Taiwan’s Indo-Pacific Future: Strengthening Peace and Stability
Indo-Pacific Policy Dialogue (via Zoom) -- 2021 06:30 New York/11:30 London/18:30 Singapore/19:30 Tokyo 13 October 2021
Taiwan has increasingly been a point of focus in numerous bilateral and multilateral statements. Japan and the U.S. made explicit mention of peace and stability in the Taiwan strait, and we saw the G-7 include Taiwan in their joint communique. Most recently, prominent Japanese politicians have said that Taiwan is critical to their security and that there may be cases where Japan would come to their aid. These statements seen side-by-side with China’s position that Taiwan is an inherent part of China raises numerous questions as to Taiwan’s place in the Indo-Pacific.
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Professor Hideshi Tokuchi joined the Defense Agency (the predecessor of the Ministry of Defense) of Japan in 1979 and served as the nation’s first-ever Vice-Minister of Defense for International Affairs from July 2014 to October 2015 after assuming several senior assignments in the Ministry including Director-General of Defense Policy Bureau. He is the President of the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS), a visiting professor and a senior fellow of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo as well as a Senior Research Adviser for Nakasone Peace Institute (NPI) also in Tokyo Professor Tokuchi was born in 1955. He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Tokyo in 1979, and his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (M.A.L.D.) degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1986. His recent articles include “The Biden Administration and Japan’s Security Strategy,” Security Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, March 2021, pp. 73-92, and “Maintaining the rules-based international order in the age of the US-China rivalry,” The European Security and Defence Union, Issue 37, December 2020, p. 23, https://magazine-the-european.com/archive/.
Yuka Koshino is a Research Fellow conducting independent research on Japanese security and defence policy with the IISS Japan Chair Programme. She also contributes to The Military Balance and provides analysis for research projects carried out by the Defence and Military Analysis Programme. Prior to joining the IISS, Yuka served as a research associate with the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she managed projects and provided independent analysis on US–Japan relations and US strategy in the Indo-Pacific region. She also has experience providing policy and business analysis on Asia's high-tech and defence industries at the Avascent Group and the Asia Group in Washington DC. She previously reported and published news stories on Japanese political, economic and business affairs at the Tokyo bureaus of the Wall Street Journal, the Economist and the Japan Times.
Russell Hsiao is the executive director of GTI, senior fellow at The Jamestown Foundation, and adjunct fellow at Pacific Forum. He is a former Penn Kemble fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy and visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo’s Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia. He previously served as a senior research fellow at The Project 2049 Institute and national security fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Prior to those positions he was the editor of China Brief at The Jamestown Foundation from October 2007- to July 2011 and a special associate in the International Cooperation Department at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. While in law school, he clerked within the Office of the Chairman at the Federal Communications Commission and the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Mr. Hsiao received his J.D. and certificate from the Law and Technology Institute at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Catholic University’s Journal of Law and Technology. He received a B.A. in international studies from the American University’s School of International Service and the University Honors Program.
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