A discussion with

Dr. Robert Dohner
Nonresident Senior Fellow,
Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Atlantic Council

Dr. Ken Jimbo
Professor, Keio University;
Senior Research Fellow, 
Canon Institute for Global Studies;
Senior Research Fellow,
Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research

Dr. Cheol Hee Park
Visiting Senior Fellow,
Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council;
Professor and Former Dean, Graduate School of International Studies

Seoul National University

Dr. Akihiko Tamura
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Moderated by:
Dr. Miyeon Oh
Director and Senior Fellow, Asia Security Initiative,
Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Atlantic Council

Please join the Atlantic Council’s Asia’s Security Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, for a discussion of Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy. The discussion features three visiting speakers from Japan and South Korea, and addresses the future of this strategy in a changing global security and economic architecture, and its implications for US-Japan relations.

By launching the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, China has made its influence felt, not just on a global scale, but especially in the Indo-Pacific region. In response to China’s growing influence in the region, Japan has introduced the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy, which offers an alternative yet complementary set of options by enhancing connectivity between Asia and Africa and promoting not only security but also economic partnerships with international allies. Yet though Japan has stated that the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” is open to all nations that share the values of that strategy, tensions over those very values make China’s role an open question.

In this state of flux, where do the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy and the Belt and Road Initiative intersect, and is there room for productive cooperation at those intersections? With the improvement of physical, human, and institutional connectivity being a key pillar of Japan’s Indo-Pacific strategy, how can we harness emerging modes of connectivity such as the digital to foster a more integrated Indo-Pacific community? What are the ultimate goals that the United States and Japan share for the Indo-Pacific, and will recently revived US-Japan bilateral trade talks affect the Indo-Pacific strategy? What can other like-minded countries, particularly India, contribute to Japan’s accomplishment of its vision?

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The discussion will be held October 22, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Council. The event is open to press and on the record.
Questions? Please contact Mr. Shaun Ee

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