Australia-Japan-US strategic relations and Indo-Pacific security

When

5.30pm–7.00pm

22 February 2018

Where

Law Lounge, New Law Building Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney

Type

Public event

Topics

Foreign policy, defence and strategy

The Indo-Pacific strategic landscape is becoming more challenging, driving greater security coordination between the United States and its regional allies. Australia and Japan are at the forefront of this group. As capable security partners that share a common vision for an open and rule-governed regional order, the two countries are strengthening their special strategic partnership and playing a more active role in collective security initiatives. From responding to maritime tensions in the East and South China Seas, to deepening defence interoperability and deterring grey-zone coercion, the United States, Australia, and Japan are already coordinating on a range of shared challenges.

There are, however, obstacles to address and underexplored avenues for further security cooperation. This public panel discussion looked at these important strategic trends, and featured international experts Dr Tomohiko Satake (Japan), Dr Lavina Lee (Australia), and Mr Lyle Morris (United States).

Featuring

  • Tomohiko Satake

    Dr Tomohiko Satake is a Senior Fellow in the Defense Policy Division at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) in Tokyo. Dr Satake’s research interests include alliance studies, Asia-Pacific security, and Japanese security policies. He has published extensively on the US-Japan-Australia trilateral relationship. Dr Satake earned a B.A. and M.A. from Keio University, and a Ph.D. in international relations from the Australian National University.

  • Lavina Lee

    Dr Lavina Lee is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, Sydney. Her research interests include US and Indian foreign policy, the nuclear non-proliferation regime, international law/norms on the use of force, and strategic and foreign relations in the Indo-Pacific. Her current publications focus on the prospects for a revival of quadrilateral security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

  • Lyle Morris

    Lyle J. Morris is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he focuses on security developments in East and Southeast Asia. He has over ten years of experience researching and leading projects on Asia-Pacific security issues and has published recently on the rise of coast guards in East and Southeast Asia, maritime security in the Asia-Pacific, Chinese military modernisation, and Chinese engagement in Africa.

  • Ashley Townshend
    Ashley Townshend
    Director, Foreign Policy and Defence, United States Studies Centre

    Ashley Townshend is Director, Foreign Policy and Defence at the United States Studies Centre. He works on US-Asia relations, alliance politics, and international security. He also lectures at the University of Sydney and previously worked at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

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