Speakers

Speakers

10/4/17: Rafiq Dossani, Director, RAND Center for Asian Public Policy and RAND Senior Economist
11/27/17: Philip Yun, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Ploughshares Fund
3/14/14: Sho Kosugi, Legendary Japanese Martial Artist & Actor Sho Kosugi
4/18/18: Mr. Akira Chiba, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles

 

October 4, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Hilton 100
"China's Belt and Road Initiative"
Rafiq Dossani, Director, RAND Center for Asian Public Policy and RAND Senior Economist

Rafiq Dossani is director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy (CAPP), a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He works on education, regional development, security, finance, and technology issues. His projects in education include the relationship between financing, governance, and ownership in higher education, addressing the digital divide in early childhood education, college search, and blended delivery models in higher education. Projects in regional development include development of smart cities in China, the political economy of trade in South Asia and Pakistan's urbanization. Projects in regional security include a study of maritime issues in the East and South China Seas and Korean unification.

Previously, Dossani was director of Stanford University's Center for South Asia, and a senior research scholar at Stanford University's Institute for International Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in finance from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a B.A. in economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi.

In 2017, Dossani received the Exemplary Performance award from the South Asian Studies Association for lifetime scholastic contributions to South Asian studies.

 

November 27, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Hilton 100
"Is War Looming on the Korean Peninsula?"
Philip Yun, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Ploughshares Fund

Philip Yun serves as executive director and COO of Ploughshares Fund, a nonprofit that aims to reduce and eliminate nuclear weapons. He was also senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs under the Clinton Administration. 

- What is the nuclear and missile capability of North Korea?
- What's the real threat?
- What are North Korea's strategic motivations?
- Why are they doing these things now?
- What are the implications for South Korea, Japan, China and the new arms race on the peninsula?

 

March 14, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Hilton 100
"An Evening with Legendary Japanese Martial Artist & Actor Sho Kosugi"

Sho Kosugi is an iconic martial arts and action movie star who introduced the concept of the ninja to western audiences through a series of martial art movies involving the ninja. With over 20 movies and television features in the U.S. and Japan, Sho is an actor, martial artist, fight choreographer, author and entrepreneur. He will discuss his journey showcasing how to navigate various endeavors.

 

April 18, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Hilton 100
“150 Years of Meiji: Japan’s Response To An Unchartered Era.”
Mr. Akira Chiba, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, which metamorphosed Japan into modernity, resulting in a spiral, collateral catastrophe and eventual mesmerizing rebirth. What challenges did Japan face, and what solutions did Japan produce? In his presentation "150 Years of Meiji: Japan’s Response to an Unchartered Era", Consul General Chiba explores the genuine denotation of embracing history.