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 22nd Symposium, December 8, 2021

“Technological Innovation and Security: The Impact on the Strategic Environment in East Asia”

It is expected that future warfare and combat will become further complicated due to the emergence of new domains, such as space, cyberspace, and electromagnetic spectrum, and technologies including information and communication technology (ICT) and artificial intelligence (AI). Against this backdrop, major powers including the U.S., China, and Russia are fostering innovation in the new domains and emerging technologies. They are energetically promoting the research and development of new weapon systems incorporating game-changing technologies as well as autonomous systems equipped with AI.

This online symposium will invite experts from Japan and overseas to discuss the impact of technological innovation on security from various perspectives. The topics discussed will include: the impact of technological development on the complexity of warfare; the current situation and prospect of the innovation strategies of major powers including the U.S., China, and Russia; and the impact of technological innovation on East Asian strategic environment and Japan’s response.

The symposium is open to the public. It will provide an opportunity to learn about an increasingly important but complex aspect of defense and security. We are looking forward to your participation.

  • Date:
  • December 8, 2021 (Wednesday) 09:00 ~ 16:00 (JST)
  • Zoom webinar
  • Language:
  • English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation will be provided.
  • Registration:
  • Program

Session 1: Perspectives of the U.S., Japan, and China (09:00 ~ 11:00)

Chair: Col. IMAFUKU Hirofumi (Head, Military Strategy Division, NIDS)
Speakers: Mr. Bryan Clark (Senior Fellow & Director, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology, Hudson Institute)
Dr. FUJITA Motonobu (Deputy Director, Technology Policy Office, Technology Strategy Division, Department of Technology Strategy, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency [ATLA])
Dr. Tai Ming Cheung (Director, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation [IGCC], University of California)
Discussant: Mr. IIDA Masafumi (Head, America, Europe, and Russia Division, NIDS)

Keynote Speech (11:10 ~ 12:00)

Dr. SUNAMI Atsushi (President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation [SPF]; Executive Advisor to the President & Director, Science for RE-designing Science, Technology and Innovation Policy [SciREX] Center, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies [GRIPS])

Break (12:00 ~ 14:00)

Session 2: Perspectives of Australia, Singapore, and Russia (14:00 ~ 16:00)

Chair: Col. SHIMAZU Takaharu (Senior Fellow, Military Strategy Division, NIDS)
Speakers: Dr. Malcolm Davis (Senior Analyst, Australian Strategic Policy Institute [ASPI])
Dr. Michael Raska (Assistant Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies [RSIS], Nanyang Technological University)
Dr. Ivan Danilin (Head, Department of Science and Innovation, Institute of World Economy and International Relations [IMEMO], Russian Academy of Sciences)
Discussant: Mr. AKIMOTO Shigeki (Senior Fellow, Policy Simulation Division, NIDS)


(Please note that the program is subject to change without notice.)


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