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SSU Forum with Dr. Alexis Crow

Date: Wednesday, May 9 2018, 11:30-13:00
Venue: Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Ito International Research Center
Subject: "Geopolitics: The Opportunity-based Approach"
Lecture: Dr. Alexis Crow, Lead Investment Strategist at Price Waterhouse Coopers in New York
Language: English
Hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo
Abstract: I propose to speak about the sources of Geopolitical tension in advanced economies, and provide an outlook for opportunities.
Firstly, I will provide an overview of the macroeconomic environment highlighting the need for a macroprudential but not pessimistic view of the West. I will then look at the Geopolitical landscape around the world, and shine a spotlight on developing Asia. We can finish by exploring the key areas for growth, and how Asian policymakers and businesses can help to create growth in their own region and beyond. The reduction of geopolitical uncertainty in advanced economies is directly tied to helping people transition from old to new economy jobs and that this is something which developing Asian countries will need to address for their own vitality over the longer term.

Past Events 2018

SSU Forum with Professor Peter J. Katzenstein[2018.4.19]

Date: Thursday, April 19 2018, 18:30-20:00
Venue: Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Ito International Research Center
Subject: "Protean Power: Exploring the Uncertain and Unexpected in World Politics"
Lecture: Peter J. Katzenstein, the Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies at Cornell University
Language: English
Hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo
Abstract: This lecture introduces the concept of “protean power” as the basis for a better analysis of unanticipated events in world politics. Protean power is the effect of actors’ agility as they adapt in situations of uncertainty. This definition departs from conventional definitions of power, which focus on actors’ evolving ability to exercise control in situations of calculable risk and their consequent ability to cause outcomes these actors deem desirable. I argue that this conventional view is overly confining; inclusion of protean power in our analytical models helps us to better account for unexpected change in world politics. Notably, actors respond to shifts between risk and uncertainty, in both context and experience, with affirmation, refusal, improvisation, or innovation. In doing so, they create room for control and protean power as effects, rather than causes, of such practices. However, protean power should not replace control power.
These two basic forms of power relate to one another, in a variety of ways, in complex contexts characterized by both risk and uncertainty.

SSU Forum /GraSPP Research Seminar/ International Law Colloquium,the University of Tokyo with Professor Jack Snyder and Associate Professor Leslie Vinjamuri[2018.3.16]

Date: Friday, March 16 2018, 10:30-12:00
Venue: Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Ito International Research Center
Subject: "Human Rights Futures: Backlash and Beyond"
Lecture: Jack Snyder, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations, Political Science Department, Columbia University
Leslie Vinjamuri, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations, and Director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice, SOAS, University of London.
Commentator: Yozo Yokota, President, Center for Human Rights Education and Training
Moderator: Chiyuki Aoi, Professor of International Security at the Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo
Language: English
Hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo,GraSPP Research Seminar, the University of Tokyo, International Law Colloquium, the University of Tokyo
Abstract: The human rights enterprise is now under assault in a way that hasn’t been seen in years. Not only are rising authoritarian powers openly disdainful of rights principles, which they denounce as decadent and subversive, but powerful constituencies are undermining basic rights protections even in established liberal democracies. How should human rights advocacy and social justice campaigners take stock of these trends and adapt to this challenging environment?
In this book launch seminar, Professor Jack Snyder (Columbia University) and Professor Leslie Vinjamuri (University of London) will discuss their new book Human Rights Futures, (edited by Stephen Hopgood, Jack Snyder, and Leslie Vinjamuri, with contributions from fifteen prominent social scientists including Sally Merry, Sam Moyn, Kathryn Sikkink, and Beth Simmons). The book debates the effectiveness and prospects for strategies of human rights advocacy. Four contending approaches will be discussed: stay the course, empower rights through political pragmatism, translate rights talk into the vernacular, and subordinate rights talk to more resonant social justice appeals.

The workshop with the Keck Center for International Strategic Studies of the Claremont McKenna College[2018.3.2]

Date: Tuesday, March 13 2018, 10:00-17:45
Venue: Meeting Room 801, Faculty of Law Building 3, University of Tokyo
Subject: "The Decline of Western Liberal Order and Its Impact on East Asia"
Language: English
Hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo
the Keck Center for International Strategic Studies of the Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, California).

SSU Forum with with Associate Professor James Crabtree[2018.3.2]

Date: Friday, March 2 2018, 11:30-13:00
Venue: Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Ito International Research Center
Subject: "The Rise of the Indo-Pacific: Can India and Japan Shape the New Global Order?"
Lecture: James Crabtree, Associate Professor of Practice at the LKY School in National University of Singpore
Language: English
Hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo
Abstract: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India have drawn closer of late, as both leaders grapple with the challenges of China's rise. At their last meeting in September 2017, Mr. Abe said stronger ties between the two Asian nations could become the "basis to underpin the regional order”. Both have also pushed the idea of the "indo-pacific", while unveiling their own plan to rival the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative: the $40bn Asia-Africa Growth Corridor. But given their respective economic and military limitations, can a new partnership between India and Japan really shape a changing global order? And what would it need in terms of political will and economic resources to succeed?

SSU Forum with Visiting Professor Hitoshi Tanaka[2018.02.16]

Date: Friday, February 16 2018, 10:30-12:00
Venue:

Lecture Hall B, 4th Floor, International Academic Research Bldg.

Subject: "Japan's Foreign and Security Policy under the Changing Threat Perceptions"
Lecture: Hitoshi Tanaka, Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo,
Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, the Japan Research Institute, Ltd.,
Senior Fellow,the Japan Center for International Exchange
Language: English
Hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo
Abstract: East Asia faces many security challenges. How likely is military confrontation on the Korean Peninsula? Would China become threatening in the process to realize "the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation"? Would the US security commitments in the region continue to be credible? Under these significantly changing threat perceptions, Japan must pursue proactive foreign and security policies.