Asia Events

The New Political Landscape of Afghanistan's Neighborhood After '2014'

October 21, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Much attention is being devoted to the changing security situation in Afghanistan as US/NATO forces prepare to end the current mission and begin a new status in the country. Already, Afghanistan's immediate neighbors (and somewhat distant, such as Russia) are addressing what they see as the key concerns of the coming years. Roger Kangas spoke about potential regional outcomes as the balance of security changes in the coming years.
Webcast

The Demographic Dividend: Economic Growth With Changing Age Structures

October 15, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In the latter half of last century, Thailand and other East Asian countries successfully capitalized on shifts in their age structures to gain a boost in economic productivity, a phenomenon known as the demographic dividend. Today, despite the hitherto sluggish pace of Africa’s demographic transition, scholars and politicians remain hopeful that similar changes on the continent may lead to faster development in coming decades.

Why Communism Did Not Collapse: Understanding Authoritarian Regime Resilience in Asia and Europe

October 03, 2013 // 2:30pm4:00pm
Cold War International History Project
Martin K. Dimitrov, Associate Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, will speak on the puzzling durability of communist autocracies in Eastern Europe and Asia, the the longest-lasting type of non-democratic regime to emerge after World War I.
Webcast

How Many Light Bulbs Does it Take to Change China? — China’s Strategies for Lowering Energy’s Environmental Footprint

October 03, 2013 // 11:50am2:00pm
China Environment Forum
Three speakers will go well beyond light bulbs in discussing China’s sweeping, comprehensive and aggressive measures to improve air quality by capping coal consumption and better regulating pollution emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Webcast

Climate Change in a Growing, Urbanizing World: Understanding the Demography of Adaptation (Book Launch)

October 02, 2013 // 11:45am1:30pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The effects of climate change are often conveyed through the lens of changing physical landscapes. Shifting weather patterns, the intensification of drought, flooding, and coastal erosion are all primary areas of climate research. But do researchers know enough about changes in the size, distribution, and composition of human populations as they relate to climate vulnerability?

The China-Russia Reversal

September 30, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Why is China, rather than Russia, emerging as a major commercial, industrial and military power on the global stage? When Mao died in 1976, Russia led China on every indicator of modernization, and many of the Chinese systems of education, science and technology, and industrial organization were copied from the USSR.
Webcast

Storytelling Is Serious Business: Narratives, Research, and Policy

September 30, 2013 // 11:50am2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The use of storytelling, through evocative writing, short films, infographics, and maps, to convey global issues is increasingly popular, yet few organizations are able to invest the time and energy needed to develop emotionally compelling and visually expressive content.

Hanoi's Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-1965

September 25, 2013 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Cold War International History Project
Please join us for a book launch for Hanoi's Road to the Vietnam War, in which Pierre Asselin explores the communist path to war by way of new and largely inaccessible Vietnamese materials as well as French, British, Canadian, and American documents.

Reshaping Eurasia's Future: Russia, China, and the EU

September 25, 2013 // 9:00am2:00pm
Global Europe Program
Eurasian geopolitics are more fluid now than they have been for at least a decade. The looming U.S. withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan and Russia's uncertain capabilities in the region leave a vacuum for new extra-regional powers to fill.
Webcast

China's Maritime Strategy in the East China Sea

September 24, 2013 // 9:00am10:30am
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
In the wake of ongoing disputes over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands China has brushed aside calls from Japan to hold a leaders’ summit as “grandstanding,” while Japan’s finance minister is prompting Tokyo to make clear its intention to use the navy to defend the islands. What are China’s objectives and overall strategy in the East China Sea? To what extent will Chinese actions contribute to escalation and what are the prospects of conflict breaking out in the region?

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