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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded solutions to enduring geopolitical problems

In August, Shinzo Abe resigned as the Prime Minister of Japan at a time of extreme geopolitical uncertainty in Asia and globally. The panel of esteemed Japan experts offer reflections on Abe's foreign policy legacy in cultivating peer relationships with other great power leaders, expanding on Japan's contribution to regional stability and security, leading regional initiatives such as Indo-Pacific cooperation, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and transregional ones such as the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement and negotiating Japanese economic interests from the fallout of the decoupling of the continental economies of China and USA. As Japan reconstructs the network relations and institutions in Asia and beyond along a broad conception of the "rules-based international order", will it increasingly run up against the limits of domestic politics and the inflexible demands of US and PRC?


Tobias Harris, leading expert of Japanese politics and Senior Vice President of Teneo Intelligence. Author of "The Iconoclast: Shinzō Abe And The New Japan" (Hurst 2020).

Saori Katada, Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California. Author of "Japan’s New Regional Reality: Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific" (Columbia University Press 2020).

Michael Auslin, Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Author of "Asia's New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific" (Hoover Institution Press 2020).

Chair: John Nilsson-Wright, Senior Lecturer, Japanese Politics & IR, University of Cambridge and Korea Foundation Fellow & Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia, Chatham House


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Thursday, 12 November, 2020 - 17:00 to 18:00
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