ICAS: Do sanctions work? The case of Russia (In-person)

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 18:30

Economic sanctions are not a new policy tool. However, they are definitely a new regulatory priority, especially as the world is becoming increasingly bipolar and the U.S. is heading into an election year...

Tags: Alexander Dmitrenko, Robert Dujarric

ICAS: Towards a Society Where You Can Say "Help" - Sexual Violence and Gender Inequality (Hybrid)

Thursday, February 15, 2024 - 12:00 to 13:30

There have been 2 laws passed in 2023 on rape and DV that mark significant change in how the state is handling these significant problems in Japan.

Tags: Machiko Osawa, Kyle Cleveland

ICAS: The Geoeconomics of Japan-Southeast Asia Relations (In-person)

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 - 18:30 to 20:00

For many decades, Japanese governments and businesses have taken a keen interest in Southeast Asia, first as a market and then as a location for Japanese manufacturers. Recently, there has been a growing focus on the security aspect of the Japan-Southeast Asia relationship.

Tags: Ryan Ashley, Paul Nadeau, Robert Dujarric

ICAS: The Contest for Japan's Economic Future (In-person)

Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 18:30

Just as a wave of entrepreneurship created Japan’s postwar “economic miracle,” so it will take a new generation of entrepreneurs to revive its stagnant economy. In today’s Japan, assorted political and economic obstacles impede such newcomers...

Tags: Richard Katz, Robert Dujarric

ICAS: The Quad: Past, present, and future (Online)

Tuesday, January 30, 2024 - 14:00

The Quad, the informal grouping consisting of Australia, India, Japan and the US, is not a formal alliance. It has, however, developed as one of the important forums in global geopolitics. To help us better understand the relevance of the Quad, Jada Fraser and Eerishika Pankaj will lead a discussion to be followed by Q&A with the audience.

Tags: Jada Fraser, Eerishika Pankaj, Robert Dujarric

ICAS: The impact of the Hamas-Israel war on Japan and East Asia (Online)

Friday, January 26, 2024 - 14:00 to 15:00

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...

Tags: Masaki Kakizaki, Tom O'Sullivan, Robert Dujarric

ICAS : The evolution of India's strategy in the Indo-Pacific and beyond (Online)

Monday, January 22, 2024 - 14:00 to 15:00

In the past several years, India has played an increasingly visible role in international security affairs in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. India's participation in the Quad, along Japan, Australia, and the US,...

Tags: Chintamani Mahapatra, Robert Dujarric

ICAS: The Indo-Pacific: Taking centre-stage for the EU’s security policy (In-person)

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 - 18:30

Since the 2016 Global Strategy, the EU is on a journey to become a more active and particularly more recognised global player, recognising that security has become indivisible and that this needs a comprehensive engagement, in Asia and the Indo-Pacific region respectively...

Tags: Michael Reiterer, Evelyn Farlov

ICAS : Book Talk: "Is British Politics Turning Japanese?" (In-person)

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 - 18:00 to 19:30

This book talk will explore what we can learn about the recent volatility of the UK premiership by comparison with Japan. It will further explore what combination of personality traits and political skills make for effective leadership in both countries against a backdrop of differing institutional and contextual constraints.

Tags: Robert Dujarric, Tina Burrett

ICAS : An Outlook on Japan’s Energy Security: Can Offshore Wind Solve Japan’s Energy Dilemma? (Hybrid)

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 - 18:30 to 20:00

IEA defines energy security as “the uninterrupted availability of energy sources at an affordable price”. Ensuring stable energy supply hence becomes a key to national security as energy supports the basis of essential economic and social activities.

Tags: Sune Strøm, Kanau Takahashi, Evelyn Farlov

ICAS : France and the Indo-Pacific in times of crises (In-person)

Monday, November 13, 2023 - 18:30 to 20:00

For several years, in fact decades, tensions in the Indo-Pacific have increased, especially those involving China and its neighbors, Japan, Taiwan, countries along the South China Sea, and India...

Tags: Robert Dujarric, Celine Pajon, Tsuyoshi Goroku

ICAS : From historical revisionism to “post truth”: History and Memory in Heisei Japan (In-person)

Thursday, November 9, 2023 - 18:30 to 20:00

In 2016, prompted by the rhetoric of the U.S. Presidential election and the Brexit campaigns, Oxford Dictionaries declared “post-truth” the “Word of the Year.” However, the assault on organized knowledge and on professional expertise that could be observed at the time had already been a global phenomenon for many years, if not decades...

Tags: Sven Saaler, Robert Dujarric

ICAS : Recent changes in Japanese security policy and U.S. expectations of Japan going forward (In-person)

Tuesday, October 31, 2023 - 18:30 to 20:00

Japan’s national defense strategy has evolved markedly since the Gulf War in 1990-1991, when security policy restricted Japan from providing anything other than financial and non-military material assistance to the US-led effort against Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait...

Tags: Kevin Maher, Robert Dujarric

ICAS : Understanding Donald Trump's legal troubles (Online)

Thursday, October 26, 2023 - 10:00 to 11:15

Should Trump win and be inaugurated as president in January 2025, what would be the implications of his being simultaneously the chief executive, a defendant, and possibly a convicted felon? Professor Lauren Ouziel of Temple University's Beasley School of Law, a former federal prosecutor, will help us understand these issues.

Tags: Lauren Ouziel, Robert Dujarric

ICAS : The Long Arm of Beijing: A case study of the Hong Kong diaspora and transnational repression (In-person)

Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 18:30 to 20:00

This lecture will give an insight into the Hong Kong diasporic experience in Japan and globally, and how these dynamics play out, as we approach this cycle of China’s Universal Periodic Review in January 2024.

Tags: Benoît Hardy-Chartrand

ICAS : US-Japan Defense Update: A Look Ahead (In-person)

Monday, October 16, 2023 - 18:30 to 20:00

Military posture and policy continues to develop and change quickly in the Indo-Pacific. Japan, a state which has long attempted to minimize its post-war military activity, has enacted several major policy and posture changes recently which seem to indicate this era is definitively over...

Tags: Lieutenant Colonel John Wright, Robert Dujarric

ICAS : Erotic Comics in Japan - An Introduction to Eromanga (Hybrid)

Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 18:00 to 19:30

This talk presents the English translation of Nagayama Kaoru’s Erotic Comics in Japan: An Introduction to Eromanga (Amsterdam University Press, 2020). The goal is to open up the book’s content, as well as its ethical project and politics, for discussion and informed debate.

Tags: Patrick W. Galbraith, Kyle Cleveland

ICAS : Anime at War and Peace - On the Otaku Turn (Online)

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 - 13:40 to 15:10

The presentation shows how fans were cultivated by the industry, how fans themselves became experts contributing to magazines and zines and how affection for characters transformed the ways that manga/anime works were produced and consumed.

Tags: Patrick W. Galbraith, Kyle Cleveland

ICAS : 'my body, my choice' - is that so? (Hybrid)

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 18:30 to 20:00

Portrait photo of Kazuko Fukuda
By putting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) as a core, the lecture will look into the situation around SRHR in Japan such as access to sexuality education, contraception, and abortion, based on Japan's Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council which was held in early 2023.

Tags: Kazuko Fukuda, Dariusz P. Skowronski

ICAS : Europe and the Sino-American Struggle (Online)

Monday, September 11, 2023 - 16:30

As the US seeks to widen the coalition to confront China, Europe (i.e., the EU and affiliated states and the UK, almost all of them NATO members), with a GDP about four times that of Japan, plays an important role when it comes to export and investment controls, supply chain "de-risking," and countering PRC influence worldwide in areas such as development assistance. European military power-projection capabilities in East Asia are very limited but have important diplomatic and symbolic contributions. Moreover, if the US is to deploy more forces around China, it needs European NATO states to be more active in other theatres, principally Europe and Southwest Asia. Alain Frachon and Robert Dujarric will discuss these issues and then open the session for Q&A from the audience.

Tags: Alain Frachon, Evelyn Farlov