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EU-Japan relations: conversation with Prof. Nobukatsu Kanehara


EU-Japan relations: conversation with Prof. Nobukatsu Kanehara

WEBINAR - The Role of the EU in the Indo-Pacific Region Strategic Conversation Series


For the second strategic conversation with global leaders discussing the role of the EU in the Indo-Pacific, CEPS will host Prof. Nobukatsu Kanehara from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

The rising centrality of the IndoPacific calls for an increased global role of the European Union and the EU is aware of this. In the words of the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, “we need a more robust strategy for China, which also requires better relations with the rest of democratic Asia.”

In 2018 the EU and Japan signed an Economic Partnership Agreement. At the virtual leaders’ meeting last May, they reaffirmed their commitment to elevating the partnership into a strategic partnership, while the EU strengthened its relations with ASEAN to a strategic partnership last December.

What role should the EU play in the IndoPacific? How can relations with Asian democracies contribute to maintaining the rules-based order in the region? What is the degree of convergency of projected EU and Japanese bilateral relations with China and with the USA?

This virtual event will take place on Thursday 28th January 09:00-10:00 CET/ 17:00 – 18:00 UTC

Prof. Kanehara served as assistant chief cabinet secretary to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from 2012 to 2019.

This strategic conversation is held as part of the strategic conversations series with global leaders exploring the potential role of the EU in the Indo-Pacific. The series has been inaugurated by Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India

This event is free and open to the public, but you must register to gain access to the ZOOM meeting.

Once registered, you will receive instructions on how to join this event.

Stefania Benaglia Stefania Benaglia
Stefania Benaglia

Head of the Global Connectivity Programme

Speakers list
Prof. Nobukatsu Kanehara

Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan

Ambassador Romana Vlahutin

Ambassador at Large for Connectivity, European External Action Service

Karel Lannoo