International Symposium on Security Affairs

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NIDS holds an open symposium annually, inviting Japanese and overseas experts on international security. This symposium aims at contributing to security dialogues, as well as encouraging public discussion on security issues.

The 23rd Symposium,2022

“The New Normal of Great Power Competition: The U.S.-China-Russia Relationship and the Indo-Pacific Region”

We are witnessing the age of “great power competition” in the post-pandemic world. The core element of this trend is the shift in the balance of power, especially due to the rise of China. As a result, there are competitive relations over the balance of power, political systems, and types of governance.

While the U.S.-China rivalry has been growing, the global political landscape experienced another change with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Russia emerged as a disruptor of the international order, and great power competition is evolving globally involving the war in Ukraine.

From the perspectives of the U.S., China, and Russia, this symposium focuses on the state of great power competition and how regional actors perceive and respond to the competition including the impact of the war in Ukraine.

This symposium will be held celebrating the 70th anniversary of the National Institute for Defense Studies.

  • Date:
  • December 7, 2022 (Wed) 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (JST)
  • Online webinar
  • Language:
  • English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation will be provided
  • Registration:
  • Program
Chair: Col. Mr. HYODO Shinji (Director, Policy Studies Department, the National Institute for Defense Studies)

Session 1: U.S.-China Rivalry and the Russian Factor (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM JST)

Moderator: Dr. ARAKAKI Hiromu (Senior Fellow in the America, Europe, and Russia Division, the National Institute for Defense Studies)
Speakers: Dr. Nick Bisley (Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of International Relations, La Trobe University)
“Minilateralism and the Dynamics of Great Power Competition in Asia: AUKUS and the QUAD”
Dr. YOU Ji (Professor of International Relations, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University)
“The Dynamic Change in the Trilateral Interaction between Beijing, Washington and Moscow amid the Ukraine War”
Dr. YAMAZOE Hiroshi (Senior Fellow in the America, Europe, and Russia Division, the National Institute for Defense Studies)
“The Collapse of Putin’s Great Power Ambitions”
Discussant: Mr. MASUDA Masayuki (Head of the Government and Law Division, the National Institute for Defense Studies)

Keynote Speech (11:10 AM – 12:00 PM JST)

Dr. Edward Luttwak (Head of Washington Strategic Advisors) “Can China Fight a War against Any G-7 Country?”

Session 2: Impacts on the Regions (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM JST)

Moderator: Mr. ISHIHARA Yusuke (Senior Fellow in the Global Security Division, National Institute for Defense Studies)
Speakers: Dr. Aries Arugay (Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman)
“Torn Between Two Powers: Southeast Asia and the US-China Superpower Rivalry”
Dr. Jagannath Panda (Head of the Stockholm Center for South Asian and Indo-Pacific Affairs, the Institute for Security and Development Policy)
“Ukraine and Taiwan. Not Drawing a Parallel: An Indian Perspective”
Dr. SATAKE Tomohiko (Senior Fellow in the Defense Policy Division, the National Institute for Defense Studies)
“Great Power Competition and Japan”
Discussant: Dr. SHOJI Tomotaka (Head of the Asia and Africa Division, the National Institute for Defense Studies)


(Note: The program is subject to change without notice.)


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