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James Brown on Japan, Russia and their territorial dispute
- James Brown (Associate Professor, Political Science, Temple University Japan Campus)
James Brown, Associate Professor at TUJ, will discuss the Russo-Japanese territorial dispute over the Northern Territories on the occasion of the publication of his book “Japan, Russia, and their Territorial Dispute: The Northern Delusion” (Routledge, 2016).
The territorial dispute between Japan and Russia over the four islands has been an enduring obstacle to closer relations between the two powers. Despite the passage of more than seven decades, within Japan there remains a resilience of belief that the islands will eventually be returned.
James will offer an account of why Tokyo believes it still has a chance of securing the return of the islands. He will also provide a summary of the Abe administration’s latest efforts to secure this goal. His main emphasis, however, is on outlining how this issue is viewed within Russia and explaining why, despite Tokyo’s best efforts, there is no possibility of sovereignty over all four islands being restored to Japan. His conclusion is that Japanese decision makers must think deeply about how to balance their principled commitment not to compromise on territorial issues with more pragmatic considerations of energy security and how to contain the rise of Chinese power.
Associate Professor, Political Science, Temple University Japan Campus
James D.J. Brown is Associate Professor in Political Science at Temple University, Japan Campus. In addition to an undergraduate degree from the University of York, he has Masters degrees from the universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen, a postgraduate diploma in Russian from the University of Glasgow, and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Aberdeen. His main areas of expertise are Russian-Japanese relations and international energy politics. His research has previously been published in the following academic journals: International Politics, Politics, Asia Policy, Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, Europe-Asia Studies, and The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.