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EVF Publication Conference 2017: Japan's Pivot within Asia

Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 13, 2017

The EVF Publication Conference 2017 brings together all experts who have been continuously working with Richard Samuels and the Einstein Research Group East Asia Security in the last 3 years, to discuss their topics in a broader context and in preparation for a publication.

Day One: 12 June

9.00 Introductory remarks

Panel One: Insecurity and Japan’s Traditional Economic and Security Partners

9.15 Has Japan’s US-China ‘Dual Hedge’ Failed?

Shogo Suzuki (University of Manchester) and Corey Wallace (Freie Universität Berlin)

9.35 Does Japan Still Have a Korea Policy?

Junya Nishino (Keio University) and Alexandra Sakaki (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin)

9.55 Panel One Discussion and Feedback


Panel Two: Institutional Reforms and Japan’s Response

11.00 Japan’s New National Security Council and Intelligence Reform

Mayumi Fukushima (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Richard Samuels (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Freie Universität Berlin)

11.20 The Diet and National Security Policy Making

Takako Hikotani (Columbia University

11.40 Panel Two Discussion and Feedback


Panel Three: Japan’s New Partnerships

1.30 Australia in Japan’s Asia Strategy

Tomohiko Satake (National Institute for Defense Studies) and John Hemmings (London School of Economics)

1.50 An India-Japan Alliance?

Rohan Mukherjee (Yale-NUS College)

2.10 Prospects for Japan’s Russian Pivot

James Brown (Temple University, Japan)

2.30 Panel Three Discussion and Feedback


3.00 Keynote Speech – Ambassador Takeshi Yagi

Day Two: 13 June

Panel 4: Grand Strategic Adaptation in Japan

9.15 Evolution of the Alliance: New Defense Capabilities as a model for alliance operationalization

Jun’ichi Fukuda (Air Staff College, Japan Air Self-Defense Force)

(Paper co-written with Bjørn Grønning, Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies)

9.35 Leaving (Northeast) Asia? The intersecting national security and foreign economic policy imperatives of Japan’s New Southern Strategy

Corey Wallace (Freie Universität Berlin)

9.55 Making Space for a More Flexible Hedge

Hiroyuki Akita (Nihon Keizai Shimbun) and Llewellyn Hughes (Australian National University)

10.15 Panel Four Discussion and Feedback

11.30 Plenary Discussion: Eric Heginbotham, Richard Samuels, Corey Wallace

1.30 End of conference Proceedings