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Candid Conversation: Preventive Defense Project Co-director Ashton B. Carter and Ambassador Wang Vingfan, former vice minister of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former PRC ambassador to the UN, discuss regional security challenges at Track II mee

Deborah Gordon

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Preventive Defense Project Encourages Taipei-Beijing Dialogue

| Winter 2008-09

Over the past decade, the Belfer Center’s Preventive Defense Project (PDP) has organized a series of “Track II” dialogues between Taiwan, mainland China, and the United States – dialogues that have contributed substantially to diffusing tensions between leaders in the U.S. and China. The off-the-record discussions offer participants an opportunity to speak candidly about issues often deemed too controversial to be discussed in official Track I bilateral discussions. At meetings in July 2008, the PDP delegation encouraged participants from Taiwan and mainland China to seize the opportunity for an improved relationship.

PDP Hosts Workshop on Defense Management Challenges in the Post-Bush Era

Department of Defense

Press Release

PDP Hosts Workshop on Defense Management Challenges in the Post-Bush Era

| February 7, 2008

On February 7, 2008, PDP Co-Directors Ashton B. Carter and William J. Perry hosted one in a series of workshops entitled “Defense Management Challenges in the Post-Bush Era.” The off-the-record workshop, held in Washington, DC, focused on what management challenges the next administration will face in the next two to five years. The management issues include balancing strategy and resources in a tightening budget climate, leveraging America’s technology and industrial bases to sustain a competitive edge, resetting civil-military relations, and extending the concept of national security management to include non-military capabilities.

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- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Defense Leaders Urge Carrots and Sticks in North Korea Dealings

| Summer 2007

Preventive Defense Project (PDP) Codirectors Ashton Carter and William Perry led a U.S. delegation to the Republic of Korea (ROK) in February to meet with prominent South Korean politicians, experts, potential South Korean presidential candidates, and with the U.S. ambassador and U.S. Forces commander. American delegates noted that the U.S.-ROK alliance-and the U.S. troop presence that goes with it-is crucial for preserving peace and stability in East Asia and emphasized that U.S. commitment to the ROK will not wane.