Japan Program Public Lecture: The QUAD, AUKUS and the future of alliances in the Indo-Pacific

Thursday 03 March 2022, 09:00 to 10:30

Established in October 2020 with the support of the Japan Foundation, the Japan program serves as an independent platform to advance academically rigorous discussions on geostrategic developments in Asia and the Indo-Pacific region, enhance awareness of Tokyo’s foreign and security policy, inform and shape the policy agenda confronting the Japanese and European leadership and promote political and security cooperation between Japan and Europe, focusing specifically on the EU and NATO.

Public lecture #1

For the longest time, the US-led hub-and-spokes system has been the foundation of reginal stability, with the US – Japan and the US- ROK security partnerships as its main pillars. How have these evolved in the context of the US- China strategic rivalry and the increasingly fragmented regional security architecture? What is the role of new structures such as the Quadrilateral Security Partnership (QUAD) or the AUKUS security pact and how do they impact pre-existing cooperative patterns?”

Lecturer: Prof Gordon Flake, Chief Executive Officer of the Perth USAsia Centre at The University of Western Australia

Moderator: Dr Eva Pejsova, Senior Japan Fellow, VUB

Please find the recording of the lecture below:

A second public lecture will take place on March 17th, from 9 to 10:30 CET

Topic: ASEAN's strategic challenges and the role of Japan in the Indo-Pacific geopolitical arena 

Lecturer: Dr Mie Oba is Professor at the Faculty of Law, Kanagawa University

Moderator: Celine Pajon, Senior Researcher, Japan Program, VUB

Please click here for more information or to register for the 2nd public lecture.