Japan and the future of the liberal International order
Gerald L. Curtis Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy
School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
Recently, the "crisis of the liberal International order" is widely discussed. Rather than being the beneficiary of a liberal order led by the United States, Japan seems to be "stepping up" and acting proactively to save that order and keep the United States from withdrawing from it altogether. But what are the challenges ahead for Japan? How may Japan's leadership differ from that of the United States? In this talk, Professor Hikotani will examine Japan’s efforts so far, primarily focusing on recent developments in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as changes in the domestic policy making process in Japan.
Opening Reception: 6-6:40 p.m. The reception includes samples of Japanese cuisine:
- Fried Shrimp Dumpling
- Beef w/ Asparagas
- Fried Pork & Onion
- Maki Sushi
- Veg Sushi
Opening Remarks by:
Director of Partnerships & Development, U.S.-Japan Council
Lecture and Q&A: 6:45-7:45 p.m.
Takako Hikotani is Gerald L. Curtis Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy. She previously taught at the National Defense Academy of Japan, where she was Associate Professor, and lectured at the Ground Self Defense Force and Air Self Defense Force Staff Colleges, and the National Institute for Defense Studies. Her research focuses on civil-military relations and Japanese domestic politics, Japanese foreign policy, and comparative civil-military relations. Her publications (in English) include, “The Japanese Diet and defense policy-making.” International Affairs, 94:1, July, 2018; “Trump’s Gift to Japan: Time for Tokyo to Invest in the Liberal Order,” Foreign Affairs, September/October 2017; and “Japan’s New Executive Leadership: How Electoral Rules Make Japanese Security Policy" (with Margarita Estevez-Abe and Toshio Nagahisa), in Frances Rosenbluth and Masaru Kohno eds, Japan in the World (Yale University Press, 2009). She advised and appeared in PBS Wide Angle Program, “Japan’s About Face,” July 8, 2008. She was a Visiting Professional Specialist at Princeton University as Social Science Research Council/Abe Fellow (2010-2011), as well as a Suntory Foundation Torii Fellow (2000-2001), and Fellow of the US-Japan Leadership Program, US-Japan Foundation (2000- ).
Professor Hikotani received her BA from Keio University, MAs from Keio University and Stanford University, and PhD in Political Science from Columbia University, where she was a President’s Fellow.
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