“Asia Without America? And Other New Imperatives for the India-Japan Partnership”, a Conversation with Dr C. Raja Mohan and Nobuo Tanaka

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    2016•05•20    18:30 - 19:30

    On 20 May 2016, UNU will host “Asia Without America? And Other New Imperatives for the India-Japan Partnership”, a conversation with Dr C. Raja Mohan, Director of Carnegie India in Delhi, and Nobuo Tanaka, President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. on 20 May 2016 at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    As a US presidential election looms in November 2016, there may be a shift underway in both the Democratic and Republican parties towards retrenchment and growing opposition to continuing indefinite military support for US allies, including in Asia and beyond, or renegotiating the financial terms of such agreements.

    Combined with a continually shifting global balance of power, there is a growing imperative for both Japan and India to consider how they can improve their regional and global impact through increased bilateral cooperation. Meanwhile, both the Japanese and Indian governments have already pledged to intensify economic and other forms of cooperation between these two major Asian powers.

    Dr C. Raja Mohan and Nobuo Tanaka will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation co-sponsored by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation exploring the current state of the Japan-India relationship and the promise that it holds for the future. The discussion will build on Dr Mohan’s and Mr Tanaka’s recent contributions to the book Poised for Partnership: Deepening India-Japan Relations in the Asian Century (Oxford University Press, 2016) and will cover a variety of themes including economics, energy security, global governance, and international peace and security.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 19 May) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the Speakers

    C. Raja Mohan is currently the Director of Carnegie India in Delhi. He is also the contributing editor on foreign affairs for a leading Indian daily newspaper, The Indian Express; a visiting research professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore; and a non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute, Sydney. Mohan was a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board.

    Earlier, Mohan was the head of the strategic studies programme at the Observer Research Foundation, Delhi. He served as Professor of South Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore. Mohan has a master’s degree in nuclear physics and a PhD in international relations.

    Foreign Policy magazine designated him as one of the top 100 thinkers on international affairs during 2009. Mohan was the Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress, Washington DC during 2009–10.

    Mohan’s books include Crossing the Rubicon: The Shaping of India’s New Foreign Policy (2004); Impossible Allies: Nuclear India, United States and the Global Order (2006); Samudra Manthan: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific (2013); Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence (2015). He co-edited the Oxford Handbook on Indian Foreign Policy (2015) with David M. Malone and Srinath Raghavan.

    Nobuo Tanaka is currently President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (since April 2015). He is also a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy of the University of Tokyo, where he is teaching energy security. He is a distinguished fellow at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan as well as the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.

    As Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2007 to 2011, he oversaw a seminal period in the Agency’s work and direction. Under his leadership, the IEA initiated a collective release of oil stocks in June 2011, the third such collective action in the Agency’s history, opening new scope and a new era for IEA emergency action. He was responsible for pioneering the concept of ‘comprehensive energy security’ while also expanding the Agency’s focus on climate change, renewable energy and the transition to a low-carbon energy economy. He also played a crucial and personal role in the strengthening of ties with major IEA non-member energy players, including China, India, Russia, etc.

    He began his career in 1973 with Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Tokyo, and has served in a number of high-ranking positions in METI, including Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department. In this capacity, he led many trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization and for bilateral free trade agreements. He was deeply engaged in a range of bilateral trade and economic issues with the US as Minister for Industry, Trade and Energy at the Embassy of Japan, Washington DC from 1998 to 2000, as well serving as the first secretary of the Embassy from 1982 to 1985.

    With a strong background in international affairs, He has served as both Deputy Director and Director for Science, Technology and Industry of the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.


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