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Seminar: Japan's Security Renaissance: New Directions in Regional and US-Japan Relations


Professor Andrew L. Oros | Washington College

When: Thursday 17 August 2017, 2.15 pm - 3.30 pm

Where: Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Building, Fellows Road, Acton, ACT 2601

Over the past decade, Japan's "security renaissance" has enabled Japan's military to become more involved in the Asian region and global security. Moreover, Japan is the key US ally in Asia, in a new presidential era when the role of allies is being called into question. As the third largest economy in the world and one of the world’s largest military spenders, what role will Japan play in regional affairs and in US Asia policy? Andrew Oros answers these questions in relation to his new book, Japan’s Security Renaissance: New Policies and Politics for the 21st Century

Andrew L. Oros is Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. He is author of Normalizing Japan: Politics, Identity, and the Evolution of Security Practice (Stanford University Press, 2008), co-author of Global Security Watch: Japan (Praeger Press, 2010), and over a dozen scholarly articles on Japanese politics and East Asian security. His latest book, Japan’s Security Renaissance, was published by Columbia University Press in February 2017. He speaks frequently about topics in East Asian security to public policy and research institutions and to the global media. He earned his Ph.D in political science at Columbia University