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Hedging Against Risk – Japan in an Uncertain World: Geo-Dynamics of Northeast Asia
During the last decades of the twentieth century there were major changes in world economic organization as the end of the cold war, the birth of the WTO, and the off-shoring of manufacturing to lower-wage developing countries created complicated supply chains that linked production and consumption, creating a highly integrated global economy. The flows of goods, money, and people are facilitated by increasingly networked digital platforms and sophisticated systems of data collection and use that span national borders. A series of crises over the last several years, including the Covid pandemic, rising tensions between China and the US, natural disasters brought on by global warming, the war in Ukraine and the sanctions regime have shaken the globalized trading system producing shortages in goods, energy, raw materials, food supplies and labor. Access to these resources has become strategic bargaining chips in international relations, as nations seek to secure supplies of food, raw materials, and energy, while also ensuring that data, individual, national, and corporate, is securely protected.

In this event, we would like panelists to discuss questions about how nations hedge risks in a world in which the global flow of goods and services is regularly interrupted by natural hazards, man-made conflict, and political relationships within the international order. How do these global and external issues impact domestic politics, and how do domestic issues impact relations abroad? And what is at stake?

The 2023 Abe Fellows Global Forum is a partnership of the East-West Center in Washington, DC, the Social Science Research Council, and the Japan Foundation.

Feb 8, 2023 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Aynne Kokas
Associate Professor of Media Studies & Senior Faculty Fellow @Miller Center for Public Affairs, University of Virginia
Aynne Kokas is the C.K. Yen Professor at the Miller Center and an associate professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. Kokas’ research examines Sino-U.S. media and technology relations. Her book Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty (Oxford University Press, October 2022) argues that exploitative Silicon Valley data governance practices help China build infrastructures for global control. Her award-winning first book Hollywood Made in China (University of California Press, 2017) argues that Chinese investment and regulations have transformed the U.S. commercial media industry, most prominently in the case of media conglomerates’ leverage of global commercial brands.
Phillip Y. Lipscy
Professor of Political Science @University of Toronto
Phillip Y. Lipscy is professor of political science at the University of Toronto, where he is also Chair in Japanese Politics and Global Affairs and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Japan at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. In addition, he is cross-appointed as professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo. His research addresses substantive topics such as international cooperation, international organizations, the politics of energy and climate change, international relations of East Asia, and the politics of financial crises. He has also published extensively on Japanese politics and foreign policy. Lipscy obtained his Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University. He received his M.A. in international policy studies and B.A. in economics and political science at Stanford University.
Ulrike Schaede, Ph.D.
Professor of Japanese Business @University of California, San Diego
Ulrike Schaede, Ph.D., is Professor of Japanese Business at the University of California, San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy. She is the Director of JFIT (Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology) where she organizes a regular “Japan Zoominar” on current issues on Japanese business, politics, and society. She works on corporate strategy and management in Japan, including business culture, employment practices, financial markets, and manufacturing and innovation under the digital transformation. Dr. Schaede has written extensively on Japanese business organization, and is the author of The Business Reinvention of Japan: How to Make Sense of the New Japan (Stanford University Press, 2020), which won the 2021 Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize and has been translated into Japanese as 再興 THE KAISHA:日本のビジネス・リインベンション (Nikkei 2022). She has also co-authored 両利きの組織をつくる:大企業病を打破する「攻めと守りの経営」Tokyo 2020, Eiji Shuppan (with Masanori Kato and Charles A. O’Reilly III), and more.
Mireya Solís
Director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAP), Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies, and senior fellow @Brookings Institution
Mireya Solís is Director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAP), Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies, and senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. Prior to her arrival at Brookings, Dr. Solís was a tenured associate professor at American University’s School of International Service. Dr. Solís is an expert on Japanese foreign economic policy, U.S.-Japan relations, international trade policy, and Asia-Pacific economic integration. Her book, “Dilemmas of a Trading Nation Japan and the United States in the Evolving Asia-Pacific Order” (Brookings Press, 2017 received the 2018 Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Award and the Japanese edition 貿易国家のジレンマ:日本・アメリカとアジア太平洋秩序の構築 was published by Nikkei Press in October 2019. Solís earned a doctorate in government and a master's in East Asian studies from Harvard University, and a bachelor's in international relations from El Colegio de México.
Dr. Satu Limaye
Vice President & Director of Research and EWC Washington @East-West Center
Satu P. Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses). He is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. He publishes and speaks widely on Indo-Pacific regional issues and supports various U.S. government, foundation, fellowship, and professional organizations. Among his current affiliations are Center for New American Security (CNAS) Task Force on the U.S.-Philippines Alliance, United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Senior Study Group on the North Pacific, Project 2049 Study Group on the U.S.-Australia Alliance, Korea Economic Institute (KEI) Advisory Council, and Global Taiwan Institute-Taiwan Asia Exchange Foundation project.