Seminar: Japan’s Changing Role in the Maritime Security of East Asia
REGIONAL STRATEGIC & POLITICAL STUDIES PROGRAMME SEMINAR
ABOUT THE SEMINAR
This seminar covers the external and domestic dimensions of Japan’s deliberate haste to upgrade its defensive capacity and international security role under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Though this basic trend was evident since Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s time, Abe has played an historic role in both eroding fundamental constraints and introducing new measures to pick up the pace. Specifically, this seminar will review policy changes since Abe’s return to power in 2012 and then look at domestic and international support to gauge future prospects for the continuing growth of Japan’s security role.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
David Arase is Visiting Senior Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. He is also Resident Professor of International Politics at The Hopkins-Nanjing Center at Nanjing University, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Dr Arase received his Ph.D. in Political Science at UC Berkeley; MA in International Relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; and BA at Cornell University. He has published four books on East Asian politics and international relations, and his fifth, tentatively entitled China’s Rise and East Asian Order, is under publication review.