CAPP Events in 2005
Asia Leadership Breakfast Series: “Participating in the Rise of India”
Asia Society Southern California, in conjunction with RAND, hosted a breakfast for a private briefing with Mrs. Lalita Gupte, Joint Managing Director of ICICI Bank Limited and CAPP board member.
Center for Asia Pacific Policy Advisory Board Holds Bi-Annual Meeting
The bi-annual CAPP Advisory Board Meeting commenced at RAND’s Santa Monica headquarters on December 1-2, 2005. In attendance were CAPP Board Chairman Ratan Tata, Roy Doumani, Robert Ferguson, Lalita Gupte, Ambassador James Hodgson, Robert Oehler, George Siguler and Donald Tang.
CAPP Board Chairman Ratan Tata and RAND President Jim Thomson welcomed the group before a casual lunch. The board listened to briefings on Asia and the Search for Energy Security, Asia’s Water Problem and CAPP’s future work in India. The first day of the meeting concluded with an “East Meets West Holiday Dinner” at the home of host Donald Tang, who provided an exquisite meal catered personally by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. The guests enjoyed great food and cocktails, interesting conversation and a special keynote speech by former Assistant Secretary of State Jim Kelly.
The second day the Board deliberated on topics such as Japan’s economy, healthcare technology, the technologies of 2020, a roundtable discussion on regional issues and a screening of the new RAND documentary, "Ideas in Action: 60 Years of RAND." The evening concluded with an intimate formal dinner at an acclaimed French restaurant.
Korean Presidential Policy Planning Committee Meets with RAND
A six-person VIP delegation from the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning for the President of the Republic of Korea, headed by Minister Hajoong Song, met with Bill Overholt, Susan Everingham, Charles Wolf and Somi Seong to discuss mid- and long-term government strategies, the evaluation system on government policy, recent studies on social and economic policies and opinions on the relations between South and North Korea as well as between the two Koreas and the United States.
Ambassador Richard Boucher Discusses U.S. Foreign Policy
CAPP hosted an intimate meeting with Ambassador Richard Boucher from the U.S. State Department. The Ambassador has served as Spokesman or Deputy Spokesman for six Secretaries of State and comes to RAND to discuss U.S. foreign policy with senior RAND faculty, including Bill Overholt, Susan Everingham, Ted Harshberger and Steven Popper.
Vietnam Ambassador to the U.S. Visits CAPP
Ambassador Chien Tam Nguyen visited RAND’s Center for Asia Pacific Policy for a first acquaintance with RAND and an exchange of ideas between RAND and Vietnam. Susan Everingham, Director of International Programs, presented Ambassador Chien with a detailed overview of RAND and its future. She emphasized RAND’s role in the community as a provider of objective and high-quality research and briefed him on the scope of RAND’s research areas, such as national security and health.
Ambassador Chien was very interested in the way that RAND functions as a non-profit organization and was impressed by RAND’s matrix organization. He believes that the United States’ west coast is important to Vietnam’s future and stated that the Vietnamese government and RAND need to continue ongoing communication. The meeting concluded with remarks on how Vietnam can supplement RAND’s future work in Asia.
Shanghai Institute for International Studies Participates in CAPP Roundtable
CAPP hosted a roundtable discussion on U.S.-China relations and Northeast Asia security with a delegation from the Shanghai Institute for International Studies. The delegation was led by Dr. Jiemian Yang, and the distinguished group included Liping Xia, Youkang Du, Xiyuan Jiang, Yuqun Shao and Chengfeng Xiao. RAND participants included Susan Everingham, Bill Overholt, Rachel Swanger, and Scot Tanner from RAND’s Washington D.C. office.
Science and Technology Policy Research and Information Center of Taiwan Visits RAND
Since being reorganized by Taiwan’s National Science Council as a non-profit organization, the Science and Technology Policy Research and Information Center of Taiwan embarked on an international tour to study and learn from fellow non-profit organizations.
The ten-person delegation, consisting of the Director General Charles Tsai, as well as Ted Lau, David Tsai, David Maa, Meng-Ping Wang, Angel Chun-Chi Chuang, and Cheng-Lung Chen, visited RAND for an exchange of ideas, learning experiences and further long-term collaboration. RAND faculty present at the meeting included Susan Everingham, Bill Overholt, and Julie Kim, who provided the delegation with a background of RAND and its research. Ann Wang concluded the meeting with a grand tour of RAND’s new Santa Monica headquarters.
North Korea Information Analysis Bureau Discusses Korean Relations
Dr. Charles Wolf, with Somi Seong, chaired a roundtable discussion on current relations between North and South Korea with Nam-Joon Kim, Yong Kyu Kim and Sung Hwan Kang from the North Korea Information Analysis Bureau.
This VIP group from Seoul, Korea discussed topics in Dr. Wolf’s publication, “North Korean Paradoxes” such as differing financial estimates for Korean unification, the role of the World Bank on the peninsula, as well as efforts regarding how North Korea might be modernized and normalized. The group delved into how South Korea wants the North to ‘open up’ to the world, first through official trade. They also deliberated on South Korea’s role in propping up the regime by their abundant economic assistance and whether or not it is acceptable for South Korea to continue to do so when receiving very little reciprocation or cooperation. The group debated on the question of North Korea’s economy growing because of the benefits of receiving external assistance after the 1994 Framework Agreement. Dr. Wolf also elaborated that important changes may occur in North Korea via adjustments in the country’s economy, trade, military, political themes and external relations.
National Institute for Research Advancement Visits RAND
Madoka Nakamura and Tomoyuki Saito from the National Institute for Research Advancement in Tokyo, Japan visited RAND and met with Bill Overholt and Rachel Swanger to discuss how think tanks expand its research areas, how they manage their organization and personnel, how budgeting and finance affects the structure and goals of a non-profit organization and how the organization successfully maintains a high level of research prestige and independence within this structure. They were also highly interested in the Pardee RAND Graduate School and how this school and its students influence research.
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Visits RAND
Staff of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), among the three most important political organizations in China, visited RAND to discuss policy matters such as political, legal and strategic issues as it relates to the legislative, judicial and executive functions of government. This prestigious delegation was led by Vice Secretary General Li Qingxian and included Zhai Youlin, Xie Chuzhi, Liu Guanfeng, Bai Yuzhang, Zhang Wenshan, wu Yadong, Wei Yuanqi, Wang Yicun, Yuan Dianqun, Zhang Xinxin, Wang Jun, Gao Feng, Qu Wanyu, Hao Xuesheng, Cui Shunnian, Cui Zhiqiang, Yang Chunyan, Wang Suijie, and Wang Qiang.
South Korean Journalists Attend Meeting Hosted by CAPP
On July 29, the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy hosted "Bridging the Gaps in Understanding," an exchange program of six South Korean journalists co-sponsored by the East West Center (EWC) and the Korea Press Foundation (KPF). The journalists were Mi Ja Choi, producer of the Korea Educational Broadcasting System (KBS); Joon Soo Ha, reporter for KBS; Shin Mo Lew, staff writer for The Kyunghyang Daily News; Hyang Mi Lee, reporter for the Buan Independent Times; Aery Oh, reporter for The Munhwa Ilbo and Kang Moon You, reporter for The Hangkyoreh Daily. The group was accompanied by Song Eun Ah from the Korea Press Foundation, Spencer Kim and Ambassador Raymond Francis Burghardt. Chaired by William Overholt, the discussion focused on U.S.-Korea relations, the six-party talks and North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the U.S. force posture in Asia and regional economic cooperation. The meeting was also attended by Charles Wolf, Norm Levin and Somi Seong.
CAPP Holds Discussion on Pakistan
On July 21, the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy hosted a roundtable discussion with Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs & Northern Areas in Pakistan. He was accompanied by a distinguished delegation that included Sardar Shahjehan Yousef, Parliamentary Secretary for Kashmir Affairs & Northern Areas; Muhammed Matloob, Member of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Council Secretariat; Faridullah Khan, Joint Secretary, Azad Jammu & Kashmir Council Secretariat; Noor Muhammed Jadmani, Consulate General of Pakistan, Los Angeles; and Shahid Ashraf Tarar, Commercial Counselor from the Consulate General of Pakistan. Issues discussed include US-Pakistan relations, the role of the US in the Middle East, Pakistan's economy and terrorism. The delegation was welcomed and hosted by Susan Everingham.
Delegation from South Korea Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security Attends CAPP Roundtable
On July 8, the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of five delegates from South Korea's Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS). The informal dialogue, chaired by CAPP Director William Overholt, comprised of US-China relations, US-Japan relations, Korea-China relations, economic competition in Asia and Asian regional cooperation. The delegation from South Korea included Tak-Kyu Han, Kang Choi, Jung-He Song, Sung-Han Kim and Joon-Sung Park. The meeting was also attended by Somi Seong and CAPP board member James Hodgson.
Australian Parliament Committee Visits RAND
On June 30, the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy sponsored a visit by the Defense Subcommittee of the Australian Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade. The Subcommittee made a brief presentation before the dialogue which included all aspects of the Australia-U.S. alliance, including force posture, missile defense, joint training, relations with China, Japan and Korea, and related issues. The visiting members of the Defense Subcommittee were Lieutenant Colonel Gus McLachlan, Steve Gibbons, Joanna Gash, Bruce Scott, Graham Edwards, Alan Baird Ferguson, Stephen Hutchins, David Albert Lloyd Johnston, and Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Peter Hofman.
CAPP Hosts Roundtable on North Korea
The RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy hosted a roundtable discussion on June 20 with Dr. Chao Lu, Director of the Liaoning Institute of Borderland History and Geography in Northeast China. Issues discussed included the North Korean nuclear weapons facilities, North Korean refugees in northeast China and US-Korean-Chinese relations. Dr. Lu is a leading figure in North Korean and Japanese studies and an advisor to the Chinese government. A frequent traveler to North Korea, he came to the United States to learn more about US policy interests and options in Northeast Asia and how US policy toward North Korea is formed.
CAPP and the Asia Society Southern California Cohost Business Leadership Forum
On June 8, the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy and the Asia Society Southern California cohosted the Business Leadership Forum Meeting at the RAND headquarters in Santa Monica, California. Chaired by CAPP board member and Asia Society Southern California Chairman Donald Tang, the half-day conference brought together Chinese and American business leaders and government officials, including Youjun Yu, Executive Deputy Governor of Hunan Province; Kwong Yu Wong, founder and chairman of GOME Electrical Appliances Group; Jun Tang, president of Shanda Interactive Enterainment Limited; Charles Williamson, chairman and CEO of Unocal Corporation; and Gary Wilson, chairman of Northwest Airlines. The attendees heard briefings on security issues and engaged in a dialogue on U.S.-China business.
Korean National Defense University Sponsors Conference on Nuclear Weapons and North Korea
On June 8, the Korean National Defense University (KNDU) sponsored a conference in Seoul on entitled "Strategic Implications of North Korea's Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Policies toward North Korea." RAND and KNDU recently signed a memorandum of agreement to cooperate on Korea-related security issues and conference was a first effort under that agreement.
William Overholt to Head RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy
William Overholt, Asia policy research chair at the RAND Corporation, has been appointed director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy (CAPP). CAPP conducts research on critical issues facing Asia and its relationship with the United States, providing objective policy analysis to decision-makers in the international relations community. Its research falls under three substantive areas: strategic diplomatic relations, political economy issues, and human capital trends — including education, healthcare and changes in population.
Former Ambassador to People's Republic of China Visits RAND
Ambassador Wu Jianmin, former Ambassador of the People's Republic of China (PRC) to the United Nations, France, and the Netherlands, visited RAND on April 12 for a roundtable discussion on US-PRC relations.
CAPP Welcomes Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs
On April 6, CAPP welcomed Miss Jacqueline Ann Willis, J.P., the Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs in the U.S., for an overview of RAND and CAPP. Accompanying Miss Willis were Ms. Doris Cheung, Director, and Ms. Betty Ho, Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco. Brent Bradley welcomed the delegation and gave an overview of RAND. Nina Hachigian then followed with an overview of CAPP. Charles Goldman closed the meeting with a discussion of RAND Education's recent efforts in Asia.
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CAPP Welcomes Pakistan Ambassador
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Jehangir Karamat, visited RAND's Santa Monica office on March 10, to deliver remarks about US-Pakistan relations and current issues in South Asia.
President of the National Defense University in Korea Visits RAND
On March 1, the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy welcomed LTG. Young-ki Kwon, President of the National Defense University in Korea (KNDU), to RAND's Santa Monica office for a signing ceremony and a tour of the new headquarters building.
The signing ceremony formalized a memorandum of understanding between KNDU and RAND allowing for collaborative research, student exchange visits between KNDU and the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and teaching staff and researcher exchange visits, among other areas of cooperation. Michael Rich and LTG Kwon participated in the signing ceremony.
Organized by Bruce Bennett, LTG Kwon's visit included a welcome by Brent Bradley, a tour of the new building given by Iao Katagiri, and a tour and overview of PRGS from Bob Klitgaard. LTG Kwon also participated in a roundtable luncheon discussion of issues on the Korean peninsula with Bruce Bennett, Derek Eaton, Nina Hachigian, Norm Levin, Jed Peters, Kiyoyuki Seguchi, Somi Seong, Rachel Swanger, Greg Treverton, and Charles Wolf.
LTG Kwon was accompanied by Dr. Yong-Sup Han, a former PRGS fellow and now the Director of the Research Institute on National Security Affairs at KNDU, and COL. Sung-pyo Hong, Director of International Affairs at KNDU.
CAPP Holds Roundtable on Humanitarian Missions
On March 22, CAPP welcomed Professor Tomonori Yoshizaki and Mr. Keishi Ono, a research fellow, from the National Institute for Defense Studies in Japan for a roundtable discussion. Nina Hachigian, Bill Overholt, Jed Peters, Kiyoyuki Seguchi, Rachel Swanger, Tom Szayna, and Charles Wolf participated in the talk. The group discussed humanitarian missions, including relief for the December 2004 tsunami, as well as civil-military coordination in reconstruction efforts. They also debated the North Korean nuclear crisis and Japan's attitude toward developing its own nuclear capability.
CAPP Hosts Discussion on US-China relations
On March 28, CAPP welcomed Professor Tao Wenzhao, Senior Research Professor at the Institue of American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Professor Zhu Feng, Director of the International Security Program at the School of International Studies, Peking University for a roundtable discussion on US-China relations. Mr. Yao Ming of the Department of Northern American and Oceana Affairs at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Consul Zhou Xiaomei from the Los Angeles P.R.C. Consulate General accompanied them. Norm Levin chaired the discussion. Charles Wolf, John Fei, Sai Ma, and Jason Wang also participated in the talk.
Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Visits RAND
On February 1, The Honorable Lho Shinyong, the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, visited RAND's Santa Monica office for a roundtable discussion on U.S.-ROK relations and the current situation on the Korean peninsula. Accompanying Minister Lho were Consul General Youn-bok Lee and Consul Wook Cheon from the Consulate General in Los Angeles.