Aruna Roy, one of India’s leading social activists and the founding member of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), a non-party political organization based in Rajasthan, India, will speak at a Brookings event Thursday, October 28 to discuss the progress of the right-to-information movement in India. She will discuss her organization’s role in the movement as well as the dilemma the MKSS is facing in its future role in India’s political framework.
Founded in 1990 and composed mainly of peasants and rural workers, the MKSS is a grassroots movement that combines democratic dissent and direct action to demand increased transparency and accountability in government.
The discussion will also feature Thomas Blanton, executive director of the National Security Archive, who will address the work of the MKSS as it relates to the global movement toward transparency. Participants will take questions from the audience.
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I think probably that the lesson that [Kim Jong Un is] learning is that he doesn’t have to give up anything and yet people will be scrambling for summits with him. ... The longer we have these drawn-out talks, these summits, bilaterals, trilaterals, quadrilaterals, the more it buys time for them to reinforce their claimed status [as a nuclear power] but also to continue with their R&D. But I do think that there is an element of trying to mitigate the sanctions, and also Kim took all those discussions about military strikes seriously enough to try and take the wind out of the sails. ... I find it difficult to envision how or why he would give up his nuclear weapons, which have pretty much given him what he’s wanted: which is the strategic relevance, the international prestige, and deterrence.
[Regarding President Trump's shift from enthusiasm to uncertainty over the U.S.-North Korea summit] In effect, President Trump is getting a mini-lesson in talking to the North Koreans even before he talks to the North Koreans.
[Kim Jong Un] did not engage diplomatically at all in those first seven years [as the leader of North Korea], probably because he didn’t want to hear the Chinese nagging him about advancing these weapons. And also he wasn’t going to start bargaining or negotiating them away. ... Kim has done a pivot where he’s doing a maximum engagement.