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The United Nations established September 21 as the International Day of Peace in 1981, with the aim of strengthening the ideals of peace among people and institutions around the world. Many decades earlier, Andrew Carnegie’s conviction that war could be eliminated by stronger international laws and organizations led him to establish the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace with a $10 million gift, and to charge its trustees to use the fund to “hasten the abolition of international war, the foulest blot upon our civilization.”

Over the last 100 years, the Carnegie Endowment has remained faithful to the mission of promoting peaceful engagement. In honor of Carnegie’s vision and on this year’s International Day of Peace, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center Director Paul Haenle will moderate a discussion with Chinese and international experts on how the risks of conflict can be minimized in the Asia-Pacific, particularly as tensions continue to rise over North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons. Panelists will examine solutions for reducing frictions in the U.S.-China relationship, achieving denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, and maintaining stability between regional players.

This event is off the record and will be conducted in English with simultaneous translation.

Zhou Qi

Zhou Qi is the executive director of the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University.

Jomart Ormonbekov

Jomart Ormonbekov is a political liaison officer at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs in Beijing.

Li Bin

Li Bin is a senior fellow working jointly in the Nuclear Policy Program and Asia Program at Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy and a professor of Tsinghua University.

Michael Kovrig

Michael Kovrig is a senior advisor for North East Asia at the International Crisis Group.

Paul Haenle

Paul Haenle is the director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy based at Tsinghua University in Beijing.