Japan's Security Roles and Capabilities in the 2020s

Introduction by:
Mr. Barry Pavel
Vice President, Arnold Kanter Chair, and Director,
Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security​

Atlantic Council

A discussion with:
Mr. David B. Shear
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs
US Department of State

Dr. Narushige Michishita
Japan Scholar, Asia Program
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Dr. Shiela A. Smith
Senior Fellow for Japan Studies
Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Roger Cliff
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

Moderated by:
Mr. Harry J. Kazianis
Executive Editor
The National Interest

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Please join the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security on Friday, November 13, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a public launch of the report on "Japan's Security Role and Capabilities in the 2020s," authored by Dr. Roger Cliff, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Center.
This event will feature keynote remarks by Mr. David Shear, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, and a panel of experts consisting of Dr. Cliff; Dr. Narushige Michishita, Japan Scholar, Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Besides providing their comments on the report, these experts will discuss the current Japanese political context regarding Japan's defense role, US views about this role, and the future of Japan's Self-Defense Forces, among other topics.

This report is the result of a year-long study of Japan's future security roles and capabilities. The report recommends that Japan assume a more active role in regional security affairs, but that it is not feasible or desirable for Japan to supplant the United States as the region's security guarantor or to acquire military capabilities comparable to those of the US military. Instead, the role that Japan should seek to play over the next ten to fifteen years is that of a regional security leader. This entails increasing Japan's capability to contribute to crises response in the region as well as increasing its capability to respond to security challenges directly affecting Japan.

Lunch will be provided during this event.

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Friday, November 13, 2015
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

1030 15th Street NW 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator)