Philippines-U.S.-Japan Trilateral Defense Cooperation and their Converging Interests in the South China Sea


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When: Sep 15 2016 - 12:30pm until Sep 15 2016 - 2:00pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036

Philippines-U.S.-Japan Trilateral Defense Cooperation and their Converging Interests in the South China Sea

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Charmaine C. Deogracias
Visiting Fellow,
East-West Center in Washington

Yuki Tatsumi
Senior Associate,
The Stimson Center

Renato Cruz De Castro
Visiting Fellow,
East-West Center in Washington

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East-West Center in Washington Visiting Fellow Charmaine Deogracias discusses the overlapping objectives that the United States, Japan, and the Philippines possess that pave the way for future trilateral cooperation.

This seminar identified security considerations and strategic objectives in the Philippines-US, Japan-US and Philippines-Japan security partnerships and alliances that are all converging in the South China Sea. It will examine the ties that bind all three partnerships and the motivations for pursuing a trilateral cooperative mechanism. The post-arbitration reality of Philippines and China engagement is both a challenge and an opportunity to this trilateral defense cooperation. While this security triad may be a natural progression of the three bilateral relationships, time and political will are the important variables that will determine its future.

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Charmaine Deogracias is an Asia Studies visiting fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, and a journalist in the Philippines. Her areas of interests and expertise have been built around her more than twenty years of coverage of ASEAN, Philippine politics, military, defense and foreign affairs. She last served the Manila Bureau of NHK, Japan’s only public broadcaster, as senior reporter for over 15 years.

Yuki Tatsumi was appointed Senior Associate of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center in September 2008 after serving as a research fellow since 2004. Before joining Stimson, Tatsumi worked as a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and as the special assistant for political affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington.Tatsumi is a co-author of Global Security Watch: Japan (Praeger, 2010), an author of Japan's National Security Policy Infrastructure: Can Tokyo Meet Washington's Expectations? (Stimson Center, 2008), and an editor/contributing author of The New Nuclear Agenda: Prospects for US-Japan Cooperation (Stimson Center, 2012), North Korea: Challenge for the US-Japan Alliance (Stimson Center, 2010), Strategic Yet Strained: US force realignment in Japan and its impact of Okinawa (Stimson Center, 2008), and Japan's New Defense Establishment: Institutions, Capabilities and Implications (Stimson Center, 2007). In September 2006 Tatsumi testified before the House Committee on International Relations. She is a recipient of the 2009 Yasuhiro Nakasone Incentive Award. In 2012 she was awarded the Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of National Policy of Japan for her contribution in advancing mutual understanding between the United States and Japan. A native of Tokyo, Tatsumi holds a B.A. in liberal arts from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and an M.A. in international economics and Asian studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington.

Renato Cruz De Castro is a professor in the International Studies Department, De La Salle University, Manila, and the holder of the Charles Lui Chi Keung Professorial Chair in China Studies. He was the U.S. State Department ASEAN Research Fellow from the Philippines and was based in the Political Science Department of Arizona State University in 2009. He earned his Ph.D. from the Government and International Studies Department of the University of South Carolina as a Fulbright Scholar in 2001. He obtained his B.A. and two masters degrees from the University of the Philippines. His research interests are Philippine-U.S. security relations, Philippine defense and foreign policies, U.S. defense and foreign policies in East Asia, and International Politics of East Asia. He has written over 70 articles on international relations and security that have been published in a number of scholarly journals and edited works in the Philippines, South Korea, Canada, Malaysia, France, Singapore, Taiwan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States.

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