Sunday, March 18, 2018

Wither Osaka

A storm appears to be headed toward Osaka. As the article below notes, domestic politics may not long favor the city. The Moritomo Gakuen scandal is centered on Osaka and its ultra-rightwing politics. Osaka is also the epicenter of Japan's denier history toward the Comfort Women. Successive majors have been outspoken deniers of Pacific War history—even threatening to end the sister city relationship with San Francisco over the American city’s refusal to accept the Osaka mayors' false and pernicious construction of Comfort Women history.

The Abe's government has shown extraordinary favoritism to the region and its politicians who have helped the LDP maintain their Diet majority. Recently, Tokyo selected Osaka to be the host city for the G20 leaders summit in 2019. The government is also promoting Osaka to the Bureau of International Expositions to be the site for Expo 2025. By doing this, Tokyo is demanding that the rest of the world ignore the region's infamous war history and its modern deniers. 

A new Japanese government will not be able to long tolerate Osaka as a world outlier.

Moritomo scandal threatens Osaka leaders too
By Eric Johnston, Staff Writer

Japan Times, March 17, 2018

OSAKA – “A man once thoroughly endued with these three qualities of lying, impudence, and ingratitude will, I believe, scarce want any other titles to preferment and grandeur.” — Henry Fielding, from a satirical article on the traits of successful politicians, 1740

Over a year after it first blew up in Osaka, then went to Tokyo and languished, the Moritomo Gakuen scandal came roaring back with a vengeance earlier this month, shaking Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration to the core.

The “Teflon prime minister,” as Abe is dubbed by critics and admirers for his political durability, may finally have run out of luck. His finance minister, Taro Aso, whose ministry admitted it rewrote, deleted, or falsified records related to the scandal is facing intense pressure from the opposition, and members of his own party, to resign — and soon.

Without his friend Aso by his side, Abe will head into the September elections for Liberal Democratic Party president (and thus prime minister) weakened and a lame duck unlikely to be granted a third consecutive term — all because of a scandal that just would not go away.

The key questions still unanswered boil down to who gave the school an unprecedented discount on the land it wanted, why Moritomo received special treatment, who decided to give it that treatment and who was involved in the subsequent “editing” of ministry documents.

At the national level, those questions involve the prime minister and his wife, the finance minister and senior Finance Ministry officials and at least three Diet members. They include Takeo Hiranuma, the ultra-right-wing Liberal Democratic Party representative from Okayama, LDP veteran Yoshitada Konoike, a scandal-plagued politician from neighboring Hyogo Prefecture, and former Upper House LDP lawmaker Issei Kitagawa, who is from Osaka. Former Moritomo head Yasunori Kagoike’s claim that he was betrayed by lying, impudent, ungrateful politicians and bureaucrats sounds a bit more credible now.

But one influential politician of interest to Osaka was not in the documents: Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui.

Given that, in Diet testimony, Kagoike alleged the person who betrayed him the most was Matsui, Osaka’s media are now aggressively pursuing the Moritomo Gakuen “Osaka angle.” And they are asking what might have been going on between Matsui, the Kinki bureau of the Finance Ministry, Abe, Aso, Hiranuma and their friends in the conservative lobby group Japan Conference (Nippon Kaigi), reference to which was also originally deleted from Finance Ministry documents.

Matsui insists he had nothing to do with influencing the Kinki bureau to cut a deal with Kagoike and no evidence has surfaced to suggest otherwise. But, politically, he has two problems.

The first is local. More questions about Moritomo makes it ever more difficult for Matsui and his supporters to realize their integration of Osaka city, which is once again under discussion and still faces intense opposition.

The second problem is Osaka’s relationship — and the Nippon Ishin no Kai party’s relationship — with the Abe wing of the LDP.

If a splintering LDP leads to Abe stepping down, either now or later, then Matsui and Nippon Ishin must deal with another prime minister, one likely to be less friendly.

Various LDP leaders are now garnering attention as possible successors to Abe. They include former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Internal Affairs Minister Seiko Noda. In Osaka, Ishiba, who is from Tottori Prefecture and has strong connections in the Kansai region, has already reached out to younger LDP members who are battling with Matsui and Nippon Ishin (some of whom are former LDP members).

How all of this plays out depends on what additional revelations there are about the Moritomo scandal. But in Osaka, as well as Tokyo, politicians and bureaucrats are running for cover, desperate to avoid a resurgent scandal most thought had long since been overcome.

Monday in Washington, March 19, 2018

A CONVERSATION WITH NICHOLAS KRISTOF. 3/19, 8:30-11:00am. Sponsor: Center for Global Development. Speaker: Nicholas Kristof, Columnist, New York Times. Moderator: Amanda Glassman, Chief Operating Officer, Center for Global Development.

REVOLUTION WITHOUT REVOLUTIONARIES: MAKING SENSE OF THE ARAB SPRING. 3/19, Noon-1:30pm, Sponsor: Project on Middle East Political Science, Institute for Middle East Studies, Elliott School, GWU. Author: Dr. Asef Bayat, Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies & Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

3/19, 12:30-1:45pm. Sponsor: Center for American Progress (CAP). Speakers: Kurt Campbell, & CEO, Asia Group; Chairman of the Board, CAP; Suzanne DiMaggio, Senior Fellow & Director, U.S.-DPRK Dialogue, New America; Kelly Magsamen, Vice President, National Security and International Policy, CAP. Moderator: Michael Fuchs, Senior Fellow, CAP.

JAPAN'S BALANCING BETWEEN NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT AND DETERRENCE. 3/19, 1:00-2:30pm. Sponsor: Stimson. Speakers: Masahiro Kurita, Fellow, National Institute for Defense Studies; Wakana Mukai, Assistant Professor, Faculty of International Relations, Asia University; Masashi Murano, Research Fellow, Okazaki Institute; Masahiro Okuda, Ph.D. Candidate, Takushoku University; Heigo Sato, Vice President, Institute for World Studies, Takushoku University. Moderator: Yuki Tatsumi, Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson Center.

FOREIGN POLICY AND FRAGILE STATES. 3/19, 2:00-3:00pm. Sponsor: U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). Speakers: Nancy Lindborg, President, USIP; Ilan Goldenberg, Director, Middle East Security Program, Center for a New American Security; Kimberly Kagan, Founder & President, Institute for the Study of War. Moderator: Joshua Johnson, Host, 1A, NPR.

2018 U.S.-JAPAN SECURITY SEMINAR: NEXT STEPS ON NORTH KOREA. 3/19, 4:00-5:00pm. Sponsor: Japan Chair, CSIS; Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA). Speakers: Yoshiji Nogami, President, JIIA; Jung H. Pak, SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for Northeast Asia Policy Studies, Brookings; Tetsuo Kotani, Senior Fellow, JIIA. Moderator: Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President, Asia & Japan Chair, CSIS.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Monday in Washington March 12, 2018

POLITICAL TRIBES: GROUP INSTINCT AND THE FATE OF NATIONS. 3/12, 10:00-11:30am. Sponsor: Brookings. Speakers: author Amy Chua, John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law, Yale; Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy; Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, Brookings.

INTERNATIONAL ENERGY R&D COOPERATION IN PRACTICE: PERSPECTIVES AND ISSUES. 3/12, Noon-1:00pm, Lunch. Sponsor: Global America Business Institute (GABI). Speakers: Dr. Charles Taylor, Global Partnerships Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; Dr. Sangjin Choi, Strategic Planning Division, Korea Institute of Energy Research.

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IRAN’S POST-REVOLUTIONARY ELITE. 3/12, Noon-1:30pm. Sponsor: Future of Iran Initiative, Atlantic Council. Speaker: Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University, Author, Post-Revolutionary Iran: A Handbook. Moderator: Barbara Slavin, Director, Future of Iran Initiative, Atlantic Council.

3/12, 1:30-2:30pm. Sponsor: International Security Program, CSIS. Speakers: Hon. Mark T. Esper, Secretary of the Army; Hon. Richard Spencer, Secretary of the Navy; Hon. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force. Moderator: Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, Director, International Security Program, CSIS.

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THE U.S. AND GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY AT A TIME OF TRANSITION. 3/12, 2:00-3:30pm. Sponsor: Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). Speakers: Jen Kates, Vice President & Director of Global Health and HIV Policy, KFF; Anne Schuchat, Acting Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Beth Cameron, Vice President for Global Biological Policy and Programs, Nuclear Threat Initiative; Rebecca Katz, Associate Professor & Co-Director, Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University; Nancy Knight, Director, Division of Global Health Protection, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President & Director, Global Health Policy Center, CSIS . Moderator: Josh Michaud, Associate Director of Global Health Policy, KFF.

Book Event: Marketcraft March 14, 2018

March 14, 2018


author Dr. Steven Vogel is the Il Han new professor of Asian studies and a professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in the political economy of advanced industrialized nations, especially Japan and the United States.

George Washington University, Elliott School 
1957 E Street, NW 
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602 

From financial regulation to anti-trust enforcement to governance of the internet, policymakers in Washington and Japan are increasingly failing at the job of effective market regulation. In a provocative new book, Dr. Steven Vogel argues that the reason governments so often get this wrong is that they are stuck in a stale and misleading debate over government regulation versus market freedom. In fact, he argues, markets must by their nature be regulated, and the real debate is over how best to regulate in the public interest. In era of globalization and new, disruptive market platforms Vogel's thoughtful pro-governance arguments have never been more relevant.
This event is on the record and open to the media
Books wil be available for purchase 

George Washington University’s Sigur Center  and Institute for International Economic Policy

In cooperation with Asia Policy Point

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Monday in Washington, March 5, 2018

CHINA’S RAPID RICE AS A GREEN FINANCE CHAMPION. 3/5, 9:30-11:30am. Sponsor: China Environment Forum (CEF), Wilson Center. Speakers: Carolyn Szum, Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Alan Xiangrui Meng, Market Analyst, Climate Bonds Initiative; Derek Ip, Senior Analyst, Financial Institutions Team, Trucost. Moderator: Jennifer L. Turner, Director, CEF, Wilson Center, Manager, Global Choke Point Initiative.

AN OUTLOOK OF THE CHINESE ECONOMY AND SINO-JAPAN RELATIONS. 3/5, Noon-1:00pm. Sponsor: East-West Center in Washington. Speakers: Kiyoyuki Seguchi, Research Director, Canon Institute for Global Studies; Dr. Anny Wong, Research Fellow, John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist, University, Adjunct Political Scientist, RAND Corporation.

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OIL IN IRAQ: PATHWAYS TO ENABLING BETTER GOVERNANCE. 3/5, 2:00-3:30pm. Sponsor: Middle East Institute (MEI). Speakers: Erin Banco, Investigative Reporter, Star-Ledger &; Alan Eyre, Director, Office of Middle East and Asia, Bureau of Energy Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Omar Al-Nidawi, Iraq Director, Gryphon Partners; Jean-Francois Seznec, Scholar, MEI, Adjunct Professor, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. Moderator: Randa Slim, Director, Track II Dialogues Initiative, MEI, Non-resident Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.

THE U.S. AND THE UK: A CONVERSATION WITH KORI SCHAKE. 3/5, 3:00-4:00pm. Sponsor: Hudson. Speakers: Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General, IISS, Author, Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony; Tod Lindberg, Senior Fellow, Hudson.

A CONVERSATION ON FREE TRADE AND GLOBALIZATION. 3/5, 5:00-6:00pm. Sponsors: Dean’s Forum & European and Eurasian Studies Program, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. Speaker: Brian Mikkelsen, Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs. Moderator: Vali Nasr, Dean, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.

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GLORY AND GRATITUDE TO THE UNITED STATES – CHERS BIENFAITEURS. 3/5, 5:00-7:00pm. Sponsor: Hoover Institution. Speakers: George Nash, PhD, Historian, Author, A Multivolume Scholarly Biography of Herbert Hoover; Nancy Heingartner, PhD, Assistant Director of Outreach, Institute for Regional and International Studies, University of WI-Madison; Bernard Geenen, Economic and Commercial Counselor, Wallonia, Embassy of Belgium; Brigadier General G. Franchomme, Defense, Military, Air and Naval Attaché, Embassy of Belgium; R.Admn. W.S. Truelove CMM, CD, Embassy of Canada.

3/5, 5:30-7:00pm, Reception. Sponsor: Institute for International Economic Policy, Elliott School, GWU. Speaker: Bob Koopman, Chief Economist, World Trade Organization.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Monday in Washington, February 26, 2018

BP ENERGY OUTLOOK 2018. 2/26, 9:30-11:00am. Sponsor: Energy & National Security Program, CSIS. Speaker: Spencer Dale, Chief Economist, BP. Moderator: Sarah Ladislaw, Director & Senior Fellow, Energy & National Security Program, CSIS.

CLIMATE AND NATIONAL SECURITY FORUM 2018: A RESPONSIBILITY TO PREPARE. 2/26, 9:30am-12:30pm. Sponsor: Environmental and Energy Study Institute. Speakers: Brid. Gen. Gerald Galloway, U.S. Army (ret.), Former Dean of the Academic Board, U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Gen. Ron Keys, U.S. Air Force (ret.), Former Commander, Air Combat Command; V.Adm. Robert Parker, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.), Former Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area; Joan VanDevort, Former Deputy Director for Ranges, Sea and Airspace; R.Adm. Jonathan White, U.S. Navy (ret.), President, Ocean Leadership Consortium; Hon. John Conger, Former Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense of Comptroller, Senior Policy Advisor, Center for Climate and Security; Hon. Sherri Goodman, Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense of Environmental Security, Senior Fellow, Wilson Center; R.Adm. Ann C. Phillips, U.S. Navy (ret.), Former Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group TWO; R.Adm. David Titley, U.S. Navy (ret.), Director, Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, Penn State University, Former Oceanographer of the Navy. Moderator: Hon. John Conger, Former Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense of Comptroller, Senior Policy Advisor, Center for Climate and Security; Heather L. Messera, Senior Fellow for Government Affairs, Center for Climate and Security.

2/26, 10:00-11:00am. Sponsor: Heritage. Speaker: David Trachtenberg, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense. Moderator: Michaela Dodge, Senior Policy Analyst, Defense and Strategic Policy, Heritage.

IMPROVING THE EFFICIENCY OF U.S. EXPORT CONTROLS FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES. 2/26, 10:00-11:30am. Sponsors: Bipartisan Policy Center; Nuclear Innovation Alliance. Speakers: Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH); Matt Bowen, Senior Policy Fellow, Nuclear Innovation Alliance; Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice, Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; Kate Strangis, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy; Elina Teplinsky, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Moderator: Ashley Finan, Policy Director, Nuclear Innovation Alliance.

RUSSIA IN THE US-JAPAN ALLIANCE? BEYOND CHINESE AND NORTH KOREAN CHALLENGES. 2/26,10:30am-Noon. Sponsor: US-Japan Research Institute (USJI). Speakers: Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Associate Professor, George Mason University; Serghei Golunov, Professor, Kyushu University; Akihiro Iwashita, Professor, Kyushu University/ Hokkaido University; Matthew Rojansky, Director, Kennan Institute; Paul J. Saunders, Executive Director, Center for the National Interest; Ha Yong Chool, Professor, University of Washington. Moderator: Edward Boyle, Assistant Professor, Kyushu University.

2/26, Noon-2;00pm. Sponsor: Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council. Author: Matthew Kroenig, Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council. Speakers: Rebecca Hersman, Director, Project on Nuclear Issues, Senior Adviser, International Security Program, CSIS; James N. Miller, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Moderator: Thom Shanker, Pentagon Correspondent, New York Times.

HISTORY OF MODERN PUBLIC DIPLOMACY: THE ORIGINS OF THE FOUNDING OF THE UNITED STATES INFORMATION AGENCY (USIA). 2/26, 1:00-2:30pm. Sponsors: Project on Military and Diplomatic History & Project on Prosperity and Development, CSIS. Speakers: Elizabeth "Betsy" Whitaker, Adjunct Lecturer, School of Media and Public Affairs, GWU; Dr. Caitlin E. Schindler, Research Professor, Institute of World Politics; Dr. Nicholas J. Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy, Founding Director, Master of Public Diplomacy, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California. Moderator: Daniel F. Runde, William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, CSIS.

STRENGTHENING ASEAN’S ROLE IN THE INDO-PACIFIC. 2/26, 2:00-3:00pm. Sponsor: Southeast Asia Program, CSIS. Speaker: Rep. Joaquin Castro, Co-chair, Congressional Caucus on ASEAN. Moderator: Dr. Amy E. Searight, Senior Adviser & Director, Southeast Asia Program, CSIS.

LIFE WITH A NUCLEAR NORTH KOREA. 2/26, 6:30pm. Sponsors: Newseum; The New York Times. Speakers: David E. Sanger, National Security Correspondent, The New York Times; Helene Cooper, Pentagon Correspondent, The New York Times; Jake Sullivan, Former National Security Adviser to Vice President, Former Director of Policy Planning. Moderator: Mark Landler, White House Correspondent, Former Hong Kong Bureau Chief, The New York Times.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Monday in Washington, February 12, 2018

GEOSTRATEGIC FLASHPOINT: THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN. 2/12, 9:00-10:00am. Sponsor: Europe Program & Middle East Program, CSIS. Speakers: Adm. James G. Foggo, III, Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; Heather A. Conley,Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; Director, Europe Program, CSIS; Jon B. Alterman, Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, Director, Middle East Program, CSIS.

2/12, 10:00am-Noon. Sponsor: Brookings. Speakers: Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy David Trachtenberg, Jim Miller, under secretary of defense for policy in the Obama administration; Madelyn Creedon, principal deputy administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration during the Obama administration; James Acton, co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment; and Robert Einhorn of Brookings.

RESPONDING TO THE ROHINGYA CRISIS WITH ETHICAL LEADERSHIP. 2/12, 11:30am-1:00pm. Sponsor: Elliott School, GWU. Speakers: Dr. Wakar, Professor, Pennsylvania State University, Director General, Arakan Rohingya Union, Founding Chairman, Burmese Rohingya Association North America; Amb. Derek Mitchell, CEO, Shwe Strategies LLC, Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group, US Institute of Peace. Moderator: Dr. Christina Fink, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School, GWU. 

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ELECTION SECURITY IN 50 STATES: DEFENDING AMERICA’S ELECTIONS. 2/12, 11:30am-1:15pm. Sponsor: Center for American Progress. Speakers include: Neera Tanden, President & CEO, Center for American Progress ; Jeh Johnson, Former US Secretary of Homeland Security ; Judd Choate, Director of Elections, State of Colorado; Edgardo Cortes, Former Commissioner of Elections, Commonwealth of Virginia. Moderators: Neera Tanden, President & CEO, Center for American Progress; Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Center for American Progress.

IRAN’S POLITICAL FUTURE. 2/12, Noon-1:30pm. Sponsor: Future of Iran Initiative, Atlantic Council. Speakers: Nazila Fathi, Journalist, Author, The Lonely War: One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran; Suzanne Maloney, Deputy Director, Foreign Policy Program, Brookings; Alireza Nader, Senior International Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation. Moderator: Barbara Slavin, Director, Future of Iran Initiative, Atlantic Council.

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RELIGION, SECULARISM AND DEMOCRACY IN DUTERTE'S PHILIPPINES. 2/12, Noon-1:30pm. Sponsor: Berkley Center, Georgetown University. Speakers: David Buckley, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Paul Weber Endowed Chair in Politics, Science & Religion, University of Louisville, Author, Faithful to Secularism: The Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal and the Philippines; Shaun Casey, Director, Berkley Center, Professor of the Practice, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Senior Fellow, Luce Project on Religion and Its Publics, University of Virginia.

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REMAPPING IR: PROTEAN POWER: EXPLORING THE UNCERTAIN AND UNEXPECTED IN WORLD POLITICS. 2/12, 12:30-1:30pm. Sponsor: Mortara Center for International Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Services, Georgetown University. Speakers: Peter Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter Professor of International Studies, Cornell University, Former President, American Political Science Association; Lucia Seybert, Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University.

U.S.-PAKISTAN RELATIONS AT A TURNING POINT: WHAT’S NEXT? 2/12, 2:30-4:00pm. Sponsor: Asia Center, US Institute of Peace (USIP). Speakers: Tanvi Madan, Director, India Project, Brookings; Amb. Richard Olson, Former Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; David Sedney, Senior Associate, International Security Program, CSIS; Moeed Yusuf, Associate Vice President, USIP. Moderator: Andrew Wilder, Vice President, USIP.

EUROPE'S CHALLENGE OF RADICALIZATION-VULNERABLE YOUTH AND TECHNIQUES OF COUNTER-TERRORISM. 2/12, 4:30-6:30pm. Sponsor: SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. Speaker: Hon. Koen Geens Louran, Minister of Justice of Belgium.

CRYPTOCURRENCIESAND BLOCKCHAIN: TECHNO-GOLD OR FOOL’S GOLD? 2/12, 5:00-6:30pm. Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Speakers: Jerry Dwyer, Professor, BB&T Scholar, Clemson University; Bert Ely, Principal, Ely & Company Inc., Adjunct Scholar, Cato; Paul H. Kupiec, Resident Scholar, AEI; Hadley Stern, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments. Moderator: Alex J. Pollock, Distinguished Senior Fellow, R Street Institute.

#CATODIGITAL — BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING:FISA SECTION 702 AND THE MODERN SURVEILLANCE STATE. 2/12, 6:00-7:00pm. Sponsor: Cato. Speakers: Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI); Patrick G. Eddington, Policy Analyst, Homeland Security and Civil Liberties, Cato, Former Military Imagery Analyst, National Photographic Interpretation Center, CIA. Moderator: Kat Murti, Senior Digital Outreach Manager, Cato.

2/12, 6:30-8:00pm. Sponsor: SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. Speaker: Frédéric Bozo, Professor, Sorbonne Nouvelle, University of Paris III. Moderator: John L. Harper, Kenneth H. Keller Professor, American Foreign Policy, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.