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Symposium: “Rising tensions in East Asia and the Japanese response”

Addressing the challenges facing Japan and other actors in the region

East Asia is torn by numerous conflicts and tensions, from the North Korean nuclear crisis and the division of the Korean Peninsula, to sovereignty disputes in the South and East China Seas, border tensions on the continent and the status of Taiwan. These represent serious challenges to the East Asian actors, among them Japan which is adjusting its position between the constraints of a pacific constitution and the aspiration to become a "normal country" in security terms.

How do Japan and other actors perceive these challenges and what are the options that Japan faces? The Symposium, jointly organized by the Research Institute for Peace and Security in Tokyo and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva, will gather prominent international experts on 12 January 2018. It will be composed of a keynote speech and two sessions under the subjects of “Security Challenges in East Asia” and “The Japanese Response”. 
The symposium will be conducted under the Chatham House Rule.

Speakers include:

Nicola Casarini, Senior Fellow and Head of Research for East Asia at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome;
Ralf Cossa, President, Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu;
Robert D. Eldridge, Visiting Fellow, Institute for International Policy Studies, Tokyo;
Matake Kamiya, Professor, National Defense Academy of Japan;
Narushige Michishita, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS);
Masashi Nishihara, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS);
Christina Schori Liang, Senior Programme Advisor and Senior Fellow, GCSP;
Marie Söderberg, Director, European Institute of Japanese Studies (EIJS) at the Stockholm School of Economics.

A cocktail dinner will be offered after the discussion. 

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