US-Japan Relations and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands

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When: Mar 7 2016 - 12:00pm until Mar 7 2016 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036
What:

US-Japan Relations and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar and report launch featuring:

Dr. Tsutomu Kikuchi
Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University; Adjunct Fellow, Japan Institute for International Affairs

Dr. Satu P. Limaye
Director, East-West Center in Washington

US – Japan Relations and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands from East-West Center on Vimeo.


Dr. Kikuchi and Dr. Limaye discuss their findings on their travels to Southeast Asia as part of the data acquisition for the report.

Until recently, Southeast Asia had not been a region of sustained focus for the US-Japan relationship. Now as the international relations of the Asia-Pacific become more “multipolarized,” and engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has become an area for strategic attention; a new era of more coordinated, sustained, and combined commercial and security involvement by the US and Japan in Southeast Asia may be at hand.

In light of these changes, the East-West Center in Washington, in collaboration with the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), with the support of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, initiated a multi-year dialogue project with Southeast Asians about their perspectives on how the US-Japan relationship and alliance could or should approach cooperation with the region. In this special report launch, project co-chairs, Dr. Satu Limaye and Dr. Tsutomu Kikuchi, shared their findings on the perceptions of Southeast Asia on the role of and demand for the US and Japan, and policy reccomendations for further engagement.

The US – Japan Relations and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands report was funded by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. The report details the findings of a recent series of workshops, organized for the project “US – Japan Relations and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands,” which provided the opportunity for dialogue with Southeast Asians about their perspectives on how the US – Japan relationship and alliance could or should approach cooperation with the region on a variety of issues.  

This report is the culmination of a dialogue initiated by the East-West Center in Washington (EWCW), in collaboration with the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), and through the support of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), to consider both what the US and Japan could “supply” through their relationship to the region’s security and prosperity as well as the “demand” for this role within Southeast Asia.

As a result, two goals for the dialogue emerged: 1) To gauge Southeast Asian understanding of the alliance and its regional role, including perceptions of its role as a public good; and 2) expand the network of US – Japan dialogue beyond Northeast Asia and individual countries to focus on Southeast Asia as a region and incorporate Southeast Asian representatives into the discussion.

The core of this dialogue project was a series of four workshops held alternatively in Tokyo, Japan, Washington, DC, and Singapore over the span of three years (2013-2015). Each workshop addressed functional themes to frame the conversation and papers were commissioned and presented as part of the discussions. American and Japanese presenters discussed what each country was doing vis-à-vis a specific topic, followed by presentations by Southeast Asian exports on their countries’ expectations and perspectives on the role of the US and Japan. 

The report can be accessed and downloaded online at: https://www.eastwestcenter.org/publications/us-japan-relations-and-southeast-asia-meeting-regional-demands 

 For more images, please visit the album for this event on the East-West Center's Flickr page. 


Dr. Tsutomu Kikuchi is professor in the Department of International Politics at Aoyama-Gakuin University, and has been an adjunct fellow at JIIA for more than 20 years. He was a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, and a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Dr. Kikuchi has been actively engaged in various “Track 2” activities and international research projects, and has published many books and articles on international political economy of the Asia-Pacific. He obtained his doctoral degree from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Satu Limaye was named director of the East-West Center in Washington in February 2007. He is also a Senior Advisor at the CNA Corporation, a non-profit research and analysis organization in Alexandria, VA. He is the creator of the Asia Matters for America initiative, an interactive; Founding Editor of the Asia-Pacific Bulletin series, and an editor of the journal Global Asia. Dr. Limaye was an Abe Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, a Luce Scholar, and head of programs on South Asia at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo. He received his PhD. from Oxford University where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar.


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