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Challenging the Pivot: The U.S., China, & Alternatives to Asia-Pacific Militarization

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Episcopal Divinity School, Washburn Auditorium • 99 Brattle St • Harvard Sq T • Cambridge

Join Jason Tower and Joseph Gerson for a public forum about Asia-Pacific militarization and alternatives

“As the war in Iraq winds down and America begins to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, the United States stands at a pivot point…One of the most important tasks of American statecraft over the next decade will therefore be to lock in a substantially increased investment – diplomatic, economic, strategic, and otherwise – in the Asia-Pacific Region”

- Hillary Clinton, Foreign Policy, November, 2011

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With a host of military alliances, hundreds of U.S. military bases and installations across Korea, Japan, Guam, the Philippines and Australia; a host of military alliances;, the Seventh Fleet; and repeated nuclear threats, the U.S. has enforced is power and privilege across Asia and the Pacific. With East Asia as the economic motor force of the 21st century, and with China’s rise, the U.S. military is pivoting from Iraq and Afghanistan to Asia and the Pacific. Washington is expanding and deepening its alliances across the region, engaging in provocative military exercises, and building weapons systems to contain China – at great cost to the U.S. and Asia-Pacific people. China, too, is expanding its influence and military operations in ways that have provoked anxieties among some neighboring nations.

Jason TowerJoseph GersonJason Tower (left), AFSC’s representative for Northeast Asia based in Beijing who has an extraordinary range of contacts in China and Southeast Asia, and Joseph Gerson (right), who has worked closely with Asian and Pacific peace movements for many years, will provide background to build our movements’ capacities to challenge the new arms race and growing military threats in Asia and the Pacific and to reinforce our Move the Money campaigns.

The forum is co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and Massachusetts Peace Action.

For more information contact or call 617-661-6130 ext. 119

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