On 7 February Professor Akiko Fukushima of Aoyama Gakuin University and the Tokyo Foundation addressed the Lowy Institute on the future of the Australia-Japan security partnership. Her visit comes at a moment of high anxiety and uncertainty in alliance relations and regional security for the Asia-Pacific region. Changes of leadership in Washington and Manila, as well as China’s increasing presence in the South China Sea, are motivating US allies to consider new axes of stability to promote steady leadership, uphold a rules-based regional order, and reduce security concerns. Following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Australia, Professor Fukushima examined how, as like-minded allies and bilateral partners, Australia and Japan can cooperate for peace and security in the Asia-Pacific.
Professor Akiko Fukushima is a Research Fellow at the Asia International Centre and a Senior Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation. She has a Master’s degree in International Economy and International Relations from: Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in International Public Policy from Osaka University. She has previously held roles as Director of Policy Studies at the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA) and as Senior Fellow at the Japan Foundation. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the EU-Asia Centre in Brussels and co-editor of Global Governance magazine. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia and is a member of Prime Minister Abe’s Advisory Panel on National Security and Defence Capabilities.
This event is kindly sponsored by the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.