*Japan Chair Event* Japan and the World – Japan and Southeast Asia
Led by Visiting Japan Chair Dr. Adam Liff, the Georgetown SFS “Japan and the World” public event series brings together leading scholars and current and former policymakers for frank discussions about major issues in Japan’s contemporary foreign relations.
Our next event will feature an off-record panel discussion about Japan and Southeast Asia featuring leading experts from the greater DC policy and think tank communities.
A major and largely overlooked (in America) focus of Japan’s diplomacy has been its quiet but robust engagement with the nations of Southeast Asia–and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) itself. There is a decades-old backstory, beginning with Japan’s proactive efforts to achieve postwar rapprochement and accelerating after the famous “Fukuda Doctrine” of 1977. In recent years, Japan’s engagement with Southeast Asia has taken on additional significance amid the latter’s rapidly growing population, economic weight, and political clout. Led by Indonesia–the world’s fourth-largest country by population–the ten nations of ASEAN now collectively represent nearly 700 million people and over $4 trillion (USD) in GDP. Viewed from both Tokyo and Washington, shifting balances of regional power and influence and intensifying U.S.-China “strategic competition” guarantee that the present and future of Japan’s engagement with ASEAN and its member states will only take on greater importance in the years ahead.
The panel will feature Emma Chanlett-Avery, Director of Political-Security Affairs at the Asia Society Policy Institute in DC, Jessica Liao, Associate Professor at North Carolina State University, and Yuhki Tajima, Associate Professor and Director of Asian Studies Program at Georgetown SFS. SFS Visiting Japan Chair Adam Liff will chair and moderate the discussion.
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