A Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy

February 22, 2018 - 3:00 pm

1030 15th St NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

A Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy

Mr. Kentaro Sonoura
Adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan (National Security)

Mr. Frederick Kempe
President and Chief Executive Officer
Atlantic Council

Mr. Barry Pavel
Senior Vice President and Director
Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Atlantic Council

In November 2017, when President Trump visited Japan, Prime Minister Abe and President Trump agreed to work together to promote peace and prosperity in the region by developing the Indo-Pacific as free and open. In addition, particularly after President Trump gave a speech at the APEC CEO Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, on November 10th, a "free and open Indo-Pacific" has moved squarely into the spotlight and has become a priority for policy makers of the United States and Japan. The two countries are about to initiate the process of elaborating this concept, and much work lies ahead, including how to coordinate their focus and approach, how to divide their roles, and how to conduct outreach to allies and partners.

In a conversation with Mr. Barry Pavel, Mr. Kentaro Sonoura will provide an overview of Japan's vision, and how Japan and the United States can collaborate to promote and secure a "free and open Indo-Pacific."

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

The discussion will be held February 22, 2018 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the Atlantic Council. The event is open to press and on the record. 

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Mr. Kentaro Sonoura is currently Adviser to Prime Minister Abe, as well as a member of the Japanese House of Representatives. He also served as State Minister for Foreign Affairs from August 2016 to August 2017, following his appointment as Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs from September 2014 to October 2015. Mr. Sonoura was born in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture in June 1972, and graduated from the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Law in March 1996.