[Blueboard] Lecture of Prof Yamaguchi: Japan’s Options in the Changing Strategic Landscape of East Asia

Development Studies Program [LS] devstudies.soss at ateneo.edu
Wed Feb 1 10:52:28 PHT 2017

*For those who are interested to attend, please take note of the changes in
the schedule and venue of Professor Yamaguchi's lecture on February 2,
2017. *


*The Development Studies Program in cooperation with the*

*Department of Political Science and the Japanese Studies Program*

*cordially invites you to the lecture of*

*Noboru Yamaguchi*

Lieutenant General, Japan Ground Self Defense Force (Ret.)
Professor/Dean, Graduate School of International Relations
Vice President, International University of Japan

*Japan’s Options in the Changing Strategic Landscape of East Asia*

 *Dean’s Conference Room (LH 404), 4th Floor Leong Hall*

*5:00 – 6:30 pm, February 2, 2017*


New security challenges can be categorized into the following: 1)
traditional, 2) irregular, 3) catastrophic, and 4) disruptive ones.  In
East Asia, these challenges include, but are not limited, to the risks
posed by North Korea’s belligerent behavior, China’s continuous rise to
power, the multiple and overlapping territorial disputes by countries in
the region, the progressively more brutal forms of terrorism, and the daily
criminal acts experienced by the people. With the assumption into office of
the new US administration, and the still unforeseen responses to it by
China, Russia, and other major global powers, the world is now facing even
more "unknowns."  For many, the continuous commitment of the US to the
region coupled with China’s cooperative rise to power, are most
preferable.  In short, the region wants to avoid US isolationism, and to do
away with China's dominance. China’s recent aggressive stance over its
disputed claims poses tension between China and its neighbors, including
the Philippines and Japan.  In order to respond to these regional security
challenges, Japan’s options are: 1) improve its own diplomatic, economic
and military capabilities, 2) maintain alliance with the US, 3) cooperate
with partners and friends such as Republic of Korea, Australia, other ASEAN
states especially in the area of maritime security, and 4) participation in
international efforts for global peace and stability, including emergency
humanitarian response and disaster management.

*Lieutenant General, Japan Ground Self Defense Force (Retired) is currently
Professor of the International University of Japan.  He graduated from the
National Defense Academy (NDA) in 1974 majoring in applied physics and
originally trained as an army aviator mainly flying helicopters.  LTG
Yamauchi received his MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy,
Tufts University in 1988, and was a National Security Fellow at John M.
Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University in 1991-1992.  He
held positions as Senior Defense Attaché at the Japanese Embassy in the
United States, Deputy Commandant of the GSDF Aviation School, Vice
President of the National Institute for Defense Studies.  Since 2006 he
held responsibilities as Commanding General of the GSDF Research and
Development Command until his retirement from active duty in December
2008.  Since April 2009 to March 2015, he served at NDA as Professor of
Military History and Strategy.  After the Great East Japan Earthquake in
March 2011, LTG Yamaguchi served at the Prime Minister’s Office as Special
Adviser to the Cabinet for Crisis Management until September 2011.*

*RSVP: Ms. Mel Reyes*

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