• Achieving a "Free and Open International Order (FOIO)": Japan's Strategic Messaging to the Indo-Pacific and Beyond

    YCAPS-SPF Community Conversation (Okinawa)

    20 January 2024 – 13:45-15:45 (JST)

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    YCAPS & the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are delighted to announce the next event in the Community Conversations seminar series in Okinawa! Professor Kei Hakata of Seikei University will lead us in a discussion on Japan's promotion of a "free and open international order (FOIO)" and its evolving strategic messaging amid global security challenges.


    Faced with threats from revisionist states, Japan currently promotes a "free and open international order (FOIO)", basing it on the rule of law among nations. The FOIO's advocacy often overshadows the more familiar "free and open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)", which, illustrating Tokyo's geostrategic reasoning, became a code for a rules-based regional order. Amid global security challenges, this lecture will focus on Japan's evolving strategic messaging from FOIP to FOIO and its prospect of reaching the Indo-Pacific and beyond.


    Registration: Optional via this Google Form.



    • 13:45-14:30 Refreshments & Networking (food & drinks)
    • 14:30-15:45 Presentation and Q&A




    Vessel Hotel Campana Okinawa

    〒904-0115 Okinawa, Nakagami District, Chatan, Mihama, 9−22






    Dr. Kei Hakata is a full-time professor at Seikei University in Tokyo, specializing in international politics and security affairs. He is also an associate fellow at the Institute of Advanced International Studies, the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Uzbekistan), and a member of the Research Chair on the Indo-Pacific studies at Laval University (Canada). He holds a doctorate in public law from the University of Nancy II (France). Before joining Seikei University in 2005, he worked for Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Professor Hakata was a visiting scholar at Ateneo de Manila University (The Philippines), Oxford University (U.K.), the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Hungary), and National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan/R.O.C.). His publications include Indo-Pacific Strategies: Navigating Geopolitics at the Dawn of a New Age (co-edited with Brendon J. Cannon, Routledge, 2021).

    Format: This event will be off-the-record.
    Moderators: Jeff Mazziotta

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

    Registration: Optional via this Google Form