Indo-Pacific Policy Dialogue (via Zoom) 22 August, 18:30 (Tokyo)
YCAPS’ Indo-Pacific Policy Dialogue will host Dr. Tomohiko Taniguchi, the former Special Adviser to Prime Minister Abe Shinzō’s Cabinet to participate in a discussion moderated by Stephen NAGY, YCAP’s Director of Policy Studies to explore the Free and Open Indo-Pacific(FOIP)’s purpose, it’s evolution and Abe’s role of promotion.
Key lines of enquiry include: 1) What was Abe Shinzo’s role within the context of the Free and Open Indo-does Pacific (FOIP)?; 2) How can we understand the FOIP’s approach to the region and China; and 3) How can FOIP continue to shape the region to promote shared interests in the region after Abe Shinzo’s passing?
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Dr. Tomohiko Taniguchi is a professor at Keio University Graduate School of System Design and Management (SDM), leading in international political economy. He was also Special Adviser to Prime Minister Abe Shinzō’s Cabinet until Mr. Abe stepped down as prime minister in 2020. Between February 2013 and March 2014, he was Councillor of Prime Minister’s Office. Throughout the period of more than 90 consecutive months, his responsibilities included writing foreign-policy speeches for Mr.Abe. After spending 20 years with Nikkei Business, a weekly magazine, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2005 as Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Director General for Public Diplomacy. LL.B. from the University of Tokyo, Doctorate in national security from Takushoku University, he has authored or co-authored more than 10 books on international affairs. One of his latest books, entitled (if put into English) “Truth be Told of ABE Shinzo” was his own account of Abe’s leadership. He has appeared live numerous times on BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN, CNA, TRT, etc.
Dr. Stephen Nagy is a senior associate professor at the International Christian University in Tokyo, a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) and a visiting fellow with the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA). His recent funded research projects are “Sino-Japanese Relations in the Wake of the 2012 Territorial Disputes: Investigating changes in Japanese Business’ trade and investment strategy in China”, and “Perceptions and drivers of Chinese view on Japanese and US Foreign Policy in the Region”. He is currently working on middle power approaches to great power competition in the Indo-Pacific. His latest publications include: 2021 Nagy, S.R. 2021. “Indo-Pacific Resilience, Prosperity and Stability: Canada’s Capabilities-led Approach to Strategic Free and Open Indo-Pacific Engagement,” in Canadian and Japanese FOIP Visions. Policy Perspectives, Canadian Global Affairs Institute. March 3rd, 2021. ISBN: 978-3-030-67770-1; Nagy, S. R. 2021. “Sino-Japanese Reactive Diplomacy as seen through the Interplay of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision (FOIP).” China Report: 1–15.; Nagy, S. R. 2020. “Quad-Plus? Carving out Canada’s Middle Power Role.” Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs. Special Issue. Quad Plus: Form versus Substance, vol. 3, no. 5: 179–195.
Webinar Cost: Free of charge.
Moderator: Dr. Stephen Nagy
Format: This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded.
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