Japan Beyond Asia: The Middle East & Africa in Tokyo’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific


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When: Mar 3 2020 - 12:30pm until Mar 3 2020 - 2:00pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

POSTPONED: The seminar below has been postponed. We thank you for your understanding and will inform you should this program be rescheduled for a later date. 

Japan Beyond Asia: The Middle East & Africa in Tokyo’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific

An Indo-Pacific Seminar featuring:

Dr. Amane Kobayashi
Research Fellow,
Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Ms. Hiromi Hayashi
Doctoral Student, Graduate School for Media and Governance, Keio University

Dr. Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center & Director, East West Center in Washington


The United States and Japan are facing new competitions and challenges in the Middle East and Africa. How have Japan’s policies towards the two sub-regions evolved? What, if any, impacts have recent U.S. actions in the regions had on its Japan’s own priorities and relationships? Two experts from Japan share their perspectives on these critical questions. Dr. Amane Kobayashi will discuss Japan’s perspective of how the Middle East and Africa fit into Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy/Vision. Ms. Hiromi Hayashi will highlight the game theory analysis surrounding Iran’s nuclear program and what implications the program has for Japan.

Tuesday, March 3
12:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
A light luncheon will be served.

This seminar will be on-the-record and filmed.

East-West Center in Washington
1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC. Sixth Floor Conference Room
This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Amane Kobayashi is a research fellow at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). His expertise includes the politics and economies of the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on Libya, and energy geopolitics in the region. Dr. Kobayashi has conducted research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Japan Institute of International Affairs. He has also served on Libya’s post-conflict reconstruction projects with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Kobayashi received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Media and Governance and B.A. in Policy Management at Keio University.

Hiromi Hayashi enrolled in Keio University’s Graduate School for Media and Governance in April 2019 as a Doctoral student specializing on the Middle East with a focus on the Iranian nuclear issue. She concurrently holds a position at the Ministry of Defense analyzing the Middle East. From 2014 to 2017, Hiromi worked at the Japanese Embassy in the State of Kuwait as First Secretary in the political section. Before joining the government, she worked as Assistant for the Graduate Program Peace and Conflict Studies at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, serving as the first point of contact at the newly launched program. She holds MAs from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago and the School of International Service, American University, and earned a B.A. in International Studies from University of Tsukuba, Japan.

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include: America’s Pacific Principle in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region, Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Asia Runs Deep; Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh and Brahmaputra River Politics (with Nilanthi Samaranayake and Joel Wuthnow); The United States-Japan Alliance and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands; and Weighted West: The Indian Navy’s New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities, and Diplomacy.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang
Phone: 2023279755