Proliferation Roundtable with Alex Flint, Laura Holgate, John Tuck and Sandy Spector
China's announced 18 percent increase in military spending, US consideration of Aegis ship sales to Taiwan and the push for a national missile defense system give new importance to a prescient analysis by Ambassador Chas Freeman at Carnegie in 1999. We present his prescription from that meeting for avoiding heightened tensions with China. Freeman discusses his debate with Chinese officials that gives us both the origin and the true meaning of the famous "Los Angeles" quote.
Briefing by Uzi Rubin, Senior Director for Proliferation and Technology, Israel's National Security Council
U.S.-South Korean relations will be put to the test this week as South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung visits Washington. Kim’s recent summit with Russian President Putin produced a joint statement effectively opposing U.S. plans to deploy national missile defenses, complicating President Bush’s first foray into East Asian security affairs.
Secretary of State Colin Powell has called for the easing of U.S. sanctions against Iraqi civilians, while tightening those against the government and military in light of a recent intelligence assessment finding that Iraq may be able to deploy nuclear weapons within three years.
Presentations by Andrew Kuchins, Director, Russian-Eurasian Program, Robert Nurick, Director, Carnegie Moscow Center, Anatol Lieven, Martha Brill Olcott, and Rose Gottemoeller, Senior Associates.
The American public remains deeply skeptical of missile defenses. ABC News reports in a recent poll that "most Americans support the concept in principle, but that support dissipates dramatically in the face of counter-arguments on the price, workability and ramifications of the project."
Presenter: P.R. Chari, Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies
In Geneva, negotiations have stalled on a verification mechanism for the treaty banning biological weapons. Talks are deadlocked over both the draft text and negotiation procedures. Jenni Rissanen, an analyst at the Acronym Institute, analyzes current obstacles facing the Biological Weapons Convention.