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The shock waves of the war between Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza have impacted regions as distant as Japan and East Asia in general. Tokyo and Seoul sent aircraft to Israel to evacuate some of their nationals. East Asian countries have had to take positions on the conflict, risking displeasing one (or both) sides. For Japan, there is the ever-present fear that this MidEast war will deter American attention from Northeast Asia. The dependence of East Asian states on oil from the Persian Gulf is another major concern should the confrontation spread to Iran and its neighbors.
To help us better understand these issues, two noted experts will discuss the situation and engage in a dialogue with the audience.
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Friday, January 26, 2024 at 14:00
This event is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).
Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.
Masaki Kakizaki, Professor at Temple University Japan, is a political scientist who teaches courses on Middle East politics, foreign governments, and international politics at Temple University, Japan Campus. He also offers a capstone seminar on social movements and contentious politics at TUJ. Prior to joining TUJ in 2013, he held teaching positions at the University of Utah and Westminster College in the United States. He holds a PhD in Political Science, University of Utah, an MS in Political Science, Middle East Technical University, and a BA in English and Area Studies, Kanda University of International Studies.
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Tom O'Sullivan is the founder of Mathyos Global Advisory. His firm provides strategy consulting services for energy, defense, and infrastructure industries in Northeast Asia with a particular focus on Japan. Prior to setting up Mathyos, Tom worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank and held other positions in finance and accounting in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Dublin. He holds a BE in civil engineering from University College Cork, Ireland and is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants. Tom has been following the Middle East and its relations with Asia, in particular Japan, for many years.
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