On February 7, at 10:00, the Valdai Club will host a round table discussion, titled “Japanese Foreign Policy and International Relations in East Asia,” featuring Akihiko Tanaka, President of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies of Japan (GRIPS).
International relations have undergone significant changes since the end of the Cold War. Noteworthy economic growth has occurred in many parts of the world. The most significant development has been the rise of China, but other countries in Asia and Africa have also achieved high growth rates. In some countries democracy strengthened, while in others there was an increase in authoritarianism. International terrorism and a shift in the balance between the great powers created serious and complicated problems for the world community in the field of security. Following the election of Donald Trump as US President, Washington’s behaviour has become even more unpredictable. The United States and China seem to be moving toward a new Cold War.
How do all these changes in world politics affect Japanese foreign policy? How have the transformations influenced Japan’s relations with the United States, China, the Asian countries and the world as a whole? Will the concept of a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” promoted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, take into account the current challenges?
Working languages: Russian, English.