Join us for a panel discussion on arts and reconciliation in post-conflict society with Oscar-winning actress, filmmaker and producer Angelina Jolie; Executive Director of Cambodian Living Arts, Phloeun Prim; author of the memoir First They Killed My Father, Loung Ung; and acclaimed Cambodian film-director Rithy Panh.
Breakfast available from 8:00 AM
Discussion begins at 8:30 AM
While China’s meteoric rise often dominates conversations about Asia's emerging global powers, India’s explosive economic growth has vaulted it into the ranks of the world’s fastest-growing nations. India has the world’s third largest military and is taking on a more prominent role on regional and global issues. Today, India’s leaders increasingly expect to see their country treated accordingly. 2018 marks a crucial year for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ahead of 2019 elections, as his government presses a reform program and further enhances its engagement across the Indo-Pacific.
Join us for a look at the year ahead for India and how its trajectory and policies will impact the U.S., Asia, and the world. The discussion will feature Alyssa Ayres, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia and author of the forthcoming book Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World, and Bobby Ghosh, former Editor-in-Chief of the Hindustan Times.
China and North Korea are nominally allies, but relations between the two neighbors – always difficult -- have deteriorated as North Korea has accelerated its nuclear and ballistic missile development under Kim Jong Un. Over the past year, Kim has deliberately timed his nuclear and ballistic missile tests to coincide with high-profile Chinese events such as the BRICS summit in Xiamen, the Belt and Road forum in Beijing, and the Xi-Trump Mar-a-Lago summit. Yet, North Korea is economically dependent on China, which currently accounts for over 90% of its total trade volume and most food and energy imports. Although Beijing has tightened sanctions on North Korea, China remains an economic lifeline and has resisted regime-threatening pressure.
Does the solution to the North Korea threat run through Beijing? Who really holds the upper hand in the Sino-DPRK relationship? Could a recently empowered Xi Jinping bring Kim Jong Un to heel if he wanted to? Or do socialist ties and North Korea’s value as a buffer state outweigh the risks of a defiant nuclear next-door neighbor? Bitter Allies will outline the historical context of North Korea-China relations, and unpack key aspects of this critical, but often misunderstood relationship. Panelists will explore the economic, political and military relations between these “frenemies” and the implications for U.S. policy in the aftermath of the Trump-Xi Summit in Beijing.
Meditation is growing to be a more popular and embraced practice among individuals from
different backgrounds. Extensive scientific research on the practice have led to conclusions of many positive health-related benefits. Studies show that meditation is beneficial in combatting stress, high blood pressure, heart disease and used as a means to enhance mental capabilities such as abstract thinking, memory and creativity. With this on-going positive light, today the art and practice of mindfulness has not only seen a tremendous increase in its following, but also embodies a subculture in itself, becoming a billion-dollar industry and being seen as a tool for efficiency and success in the workplace.
Join us for an insightful discussion between Dr. Thupten Jinpa and Dan Harris on the importance of meditation and its effects on modern life and overall mindfulness. Why are more people
starting to practice meditation? How exactly is it beneficial to one’s overall well-being?