Normalizing Japan: Politics, Identity, and the Evolution of Security Practice


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Special Asian Security Luncheon Seminar

When: May 19 2008 (All day)
Where: The East-West Center in Washington Conference Room- 12:30- 2:30 pm


Andrew Oros's new book, Normalizing Japan, the latest in the East-West Center's Studies in Asian Security series published by Stanford University Press, seeks to answer the question of what future direction Japan's military policies are likely to take by considering how policy has evolved since World War II, and what factors shaped this evolution. Andrew Oros argues that Japanese security policy has not changed as much in recent years as many believe, and that future change also will be highly constrained by Japan's long-standing "security identity" – the central principle guiding Japanese policy over the past half century. His analysis is based on detailed exploration of three cases of policy evolution – restrictions on arms exports, the military use of outer space, and cooperation with the United States on missile defense – which shed light on other cases of policy change, such as Japan's deployment of its military to Iraq and elsewhere and its recent creation of a Ministry of Defense.

A light luncheon will be served at the beginning of this program. Please RSVP with Alison Hazell at [email protected] or 202-327-9752 by May 16 to ensure your seat.

Andrew L. Oros, a specialist on the international and comparative politics of East Asia and the advanced industrial democracies, is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Washington College, in Chestertown, MD. He is the co-editor and contributor to Japan's New Defense Establishment: Institutions, Capabilities, and Implications (Stimson Center, 2007) and Culture in World Politics (Macmillan, 1998), and author of numerous articles and book chapters related to Japan, East Asia, and international politics. A Southern California native, Oros joined the Washington College faculty in the Fall of 2002 after receiving his PhD from Columbia University earlier that year. He earned his BA from the University of Southern California in 1991, after which he was awarded a Marshall scholarship from the British government to study for a Master's degree in the Politics of the World Economy at the London School of Economics (University of London). He also has studied at three universities in Japan: Nanzan University in Nagoya, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, and the University of Tokyo.

Sheila A. Smith, an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, is senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations where she is directing the Council's New Regional Security Architecture for Asia Program.Dr. Smith joined the Council from the East-West Center in 2007, where she specialized on Asia-Pacific international relations and U.S. policy toward Asia. She was also recently affiliated with Keio University in Tokyo, where she researched and wrote on Japan's foreign policy toward China and the Northeast Asian region on an Abe Fellowship. Among Dr. Smith's publications are Shifting Terrain: The Domestic Politics of the U.S. Military in Asia, East-West Center Special Report No. 8 (East-West Center, 2006), "A Place Apart: Okinawa in Japan's Postwar Peace" in Partnership: The United States and Japan, 1951-2001 (Kodansha International, 2001); and Local Voices, National Issues: Local Initiative in Japanese Policymaking (University of Michigan Press, 2000). Dr. Smith earned her PhD and MA degrees from the Department of Political Science at Columbia University.

Yuki Tatsumi is a Research Fellow of the East Asia Program at the Henry L. Stimson Center. Prior to her current position, she worked as a research associate at the CSIS as well as the Henry L. Stimson Center. She also served at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., from 1996 to 1999 as special assistant for political affairs. Her analyses on Japanese security policy, Japanese defense policy, U.S.-Japan alliance, and Japanese domestic politics frequently appear in PacNet Newsletter, and she has contributed articles to Japanese journals, including Ronza, Sekai Shuho, and Seiron. Tatsumi holds a BA in liberal arts from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, and an MA in international economics and Asian studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Alison Hazell
Phone: 202-327-9752