R. Daniel Kelemen "Beyond Brexit: What Comes Next for the UK and EU?"
Jun
14
6:30 pm18:30

R. Daniel Kelemen "Beyond Brexit: What Comes Next for the UK and EU?"

R. Daniel Kelemen is Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics at Rutgers University. Kelemen's research interests include the politics of the European Union, law and politics, comparative political economy, and comparative public policy. His most recent book Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union (Harvard University Press, 2011) won the Best Book Award from the European Union Studies Association. He is also author of The Rules of Federalism: Institutions and Regulatory Politics in the EU and Beyond (Harvard University Press, 2004), as well as over forty book chapters and articles in journals including the American Political Science Review, World Politics, International Organization, Comparative Political Studies, West European Politics, Journal of Public Policy and Journal of European Public Policy. He is editor of Lessons from Europe? What Americans Can Learn from European Public Policies (CQ Press, 2014) and co-editor of The European Union: Integration and Enlargement (Routledge, 2014), The Power of the European Court of Justice (Routledge, 2012), and The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2008). He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of European Public Policy and West European Politics and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the European Union Studies Association. 

Kelemen previously served as the Director of the Center for European Studies at Rutgers University. Prior to Rutgers, Kelemen was Fellow in Politics, Lincoln College, University of Oxford. He has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, visiting fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University, a Fulbright Fellow in European Union Studies at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels and a visiting fellow at the Center of International Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was educated at Berkeley (A.B. in Sociology) and Stanford (M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science).

Azra Hromadzic "The Impact of Democracy Promotion on the Citizens of Bosnia"
Jun
7
6:30 pm18:30

Azra Hromadzic "The Impact of Democracy Promotion on the Citizens of Bosnia"

Azra Hromadzic is a cultural anthropologist with research interests in the anthropology of international policy in the context of state-making in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Her book Citizens of an Empty Nation: Youth and State-making in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina (University of Pennsylvania Press) is an ethnographic investigation of the internationally directed postwar intervention policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the response of local people, especially youth, to these policy efforts.  Her research documents how the ethnic emphasis of the international integration policies and programs is working in practice to undermine the possibility for the emergence of common, cross-ethnic association in the Bosnian state.  Instead, the internationally-designed state-making and peace-building project has perpetuated the materialization of what she calls an "empty nation" in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
Recently, Hromadzic initiated a new project which ethnographically researches aging in the context of postwar and post socialist Bosnia and Herzegovina.  By focusing on aging as an analytic with which to capture the altering circumstances surrounding post-Yugoslav responsibility, social policy, and care, she portrays the unique role that aging plays in shaping the fields of labor, hope, desire, and expectations about post socialist, postwar and European subjectivities, citizenship regimes, identifications and futures.
Hromadzic received her Ph.D and M.A degrees in Cultural Anthropology and B.A. degree with Summa Cum Laude in Anthropology from University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves as a Professor of Anthropology at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Ambassador Vladimir Drobnjak "Croatia and Its Role in Europe"
May
19
6:30 pm18:30

Ambassador Vladimir Drobnjak "Croatia and Its Role in Europe"

Ambassador Vladimir Drobnjak is the Permanent Representative of Croatia to the United Nations. He was elected as Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Previously, Mr. Drobnjak has served as the Permanent Representative of Croatia to the European Union in Brussels and was Head of the Mission of Croatia to the European Union from February 2012 to June 2013. He began his diplomatic career in 1992, when he became Deputy Permanent Representative of Croatia to the United Nations in New York. Since then, his assignments have included Assistant Minister and Head of the Division of Multilateral Affairs in Zagreb, Member of the Negotiating Team of Croatia for the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union, and Chief Negotiator for Croatia's accession talks to the European Union. Mr. Drobnjak also worked as a United States- and United Nations-based correspondent for the Croatian daily newspapers, Vjesnik and Večernji list, and for Croatian radio and television from 1988 to 1992. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday Vjesnik between 1986 and 1988. Mr. Drobnjak was educated at the University of Zagreb School of Law, from which he holds a Juris Doctor degree. 

Tanya Domi "Is Bosnia at an Impasse?"
May
12
6:30 pm18:30

Tanya Domi "Is Bosnia at an Impasse?"

Tanya L. Domi is an Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is an affiliate faculty member of the Harriman Institute. Ms. Domi is also a Fellow with the Emerging Democracies Institute based in Washington, D.C.  She teaches human rights in the Western Balkans. 

Prior to her faculty appointment at Columbia in 2008, Domi worked internationally for more than a decade on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media development, human rights, gender and sexual identity issues and human trafficking. These topics animate her research and teaching interests in the Balkans and the states of the former Soviet Union. She is currently writing a book on the emerging LGBT human rights movement in the Western Balkans.

Network 20/20 13th Annual Foreign Policy Lecture and Benefit featuring Right Honourable David Miliband
Apr
25
6:00 pm18:00

Network 20/20 13th Annual Foreign Policy Lecture and Benefit featuring Right Honourable David Miliband

This years Annual Foreign Policy Lecture and Briefing speaker will be Rt. Hon. David Miliband.

Learn more about attending here.

David Miliband is the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. He oversees the agency’s relief and development operations in over 30 countries, its refugee resettlement and assistance programs throughout the United States and the IRC’s advocacy efforts in Washington and other capitals on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Miliband had a distinguished political career in the United Kingdom over 15 years. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the youngest Foreign Secretary in three decades, driving advancements in human rights and representing the United Kingdom throughout the world. As Secretary of State for the Environment in 2005/6 he pioneered the world’s first legally binding emissions reduction requirements. His accomplishments have earned him a reputation, in former President Bill Clinton's words, as "one of the ablest, most creative public servants of our time".

Earlier Miliband was Minister for Schools (2002–2004); and Head of Downing Street’s Number 10 Policy Unit (1997–2001). He has also been a Member of Parliament representing South Shields. He is Co-Chair of the Global Ocean Commission.

Miliband graduated from Oxford University in 1987 with a first class degree in philosophy, politics and economics, and received his master’s degree in political science in 1989 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Kennedy Scholar. He is married to the violinist Louise Shackelton and they have two sons.

Miliband’s parents were refugees from Belgium and Poland to the UK in the 1940s. As the son of refugees, he brings a personal commitment to the IRC's work.

Katharine H.S. Moon "The Future of South Korean Democracy: Migration, Generational Gaps and Unification"
Apr
12
6:30 pm18:30

Katharine H.S. Moon "The Future of South Korean Democracy: Migration, Generational Gaps and Unification"

Katharine H.S. Moon is the inaugural holder of the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies and Senior Fellow in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution. She  is also a professor of Political Science and Wasserman Chair of Asian Studies at Wellesley College. She received her bachelor's magna cum laude from Smith College and a doctorate from Princeton University in the Department of Politics. She was born in San Francisco.

Kathy Moon’s analytical approach is to bridge domestic politics and foreign policy. Moon is the author of “Protesting America: Democracy and the U.S.-Korea Alliance,” which illustrates 1) how democracy has given rise to Korean civil society activism relating to the U.S.-Korea alliance; 2) the comparative politics of U.S. overseas basing; and 3) the institutional and procedural changes needed to improve the management of the alliance. Kathy Moon also authored “Sex Among Allies: Military Prostitution in U.S.-Korea Relations,” which explains how foreign policy decisions affect local communities and the lives of poor and marginalized women. Moon’s research encompasses the U.S.-Korea alliance, East Asian politics, inter-Korean relations, socio-political changes in North Korea, and the role of Korean-Americans in U.S. foreign policy. She also studies democratization, nationalisms, women and gender politics, migration and identity, and comparative social movements in East Asia, including human rights.

Moon is currently working on a book that analyzes the impact of demographic change in South Korea on Korean democracy and foreign policy. She is also editing a volume on Korean-Americans as new actors in American politics and in U.S.-Korea relations.

Research support from organizations such as the Henry Luce Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, The George Washington University, The Fulbright Program, the American Association of University Women, the National Bureau of Asian Research, and the Social Science Research Council have facilitated Moon’s research.  Moon also served in the Office of the Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues in the U.S. Department of State and as a trustee of Smith College.

 

Adam Segal "How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age"
Mar
29
6:30 pm18:30

Adam Segal "How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age"

Adam Segal is the Maurice R. Greenberg senior fellow for China studies and director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An expert on security issues, technology development, and Chinese domestic and foreign policy, Dr. Segal was the project director for the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet. His book The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age (PublicAffairs, 2016) describes the increasingly contentious geopolitics of cyberspace. His work has appeared in the Financial TimesThe EconomistForeign PolicyThe Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs, among others. He currently writes for the blog, “Net Politics.”

Before coming to CFR, Dr. Segal was an arms control analyst for the China Project at the Union of Concerned Scientists. There, he wrote about missile defense, nuclear weapons, and Asian security issues. He has been a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for International Studies, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and Tsinghua University in Beijing. He has taught at Vassar College and Columbia University. Dr. Segal is the author of Advantage: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge (W.W. Norton, 2011) and Digital Dragon: High-Technology Enterprises in China (Cornell University Press, 2003), as well as several articles and book chapters on Chinese technology policy.

Dr. Segal has a BA and PhD in government from Cornell University, and an MA in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Christopher Sabatini "Has the Brazil Dream Ended?"
Mar
9
6:30 pm18:30

Christopher Sabatini "Has the Brazil Dream Ended?"

Christopher Sabatini is the founder and editor of a soon-to-be launched news and opinion website www.LatinAmericaGoesGlobal.org and an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University.  From 2005 to 2014 he was the the senior director of policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and the founder and editor-in-chief of the hemispheric policy magazine Americas Quarterly (AQ). At the AS/COA, Dr. Sabatini chaired the organization’s Rule of Law working group, which published a report on rule of law in the hemisphere entitled Rule of Law, Economic Growth and Prosperity. He also chaired the AS/COA Cuba Working Group. In 2007, Dr. Sabatini launched AQ and maintained a regular blog on policy in the Americas on the magazine’s website. From 1997 to 2005, Dr. Sabatini was the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy. From 1995 to 1997 he was a Diplomacy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, working at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Center for Democracy and Governance. He has served as an advisor to the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has published numerous articles on Latin America, democratization, political parties, and U.S. policy in the region. His work includes an article in the March/April edition of Foreign Affairs titled “Rethinking Latin America”, and an article on ForeignPolicy.com about regional diplomacy titled “The Land of Too Many Summits.” Dr. Sabatini regularly provides interviews for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Lehrer News Hour, NPR, The Miami Herald, CNN, The Washington Post, and CNN en Español, and is a regular contributor to CNN-GPS and to NTN24’s TV news program Efecto Naim. He has a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia.

Lisa Anderson "Revisiting the Arab Spring"
Feb
23
6:30 pm18:30

Lisa Anderson "Revisiting the Arab Spring"

Lisa Anderson (CASA ’76) served as the president of The American University in Cairo 2011-2016. A specialist on politics in the Middle East and North Africa, Anderson served as the University’s provost from 2008 to 2010. As the chief academic officer, she was responsible for shaping and implementing AUC’s academic vision and building the size and quality of the faculty.

Prior to joining AUC in 2008, Anderson served as the James T. Shotwell Professor of International Relations at Columbia University and is the former dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia. She also served as the chair of the political science department at the University and as the director of Columbia’s Middle East Institute. Before joining Columbia, she was assistant professor of government and social studies at Harvard University.

Anderson is the author of Pursuing Truth, Exercising Power: Social Science and Public Policy in the Twenty-first Century (Columbia University Press, 2003), The State and Social Transformation in Tunisia and Libya, 1830-1980 (Princeton University Press, 1986), editor of Transitions to Democracy (Columbia University Press, 1999) and co-editor of The Origins of Arab Nationalism (Columbia 1991).

Past president of the Middle East Studies Association and past chair of the board of the Social Science Research Council, Anderson is also a former member of the Council of the American Political Science Association and served on the board of the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs. She is member emerita of the board of Human Rights Watch, where she served as co-chair of Human Rights Watch/Middle East, co-chair of the International Advisory Board of the Von Humbolt Foundation and member of the International Advisory Council of the World Congress for Middle East Studies. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Anderson holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She earned a PhD in political science from Columbia University, 1981, where she also received a certificate from the Middle East Institute. She was awarded an honorary doctor of laws from Monmouth University in 2002.

Patricia Cloherty "Entrepreneurial Business in Russia: Can It Go On?"
Feb
10
6:30 pm18:30

Patricia Cloherty "Entrepreneurial Business in Russia: Can It Go On?"

Patricia M. Cloherty is Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Delta Private Equity Partners, LLC, manager of The U.S. Russia Investment Fund and Delta Russia Fund, L.P., two venture capital funds with over $500 million invested in 55 Russian companies. She also is Senior Advisor to UFG Private Equity, partner firm to Delta Private Equity. Ms. Cloherty is former Co-Chairman, President and General Partner of Apax Partners, Inc. (formerly Patricof & Co. Ventures, inc.), a multi-billion-dollar private equity company that she joined in 1970, and from which she withdrew in 2000. She is a past President and Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association of the United States. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed her chairman of an Investment Advisory Council to revamp the Small Business Investment Company program of the U.S. Small Business Administration. From 1977 to 1978, Ms. Cloherty was Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration, appointed by President Carter. In 1981, Ms. Cloherty also was the founding President of the Committee of 200, a prestigious organization of the country’s leading women entrepreneurs and corporate executives.

In 2004, Ms. Cloherty was named Businessperson of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia. In December 2006, Pat Cloherty was named a Technology Top Dealmaker by Forbes magazine. In February 2007, the Moscow Government gave Pat an award for her outstanding contribution to the development of entrepreneurship in Russia and for establishing and supporting small business in the country. In October 2007, Ms. Cloherty received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship from the Kennan Center of the Woodrow Wilson Institute for International Scholars.  It is given to executives who have shown deep concern for the common good by their example and through business practices that advance the long-term interests of their firms, their employees, and their shareholders.  In November 2007, the Russian Academy of Business granted Pat the Darin award for her significant and long-standing contribution to the creation of the new Russian economy. On March 17, 2008 President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, signed a decree awarding Pat the Order of Friendship for her major contribution to the development of Russian business and for strengthening friendship and cooperation between the Russian Federation and the United States of America.

Ms. Cloherty holds various directorships, among them PrimeStar (Russia), Vesch! (Russia), VideoNext Solutions, Inc. (U.S. and Ukraine), and DeltaLeasing (Russia). She is a former Trustee of Columbia University, a Trustee for Life of International House, and a Trustee Emeritus of Columbia University’s Teachers College. She is a member of The Rockefeller University Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. Pat is a member of the Advisory Board of Russia’s new business school, Skolkovo. She was appointed to the Board of the U.S. Russia Investment Fund in 1995 by President Clinton, became Chairman in 1998 to 2004, and has been Chief Executive Officer of its management company since 2003

In April 2009, Ms. Cloherty was elected to the Board of Directors of NYSE Euronext (New York Stock Exchange).

She holds a B.A. from the San Francisco College for Women, and an M.A. and M.I.A. from Columbia University. She served in the Peace Corps in Brazil from 1963 through 1965.

Rajan Menon "Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order"
Jan
12
6:30 pm18:30

Rajan Menon "Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order"

The current conflict in Ukraine has spawned the most serious crisis between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War. It has undermined European security, raised questions about NATO’s future, and put an end to one of the most ambitious projects of U.S. foreign policy—building a partnership with Russia. It also threatens to undermine U.S. diplomatic efforts on issues ranging from terrorism to nuclear proliferation. And in the absence of direct negotiations, each side is betting that political and economic pressure will force the other to blink first. Caught in this dangerous game of chicken, the West cannot afford to lose sight of the importance of stable relations with Russia.

This book puts the conflict in historical perspective by examining the evolution of the crisis and assessing its implications both for the Crimean peninsula and for Russia’s relations with the West more generally. An expert in the international relations of post-Soviet states, political scientist Rajan Menon clearly shows what is at stake in Ukraine, explaining the key economic, political, and security challenges and prospects for overcoming them. He also discusses historical precedents, sketches likely outcomes, and proposes policies for safeguarding U.S.-Russia relations in the future. In doing so, he provides a comprehensive and accessible study of a conflict whose consequences will be felt for many years to come.

Zachary Goldman "Why Is Money Still Flowing to Isis?"
Dec
10
6:30 pm18:30

Zachary Goldman "Why Is Money Still Flowing to Isis?"

Zachary K. Goldman is the Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law. Zachary returned to NYU in 2012 after having served in the U.S. government in positions focused on counter-terrorism, Middle East politics, and national security and military strategy. He first served as a policy advisor in the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, where he focused on counter-terrorism networks in the Arabian Peninsula and on Iran sanctions. He then served as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also has worked as an Associate in the litigation department of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. He has published on national security strategy, counter-terrorism, and U.S. foreign policy in Political Science Quarterly, Cold War History, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, The Diplomat, The National Interest, and others. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, his Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and his B.A. from Harvard University. 

Onno Ruding "Is Europe in Crisis, with Refugees, Greece, Ukraine and a Possible British Exit?"
Dec
1
7:30 am07:30

Onno Ruding "Is Europe in Crisis, with Refugees, Greece, Ukraine and a Possible British Exit?"

H. Onno Ruding was born in Breda, The Netherlands, on August 15, 1939. He worked at the Ministry of Finance, The Hague (1965-1970), Amsterdam-Rotterdam Bank (AMRO Bank), Amsterdam (1971-1976) and, later, as a member of the Board of Managing Directors of AMRO. He was Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington, D.C. from 1977-1980. From November 1982 until November 1989 he served as the Minister of Finance of The Netherlands, for the Christian Democratic Party (CDA). From 1990 until 1992 Onno Ruding was Chairman of the Netherlands Christian Federation of Employers (NCW). From 1992 till 2003 Mr. Ruding was Vice Chairman of Citicorp/Citibank in New York. In 2002 he became Chairman of the Board of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, the largest independent think-tank in Europe. He is a (nonexecutive) Director of Corning Inc., Corning, RTL Group, Luxemburg and Holcim, Zurich and Chairman of the Board of Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten (BNG), The Hague, as well as a member of the International Advisory Board of Citigroup, New York. Dr. Ruding is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Pontifical Council Justice and Peace, Rome. He is Chairman of the Board of the National Museum Palace Het Loo, Apeldoorn.

Ambassador Richard Murphy "Syria’s Future: Will too many cooks spoil the broth?"
Nov
5
6:30 pm18:30

Ambassador Richard Murphy "Syria’s Future: Will too many cooks spoil the broth?"

 Having followed Near Eastern developments for over 40 years, 34 of which were spent as a career Foreign Service Officer, Network 20/20 Advisory Council Member Richard Murphy holds A.B. degrees from Harvard and Cambridge University. After service in the U.S. Army he joined the State Department's Foreign Service and from 1955-68 served in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe); Lebanon; Syria; Saudi Arabia; and Jordan. In 1971 President Nixon nominated him as Ambassador to Mauritania and in 1974 he became Ambassador to Syria. He then served as Ambassador to the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. From 1983-1989 he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs. Mr. Murphy has received the President's Distinguished Service Award three times and the State Department's Superior Honor Award twice. In 1985 he was named Career Ambassador, a title held by only five serving officers at any given time. Retiring from government service in 1989, Mr. Murphy joined the Council on Foreign Relations in New York as the Hasib J. Sabbagh  Senior Fellow for the Middle East and has continued to visit that region several times a year. He is a frequent commentator for NPR, CNN, and the BBC, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Financial Times, among others. He is a trustee of the American University of Beirut,  on the Board of the Near East Foundation, and Chairman of the Middle East Institute in Washington.

He is on the executive committee of the Virtue Foundation. 

He is a director of the American Iranian Council.

He is on the National Advisory Council, U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East.

Kimberly Marten "Recent Trends in U.S.-Russia Relations"
Oct
7
6:30 pm18:30

Kimberly Marten "Recent Trends in U.S.-Russia Relations"

According to Dr. Kimberly Marten, the idea of direct U.S. military confrontation with Russia is exactly what Russian President Vladimir Putin wants. In regards to the Ukraine crisis, she believes that military action would lead to a direct escalation against Washington, and this would negatively impact U.S. allies in the Baltics, U.S. industrial cyber resources, and U.S. citizens residing in Russia. She equates the ongoing conflict with the Cold War, in which U.S. diplomats regret the unnecessary militarization that prolonged the Soviet Union. Furthermore, Dr. Kimberly Marten has stated that sending weapons to Ukraine will in fact push Putin to ramp up the conflict, not deter him from taking any further action. In addition, sending weapons to Ukraine could prove to be counterproductive considering that, according to Dr. Marten, the Ukraine does not have a reliable professional military, and these weapons could be used against targets in Russia by those who seek to prove a wider war.

Dr. Marten will engage Network 20/20 members in an analysis of what would have happened if NATO hadn't expanded, and historical analysis of Soviet intelligence organizations and their foreign policy impact. 

Sheila Smith "Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China"
Sep
17
6:30 pm18:30

Sheila Smith "Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China"

No country feels China's rise more deeply than Japan. Through intricate case studies of visits by politicians to the Yasukuni Shrine, conflicts at the East China Sea boundary, concerns about food safety, and strategies of island defense, CFR Senior Fellow Dr. Sheila A. Smith explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. She finds that Japan's interactions with China extend far beyond the negotiations between diplomats to include a broad array of social actors intent on influencing the Sino-Japanese relationship. Sheila A. Smith, an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, is senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of the 2015 pacesetting book, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China. Her current research focuses on how geostrategic change in Asia is shaping Japan's strategic choices.

Smith is a regular contributor to the blog Asia Unbound, and frequent contributor to major media outlets in the United States and Asia. She joined CFR from the East-West Center in 2007, where she directed a multinational research team in a cross-national study of the domestic politics of the U.S. military presence in Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. She was a visiting scholar at Keio University in 2007-08, where she researched Japan’s foreign policy towards China. Smith has been a visiting researcher at two leading Japanese foreign and security policy think tanks, the Japan Institute of International Affairs and the Research Institute for Peace and Security, and at the University of Tokyo and the University of the Ryukyus.

Martin Wolf "The Embattled Future of Global Trade Policy"
Sep
10
6:30 pm18:30

Martin Wolf "The Embattled Future of Global Trade Policy"

Due to the failure of multilateral agreements, global trade policy has shifted to a system of plurilateral trade agreements restricted to only a limited subgroup of partners. The most significant of these agreements led by America are the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). According to Martin Wolf, these plurilateral trade agreements are efforts to shape the rules of international commerce; however, the negotiations depend largely on whether the administration receives trade promotion authority from Congress. Martin Wolf states that plurilateral agreements are the best way to liberalize global trade and will bring significant gains, given the failures of multilateral agreements in the past. However, Martin Wolf also cites numerous concerns with these plurilateral arrangements. Due to limited political capital, the focus of these arrangements risks diversion of effort from the World Trade Organization (WTO). Martin Wolf states that benefits of the TTP and the TTIP will most likely be positive, but they also have a high risk of impacting the cause of global trade liberalization.

Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo
Jul
29
7:30 am07:30

Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo

With the negotiations of the P5+1 complete after two intense years of negotiations, Iran is entering a new era of reintegration with the global community. Thanks to its 5,000 year old cultural history, educated population of 80 million citizens, and high number of women graduates, Iran is poised to benefit from an influx of international expertise and the availability of new materials and products including airplanes, medical equipment, and environmentally sensitive fuels. In turn, other countries now will have access to what will surely become one of the world's most lucrative emerging markets.   

Ambassador Khoshroo will discuss the P5+1 negotiations and how they will affect Iran and its people moving forward. A seasoned diplomat with a career-long history of service to Iran, Ambassador Khoshroo was his country's Ambassador to Swizerland from 2014-15. Prior to that time, he served as Secretary General of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly, and Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs. Ambassador Khoshroo also served as Ambassador to Australia and Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN. He devoted two terms to serving as Dean of the School for International Relations, affiliated with Iran's Foreign Ministry.