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Trade Restrictions May Lead to Increased Competitiveness

Necessity is the mother of invention, or so the old adage goes. Plato’s words may resonate especially loudly in East Asia these days, as governments are pushed to do more with less. With punitive trade actions becoming an increasingly common tool political tool, countries in the region are stepping up efforts to become more resilient to such moves. What’s more, efforts to avoid tariffs and other trade restrictions may actually lead to increased competitiveness in the longer term.

A Conversation with Ambassador Alice Wells on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Please note: this event is at capacity, and we are not accepting any more registrations at this time.  You can tune in to this webpage for a live webcast of the event beginning at 3:30 p.m. on November 21, 2019.

ROK-U.S. Cooperation in an Era of U.S.-China Strategic Competition

How should middle powers such as South Korea navigate the growing strategic competition between the United States and China? For Northeast Asian nations like South Korea, maintaining harmonious relations with China has been a priority going back centuries while its alliance with the United States dates back only decades. Scholars from Asia and the United States will debate the dilemma faced by South Korea and debate the direction the Seoul government should take as the nation seeks to strike the right balance in policy with its allies and neighbors.

Hong Kong and US-China relations: What Are the Options?

The Hong Kong protests have entered their 5th month with no resolution in sight. Emotions run high in the SAR, Beijing, and Washington. Stakeholder decisions over the next few months could have secondary effects on Taiwan’s January elections, U.S.-China trade frictions, Chinese soft power and, centrally, the future of the people of Hong Kong.

Please join the Wilson Center for dispassionate analysis of the options facing the demonstrators, the Hong Kong government, Beijing, and the United States.

Eighteen Years and $132 Billion: Taking Stock of U.S. Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan

This event will provide an assessment of the latest challenges facing the $132 billion U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), recently returned from a visit to Kabul and will share his thoughts on what a potential peace settlement may mean for the future of the reconstruction mission. He will also discuss ongoing efforts to combat corruption in Afghanistan, and he will speak about SIGAR’S new assessment of Afghanistan’s anti-corruption activities.

Reassessing Isolationism: Clarifying Japanese Security Policy

Japan is now a global military power and principle actor in an increasingly contentious East Asia. As a perennial top-ten military spender—ninth in the world during 2019—Japan is a far cry from the nominal “Self-Defense Force” granted to them under the 1954 Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement. An ever-expanding array of new military capabilities has prompted the Japanese state and public as well as the international community to reassess the nation’s identity and role in the international community.

How Free Is the Fourth Estate? A Discussion about India’s Media Environment

India’s large and dynamic media market boasts thousands of newspapers, several hundred news channels, and innumerable news websites. Yet it also ranks 40th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders’ 2019 World Press Freedom Index -- and journalists, activists, and researchers express increasing concerns its independence. This event convened experts to explore the challenges within India’s robust media environment and the implications for democracy in that country, while also placing India’s press in a  a broader global context.

Closing the Gap: Improving Early Warning for Climate Security Risks in the Pacific

Pacific Island countries (PICs) are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of climate extremes, variability, and change, including sea-level rise, coastal erosion, El Niño events, extreme weather, and ocean acidification. PIC communities have shown remarkable and long-standing resilience in the face of both physical and social risks. At the same time, many PICs are geographically isolated and remote, heavily aid-dependent, distant from global trade networks, and have limited access to freshwater and natural resources.

The U.S.-China Trade War and Options for Taiwan

The 2018 U.S. National Security Strategy noted that “economic security is national security.” The report stated that the White House would “no longer turn a blind eye to violations, cheating or economic aggression.” In order to address these concerns, the Trump administration adopted a number of concrete measures aiming to weaken the link between economic and security ties that have bound U.S.-China relations tightly until now.