India-Japan Partnership: Its Changing Dynamics in the Post-Cold War Years


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In partnership with the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies and South Asia Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

When: Jul 10 2013 - 2:00pm until Jul 10 2013 - 3:30pm
Where: East-West Center in Washington: 1819 L St. NW, Suite 600. Washington, DC. 20036

India-Japan Partnership: Its Changing Dynamics in the Post-Cold War Years

An Asia-Pacific Security Seminar featuring:

Dr. K. V. Kesavan

Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center;
Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India

Dr. Kent Calder

Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, SAIS

Mr. Tomoyuki Tono

Visiting Fellow, Center for New American Security; Ministry of Defense, Japan

India-Japan Partnership: Its Changing Dynamics in the Post-Cold War Years from East-West Center on Vimeo.

Dr. K.V. Kesavan is an expert on India-Japan relations, currently in residence at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

India and Japan recently celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of their diplomatic relations. Over those decades, they have developed a stable partnership based on mutual respect and goodwill. Though bilateral ties have witnessed several vicissitudes, the partnership has been marked by strong currents of warmth and understanding marked. Until recently, Indo-Japanese interactions largely economic in nature, but today encompass a wide spectrum of interests including global and regional security, to UN reform and climate change.

In this panel discussion Dr. K.V. Kesavan was oined by Dr. Kent Calder and Mr. Tomoyuki Tono as they discussed the latest trends in the India-Japan partnership, which has become an important component in the evolving economic and security architecture of the Asia-Pacific region. Dr. Kesavan began by describing the 60-year arc of history of Indo-Japan realtions. He described a relationship that was "sometimes strained, sometimes flourishing," and evolving from an aid-based donor-recipient arrangment to diverse partnership address global issues from maritime safety to UN reform.

Dr. Calder spoke about this developing partnership in the context and a changing Asian contenient that is becoming "far more interactive" than its Cold War state. As the fortunes of nations in the region rise and the US faces resource constraints after a decade of war, he sees the notion of strategic "triangles" such as US-Indo-Japan cooperation to become more promient as time goes on.

Mr. Tono complemented these remarks by describing some of the concrete efforts India and Japan have made to cooperate as partners with shared strategic interests, including joint military exercises and disaster response. He offered UN peace operations and rule of law projects in Southeast Asia as natural areas for the two nations to pursue further cooperation.

Dr. K.V. Kesavan is currently a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and head of the Japan Studies Program at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He was Professor of Japanese Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University for over thirty years. Author of several books on Japan, he has written extensively on Japan's foreign policy and domestic politics. In 2011, he was conferred the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese Government for his contribution to closer understanding between India and Japan. Dr. Kesavan received his Ph.D from the Indian School of International Studies, New Delhi.

Dr. Kent E. Calderis the Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asia Studies, SAIS and the Japan Studies Program. He is a former professor for 20 years at Princeton University and has served as the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Dr. Calder has spent his career working on US-Japan issues, lived in Japan for 11 years, and served as Special Adviser to three U.S. Ambassadors. His areas of specialization are energy and security, energy issues, international political economy, and strategic and security issues, particularly focusing on East Asia, Japan, and Republic of Korea. Dr. Calder received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard University, and B.A. from the University of Utah.

Mr. Tomoyuki Tono is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). A government official of Japan for nearly twenty years, he has served at the Ministry of Defense and the Cabinet Secretariat. In 2012 he served in South Sudan as a civilian staff of the Japanese Contingent to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Mr. Tono received his M.A. from King’s College London, and B.A. from the University of Tokyo.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Grace Ruch
Phone: 202-327-9762