How to Face Global Security Challenges in a Connected World?—US and Japanese perspectives

The 9-11 terrorist attack in 2001 was a rude awakening to the entire world that the nature of the global security challenges are fundamentally shifting.  Now, in a world that has become increasingly interconnected, developments in one region has a rippling effect in other parts of the world.  In today’s world, we see security challenges on multiple fronts—quagmire in the Middle East, Russia’s adventurism in Europe, and an emergence of China that may potentially challenge the existing order and norms that have kept peace in the Asia-Pacific region for the last several decades.  How should the U.S. and Japan respond to such challenges in an increasingly inter-connected world? This event was co-hosted by the Canon Institute for Global Studies

WHAT: A discussion on global security challenges from U.S. and Japanese perspectives.


Kuni Miyake is Research Director for Foreign and National Security Affairs at Canon Institute for Global Studies.  He is also a Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University.  In 2006-2007, he was Executive Assistant to Akie Abe in the Office of the Prime Minister of Japan.  Miyake joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan (MOFA) in 1978.  Until he left MOFA in 2005, he served in a number of senior positions, including Deputy Director-General of the Middle East Bureau; Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Iraq and Japan’s Representative to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA); Charge d’Affaires at the Embassy of Japan in Iraq, Minister for Public Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in China; and Directors of Japan-U.S. Security Treaty Division, First Middle East Division and Second Middle East Division in MOFA. He graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Tokyo. 

Ken Jimbo is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University.  He is concurrently a Senior Research Fellow at the Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) and the Tokyo Foundation (TKFD).  He also serves as a Director, Board of Directors at the Civic Force, a Visiting Fellow at the Genron NPO and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).  His main research fields are in International Security, Japan-U.S. Security Relations, Japanese Foreign and Defense Policy, Multilateral Security in Asia-Pacific, and Regionalism in East Asia.  He has been a policy advisor at various Japanese governmental commissions and research groups including at the National Security Secretariat, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  His recent books and articles include, “Japan-U.S.-Australia Cooperation on Capacity Building in Southeast Asia”, Yuki Tatsumi ed., U.S.-Japan-Australia Security Relations: Prospects and Challenges (Stimson Center, 2015); “U.S. Rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific: A Japanese Perspective,” in William Tow and Douglas Stuart eds., The New U.S. Strategy towards Asia: Adapting to the American Pivot (London: Routledge, 2015); Ken JIMBO ed., Regional Security Architecture in the Asia-Pacific, Tokyo Foundation (2010) (in Japanese: Ajia Taiheiyo no Chiiki Anzen Hosho Ahkitekucha).

Julianne Smith is Senior Fellow and Director of the Strategy and Statecraft Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).  Smith comes to CNAS while serving as a Senior Vice President at Beacon Global Strategies LLC.  Prior to joining Beacon, she served as the Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States from April 2012 to June 2013.  In addition to advising the Vice President on a wide range of foreign and defense policy issues, she represented him in Cabinet and Deputies level interagency meetings.  During March and April of 2013, she served as the Acting National Security Advisor to the Vice President.  Prior to her posting at the White House, she served as the Principal Director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.  In that capacity, Smith acted as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs for all matters falling within the broad spectrum of NATO and European policy.  Prior to joining the Obama administration, Smith served as the director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Europe Program and the Initiative for a Renewed Transatlantic Partnership, where she led the Center’s research and program activities on U.S.-European political, security, and economic relations. Smith serves on the Board of Advisors of the Truman National Security Project and the National Security Network.  She is currently an Associate Fellow with Chatham House, home of the Royal Institute for International Affairs, in London, and a Senior Associate with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Lincoln Bloomfield Jr. is President of Palmer Coates, non-attorney Senior Adviser at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Operating Advisor at Pegasus Capital Advisors and Senior Adviser at ZeroBase Energy.  He was U.S. Special Envoy for man-portable air defense systems threat reduction from 2008-2009 and Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs from 2001-2005.  Bloomfield previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern affairs (1992-1993); Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (1991-1992); and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1988-1989), among other policy positions in the Defense Department dating to 1981.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Yuki Tatsumi is a Senior Associate with the Stimson Center East Asia Program.  Previously, Tatsumi worked as a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as the Special Assistant for Political Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.  In September 2006, Tatsumi testified before the House Committee on International Relations.  She is a recipient of the 2009 Yasuhiro Nakasone Incentive Award and earned the Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of National Policy of Japan in 2012 for her contributions to advancing mutual understanding between the United States and Japan.  A native of Tokyo, Tatsumi holds a B.A. in liberal arts from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and an M.A. in international economics and Asian studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

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