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Japan, the United States, and the Future of World Order

Watch our group of distinguished scholars and policymakers from Japan and the United States as they examine the current and future state of the international system and explore how the evolving nature of world order will affect the relationship between the two countries in the years and decades to come.

This two-day online conference is the inaugural event for the Kissinger Center’s new initiative, Japan, the United States, and the Future of World Order. Contributors will discuss different aspects and impacts of the Japan-U.S. relationship including effects of China’s evolving grand strategy, conflict and cooperation on the Korean peninsula, new technologies, the region’s military balance, and the increased importance of transnational issues ranging from climate change to global public health.

Video recordings forthcoming.
 

Conference Agenda

Day One
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

 

Opening

6:30pm to 6:35pm EDT
 
Dr. Francis J. Gavin, Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and Director, Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs

Keynote Discussion

6:35pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • Dr. Kurt Campbell, Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs, National Security Council, The White House
     
  • Moderated by The Honorable James B. Steinberg, University Professor, Social Science, International Affairs, and Law, Syracuse University

Panel 1

7:30pm to 8:30pm EDT
 
"A Certain Kind of Grand Strategy: Japan's Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision and the U.S.-Japan Relations"
  • Dr. Yuichi Hosoya, Professor of International Politics, Faculty of Law, Keio University
"Japan, the United States, and the Future of World Order"
  • Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
     
  • Chair and Commentator: Dr. Saori Katada, Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California Dornsife College

Panel 2

8:45pm to 9:45pm EDT
 
"China's Rise and the Weight of History"
  • Dr. Hal Brands, Henry Kissinger Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS; Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
"American and Japanese Maritime Strategic Traditions and the Prospects for a Free and Open Indo Pacific Order"
  • Dr. Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Director of the Asian Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
     
  • Chair and Commentator: Ms. Emma Chanlett-Avery, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division, Congressional Research Service







     

Day Two
Thursday, March 25, 2021 

 

Opening

6:30pm to 6:35pm EDT
 
Dr. Francis J. Gavin, Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and Director, Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs

Panel 3

6:35pm to 7:50pm EDT

"The End of the Yoshida Doctrine"
    • Dr. Jennifer M. Lind, Associate Professor of Government, Dartmouth; Faculty Associate, Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies, Harvard University; Research Associate, Chatham House, London
    "Challenges to the Democratic Governance Model and the Role of US-Japan Cooperation"
    • Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae, President, The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA)
    "Japan and the New World Order"
    • The Honorable James B. Steinberg, University Professor, Social Science, International Affairs, and Law, Syracuse University
       
    • Chair and Commentator: Dr. Zack Cooper, Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

    Panel 4

    8:05pm to 9:25pm EDT

    "America, the Future of World Order, and the Problems of Plenty"
      • Dr. Francis J. Gavin, Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and Director, Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs
      "Managing China's Order Contestation: Japan, the United States, and Allied Order Managment"
      • Dr. Satoru Mori, Professor, Hosei University
      "Japan's Balancing Act: Interdependence and Economic Security"
      • Dr. Mireya Solís, Director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies; Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies, Brookings Institution
         
      • Chair and Commentator: Dr. G. John Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University 

      Closing

      9:25pm to 9:30pm EDT
       
      Dr. Francis J. Gavin, Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and Director, Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs