Geopolitics, Energy Security, and the US-Japan Alliance

March 20, 2019 - 11:00 am

Geopolitics, Energy Security,

and the US-Japan Alliance


Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Atlantic Council Headquarters

(1030 15th St NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20005)


Lunch will be served.


FEATURING



Prof. Jun Arima
Professor of Energy & Environmental Policy,
Graduate School of Public Policy

Tokyo University




Mr. Shoichi Itoh
Manager and Senior Analyst,
Global Energy Group II, 
Strategy and Industry Research Unit

Institute of Energy Economics, Japan




Ms. Jane Nakano
Senior Fellow,
Energy and National Security Program

Center for Strategic and International Studies




Mr. Alan Yu
Former Director for Asian Affairs,
US Department of Energy;
Senior Fellow and Director,
International Climate Policy

Center for American Progress


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 Security Initiative and Global Energy Center for a discussion of how shifting geopolitics are shaping Japan's quest for energy security and its strategic implications for the US-Japan alliance moving forward.


Japan's newest strategic energy plan promises to address long-running domestic structural issues in the context of broader shifts in global trends. If successful, the new strategy will deliver significant improvements in efficiency, emissions, cost, and self-sufficiency by 2030, and again by 2050. However, during a period of rapid change in the Indo-Pacific, how will geopolitical currents shape Japan's goals, methods, and ultimate outcomes? How will developments in global energy markets and shifting regional security calculations shape Japan's future? How is Japan going to diversify its portfolio, both in terms of suppliers and sources, to meet its enhanced demands for energy security? Given that Japan still relies heavily on the Middle East, what role can US-Japan cooperation play? Ultimately, how do these all of these questions fit into the broader strategic picture taking shape in the region?


Lunch will be provided.





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