Security in Northeast Asia: Looking forward to the next two decades

Lecture

Speaker

Hitoshi Tanka, Japan Research Institute

Venue

APCD Lecture Theatre, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU

Date

Thursday, 14 June, 2018 - 17:00 to 18:30

Northeast Asia is the most dynamic economic region of the world and one of its most geopolitically sensitive and troubled. The recent breakthroughs of the inter-Korean summits and (putative at the time of advertising) the North Korea-United States summit are a stark reminder that the Cold War has not ended in this region. Northeast Asia is simultaneously beset by renewed competition and conflict between China and the U.S., and Japan and China, while tensions often also characterise the strategic relations between Japan and the Koreas, and between Russia and the other Northeast Asian countries. This lecture delves into timely questions, including: what are some of the implications of the current developments on the Korean peninsula? What will be the key drivers of security and insecurity in Northeast Asia in the next two decades?

Hitoshi Tanaka is the Chairman of the Institute for International Strategy at the Japan Research Institute, Ltd. He has also been a Senior Fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange after retiring from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 2005 as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. In the Foreign Ministry, Mr Tanaka held various posts which include Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau (2001–02) and the Economic Affairs Bureau (2000–01); Consul-General in San Francisco (1998–2000) and Deputy Director-General of the North American Affairs Bureau (1996–98). Mr Tanaka holds a BA in law from Kyoto University and BA/ MA in PPE from Oxford University.

This lecture forms a part of the annual Robert O’Neill War Studies Lecture series. Emeritus Professor Robert O’Neill, AO was Head of the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre from 1971 to 1982 and remains an active part of the academic community. One of the world’s leading experts on strategic and security studies, O’Neill previously served as Director, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London (1982-1987); Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford University (1987-2000); Chairman of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (1995-2001); and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Imperial War Museum (1997-2001).

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