• China's Quest for Control of the Cognitive Domain and Grey Zone Situations

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversation (Yokosuka In-Person)

    25 January 2023 – 17:30-19:45 (Japan)


    YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are pleased to announce the next event in the Community Conversations seminar series in the Yokosuka Community! This event will feature Dr. Shinji Yamaguchi.


    How is China conducting cognitive domain operations and maritime gray zone operations? China has utilized non-military means such as psychological warfare and maritime paramilitary forces to achieve strategic and tactical goals. Most notably, the Xi regime has enhanced the use of such means through sweeping organizational reforms. Understanding these actions will provide a clearer view of the strategic challenges posed by China. Dr. Shinji Yamaguchi of the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) will lead us in a discussion on this important regional challenge. Dr. Corey Wallace (Kanagawa University) will provide some expert commentary before we transition to general questions and open discussion.



    • 17:30-18:30 Refreshments & Networking (food & drinks)
    • 18:30-19:45 Presentation and Q&A




    Werk Yokosuka, 3rd Floor, RM 3
    Japan, 〒238-0006 Kanagawa, Yokosuka


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    Registration: Not required however it can help us to have a more accurate estimate for preparing food, beverages and seating.

    If you would be so kind, you can let us know if you will/may attend by entering your name and email into this google form.


    *IMPORTANT* This event will be an In-Person Seminar. Please note that during the seminar, all attendees, presenters and staff are required to wear a face mask due to health and safety policies. *During the socializing time before the lecture begins, masks may be removed while eating and drinking but we request that when you are not eating and drinking, please keep your face mask on. Additionally please refrain from attending if you have Flu-like symptoms. All attendees will be asked to sign in for the purposes of contact tracing. Thank you for keeping this event safe for everyone.




    Shinji Yamaguchi is a Senior Research Fellow of the Regional Studies Department of the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Ministry of Defense, Japan, located in Tokyo, and was a Visiting Scholar of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies of George Washington University. He specializes in Chinese politics, China’s security policy, and contemporary Chinese history. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Keio University. His publications include 毛沢東の強国化戦略 (Mao’s Grand Strategy to Strengthen the Country) which wins the Grand- Prix of the 34th Asia Pacific Award by Mainichi Shinbun, and “Strategies of China’s Maritime Actors in the South China Sea: A Coordinated Plan under the Leadership of Xi Jinping?” China Perspective, 2016 No.3, (October 2016), pp.23-31. He is a co-author of the NIDS China Security Report 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2023.


    Discussant: Dr. Corey Wallace, Assistant Professor, Kanagawa University.

    Format: This event will be off-the-record.

    Registration: None required but optional and helpful rsvp: this google form
    Moderators: Jeff Mazziotta

    Co-Sponsor: Sasakawa Peace Foundation
    Seminar Cost: Free of charge