• Indo-Pacific Policy Dialogue (via Zoom) -- 0930 (London);

    1730 (Singapore); 1830 (Tokyo) 24 March 2022

    YCAPS’ Indo-Pacific Policy Dialogue will host a panel of experts to discuss Japan-Southeast Asia cooperation towards a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) to foster a better understanding of the drivers and direction of Japan-Southeast Asian cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. With this objective in mind, YCAPS has invited Dr. Stephen Nagy, Ms. Hanh Nguyen, Dr. Kei Koga and CDR John Bradford to participate in a panel discussion moderated by Jagannath Panda. The guests will introduce themselves and present their views in 8 minutes, then engage in dialogue and Q&A moderated by the hosts. The event will end after around 90 minutes has passed.


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    Ms. Hanh Nguyen is a non-resident WSD-Handa fellow at the Pacific Forum. She received her M.A. in international relations at International Christian University, Tokyo. Her research interests include Southeast Asia politics and security, and Vietnam’s foreign policy. She has written extensively for the Pacific Forum, The Diplomat, Lowy Institute and the East Asia Security Centre. Twitter handle: @HanhNguyen1.

    Dr. Kei Koga is Assistant Professor at the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). His research focuses on IR theory, International Security, International Institutions, and East Asian security, including the transformation of U.S.-bilateral security networks and ASEAN–led institutions. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Previously, he was visiting fellow at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2017; a Japan-U.S. Partnership Fellow at the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS), Tokyo, in 2012-2014; Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Studies Program, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, in 2012-2013, among others. His recent publications include a book Reinventing Regional Security Institutions in Asia and
    Africa (Routledge 2017), The Concept of ‘Hedging’ Revisited: The Case of Japan’s Foreign Policy Strategy in East Asia’s Power Shift (International Studies Review (ISA), 2017), and ASEAN’s Evolving Institutional Strategy: Managing Great Power Politics in South China Sea Disputes (Chinese Journal of International Politics, 2018). He is currently working on his book Managing Great Power Politics: ASEAN, Institutional Strategy, and South China Sea.


    CDR John Frederick Bradford is a senior fellow in the Maritime Security Program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University and the Executive Director of YCAPS. CDR Bradford holds a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from RSIS and Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude in Asian Studies) from Cornell University. He retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of commander. His U.S. Navy assignments included service as the deputy director of the 7th Fleet Maritime Headquarters, as country director for Japan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense-Policy, and as commanding officer of a ballistic missile defense-capable Aegis destroyer forward deployed to Japan. His research interests focus on Indo-Pacific maritime issues and security cooperation. His work can be found in publications such as Contemporary Southeast Asia, Asia Policy, Asian Security, Asian Survey, Naval War College Review, and Naval Institute Proceedings. He has also written book chapters, online articles, and monographs published by leading international think tanks.

    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.


    Dr. Jagannath P. Panda is the Director for Europe-Asia Research Cooperation for the YCAPS. He is also an International Research Fellow at the Cannon Institute for Global Studies and a Senior Fellow at the East Asian Security at the Bond University, Australia. Dr. Panda is the Series Editor for Routledge Studies on Think Asia, and. Most recently, Dr. Panda has published a study on AUKUS and Quad Plus which has been widely appreciated. Dr. Panda is a recipient of the V. K. Krishna Menon Memorial Gold Medal (2000) from the Indian Society
    of International Law & Diplomacy in New Delhi. Dr. Panda is the author of the book India-China Relations: Politics of Resources, Identity and Authority in a Multipolar World Order (Routledge: 2017). He is also the author of the book China’s Path to Power: Party, Military and the Politics of State Transition (Pentagon Press: 2010). Dr. Panda has also edited a number of books to his credit. Most recently, he has published an edited volume Quad Plus and Indo-Pacific: The Changing Profile of International Relations (Routledge: 2021); Scaling India-Japan Cooperation in Indo-Pacific and Beyond 2025: Connectivity, Corridors and Contours (KW Publishing Ltd. 2019), and The Korean Peninsula and Indo-Pacific Power Politics: Status Security at Stake (Routledge,

    Webinar Cost: Free of charge.
    Format: This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded.

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