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Conference: Security Without Empire

American University 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, East Quad Building (EQB) Lounge , Washington, DC, United States

There is a sense of relief that many here in the U.S. feel after the presidential election, but we understand this is a time to step up our organizing for peace and economic justice — including the growing movement to close and withdraw the nearly 1,000 U.S. military bases located in foreign nations.

From Okinawa and Guam to Honduras, Germany, Iraq, and beyond people who have suffered from the abuses inherent to foreign military bases have been calling for their withdrawal. People in the U.S. have joined this call, outraged by the damage done by U.S. bases abroad and by their expense, which diverts $138 billion a year from addressing human needs and revitalizing our economy.

The American Friends Service Committee will be holding a national organizing conference at American University, "Security Without Empire," from February 27-March 2. Leading experts such as Miriam Pemberton, Walden Bello, and Zia Mian will share information on resistance to U.S. overseas military bases and develop new strategies for expanding the anti-bases movement. March 2 is a lobbying day.

See this link for more information and registration.

The Cost of Empire: Military Spending, Military Bases, and Empire-Building

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA, United States

A forum and discussion on the costs of empire. IPS Research Fellows Miriam Pemberton and Erik Leaver will lead a discussion on military spending, military bases, and empire-building in Iraq and Afghanistan and will offer a set of policy alternatives for the new administration.

Brown-bag Discussion: Closing Okinawa Bases

United Methodist Building, Conf. Rm. 3 100 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC, United States

The new Japanese government is pushing back against Washington’s plans for a new military base in Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture in Japan. This is a golden opportunity to radically shrink the U.S. military footprint on the island. But we only have a brief window during which to take advantage of this political opportunity.

Brown-Bag Discussion: Out of Okinawa: Military Bases and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC, United States

Gavan McCormack is emeritus professor at Australian National University in Canberra, author of Client State: Japan in the American Embrace (New York, Verso, 2007, Japanese, Korean and Chinese expanded and revised editions in 2008), and a coordinator of The Asia-Pacific Journal - Japan Focus.  He has written widely on Okinawa, U.S. military strategy in Asia, and U.S.-Japan relations.

From Armistice to Peace Treaty: A Step Towards Ending the Korean War

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC, United States

On July 27, 1953, the U.S. signed an Armistice agreement with China and North Korea to temporarily halt the fighting that claimed 4 million lives and divided 10 million families pending a formulation of a peace treaty. Despite the desire of people in North and South Korea for peace and reconciliation, no peace treaty has been signed, though China has normalized relations with the U.S. and South Korea.


Peace in Asia and the Pacific

Kay Spiritual Life Center 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, United States

The U.S. still has more than 100 military bases and installations across Japan, exacting a heavy toll on both the Japanese and U.S. people and increasing the dangers of war. In Korea, activists have engaged in hunger strikes and been jailed for opposing construction of the new Jeju naval base.