Cambridge University Japan Forum in collaboration with the Centre for Geopolitics invites Dr Philip Shetler-Jones to discuss the significance of the UK-Japan Global Strategic Partnership. The UK-Japan defence cooperation relationship has taken off over the last decade. Though it is not an ‘alliance’ in the strict sense of mutual defence commitments, it has qualities that are becoming more and more consequential for each country’s defence and the wider balance of power. What are the reasons behind this development? What is at the heart of this new relationship, and where is it headed?

About the speaker:

Dr Philip Shetler-Jones is a Senior Research Fellow in the International Security team at RUSI. His current research is concentrated on Indo-Pacific security. His recent publications have focused on the defence policy of Japan, attitudes of China to NATO, and narratives about the defence of Taiwan.

Prior to joining RUSI, Dr Shetler-Jones was coordinator in the project ‘Enhancing Security Cooperation in and With Asia’ (ESIWA) for the EU and led the international security program at the World Economic Forum. Dr Shetler-Jones served as an officer in the UK Royal Marine Commandos, held positions at the United Nations and the European Union, and consulted for NATO, the Organisation for Security Cooperation in Europe, the UK Ministry of Defence, and Chatham House.

Dr Shetler-Jones holds a PhD, MA and BA from The University of Sheffield and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He has been a visiting fellow at the Council on Geostrategy and is a Honorary Research Fellow at the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield, and a fellow of the Strategic Communications Education and Research Unit at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo.



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