December 03, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
In May – September 1939, Soviet and Japanese forces clashed in a small undeclared war that left 30,000 – 50,000 killed and wounded. The fighting reached its climax August 20 – 30 and coincided precisely with the conclusion of the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact. Stuart Goldman’s book explores the link between these events and argues that this little-known conflict played a role in Stalin’s decision to sign the nonaggression pact with Germany, and also influenced critical decisions in Tokyo and Moscow in 1941 that shaped the conduct and outcome of World War II.
October 03, 2012 // 8:30am — 12:00pm
How China is investing in its military capabilities to match its economic might, and what that could mean for the stability of the region are the latest subjects examined by the National Bureau of Asian Research’s annual report, Strategic Asia 2012-13: China’s Military Challenge. The even was hosted by the Wilson Center's Asia Program and co-sponsored by the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States.
July 25, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:15pm
Japan’s policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, more broadly, on Middle East issues generally has been shaped by two key factors: Tokyo’s quest for oil, and its awareness of the wider international diplomatic and political setting. Unfortunately for Japan, these two considerations have frequently pushed Japanese policy makers in opposite directions. Historically, Japan has preferred a low-key approach to the region. But in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Tokyo has faced increasing pressure to become more engaged--more specifically, to contribute to the U.S.-led war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Does Japan aspire to be a relevant player in the Middle East? Can it play such a role, if it wishes to do so? Wilson Center visiting scholar Yuka Uchida will discuss these and related issues as she explores the post-9/11 evolution of Japanese policy in the broader Middle East.
July 10, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
North Korea International Documentation Project
Please join us on July 10 for the book launch of "Trilateralism and Beyond," which brings together a collection of essays by leading American, South Korean, and Japanese scholars that probe the historical dynamics formed and driven by the Korean security dilemma.
February 13, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Agriculture has often been a stumbling block in free trade negotiations. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), often seen as the economic component of the Obama Administration’s “Asia pivot,” is no exception. Can Japan’s leadership, which has indicated a willingness to join the TPP, surmount resistance from its domestic agricultural lobby? Is the TPP attractive to countries like Korea, which has enthusiastically negotiated separate bilateral free trade agreements, most notably with the United States? What are the problems and opportunities in the agreement for American agricultural producers? How do nations like New Zealand, an agricultural powerhouse and original member of the TPP, view the negotiating positions of potential new members to the agreement?
November 28, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:15pm
An event exploring the relationship between the United States and Okinawa through the lenses of gender and "scientific domesticity" during the U.S. occupation of the islands.
November 15, 2011 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
A discussion about the partnership described as Asia's fastest growing relationship.
September 22, 2011 // 3:00pm — 5:30pm
An event examining efforts to revise and reinterpret the Japanese constitution's "war renouncing" Article 9.
September 12, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Brahma Chellaney, one of India's most prominent strategists, discusses the threat posed by water tensions in Asia.
July 20, 2011 // 8:30am — 5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
This symposium celebrates the development of Harnessing Natural Resources for Peacebuilding: Lessons from U.S. and Japanese Assistance. Several contributors discuss lessons for development and security practitioners on the roles of natural resource management in conflict and peacebuilding; lessons on conflict dynamics and power structures in post-conflict situations; and, development challenges in post-conflict natural resource management programs.