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Defending Freedom in Hong Kong

Beijing’s control of Hong Kong is tightening. In April, nine advocates for democracy in Hong Kong who played a key role in the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong were convicted of committing “public nuisance”—some were jailed. The Hong Kong government is pushing to pass an Extradition Law that could change Hong Kong’s free society forever. The law would legalize the disappearances and kidnapping Hong Kong has experienced already of peaceful critics like publishers and business leaders. Veteran legislator and lawyer Martin Lee is leading a diverse delegation featuring elements of civil society affected by repression from Beijing and the failures of the Hong Kong government to defend human rights and autonomy. Join us for a public program exploring practical ways the U.S. and Hong Kong people can partner to preserve freedom there.

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7/31/2020

Re-Designing the Marine Corps for Future War: Necessity or Madness?

General David H. Berger, Marine Corps Commandant, is aggressively pushing a dramatic redesign of the Corps for future war incorporating new missiles, advanced sensors, unmanned platforms, and hypervelocity weapons. HisForce Design 2030effort has drawn enthusiastic support from those who agree that the Corps must change to remain relevant on a more lethal battlefield. But it has generated an equally fervent amount of criticism from others who think the effort is overly focused on China—rendering the Corps irrelevant across a range of other potentially more likely scenarios. To achieve its vision, the Corps is doing away with tanks, reducing conventional artillery, shrinking units, and placing new demands on the Navy, already struggling to modernize its fleet. But it is adding anti-ship missiles, doubling-down on unmanned systems, and reenergizing a profound discussion about the importance of naval power.Will a redesigned Corps make it irrelevant for land operations against conventional militaries of larger state powers or irregular forces like terrorist groups? Or are General Berger’s designs essential to America’s future ability to conduct nearly any military operation in any theater against a host of potential enemies?Join us for an in-depth conversation about all of this with nationally recognized experts who hold informed opinions on both sides of this issue: Dr. Frank G. Hoffman, Lt. Col. USMCR (Ret.), Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University, and Mark F. Cancian, Colonel, USMCR (Ret.), Senior Advisor, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies.