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A World Without Alliances? Japan, NATO, and the Maritime Order in the Age of Trump
- Alessio Patalano (ICAS Adjunct Fellow and Senior lecturer in War Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London)
During the electoral campaign, President-elect Trump spared no efforts in pointing out how members of core alliance structures – from NATO members to Japan – will have to do more to shoulder the burden of international security. Whilst the first weeks after the election have witnessed the President-elect reviewing some earlier statements, the question still remains as to in what ways the United States will continue to shape international security affairs. In no areas this is more critical than in the realm of maritime affairs, where the events of the past few years, indulging the emergence of Chinese maritime power and the return of Russian naval forces, have contributed to raise questions over the United States to retain maritime supremacy and with it, to maintain the existing international maritime order.
This talk will argue that the current situation represents an important opportunity for important maritime actors like Japan and NATO to explore options to raise to the challenge of maintaining maritime stability in the face of changing transnational challenges and emerging conventional ones. The talk will explore how and in what ways Japan and NATO can – together- share some of the burden of maritime stability and shape its future course.
ICAS Adjunct Fellow and Senior lecturer in War Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London
Dr. Patalano is senior lecturer in War Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and specialises in East Asian maritime security, Sino-Japanese maritime relations, and Japanese naval history and strategy. From 2006 to 2014, he was Visiting Professor in Naval Strategy and East Asian Security at the Italian Naval War College (ISMM), Venice. In Japan, Dr. Patalano has been a Visiting Scholar at Aoyama Gakuin University and at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), both in Tokyo, and currently is Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University Japan Campus, and at the Japan Maritime Staff and Command College. Dr. Patalano has been nominated four times for the Excellent of Teaching Award at King’s College, whilst in the field of East Asian studies and security issues, he is establishing himself as one of the leading international experts on Japanese military history and post-war defence and security policy. Dr. Patalano’s monograph Post-war Japan as a Seapower: Imperial Legacy, Wartime Experience, and the Making of a Navy (Bloomsbury 2015) received international recognition and is currently being translated in Chinese language.
Dr. Patalano regularly comments on East Asian affairs on Radio Monocle 24, BBC World, SKY News, Al Jazeera, France 24, and contributes with op-eds to the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun and British The Daily Telegraph (for more information visit Dr. Patalano’s lecturer page).