Speaker: Dr Wilhelm Vosse (International Christian University)
Date: 17 November 2014
Venue: S0.17 (Social Sciences Building)
Summary: Over the last decade, Japan has begun to gradually extend its engagement in regional and global security issues. In 2009, Japan began the deployment of the Maritime Self Defense Forces and the Japanese Coast Guard half way around the world to fight the then increasing problem of maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden. This lecture will focus on the intensive Japanese contribution to the counter-piracy missions. Especially its cooperation with more than 30 other maritime forces on the ground and on sea, its engagement with institutions of regional and global governance such as the EU, NATO, IMO, and the UN, its success in development and capacity building in the region, and the lessons learned over the last five years. Finally, the lecture will try to assess how significant Japanese engagement in out-of-area missions has been on the recent debate on collective self-defense and Japan’s future role in extending its global security footprint.