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The Courteous Power: Japan and Southeast Asia in an Evolving Indo-Pacific Order
REGIONAL STRATEGIC AND POLITICAL STUDIES PROGRAMME

About the Webinar

Shortly after taking office, Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held his first summit with ASEAN leaders and vowed to enhance cooperation with ASEAN to realise the vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific. Southeast Asia and Japan are longstanding important partners of each another, and the relationship has become even more crucial for both sides to deal with myriad regional challenges, especially the Covid-19 pandemic, mounting Sino-American tensions, and forces of nationalism and authoritarianism. During this turbulent period, Japan represents a vital source of aid, trade, and investment, a steady diplomatic partner, and a rising actor in the security sphere. Drawing on findings from their new edited volume, The Courteous Power, John Ciorciari and Kiyoteru Tsutsui will discuss Japan’s engagement and Southeast Asian responses in the past and present, especially in infrastructure investment, multilateral diplomacy, and maritime security assistance. They will also examine the important roles played by non-state actors in the relations, the likely trajectory of Japan’s approach to Southeast Asia under Kishida’s leadership and the implications for the regional order.

About the Speakers

John Ciorciari is Associate Professor and Director of the International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan.

Kiyoteru Tsutsui is Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi Professor in Japanese Studies and Deputy Director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University.

Nov 19, 2021 10:00 AM in Singapore

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