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Weatherhead East Asian Institute

http://weai.columbia.edu

October 2022

Ambassador Ted Osius Book Talk: Nothing is Impossible

October 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
1501 International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Today Vietnam is one of America’s strongest international partners, with a thriving economy and a population that welcomes American visitors. How that relationship was formed is a twenty-year story of daring diplomacy and a careful thawing of tensions between the two countries after a lengthy war that cost nearly 60,000 American and more than two million Vietnamese lives. Ted Osius, former ambassador during the Obama administration, offers a vivid account, starting in the 1990s, of the various forms of diplomacy…

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WEAI Event: Religion and Politics in Japan after the Abe Assassination

October 20 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Registration: To register to attend this event in-person, please register HERE. *CU ID holders only. Speaker: Levi McLaughlin, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious studies, North Carolina State University Moderator: Daniel M. Smith, Gerald L. Curtis Visiting Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Columbia University Turmoil following the shocking murder of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on July 8, 2022 by a gunman who bore a grudge against the Unification Church (UC) has reinforced the fact that we…

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WEAI Event: The State in the Rise of Fossil-Fueled Developmentalism

October 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Registration: To register to attend this event in-person, please register HERE. *CU ID holders only To register to attend this event online, please register HERE. Speaker: Victor Seow, Assistant Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University Moderator: Paul Kreitman, Assistant Professor of 20th Century Japanese History, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University How might a focus on the state deepen our understanding of the origins and challenges of the ongoing climate crisis? In this talk, I will introduce my recent book, Carbon…

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Japan’s Local Imperialists: Expansive Ideas of Hometown and Empire within the Asia Pacific World

October 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Registration: To register to attend this event in-person, please register HERE. *CU ID holders only To register to attend this event online, please register HERE. Speaker: Hannah Shepherd, Assistant Professor, Yale University Moderator: Paul Kreitman, Assistant Professor of 20th Century Japanese History, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University This talk will offer a new approach to the idea of the local within and between empires. It looks at the regional associations that connected Japan's provincial migrants - both within colonial society abroad and…

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Go Big or Go Home: Explaining China’s Upsizing in UN Peacekeeping Missions in the Rise of Token Forces

October 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Registration: To register to attend this event in-person, please register HERE. *CU ID holders only To register to attend this event online, please register HERE. Speaker: Xiaojun Li, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, NYU Shanghai and Affiliated Professor of Politics in the Wilf Family Department of Politics, NYU Moderator: Junyan Jiang, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Columbia University Xiaojun Li will give a talk based on his recent book, Token Forces: How Tiny Troop Deployments became Ubiquitous in UN Peacekeeping, forthcoming from Cambridge University…

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