The EU as a Maritime Security Actor in the Indo-Pacific
In the context of the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership
Co-hosts : Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Delegation of the European Union to Japan, ESIWA
The "Japan-EU Maritime Dialogue" project at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) will co-host the symposium for Japan-EU cooperation for maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region (in-person, with English/Japanese simultaneous interpretation). Reception will be held after the symposium.
Vice Admiral José M. Núñez Torrente (Spanish Navy), Commander of EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation ATALANTA of EU's Common Security and Defence Policy, and Ambassador Michael Pulch, Senior Coordinator, EU Coordinated Maritime Presence North West Indian Ocean, are planning to visit Japan. On this occasion, the Security Studies Program at SPF will co-host a symposium with the Delegation of EU to Japan and ESIWA* to discuss the role of the EU, and perspectives of Japan-EU maritime security cooperations in the Indo-Pacific region.
The EU has been an important partner of Japan since JMSDF started anti-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia and Gulf of Aden, and in recent years, based on the "EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific," the EU is exhibiting increasing interests to engage in the maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region. This symposium will provide an opportunity to understand and assess the EU as a security provider in the Indo-Pacific region even in the time of the Russia's war in Ukrainian.
*"Enhancing Security Cooperation in and with Asia (ESIWA)" is EU's project to promote security cooperation with Asian countries. This project aims to develop partnerships with Japan, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore and Vietnam in areas such as maritime security, crisis management, cyber/anti-terrorism, and others.
*Please kindly note that this is an in-person event taking place in Minato-ku, Tokyo. The event will not be streamed online.
Opening / Welcome Remarks: ・Junko Chano, Executive Director of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation,
・Haitze Siemers, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Japan
Keynote Address: ・Nakamura Kimitake, Deputy Director General European Affairs Bureau, Japan Ministry of Foreign Affair
Panel Discussion: ・Ambassador Michael Pulch, Senior Coordinator, EU Coordinated Maritime Presence North West Indian Ocean
・Yoshimitsu Morihiro, Senior Operations Coordinator, Joint Staff, Japan Ministry of Defense
・Vice Admiral José M. Núñez Torrente, Operation ATALANTA Commander,
・Captain Kitagawa Keizo, Dean, Strategic Studies Department, JMSDF Command and Staff College
・Ippeita Nishida, Senior Research Fellow of the Security Studies Program at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Moderator)
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