Japan as a Global Military Power: New Capabilities, Alliance Integration, Bilateralism-Plus



When: Sep 27 2022 - 1:00pm until Sep 27 2022 - 2:00pm
Where: Zoom Webinar

The East-West Center in Washington invites you to an 

Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Series Webinar and Book Launch:


Japan as a Global Military Power:  
New Capabilities, Alliance Integration, Bilateralism-Plus

A Conversation With: 


Dr. Christopher Hughes 
Professor of Japanese Studies and International Politics &  

Pro-Vice-Chancellor/Vice-President (Education)  

University of Warwick 


Dr. Ellis Krauss (Discussant) 

Professor Emeritus  

School of Global Policy & Strategy 

University of California San Diego 


Dr. Satu P. Limaye (Moderator

Vice President, East-West Center & 

Director, Research Program and East-West Center in Washington 


Japan is emerging as a more prominent global and regional military power, and in the process defying traditional categorisations of a minimalist contribution to the US-Japan alliance, maintaining anti-militarism, seeking an internationalist role, or carving out more strategic autonomy. Instead, this talk—based on a new book Japan as a Global Military Power (Cambridge University Press 2022)—argues that Japan has fundamentally shifted its military posture over the last three decades and traversed into a new categorisation of a more capable military power and integrated US ally. This results from Japan’s recognition of its fundamentally changing strategic environment that requires a new grand strategy and military doctrines. The shift is traced across the national security strategy components of Japan Self-Defence Forces’ capabilities, US-Japan alliance integration, and international security cooperation. The talk argues that all these components are subordinated inevitably to the objectives of homeland security and re-strengthening the US-Japan alliance, and thus Japan’s development as an international security partner outside the ambit of the bilateral alliance remains stunted. 


Tuesday, September 27, 2022 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET  


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