Japans sikkerhetspolitiske taktskifteFoto: Askia Collins/U.S. Pacific Fleet/Flickr

Changing paces of Japanese security policy


Regional security in Asia

Thursday 5. October 2023, 09:00 until 11:00

Venue: Skram

Host: Institutt for forsvarsstudier

Entrance: Free, with sign up

Join the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies for a breakfast seminar with MiT Professor Richard J. Samuels.

An increasingly precarious security environment is inspiring rapid changes in many states’ security and military planning. December 2022, Japan released its new national defence and security strategies, together with The Defence Buildup Program (DBP). In combination, these documents are testimony to a dramatic gear shift in Japanese security policy. For Japan, the war in Ukraine and Sino-Russian strategic partnership, tensions surrounding Taiwan, and North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, are main drivers of profound changes in threat perceptions and strategic planning.

How these policies will be implemented has implications for regional security dynamics in Asia as well as the tense geopolitical situation globally. The Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS) is therefore excited to invite you to a breakfast seminar with renowned Japan-expert Professor Richard J. Samuels, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at Litteraturhuset.

Samuels will share his take on Japan’s evolving national security strategy and findings from his recent article in Washington Quarterly, ‘Pushing on an Open Door: Japan’s Evolutionary Security Posture’, co-written with Eric Heginbotham and Samuel Leiter.

Joining him in discussion and Q&A lead by Professor Øystein Tunsjø, Head of the Security in Asia programme at IFS, is Senior Fellow at NUPI Wrenn Yennie Lindgren and PhD Fellow at IFS Kristin Grostad.

The event is free, but you need to sign up  HERE