Beyond the Hub-and-Spokes: Evolution of Japan-Australia Defense Cooperation


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When: Apr 17 2015 - 10:30am until Apr 17 2015 - 12:00pm
Where: 1819 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, Sixth Floor Conference Room

Beyond the Hub-and-Spokes: Evolution of Japan-Australia Defense Cooperation

An Asia Pacific Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Yusuke Ishihara
Research Fellow, National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan

Yusuke Ishihara  Research Fellow, National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan

The 25 years of the post-Cold War period have witnessed the evolution of what used to be characterized as the hub-and-spokes system into one in which the inter-spokes security relations have been steadily enhanced and a number of trilateral initiatives have emerged. The major driver of such long term evolutions is the increasingly active defense cooperation between Japan and Australia, which is now officially titled “New Special Relationship,” a historical analogy from the famous nickname that Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave the U.S.-UK alliance. While until recently Japan-Australia defense cooperation has been largely focused on nontraditional security, under the banner of the New Special Relationship the two countries have started exploring both bilateral as well as trilateral defense cooperation with the U.S. in more traditional security areas with more strategic implications, which potentially include logistics cooperation in traditional contingencies, strategic capacity building, and defense equipment cooperation. As the relationship develops into this new chapter, the management of Japan-Australia mutual expectations, especially on the question of how the two U.S. allies could advance their cooperation despite the so-called “China Gap,” or their diverging views and policies vis-à-vis China becomes an increasingly critical policy challenge for both countries.

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Yusuke Ishihara is a Research Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), specializing in Japan-Australia-U.S. strategic relations. His publications include Japan-Australia Defence Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region, William Tow and Tomonori Yoshizaki (eds) Beyond the Hub-and-Spokes (NIDS, 2014) and the Australia Chapter in East Asian Strategic Review 2013 and 2014. He concurrently works as Deputy Director in International Policy Division, Bureau of Defense Policy, Ministry of Defense Japan, where he mainly handles Japan’s policies vis-à-vis ASEAN and regional multilateral defense cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Name: Sarah Batiuk
Phone: 202-327-9755