Australia and Japan: Stepping Up the Strategic PartnershipVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Japan has been characterised as one of Australia’s closest regional partners. In recent years, both nations have taken unprecedented steps to overhaul their strategic posture –including record increases in defence spending. Yet despite such advances, an increasingly volatile Indo-Pacific will require deeper bilateral collaboration to respond to the pressing security challenges of our time.
Our panellists, Professor Kyoko Hatakeyama (Asia Society Australia-Japan Fellow), Dr Thomas Wilkins (Australian Strategic Policy Institute), Hayley Channer (United States Studies Centre), and Ryosuke Hanada (Macquarie University), on how we can elevate the Australia-Japan strategic partnership in the Indo-Pacific.
Tokuda Shuichi, Consul-General of Japan in Sydney, will deliver a special introduction to the proceedings.
Attendees will have the opportunity to network and join a light lunch following the panel discussion.
Date: February 23 2023
Time: 11:45am arrival for a 12:00pm start. Panel discussion concludes at 1:00pm followed by a networking lunch.
Venue: Ashurst, 11/5 Martin Pl, Sydney NSW 2000
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Australia-Japan: Stepping up a Special Strategic Relationship in Asia is supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Japan Foundation, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
This event is in partnership with Ashurst.
About our Speakers
Tokuda Shuichi, Consul-General of Japan in Sydney
Mr Tokuda is a career diplomat who joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan in 1990. He assumed his current role, as the Consul-General of Japan in Sydney, in September 2022.
Prior to arriving in Australia, Mr Tokuda was the Deputy Assistant Minister and Deputy Director-General of the European Affairs Bureau at MOFA Headquarters in Tokyo. His previous overseas postings include the Embassy of Japan in the United Kingdom as First Secretary in the Political Section from 2003-2005, and the two postings at the Embassy of Japan in Russia as Counsellor, Economic and General Affairs, from 2005-2008, and again as Minister, Head of the Political Section from 2018-2020. He has also held various position within MOFA in the International Cooperation Bureau and Foreign Policy Bureau and also in the Ministry of Finance’s Budget Bureau and International Bureau.
Mr Tokuda speaks Russian and English. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tokyo in 1990.
Professor Kyoko Hatakeyama, Asia Society Australia-Japan Fellow
Kyoko Hatakeyama is a Professor of International Relations at the Graduate School of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture. Prior to this position, she served as a Research Analyst in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Kansai Gaidai University. Her research interests include Japan’s foreign and security policy, international relations in Asia, and international relations theory.
Currently, she focuses on a new project on maritime security and regional order in Asia. She has published widely on Japan’s foreign and security policy, middle power diplomacy, maritime security and regional order in Asia. She has been frequently invited as a guest speaker to meetings and symposiums in Japan and overseas and has contributed to public debates on international relations.
Professor Hatakeyama’s recent publications include “A Middle Power’s Roles in Shaping the East Asian Security Order: Analysis of Japan’s Engagement from a Normative Perspective,” Australian Journal of Politics and History 65 (3) 2019 and Japan’s Evolving Security Policy: Militarisation within a Pacifist Tradition, Routledge, 2021.
She holds BA in political science from Keio University and MA in international relations and PhD in political science from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
Dr Thomas Wilkins, Senior Fellow, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Dr Thomas S. Wilkins a Senior Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute affiliated with the Washington DC Office.He currently directs the Master of International Relations and Master of International Security degree programs at the Department of Government and International Relations (GIR) at the University of Sydney. There he lectures in subjects such as Australian Foreign & Security Policy, Strategy and Security in the Asia-Pacific and Alliances & Coalition Warfare.
His academic research focuses on strategic affairs in the Indo-Pacific, especially Australia-Japan bilateralism, and the US-alliance network. His work has been published in journals such as Asia Policy, Security Challenges, and Asian Security, with his latest monograph Security in Asia-Pacific: The Dynamics of Alignment, appearing with Lynne Rienner Press (2019).
From 2018-2022 Dr Wilkins was a Senior Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) thinktank in Tokyo. He worked to produce a portfolio of Policy Briefs addressing security and historical issues for the Japan Information Centre (JIC) and has also authored reports for the MacDonald Laurier Institute (MLI) and Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (Brussels), as well as serving as a Regular Contributor to the Sasakawa Peace Foundation’s International Information Network Analysis.
Dr Wilkins holds a Ph.D in International Security from the University of Birmingham. He also Holds an M.Phil in Asian Studies from the University of Sydney, and a Master of International Relations and Bachelors in History from Birmingham. He spent a further two years in the US as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of San Francisco Center for Asia-Pacific Studies, and as POSCO Fellow at the East West Center, Honolulu. He has since been awarded fellowships from the Japan Foundation and Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences to conduct research in Tokyo, and has taught at Tokyo, Keio and Meiji Universities as a Visiting Professor. He was formerly on the Editorial Team of the journals Pacific Affairs and Japanese Studies.
Hayley Channer, Director of Economic Security, United States Studies Centre
Hayley Channer is the Director of the Economic Security Program with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Hayley has led a diverse background having worked as an Australian Government official, Ministerial adviser, think tank analyst, and represented global non-profit organisations.
Immediately prior to her current role, Hayley was a Senior Policy Fellow with the Perth USAsia Centre. In this position she published analysis on China’s Belt and Road Initiative, infrastructure and investment in the Indo-Pacific, and multilateral economic frameworks. She also provided policy guidance to senior Australian and US government officials on how to better engage the private sector.
In an earlier role, Hayley was an Assistant Director within the Strategy, Policy and Industry Group at the Australian Department of Defence. With Defence, she produced and implemented international policy and advised senior military personnel, including on exercise. For Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017, Hayley was selected as the Australian Policy Adviser to the Commander, US Third Fleet in San Diego and worked under simulated wartime conditions.
Frequently quoted in the Australian and international media, Hayley’s work has been published in Foreign Policy, the Australian Financial Review, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Diplomat Magazine, The Hill, and the Washington Examiner. She has given live television and radio interviews and presented around the world to large audiences. Hayley has a Master of International Relations from the University of Queensland and Certificate in Public Policy from the London School of Economics.
Ryosuke Hanada, Researcher and Academic, Macquarie University
Ryosuke Hanada is PhD student at Department of Security Studies and Criminology of Macquarie University. He was a Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), researching Japan’s foreign policy in the Indo-Pacific region from 2016 to 2020. He also worked for the Council of Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) Japan.
Hanada experienced several fellowship programs, including Japan-US Partnership Program of the Research Institute of Peace and Security (RIPS), Young Strategist Forum of the German Marshall Fund (GMF), Strategic Japan Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Indo-Pacific Fellow of the Perth USAsia Centre.
He holds Master of Research from Macquarie University, MA from the University of Warwick and BA in Law from Waseda University.
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