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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

April 11, 2013 // 4:00pm5:00pm
New York Times national security correspondent and former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Mark Mazzetti releases his new book on the CIA's shadow war.
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Smart Power for North Korea: U.S. Policy Options and North Korea's Foreign Policy Priorities

April 09, 2013 // 3:30pm5:00pm
North Korea’s nuclear efforts pose a serious threat to the region and to international security. Yet efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear capabilities to date have failed. North Korea’s foreign policy objectives have evolved over the years, with a shift toward military control that encourages militarized solutions to political problems at home and abroad. The massive economic changes of the past 25 years mean that life chances for all North Koreans are frequently determined by how well they can make use of market opportunities. What impact does this have on North Korean foreign policy? Are the risks of war on the rise as the possibilities for a peaceful resolution to the North-South conflict decrease? What would a smart power-based foreign policy to North Korea look like?
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South Korea and the U.S. Pivot to Asia

April 03, 2013 // 12:45pm1:35pm
As the United States focuses more attention to Asia politically, economically, and militarily, South Korea is reassessing its own role in ensuring stability in the region. Can Seoul and Washington work more closely together to further security and prosperity between the two countries and across the Asia-Pacific? How will the U.S. pivot toward Asia impact Washington’s security alliance with South Korea? Will the possibility of South Korea joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership help or hinder the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement?
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Taiwan's Cross-Strait Policy and Its Security Implications

April 02, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
Taiwan’s economic ties with China continue to grow steadily. Yet political tensions between the two sides remain unresolved. Where are relations between Taipei and Beijing heading as security threats increase in East Asia on the one hand and the United States rebalances its priorities toward the region on the other?
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Preparing for Election Day in Pakistan: What Constitutes Credibility?

March 14, 2013 // 2:30pm4:00pm
Two experts step back from all the talk about surveys, polling, and favorites to discuss broader issues of credibility and institutions, among other topics, in Pakistan's upcoming elections.

The Other Side of India: A Rights Record Overlooked

March 04, 2013 // 4:00pm5:15pm
Human Rights Watch's South Asia director discusses the human rights record of the world's largest democracy.

Taiwan and the U.S. Pivot to Asia: New Realities in the Region?

February 26, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
As the United States rebalances its diplomatic and military focus toward Asia, some analysts have voiced concern about what a greater U.S. presence in the region might mean for cross-Strait relations. While ties between China and Taiwan have improved in recent years, will the U.S. pivot toward Asia shape the further evolution of cross-Strait relations? Will other Taiwanese interests be impacted by the rebalance? Could Chinese uneasiness about the rebalance work to Taiwan’s detriment? From Washington’s perspective, how does Taiwan fit into the pivot?

Protesting America: Democracy and the U.S.-Korea Alliance

February 21, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
When the U.S.-Korea military alliance began to deteriorate in the 2000s, many commentators blamed "anti-Americanism" and nationalism, especially among younger South Koreans. Challenging these assumptions, Wellesley College professor and former Wilson Center scholar Katharine Moon argues in her latest book that Korean activism around U.S. relations owes more to transformations in domestic politics, including the decentralization of government, the diversification and politics of civil society organizations, and the transnationalization of social movements.

Media Briefing: PM Shinzo Abe’s Washington Visit

February 19, 2013 // 12:00pm12:30pm
Wilson Center East Asia experts answer press questions about Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe's visit to Washington D.C. and meeting with President Obama.
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Redefining Japan-Korea Relations: Shinzo Abe, Park Geun-Hye, and Security in the Asia-Pacific Region

January 31, 2013 // 3:30pm5:00pm
With both Japan and Korea electing new leaderships last month, how Prime Minister Abe and President-Elect Park will be able to improve bilateral relations is under close scrutiny. While continued threats from North Korea and China’s ever-growing military clout should bring the two countries closer together, ongoing territorial disputes and other issues still prove to be stumbling blocks in improving diplomatic ties. What are the challenges to relations between Japan and Korea in the longer-term? How will the U.S. pivot to Asia impact Tokyo and Seoul’s respective roles in ensuring stability in the Asia-Pacific region?

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