April 11, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Environmental Change and Security Program
Water is the foundation of human society and will become even more critical as population growth, development, and climate change put pressure on already-shrinking water resources in the years ahead. But will this scarcity fuel conflict between countries with shared waters, as some have predicted, or will it create more impetus for cooperation?
April 09, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
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?
April 04, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Global Health Initiative
Maternal mortality causes 56,000 deaths every year in India, accounting for 20 percent of maternal deaths around the world, said John Townsend, vice president and director of the Population Council’s reproductive health program. It is a key battleground for maternal health advocates. But maternal health is sometimes eclipsed by other major health and development issues on the sub-continent. For example, nearly five times as many people suffer from HIV/AIDS and more than 400 million people live on less than $1.25 a day.
April 04, 2013 // 9:00am — 10:30am
China Environment Forum
While China’s rise is often viewed through its wide-ranging political and economic effects on the world, its growing impacts on the physical planet will leave a more permanent legacy. In his new book, The Devouring Dragon, Craig Simons argues that China’s growing consumer demands have pushed China from being a small player in global resource consumption to its most voracious participant in just a decade. China’s transition is already having massive impacts on the environment.
April 03, 2013 // 12:45pm — 1:35pm
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?
April 02, 2013 // 10:00am — 11:00am
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?
April 01, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The most famous terrorist group in modern American history was the Weatherman Underground, later called the Weather Underground Organization. An outgrowth of Students for a Democratic Society, Weather was active in 1969 through the 1970s. Arthur Eckstein will argue that this is misleading and that the true history of Weather is much grimmer and more ambiguous.
March 25, 2013 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
China Environment Forum
The Mekong Region is a massive ecosystem that is the lifeline for more than 60 million people across six countries: China, Laos, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. For the people in the Lower Mekong Basin, it provides more fish to more people than any other river in the world.
March 15, 2013 // 9:00am — 11:00am
China Environment Forum
According to China’s 12th Fifth-Year Plan, the Chinese government is prioritizing more gas in the energy mix, using it as a “bridging” fuel between coal and a cleaner energy future. Although a shale and natural gas revolution is unlikely, at least in the short-term, these forms of energy offer promise of a more low-carbon development path for China.
March 14, 2013 // 2:30pm — 4:00pm
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.