Book talk: Overcoming Isolationism: Japan's Leadership in East Asian Security Multilateralism

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In the wake of the Cold War, Japan suddenly reversed years of steadfast opposition to security cooperation with its neighbors. Long isolated and opposed to multilateral agreements, Japan proposed East Asia's first multilateral security forum in the early 1990s, emerging as a regional leader. What led to this surprising and sudden change of position?

Overcoming Isolationism explores this question and offers a corrective to the misperception that Japan's security strategy is reactive to US pressure and unresponsive to its neighbors.

Discussant: Henrik Stålhane Hiim

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Paul Midford is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Japan Program at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He specializes in Japanese foreign and security policies, East Asian international politics, including regional security multilateralism, Japanese domestic politics, and Japanese and East Asian approaches to renewable energy.


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Henrik Hiim is Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). His main area of research is Chinese foreign and security policy. He also has a strong interest in nuclear proliferation and arms control.



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Published Aug. 18, 2020 9:45 AM - Last modified Sep. 29, 2020 6:20 PM