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October 2019

China’s New Navy and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

Thursday, October 24
  • Richard Salmons (Adjunct Professor, Temple University, Japan Campus)

One of the most important roles of China's growing navy may not be to fight the United States Navy, but instead to replace it as a provider of peacetime security in the Asia-Pacific region. Strategists have become well aware of the importance of navies delivering international public goods such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. By letting rivals simultaneously demonstrate material power, establish practical international ties, and build legitimacy, disaster relief has become a way for states to compete for…

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November 2019

A Brexit Update Three Years After the Referendum

Tuesday, November 12
  • Tina Burrett (ICAS Adjunct Fellow and Associate Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University)
  • David McNeill (Journalist with The Irish Times and The Economist)
  • Robin Harding (Tokyo Bureau Chief for the Financial Times)
  • Marion Van Renterghem (Journalist with L’Express and The Guardian)

For more than three years since the June 2016 referendum, UK politics have been engulfed 24/7 by Brexit. Our panel will take stock of recent events and explain the key issues to those who have an interest in Brexit and European affairs and wish to better understand the current situation.

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Book Talk

The Politics of Religion, Nationalism, and Identity in Asia

Tuesday, November 19
  • Jeff Kingston (Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan Campus)

Please join us for a conversation between the author and Robert Dujarric with a Q&A session on The Politics of Religion, Nationalism, and Identity in Asia (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). This comprehensive book provides a comparative analysis of religious nationalism in contemporary, globalized Asia. Exploring the nexus of religion, identity, and nationalism, Jeff Kingston assesses similarities and differences across the region, focusing on how religious sentiments influence how people embrace nationalism and with what consequences. Who could have imagined Buddhist…

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