National Security Challenges Facing Japan and Europe in 2021

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Photo: Japan Ministry of Defense

Professor Takamizawa Nobushige is a Japanese expert on security policy, crisis management, disarmament, and cybersecurity. He served as Permanent Representative of Japan to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva from 2016 to 2020.

In this online talk he provides a guide to national security issues facing Japan and Europe in the year 2021. Highlighting key common challenges and areas of potential cross-border cooperation, Professor Takamizawa looks at developments in arms control and disarmament policy; and the involvement of defence organizations in tackling urgent transnational challenges such as pandemics and climate change and working to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Amid the recent growing interest of the UK, France, Germany and other European countries in the Indo-Pacific, Professor Takamizawa also examines Japan’s potential role in bridging this engagement to uphold a rules-based international order in the region.

Following his talk Professor Takamizawa will be joined in conversation by Dr John Nilsson Wright, University Senior Lecturer in Japanese Politics and International Relations at the University of Cambridge and Korea Foundation Korea Fellow and Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia with the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House.

About the Speakers
Professor Takamizawa Nobushige

Prof Takamizawa Nobushige is a Japanese expert on security policy, crisis management, disarmament and cybersecurity. He was the Permanent Representative of Japan to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva in 2016-2020. He also served as the Deputy Director of the National Security Secretariat of Japan and President of the National Institute for Defense Studies in Japan and worked at several positions, including as Director General of Bureaus of Operational Policy and Defense Policy, in the Ministry of Defense of Japan.

Dr John Nilsson-Wright

Dr John Nilsson-Wright is Korea Foundation Korea Fellow and Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia with the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House. He is also University Senior Lecturer in Japanese Politics and International Relations at the University of Cambridge and an official fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. He comments regularly for the global media on the international relations of East Asia, with particular reference to Japan and the Korean peninsula.

This event is introduced by Japan House London Director General, Mr Michael Houlihan.

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