A Panel Discussion co-organized by The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Sasakawa USA
“East Asia's Maritime Challenges: Overview of the Current Situation”
(October 14, 2016)


On October 14, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), in cooperation with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) will host a panel discussion on “East Asia's Maritime Challenges: Overview of the Current Situation.”

In the Asia-Pacific region, competing claims in the East and South China Seas have become intractable features of the security landscape. Confrontations between claimants, both at sea and in the diplomatic arena, have escalated in recent years as historical narratives collide with modern geopolitics.

Given the ongoing maritime challenges in East Asia, there is a need for a better understanding of the issues as well as how states can cooperate in this contested realm. Of particular interest is what role the U.S.-Japan alliance can play in these contested spaces. With distinguished experts from Japan, the United States, and other regional countries, including a keynote address by Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka (President of the JMSDF Command and Staff College), we are excited to host this event to discuss these issues. Please join us for what promises to be a timely and meaningful discussion.

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A Panel Discussion co-organized by The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Sasakawa USA
“East Asia's Maritime Challenges: Overview of the Current Situation”
Dates & Time
Friday, October 14, 2016, 14:00-17:30 (Registration begins at 13:30)
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Building 11th Fl.
1-15-16, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Co-organized by The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Sasakawa USA

Friday, October 14

14:00-14:10 Introduction
Jeffrey Hornung,
Fellow, Sasakawa USA
14:10-14:30 Keynote Remarks
Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka, President, JMSDF Command and Staff College

Panel I: East China Sea

Nong Hong, Executive Director of the Institute for China-America Studies and a Research Fellow at both the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, China , and the University of Alberta, Canada
Masayuki Masuda, Senior Fellow, The National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)
Narushige Michishita, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Jeffrey Hornung, Fellow, Sasakawa USA


Panel II: South China Sea

Justin Nankivell, Associate Dean for Academics at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Ian Storey, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies,Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore
Ken Jimbo, Associate Professor, Keio University
Tabitha Mallory, Fellow, Political and Security Affairs, The National Bureau of Asian Research

English/Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
Admission is free. Registration is required.
Should you wish to participate, please fill out the registration form on our website by COB on Thursday,October 13.
* Seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
* Please kindly be noted that we do not offer parking area.


Ms. Murata and Ms. Munakata
Japan-U.S. Exchange Program Division
International Program Department
Tel: 03-5157-5141


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