Japan’s Foreign and Security Policy course - module 2 available online
From November 2020 through May 2021, the Japan Program organised a course titled 'Japan’s Foreign and Security Policy'. The course provided students with the necessary background to understand the basics of Japan’s contemporary history, institutions and foreign policy structures and priorities, while remaining flexible to tailor lectures and seminars to an evolving international landscape. It followed an intensive, executive-like format, combining traditional academic lectures with interactive discussions with experts and policy-makers. It was open to VUB Master’s students, as well as to interested public, and took place in three modules.
Module 2 was taught in March 2021 and was entitled 'Japan’s contribution to regional security'. The recordings of the lectures in this module are now available online, on the Japan Program's Youtube channel. Module 2 was divided into the following subtopics, each brought by an expert during several lectures (click on link to view recordings on Youtube):
- Japan’s “Free and Open Indo Pacific”: from vision to practice - by Kei Koga, Assistant Professor
- Japan - China relations: geopolitical competition and shifting identities - by Elena Atanassova-Cornelis, Senior Lecturer, University of Antwerp and Leuven
- Japan - US relations: an alliance for stability in East Asia? - by Jeffrey Hornung, Political Scientist, RAND Corporation, Washington
- Japan and India: a strategic partnership for a new era - by Jagannath Panda, Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), New Delhi; and Satoru Nagao, Non-resident Fellow, Hudson Institute, Washington/ Tokyo
Module 2 was moderated by Céline Pajon, Senior Researcher of the Japan Program, and commented by Distinguished Professor Michael Reiterer from the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Brussels School of Governance
If you would like us to keep you posted on similar future courses in our Japan Program, subscribe here and tick the 'Japan Program' box in the 'Your interests' section.