Geopolitics and Security Shifts in East Asia — Perspective From Japan

  • 05 Mar 2018
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • 208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place

This event is organized by University of Toronto’s Centre for the Study of Global Japan.

There have been a number of dynamics impacting the geopolitical landscape in East Asia over the past few years. The most acute – and recent – examples of this have been the intensifying provocations from North Korea, which continues to look at enhancing its nuclear and missile program. But, there are also a number of other critical changes in the region – from new leadership in South Korea to leadership consolidation in China. The region also continues to adapt to a new administration in the US and its changing views on trade and – perhaps – alliances. All of these factors have made Japan’s geo-strategic environment more complex. How is Japan adapting to this change and what are the tripwires to watch for?

Speaker Biography:

Jonathan Berkshire Miller is an international affairs professional with expertise on security, defense and intelligence issues in Northeast Asia. He is currently a senior visiting fellow with the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) based in Tokyo and a Distinguished Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada. Additionally, he is the Director and co-founder of the Council on International Policy and a Senior Fellow on East Asia for the Asian Forum Japan.

Previously, he was an international affairs fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, and held a senior fellowship (2014 – 2017) with the EastWest Institute and a fellowship on Japan with the Pacific Forum CSIS from 2013 – 2016. In addition, Miller previously spent nearly a decade working on economic and security issues related to Asia with the Canadian federal government.

Miller is a regular contributor to The Economist Intelligence Unit, Foreign Affairs, Forbes and Newsweek Japan. He has also published widely in Foreign Policy, the World Affairs Journal, the Nikkei Asian Review, the Japan Times, the Mainichi Shimbun, the ASAN Forum, Jane’s Intelligence Review and Global Asia and been interviewed extensively by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Reuters, CNN, CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, the Japan Times, Asahi Shimbun, the Voice of America and ABC News.

David Welch, Chair
Dean’s Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Endowed Chair Program in Japanese Politics and Global Affairs, University of Toronto; Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo

Jonathan Berkshire Miller, Speaker
Senior Visiting Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs

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