What Is the Future of Security in East Asia?

Policy Forum

President Barack Obama with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a joint news conference in Tokyo, April 24, 2014

Photo by Larry Downing/Reuters


May 7, 2015


1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA


In the wake of Prime Minister Abe Shinzo's summit with President Barack Obama and historic address to a joint session of Congress, the RAND Corporation is pleased to welcome a delegation of senior Japanese national security policy leaders. Along with leading RAND analysts, this high-level delegation will discuss the state of the U.S.-Japan alliance; important changes in Japanese foreign, national security, and defense policies; and security in East Asia.


Panel One: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Regional Security in the Asia-Pacific and the Role of the U.S.-Japan Alliance
Gemba Koichiro, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs (2011-2012)

Keynote Address: 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Recent Changes in Japan's National Security Policy and Decisionmaking Processes
Kitaoka Shinichi, Deputy Chairman of the Prime Minister's Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security, Former Ambassador to the United Nations (2004-2006)

Panel Two: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Strengthening the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and the U.S.-Japan Alliance
Onodera Itsunori, Former Minister of Defense (2012-2014)


Scott W. Harold, Deputy Director of the RAND Center for Asia-Pacific Policy

Further Inquiries

Seating is limited and advance registration is required. If you are interested in attending this event, contact Heather McLendon.