship: What’s Next?
2:00pm – 3:30pm
While President Obama intends to travel to St Petersburg for the G20 summit on September 6 and 7, there has been no word on whether there will be a bilateral meeting with President Putin on the margins of the summit. Clearly, U.S.-Russian relations have entered troubled times. On August 28, the Center on the United States and Europe will host a panel discussion to address these developments and future prospects for the bilateral relationship between Washington and Moscow. Brookings Senior Fellows Clifford Gaddy, Steven Pifer and Angela Stent will take part. Brookings Visiting Fellow Jeremy Shapiro will moderate. Following opening comments, the panelists will take questions from the audience.
3) Salon 101: Exploring Opposing Perspectives in Egypt
International Peace & Security Institute
Exploring Opposing Perspectives in Egypt: Since the deposition of President Morsi, unrest in Egypt has dominated international news. The outpouring of public sentiment, mass rallies and protests, and conflicting ideologies have left observers scrambling for answers. In a situation characterized by extreme tension, charged opinions, and a lack of clear-cut responses, this Salon 101 event will bring together topic experts to grapple with participants for a way forward in Egypt’s current political crisis.