Weapons of Mass Destruction


Symposium on the U.S.-Japan Partnership: An Agenda For Change

Chair: Sheila A. Smith

This symposium was cosponsored by Council on Foreign Relations and the Asahi-Shimbun.

Widely acclaimed as the most respected and credible source of news in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, the Asahi Shimbun is one of Japan's oldest and largest national newspapers, with a daily circulation of over eight million. Based in Tokyo, its overseas network includes five general bureaus covering America from Washington DC, Europe from London, the Middle East from Cairo, Asia from Bangkok, and China from Beijing, with an additional bureau newly opened in Havana, Cuba, in 2007. It has a presence in about 30 locations worldwide with 53 correspondents. The company also broadcasts nationwide in Japan via TV Asahi and has a news website, Asahi.com.

This event has also been made possible by the generosity of the following corporate sponsors of CFR's Japan program: Canon USA, Mitsui & Company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Sony Corporation of America, and Toyota Motor North America.

Symposium Summary Report (PDF, 148K)


Global Transformations and the U.S.-Japan Partnership

Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
Panelists: Tanaka Akihiko, Professor of International Politics, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies and Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo
Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, and Director, Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations
Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Funabashi Yoichi, Editor-in-Chief, Asahi Shimbun

The Global Economy-Instabilities and Reforms

Panelists: Takenaka Heizo, Professor and Director, Global Security Research Institute, Keio University
Roger M. Kubarych, Henry Kaufman Adjunct Senior Fellow for International Economics and Finance, Council on Foreign Relations
Benn Steil, Director of International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Paul Sheard, Former Global Chief Economist, Lehman Brothers

Ensuring Stability in Northeast Asia

Panelists: Elizabeth C. Economy, C. V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Tanaka Hitoshi, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange
Gary Samore, Vice President and Director of Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Evans J.R. Revere, President, Korea Society

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Reducing Nuclear Dangers: The Race Between Cooperation and Catastrophe

Speaker: Sam Nunn
Presider: James F. Hoge Jr.

Recognizing that we have arrived at a dangerous tipping point in the nuclear era, Senator Nunn will discuss the path that he, George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, and Bill Perry have charted for advancing the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons linked to specific steps to reduce nuclear dangers.

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Meeting

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C. Peter McColough Roundtable Series on International Economics: The Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons - Prospects for Continuance

Speaker: Thomas C. Schelling
Presider: Ashton B. Carter

The C. Peter McColough Roundtable Series on International Economics is presented by the Corporate Program and the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies.

5:30-6:00 p.m. Reception
6:00-7:00 p.m. Meeting
7:00-8:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception

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U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

Speaker: William J. Perry
Speaker: Brent Scowcroft
Presider: Jackson Diehl

President Obama has called for the eventual global abolition of nuclear weapons, but they will remain a fundamental element of U.S. national security in the near term. The CFR Task Force report makes recommendations on how to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. deterrent nuclear force and puts forth measures to prevent nuclear terrorism and strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation regime. Task Force co-chairs William J. Perry and Brent Scowcroft will discuss the report’s main findings and recommendations.

The report is available on CFR’s website at http://www.cfr.org/nuclear_weapons_policy. Hard copies will be available at the meeting.

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Disarming, Delisting, and Dealing with North Korea: Next Steps

Speaker: Michael J. Green
Speaker: Gary Samore
Presider: Don Oberdorfer

Just two years have passed since North Korea's nuclear test. Heightened engagement efforts, through the six-party talks, led to agreement on nuclear disarmament and North Korea's recent removal from the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism. However, North Korea remains a strategic challenge. Join Michael Green and Gary Samore for a discussion of North Korea in the region, the world, and in U.S. policy for a new U.S. administration.

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Expert Brief

Assessing Motives in Tehran

Author: Frank Procida

As American policymakers and foreign policy experts argue over the proper reaction to Iran's apparent quest for nuclear weapons, CFR's Intelligence Fellow Frank Procida asks whether the West should be so sure weaponization is in the offing given its track record on guessing at what motivates Tehran.

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The UN Inspectors' Job in Syria

Amy E. Smithson interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

The search for evidence of chemical weapons in Syria is painstaking and hampered by harsh conditions, but could yield decisive findings as debate over military action intensifies, says expert Amy E. Smithson.

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