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Home and Away, Near and Far: Japanese Domestic and Overseas Security Efforts and the Influence of Burgeoning East Asian Insecurity upon Emerging Japanese Strategy

japan_pko.jpgSpeaker: Dr Garren Mulloy (Daito Bunka University)

Time: Thursday 9 January 2014, 4 - 6pm

Venue: S0.09 (Social Sciences Building), The University of Warwick

Abstract: In the second decade of the 21st century the most salient security challenge in East Asia has clearly been that related to the rise of Chinese confidence and capability and the challenges this poses to neighbouring states, particularly Japan. In this context, the major innovations in Japanese approaches to security since 1991, primarily UN Peacekeeping, Humanitarian, and Disaster Relief Operations by the Japan Self-Defense Forces, might appear to be largely irrelevant. This presentation aims to show that such operations were not only relevant to meeting more recent and immediate security challenges, but were vital for the development of a nascent Japanese strategic approach to security, seemingly lacking for much of the Cold War period.