This Week in DC: Events

 June 3, 2014

Technology and Military Escalation in South Asia
Date: June 3, 9:00 am
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036

In recent years, India has gained unprecedented access to high-quality, sensitive military equipment from the West. But rather than focus on qualitative advances to its arsenal utilizing these technologies, Delhi continues to focus on quantitative improvements to its conventional forces, which is perceived as threatening to India’s neighbors. Abhijit Iyer-Mitra will explore the technological and doctrinal fault lines between India’s hardware purchases and its lack of operational gains. Carnegie’s Toby Dalton will moderate the discussion.

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Military Strategy Forum: The Honorable Michael Vickers on Intelligence and National Security
Date: June 3, 9:00 am
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1616 Rhode Island Ave, NW, Washington DC 20036

The CSIS International Security Program cordially invites you to a Military Strategy Forum discussion of: Intelligence and National Security

Featuring, The Honorable Michael Vickers, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. With an introduction by, Dr. John Hamre, President and CEO, and The Pritzker Chair, CSIS; and moderated by, Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks,
Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and Director, International Security Program, CSIS

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US-Iran Relations Past, Present, and Future
Date: June 3, 9:30 am
Location: Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW, Washington DC

The Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force and Search for Common Ground invite you to a conversation with Seyyed Hossein Mousavian, former Iranian diplomat and author of a new book, Iran and the United States: An Insider’s View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace, and John Marks, president and founder of Search for Common Ground.  Mousavian will offer insights from his twenty-five years representing Iran in posts including ambassador to Germany and nuclear negotiating team spokesman under former President Mohammed Khatami. Markswill reflect on eighteen years of experience in Track II dialogue and cultural exchanges with Iran. The speakers will discuss the current negotiations with Iran and the outlook for better relations under President Hassan Rouhani.

The Iran Task Force, chaired by Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, seeks to perform a comprehensive analysis of Iran’s internal political landscape, its role in the region and globally, and any basis for an improved relationship with the West. This project is generously supported by the Ploughshares Fund.  Search for Common Ground is a peacebuilding and conflict transformation organization with offices in thirty-four countries.

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Voices from Japan: National Security Speaker Series
Date: June 3, 10:30 am
Location: The Stimson Center, 1111 19th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington DC

Voices from Japan: National Security Speaker Series” is an annual public symposium that aims to bring high-profile, senior-level Japanese individuals to Washington, DC for discussions about how the US and Japan can tackle today’s global security challenges under the US-Japan alliance and in partnership with like-minded nations. It aims to provide a unique platform for senior-level Japanese officials to share their insights and concerns on a range of international issues.

On June 3, Stimson Center will host General Ryoichi Oriki (ret. Japan Ground Self-Defense Force), 3rd Chief of Staff of Joint Staff, Japan Self-Defense Force (2009-2011).

The security environment surrounding Japan has been rapidly changing in the last several years. More than ever, Japan’s defense establishment is facing an urgent need to reconsider some of the critical guiding principles of Japan’s postwar defense policies, rehash its defense policies to reflect the newly established principles and realign the JSDF to support the newly set priorities. General Oriki, based on the transformative experience he personally experienced through commanding JSDF operations in the aftermath of the 2011 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, will share his thoughts about the complexities of security challenges Japan faces today, and the significance of deep defense relations between the United States and Japan.

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25 Years After Tiananmen: A Discussion with Chen Guangcheng
Date: June 3, 2:00 pm
Location: American Enterprise Institute, 1150 17th Street NW, Washington DC 20036

Twenty-five years after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, the democratic aspirations of student protesters in China are no closer to fruition, remaining firmly at odds with the new “China dream” espoused by President Xi Jinping. The recent arrest of prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, whose clients included artist Ai Weiwei, is only the latest indicator of the increasingly inhospitable environment in which China’s dissidents find themselves.

On the eve of the massacre’s 25th anniversary, AEI will welcome prominent activist Chen Guangcheng, a self-taught lawyer and champion of victims of the one-child policy. In a conversation with AEI President Arthur Brooks, Chen will describe the human rights situation in China; speak to the evolution of free society, rule of law, and democracy; and discuss ways to enhance public understanding of the moral foundation of free societies.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


Check back later Tuesday for the full listing of the week’s events!

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