On 25 March 2016, UNU will host “Japan’s Foreign Policy in a Time of Shifting Geopolitical Goalposts”, a conversation with Kiichi Fujiwara, Professor of International Politics at the University of Tokyo and Director of the Security Studies Unit at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. on 25 March at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
Three years have passed since Mr. Shinzo Abe became the prime minister of Japan. Attitudes toward this administration are divided into two extreme poles, with little ground in between. What, then, is new under Abe’s leadership? How is Japan’s current foreign policy different than that of its previous administrations, and why?
Professor Kiichi Fujiwara will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring the position of the Abe administration in the emerging power relations in East Asia, and unravel the contradictions that lie beneath the many policy goals that Mr. Abe has promised to achieve.
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 24 March) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.
Kiichi Fujiwara is Director of the Security Studies Unit at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute, and Professor of International Politics at the University of Tokyo. A graduate of the University of Tokyo, Professor Fujiwara studied as a Fulbright student at Yale University before he returned to Japan to work with the Institute of Social Science (ISS). He has held positions at the University of the Philippines, The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Bristol, and was selected as a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington D.C.
Professor Fujiwara is one of Japan’s most kinetic and impressive actors on the international stage. His works include Remembering the War, 2001; A Democratic Empire, 2002; Is There Really a Just War? 2003; Peace for Realists, 2004 (winner of the 2005 Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Journalism Award), revised edition published in 2010; America in Film, 2006; International Politics, 2007; War Unleashed, 2007; That’s a Movie!, 2012; and Conditions of War, 2013.
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